Don Walton: Fox News has had a profound impact on Nebraska politics Regional Government

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  Don Walton: Fox News has had a profound impact on Nebraska politics  Regional Government

“If Nixon had had the benefit of Fox News, he never would have been forced to resign,” Rep. Adam Schiff writes in his book titled “Midnight in Washington.”

Democrats used to be able to compete successfully statewide before Fox News showed up on the TV screen in virtually every coffee shop and bar west of Lincoln.

Democrats hold a political edge in Lincoln and Omaha now, but there hasn’t been a major statewide win for them since Ben Nelson was reelected to the Senate in 2006.

Rush Limbaugh also played a role in the transformation of statewide politics in Nebraska with his dominant presence on car and cafe radios — and, I am told, aboard farm tractors.

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  • That’s probably debatable, but the impact Fox has had on Nebraska politics probably is not.

Those results provide dramatic evidence of how much the state has changed politically: Nelson, 378,388; Pete Ricketts, 213,928.

Ricketts won 13 of 93 counties, all in western Nebraska, predominantly in the Panhandle.

Business leaders praise Fischer, Bacon for supporting infrastructure bill * The growing tension between Gov. Pete Ricketts and UNL, the state’s flagship university, is moving from disturbing to somewhat foreboding or alarming, with the governor suggesting that UNL’s focus appears to be on “ideological indoctrination” with regard to race.