Bombing the Waves

by Street Sweeper on October 22, 2014

You can’t watch an episode of “Boating Naked” or “Afraid to Cook Naked” or “Naked with Thomas the Tank Engine” these days without getting hit square in the mug with a political ad.

Let us take a look at a few of the latest!


First, from Lee Terry, a new ad on the topic of the helium reserves.

Hahahaha! We kid! It’s on Brad Ashford’s support of and resistance to change the “Good Time” law, of course.
See “One Bullet” here:

Say what you will about that topic (oh, and OWH, can we get you a nice goat cheese to go with that whine?), but this is an effective ad, delivered well by the Omaha Police Union’s John Wells. It is an in-your-face spot by a strong advocate on the message of the day.

All we can figure is this message MUST be moving the dial for Terry, or they wouldn’t be pounding it over and over again. Look for Ashford to attack more, or to at least pop his head out of the Whack-a-Mole game the DCCC has secured him in. The more you hear him talk, the closer the race will be.


And then Brad Ashford has a new ad up on Part B Medicare Reimbursement.
Hohoho! (Slapping knee.) Of course it’s not! It is on Terry saying “Dang Straight”.
See it here:

How hilarious that they use the OWH’s “We [the all-knowing fact-checkers for you slovenly mouth-breathers] have examined the facts [of which there can be NO disagreement, because WE decide what the facts are, cretins] and endorsed Ashford.”

Funny how often the populace examines the facts and goes the opposite way of the OWH’s endorsements, yeah?

And then the hilarious endorsement from two “Republicans”.

First, it’s Lincoln Senator Kathy Campbell.
What, no Scottsbluff area state Senators to tell the 2nd District voters what to do?

As one politico noted about Campbell…

…Champion of liberal causes – led the fight for Medicaid expansion and prenatal for illegal aliens. Generally an unreliable vote on important GOP issues like tax cuts, guns, voter ID, winner-take-all, etc. Also generally assumed that she voted with Democrats on committee chairs and leadership votes. Big spending, big government “Republican.”

And “it’s time for Lee Terry to go”?
Well, we will say that’s some freaking nerve from a “Republican” state Senator.

We can sort of understand saying you support your Unicameral colleague. And we see what some local Republicans are doing by sitting on their hands in the race, hoping to get THEIR shot in 2016 — however short-sighted and lacking judgment a view that is.

But, as an office holder, to describe yourself as a “Republican”, and then call for the ouster of the sitting Congressman? If there is a method of excommunication from the Party, it should be exercised. Or maybe exorcised. Something along the lines of, “The Power of Reagan COMPELS you!”


But seriously, we laugh at the new OWH editorial that could not be any whinier, and really just some sort of strange list of talking points from the Ashford campaign.

“Brad Ashford didn’t make Nikko pull the trigger!!!!!
Brad Ashford didn’t behead anyone!!!!!!”

You see voter, the OWH will explain to your feeble mind how to draw a line from A to C.
Now don’t you nevermind letter B there. They will tell you what to do.

Let us now just dig through the OWH archives and find that Editorial about how Lee Terry didn’t cause the Ebola outbreak like the Ashford campaign claims. Darnit! It MUST be in there somewhere…


And as long as we’re piling on the the ads, take a look at Channel 7′s analysis.

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We heard Dave Roberts final thoughts of…

One of the ads in this race gained national attention tonight. The Republican National Committee’s [actually the NRCC, but whatever] attempt to link Ashford to serial killer Nikko Jenkins, another inmate released early for the Good Time law. Democrats call the ad racist and misleading. “TIME” magazine just put it on the list of the “Most Terrifying Ads” of the 2014 Election.

And like your’s, our first reaction was, “There’s still a TIME Magazine?”

But as long as we are talking about how Brad Ashford thinks the Good Time law is just hunky dory, we find it curious that the Democrats call the ad “racist”. Because, why? Because Jenkins is black?

