We have a couple of additions in our last minute “Better Know a Candidate” series. (From candidates who actually, you know, responded to our request for info.)
First is John Ravenscroft running in District 43, out of Valentine. This is part of Deb Fischer’s old district, covers 13 counties and is larger than the State of Rhode Island and many European countries (take that Liechtenstein). Ravenscroft is a rancher, a Vietnam vet and was a county commissioner.
He has raised the same amount of cash, $44K, in his campaign as Gwen Howard has in her Congressional campaign. And he has this radio ad running:
And yes, that is one giant hat.
Next we meet Republican Acela Turco running for Omaha’s District 31.
Turco and her husband Jay own Tuffys Auto Service Center. They have two teenage children who attend Millard Schools, where Acela was a former para educator. She is a Nebraska Foster Care Review Board Member, is on the Millard Business Association, AND she is a former intelligence analyst for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
She has been endorsed by the current district’s state Senators Rich Pahls (term limited) and Beau McCoy (new district). And she has been endorsed by both Governor Dave Heineman and Speaker Mike Flood, among many others.
She is running against Democrat Ric
hk Kolowski, who is being supported by Mayor Jim Suttle and Bold Nebraska Sugar Daddy Dick Holland.
This has the potential to be a big race in the fall as well.
The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality has been holding information sessions lately in O’Neill and Neligh on the new route for the Keystone XL Pipeline. There is clearly still some NIMBYism happening, but there are also clear supporters of the pipeline — whom you never heard about back when all you heard in every story was about the precious and pristine land and water that the oil companies were going to detonate, then fill with a tar sand lake.
Instead, there is now bipartisan support for the pipe — in Congress and in Nebraska — with groups like Energy Citizens going to these events and very openly showing their support for the project. And keep in mind that shouting down something like this, based on your emotions, can be a lot easier than standing up for rational thought.
Oh, but always remember that even if the oil was shipped across Nebraska by Thor, Iron Man and the calm Hulk in an airplane black box, one cup-full at a time, Jane Kleeb and the Boldies would be against the project. She hates the oil and everything else is just part of radical enviro plan.
And speaking of the Keystone Pipeline and the Senate race…
…we bet you thought you would never see an online ad that combined a Nebraska Senate debate, the original Road Warrior movie, and an edited case of Keystone beer, did you?
Well you would be wrong. Oh so wrong.
See the Spencer Zimmerman piece…nay FILM…here:
Be sure to check back for updates later and over the weekend…