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  • Lincoln school apologizes for 'inaccurate' bully flyer (Nebraska)

    04/17/2014 7:18:11 AM PDT · by heartwood · 24 replies
    KETV Omaha ^ | 4/16/2014 | Anna Ripa
    LINCOLN, Neb. —Parents from a Lincoln elementary school were astounded when their children came home with a flyer about how to handle bullies. The flyer had the following rules: Treat the person who is being mean as if they are trying to help you Do not be afraid Do not verbally defend yourself Do not attack If someone physically hurts you, just show you are hurt; do not get angry Do not tell on bullies Don’t be a sore loser Learn to laugh at yourself and not get “hooked” by put-downs Lincoln Public Schools addressed the flyer on its Facebook...
  • Sasse outraises Osborn in Nebraska Senate race

    04/03/2014 4:44:11 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/3/14 | Rebecca Shabad
    GOP Senate candidate Ben Sasse announced Thursday he raised more than $850,000 in the first quarter of the year, significantly more than his main challenger in the race. Sasse made the announcement on Twitter. Another Republican candidate, Shane Osborn, announced earlier this week he raised more than $550,000 in the first quarter of this year. Osborn is a former state Treasurer and Navy pilot and his main rival is Sasse, who serves as president of Midland University. Last week, conservative group FreedomWorks withdrew its endorsement of Osborn and said it would support Sasse instead. They are among four GOP contenders...
  • SASSE/LEE REPORT: PREMIUMS INCREASE $2,900 PER FAMILY PER YEAR

    04/03/2014 9:55:52 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 3, 2014 | By Tony Lee
    One of the Tea Party's top stars in Congress has penned an Obamacare op-ed co-bylined by Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sasse argue that Obamacare's failures offer an opportunity for conservatives to be a movement that represents solutions and stands on the side of working-class Americans. "Republicans cannot win the healthcare debate until we effectively communicate our solutions to the problems that plague working families," they write in Thursday op-ed in the Washington Examiner. The article comes two days after Obama took what was considered a "victory lap" to tout the 7.1 million Americans who...
  • SARAH PALIN ENDORSES PETE RICKETTS FOR NEBRASKA GOVERNOR

    04/06/2014 6:11:09 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | April 5,2014 | TONY LEE
    On Friday, former Alaska Gov. Palin went to Nebraska and endorsed businessman Pete Ricketts for governor in the state in which her endorsement has proven to be the gold standard. Palin joined Kay Orr, Nebraska's former Republican governor whom Palin called the "original Mama Grizzly," to endorse to endorse Ricketts, whom Palin called the clear principled commonsense conservative choice in this race whose positions are clear: "he opposes amnesty and taxpayer funded benefits for illegal immigrants in any form and always has." Palin said the "alternative is woeful dependency on an inevitable sinking ship I call 'Liberal Lunacy.'" Palin has...
  • Muslim Brotherhood Front Group Trying to Stifle Free Speech in Nebraska

    04/05/2014 7:06:57 AM PDT · by cutty · 19 replies
    Gateway ^ | April 4, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    The Muslim Brotherhood front group, CAIR (the Council of American-Islamic Relations) is actively trying to deny us our right to free speech. Not only has CAIR ‘tweeted’ in opposition to our upcoming ‘Exposing the Muslim Brotherhood in the Heartland’ events next week (in Lincoln and Omaha, NE), with our guest, bestselling author and activist, Robert Spencer, they’ve also been able to wield their fear filled influence with the main stream media, who continues to deny exposure to these national security issues every time they have a chance. ... the Muslim Brotherhood has been outlawed in most Muslim countries, not because...
  • Rep. Lee Terry Makes Awkward Joke at GM Hearing

    04/03/2014 1:04:49 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | April 1, 2014 | Nikki Schwab
    As Congress took time Tuesday to get to the bottom of why General Motors took so long to recall vehicles with faulty ignition switches, Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., gave an awkward excuse for why he was late to the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing. “I’m sorry for being late, but my plane was canceled for mechanical reasons,” he said. “Probably an ignition switch." [READ: Creigh Deeds Tells Son's Mental Health Horror Story] The faulty ignition switches are believed to be behind the deaths of 13 people. At the hearing, General Motors CEO Mary Barra apologized to the family members...
  • Nebraska is new front in battle for control of GOP

