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  • Dems’ best friend: The GOP base (More "great advice" from the Left)

    05/17/2012 12:58:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Salon ^ | May 16, 2012 | Steve Kornacki
    At the very least, the Republican Party base’s revolt against its own establishment cost the GOP a 50-50 Senate tie in 2010, with primary voters forcing unelectable nominees on the party in three races that it had otherwise been on course to win. A decent case can be made that the uprising actually cost Republicans outright Senate control. And now the same thing may be happening all over again, with Nebraska joining a growing list of unexpected 2012 Senate battlegrounds – at least for the moment. The impetus is the surprise victory of Deb Fischer, a little-known state legislator, over...
  • Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate

    05/16/2012 10:19:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Deb Fischer for Senate [Nebraska] ^ | 5/16/12 | Deb Fischer
    A lifelong Nebraskan, Deb Fischer knows about hard work, strong communities, and the Nebraska way of life. Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Deb attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with a B.S. in Education. Deb and her husband Bruce have been married for over 39 years and own a ranching business near Valentine. On the ranch, they raised their three sons, all of whom have returned to live and work on the family ranch. The Fischer family has been recognized for their conservation and environmental stewardship, receiving honors from the Nebraska Natural Resources Districts, Nebraska Cattleman and the...
  • Another Conservative Victory Bubbles Up from the Grassroots in Nebraska

    05/16/2012 1:11:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 16, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: There was an election in Nebraska, and another establishment Republican went down the tubes. Nebraska State Senator Deb Fischer won the Republican nomination for US Senate in a race against the Attorney General Jon Bruning last night. She rode a burst of late momentum to pull off an unexpected victory. And it really was stunning. I mean it was a major surprising come-from-behind victory, and as it's reported here in The Politico, it "amounts to a warning flare about the volatility of the primary season and the unintended impact of outside groups," like the Tea Party. Deb...
  • "Deb Who?" Belies Liberals' Charges Of GOP "War On Women"

    05/16/2012 5:30:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 16, 2012 | Editor
    Politics: The victory of the little-known Deb Fischer in Nebraska's Republican Senate primary is a reminder that the Tea Party is alive, well and volatile. And so is the phenomenon named Sarah Palin. Deb who? That was the reaction Tuesday after the state senator and her modestly funded campaign scored a huge upset against the GOP establishment candidate for the U.S. Senate nomination, Attorney General Jon Bruning, and state Treasurer Don Stenberg, on whom the "smart" conservative money was bet. Born and raised in Nebraska, Fischer, 61, and her husband of nearly 40 years run a ranch where they've reared...
  • Mike Johanns: Club for Growth Sank Don Stenberg

    05/16/2012 11:30:04 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 14 replies
    Roll Call ^ | May 16, 2012 | David M. Drucker
    As Republicans sought to interpret Deb Fischer’s upset victory in Tuesday’s Nebraska Senate primary and what it portends for the 2012 elections, Sen. Mike Johanns (R) told Roll Call that the third-party groups who spent heavily to boost Don Stenberg are responsible for his last-place finish. Johanns, a former Nebraska governor, said the Club for Growth’s television ad campaign that targeted frontrunner Jon Bruning, the state attorney general, was “tone deaf” and left Nebraska GOP primary voters with an overwhelmingly negative impression of Stenberg, the state treasurer. Johanns referred to Stenberg as a “true blue conservative” who has a solid...
  • Palin Statement on Fischer Victory in Nebraska Senate Primary

    05/15/2012 10:38:57 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 56 replies
    BreitbartNews ^ | 5-15-12
    *snip* As recently as a week ago, Deb Fischer was dismissed by the establishment. Why? Because she is not part of the good old boys’ permanent political class. The message from the people of Nebraska is simple and powerful: America is looking for real change in Washington, and commonsense conservatives like Deb Fischer represent that change. I applaud Moms like Deb Fischer who are bold enough to step up and run on a conservative platform to restore America and protect our children’s future. Congratulations to the people of Nebraska. As the Huskers’ fight song goes: “The eyes of the land,...
  • AP Calls Race for Deb Fischer

