The Benator: Summer Lovin’


Ben Nelson’s summer skirmish with The Left keeps us chuckling.

We like how The Lefties are coming into Nebraska screaming, “You know what? That Ben Nelson? Your Senator? He’s CONSERVATIVE!”

(Of course they don’t note that he’s voting FOR Sotomayor…)
Did Nelson pay them off for these ads?

Let’s see. Nelson says, “Whoa, slow down on this whole gotta solve one sixth of the economy by next week, plan.”

And then The Libs run a one minute (!) TV ad with a guy with a problem with his health care, where The Leftists essentially shout,

“There you go! It’s time to shut down the EVIL insurance industry! It’s time for Socialism. And it needs to be finished yesterday! And Ben Nelson is standing in our way, Nebraska!”

Heck, it’s gotten so “bad” that Mike Johanns has come to Nelson’s defense.

So just to review. Nelson gets to:

  • Fight an Outside of Nebraska Leftists group;
  • Say slow down on crushing the economy and upturning your current health care system (to a Goverment that can’t handle Cash For Clunkers);
  • Stick up for the Nebraska Insurance industry and all its employees;
  • Get a Nebraska Republican to vouch for him;
  • Have everybody think the Health Care plan runs through him.

How is this not a win-win-win-win-win for The Benator?

***

And then we continue to chuckle at our comrades over at another Nebraska blog who are getting pummeled by their Lefty coastal bloggers because they are perceived as Yes Men for E. Benjamin Nelson.

And the kids over there are shocked (SHOCKED!) to see the Liberals putting up ads that are cheap, unfair and tell half truths.

Guess what? That’s known as the Progressive (or Lefty or Liberal or whatever it is that you’re calling yourselves these days) Playbook.

Weird to see it thrown at one of YOUR guys (or YOU), huh?

***

We were remiss last week in not referring you to Don Walton’s review of UNO Prof Adkin’s book about the NE-2 2008 race.

In it, Adkins gives a nice review of the race and summarizes a number of statistics found after the smoke cleared.

A couple of notes:

1) While Jim Esch benefited greatly from the influx of Obama dollars into the Second District, many Obama voters simply didn’t bother to check the box for Esch or Congressman Lee Terry.

And in precincts where that happened at a higher rate, Terry did much better. (Uh oh, you mean Barrack Obama won’t be on the ballot in 2010? Wonder what will happen…)

2) Terry’s camp put together a field organization that walked the precints where Terry won or lost in 2006 by a very close margin.

So what happened in 2008? Terry increased his average win in those 118 precincts by almost a full percentage point.

In other words, while all you saw back in 2008 were stories about the Obama volunteers, it was the Lee Terry walkers who made the real difference in the 2008 Congressional race.

***

By the way, according to the FEC.gov site, a quick view of Lee Terry’s fundraising in the 2008 campaign, and the 2010 campaign, at comparable times:

July 2007 Quarterly filing (for 2008 race): $263,449
July 2009 Quarterly filing (for 2010 race): $295,848

Oh, and let us say again, for those who seem to be all hot and bothered about this race:
Barrack Obama ain’t on the ballot.

***

He may not be getting the big National press (yet), but the above mentioned Senator Mike Johanns continues to pound away in the Senate.

You can read here about him taking it to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack on the “climate bill”.

And our favorite MJ quote from that hearing:

“It’s no consolation to stand with one foot in the campfire and one in the ice bucket and say, ‘on average, I’m in good shape.’”

***

And finally, the Jays getting a 6’11” center from Iowa?
Yes please.

**Update 8/10/09**

Thanks to Don Walton of the LJS for the mention in his column.

128 comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Welcome back, we missed ya'.

    Ben likes fence posts.

    NNN sucks.

    National Leftist bloggers suck.

    Lee Terry rocks (as does Bellevue, if you haven't heard)!

    Mikey needs to spend more time in Nebraska.

    Go Jays!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know where Ben is at for the August recess? Is he too frightened to conduct town hall meetings where constituents may actually tell him about their feels for Obama Care?