Because what about an ad saying, “Ashford will vote just like…Barack Obama!“, with a picture of Ashford next to the President?

Is THAT racist?

We grant you that Jenkins is a scary looking person.

Nikko Jenkins

TIME Magazine (kids, this is one of those paper products on the back shelves at Walgreens) says the ad is “Terrifying”.
Now, what if Jenkins didn’t look freaky. Would it still be “terrifying”? Or is TIME Magazine racist?

You know who else looks freaking scary?
This guy:

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As far as we know, this guy hasn’t killed anyone.
He makes millions of dollars in the NBA. But he freaks us out every time we look at him.
If he came up to your car late at night, would you ask him for an autograph, or would you roll up the window as quickly as possible?

So let us suggest that the racists ones are the people who think the NRCC ad is somehow derogatory, simply because Jenkins is black.


Onto happier ads, there is the another ad for Terry for pushing renewable energy.
See it here:

We are looking forward to the next OWH editorial:

FACT: Scientists in lab coats do NOT fight against terrorists with RPGs!
FACT: We studied this ad and Brad has waaay more lab coats than Lee Terry.


So the reporter who caught Ebola in Liberia comes to Omaha and is declared “Ebola-free” in a week and a half.
Dude has the organ stewing disease that is currently the scourge of the planet, so he goes to the NU Med Center, downs a few Runzas and is good to go.

On the other hand, we’ve had the same cold for a month and half, and the phlegm cough that never ends.

Does anyone else see the hand of Big Kleenex keeping the cure down?


Two Weeks

by Street Sweeper on October 20, 2014

Chris-Anderson02If you’re on the Ben Sasse Senate campaign right now, you are dreaming of your next gig and how you feel about DC being the most expensive city in the country.

If you’re in the Pete Ricketts for Governor camp, you’re still pounding the pavement, but trying to figure out just exactly what might be available for you in Lincoln.

If you’re with 2nd District Republican Congressman Lee Terry, you better have awoken at 5am and on your third cup of coffee because today is the first day of the rest of the campaign. And it ain’t gettin’ easier.


We at Leavenworth St. have not heard any polling lately. Consider that a good thing for both Terry and his Democrat challenger Brad Ashford. We have heard for a while that Ashford’s daily tracking has him up. The most we have heard from Republicans is that they hope it’s close. The universe of “Likely” voters looks much better for Terry than sort of an overall “Favorability” — which is in the crapper.

Where those two cross will be the deciding point for Terry.

One interesting note is that we have heard nothing but how good the numbers for Ashford are, for at least the past few weeks. And Stu Rothenberg has said Terry may be “the most vulnerable incumbent in the entire country.” But considering that everyone thinks Ashford is up, and that Terry’s ad strategy is chucking footballs into the endzone, Rothenberg still does not signal the race as “Lean Democrat”.

It’s still “Pure Tossup.”

At this point, we think the Terry camp will take that.


By the way, we chuckled at the above-the-fold story in the Midlands section that the OWH put up this morning about the “2 Republicans” who don’t like the Lee Terry ad.

A former county attorney and a former county board member.
Neither of whom you could name.

Look, we get it OWH, you don’t like the ad.
But the least you can do is find someone currently in office — or heck, offices most people are familiar with — to make the point, that you set out to make, about how “all Republicans” are down on it.

At least Watchdog found Republican primary loser Dan Frei to criticize it.

Though you could have asked Frei about they way the American flag hangs at Terry’s house, and he would have criticized it.


Heck, if you want to knock Lee Terry, we hate to say but Ben Sasse had the harshest statement that we saw.

In Don Walton’s write-up about the Republican Senator-to-be, he had this line from Sasse, about what sort of legislation he will be pushing once he gets to Washington:

“Not post office-naming bills. That’s fiddling while Rome burns.”


We are guessing that wasn’t intentional, but you all know what the Democrats used to say about Lee Terry’s legislative record.