    04/02/2014 11:55:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 4/2/14 | Thomas Beaumont
    ELMWOOD, Neb. (AP) — Compared with the acrimonious primary campaigns elsewhere, the race for the GOP Senate nomination in Nebraska sounds like two nice guys running for local Rotary Club president. "We owe a debt of gratitude to all of you who have worn the uniform," candidate Ben Sasse said during a recent debate, motioning to Shane Osborn, a Navy veteran best known as the pilot of an American spy plane forced down by the Chinese military in 2001 and its crew held for 12 days. Minutes later, Osborn pledged "to support whoever wins" the four-way primary on May 13....
  • Bob Kerrey Calls Obama a Delusional Liar; Media Mum

    04/01/2014 1:21:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 29, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Imagine if a former Republican presidential candidate and U.S. senator had called a current Republican president a delusional liar whose programs are wasteful. Would the mainstream media not be all over the story? Such a person would be interviewed at length by Wolf Blitzer on CNN as well as made the rounds of the morning talk shows and the Sunday news programs as well. The media buzz would be red hot on this topic for days extending into weeks. Well, there is such a person but because he is a Democrat saying these things about President Obama, we can expect...
  • Bob Kerrey Calls Obama a Delusional Liar; Renders Himself MSM Nonperson

    03/29/2014 4:52:42 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 29, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Imagine if a former Republican presidential candidate and U.S. senator had called a current Republican president a delusional liar whose programs are wasteful. Would the mainstream media not be all over the story? Such a person would be interviewed at length by Wolf Blitzer on CNN as well as made the rounds of the morning talk shows and the Sunday news programs as well. The media buzz would be red hot on this topic for days extending into weeks. Well, there is such a person but because he is a Democrat saying these things about President Obama, we can expect...
  • FreedomWorks flips in Neb. Senate race (withdraws Osborn endorsement, now backs Sasse!)

    03/28/2014 1:54:55 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 3/28/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    In a major blow to former Republican state Treasurer Shane Osborn’s candidacy for Nebraska Senate, national conservative group FreedomWorks is withdrawing its endorsement and backing his main primary rival, Midland University President Ben Sasse, instead. At issue, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said in a statement, is the unspoken support Osborn is believed to have from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “Both Osborn and Sasse are great people, and this was not a decision taken lightly. The question at the heart of this decision is, who would caucus with the Freedom Caucus, and who would fall in line with the...
  • How Conservatives Win

    03/27/2014 12:41:46 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    heritage.org ^ | 3/27/14 | Mike Needham
    It should come as no surprise The New York Times would bury news of a conservative victory over President Obama on page eight. The lead paragraph said it all: Senate Democrats, bowing to united House Republican opposition, dropped reforms of International Monetary Fund governance from a Ukraine aid package on Tuesday. The real question is whether this was merely a moment in time or a seminal shift in how congressional Republicans will approach future showdowns. And to be clear, future showdowns are inevitable if we are to achieve any conservative policy victories. Before going further, it is important to explain...
  • Senate hopeful Shane Osborn issues statement of regret over handling of disputed memo

    03/27/2014 8:58:00 AM PDT · by NEMDF · 9 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | March 27, 2014 | Steve Liewer
    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Shane Osborn has issued a statement of regret over his handling of a disputed memo supporting his conduct as a Navy pilot during a 2001 incident that is at the center of his campaign. The Omaha World-Herald reported Sunday that the unsigned memo, written last summer on Navy letterhead, was drafted for Osborn's campaign by a friend of his who worked in the Pentagon. Navy officials said they had no knowledge of it and could not vouch for the contents.
  • Sarah Palin endorses Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate (Iowa - Harkin's open seat)