  3. Doc Sadler says:

    The biggest garbage you can talk about on this blog is Creighton basketball… What a joke! Jays fans please just go away.

  4. One Out In The Third says:

    Wow Sweeper…this post is a lot to digest…

    Seems 'ol Earmark lives in an alternate universe. Just yesterday his colleague John McCain said he would vote against Sotomayor's appointment based on views entirely opposite of why Ben was voting for her. Who's right? Ben is such a loser.

    Johanns defense of Nelson may come back to bite him.

    Re: the Third. Adrian Smith held a teleconference last week…over 1700 in attendance…93 percent said barked a resounding no to Obama's health care plan. I wonder what the number would be in the 2nd or 1st?

    I wonder if Ben does have the cojones to hold a town hall if he will bring thick necked body guards like Specter and Sebilius??? I would think Nebraskans would not resort ot shout downs…but then again C & T…health care in any way shape or form…and card check are hot button issues that a large percentage of Nebraskans are against. At least with the girls I hang out with.

    And to Doc…if we ignore CU basketball that only leaves us to dwell on UNL Basketball…the thought of that makes me shudder.

  5. 3rd floor watcher says:

    Sweeper welcome back…I was getting a history lesson from that other blog on Omaha's original city boss, Tom Dennison. Did you know that he had a mayor called "Cowboy Jim"? He was a crooked mayor but he did have a green mayor's ride…A HORSE!!

    Mike Johanns is right to support Nelson on this issue. With 60 Dems in the senate we need Ben to vote NO on Obama care and No to cloture.

    6'11" Jay, HOORAY!!!!

  6. GeosUser says:

    I wouldn't be surprised if SEIU or ACORN mounts an official campaign against that other "progressive" blog. It's fun to watch the marxists mix it up with run-of-the-mill starry eyed socialists. Ben made his millions in the health insurance biz and still gets huge campaign money from them…he will back mandatory individual coverage but won't back selling across state lines, easier association access to group plans, etc. What is really needed is to remove all state/federal barriers to competition in the health insurance industry.
    BTW, MattSak is a very conservative young guy with lots of energy and a good message…but no money or professional campaign organization behind him. You can bet he'd never make the House Dems top 10 Fav Republicans list.

  7. Anonymous says:

    How appropriate that Lee Terry has appeared on the cover of Madd Magazine for over 25 years.

    The actions of congress over the past 10 years are driving all of us insane. Spend, spend, spend.

    When will the second district stand up and say ENOUGH!

    We need a leader who isn't afraid to speak out and oppose a spending bill.

    I've voted for the congressman 5 times and he's failed miserably.

    It's time for leadership from the 2nd district.

    I don't care if it's Tom White, this upstart Matt Sak, or someone else. Who is willing to be a leader. It's not Lee Terry.

    JAYS: finally a recruit with more height than all of our 6'4" guards.
    Thanks Dana!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Fahey was Mickey Mouse, Suttle is Daffy Duck !!!!!!! You can figure it out on your own, who all the other Suttle staff cronies are, lol.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Dark Horse? Good luck with that. Poor Matty, everyone already wants you gone so they are going to run you out of the race.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I don't think you can just say "Obama ain't on the ballot" and think that somehow translates into Lee Terry being in good shape.

    It would be a better argument to say what his favs/unfavs are.

    As a supporter of Lee – I still think we have to be realistic about a few things- 1)Lee had a close race with JIM ESCH!, 2)his fundraising numbers, regardless of how they compare to previous cycles, are less than stellar, 3) voter registration trends are not in his favor, 4) he's not doing anything to elevate his stature or inspire anyone.

    So maybe Obama being on the ballot is the defining factor. But maybe not.

  11. A Little After Work Humor says:

    Pam Spaccarotello, Suttle's new appointed finance director must be 'Bugs Bunny' – trying to gather carrots – 'hook, crook, or steal' -a tad bit 'greedy' at other's expense. lol

  12. Anonymous says:

    Why do us taxpayers pay for Terry Moore's Septerfest festival every year?

