Coming to YOUR 2nd District phone tonight!
Governor Dave Heineman for Lee Terry.
Hear (and see it) here:
Of course, there is a chance you won’t receive it.
But then, if you’ve already heard it, you don’t really need to now do you?
We have received a number of “click here to find your polling place” aps over the last few weeks.
This one seems to be not-bad, and it is distributed through Google.
That may or may not turn you on/off, and we stand by nothing here.
But it could help you to vote tomorrow, and if so, rock on:
We recently received info about a book by a local (Omaha) author about — a Nebraska U.S. Senate campaign!
Here is the release about The Nostalgist.
Mark Kratina, an Omaha attorney, has published his first novel, The Nostalgist. The story centers around Baron Tapley, a young Omaha attorney who suspends a burgeoning legal career to run as The Party’s candidate for Nebraska’s Senate seat against heavily-favored, two-time incumbent David Westfall. Dubbed the “citizen candidate,” Baron’s brand of plain, authentic talk and unbridled idealism strikes a chord with a public all too familiar with the powerlessness and pessimism of the times.
But Baron finds his ideals at odds with more than just the political establishment. While his crude, calculating opponent is missing in action on the campaign trail, Baron discovers that the world around him appears at a crossroads. With the economy worsening by the day, venerable American institutions are disappearing from the landscape: newspapers, public libraries, small towns, and the tightly-held promise of the American Dream.
“The story is really about how we’ve come to a crossroads of who we are as a country,” Kratina said. “Many of the themes deal with how we’re changing journalistically, politically, and how we feel about those changes. The Nostalgist is a snapshot of a handful of characters, all at various stages of their lives, and how they deal with that change.
“The idea of using a political campaign as a catalyst to explore deeper themes going on in the country was interesting to me. Particularly, the themes of generational disconnect and the paradign shift from newspapers to blogs and the overall explosion of technology in how we interact with one another.”
As it is a Nebraska-specific story, many state landmarks appear throughout the story, including the Durham Museum, the State Fairgrounds, and various small towns. The Omaha World-Herald plays prominently in the tension between old media and new media.
“It is a story of its time. I was really looking to write something that captured the confusion of the times. Though the story has a political bent, I did not want to write a partisan narrative. The politics of the story are contemporary, but the words Republican and Democrat do not appear in the book.
“When you throw a main character who is a young, Generation Xer into a world shaped by Baby Boomers and give him touches of influence from members of the Greatest Generation, it made for an interesting project for me.”
Now, we don’t know Mark (and he doesn’t know us). But we like to support local folks and this subject is, of course, in our bailiwick, so to speak.
In any case, Mark was kind enough to send us the first eight chapters and we will give you a review of them tomorrow.
More news as it happens.