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  • Poll: Trouble for Ben Nelson if Bruning wins primary

    11/28/2011 7:02:04 PM PST · by freespirited · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/11 | Josh Lederman
    Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) would start his 2012 reelection race in a weak position if Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning wins the primary, according to a new poll. The survey by Republican firm Magellan Strategies put Nelson 6 points behind Bruning in a general election. But pitted against Don Stenberg, another Republican in the race, Nelson is in a statistical tie. He bests Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer (R) by 6 points. Another cause for concern for Nelson, who has not yet announced whether he will seek reelection, is his 36 percent approval rating, which dwarfs the 51 percent who...
  • Energy Smackdown: Keystone XL vs. Solyndra

    11/25/2011 9:08:37 AM PST · by bigbob · 5 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 11-21-11 | Robert Bryce
    The two big energy stories of the moment are the Obama administration’s announcement that it will wait another year before making a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, and the continued pummeling of the Department of Energy and Energy Secretary Steven Chu for their handling of the $529 million loan guarantee to Solyndra. So how do those two projects compare on critical issues such as economic impact and overall energy use? Even a cursory look at the two deals shows that, once again, the Obama administration’s energy priorities are — how to put this charitably? — misguided.
  • Second Amendment Foundation Wins Preliminary Injunction V. Omaha Ban On Alien Handgun(NE)

    11/23/2011 5:04:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 22 November, 2011 | SAF
    BELLEVUE, WA --( A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction against enforcement by the City of Omaha, NE of an ordinance that prohibits legal non-citizens from registering handguns in the city, in a case brought by the Second Amendment Foundation, the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association and Armando Pliego Gonzalez. The order was granted by U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon while the court considers whether the registration ban for legal immigrants is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. “We’re delighted with the judge’s order,” said SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. “Mr. Pliego has been a legal permanent resident since 2008,...
  • Self-defense: Teen hunter kills mountain lion(NE)

    11/20/2011 1:53:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 15 November, 2011 | John McCoy
    If a mountain lion had gotten to within 10 feet of me when I was 15 years old, I might have soiled my pants. Kudos to this kid for keeping his head and doing what needed to be done. From the Associated Press: LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says a 15-year-old deer hunter shot and killed a mountain lion that was only 10 feet from him. The boy, of Wayne, shot the cougar Saturday near Creighton in northeast Nebraska. Officials say he was hunting a shelterbelt in Knox County and spotted the mountain lion 10...
  • Pipeline decision will weaken Obama (crassest pandering to a tiny minority of Americans)

    11/19/2011 8:23:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | November 19, 2011 | Brian Lee Crowley
    H.L. Mencken, I think it was, who uttered the immortal phrase "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public." No one is a greater admirer of the dynamic and generous society that is America, and when I consider all the nations we could have had living next door I often think we won the neighbourhood lotto. But for some reason Mencken's phrase kept echoing in my head when I heard the news about Washington's plan to delay their decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Folly is too kind a word for this decision. It is the crassest...
  • Billionaire Buffett's Bakken Boom

    11/17/2011 10:26:11 AM PST · by kbobdelux · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/16/2011 07:02 PM ET | Andrew Malcolm
    Energy Policy: Killing the Keystone XL pipeline may help one of the world's richest men get richer. North Dakota's booming oil fields will now grow more dependent on a railroad the president's economic guru just bought. Stop us if you see a pattern here. About the time George Soros — Hungarian billionaire and key donor to leftist groups and the Democratic Party — invested heavily in the stock of the state-run Brazilian oil company Petrobras, President Obama was curbing U.S. offshore oil production and the U.S. Export-Import Bank announced a $2 billion loan to Petrobras to finance deep-water drilling off...
  • Growing uncertainty clouds Keystone XL saga, firm on 2013 pipeline review timeline

    11/16/2011 7:09:08 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | Rebecca Penty | Rebecca Penty
    Uncertainty clouding development of TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline mounted Tuesday with the U.S. State Department not bending on a 2013 review completion that the firm had suggested the day before could come months earlier. Despite the Calgary company’s assertion Monday it could satisfy a key element of a new federal study by rerouting its pipeline in Nebraska, the State Department said the timeline still stands, which confirms regulatory delays of more than a year for the $7-billion project. State Department spokesman Mark Toner told a media briefing in Washington, D.C., that based on previous assessments, “we anticipate the evaluation...
  • TransCanada, Nebraska to study Keystone XL pipeline reroute

