We are hearing that state Senators have heard from one of their colleagues and that things are getting more and more advanced.
And the OWH’s Robynn Tysver featured former Governor Kay Orr today, noting her support for a Senate candidate, other than Jon Bruning and Don Stenberg.
And who she has encouraged to run.
We have not head of any announcement date, but as Governor Dave has been saying, Click-it or Ticket, baby. It is going to be an exciting ride.
We have been observing the little tit-for-tat between Senator Mike Johanns and Senator Ben Nelson about what Obamacare — of which Nelson was the deciding vote — means for MediCare.
Johanns has been arguing, among other things, that Obamacare cuts $500 million from Medicare, and that the current plan won’t work to fix the skyrocketing costs of the program.
Nelson argues that Republicans who support the Ryan plan want to cut Medicare, and that there are no Medicare cuts in Obamacare.
Well, it is an interesting argument, but we would note that the Assistant Democrat Leader in the Senate, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, addressed the issue of Obamacare’s Medicare cuts on the Senate floor. Will Obama care cut hundreds of billions from Medicare? Durbin:
The simple answer is, yes.
And the Washington Post has addressed the issue as well, pointing out that Obamacare’s cuts to Medicare come to $500 billion.
So does that mean the case it closed, and the Dems quit harping on Ryan?
Ha, funny question you ask. (Sometimes there ARE dumb questions!)
But what it does mean, is that Nelson’s plan for his TV ads talking about “the GOP’s risky scheme”, showing a seasoned citizen being thrown out of a hospital by a fat guy wearing a top hat and spats, ain’t gonna work.
There might have been a time when voters felt they could simply trust whatever good ol’ Bennie said.
That time has ended for the author of the Cornhusker Kickback.
You may remember that last week the LJS’s Don Walton wrote,
Listed among the clients of Maptitude for Redistricting, a software source that includes a feature allowing you to “update historic election results to new political boundaries,” is the Nebraska Republican Party. Hmm.
Once he discovered it wasn’t true, he Tweeted that, and then deleted that portion from his column.
Last week, a column item stated that “listed among the clients of Maptitude for Redistricting” was the Nebraska Republican Party.
That was accurate; the party was listed as a client.
The problem is that the column item was unintentionally misleading because the party no longer was a client and had not been since 2001.
“We have been removed from the online client list for Maptitude,” NEGOP tweeted to its followers later that morning. “Thanks to Howard Simkowitz for correcting the error.”
And this item sets it straight for any column readers who may have been unintentionally misled.
And hey, we don’t want to get into some sort of pissing match with Don. We just think that when an error has been made, you correct it as soon as you can. In the internets days, it’s easy.
So we would just point out that…
1) It took Don a week to print the correction.
2) It was done long after the debate on the issue had ended.
3) He left out the crux of the matter, which was the implication that the NEGOP was using the software at issue to “update historic election results to new political boundaries“. Without noting that that was false, who cares if the NEGOP was a client, or not?
The whole gist of the issue was Walton’s “Hmm.” So since Don really didn’t “set the record straight”, we will just go ahead and do it for him here:
Don’s implication that the NEGOP was doing something underhanded or sneaky or whatever else with Maptitude software was wrong, misguided and represented something that shouldn’t have been written.
There, that sets the record straight. Not so hard, huh?
Look, this little issue isn’t really that big of a deal. But people on the interwebs and blogs and tweets and facebooks are going to speak up when something false is written. And (to paraphrase funny Steve Martin) excuuuuuuuuse us.
This is why we got into blogging. To address the stuff that appears at the edges of the main-stream-media. That influences people, yet never gets challenged.
Don is a skilled writer, we love reading his column, and we are glad he’s there. And we get it. He wants to hammer the GOP and the Governor for what he thinks are overly political implications to the redrawn districts — like he did in his column today.
But then he went a step too far. And we are also very cognizant that this sort of “mistake” would not have been made against Ben Nelson. It just wouldn’t have. And if it had, it would have been corrected and retracted until we were all sick of it.
And we all know that. But every once in a while, it needs to be said.