    Once again the Unions control things.

    Does anyone on the County Board have enough guts to cut off this unnecessary spending?

    Hal Daub for County Board!

  13. Nate E says:

    Completely off topic but rather funny.
    On the front page of Omaha.com the heading for the article about Darren Bates reads "Ex-fire captian entitled to benefits". They must not proof read there headings…

  14. Tony says:

    Hey Sweeper, last week's fill in was terrible. Were they from Kentucky by chance?

    You might want to widen your reach for writers next time you take a leave of absence.

  15. Nate E says:

    Anon 9:52,
    If you are going to try and insult someone or some group of people, you should at least learn to spell "Thug" correctly. Or maybe even better I'll make it plural for you "Thugs".

  16. Anonymous says:

    I thought that was a complement for the firefighters. Didn't they want to show how big and bad they were and intinidate the council???

  17. Anonymous says:

    Like I said, leave the guy alone already. Obsess on someone new. Someone who does so little in Congress his campaign manager has to dig deep into the snarly bin of the usual nasty to defend him. Sigh.

  18. One Out In The Third says:

    Sweeper…

    My suspicions are correct. Nebraska is losing it's "redness" due obviously to the buckling of voters in the 1st and 2nd.

    At least that's what I assume from reading the latest Rasmussen Poll re: the Dems taking over in Nebraska. I wonder how Rasmussen polls people in cemeteries…I can only think they used the same strategies as ACORN in '08.

    Now if he NEGOP…can pull lose their sphinctive neckties and find a platform and someone to actually represent Nebraskans…or what used to be Nebraska values.

  19. Anonymous says:

    To see "fools in action" …

    Go to New Nebraska Net–they are ripping into each other over the TV ads attacking Nelson. A circular firing squad!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous 4:40–actually I'll disagree with you. Terry is all over the media–heard him on Becka this week and saw him twice in OWH. The health care bill is a disaster and he got alot of play with his proposal to let people buy into the fed employees plan. That's the way to do it.

  21. Anonymous says:

    READ carefully, Anon 4:29pm. I said "entering" in reference to dark horse. Matty has already entered. Catch your breath and try again.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Anon 11:45, your statement would make more sense if you bothered to reread it and rewrite it.

    Oh, I know, you must be one of those guys that can't type as fast as you think and what you are thinking should stay inside your head.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Anon 12:32

    No need to catch my breath, I am in very good shape. You are the one that needs to reread, a "Darkhorse getting into the race", would hurt Matty more than the sitting Congressman. Challengers can usually pull away 10 to 15 percent of the vote in a Primary. Even if they each get that amount, that still puts them in 2nd and 3rd. (And challengers get no help from Local, State, or National Parties.)

    Remember, I's and D's can't vote in our Republican Primary.

    Carry on.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous 12:32 ….

    Since you are 'in the know' about candidates, remind me of the name of the Democratic candidate for Governor?

    Yep… still waiting.

  25. Anonymous says:

    And the name of the Dem candidate for Lt. Gov, SoS, Treasurer and AG… and NE1?

    What's a matter? Cat got your tongue?

  26. Anonymous says:

    Heath Mello could cause a lot of trouble for Tom White in a Primary. Someone should tell Ol'Heath that the race for Congress is actually Partisan and he can't "Pimp" his South O roots any more than Jim Esch was just a struggling Law School grad that couldn't find a job.

  27. Anonymous says:

    I've heard talk about Ernie Chambers–more as an Independent in the Nov. 2010 election but also possibly to run in the Dem primary. He has no respect for White, especially on the choice issue.

  28. Anonymous says:

    By the way, speaking of Ernie Chambers… does anybody know how to get in touch him him these days?
    Does anybody know… please reply!
    Thanks in advance !!!

  29. Anonymous says:

    David Hahn announced yesterday in Statepaper that Obama needs to make the birth certificate public.
    Who is Hahn? 06 Dem Gov nominee.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Sounds fishy . . .