And about that Senate race, OWH:

Yes the water thing is an interesting note, and David Domina is a wild hypocrite when he says people are overreacting about what the EPA could and couldn’t do (gee, who would use emotion to further their political agenda?).

But is it “stirring up Nebraska’s U.S. Senate race“?
No it is not.


We will update whenever there is news!

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Gloves = Off in #NE02

by Street Sweeper on October 17, 2014

Are you looking forward to some college football with your political ads on Saturday?

You will be likely seeing just a few during the bathroom breaks of the Husker game tomorrow.
Lee Terry has two new ads up today.

The first, which is getting a little Twitter attention, is from the NRCC.
See it here:

The next, on the same theme, is from the Terry camp itself.
See it here:

Our reax?
Well, if anyone thought Terry was going to go light on the “Good Time” law stuff, that is out the window.

Brad Ashford is more or less getting the finger for both Nikko Jensen and Terrorist beheadings.
We won’t mince words here. I think we can all agree that is the impression voters are supposed to leave with from these spots.

You don’t go much harder than that, right?
Effective, or backfire?

If Terry wins this race — and most agree that if he is not behind right now, the race leans Ashford — then the heavy hand on these ads, among other strategies, will be credited.
If he loses, we doubt much blame will come back to these. Most will say it was lost already.

But while Brad Ashford is playing it very close to the vest right now, coming out and claiming your opponent is responsible for the Ebola virus isn’t exactly a victory lap move like, say, Ben Sasse is taking right now.

You can bet that the Ashford tracking shows things still pretty tight.

And then there’s the whole early ballot request matter, pushed from the Minimum Wage pushers. Heck, an interesting Q is, Would we be talking about Congressman Esch if that issue had been up back in those days?


And on yesterday’s middle of the afternoon debate, boy that was helpful, yeah?
We are sure that 2nd District Voters were glued to their screens, at local bars and Burger Kings, seeing those two flesh out the issues.

Oh you didn’t take the time out of your work day to watch the debate?
Well, then enjoy the ads during the football game.

We will keep you updated on anything we hear, in the mean time.


We always chuckle when a pol makes a statement saying that the major political move he made wasn’t political.

That was state Senator Steve Lathrop, on subpoenaing the Governor, on the hot button issue of the day, just before the election.

Now, Republicans, can someone please explain to us why Democrat Steve Lathrop is chairing this committee?


Here is Ben Sasse on Sean Hannity’s radio show from a few days ago.

At this point, it will be interesting to see what Sasse’s goals will be in the Senate.
Sasse’s talks to Hannity about the debt, Mideast conflict and education issues.


We don’t mean to say it’s been radio silence in the Governor’s race, but the most we hear(aside from the press-releasy type stuff) is Ricketts up by 12 points.

So, FWIW, here are a couple of ads, both on education, from the Hassebrook and Ricketts camps.



And we’re not saying every non-science class should be cut, but how DOES Music have such a stronghold in grade school curriculum? We get Art, but Music? We aren’t sure we ever gained anything from that class ever for eight long years of trudging off to the music room.



by Street Sweeper on October 15, 2014

Brad Ashford 001Sure this year’s Nebraska 2nd District Congressional race hasn’t had any lie detector tests (yet), but at least we can mark it down with the most goofball, outrageous claim to date:

Lee Terry caused the Ebola outbreak.

That is what the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (aka DCCC) is claiming this morning. Later they will trot out some local Union members to push it further.

The basis is votes on the Center for Disease Control budget. We suppose that would be an interesting contention, if it happened. But it didn’t — even though President Obama proposed cuts to the CDC in HIS 2012 budget. Oh, and Terry voted for more than $80 million to fight Ebola. But nevermind.

We will see if any newsies ask the Union members how much the CDC’s budget was actually cut.
But if that isn’t part of the DCCC’s talking points, don’t expect an answer.


