Press Releases

Farmers and Ranchers, Ag Leaders Support Hassebrook

Lyons, Neb. – Chuck Hassebrook is setting the record straight on his positions on agriculture and environment.

“My opponent’s ads are flatly untrue. The truth is this: I’ve spent my whole life fighting for family farms and ranches, small businesses, and small town and rural Nebraska. I oppose and have spoken out vigorously against the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, and my record shows that I have helped many farmers and ranchers overcome burdensome regulations.

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Omaha Fire Fighters endorse Hassebrook

Omaha Professional Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 385, have endorsed Chuck Hassebrook for Governor.

“Omaha Fire Fighters chose to endorse Chuck Hassebrook because we’re confident that he will make public safety his number one priority. The men and women on the front lines of delivering emergency services need to know that Nebraska’ leader has their back. We know we can count on Chuck, and strongly believe he will make an excellent Governor,” said IAFF President Steve LeClair.

Chuck Hassebrook said, “I deeply appreciate the support of the men and women that protect our lives and property. I am honored to stand with them.”

Yesterday, Hassebrook also received the support of the Omaha Police Officers Association (OPOA) and the Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police, representing more than 750 peace officers in Omaha and hundreds more across the state.

IAFF Local 385 represents 634 fire fighters and paramedics in the City of Omaha.

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Omaha Police, Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police endorse Hassebrook


Omaha, Neb. -- At a press conference earlier today, the Omaha Police Officers Association (OPOA) and Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Chuck Hassebrook in his campaign for Governor.

“This was an easy choice to make. It is clear that Chuck Hassebrook’s number one priority is to keep Nebraskans safe, unlike his opponent Pete Ricketts, who just doesn’t seem to get it when it comes to Good Time,” said OPOA President Sargent John Wells.

President of the Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police John Francavilla reiterated support from law enforcement, “The Good Time issue is important and needs to be addressed immediately by the next Governor. Any delay will jeopardize the public safety of the citizens of Nebraskans. That’s why we’re backing Chuck Hassebrook for Governor.”

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Hassebrook will crack down on Corrections, Good Time

Chuck Hassebrook, Democratic candidate for Governor of Nerbaska, has released the following statement regarding the Omaha World-Herald's latest story (10/11/14)  on the Department of Corrections and Director Kenney:

"As Governor, I will crack down on problems in the Department of Corrections, and appoint a Director who will follow the law, on Day One.

"No one is above the law, and if I had been the one present at the meeting where Governor Heineman and Attorney General Jon Bruning learned of the Director's illegal program, I would have taken action immediately.

"I would also use my authority under the law to take away every day of automatically granted good time from offenders who demonstrate from their behavior in prison that they are a threat to our communities."

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Hassebrook quotes statute on ‘good time’

"Governor Heineman has been in the press for months, refusing to accept responsibility for failing to revoke good time for inmates who demonstrate by violence in prison that they are a threat to our communities.  

"The good time statute, and I quote, reads that good time 'may be forfeited, withheld, and restored by the chief executive officer of the facility' in response to charges of misconduct.

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Hassebrook doubles fundraising

Democratic candidate for Governor Chuck Hassebrook has released the following statement about his latest campaign financial report, which is due today to the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission (NADC):

Since the last report in June, Hassebrook has doubled the total amount raised in the campaign, bringing his total from $1.4 million to a record $2.8 million.

“I am humbled to receive such strong financial support in my campaign, but am especially proud that over 95 percent of my donations are from Nebraskans, most of whom have contributed $100 or less. It means a lot to have their early vote of confidence now, and at the ballot box in November,” said Hassebrook.

Nebraskans just aren't buying it

Lincoln, Neb. – Gubernatorial candidates Chuck Hassebrook and Pete Ricketts met in Lincoln this evening for their second debate, and the differences between the two couldn’t be clearer.

“Pete continues to throw out typical partisan attacks and push the same old recycled ideas that we’ve heard from him and every other extremist, out of touch politician for years. Middle class Nebraskans can’t trust Pete to work for them when his track record works against them,” said Hassebrook.

“Governor of Nebraska isn’t an entry-level or a part-time job. We need a proven leader who can effectively manage government and oversee state agencies – and that’s Chuck Hassebrook,” said Hassebrook Communications Director Meg Mandy.

C’mon Pete, Don’t Duck Chuck

Omaha, Neb. – Chuck Hassebrook once again reached out to his opponent in the gubernatorial race to schedule a debate in Omaha, marking the third such attempt over the course of the election. Hassebrook proposed to keep the debate date and rules originally proposed to both campaigns by the League of Women Voters over the summer.

Over the weekend, Ricketts again declined to debate, stating that there was no time in his campaign’s calendar.

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Hassebrook asks opponent to debate in Omaha

Omaha, Neb. – Candidate for Governor Chuck Hassebrook sent his opponent a letter yesterday, asking him to agree to a debate in Omaha.

"This is a critical election, and Nebraska voters should be educated about the candidates and our stances on the issues that are important to them. There is no better way to do that than to engage in meaningful debate, that can be broadcast to reach as many voters as possible," said Hassebrook.

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Statement: SOS Decision on Ballot

In light of the Secretary of State’s decision to allow Mike Foley’s name to be placed on the ballot, Chuck Hassebrook has released the following statement:

“The Nebraska statute is clear. Public officials must observe the rule of law if we expect to restore public trust in elected officials to truly serve Nebraskans.

“By his own admission, my opponent knew of the problems with his running mate well before the legal deadline to replace him on the ballot. He had ample time to make a decision within the legal time frame. And now he is disrespecting Nebraska law by bending it to suit his own needs.

“I will not go to court to challenge the ruling. I choose to take the case for my election to the people of Nebraska. But this presents another example of how one party rule has resulted in a culture of arrogant leaders that see themselves above the law. Pete Ricketts did not act in accordance with the law because he did not have to, and that attitude will only worsen the multiplying messes in state government.”

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