Monday briefs


Sorry but because of technical difficulties, we are not able to give you a full-on, dissect the news, post.

We will do our best to put one up tomorrow.

In the mean time, feel free to weigh-in on…

  • OWH’s half bio, half investigation on Deb Fischer’s Senate chances. It can all pretty much be summed up by Dave Kramer’s quote at the end: “Between Jon’s resources and the third-party resources on Don’s behalf, it’s going to be more difficult for her to get her message out.”
  • OWH’s investigation of Jon Bruning, that everyone seemed to be waiting for. OWH says they, “reviewed hundreds of public documents related to his bank enterprises, mortgage loans and home equity lines of credit. The newspaper also sought out private attorneys, finance professors and some of Bruning’s business associates to sort through the complexities of his holdings.”

    And yet, no smoking gun anywhere.

    • And the OWH’s story on Don Stenberg today is lackluster, except maybe for the interesting political stuff at the end where Kay Orr says Don told her that he wasn’t using the Treasurer’s office as a steppingstone for a Senate run.
    • If you were at the 2nd District debate on Friday, feel free to comment, and also weigh-in on whether an amendment in the U.S. Constitution can be…unconstitutional.

    And then one more time, here is Lee Terry’s new ad, with the ad text below, and some comments from the Terry camp:


    Narrator: A consistent conservative, standing up for Nebraska values, Congressman Lee Terry.

    He stood up against Obama’s big government agenda, voted 157 times to cut $7 trillion in new spending and he’s fighting ObamaCare.

    Lee Terry: We can’t keep spending money that we don’t have. It’s bankrupting this country and it’s ruining our kids’ futures.

    Narrator: Lee Terry led the fight to pass a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget. He knows what’s at stake and he’ll keep fighting for us.

    Lee Terry: I’m Lee Terry and I approve this message.

    From the Terry camp:

    The ad points to Terry’s record of voting 157 times to cut an additional $7 trillion in spending. His support for a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget and his opposition to the $1.7 billion federal healthcare law enacted in 2010 are also highlighted.

    Each of the 157 votes is listed in the issues section of the Terry campaign web site. The congressman has supported dozens of proposals to eliminate local earmarks from bills that were considered on the floor of the U.S. House. Terry has also voted for numerous percentage cuts to bills or, in the case of the 2009 stimulus plan or 2010 healthcare law, opposed them outright. Had the Senate not blocked many of the reductions, federal spending would be $7 trillion less over the next decade.


  1. Your Grandmother says:

    Why does Lee Terry want to give me a voucher for much heart surgery? Why does Lee Terry support Ryan’s radical Medicare plan.

  2. Speculator says:

    Not only is Don Stenberg in the last throes of his political career, he’s managed to make it so his final decline has been destructive to the future of the Republican party. Tony Fulton is facing a (hopefully temporary) hiatus from elected office as a direct result of Don’s arrogance. If Stenberg’s ambition to run another failed Senate race hadn’t compelled him to ace out Fulton, we would have a Treasurer right now who has actually spent more than 10 minutes in his office.

  3. Synopsis says:

    I was unable to attend the debate on Friday, someone who was there please give me a brief synopsis of what happened (if anything). And who won the debate in your opinion?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Speculator: As if Tony Fulton would stay in a holding pattern office like Treasurer any longer than any other overly ambitious elected official before jumping to the thing they really want. Take the blinders off.

  5. Oh Mander says:

    You forgot to mention that the hundreds of documents related to Bruning’s business ventures did not include his tax returns. He still refuses to make those public due to “privacy” concerns.

  6. Drew says:

    Several points of idiocy here.

    First, regarding Kay Orr’s comments. Get real! Everyone assumed Heineman would follow Gov Nelson and Johanns to the Senate but it did not happen. Bruning jumped in first and that is the only reason why he has lead.

    Second, Douglas County has over 70,000 voters registered as independent. Such voters do not like scandals. If nominated, Bruning will have a hard time picking up votes in Omaha.

    Third in regarding the comments, the voucher plan for medicare would work just fine. Why whine?
    As far as Stenberg, he is the only reliable conservative in the race. But, if you want to ignore Bruning’s untimely outbursts, vote for him and I am certain he will same something to embarrass the entire state and not be elected again.

