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Rep. Jon Jacobsen interviews, LIVE, rising political star Tyeisha Kosmicki, Omaha City Council (Council Bluffs metro) candidate this Saturday, March 13, at 11:00 AM on his multiple IA Broadcast News Assn. award-winning Boomer Network/Walnut Radio O’ Daniel Honda “Now You’ve Heard it All” program—106.5 FM, 1490 AM, streaming LIVE on myboomerradio.com—your home-and-away voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes! The Iowa Standard’s Jacob Hall also will return a guest panelist.

Issues

Government Overreach

The biggest issue facing Omaha and the entire country is the erosion of our personal liberties– Local government eats away at our personal freedoms with policies and ordinances that are passed with little media coverage or public oversight.

In Omaha we see our 1st Amendment right restricted through the mask ordinances. The most basic form of communication, facial expression, is currently suspended throughout the city. While we acknowledge Covid-19 is a serious health concern, there is simply not enough data to constitute a continued emergency and suspension of citizens’ rights.

The 2nd Amendment is also being infringed upon in Omaha through the pistol purchase permit and registration requirements. As your Councilwoman I will fight tirelessly to maintain our rights and to repeal government overreach.

 

Public Safety

Omaha needs strong representation on the City Council that will back our law enforcement officers – In 2020 we saw an alarming 61% spike in homicides. Currently Omaha residents are twice as likely to be victims of a violent crime as compared to Nebraskans as a whole. This issue affects all of Omaha’s residents– across all demographics. I will work to ensure that our officers receive the training and resources necessary to keep our streets safe. 

Government Waste

Government waste results in underfunded departments and higher taxes- I will work to restore fiscal responsibility and accountability to city government. Working closely with the City Finance Dept., the Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts, and whistleblowers, I’ll work to identify and eliminate waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement of our tax dollars.

 

Small Business

Promote entrepreneurs and small business in the Omaha Metro – As our community recovers economically from Covid-19, it’s important for City Council to do everything it can to help. I’ll work with the members of City Council and City Attorney’s office to repeal the restaurant tax and develop a “local preference procedure” for awarding city contracts. 

Author: Jon Jacobsen, B.S.B.A., J.D.

Rep. Jon A. Jacobsen, J.D. (R-Council Bluffs), is newly re-elected member of the Iowa Legislature, as Iowa State Representative from District 22 (Pottawattamie County). Jacobsen serves in the House as Vice-Chairman of the Commerce Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Ethics Committee, and in addition is seated on the State Government and Agriculture Appropriations Committees. Jon won his 2016 election by the largest percentage margin of votes in modern district history, engendering a huge voter turnout of nearly 75% of all registered district voters for a mid-term, non-Senate cycle. A married father of three, Jon is a bank senior trust officer/vice president, attorney (Univ. of Iowa Law alumnus), and has won a dozen Iowa Broadcast News Association Awards for Radio programming, including for Political Coverage, Public Affairs, In-Depth Series, Feature, and Overall Best Use of Online Media.