    05/15/2012 8:25:51 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 139 replies
    KETV News, Omaha ^ | 15 May 2012 | Wire story
    OMAHA, Neb. - The Associated Press has projected Deb Fischer as the winner of the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. Most of the evening, Jon Bruning maintained a lead over Fischer; however, during the 9 p.m. hour, the lead switched in favor of Fischer. Just under 6,000 votes separated the top two candidates when the Associated Press called the race.
  • Nebraska Secretary of State Election Results

    05/15/2012 6:28:32 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 2 replies
    Nebraska Sec of State ^ | May 15, 2012 | Nebraska Sec of State
    Candidates for US Senate & House
  • Sarah Palin Endorses Deb Fischer (Nebraska US Senate candidate)

    05/11/2012 1:52:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    KHGI-TV ^ | May 10, 2012 | Steve White
    Deb Fischer has picked up a major endorsement, as former Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin backs the Valentine rancher for U.S. Senate. Fischer said she was honored to be endorsed by the former Alaska governor and her husband Todd Palin. "I greatly admire their willingness to stand on conservative principle and their resolve in standing up to the political establishment," Fischer said. The two-term state senator is running for U.S. Senate and poll numbers released by her campaign show she may be closing the gap with Attorney General Jon Bruning and State Treasurer Don Stenberg. Bruning has picked up big...
  • Sarah Palin Endorses Deb Fischer in Nebraska Senate Race

    05/09/2012 5:35:31 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 35 replies
    Roll Call ^ | May 9, 2012 | Abby Livingston
    Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, have endorsed Deb Fischer, providing the state Senator’s struggling bid to succeed retiring Sen. Ben Nelson (D) an adrenaline shot six days before the GOP primary. Fischer sought the former Alaska governor’s support early in her campaign in “a note,” according to the Fischer campaign press release. Often in the 2010 cycle, candidates were surprised to receive a Palin endorsement. The Palin endorsement proved to be an effective tool for obscure candidates to gain footing in competitive primaries. “I am writing to you as both a fan of your strong, conservative principles and as...
  • Palin Endorses Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate, Update: Latest Fischer Campaign Video

    05/09/2012 4:12:02 PM PDT · by ak267 · 7 replies
    C4P ^ | 5/9/2012 | Steve Flesher
    The Omaha-World Herald as well as The Hill have both reported earlier in the hour that the Deb Fischer campaign (U.S. Senate, Nebraska) has received an endorsement from Governor Palin. Also, Fischer’s campaign website includes a note from Fischer to Palin: “I am writing to you as both a fan of your strong, conservative principles and as a fellow female Republican. I have watched your career with respect as you take on tough issues, all while raising a family and serving your great state. Your career has inspired me and so many other female politicians who believe principles should be...
  • Palin backs Fischer for U.S. Senate

    05/09/2012 8:26:48 AM PDT · by superdad · 46 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | May 9, 2012
    Sarah Palin has picked sides in Nebraska's Republican U.S. Senate race. She's backing State Sen. Deb Fischer of Valentine. The Fischer campaign announced the endorsement in a Wednesday morning press release that quoted a letter from Palin. “We admire your conservative principles and know that you will not go to Washington to amass great wealth or power,” Palin wrote. “You will go to Washington to serve the people of Nebraska, protect our Constitution and work for common sense solutions to help restore America. We are happy to support you and have asked SarahPAC to send a financial contribution to your...
  • Nebraska man changes name to Tyrannorsaurus Rex

    05/08/2012 6:19:33 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 8, 2012 | ?
    A 23-year-old Nebraska man walked into a court room in York County Monday afternoon as Tyler Gold -- and walked out as Tyrannosaurus Rex, the York News-Times reported. Gold said he wanted to change his name “because the (T-Rex designation) is cooler,” according to an official filing he made with court. “Also, as an entrepreneur, name recognition is important and the new name is more recognizable.” Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/05/08/nebraska-man-changes-name-to-tyrannosaurus-rex/?test=latestnews#ixzz1uKaMm6fn
  • Rick Santorum Backs Richard Mourdock in Indiana Senate Race [Lugar Endorsed by McCain & Daniels]