The Washington Post says, “this line of attack is absurd.”
Then they give it “Four Pinocchios”.
(Hint: That’s calling B.S. on Brad.)


Though we will say that the DCCC has a tight grip on Brad Ashford’s reins.

He and Lee Terry were at a function last night and Channel 6 caught up with them. Lee answered the reporter’s questions about the issue du jour – Ashford’s votes on the Good Time law.

Ashford instead would not answer any of the reporters questions on the subject.

“Ashford wouldn’t answer questions specifically asked about the good time law.”

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Ya got that 2nd District? Ashford WON’T ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

We are guessing Ashford might be down for some more hot Ebola talk though.


In the mean time, the Democrats have TWO new attack ads up for Brad Ashford.

(And, once again, let us laugh off this “he doesn’t care about party!” garbage. Funny we don’t find any Republicans running ads for him, yeah?)

See the first attack ad, on the “Dang Straight” line.
See it here:

And then, the second ad, on the “Dang Straight” line, featuring “Helen from Omaha”.
And you can see that here:

You see, Brad Ashford WOULD give you some response about why he opposes reforming the Good Time laws, but what he MEANS to say is, “But didn’t you hear Lee Terry say, ‘Dang Straight’???


Why the press loves “Independents”

by Street Sweeper on October 13, 2014

Imagine IndependentsThis past weekend the editorial boards of the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star made endorsements in the 2nd District House of Representatives and U.S. Senate races, respectively.

The OWH picked Democrat Brad Ashford over Republican incumbent Congressman Lee Terry. The LJS chose Independent Jim Jenkins over either Republican Ben Sasse or Democrat David Domina for the seat being vacated by Republican Mike Johanns.

In each of the endorsements, the papers noted that their chosen candidate would be “independent”.

The OWH gushed that Ashford is someone, “for whom political party matters little.”

The LJS rhapsodized, “Imagine the U.S. Senate with a handful of sensible independents.

Ah, those untouchable, magical independents. Remember how much all the news outlets would long for the Independents back in the days when the Democrats had a firm grip on the Senate and the House? There was no chance of a Republican takeover, but do you recall how the newsies would just get that starry-eyed look when talking about how the “I’s” would control Congress?

Not so much?

Oh yeah. Right. Back in those days, the real talk was about how we needed to change the rules of the Senate so the Republicans couldn’t filibuster and block that awesome legislation that the Senate needed for Barack Obama to Make Things Happen. Oh, and we didn’t care about the House because Nancy Pelosi had a firm grip and wasn’t going to let Dems get away.

But now?
It’s those Republicans and their “bickering” who have bottled things up! Why, the Democrats would LIKE to do some good in Congress, but the Republicans just get in the way! And if they control BOTH Houses of Congress??

Well, buh, fwwppp…..WE NEED INDEPENDENTS!
They will keep Republicans….er…BOTH parties in check!
Yeah, that’s the Independent ticket.

Because, see, Independents are perfect for the media. The media sees ITSELF as independent. No labels. Just looking out for the good of the country, donchaknow.

Wait, doesn’t close to 90% of members of the media vote Democrat? Oh, don’t you nevermind that! They are registered Independents, who just happen to vote for who they think — nay, KNOW — is best!

When looking at someone like a Brad Ashford, who is just itching to do some Social Justice with your tax dollars, the OWH salivates. Take a Jim Jenkins, (who we hear is polling around 5%), who waaaasssss a Democrat, and the hearts of the LJS skip a beat at his “crooked grin that belies a contemplative nature.

Yeah, they actually wrote that.

The LJS finishes up, “Imagine the U.S. Senate with a handful of sensible independents to tip the balance in favor of workable solutions.

Now folks, take a WILLLLD guess at which party’s “workable solutions” they actaully like…


Over on the #NE02 side, Democrat Brad Ashford has a new ad out, called, “Brad Ashford – Disgusting” pushing back at Terry’s “Good Time” law ads.
See it here:

To defend himself Ashford brings out Tom freaking Monaghan as, what? Some sort of “independent voice of the judiciary? Oh, you mean former Nebraska Democrat Party Chairman Tom Monaghan? THAT Tom Monaghan?