    03/26/2014 11:11:47 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 41 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 03/26/14 | Kevin Hall
    One day after her “Squeal” TV brought her national attention, Joni Ernst picks up the endorsement of Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor, 2008 vice-presidential nominee and conservative firebrand calls Ernst a “champion for life, small government, and lower taxes.” Here is what Palin had to say when announcing her support for Joni Ernst in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race: “If Nebraska’s Deb Fischer can see through the bull in Washington, then Iowa’s Joni Ernst can help her cut through the pork. Growing up on a hog farm in Southwest Iowa, Joni has taken her “pork cutting” skills to the Iowa...
  • TEXAS SEES GREATER DECLINES IN WELFARE THAN NATION, CALIFORNIA NUMBERS RISE

    03/25/2014 11:32:25 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | March 25,2014 | by CHUCK DEVORE
    The number of food stamp recipients (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) fell in Texas in 2013, dropping 4.6 percent from a year earlier to 3.9 million recipients in December 2013. Nationally, SNAP caseload declined by 2.1 percent from December 2012 to December 2013 as the job market gradually warmed up. California’s SNAP caseload bucked the national trend, increasing 4.1 percent to 4.3 million recipients, the second-largest percentage increase in the nation behind Maryland. Eleven states saw an increase in their SNAP rolls, Maryland, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Nebraska and Rhode Island , while...
  • Nebraskans' dilemma: Which conservative to vote for?

    03/24/2014 7:54:36 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    washingtonexaminier.com ^ | 3/24/14 | David Drucker
    With every big name in national Tea Party politics lined up behind Ben Sasse in the Nebraska Republican Senate primary, a disinterested observer could be forgiven for assuming that Shane Osborn was some GOP Establishment today. Except, that’s not the case. Osborn, a Navy veteran who was once captured and interrogated by the Chinese military for several days, served one term as the elected Nebraska treasurer, stepping down in 2011 rather than run for re-election. He has never lived in Washington aside from a 15-month assignment to the Navy Yard following his final deployment to Afghanistan. Osborn moved home to...
  • Nebraska Gubernatorial Debate

    03/23/2014 7:22:57 PM PDT · by WTFOVR · 1 replies
    March 23, 2014 | WTFOVR
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  • Ben Sasse Releases 'Constitutional Madness' Bracket to Highlight Obama's Lawlessness (NE Senate)

    03/21/2014 6:02:51 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/20/14
    Conservative Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse, who has been surging since being labeled the anti-Obamacare candidate, has released a "Constitutional Madness" bracket to highlight the lawlessness of the Obama administration. "Which is President Obama's worst constitutional violation?" the bracket says. "Make your picks!" Pairings include "allowing congressional Obamacare subsidies" versus "forcing taxpayers to violate religious conscience by funding abortion through Obamacare" to "Using the IRS to suppress free speech" to "Secret monitoring of Fox News and the Associated Press." Sasse, who has vowed to take on the permanent political class and has already clashed with the Washington establishment, was most...
  • NE:No charges to be filed in weekend fatal shooting

    03/17/2014 9:04:57 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    ketv.com ^ | 10 March, 2014 | NA
    OMAHA, Neb. —Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said no charges will be filed against a homeowner who fatally shot a 19-year-old man investigators said broke into the residence Saturday night. Authorities on Monday said Ronald Green, 66, was watching TV when he was startled by the sound of his front door flying open. Ramon R. Matlock entered the home, and Green ran to a bedroom to retrieve a revolver, authorities said. Matlock swung at Green, and Green fired a shot into Matlock's chest and another into his lower back, authorities said. Authorities said Matlock ran out the door, but only...
  • GOP establishment is backing Ben Sasse’s opponent in Nebraska; Updated