    05/05/2012 10:11:50 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    YahooNews ^ | May 05, 2012 | Shushannah Walshe
    Rick Santorum Backs Richard Mourdock in Indiana Senate Race By Shushannah Walshe | ABC OTUS News Rick Santorum has weighed in on the fierce primary battle in the Indiana senate race. The former presidential candidate tweeted his support of State Treasurer Richard Mourdock over longtime Sen. Dick Lugar. @RickSantorum: I encourage Hoosiers to help GOTV for @RichardMourdock. If I lived in Indiana he'd have my vote in Tuesday's #INSen race. Lugar has held the seat since 1976, but Tea Party favorite Richard Mourdock is waging a serious challenge and is leading in state polls. Mourdock also has the backing of...
  • Michelle Obama talks husband's upbringing on campaign swing

    04/25/2012 12:53:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | April 24, 2012 | Kevin Liptak
    First lady Michelle Obama, making campaign stops in Nebraska and Iowa on Tuesday, boosted her husband's credentials while appearing to make small contrasts with his likely rival Mitt Romney, lauding President Barack Obama's core set of values and relaying stories of his modest upbringing. Appearing alongside Warren Buffett in Omaha, Nebraska, Michelle Obama touted the White House-backed provision named for the billionaire investor, which would place a minimum 30% tax on Americans making more than $1 million a year. The "Buffett Rule" was blocked in the Senate last week. In explaining the president's commitment to helping Americans who are struggling,...
  • Big Test Set for Tea Party Muscle

    04/20/2012 4:34:08 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | April 20, 2012 | NAFTALI BENDAVID
    April 20, 2012 Big Test Set for Tea Party Muscle Fates of Sens. Hatch, Lugar and Other Targets to Signal Staying Power of Republican Insurgency BY NAFTALI BENDAVID Tough challenges to two powerful veterans of the Republican establishment, Sens. Orrin Hatch and Richard Lugar, will signal in coming days whether tea-party activists and their allies still have the power to reshape the party. Mr. Hatch on Saturday addresses the Utah Republican convention as its delegates decide whether he qualifies for a June 26 primary. Failure to win 40% of them would deny him a slot on the ballot, as happened...
  • ShePAC Fights Back: "2012 Won't Be A War On Women, It Will Be A War By Women"

    04/17/2012 3:52:05 PM PDT · by ak267 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/17/2012 | Breitbart TV
    ShePac Endorses five candidates for the upcoming 2012 Senatorial campaign: Linda McMahon (Connecticut) Sarah Steelman (Missouri) Linda Lingle (Hawaii) Heather Wilson (New Mexico) Deb Fischer (Nebraska) http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/04/17/SHE-PAC-2012-Wont-Be-A-War-On-Women-It-Will-Be-A-War-By-Women#disqus_thread
  • (NE GOP US Senate) Deb Fischer Wins Sarpy Republican Women Straw Poll

    04/12/2012 7:10:34 PM PDT · by ak267 · 3 replies
    Deb Fischer 2012 ^ | 04/13/2012 | staff
    Wednesday, April 11, 2012 – Today, Senator Deb Fischer’s campaign for U.S. Senate announced a decisive victory at last night’s straw poll at a forum held by the Sarpy Republican Women. Sarpy County is a key county in the Nebraska U.S. Senate race. It is the third most populated county in Nebraska and includes the cities of Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista, Gretna, Springfield and portions of Omaha. Senator Fischer’s victory in the straw poll was a major development that demonstrates her campaign’s organizational strength and effective grassroots network, as her opponents have significant ties to Sarpy County. Attorney General Jon...
  • Prenatal coverage would be available to illegal immigrants under bill (AUDIO)

