Nebraska pols were highlighted in a few publications recently. What do they indicate? Let’s take a look see.
First, Jon Bruning was featured in the print edition of Politico, in a story about GOP Senate candidates. (Though we would hardly say that the GOP had to “recruit” Bruning.) In the story itself, Bruning got just sort of a quick mention. But he got a giant pic at the top of the article (click to embiggen):
Ironically, he got no photo in the online version of the story. But the other person who got neither a photo, nor even a mention, is former Attorney General, current state Treasurer and announced U.S. Senate candidate, Don Stenberg.
We know Don is running a bit of a sleeper campaign, so to speak, but it is rough when he doesn’t even get a side note in a story like that. Yes, yes, he’d rather be noted in Nebraska than Washington, and blah blah. But it will make it just that much more difficult to get out-of-state cash when national publications don’t even recognize his candidacy.
Then there was the front-page, feature article on state Senator Deb Fischer in the Omaha World Herald.
Take a look at that giant headline they give for her:
“SHE’LL FIGHT HARDER THAN JUST ABOUT ANYONE IN HERE.”
If you are picking up the fishwrap copy of the OWH, that has to get your attention.
The question we have received from several politicos is, “Who is pushing her?”
We certainly respect Senator Fischer, and see the importance and controversy surrounding the roads issue. But to get the huge photo and that kind of headline, there is something else working there.
And our suspicion is this: The OWH is not into the Jon Bruning candidacy.
They either do not like him personally or politically, or they simply like Ben Nelson more.
We cannot imagine that they are into Don Stenberg either.
So, they are pumping up Senator Fischer as either a potential alternative to Bruning, or simply as a stalking horse to knock his candidacy and make it an easier ride for Nelson in the general.
Again, that is not to say Deb Fischer isn’t worthy or qualified or anything else. She just doesn’t have the cash and organization or name ID that Bruning has, and would have a much more difficult time in a GOP primary — which she has not even entered.
So Fischer’s road bill starts today, and a win for her would be huge. The bigger question on that is, will she have enough votes to override Governor Dave’s veto — and if she does, then does she think about the U.S. Senate?
Continue to keep your mug focused on who the papers and TV and radio focus on. Oh, and us to. You never know what news we may get.
And yes, we of course saw Mayor Suttle’s push for an extra dime every time you wipe. The OWH’s story even got linked on Drudge’s main page (and yet Omaha.com is still up!).
Here is the thing…
Mayor Suttle has come up with a bevy of ideas on how to increase taxes. Wheel taxes, employment taxes, restaurant taxes, property taxes, among others. Now TP taxes.
It would simply be nice if the Mayor would come up with some creative strategies for increasing revenue that weren’t based on some new way to reach into someone’s wallet (especially while they are sitting on the can).
Let’s hear about expanding the current tax base. Let’s hear about bringing more business and revenue. Let’s hear about some nutty ideas for how we can help out city services without it being a tax increase… Every. Single. Time.
Remember back when we heard his (genius!) idea for the Pope tobogganing at the new baseball stadium (or something). He stated at the time that he would be full of ideas for different things.
What we didn’t realize was that all of his wacky ideas were schemes for another way to take your money.
Look for a Tobaggon Tax coming soon.