    03/17/2014 12:22:23 PM PDT · by Bratch · 16 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | March 16, 2014 | Doug Brady
    Via Mark Hemingway.  Won’t these guys ever learn? This brings us to the May 13 primary for the open Senate seat in Nebraska, where the NRSC’s meddling is particularly hard to justify. The two top Republicans are Ben Sasse and Shane Osborn. Both men are impressive. Sasse is a fifth-generation Nebraskan and Yale Ph.D. He worked for Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company, specializing in crisis management and turnaround projects. Just after 9/11, he worked in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy. Later in the Bush administration, Sasse was an assistant secretary of Health and Human Services, where he...
  • Phyllis Schlafly endorses Osborn in Nebraska

    03/12/2014 2:36:56 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 4, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Republican Shane Osborn nabbed the endorsement of social conservative leader Phyllis Schlafly in his bid for Senate in Nebraska. Schlafly, head of the anti-feminist, anti-abortion group the Eagle Forum, said in a statement obtained exclusively by The Hill that she’s endorsing Osborn because the nation needs “leaders with strong moral convictions.” ADVERTISEMENT "I am pleased to announce my support for Shane Osborn in the Nebraska U.S. Senate race. Our nation is at a crossroads, and we urgently need leaders with strong moral convictions to lead our nation back into prosperity and constitutional government,” Schlafly said. “Shane Osborn is just what...
  • At a prison release party, Nikko Jenkins' gift: a gun

    03/11/2014 1:29:18 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 8 replies
    The Omaha World Herald(Buffet's RAG) ^ | March 11, 2014 | By Todd Cooper
    For once, Erica Jenkins was quiet in court. Nikko Jenkins' normally outspoken sister — who once overturned a lectern during a court appearance — thrice refused to answer questions Monday about who provided him with a shotgun. That didn't mean there weren't fireworks. Erica Jenkins at times refused to answer questions about the night of her brother's release after being called to the stand by James Schaefer, Anthony Wells' attorney. At other times, she denied that there was a party or that she or Wells was there. Then it was prosecutor Brenda Beadle's turn.
  • Shooting during home invasion was justified, county attorney says

    03/11/2014 6:52:14 AM PDT · by NEMDF · 11 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | March 10, 2014 | Kevin Cole
    http://www.omaha.com/article/20140310/NEWS/303119982/1687#shooting-during-home-invasion-was-justified-county-attorney-says Kleine, who said a toxicology report will take a least a month to complete, gave the following account of what happened based on his discussions with police and his review of an autopsy performed Monday.
  • Mike Lee endorses Ben Sasse in Nebraska GOP Senate primary (Take that, Mitch!!)

    03/04/2014 5:44:12 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 3/4/14 | Seth McLaughlin
    Sen. Mike Lee is endorsing Ben Sasse in the Nebraska Senate GOP primary contest, giving the president of Midland University the support of another high-profile conservative and tea party favorite in the tight Republican race. “Nebraskans need Ben Sasse to represent their values, reformers in the Senate need his conservative vote, our country needs his voice,” Mr. Lee said in a statement. “Ben Sasse is a strong constitutional conservative who understands the proper role of government, has great respect for our democratic institutions, and will fight to ensure that the people’s voice is heard in Washington.” Mr. Sasse, a former...
  • Report: Texas, Nebraska recognized for business expansion

    03/03/2014 5:45:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 3, 2014 | Breanna Deutsch
    “With all due respect, Texas is crushing it,” says Texas Gov.Rick Perry. When it comes to attracting new business projects to the state, that’s true, according to a survey conducted by the real estate magazine Site Selection. For the second year in a row, the Lone Star State’s governor won the magazine’s Governor’s Cup for luring more commercial projects than any other. Other states with the most total commercial projects in 2013 were Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Michigan. But the ranking changes when you look at the largest number of projects per capita. Using this methodology, Nebraska came in first,...
  • Nebraska Moves to Nullify Unconstitutional Obama Gun Laws

