So the fundraising numbers came out last Friday (though none up on FEC.gov yet) for the the Senate campaigners and Senator Ben Nelson came out on top for the quarter with $1.47M.
Attorney General Jon Bruning came in second (among all) and first (among the GOP) with around $860K for the quarter (adding in his previously raised $700K makes it $1.5M). State Treasurer Don Stenberg raised $14K and Pat Flynn had around $13K.
The Stenberg camp argues that they’ve only been raising money for a month, whereas Jon Bruning had much longer. Maybe. Multiply that times three and it still is only around $42K.
People have questioned why we call Bruning the GOP front runner, so there you go. Not saying there isn’t someone super organized who could swoop in and wrench that baton from his hand. But right now he has the cash, along with the poll numbers.
And Nelson has the cash, but will the poll numbers follow at some point? At some point those numbers are going to be a big factor in any decisions he needs to make.
But if Nelson does go all in, with plenty of cash, and has to come from behind to win…yowza. It would be one bitter, potentially ugly campaign. Are you ready?
Hey Democrat President Barack Obama’s State Department took another look at the Keystone XL Pipeline plan, and said, “yup looks good to us.”
A few notes from their analysis:
“experience from previous oil line releases in shallow groundwater areas with conditions similar . . .” to the Ogallala resources in the Sand Hills “indicates that the impacts from even large spills would likely be limited to localized groundwater contamination that would not threaten the regional viability of the aquifer system,”
“avoidance of the Sand Hills topographic region and the (Ogallala) are not considered appropriate screening criteria for the identification of alternative routes.”
So you mean when UNL hydrogeologist Jim Goeke said that those who claim Ogallala Aquifer would be in danger were, “wrong”…he was correct?
But this is the the State Department! What do they know from pipes and oil and water!
That’s the argument made by the those Bold Nebraskans and (new mom!) Jane Kleeb. She’s pretty sure that a bunch of graduates of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, sipping martinis at a Georgetown cocktail party with the diplomats from Kazakhstan, were the ones who did the studies on metallurgy, ground water and oil viscosity.
Jane told the LJS that scientists! should be the ones people listen to, not those pencil pushers in Foggy Bottom!
You know, like experts from the Sierra Club. Or Jane herself, a self proclaimed nutrition expert…
And speaking of people outraged — OUTRAGED! — at this proposed pipeline, look no further than your friendly reporters at…Al Jazeera.
(sound of record needle scratching…)
Yup, THAT Al Jazeera. They sent a reporter out to the middle of Nebraska to give a totally unbiased view of the issue. Because, you know, why wouldn’t your source of MidEast news be super concerned about the Sand Hill cranes and ranchers in the middle of the United States. Why, there are probably plenty Qatarian citizens sitting in Doha thinking, “that pipeline may be the safest one ever built, but those Americans really shouldn’t risk it. Um…you know…for them.”
Let us just say it once again: The chief organizers against the pipeline don’t care about the pipeline. They are not concerned about siting, or water or liability or any of that stuff. They are environmentalists who don’t like oil, and have particularly focused their hatred on the Canadian tar sands oil.
The oil could be gently carried by Celine Dion in a Canadian Mountie hat, one brimful at a time, and they would still hate it. The pipeline griping is just one of their methods of stopping the project.
And those who get their news from Al Jazeera are happy to join their party.