    04/04/2012 12:27:54 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    Nebraska Radio Network ^ | April 4, 2012 | Brent Martin
    State lawmakers have advanced a bill that would restore prenatal care to mothers who lost Medicaid coverage two years ago, including illegal immigrants. Sen. Kathy Campbell of Lincoln sponsors LB 599, saying that Nebraska’s practice of funding prenatal care of the unborn child of poor women should return, including the unborn child of an illegal immigrant. “The child will be a U.S. citizen at its birth,” Campbell stated in her opening. “Would we not want that child to be healthy? Would we not want healthy babies?” Nebraska had provided prenatal care through Medicaid until 2010 when federal officials objected. Approximately...
  • Kerrey: I intended to live at sister's home

    03/20/2012 6:53:55 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 16 replies
    The Omaha World Herald ^ | March 20, 2012 | By Maggie O'Brien
    When Bob Kerrey registered to vote last month in Douglas County and listed his sister's address as his home — swearing under oath that it was his residence — he fully intended to live there for some time, he said Monday. A day later, Kerrey said, he “lucked out” in finding his own place when real estate developer Jay Noddle offered to let him live in his guest home. “I thought it would take longer to establish residency,” Kerrey said in an interview Monday. “I lucked out.”
  • Attention Nebraska Citizens: Voter ID Law in home stretch. WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!

    03/19/2012 7:56:21 PM PDT · by ak267 · 1+ views
    Nebraska 9-12 | 3-19-2012 | ak267
    From Paul Von Behren; We are potentially in the final week for Voter ID. We need to see where the Speaker puts the bill on priority, but the debate is mostly formality. We need to complete the required 8 hours of discussion, then muster 33 votes for cloture. Debate will stop and the bill will pass on a simple majority. So cloture is the key vote, and why we need to keep pushing the senators below. First from Sen. Janssen: "The message here in Lincoln is getting around and heard. While the misinformation from our opposition happened all at once,...
  • Kerrey Bows Out of Neb. Senate Race, GOP Win Likely

    03/07/2012 3:31:14 PM PST · by forbushalltheway · 36 replies
    www.newsmax.com ^ | 03/07/2012 | Martin Gould
    Former Sen. Bob Kerrey has decided against trying to regain his Nebraska seat in the November elections, almost certainly gifting it to Republicans, RealClearPolitics reports. Incumbent Ben Nelson, considered the most conservative Democrat in the upper chamber, is retiring and Kerrey was seen as the Democrats’ last best chance for keeping the seat in the blue column. But after weeks of toying with the idea, Kerrey decided not to run, according to RealClearPolitics. “I have chosen what I believe is best for my family and me,” he said in a statement released Tuesday. Kerrey was running well behind Republicans vying...
  • U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey announced that he will run for U.S. Senate in Nebraska.

    03/01/2012 5:54:58 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 10 replies · 6+ views
    Seante Update with Sen Jim DeMint - Email | 03/01/2012 | Sen Jim DeMint
    Fellow Conservatives: Yesterday, former Democrat U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey reversed his earlier decision and announced that he will in fact run for the open U.S. Senate seat in Nebraska. After leaving the Senate in 2001, Kerrey moved to New York City where he even considered running for mayor. Kerrey's decision to move back to Nebraska to run in this Republican state proves one thing: national Democrats have convinced Kerrey that the Republican front-runner, state Attorney General Jon Bruning, is vulnerable. Fortunately, Republicans in Nebraska have an alternative. State Treasurer Don Stenberg is a true conservative with the integrity and record...
  • (BREAKING) Twitter NE-GOP. SOS finds Bob Kerry [sic] NOT NE resident when he filed.