    02/26/2014 5:16:22 PM PST · by SolidRedState · 2 replies
    Email From GOA | 2/26/2014 | Gun Owners of America
    Nebraska has now joined states like Florida, Arizona, Idaho, Missouri, Kansas, and Alaska in standing up for the Second Amendment -- and telling Barack Obama what he can do with his unconstitutional gun bans and gun registration schemes. L.B. 1030 would prohibit any Nebraska state or local official from "restrict[ing] the carrying, possession, transfer, purchase, sale, or ownership of or otherwise regulat[ing] any firearm, ammunition, or component of any firearm or ammunition to a greater extent than state law." This is particularly important in view of the Obama administration's efforts to ban and register guns unlawfully, by executive fiat. Hence,...
  • Another "Successful Banker" Found Dead

    02/24/2014 6:17:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/24/14 | tyler durden
      The dismal trail of dead bankers continues. As The Journal Star reports, a successful Lincoln businessman and member of a prominent local family died last week. Former National Bank of Commerce CEO James Stuart Jr. was found dead in Scottsdale, Ariz., the morning of Feb. 19. A family spokesman did not say what caused the death. This brings the total of banker deaths in recent weeks to 9 as Stuart is sadly survived by three sons and four daughters.  Mr Stuart's background (via The Journal Star), Stuart was a native of Lincoln and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with...
  • Pro-Obamacare, GOP Establishment Forces Line Up Against Nebraska's Ben Sasse

    02/20/2014 7:53:33 PM PST · by House Atreides · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 February 2014 | Frances Martel
    Healthcare industry lobbyists connected with the Republican establishment in Washington are making a concerted effort to sink the campaign of the Nebraska Republican who has been branded the “anti-Obamacare candidate,” Breitbart News has learned....
  • Judge strikes down Nebraska law that allowed Keystone pipeline to proceed through state

    02/20/2014 4:52:12 AM PST · by thackney · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 19, 2014 | Associated Press contributed to this report
    A Nebraska judge on Wednesday struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL pipeline to proceed through the state, a setback for the project that would carry oil from Canada to Texas refineries. Lancaster County Judge Stephanie Stacy issued a ruling that invalidated Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman's approval of the route. Stacy agreed with opponents' arguments that a law passed in 2011 improperly allowed Heineman to give TransCanada eminent domain powers within the state. Stacy said the decision should have been made by the Nebraska Public Service Commission, which regulates pipelines and other utilities. Heineman said Wednesday that state...
  • Nebraska judge strikes down legislature’s move allowing Keystone XL route

    02/19/2014 2:16:51 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 133 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 19, 2014 | By Lenny Bernstein
    A Nebraska judge ruled Wednesday that the state violated its constitution when it allowed the governor to approve the route of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, a decision that could significantly delay the $5.3 billion project. District Court judge Stephanie F. Stacy blocked Gov. Dave Heineman (R) and other defendants “from taking any action on the governor’s January 22, 2013 approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline route,” such as allowing land to be acquired by eminent domain for the project. Stacy concluded that the state legislature’s decision to take the siting power away from its Public Service Commission and give...
  • Judge strikes down Nebraska law that allowed Keystone pipeline to proceed through state

    02/19/2014 2:08:44 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 19,2014 | AP
    LINCOLN, Neb. – A Nebraska judge on Wednesday struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL oil pipeline to proceed through the state, a victory for opponents who have tried to block the project. Lancaster County Judge Stephanie Stacy issued a ruling that invalidated Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman's approval of the route. Stacy agreed with opponents' arguments that law passed in 2011 improperly delegated the decision-making power to Heineman to give the company eminent domain powers within the state. Stacy said the decision should have been made by the Nebraska Public Service Commission, which regulates pipelines and other utilities....
  • Keystone pipeline approval in limbo after Nebraska ruling

    02/19/2014 7:16:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:54pm EST | Patrick Rucker and Valerie Volcovici
    A Nebraska court on Wednesday voided the governor’s decision to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to pass through the Midwestern state, creating another snag for the controversial project to link Canada’s oil sands with refineries in Texas. Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman last year supported legislation that cleared the way for TransCanada Corp’s $5.4 billion pipeline to cross parts of his state. But some landowners objected to the legislation, saying it disregarded their property rights. On Wednesday, the District Court of Lancaster County sided with landowners, a move that makes inevitable additional months of delay to the project, already more than...
  • Judge strikes down Nebraska law through which the state approved the Keystone XL route