    The guy in the attack TV ad against Nelson said his health insurance is going up 42% this year. Nelson asked him (Mike Snider) to send the notice so he could check. Nothing yet from Snider. Hmmm…

  31. Anonymous says:

    Hey Anony,

    How would you know if the Boyscout Senator has received any mail from a particular constituent. AND, I sure hope you did not log on to L St from your Federal Government Employee Computer or your taxpayer funded crackberry.

    BTW, have they lifted the gift ban in the Senate?

  32. Bottom of the Fifth says:

    In light of the recent Gallup poll, I have the following analysis.

    1. The state Democratic party needs to improve its credibility.

    2. Without a public face for the party (No Nelson does not count), it cannot be competitive in statewide races.

    3. What makes Nebraska competitive is that independents have abandoned the Republican party.

    4. However, indepedents tend to break in favor of Republican on election day.

    5. The Democrats cannot even generate turnout. See Jim Esch

    The best indication of the Democrats’ moribund state is that no one is lining up to run for statewide office. Politicians know which way the wind blows.

    All that being said, I believe Tom White can and will win. Terry Lee is a backbencher of a minority party. He has absolutely no power and delivers nothing for the district or its constituents.

    He knows it (why he is raising money earlier), his party know it (has a contender in the primary and is on the republican watch list), and the American people know it (why Tom White will win).

  33. Anonymous says:

    Nasty, nasty, nasty. Sweeper, it seems some of these bloggers must have had a lousy time at recess when playing mean and namecalling
    was a no no. Civility in getting one's point across?

  34. Anonymous says:

    Sweeper is Dave Sokol?

    I assume you're referring to his promotion at NetJets that was pg 1 in the OWH today.

    Congrats, also!

  35. Anonymous says:

    A belated response,

    Bellevue Rocks for at least these 3reasons:

    The citizens of Bellevue.
    The Bellevue Public School District.
    Offutt AFB and all of the wonderful folks that share part of their lives with us Nebraskans on a rotating basis.

    Are those good enough reasons for you?

  36. Anonymous says:

    Lil Birdy

    heath mello, now that is a good laugh. He so adores white he would never do anything to upset lil tommy.

    come on and get a bit more original………. but i did hear mello and white were at the sarpy county fair together on thur or friday. i was told it seemed odd seeing mello somewhere without nordquist nearby.

  37. PapioNRD says:

    Speaking of new state senators, Hal Daub was recently bashing Scott Price and Beau McCoy at a meeting with NRD members. He called them "dim bulbs" and said that the GOP has a shallow bench in the metro area.

  38. Omaha Republican says:

    Whatever Papio NRD…Hal was a big Supporter of Beau so nice try…Just a feeling as Suttle gets closer to a recall, Daub will get bashed more and more…hmmm wonder why???

  39. Anonymous says:

    Okay, then let's speak ill of all the Democrats-or at least one.

    Suttle, said Democrat, has announced that he will cut 100 civilian jobs this year to save 12 million dollars.

    I did the math, then I checked it on an old fashioned calculator and found that the average civilian employee working for the city of Omaha is making $120,000 a year with benefits.

    My guess is we could cut all of the 100 employees' benefits, not fire them and still save around 8.5million dollars. Plus, no one goes on unemployment.

    BTW, has anyone calculated what effect not having employees (or police or fire staff) paying into the respective pensions will have on pensions that are already in trouble?

    Will we be robbing Peter to pay Paul or just cutting off our noses to save our faces?

  40. Heard enough already says:

    Anonymous 10:45,

    SUTTLE, SUTTLE, SUTTLE, SUTTLE, SUTTLE.

    This thread is about something else. Give it a rest! Go fix your tinfoil hat or something.

  41. Anonymous says:

    He is actually cutting 130 jobs, and is placing the police helicotper operations and Nov. recruiting class on hold.

  42. suttlewatcher1608 says:

    Once again, the city employees union gets f-d. The firefighters have to give up zero and more employees. The police get screwed and no new officers even though crime is up.