  7. Get out of the Way says:

    Stenberg reminds me of Gingrich. Why is he still in the race? Everyone knows that the race is over and Bruning has it locked up. All they are doing is running down the republican party. The left is eating this up.

  8. RWP says:

    Anyone seen Bob Kerrey’s tax returns? Chirp chirp chirp!

    Anyone even asked why Bob Kerrey got $800,000 last year to ‘sustain research’ at a crackpot cold-fusion based company, founded by a disbarred quack? What did Bob do in return for nearly a million dollars? Chirp chirp chirp!

    Why did Tenet Healthcare, on whose board Kerrey sits, with 1 hospital in Nebraska out of 50 total, make its three largest political contributions in 2010 to Nebraska politicians? Chirp, chirp, chirp!

  9. Sherlock says:

    Drew @ 2:20 must be none other than Drew Sullivan. He’s been beating the Don Stenberg dead horse on every Facebook page he can find. Some moderators had to tell him to take his political postings elsewhere.

    There’s not a doubt in my mind that Stenberg ran for state treasurer for the sole purpose of running for U.S. Senate, no matter how he wants to spin it. There was no way he ever intended to quietly serve until he was term limited out after two terms and fade into the sunset.

    It’s time for Stenberg to get out of the way. I wonder if Don will support the GOP nominee when he gets rejected by Nebraska voters yet again.

  10. Chris Link says:

    Hey “Grandma”,

    Unlike the Democrats, the Republicans are at least acknowledging there is a problem with entitlements (especially Medicare with it’s unfunded liabilities of at least $25 trillion) and have put forth a proposal. Consider it a starting point for discussion. Certainly, the current situation is unsustainable. As much as you would like to, you can’t repeal the laws of mathematics.

    Of course, the Democrats can’t be bothered to come up with a current budget, much less a long-term solution. Harry Reid is now three years and counting in the Senate with no budget proposal. Obama ignores his own budget commission and sends up a bit of fantasy that is voted down 414 to 0 in the House.

    I’m betting your solution is to tax “the 1%”! In 2009 (last available data) the top 1% earned 17% of income and paid 37% of income taxes. Even if you confiscated every single dollar they made ($1.3 trillion), you would fund the federal behemoth for only about four months.

  11. keeping it real says:

    Don was just doing what he always does. Tell people one thing and then do another. Don believes the truth is in shades of grey and he’s not afraid to lie to get what he wants. I bet he’d even lie to Jim DeMint in order to win a Senate seat.

  12. owh watcher says:

    The profile pieces were lame. The OWH basically called Deb Fischer a loser, while her staff tried to defend her. They tried to lay a glove on Bruning, but fell short and wrote a boring article, then called Stenberg a principled 3 time loser. Given the vetting that Bruning has gone through in this process, he’s in the best position to beat Kerrey (who will be vetted for this race). Despite the best attempts by his Republican opponents to pitch their lame oppo and act like Democrats.

  13. OWH reader says:

    Kerrey may be vetted for this race, but it sure as hell won’t be the OWH that does the vetting. I predict that the OWH will endorse Kerrey because Susie and Warren tell it to do so.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Dorky Don. Nuff said about that.

    OWH: Stupid is as Stupid does……. not even good for the bottom of a bird cage these days.

  15. Concerned Husker Fan says:

    Not a bad ad by Lee. However, I do have a concern with the offensive set that he is running during the last clip of the commercial. With an inexperienced offensive line, I think running with an empty backfield is irresponsible, and could really expose him to a variety of blitz packages that the opposing DC could throw at him. This shows poor decision making, and lack of attention to detail. Do we really want leadership like this in Washington?

  16. Concerned as well says:

    I agree with the Cornhead husker fan. Terry seemed to be out of touch. This ad is really BS. What kind of A-hole dad makes his kids play the offensive line while he is the quarterback. Obviously, lee is much heavier than his kids and would be more effective as a run blocker. Just another example of poor decision making.

    We CANNOT afford 2 more years of this.

  17. Keebler Elvis says:

    Funny observation… Lee Terry has thrown more passes in his political ads than Brett Lindstrom did during his time warming the bench on the sidelines of Memorial Stadium.

  18. Where's BTO? says:

    Where is BTO, he hasn’t written on here today? I’m sure he’s probably cyber bullying an 83 year old woman somewhere.

