Nebraska Watchdog beat us to the punch in giving kudos to Legislature Speaker Mike Flood for his negotiating skills over the past pipeline goings-on.
Joe Jordan and Deena Winter now see Flood in line for the Governor’s McMansion. The CW had been that Lt. Gov Rick Sheehy was the chosen one (already being endorsed by Governor Dave Heineman) and that Flood would run for (and slam dunk) the Attorney General’s office.
But the whole pipeline debate has made for an interesting PR play for Flood — whose name would undoubtedly have higher ID than the Lt. Gov’s at this point.
And it was interesting that the Governor tried to take some credit for the pipeline resolution — on the Sandhills anyway. Heineman said the resolution wouldn’t have occurred without him calling the Special Session.
Heh. That’s one way to look at it.
But any bills in the session were bound to get filibustered anyway. The real hold up was the State Department’s decision to hold up the whole thing — encouraged by the Governor in his multiple letters to Hillary Clinton. Problem is, now the State Department is not showing any indication that they are going to speed up their process that they originally said wouldn’t be completed until spring of 2013.
In the mean time look what Flood did:
- He first negotiated with TransCanada to add extra safety measures to a Sandhills pipeline.
- He then took the reigns on a Special Session that started with ZERO legislative proposals by the one who called it.
- And finally, he negotiated with TC to alter the pipeline’s route.
That is just a fair amount of kicking ass and taking names.
And dare we say, Leadership.
Jane Kleeb told the LA Times that she and her group oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline “no matter where it goes.”
Wait, what??? (Oh my, the room is spinning!)
You mean Jane’s beef with the Sandhills and the Ogallala Aquifer were just another way to prevent the entire pipeline and thus the Canadian Tar Sands oil? Ohmygosh ohmygosh ohmygosh!
“On the federal level, we are still standing shoulder to shoulder with those who do not want to see a permit for this pipeline approved.”
Well ain’t that a corker? The Aquifer — which was NEVER in danger from any pipeline leak — was just a ploy for Jane to stand “shoulder to shoulder” with her national radical-enviros? Well, we hope to see all of the local MSM outlets — newspaper, TV and radio — note this to show what a sham operation she is running.
(Holding our breath real tight now…)
Lots of little stuff on the Senate race, but fun stuff nonetheless!
Jon Bruning announced to UNL students that the National Rifle Association is the the LEFT of him when it comes to gun rights. The left. Some even heard Bruning call the NRA a “left wing” organization.
Is this race going the way of Coco Puffs? (That’s cuckoo, kids.)
Don Stenberg, who recently raked in over $84K via Senator Jim DeMint, sent out a message to his GOP Senate opponents proposing nine debates — three in each Congressional district.
Note that that is NINE more than Stenberg proposed — or even said he would take part in — than the last time he ran (and lost) back in 2006.
Do you recall this? We had frankly forgotten the days when we referred to Don as “No-Show-Donno”, when he REFUSED to take part in GOP Primary debates with Pete Ricketts and David Kramer. Don refused to do so until the others took a pledge to not go negative against him. But someone alerted Politico to Don’s history.
The concept was that Don had such greater statewide name ID than Ricketts or Kramer that debating them would only be a detriment to him. Apparently Don didn’t anticipate the money-bomb Ricketts would be throwing himself — and the desire by GOP voters to pick someone who could beat Ben Nelson. (That didn’t seem to work out either, huh?)
This time Stenberg feels that GOP voters need to learn more about him — particularly where he is facing someone who has won numerous statewide elections like he has. What a difference six years makes.
And then Stenberg camp’s new Finance Chair, Doug Wilwerding still hasn’t mastered that little matter of “the emails”.
Seems he sent out a mass-email to hoped for Stenberg supporters — but didn’t “Blind Carbon Copy”, a/k/a/ BCC them. So everyone saw who the email went to.
Friends and Colleagues:
As you may have seen in the attached press release last week I have agreed to serve as Don Stenberg’s finance chairman as Don seeks the Republican nomination to challenge Senator Ben Nelson for his US Senate seat.
Please read the attached short letter. In it I explain my decision to support Don.
We need your help. Don is the right man to send to Washington. His election will not happen without your financial support and without your votes on May 15, 2012 and November 6, 2012.
Each of you is highly influential in Nebraska. Your assistance to share Don’s message is also very helpful. Effective democracy is to a great extent a word of mouth process. Your stated opinions carry weight with all those around you.
I hope you will call me to discuss this race.
You can expect future calls and correspondence from me on specific events and fund raising efforts.
I appreciate your support,
And then one of the recipients, Jim Johnson, countered Wilwerding’s message with a message of support for Bruning.
Thanks Doug. You could help Don, who is running for his 14th time statewide, including 3 previous unsuccessful runs for Senate, and who will never beat Ben Nelson, or you could go say hello to Nebraska’s next U.S. Senator, Jon Bruning, who is having an event on Dec. 1 at 6:30 pm at the Corkscrew in Rockbrook Village. -Jim
And then Stenberg supporter, Dave Nabity!, responded to Johnson’s message, chastising him for his email etiquette.
I don’t know if you’ve got the message yet. But your hi-jacking of Doug Wilwerding’s email was a very bad move on your part.
First of all, you did not have the authority to do so. Second, insulting a public servant like Don Stenberg was in very poor taste. Even if you don’t like Don, you shouldn’t be foolish enough to put it in writing on a blast email in an attempt to diminish Don’s service and puff up Jon Bruning. That shows you have little regard for the feelings of others who might be fans of Don. Third, you are representing a candidate, and by sending the email that you did, you probably cost Jon Bruning ALL of those who might otherwise have supported Jon.
This episode gives donors another reason to not support Jon. If he has any hope of becoming a Senator, he and his staff need to begin acting more Senatorial. At this point, it’s probably too late.
Please take my name of your list (Jim’s list). Doug, you can keep my name on the list and communicate with me anytime you like.
Exciting stuff here, no?
In the mean time, Deb Fischer is sort of standing above the fray.
But, without a little more earned media, she seems to be more out of it, than above it.
The others are making waves and at least getting their names out there and mixing it up. If she wants to be part of it, she better get in there one way or the other.
Jeremy Jensen has gotten himself just a little clever with the PhotoShop, and is now STANDING WITH SCOTT!
No doubt we will soon be seeing good Senator Lautenbaugh’s mug traced onto a pumpkin.
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