Grassroots in Nebraska (GIN)

Grassroots in Nebraska is a Lincoln, based group, founded in March of 2009. While we began as a Tea Party group, we have recognized that Tea Party rallies tend to be a means by which concerned citizens gather together and meet people of like minds. These gatherings have little meaning if they do not result in substantive, effective action. Visit Grassroots in Nebraska to see more.

GiN/NE Medicaid Expansion:  Birth of an Entitlement Nation

The purpose of this article is to sketch a short history of Medicaid.  Why?

“We study the past to understand the present; we understand the present to guide the future.”     — William Lund

Nebraskans are, even now, being asked to sign a petition to put the question of whether to expand the state’s Medicaid program on the ballot and, if a sufficient number of signatures are secured, we all will be asked to vote the proposition up or down in the November general election.  It is impossible to make an informed decision on this issue without examining the life cycle of the Medicaid program:  its birth and subsequent development, how it looks today, and where the proponents of Medicaid expansion would have us take it in the future.  This article will address Medicaid’s creation and subsequent development.  Two future articles will describe where the program currently stands within the state and how the Nebraska Medicaid program will look if expanded as proposed in the initiative petition.[…]

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GiN:  NE Medicaid Expansion:  The Race is On (AGAIN)

Back on January 17, 2013, I published an article here at the GiN website entitled “NE Medicaid Expansion: The Race is On.”  I followed up with an entire series of articles detailing why Medicaid expansion is an uncommonly bad idea.  Those articles were widely read and, I believe, effective in helping to prevent Medicaid expansion […]

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GiN:  A Tribute to GiN Founder Shelli J. Dawdy

We could begin this eulogy with a recitation of the usual facts and statistics, but we won’t. This is an unusual remembrance for an unusual lady: Shelli J. Dawdy. She admonished us to keep this short because, in her opinion, long obituaries grow boring. We have no doubt she would most like to be remembered […]

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[A personal note from Sandra Crosnoe – OKGrassroots:  There really aren’t words to express the depth of loss I feel with Shelli’s passing this week!  She was one of the original grassroots teaparty founders – that is how we first met.  She and I worked on so many projects then and ongoing to try to lay a principled foundation and grow the movement.  Together and with others we built a network of websites and facebook pages and social networks to be able to share those ideas and build on the early teaparty days.  We tried to do it in a way that would expose corruption by shedding light on matters.  Shelli was a natural educator, a gifted writer, a loving wife and mother and such a terrific researcher.  Some of her work is yet to be discovered and shared broadly — stay tuned.  With lots of love and deep respect,  I salute you Shelli and look forward to the day we meet again!/sc]
Why the Electoral College?  Because State and Regional Diversity Matters. (updated)

Where you live, your day-to-day experiences gained through interacting with your physical environment, influence your political viewpoint. The Founders realized this. When the Electoral College was born through compromise in 1787, each former-colony-turned-state had a unique history and perspective giving rise to significant political differences between it and its neighbors. The Founders had to resolve […]

Why the Electoral College?  Because State and Regional Diversity Matters.

Where you live, your day-to-day experiences gained through interacting with your physical environment, influence your political viewpoint. The Founders realized this. When the Electoral College was born through compromise in 1787, each former-colony-turned-state had a unique history and perspective giving rise to significant political differences between it and its neighbors. The Founders had to resolve […]

VOTE!  It’s Weasel-Stomping Day!

For those of you who have lost your sense of humor during this interminable election season — or who never had one to lose — we offer the following DISCLAIMER: No animals were harmed during the production of this video or the post in which it is embedded. Any resemblance to actual people, living or […]

What’s Wrong With the Electoral College?

Interest in our system for electing the President of the United States is high. I actually understand why voters feel disenfranchised by the Electoral College as it is presently constituted within 48 states, but the media and political party “powerful” aren’t explaining how the system works, why it was designed as it was. Instead, many people are working to circumvent or abolish it altogether. Read full articleWhat’s Wrong With the Electoral College?

Who’s Attempting to Legislate Morality?

We encourage visitors to read the transcript from or listen to the audio of a brief statement from Pastor Bryan Clark of Lincoln Berean Church: “As I’m sure you’re aware, this is an election year. I’m sure you’re also aware that we are very divided as a nation. Our Pledge of Allegiance says that we […]

Fourth of July, 1776:  America’s Own Brexit

My son was gaming online with a number of what I call his “virtual friends” shortly after it was announced that Britons had voted to leave the European Union (EU).  Unbeknowst to my son, many of the players in his RP were British.  Upon learning of the outcome of the election, the gamers began to […]

On Friday, November 7, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a case that could cause the health care law to implode. The Court will very likely hear oral arguments on the case, referred to as King v. Burwell, this coming March and issue a ruling in June.

The potential impact on President Barack Obama’s “signature accomplishment”, which most of us commonly refer to as Obamacare, is not some fantastical desire of mine. Many opponents and proponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) agree that if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs (King), it’ll be difficult for the law to hang together1The following list of articles represent perspectives of opponents, proponents and purportedly “neutral” sources, all conveying in one form or another that the PPACA is in jeopardy because of the Supreme Court case: “Obamacare Challenge Gets High Court Review, With Crucial Tax Credits At Stake” – Bloomberg, A Huffington Post piece by Terry Connelly, “A Supreme Court Case That Could Upend Obamacare” at RealClearMarkets.com, “Three Reasons A New Supreme Court Obamacare Case Matters to Pro-Lifers” – The Federalist, “U.S. Supreme Court to hear Obamacare subsidies case” – Yahoo Finance..

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