Lincoln Sen. McGill Launches Bid for State Auditor

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Sen. Amanda McGill has formally launched her campaign for state auditor.  McGill on Thursday pointed to her experience dealing with issues that affect the state budget, including a problem-plagued effort to privatize foster care services. Lawmakers enacted a series of reforms in 2012.  McGill, a Democrat, is entering her eighth and final year in the Legislature. She serves as head of the Legislature's Urban Affairs Committee, but cannot seek re-election because of term limits.  Her announcement at the Capitol marked the beginning of a 15-city campaign kickoff tour.  Sen. Pete Pirsch of Omaha, a Republican, has also launched a bid for auditor. Both candidates are vying to replace Republican State Auditor Mike Foley, who is running for governor and cannot seek re-election.