    So much for Mr. Suttle's matra of fighting crime. Hey Jim, Where are the jobs you promised North Omaha to lower crime and keep people off the street. Yes, they are non-existent because our "BELOVED" Mayor had no plan, no clue and no idea about what the frick he was doing or idea on what was going on during the campaign.

    Jim Suttle – YOU ARE A DIMBULB!

  43. Anonymous says:

    I was referring to the Omaha.com story at the time which stated 100 jobs to save 12 mil.

    As for hijacking a thread that is suppose to be about Ben the Boy Scout?

    How about, I hope he got his Ethics Letter because last time I checked, even a 2nd term Democrat Senator is barred from accepting gifts greater than $69,999. What a greedy pig you have sitting in your Senate seat!

  44. Anonymous says:

    My comments:

    Senator Nelson is an insurance industry lush.

    The Papio NRD should be abolished.

    Creighton is rinky dink and so are the fans.

  45. Anonymous says:

    I would support Heath Mello for Congress over Tom White in the Dem Primary and against Terry Lee in the General.

  46. The Preachers Wife says:

    To Aug. 7th 10:08 AM:

    To answer your question you asked, which was and I quote you; "Who said, 'Thou shall not speak ill of fellow republicans?"

    Here's the answer: GOD SAID !!!
    Now, go read your Bible !!!!!!!

  47. Anonymous says:

    Jim Suttle is doing what needs to be done. Its what real men do, unlike the little girls here on the Leavenworth Blog who just complain all day long about how tough they have under big, bad Jim Suttle as Mayor.

  48. Anonymous says:

    11:32…er Weatherman…there are some here doing what it takes to save the city. Get you and your boss fired!

  49. Anonymous says:

    Don't worry about Jerram the recall is going to include council people that support suttle's budget and the firefighters.

  50. A Daubette says:

    Boy, did I goof… I didn't know he was a Suttle supporter… so, when I took my mother down to vote for Hal Daub… on the ballot, she also voted for Jerram. oops… she wants her vote back. Where's the petition… she'll sign that, too!

  51. A Daubette says:

    I'm re-reading this Suttle campaign mailing. I'll quote it for those of you that may not have read it.
    But, I warn you! – it's extremely sickening, with regard to hearing the nightly news (and, hearing what he's up to EVERY NIGHT). It's getting old – real quick! Here goes
    And, it shows a picture of him with his hands on his hips and downtown Omaha in the background.

    "Jim Suttle will stop crime at it's roots, control government spending, and keep civility in City Hall."

    "I'd appreciate your vote!" – Jim

    "Jim Suttle Mayor"

    Now, on the reverse side of this card it reads, (and, in bold print, mind you), "JIM SUTTLE: STONG ON ISSUES IMPORTANT TO YOU"

    "FIGHTING CRIME AT ITS ROOTS THROUGH EDUCATION & JOB OPPORTUNITES" "Jim Suttle will take
    action with our local schools, colleges, universities and trade unions to improve opportunities and access to job training. As Mayor, he'll put more police on the streets fighting gangs, support after school programs and work with schools & youth agencies to lower dropout & truancy rates."

    "CONTROLLING GOVERNMENT SPENDING"
    "Jim Suttle has a record of making government more efficient and effective. He'll control spending by modernizing city government and putting more servies online. He won't let city government return to the reckless spending in place in the early 1990's."

    "KEEPING CIVILITY AT CITY HALL"
    Mayor Fahey restored civility at City Hall after a period of constant infighting, partisan rhetoric, firings and even lie detector tests. Why would we ever go back? Instead, we'll continue civility in local government. Jim Suttle will provide steady leadership and real solutions."

    Oh, my Gosh!!! What a jokester Suttle is…

    You guys can read through it and pick it apart, comparing this and what he said while campaigning to what we're hearing him say now !!!

    There's alot of broken campaign promises, did I say promises?
    Hmm, I meant, lies !!! If, it wasn't so dissappointing for the Omaha citizen's, it would be hilarious.

    He evidently forgot his promises, and, while campaigning maybe believed his own lies, who knows? What a doofess !!! This man has earned and is worthy of a RECALL!! He's a loose canon. I shutter to think of any more damages he may create.