  19. Macdaddy says:

    After re-reading the OWH piece on Bruning, I’m going to have to amend my post from yesterday and agree with Sweeper and some other posters. They tried to kick Bruning but whiffed. Instead, they probably ended up giving Bruning a big fat wet one right on the lips: “we reviewed hundreds of documents.” They made it sound like they did an exceedingly thorough investigation and came up with a disgruntled former employee who sounds like she could be BTO’s cousin. Perhaps the Editorial Page endorses Kerrey anyway (there are no journalism rules that says the boss can’t pick the endorsements), but Bruning is going to come out on top if this comes up in debate, thanks to the OWH’s investigation.

  20. TexasAnnie says:

    Brian: You mow your own lawn? Are you just middle class? That’s a sad place to be IF living in Nebraska: you gotta’ pay for “economic development,” in addition to “social services!” Come on down to TEXAS!!! We live (relatively) FREE!!!

  21. Annie, I enjoy mowing my lawn. I aspire to re-joining the middle class some day, once the Republicans are done destroying the economy.
    Economic development is just another word for bribery, only they pay “u pizzu” with our money. I don’t mind the social services, I’m not anti-social.
    I went to Texas back in ’74 and was lucky to get out of there alive.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Gietner seems the type of fellow who enjoys giving and receiving scopes of that type. Couple that with everything else the OWH is anymore, and you now have something relevant for them to do.

    I am going to love watching the print section of the OWH fail, and then when the genius’ implement the pay for version of the on-line presence the whole thing can die off. Of course with the White house cleaned out of the current occupy resident, there will be no bail-out of newspapers. It will be nice to see companies like the OWH fail, and to witness what takes their place. Perhaps unbiased media will make a comeback, but doubt it. Most likely it will be radio and T.V. with a bunch of micro-blogs to fill the void.

  23. Lil Mac says:

    2:20 promised “several points of idiocy” and he delivered three. Must be a Don supporter. They all seem to come out of the Stenberg School for Rhetorical Suicide.

    I agree with those who say the OWH is inadvertently bolstering Bruning while trying to hurt him. You see the same stupidity in Don’s “Bruning is too fiscally adept with his own money to solve our nation’s money problems” strategy. These guys are dimwits. And I include Buffett. Sure they have some narrow talents, but if you get Buffet one inch beyond his ability to scour money from productive people’s pockets, he is as stupid as Stenberg.

    This race remains Bruning’s to lose. So far, he’s tracking okay thanks to the stupidity of his opponents and Bruning not making too many missteps. Kerrey needs to close the gap without pooping his pants. We shall see how that works out.

    It turns out that everything hinges on voters choosing to be governed by the least stupid candidate. While that isn’t comforting, it is a much healthier view in the long run than thinking these are supermen. And when you consider how Washington is being run today, a bit more less-stupid would be a good thing.

  24. Senator Snowplow says:

    It just occurred to me, well, you know how President Obama said that if he’d had a son, he would have looked like Trayvon Martin? Well, it occured to me watching the press coverage yesterday that George Zimmerman looks like he could be the son of Sonia Sotomayor. Isn’t that cute how people involved in this story look like they could be the offspring of famous government officials? I wonder what politician the judge who is now getting death threats would look like he’s the son of?

    Of course, if I had a son, I think he might look like Elena Kagan.

  25. @Anon 1:43 says:

    Why deflect Don Stenberg’s endless opportunism on to Tony Fulton? He’s responsible for his own actions and Fulton at least at the humility to step down from his legislative office instead of suing over the term limits law.

    Would Stenberg done the same?

  26. Senator Snowplow says:

    Have you all heard the latest example of right wing religious fanatics trying to cram their religious beliefs down the rest of our throats? The city of Hutchinson, Kansas is considering a GLBTTCD anti-discrimination ordinance similar to what Omaha just passed and all those religious nutjobs down there are squawking because of the mere fact that churches will be required to host gay weddings. And drag parties, which, if you’ve never been to one, you have to check them out because they are the bomb. Anyhow, I can’t believe how narrow-minded those people down there are.

  27. Just wondering says:

    It will be interesting to see where Terry goes in Thursday’s draft. He could fall all the way to Cleveland in the second round if Miami sticks with Tannehill with the 8th spot. Not a lot of arm strength but you gotta like his intangibles.

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