    02/19/2014 6:45:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/19/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Because the Obama administration really needed another justification for their interminable dithering on the Keystone XL pipeline — not to mention the eco-radicals grasping at everything and anything they can to court the success of their counterproductive crusade.To review: Back in January of last year, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality finished their impact report on TransCanada’s amended proposal for the route the Keystone XL pipeline would take through their state (environmentalists had objected to an earlier version that would have routed the pipeline through the state’s ecologically sensitive Sand Hills region, and this new version proposed to curve around...
  • Report: US Energy Secretary Favors Reducing Oil Shipped By Rail

    02/19/2014 10:30:50 AM PST · by thackney · 11 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | February 19, 2014 | Reuters
    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz supports reducing the amount of crude oil shipped by rail in favor of pipelines that are safer, cheaper and cleaner, Capital New York reported on Wednesday. "What we probably need is more of a pipeline infrastructure and to diminish the need for rail transport over time," he said in an interview published on the Capital New York website. He said the infrastructure is "not there" to handle the surge in North Dakota Bakken oil production from near zero to 1 million barrels per day (bpd). "Frankly, I think pipeline transport overall probably has overall a...
  • Which Democrats Benefit From Keystone XL Pipeline Delays?

    02/17/2014 5:15:01 AM PST · by thackney · 35 replies
    Washington Free Beacon via Fox ^ | 2014/02/12 | Lachlan Markay
    Democrats who oppose the Keystone XL pipeline have thousands of dollars invested in direct competitors to the company looking to build the pipeline, public records show. A recent environmental assessment by the State Department was seen as a step toward the pipeline’s approval, but Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) remains opposed to its construction. “In my view, there is now enough evidence to conclude that construction of this pipeline is not in America’s long-term interest,” Kaine said in a statement on the review. The freshman Democrat has between $15,000 and $50,000 invested in Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, according to his...
  • Democrats Who Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline Own Shares in Competing Companies

    02/13/2014 10:12:31 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 12, 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    Democrats who oppose the Keystone XL pipeline have thousands of dollars invested in direct competitors to the company looking to build the pipeline, public records show. A recent environmental assessment by the State Department was seen as a step toward the pipeline’s approval, but Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) remains opposed to its construction. “In my view, there is now enough evidence to conclude that construction of this pipeline is not in America’s long-term interest,” Kaine said in a statement on the review. The freshman Democrat has between $15,000 and $50,000 invested in Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, according to his...
  • Nebraska city to keep illegal immigration rules

    02/12/2014 6:45:03 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | February 12, 2014 | By JOSH FUNK
    Residents of a small Nebraska city have reaffirmed their desire to take on illegal immigration. Nearly 60 percent of Fremont voters decided Tuesday to keep an ordinance that requires all renters to swear they have legal permission to live in the U.S. Voters first approved the rules by a smaller margin in 2010. Critics pushed for the new vote, saying the housing restrictions would be ineffective and might cost Fremont millions of dollars in legal fees and lost federal grants. They also said it was hurting the city's image.
  • Commentary: Keystone XL — the cost of politics and illusion

    02/07/2014 10:08:50 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 6, 2014 | William O'Keefe
    For over five years, the Obama Administration has delayed a decision on the Keystone pipeline because of alleged concerns about environmental impacts, especially climate change. The Administration’s non-decision process has been strongly supported by its activist environmental allies who have made extreme and unsupportable claims. Now, the truth comes out from the former Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, who finally admitted that the decision is “a political one, and one founded in science” and just yesterday by former Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, who said that Keystone is a “win-win.” In spite of these admissions, environmental activists continue their...
  • Anti-Establishment Ben Sasse Surges to Virtual Tie in Nebraska GOP Senate Primary

