Greetings to all of you Leavenworth Street regulars, as well as those who came here via Don Walton’s column in the LJS.

As mentioned in Don’s column, Leavenworth Street has received press credentials for the 2008 National Republican convention in Minneapolis. We will be providing you with updates on the goings-on there, the pomp and circumstance and hopefully some reports on Nebraskans in attendance.

As many of you know, we here at Leavenworth Street have to (for various reasons) keep our anonymity. Because of that and other reasons, none of the Leavenworth Street “staff” (as it were) will be able to attend. However, a local and trusted politico will be there in our place.

That person is local political consultant, Jordan McGrain! Jordan is extremely knowledgeable about the Nebraska political scene, and we are honored that he accepted our offer to represent Leavenworth Street in Minneapolis.

Now before you go asking, no, Jordan is not “Street Sweeper”, he has not written for Leavenworth Street, and he does not know our identities. We only communicate via email and IM , and Jordan is not able to post directly to our blog. He will however be writing to us during the convention (and hopefully sending photos). Jordan is a great writer himself, is quick and, as you can see above, the camera likes him (that 5 o’clock shadow is permanent — just like Clooney’s).

When September rolls around, we look forward to Jordan’s reports.

And if you’re new here, please feel free to comment. (You don’t have to sign-in to speak your mind on Leavenworth Street…)


  1. One Out In The Third says:

    Ok…that narrows it down…SS is either part of the vast Right Wing Conspiracy…Ben Nelson’s vengeful twin (the one without the loaf) or Lisa Hannah’s devilish alter ego.

    Someday there will be a leak in security and your identity will be revealed masked marvel.

  2. One Out In The Third says:


    I’m leaning toward “Vengeful Twin” because of your deep-rooted obsession with the “Separated at Birth” postings.

    Can you do one without the head loaf?

  3. One Out In The Third says:

    Oh God!! He’s Chuck Hagel!!!!!

    I better stop here…I’ve reached my 3 daily postings limit.

  4. Anonymous says:

    “as you can see above, the camera likes him (that 5 o’clock shadow is permanent — just like Clooney’s).”

    I think we now know the gender of Sweeper.

  5. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Anony 11:14,

    Gasp! Could it be?!! Do you intend that the Sweeper is so fascinated by good looking male politicos that . . . . He’s a brokeback blogger?

  6. Anonymous says:

    I’ve often wondered if Street Sweeper is a “brokeback blogger” because of his obvious love of Lee Terry. How else can one explain it?? 🙂

  7. Uncle Wiggily says:

    Good choice, Sweeper … I’ll be looking forward to McGrain’s posts – might be the only real midwestern look we get at the Pubbie’s quadrennial soiree, since the major newsies are all mostly in thrall to the tother side … as it were.

  8. Jane fan says:

    Will Jane Flemming Kleeb be at the convention??? Isn’t she the unbiased, hip MTV video blogger for Nebraska?

  9. Anonymous says:

    We have to protect our identity? It looks to me like the only two people who have the guts and pride to use their names on Leavenworth have been BT Osborn and Lisa Hannah. Once again, the Dems are outclassing us. Until some names start showing up to give some responsibility and credibility to this blog, it will always be entertainment, at most, and factual the less.

  10. Street Sweeper says:

    …posted by Anonymous.

    Look, you can whine all you want. You want to know our positions on nearly every political issue since January 2006, take a read there cowboy. It’s all in the archives.

    I don’t know a thing about Brian T Osborne, execpt what he writes here. And for all I know that’s not his real name. And I don’t really care. He wants to make a point, great. I have a frame of reference for what he has written in the past. I can handle that discussion. I don’t need his birth certificate, or anyone else’s to discuss politics.

    (I will say that it would be nice for everyone to at least register their name so we can follow discussions more easily.)


  11. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Oh Sweeper,

    I guarantee you my real name is Brian T. Osborn. If you’ll just send me a self addressed, stamped envelope, I’ll even send you a notarized copy of my birth certificate.

    In the meantime I have to admit that of all the opponents I’ve met on this blog, to date, only you have proven to be a worthy adversary (and perhaps Uncle Wiggly.) Now when I have butted heads against those young pups over on NNN I have frequently found a suitable sparring partner.

    Since my election as Associate Chair of the NDP’s 3rd CD I have curtailed my rants over on Michaelis’s little online gabfest. I’m saving my bilious postings and taunts for your readership just so that I can keep my snarkiness well honed. One never knows when it may be needed again.

  12. Hormel plant manager says:

    Hey BTO: Can I have your Birth Certificate and your Social Security number. I have some friends in Fremont that need to borrow it if a new ordinance is passed. Thanks.

  13. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Hormonal Implant,
    I think not. You’ve nothing to offer me. Sweeper at least has an identity that is worth trading for.

    Spar with adults? Are you kidding me? Nah, I rant here just for practice. It’s about as demanding as chewing bubble gum.

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