    11/15/2011 9:23:29 AM PST · by thackney · 1+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | November 15, 2011 | Rebecca Penty
    TransCanada Corp. said Monday it expects U.S. President Barack Obama will have a recommendation over the fate of its $7-billion Keystone XL pipeline shortly after a new six-month review in Nebraska. The Calgary firm signed an agreement with Nebraska lawmakers Monday to reroute the pipeline around environmentally sensitive lands that contain an aquifer that provides drinking water to millions. If legislation introduced Monday is approved by state senators, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality will study and suggest a pipeline path. The diversion around the state’s Sandhills region and Ogalla aquifer is a move TransCanada’s vice-president of Keystone Pipelines, Robert...
  • How a pipeline was defeated: actors, activists and one key conversation

    11/14/2011 9:58:33 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Nov. 13, 2011 | nathan vanderklippe
    In the end, it came down to a conversation between two of the most powerful people in the world. Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with President Barack Obama about a pipeline set to run from Alberta’s oil sands down through the U.S. Midwest to reach refineries on the Texas coast of the Gulf of Mexico. ... “It’s blatant politics,” said David Wilkins, former U.S. ambassador to Canada, in an interview Friday. Mr. Wilkins lobbied for Keystone on behalf of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. “It’s politics at its worst. It was a move by...
  • Canadian PM eyes China after US pipeline delay

    11/13/2011 6:25:40 PM PST · by george76 · 54 replies · 1+ views
    AFP - ^ | 14 November 2011
    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Sunday that he was looking at exporting more oil to China after the United States delayed a decision on a controversial pipeline. President Barack Obama's administration last week put off a decision on Keystone XL project after a major protest campaign by environmentalists, who say the pipeline would be prone to accidents and worsen climate change. The conservative Canadian leader, taking part in a summit in Hawaii hosted by Obama said the pipeline decision had produced "extremely negative reactions" and that he discussed oil exports with Chinese President Hu Jintao.
  • Senate majority rejects GOP bid to block EPA (with the help of 6 RINOs)

    11/11/2011 4:48:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | November 11, 2011 | Dina Cappiello (AP)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democrat-controlled Senate on Thursday rejected a Republican attempt to block a regulation intended to curb power plant pollution that blows downwind into other states. By a 56-41 vote, senators defeated a resolution by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who said the step was needed to rein in what he called the Obama administration's overzealous job-killing approach to environmental protection. "We are simply asking that the clean air regulations already on the books stay in place and we do not make the regulations so onerous that they put utility plants out of business and we have an...
  • Keystone Cop-Out (Obama punts on more than 20,000 shovel-ready jobs.)

    11/10/2011 6:05:51 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 38 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Friday, November 11, 2011
    President Obama used to be fond of "shovel-ready projects." He's also demanding that Congress pass his jobs bill immediately because 9% unemployment is a crisis, and, by the way, he's for making the U.S. less reliant on energy from tyrants. So how about putting 20,000 Americans to work on a North American energy project that's as shovel-ready as they come? Sorry, Mr. Obama is voting present. The $7 billion project is TransCanada's Keystone XL, a 1,700-mile underground pipeline that would deliver 830,000 barrels of heavy crude oil a day from Alberta to refineries in Oklahoma and Texas. TransCanada filed an...
  • Keystone XL: Nebraskans take pipeline issue all the way to the White House

    11/10/2011 3:29:56 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 10 November 2011 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    The tar sandhills near Mills in north central Nebraska, through which the Keystone XL pipeline is planned to be built. The woman seated before the row of suited state legislators in her red Husker team hoodie was choking on tears. She had grown up on a farm in Nebraska. Her parents had grown up on farms, in the days before electricity and running water, and now she said generations of toil and sweat could be destroyed in an instant by a $7bn pipeline project. A leak from the pipeline, which would run from the tar sands of Alberta to the...
  • DeMint endorses Stenberg, sponsors fundraising drive