    02/06/2014 7:19:45 AM PST · by bigbob · 4 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 2-5-14 | Tony Lee
    After his YouTube video in which he blasted Obamacare and the Republican establishment in Washington for not combating it fiercely enough went viral late last year, conservative Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse has rocketed from obscurity to holding a virtual tie for the party's Senate nomination. A Harper Polling poll released Wednesday found that Sasse, the former Bush administration official who is the country's youngest president of a university (Midland), trails former Nebraska state Treasurer Shane Osborn by only one percentage point in the race to replace retiring Sen. Mike Johanns. Osborn is at 30 percent while Sasse is at...
  • Broad Coalition Backs Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

    02/05/2014 10:44:11 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    Associated Press via ABC ^ | February 4, 2014 | By MATTHEW DALY
    An unusual coalition of lawmakers from both parties, labor and business leaders, veterans groups and Canada's ambassador to the United States joined forces Tuesday to push for quick approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Five Democrats joined Republicans at a Capitol news conference to urge President Barack Obama to approve the pipeline following a State Department report last week that raised no major environmental objections. The $7 billion pipeline would carry oil from tar sands in western Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. The project has lingered for more than five years and has become a symbol...
  • US State Dept: Without Keystone, Oil Trains May Cause 6 Deaths Per Year

    02/04/2014 8:47:21 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | February 03, 2014 | Reuters
    Replacing the Keystone XL pipeline with oil-laden freight trains from Canada may result in an average of six additional rail-related deaths per year, according to a U.S. State Department report that is adding to pressure for President Barack Obama to approve the line. The long-awaited study, released on Friday, focused on the environmental impact of TransCanada's $5.4 billion pipeline, but also spent several pages analyzing the potential human impact of various ways to transport oil, using historical injury and fatality statistics for railways and oil pipelines. Although it excluded the runaway oil train derailment that killed 47 people in Lac...
  • Keystone Pipeline to Be Built Because There’s No Reason Not To

    02/01/2014 6:43:56 PM PST · by thackney · 19 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 1/31/2014 | Jonathan Chait
    The State Department today released its long-awaited environmental impact analysis of the Keystone XL pipeline. The analysis is key because President Obama announced last summer he would not approve the pipeline unless it was found to have no significant impact on climate change. And that’s what the analysis finds. It argues, as many other analysts have concluded, that if we block the pipeline, Canada will just ship the oil out by rail. So, what public policy reason is there to block the pipeline? There really isn’t one. Indeed, the environmentalists' obsession with Keystone began as a gigantic mistake. Two and...
  • Five Reasons Obama May Cave On The Keystone Pipeline

    Despite years of acrimonious delay, the Keystone XL pipeline project is increasingly likely to receive the green light from the U.S. government sometime this year. ... In the end, intense pressure from constituencies close to the Obama Administration will force the President to align himself with the project. Here are the top five reasons why the government will finally be compelled to take action on this hot-button issue and why it will probably happen sooner rather than later. 1) The U.S. Midterm elections - Nothing changes policy faster than an election and this year it looks like several members of...
  • (OMAHA) Nebraska has the highest black homicide rate in U.S., national group says

    01/24/2014 9:24:46 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 39 replies
    World Herald ^ | 01/24/2014 | Christopher Burbach
    The day of the funeral for a 5-year-old Omaha girl killed by a stray bullet, a national organization declared that Nebraska has the highest black homicide rate in the nation. The statistics that the Washington D.C.-based Violence Prevention Center analyzed do not include the Jan. 15 killing of Payton Benson. The numbers come from 2011, the most recent year for which comprehensive national homicide data is available. But a high ranking is not a one-year anomaly. Thirty black people — including 27 people in Omaha — were killed in homicides in Nebraska in 2011. That translates to a black homicide...
  • Emails expose close coordination between EPA, Sierra Club and other lib environ activist groups

    01/23/2014 10:24:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2014 | Mark Tapscott
    Among Washington's most important but rarely covered realities is the daily close coordination among Democratic politicians, executive branch bureaucrats and the left side of the non-profit activism community. Emails obtained recently through a Freedom of Information Act request submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute exposed a slice of that coordination in the campaign to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The emails show, according to Fox News correspondent John Roberts, "senior policy officials at the EPA working closely with environmental groups in what appears to be an effort to kill the pipeline."...
  • Bottom 5 States in (Liberal) Fiscal Condition: (Shortened title)

