He is Weeble-like in his tenacity.
You can try to push Hal Daub away, but he will always come back at you.
Hal Daub is going to run for Nebraska regent, to replace Randy Ferlic. And the fun part is that Ferlic’s daughter, and wife of state Senator Brad Ashford, Ann Ferlic Ashford is planning on running as well.
(Oh, and Brad is also “planning” on running for Omaha Mayor, though we have been hearing that one for at least twenty years.)
But Daub, who has many ties to the University, went to UNL Law, and has a bazillion ideas about everything, will undoubtedly put his heart and soul into this race. It will likely become very much worth watching and listening to.
And we just might have an update from Hal come 9:00 AM this morning, so be sure ya’ll come back now, ya hear!
From the Hal camp :
Daub to Run for Board of Regents
Former Omaha Mayor Hal Daub announced today that he will be a candidate for the University of Nebraska Board of Regents in next year’s elections.
Daub said he will file for the District #8 seat, which includes much of the Omaha area. The seat is currently held by Randy Ferlic, who recently announced he will not seek a third term.
Daub, who also served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, said that the University system is critical to the entire State and the Omaha area in particular. He said he would be a strong advocate for UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
“Continuing to offer a high quality education at an affordable cost to the youth of our state will be my top priority,” Daub said.
Daub is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law. “Since my days as a law student at Nebraska, I have known how important our higher education system is to the State. As Mayor, I worked closely with UNO and the Med Center, so I know how vital those institutions are to the Omaha economy,” he said.
Daub, 70, a Partner since 2001 in the law firm of Husch Blackwell LLP, has an active commercial business practice, is a member of the UNO Advisory Board, and served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He is married to the former Mary Wurdeman and has three grown children and five grandchildren. He was recently named Father of the Year by the American Diabetes Association. He is a fourth generation Nebraskan and a graduate of Benson High School. He currently serves on the Board of the Salvation Army, the Mid-America Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Autism Action Partnership, the National Board of Community Health Charities of America, and is a member of Optimists International.
So the Bold gals are in DC to lay their carcasses across the White House gates and get arrested to stop the evil Tar Sands Oil from entering these United States.
And you can easily see at the protests and through Jane’s own videos that this has NEVER been about the Sandhills or the aquifer or the pipeline.
That little stretch of road was just a convenient method for her group to complain about the tar sands oil and hope to stop the entire process in the mean time.
The irony is, there is already Tar Sands Oil flowing through the present Keystone Pipeline. And if other spills are any indication, they should worry about a spill at a river crossing with THAT pipeline, and not through the Sandhills — where UNL hydrologists insist that a spill would have a very small range in any case. The other UNL study that the Boldies talk about concentrates on river crossings.
But again, if that is their worry, then they should be worried about the PRESENT pipe and the PRESENT crossings. Heck if spills were REALLY their worries, they should be asking for the present Keystone pipe to be closed and the new Keystone XL — with newer pipe, newer technology and better digging methods at river crossings — to be built ASAP.
Of course, as we have spelled out here time and again, their goal is not the pipeline or their “save the Sandhills” BS. It is all about somehow stopping the Candian Tar Sands Oil.
Well guess what kids? That oil is going to be extracted NO MATTER WHAT (as editorialized by the Washington Post). And if the US does not take it, the Chinese will. And no matter how many times you get arrested by throwing your hemp-laden body across the White House gates, that oil will be extracted and burned somewhere by somebody.
So while the protesters are gassing up for their anti-oil caravan (irony alert!) drive back home to California and places west, they can think about just how little they have actually accomplished.
(Oh, and be sure to note the $145 million tax assessment that the oil company will be paying for that current Keystone pipeline. Huh. Money for schools and stuff. How about that. And then there are the millions of dollars in jobs to build the new pipeline. Many union gigs. Hmm. Gee.)
And on this whole “protest” thing. So what is happening? A bunch of people have the time to take out of their lives to leave home, and stay in Washington, DC — not a cheap nightly motel room, we might add — for TWO weeks?
Because if you don’t stay the whole two weeks, then obviously you miss President Obama, who is not at the White House anyway right now. Who has that kind of time? Not to mention being right at the beginning of the school year?
And then they are getting OOH! arrested! And…what? “Well before, I was for the tar sands oil.. But now that a bunch of wanna-be-hippies are going to get their hands zip tied and have their photo taken (all at government expense), well then I guess I change my mind on that issue.”
We noted the OWH’s feature story about Stan Olsen this morning. It said that Olsen did not want the West Dodge Expressway in Omaha.
So you know what he did? He got 30 like-minded businessmen and … went and shined flashlights at the governors mansion and got themselves arrested.
No of course he didn’t! They sat down and talked to the governor and argued their case. That’s what adults do. And the expressway went through and there has been nary an oil-spill on it since. Oh, and business is doing well.
But we are sure if Olsen had just sent some Beanie-Babies to state Senators he could have gotten that project tabled. He just wasn’t bold enough…
In our Friday links we noted that the USAToday had a story about Lee Terry at his Town Halls during the Congressional recess. Terry, like Jeff Fortenberry, Adrian Smith, and Mike Johanns have advertised their Town Hall meetings, have had pretty good turnouts and have answered tough questions.
Tea Partiers have given them the business. And Democrats have been sending emails to pack the crowds and quiz the MOCs on their favorite topics as well.
But whose name do you see left out above?
Oh, that would be E. Benjamin Nelson, Nebraska’s senior Senator. What, he is not in Nebraska over recess? Oh, he is in the state. And he is out and about going to hospitals and sneaking into bakeries and the like.
But you will not find his schedule anywhere to sit down and take questions from constituents.
The Tea Party folks are even planning a few events around Nelson’s chicken-itis. Well, if you don’t take any tough questions, you don’t have to give any answers…
(Oh, and yes, it is THAT Ben Nelson — the one who is #47 on the list of the richest Members of Congress. Just in case you were not sure…)