  52. A Daubette says:

    So, you guys… HAVE FUN AND ALOT OF GOOD LAUGHS WITH THIS !!! It could be re-worded to what we now know as the REAL TRUTH about Mayor Moron!!!

    For instance, with Suttle as mayor there IS likely to be ALOT more crime and violence in Omaha. I could have sworn that I heard yesterday on the news, that he is grounding the police helicopter and not going to put anymore more policmen on the streets. BUT, that's NOT what his campaign card reads !!!

    Plus, he's creating havoc down at city hall. Not, civility !!!

    And, what did he say about he's going to "create more jobs"? And, about "trade unions"? I could have sworn that's not what I just heard on the news yesterday. Didn't he yesterday say that he's getting rid of 130 (civilian) positions, which are "union."

    And, exactly what did he mean by controlling spending??? He's the only one down in city hall that is "recklessly" spending taxpayer money. And, didn't he just hire his cronies and give them huge pay increases? And, at nearly double what the last mayor was paying? And, what about that $55,000 @ 24% interest "RED" SUV for himself, that he spent of the taxpayers money. ***So now, we've got "THAT" SOB …riding around in… "OUR" SUV … LOL

    AND, is his ideal of "supporting after school programs" for children, why he closed down Sun Dawgs??? His shortening library hours and staff and closing swimming pools, and golf courses how he intends to "lower dropout & truancy rates" and, keep children off the streets and out of gangs???

    Again, to quote part of Suttle's campaign mailing. "Jim Suttle will provide steady leadership and real solutions." Oh, YEAH… WHEN ???

    P.S. Jim…
    Aren't you still, "Stong On Issues Important To Us?"

    If you were… you'd step down… and let somebody else that knows what they are doing take over as mayor… you are in WAY over your head !!!!!

  53. A Daubette says:

    To Anon. @ 1:55 AM:

    Well then, that proves another point
    that Suttle is NOT competent to be mayor, nor, a good business man… because, he IS responsible for all and, anything that comes out of his office under his name. That's just the way it is, and, there are no excuses, no sweeping things under the rug, nor, blaming anyone else. I rest my case !!!

  54. A DAUBETTE says:

    LOL… I thought he looks like that Freddie Kreugger (scarey guy), but then again he's like the DEVIL …

    LOL ??? Cowboy…. nawwwww !!!!!
    Cowboys are cool… Suttle is NOT!!!
    Suttle is a DORK !!!!!!

  55. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Hey Sweeper,

    Looks like some of your followers are real "class acts." The latest comments sound like what I used to hear in the seventh grade boys' gym locker. Wow! Do their mothers know they talk like that?

  56. 3rd floor watcher says:

    Everyone just tell you council person what is a bigger issue..crime or fires? The answer is so obvious. How many shootings have we had? Do you see omaha burning down? ASuttle and Jerram support cutting cops and adding more firefighters!!!

  57. Anonymous says:

    Fellow Conservatives, please quit putting us in the position of agreeing with BTO or coming to the defense of your current object of ridicule-it shames our entire Party.

  58. Anonymous says:

    The comments earlier were obnoxious and should have been deleted.

    But, BTO–presumptuous of you to say they were from "followers" of SS–they just as easily could have been from Kyle, Hannah, Samp, Ian or others on the left– disinformation campaign.

  59. Republican Businessman says:

    I am amazed that one is considered a leftest socialist for wanting reform in affordable health care. I am a lifelong (over 35 year) Republican who is all for a public option while maintaining the private sector unless our Republican party can come up with a better plan that is not just smoke and mirrors. It's a shame that the Democrats have to come up with a plan to solve one of our bigger problems while our Republican party can only oppose and obstruct.

    Senator Johanns to this point has offered no solutions only opposition.

    Unless the Republican party starts being proactive to solve America's problems, we will keep loosing position to the Democrats!

    For the last many years our Republican party has supported big business at the loss to their constituents. Forget about the political donations and the huge lobby forces and do what your constituents want and the country needs!