    03/16/2012 9:32:15 AM PDT · by ak267 · 17 replies
    @NEGOP (Twitter) ^ | 3-16-2012 | ak267
    RT @fahleson: Neb. Sec. of State finds @kerreybob was NOT a Neb. resident when he filed and @NEGOP complaint has merit. #nesen #bigapplebob
  • Reminder: Bob Kerrey Cast the Deciding Vote for the Clinton Tax Hike

    03/06/2012 11:44:35 AM PST · by 92nina · 4 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-03-02 | Kristie Shu
    Bob Kerrey looks to be a challenging replacement for Ben Nelson in the Nebraska 2012 senate race, so constituents need to be reminded of his left-leaning track record. Most prominent was his August 1993 deciding vote in favor of Clinton’s 1993 tax hike, which he himself declared as the “biggest tax increase in the history of the country.” “Kerrey helped lead the fight to unravel Ronald Reagan’s bipartisan Tax Reform Act of 1986 when Kerrey supported first George H.W. Bush’s 1990 tax increases and then Bill Clinton’s 1993 tax increases,” stated Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Both...
  • With Kerrey coming and Snowe going, Senate Dems confident (It's ALL about power)

    03/03/2012 12:42:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/03/12 | Alexander Bolton
    With Kerrey coming and Snowe going, Senate Dems confidentBy Alexander Bolton - 03/03/12 01:15 PM ET Senate Democrats are buoyantly optimistic about keeping control of the upper chamber after developments this past week increased their chances of winning races in Maine and Nebraska. They sought to capitalize on the new wave of optimism by blasting out a fundraising email Friday touting the “seismic” shift of the Senate electoral map. “This week’s entry of Democrat Bob Kerrey into the Nebraska race and surprise retirement of Republican Senator Olympia Snowe in Maine have completely changed the face of the 2012 map in...
  • ‘Obamaha’? In Case of a 269-269 Electoral Split

    02/29/2012 6:19:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | 02/29/2012 | Jake Tapper
    Nebraska may be a reliably red state, but the Obama campaign has had staff on the ground in Omaha since October, and the campaign has an office opening there planned for March 15, campaign sources say. Why? Because Nebraska is one of two states (the other is Maine) that awards electoral votes according to congressional district. And in case of any 269-269 electoral college tie, the campaign is taking no chances. Scoff if you like — but the campaign did this in 2008, and won Nebraska’s 2nd congressional district. The Obama campaign jokingly referred to the strategy – and the...
  • Bob Kerrey changes his mind, will run for Senate, source says

    02/27/2012 5:59:29 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 22 replies · 3+ views
    Wash Post ^ | February 27, 2012 | unattributed
    <p>Former senator Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) has changed his mind and plans to run for the open Senate seat in Nebraska, according to a senior Democratic aide.</p> <p>The aide said Kerrey has called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to inform him of his plans.</p>
  • Freep a Poll! (Catholic University in Nebraska. should they pay for birth control?)

    02/22/2012 10:43:23 AM PST · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    omaha.com ^ | 2-22-12 | Omaha.com
    Should colleges be required to offer prescriptions for or cover birth control? Yes No Cover but not prescribe Prescribe but not cover I'm not sure
  • Carney: GOP cancelled Keystone, not Obama

    02/21/2012 11:28:47 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 65 replies
    Carney: GOP cancelled Keystone, not Obama By Neil Munro - The Daily Caller 1:49 PM 02/21/2012 WASHINGTON – The president didn’t stop the Keystone XL oil pipeline — Republicans did. That’s the message on Tuesday from White House spokesman Jay Carney as gas prices rise above $4.00 per gallon. “The president didn’t turn down the Keystone pipeline,” Carney said, because the proposal to construct the pipeline was reviewed by the Department of State. President Barack Obama’s decisions to nix construction of the pipeline has been repeatedly attacked by the GOP, and by some Democratic-allied unions representing construction workers. They say...
  • Ex-Sen. Bob Kerrey not running again for Neb. seat

