Thursday, August 23, 2007

Jon Bruning Puts an End to a Gas Pump Pricing Scheme

“What is happening here is an absolute travesty and I don’t think it’s happening by chance,” AG Jon Bruning said.

After receiving many complaints to his Attorney General Office in Lincoln, Jon Bruning has talked to and inspected several gas stations in the state that many feel are using bait and switch marketing tactics to lure consumers in thinking they are receiving low prices at all available gas pumps. This is not the case. Just say no to BP and Conoco!

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Hagel and Godot - How Long The Wait?

What do Bob and Mike and Mike have in common with Estragon and Vladimir?

They are waiting.

Estragon and Vladimir are French tramps, endlessly Waiting for Godot in the play by Samuel Beckett that gave rise to the term “Theater of the Absurd.”

Bob Kerrey and Mike Fahey and Mike Johanns are politicians from Nebraska, but it only seems like they are endlessly waiting for Senator Chuck Hagel. The situation has become an overlong example of politics of the absurd.

read::: Nebraska

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Jon Bruning: Justice prevailed today

Thirty-year-old Patrick Schroeder of Dubois has been sentenced in Pawnee County District Court to life in prison for first degree murder for killing his former employer.

Schroeder was also give 20 years in prison for use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and 30 to 60 years in prison for forgery as a habitual criminal. All three sentences will be served consecutively.

On April 14, 2006, Schroeder murdered Kenneth Albers of Pawnee City, while robbing him at his home. Albers died of blunt force trauma to the head. His body was later found in an abandoned well on his property southwest of Pawnee City.

“Justice prevailed today,” said Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning. “Mr. Schroeder brutally took a man’s life and now he’ll pay by spending the rest of his life in prison. I hope this helps bring some closure to the Albers family and to the residents of Pawnee City.”

WOWT news

Nebraska AG says student-loan pay-out will help lawyers for homeless

LINCOLN -- Nebraska attorney general Jon Bruning came to praise a local student loan provider and bury New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo in an interview last week.

Then he slapped the company with a bill for the $1 million in settlement money from a student-loan agreement he'd earlier waived.


Monday, August 13, 2007

Nelnet to Give Nebraska $1 million for Need-based Aid and Legal Aid Loan Forgiveness Program

August 10, 2007 -- (Lincoln, NE) Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning today announced Lincoln-based student loan provider Nelnet has agreed to give $1 million for student loan assistance programs in the state of Nebraska.

“Defending Nebraska’s taxpayers is my foremost priority,” Bruning said. “If there has been a misunderstanding by anyone about the nature of the state’s agreement with Nelnet, I want to fix that. Out of an abundance of caution, I re-approached Nelnet about our agreement. Today’s action eliminates the opportunity for political gamesmanship by those who may want to create the perception of a conflict of interest.”

Half of Nelnet’s contribution, or $500,000, will be placed in the already existing Nebraska State Grant fund for need-based scholarships, which is distributed by the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education. The other $500,000 will be placed in a trust fund established on behalf of Legal Aid of Nebraska at the Omaha Community Foundation. The interest from the trust will fund a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to enhance recruitment and retention of Legal Aid attorneys who serve indigent Nebraskans.

“This agreement is even better for Nebraska students and their families,” Bruning said. “Instead of sending $1 million to finance a national education project, we’re keeping the money right here in Nebraska for student aid.”

“We are pleased to support these two worthy organizations with a contribution that fulfills the commitment we made in our voluntary agreement with the state of Nebraska,” said Jeff Noordhoek, Nelnet president. “Nelnet has led the education finance industry in an effort to increase transparency in the financial aid process. Our mission has always been about helping students and families plan and pay for their education with our products and services.”

“The contribution to LRAP will serve impoverished Nebraskans like no other program. We’re very grateful to be considered in this settlement,” Doug German, Executive Director of Legal Aid of Nebraska, said. “The longer our lawyers can stay in their positions, the more experienced they become, and the better they’re able to serve Nebraskans who have nowhere else to go for legal aid.”

Source: Nebraska Attorney General

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Washington Post: Chuck Hagel keeps you guessing

Hot September for Senate Races

read::: The Fix blog