    11/10/2011 12:31:57 PM PST · by South40 · 2 replies ^ | 11/08/2011 | Don Walton
    Republican Senate candidate Don Stenberg on Tuesday got the endorsement he wanted. South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, sometimes described as a kingmaker for candidates seeking conservative support, said Stenberg was "a lifelong conservative with the principles, integrity and courage needed to stand up to the big spenders in both political parties in Washington." Stenberg is "not only the strongest conservative in the race, but we also believe he's the most electable," DeMint said in a statement issued through his Senate Conservatives Fund website.
  • Obama’s Keystone XL Kops (If the Dems really cared about jobs, this pipeline would be underway)

    11/08/2011 10:03:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/08/2011 | Rich Lowry
    One of the holiest words in the Democratic economic lexicon is “infrastructure.” Yet the proposed Keystone XL pipeline represents a big, honking $7 billion, 1,700-mile-long infrastructure project that the Obama administration is delaying and the environmentalists are opposing. If Pres. Barack Obama thinks the country lacks its former economic verve, he need look no farther than the Keystone XL fiasco for a demonstration of one reason why. Keystone XL meets every possible standard. President Obama wants “shovel ready” jobs. The materials to build the pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast are waiting to go. The president rightly notes...
  • (Nebraska RAT up-for-reelection Ben) Nelson Opposes Jobs Act (*made US Senate vote bipartisan)

    11/06/2011 12:44:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    WOWT ^ | 11/03/11
    Nelson Opposes Jobs ActReporter: WOWT Posted: 11:32 PM Nov 3, 2011 Nebraska’s Senator Ben Nelson released this statement after opposing the $58 billion Rebuild America Jobs Act. “While I agree infrastructure is a priority, the most important step Congress can take to create jobs is to get Washington’s fiscal house in order. Given that, the Rebuild America bill goes in the wrong direction because it raises taxes for billions of dollars in new spending,” said Senator Nelson.
  • Report: Cain voted for Clinton

    11/01/2011 8:55:31 PM PDT · by txroadkill · 175 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/01/2011 | Seth McLaughlin
    <p>A new report claims that Republican presidential contender Herman Cain voted for Democrat Bill Clinton for president in his first run, as well as for two Nebraska Democratic candidates in the past.</p> <p>In a story on the Nebraska Watchdog website, Joe Jordan writes that Mr. Cain supported Mr.Clinton during his 1992 presidential bid, 17 months before he squared off with Mr. Clinton over his push to overhaul the national health care system.</p>
  • I-680 ready for traffic today(this is what happens when Government gets out the way)

    11/02/2011 8:05:36 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 11 replies
    The Omaha World-Herald ^ | November 2, 2011 | By Andrew J. Nelson
    The time is almost here: Interstate 680 between Interstate 29 and the Missouri River is scheduled to reopen at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The roughly three-mile stretch was reduced to rubble this summer by the power of Missouri River floodwaters. Thanks to agreeable weather and 14-hour workdays, contractors beat deadlines for completing the project, which began in late September. A reopening ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Crescent, Iowa, fire station, at 102 W. Florence St. Those expected to attend include Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Federal Highway Administration Administrator Victor M. Mendez and Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle. Iowa companies...
  • 10 most vulnerable U.S. senators in 2012

    10/24/2011 9:24:16 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 28 replies · 1+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | October 20, 2011 | Source: (
    1. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. 2. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. 3. Jon Tester, D-Mont. 4. Scott Brown, R-Mass. 5. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah 6. Dick Lugar, R-Ind. 7. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio 8. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. 9. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine 10. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.
  • Controversial book likely at OPS

    10/25/2011 9:55:39 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 6 replies
    The Omaha World Herald ^ | October 25, 2011 | By Jonathon Braden
    Omaha Public Schools employees likely will get a controversial book about cultural proficiency during the second semester of this school year. Reading the book won't be mandatory, but district officials hope employees do read it. "You really can't mandate anything," said Carolyn Grice of OPS's student and community services department. "It will be an expectation." The school board spent more than $130,000 in federal stimulus money to purchase 8,000 copies of the book, "The Cultural Proficiency Journey: Moving Beyond Ethical Barriers Toward Profound School Change." OPS officials have said the book is one aspect of the district's three-year plan "to...