    01/20/2014 12:40:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Inquiring minds are digging into a George Washington University paper on State Fiscal Conditions, a ranking of 50 states, by Sarah Arnett. PolicyMic Produced this Chart of State Fiscal Conditions based on the working paper. Highlights and Lowlights Let's return to the original working paper for some highlights and lowlights. At the bottom of the rankings are New Jersey and Illinois. New Jersey faces long-run solvency problems due in part to nearly 15 years of underfunding its state and local pensions. It has an estimated unfunded pension liability of around $25.6 billion as well as $59.3 billion in unfunded liabilities...
  • Senior enlisted airman at Offutt's 55th Wing relieved of duty

    01/18/2014 7:30:55 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 16 replies
    The Omaha World Herald ^ | JANUARY 17, 2014 | By Steve Liewer
    The senior enlisted airman at Offutt Air Force Base's 55th Wing was removed from his position earlier this week, base officials acknowledged Friday. Chief Master Sgt. William Thomaston Jr. was relieved Monday after the wing commander, Col. Greg Guillot, "determined that (Thomaston) couldn't effectively perform his duties," said Delanie Stafford, a 55th Wing spokesman. Thomaston had been Guillot's principal enlisted adviser, responsible for the military readiness and well-being of more than 5,000 enlisted airmen at Offutt. Stafford described the decision as "sudden" but said he couldn't discuss details because of privacy laws.
  • Could US lose access to Keystone oil? Canada moves to Plan B

    01/15/2014 3:27:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 15, 2014 | Dan Springer
    Where crude oil is concerned, Canada waits for no country. It doesn’t matter how wealthy or how friendly that country is -- or whether that country is the United States. With the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline stuck in limbo on the U.S. side, Canada’s Energy Board recently gave a thumbs up to a $6.5 billion pipeline designed to carry 525,000 barrels of oil per day from the oil sands of Alberta to ships on the British Columbia coast. The final destination is most likely Asia. The development has the U.S. oil industry attacking the Obama administration over its drawn-out process....
  • Gov. Dave Heineman calls for tax cuts of up to $500 million over next 3 years

    01/15/2014 7:41:48 AM PST · by NEMDF · 5 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | January 15, 2014 | Paul Hammel
    LINCOLN — Gov. Dave Heineman is wasting no time promoting his push for tax-relief legislation in 2014. Heineman scooped his own State of the State address — scheduled for delivery this morning — by revealing his plan Tuesday night to seek up to $500 million in tax cuts over the next three years.
  • Hoeven: Obama will approve Keystone

    01/12/2014 12:16:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 12, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) said he thinks President Obama will approve the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. In the wake of multiple crude-by-rail train accidents in North Dakota -- leaving railcars ablaze and nearby residents at risk --Hoeven said on "Platts Energy Week" that the U.S. needs more pipelines. The U.S. needs pipelines "not only to improve conditions in terms of rail, but trucks," Hoeven said on Sunday. "With the Keystone pipeline, we'd take 500 trucks a day off our roads in western North Dakota." "So clearly pipelines are a part of the solution. But also we have to do everything...
  • Obamacare’s Cornhusker Nemesis

    01/09/2014 6:44:40 PM PST · by Hoodat · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | Jan 27, 2014 Issue | John J. Miller
    It’s not easy to pile up more than 20,000 sheets of paper — the number of pages of regulations associated with Obamacare, according to some estimates. Yet it’s an effective prop for Ben Sasse, a Republican running for Senate in Nebraska. “This is a picture of what government can’t do well, wasn’t built to do, and inevitably fails at,” he says, gesturing toward the tower of paper. At full height, the pages stand more than nine feet tall. On the evening of December 17, in the First National Bank of Holdrege with its eight-foot ceiling, the top segment has to...