  60. Uncle Wiggily says:

    "leftest"? "loosing"?

    No way is this guy a "Republican" … much less a "businessman".

    Maybe we should send his comment to the White House's new tattletale office – it certainly seems to qualify as "disinformation".

  61. Lifelong Nebraskan says:

    Republican Businessman, err Jane Kleeb or Butch SEIU Worker……lol…lol…lol…lol Republican my a@#!!!! Go over to the NNN and spout your drivel.

  62. Anonymous says:

    So, why did the Dems block the Terry Amendment to open the federal employees' plan to the public, but were going to allow it as a last minute addition to a Dem Amendment?

    If you are really that interested, you would have watched the markup on cspan and then you would have seen the "smoke and mirrors" game playing of Waxman's followers. It was absolutely ridiculous to watch them defeat all Republican Amendments, yet support almost identical language in Dem offerings.

    None of the Pelosi House plans will survive in the Senate. They are all too far reaching and way too liberal.

  63. macdaddy says:

    Republican Businessman, since you're so good with numbers otherwise you wouldn't be a Republican businessman, please explain to the readers of LS how you can have a public option that maintains the private sector when the government regulates everything in the private sector and pawns off any deficits in the public option to the Chinese. Oh, and spouting Obamaganda ("As I've said before, I support a single-payer system, oh wait, as I've said before, if you like your plan, you can keep it) is not allowed in your answer. Some logic would be good. We are waiting…

  64. One Out In The Third says:

    Who was that masked marvel? WTG Sweeper…but to have Walton agree with you could be the kiss of death in some circles.

    As for the entire article… Walton's colors stand out enough to see which way he leans. "Why can't we have a civil and factual debate?" Because most people realize what kind of smokescreen snow-job is going on with Obamacare.

    Johanns is making 11 appearances while he is on break…I missed the part that said Nelson is even making one. Went to his web-site…nothing. There was a story about his long concern…and lengthy chronological time-line …with the Omaha VA Hospital and it infrastructural deficiencies… but he didn't point them out after all these months of study and deep concern. There was another story about his penchant to be DC's notorious prankster.

    Sorry…I don't need the Joker running around DC representing me…I want someone who actually works to earn their pay that hard working underpaid Nebraska taxpayers dole out each April 15h…someone that actually makes an appearance with the broad range of people he supposedly represents…not just his turkey hunting pals behind the iron gate.

  65. One Out In The Third says:

    BTO…

    You and I in agreement…wow…two kisses of death in one day.

    I drove through Holdrege a couple times last month…I didn't see you on a street corner with a "Will Work For…" sign. You must be doing ok after the "shake up."

  66. Brian T. Osborn says:

    1/3rd I like 'em shaken, not stirred. I'm doing fine and busier than a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

  67. Nate E says:

    A Daubette,
    Tell you what, theoretically your now the mayor. Balance the budget, but dont cut the pool or the library or the close any golf courses and dont delay the police class. Figure out how to balance the budget and do all of the above at the same time.

    P.S. BTW, you cant raise the property taxes or make a garbage fee or make a entertainment tax. And you have to do it all without making any enemies… Godd luck.

  68. Anonymous says:

    Close a golf course and this site is filled with angry posts claiming the ending of civilization.

    Close a library and lay off over 130 people without severence which will have real consequences for many real families. . . crickets.

    You stay classy Omaha.

  69. Julie Schmit-Albin says:

    One Out In The Third: Senator Nelson had two public healthcare forums last week, in Omaha and Lincoln. Both were well attended and while he probably only answered questions for an hour at each one, they were both written up extensively in the OWH and LJS. This week he was having healthcare meetings in North Platte, Kearney, Norfolk and South Sioux City. His Omaha and Lincoln meetings were put out in a press release from his office on Aug. 17th. Towards the end of that week I read about the others that were coming up this week. Assume he has heard from a lot of citizens at all the meetings as Omaha and Lincoln were packed with over-flow crowds listening outside the venues.

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