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Ernie Chambers

Nebraska's longest-serving lawmaker commandeers session

A 78-year-old state senator is attempting to run out the clock on Nebraska's legislative session with a filibuster in which he has described getting a colonoscopy and quizzed a colleague about the best way to pour a beer.

Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, the state's longest-serving lawmaker, has spent the last two days burning time in this year's session, with major issues still unresolved. He says the filibuster is punishment for colleagues whose votes he vigorously opposed.

"I'm having so much fun, it should be a sin," Chambers said.

The left-leaning independent chastised his fellow senators on Wednesday for rejecting a bill to legalize medical marijuana...

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