    02/07/2012 7:10:30 AM PST · by sunmars · 27 replies
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Former Sen. Bob Kerrey said Tuesday he will not run for the Nebraska Senate seat he gave up more than a decade ago, shutting down hopes for a bid both parties called Democrats' best chance to hold the seat but that Kerrey himself described as a longshot. The 1992 presidential candidate and former Nebraska governor had considered seeking the Democratic nomination to succeed Sen. Ben Nelson, who replaced Kerrey in the Senate in 2001. Nelson's decision not to run for a third term this year came as a boon to Republicans, who must net four seats...
  • Lincoln bishop: prepare for 'suffering' under HHS mandate

    01/31/2012 4:59:07 PM PST · by The Shrew · 138 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | January 26, 2012 | The Most Reverend Fabian W. Bruskewitz
    Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of LincolnLincoln, Neb., Jan 30, 2012 / 06:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics may have to suffer for the integrity of their institutions, Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska announced in his response to the Obama administration's contraception mandate. “We cannot and will not comply with this unjust decree. Like the martyrs of old, we must be prepared to accept suffering which could include heavy fines and imprisonment,” Bishop Bruskewitz wrote in a letter he ordered to be read at every Sunday Mass in his diocese on Jan. 29. “Our American religious liberty is in grave jeopardy,”...
  • Republicans vow to fight for Keystone pipeline (Obama and the other Rats screw America, again)

    01/18/2012 3:16:49 PM PST · by tobyhill · 10 replies
    reuters ^ | 1/18/2012 | Roberta Rampton
    Republicans in the House of Representatives said on Wednesday they plan to introduce a bill to advance TransCanada's Keystone XL oil pipeline to try to override President Barack Obama's rejection of the $7 billion project. House Speaker John Boehner told reporters "all options are on the table" to craft a bill to fight for the pipeline, which Republicans say would create thousands of jobs and bolster the economic recovery. "There are legislative vehicles that will be moving in the weeks and months ahead," Boehner said. House Republicans have not yet decided what kind of legislation they will push, said Lee...
  • Five key senators abandon online piracy bills amid Web protests

    01/18/2012 3:08:55 PM PST · by abb · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 18, 2012 | Brendan Sasso and Gautham Nagesh
    Congressional support for controversial online piracy legislation eroded dramatically on Wednesday in the face of an unprecedented online protest supported by tech titans such as Google, Wikipedia and Facebook. Several key senators withdrew their support from the Senate's Protect IP Act (PIPA), including Tea Party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), an elected member of his party's leadership. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who leads the Senate GOP's campaign team, said the legislation should be put on hold, while Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a sponsor and the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, retreated from the...
  • Lots of free land, few takers

    01/17/2012 9:16:34 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 51 replies
    The Omaha World-Herald ^ | January 17, 2012 | By Leslie Reed
    LINCOLN — Californian Therese Ebert dreamed of being a modern-day homesteader, pulling up stakes from her rented room in Poway, Calif., to build a home of her own in Beatrice, Neb. Chasing the promise of free land, she packed her two dogs and her belongings into the back of an SUV and set off for Nebraska. She had signed up last January for a free lot in Beatrice on condition that she build a home on the property within five years. "Everything I owned was with me," Ebert said. "The car was packed, I wasn't looking back." But, alas, homesteading...
  • Bob Kerrey to explore Senate bid(Looky who crawled out from his NYC ROCK)

    01/09/2012 9:55:06 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 34 replies
    The Omaha World Herald(Warren Buffet's "Newspaper") ^ | January 6, 2012 | By Robynn Tysver
    Is it the return of Bob Kerrey? The former Nebraska governor says he is coming “home” to Nebraska next week to talk with friends and others about another possible run for the U.S. Senate. Kerrey says he will make his decision quickly, after determining whether he has the “skills” and “experience” needed to help Nebraska and the nation address some of its problems, including the nation's debt woes. “I don't presume for a moment I would automatically win. But, I have to persuade myself, if I did win, I could do something others couldn't,” Kerrey said Friday. He previously served...
  • Report: Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson to retire