And then there’s retired Judge Ronald E. Reagan also going to Ashford’s corner. That would be former Lyndon Johnson delegate to the Democrat Convention and 1970 Democrat Lt. Governor candidate, Ronald E. Reagan.

My, how those independent sounding law dawgs have fine Democrat pedigrees….


The Sasse-abago has a new ad out.
See it here:

We aren’t saying that Sasse has this wrapped up, but the debate now seems to be what his margin of victory will be. Nate Silver puts it somewhere between +10 and +35, with +23 being the current guess.

And don’t forget that the LJS, before saying how “former” Democrat Jim Jenkins would change Congress, noted Sasse, “may be destined to make his mark on history.”


As we Twittered late Friday, YouGov/CBS/NYT finally has new polling numbers for the Nebraska Governor’s race.
They look like this:

Pete Ricketts: 56%
Chuck Hassebrook: 35%

It turns into a bit of a chicken and egg thing, but if Republican voters begin to think that they don’t have to turn out for a Ricketts or Sasse victory, what does that do to the very close 2nd District House race and the the very close Unicameral races?

(Sure you can say, that the numbers wouldn’t be that high unless people were already turning out, but what does it do for those voters on the margins?)

The post-election analysis will be intriguing.


Hey, and just for closure’s sake, we want to double-back on the review of the Absentee Ballot Requests we discussed in the last post. As we had updated, those were REQUESTS, and not actual votes in yet.

Obviously the actual vote numbers will be lower, but that request number is still significant.


Banking votes

October 10, 2014

The Democrats in Omaha currently have a nearly 8,000 vote absentee ballot request edge on the Republicans. As Watchdog reported, the numbers look like this: Democrat: 10,679, 65% Republican: 3,352, 21% Independent: 2,276, 14% Libertarian: 34, less than 1% We’re not saying some Republicans should be in panic mode, but those numbers spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E. How could [...]

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Maxwell speaks out on Terry

October 8, 2014

Former “Independent” 2nd District Congressional candidate Chip Maxwell wrote a post on his blog (a few weeks ago – and since updated) explaining why he is going to vote for Lee Terry in Nebraska’s 2nd District Congressional race next month — and why you should too. Except it’s not an “endorsement.” We will let Chip explain… I said [...]

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Fastballs, more cash and polls

October 7, 2014

As we Tweetered last evening, the new Lee Terry for Congress ad is up, hitting Democrat Brad Ashford for supporting the Good Time law. See it here: Now. Is Brad Ashford going to parse this one out? Sure. Is he going to claim it’s all out of context? Sure. But, in the political world, let [...]

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Here comes the hardball

October 6, 2014

To start things off, here is an SAB from @MertTheAvenger, (re–Tweeted by reader Jeanie Kenkel): Nebraska Democrat Senate candidate Dave Domina and Sam the Eagle from The Muppets. *** Let’s just say at this point that Lee Terry is fighting for his political life. And he is not going down playing softball. Hence the latest [...]

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Domina bogarts his positions

September 29, 2014

For anyone paying attention to the Nebraska U.S. Senate race, Democrat David Domina showed late last week that his is not a serious campaign. Why? Well, Domina came out for the legalization of pot. Oh, was it somewhat more nuanced than that? “We need to consider it…” “He’s open to it…” Whatever. Look, if your [...]

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#NE02 themes and debates

September 26, 2014

First, to start your weekend out right, a litte Separated at Birth, suggested by some Fantasy Football league that my Facebook app keeps suggesting… “Zack Poff” and former Nebraska GOP Executive Director, Jordan McGrain! *** The National Republican Congressional Committee (that’s the NRCC to you) has a new ad out hitting Brad Ashford. See it [...]

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