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Fought against tougher environmental regulations

Sasse gained national attention earlier in his term as a leading Trump opponent within his party. His remarks didn't go over well with some Nebraska Republican activists. Sasse has pushed back against the criticism, with a spokesman noting that he's regarded as one of the most conservative Republicans in the Senate, has supported Trump's nominees to the court and has fought against tougher federal environmental regulations that were opposed by Nebraska farmers.
Source: Associated Press on 2020 Nebraska Senate campaign , Aug 5, 2019

Opposes Common Core State Standards

On education, Sasse said he opposes Common Core State Standards--which were developed by groups such as the National Governors' Association but have come under fire by wary conservatives. Sasse said they were supposed to be voluntary and state-based, but are "no longer either." Sasse said raising kids is the responsibility of parents and local government and shouldn't be "centrally done in Washington."

Domina said the federal government has a "pretty dynamic interest" in making sure all students have common levels of understanding, noting that he may differ on education from Sasse, who attended private colleges and homeschools his children "which I applaud him for." The problem is, both George W. Bush and Obama didn't trust teachers to decide who should pass, Domina said.

Source: WatchDog.org on 2014 Nebraska Senate debate , Jun 2, 2014

At Midland U., fixed broken system of higher ed

When Sasse was appointed president of Midland University three years ago, Midland was in dire straits and contemplating bankruptcy. Sasse turned out to be a prodigious crisis manager. In the last three years, Midland's enrollment has gone from 590 students to 1,100. Oddly enough, his vision for reforming higher ed grew out of his experience trying to fix America's dysfunctional health care system.

"The only sector that even compares with higher ed for being broken is health care. Think about how similar they are. They're both dominated by third-party payment, and that third party is mostly public funders that don't know how to hold anybody accountable for outcomes. The institutions exist primarily for the good of their own workers, not their own customers--students or patients. Quality is hard to measure, but to the degree you can measure, you have to measure things that are team outcomes, not solo, virtuoso outcomes," he says.

Source: The Weekly Standard on 2014 Nebraska Senate race , Jun 17, 2013

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