    12/27/2011 12:42:39 PM PST · by Perdogg · 90 replies · 7+ views
    usa today http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2011/12/ben-nelson-retirement/1
  • Dem (aka 'bipartisan') Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, Obama

    12/16/2011 9:20:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/16/11 | Alexander Bolton
    Dem Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, ObamaBy Alexander Bolton - 12/16/11 04:08 PM ET Republicans want to jam Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on the Keystone oil sands pipeline and the Democratic leader will have a tough time resisting, given support within his caucus for the project. GOP leaders have made clear to Reid that they will not approve an extension of the payroll tax holiday unless it includes language to speed up construction of the pipeline. Senate Republicans estimate as many as 14 Senate Democrats support the project. Labor unions have also voiced strong backing, complicating...
  • Nebraska Governor Criticizes HSUS

    12/13/2011 1:34:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Farm Futures ^ | December 13, 2011 | Grant Schulte AP
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman criticized the Humane Society of the United States on Monday, saying he would fight any efforts by its lobbyists to push legislation that could hinder Nebraska's agricultural industry. The Humane Society of the United States opened an office in Omaha last year. A group spokesman has said the new office and state issues director in Nebraska were intended to help small farmers gain access to markets traditionally dominated by larger operations. But Heineman, a Republican, said he did not trust the group's intentions.
  • WWII: Stepping up to lift spirits

    12/12/2011 1:18:33 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 4 replies
    The Omaha World-Herald ^ | December 12, 2011 | By Dan Sullivan
    The face of a homesick soldier was sure to brighten when the troop train pulled into a Nebraska station. Volunteers came out in force to make Americans in uniform feel appreciated during World War II. United Service Organizations centers were set up across the Omaha area, including Union Station, north Omaha, South Omaha and Bellevue, to boost morale. And another network of 21 community groups took turns staffing the railroad station's Service Men's Center and greeting, feeding and entertaining the troops.
  • Waiting for a Decision in Nebraska

    12/02/2011 5:42:03 PM PST · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 2, 2011 | By JEFF ZELENY
    The fight for control of the United States Senate will intensify next year, with Republicans trying to capture a majority by seizing upon the political headwinds facing Democrats. The pieces to the puzzle are nearly all in place, with one exception: Nebraska. There, Senator Ben Nelson, a Democrat, has yet to decide whether he will run for a third term or join several of his Democratic colleagues and retire. He has a campaign organization in place, but intends to make a final decision over the holidays. ...This explains why the phone keeps ringing in the office of the state’s Republican...
  • Johanns Sees ‘Change in Mood’ for Tax Increase

    12/01/2011 4:38:36 AM PST · by radioone · 21 replies
    Politics and Government Blog of the NY Times ^ | 11-30-11 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    Another Republican senator has opened the door to tax increases on high earners as a way to pay for a payroll tax cut, showing more movement in the party ranks after resistance all year to tax increases. “I sense a change in mood,” Senator Mike Johanns, Republican of Nebraska, said Wednesday. “It’s a little more bipartisan. My position has always been, ‘Let’s not raise taxes,’ but on the other hand, I don’t want our country to collapses under a mountain of debt. If that means compromise, I am going to do everything to get that done.”
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Controversial Oil Pipeline Plan to Be Rerouted After Threat of Delayed U.S. Approval

    11/14/2011 4:31:24 PM PST · by Ron C. · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/14/11 | Fox News
    <p>LINCOLN, Neb. – Days after the Obama administration threatened to delay approval of a planned oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico -- angering unions while appeasing environmentalists -- the company seeking to build the pipeline says it's willing to reroute the project to get it back on track.</p>
  • Nebraska Regent Fears For Player, Fan Safety at Penn State Game

    11/10/2011 9:10:29 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 60 replies · 2+ views
    Sports Illistrated ^ | 11-10-11 | SI/AP
    <p>LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A University of Nebraska regent says he fears for the safety of the Cornhuskers' football traveling party and fans at Saturday's game at Penn State. He wants assurances a security plan is in place to protect them.</p>
  • (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...