Category Archives: Nebraska YR

Congratulations Senator Nicole Fox

The Omaha & Nebraska Young Republicans are PROUD Governor Ricketts has appointed Nicole Fox, a member of the Omaha Young Republicans, to the Nebraska Legislature. Fox will be an excellent and effective legislator and we look forward to working with and supporting her.

Congratulations, Senator Fox!


Fox brings experience and expertise in healthcare policy

Lincoln – Tuesday August 18th, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the selection of Nicole B. Fox, a nutrition therapist specialist and medical nutrition instructor, from Downtown Omaha, to fill the District 7 legislative seat vacancy.

The Governor announced his appointment at a news conference this morning. Fox will be sworn in by Secretary of State John Gale later today in a private ceremony.

“Nicole’s significant expertise in healthcare policy and in prevention and wellness will contribute a unique and important perspective in the Unicameral,” said Governor Ricketts. “Her principles and experience will represent the values of this district well in the legislature, and I know she will be an advocate for growing our state and creating opportunities for Nebraska’s hardworking families.”

About Senator Fox

“I am honored to receive this appointment from Governor Ricketts,” said Nicole Fox of Omaha. “I look forward to taking on the tough issues and working together with my fellow senators and the governor to find innovative ways to expand access to healthcare and increase access to educational opportunities for all Nebraska students.”

Fox, 40, works as a Nutrition Therapist Specialist at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha where she provides medical nutrition therapy to patients undergoing a variety of cancer treatments. She is also an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) lecturing for several programs including Medical Nutrition Education, College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, and the Physician Assistant Program.

Fox is a Registered Dietitian and a Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapist. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Oncology Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group, Nebraska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Omaha District Dietetic Association.

Fox has delivered numerous lectures for organizations and has been published by a variety of outlets. Her published work includes the following:

  • “Nutrition Considerations for Patients with HIV/AIDS.” Nebraska AIDS Project Quarterly Newsletter. Summer 2001.
  • “Using Nutrition Intervention to Resolve Nutrition Impact Symptoms and Save Healthcare Dollars.” Oncology Nutrition Connection 2013.
  • “The Use and Modification of Clinical Pathways to Achieve Specific Outcomes in Bariatric Surgery.” The American Surgeon 2005. Yeats M, Wedergren S, Fox N, et al.

In 2004, Fox was recognized as Young Dietitian of the Year by the Nebraska Dietetic Association, and she was recognized as Outstanding Dietitian by the Nebraska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2012. She has volunteered for the Girl Scouts of America and the Nebraska Humane Society.

Fox holds a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition-Dietetics from Iowa State University.

Legislative District 7 includes a portion of southeastern Douglas County in Omaha. Fox’s appointment lasts through January 3, 2017, and she is eligible for election a 4-year term in November 2016 with the ability to serve up to two full terms.

Nebraska GOP Lace ’em Up! Events

We have the opportunity…

  • For a new Republican Governor who will begin January 2015 with a Unicameral having many more newly elected conservative State Senators.
  • To take Legislative Districts and turn them from Democrat to Republican and build a stronger conservative base in the

We are taking our opportunity…

  • By successfully fundraising. Our party nance team is having great success across the state in support of our nine toughest races for the Unicameral. Donors recognize that a conservative candidate’s election from eastern Nebraska benefits everyone, everywhere.

Now is your opportunity…

To add the last piece. Candidates need you to lace ‘em up and:

  • Walk door to door
  • Make phone calls
  • Place yard signs
  • Address post cards

You are needed. Your GOP is making it easy. Come to a Unicameral Shoeleather Project session, get successful training tips, meet the candidates, select one or more to help, and get going. Please join us…

In Omaha:

Monday September 22nd
10409 Essex Ct. Lower Level
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Candidates: Gwenn Aspen, Joni Craighead, Merv Riepe, Brett Lindstrom, Tommy Garrett, John McCollister

In Lincoln:

Wednesday September 24th
1610 N St. NEGOP Headquarters
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Candidates: Dallas Jones, Laura Ebke, Brent Smoyer

Register with Joyce or Bud by phone or e-mail.

Joyce: 402-376-6600

Bud: 402-475-2122

The NEGOP Lace ’em Up! flyer.

New Domain –

The Nebraska Young Republicans have taken the opportunity to migrate their website to their own .gop address: .  The Republican Party is on the leading edge as the first Political party to get their own TLD extension: .gop. 

The .gop domain is one part of a broader strategy to take a digital advantage as we approach the 2014 and 2016 elections.  The RNC is taking technology seriously.  Earlier this year, the RNC announced the launch of an in-house technology incubator Para Bellum Labs.  The goal is to hire top tech talent to build cutting edge data products and digital platforms for the Republican Party.  

Over the next few years, the Nebraska YR's are excited to see what comes next.  Most importantly, we're excited for widespread Republican victories in the upcoming Mid Term elections!

Jessica Chizek elected as Nebraska YR Chair

2014 Nebraska YR Leadership Election

The Nebraska Federation of Young Republican's State Convention was a great success. We would like to congratulate and thank Brandon Petersen for his leadership over the last two years.

Jessica Chizek is the new Chair. Courtney Ruwe is the Vice Chair. The National Committeewoman is Melissa Dorr. The National Committeeman Is Taylor Gage. The Secretary is Ben Boll. The Treasurer is Chris Chappelear.

Congrats to the new Nebraska Young Republican Executive Board. We look forward to working with you.

Omaha Election Helps to Shrink Bloomberg Group

The Bloomberg gun control group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), appears to have problems with decreasing membership.  There are several contributing factors, like the recent blunder of MAIG demonstrators reading a list of gun violence “victims”.  This list including at least 10 murder suspects who were killed by police.  Most notably, Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was on the list, sparking widespread condemnation and anger. (read more)

Omaha Votes

On a local level, Omaha voters decided to reduce Nebraska's membership to MAIG by one member, Jim Suttle, on May 14th, 2013.  Buzzfeed reports this has been a noticeable trend across the nation.  Due to resignations and lost elections, Bloomberg's MAIG is finding it harder to keep its membership numbers up.

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Don Walton: Nebraska YR’s win Award

Young Republican National FederationDon Walton of the Lincoln Journal Star mentions the Nebraska Federation of Young Republicans winning the State Federation of the Year Award at the 2013 Young Republican National Convention.  This is a big honor for our YR's, they receive recognition for their dedication and hard work.

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Nebraska Young Republicans Honored as Federation of the Year at National Convention

(Omaha, NE)  This week, the Nebraska Federation of Young Republicans returned home from a successful Young Republican National Convention in which Nebraska was honored as the State Federation of the Year. Forty-four states sent delegations to Mobile, Alabama from July 10th – 14th to discuss important issues facing the nation and elect a new National leadership team.

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Courtney Ruwe elected YRNF Midwest Regional Director

Courtney Ruwe elected YRNF Midwest Regional DirectorWe are proud to announce that Courtney Ruwe, the National Committeewoman for the Nebraska YR's, was elected as ‪YRNF‬ Midwest Regional Director during the 2013 Young Republican National Convention.

Courtney is a solid choice, we know she'll continue to strengthen the YR's in our region. She has a strong track record of successfully taking on challenges, Courtney has helped to increase at-large Nebraska YR membership and has worked in several statewide and local elections. She was a critical member on the YRNF Omaha 2012 Board, responsible for managing the events during the highly successful National meeting.