“We are both troubled by the rhetoric and heightened tensions surrounding the upcoming NEGOP Convention this Saturday in Grand Island.
There is something called “The Nebraska Way.” It’s honesty. Being cordial and neighborly. Practicing The Golden Rule. And, when differences occur, shaking hands and agreeing to disagree in a respectful way.
It’s important to us that the NEGOP Convention be conducted “The Nebraska Way.” For that reason we met to discuss ways in which we could more accurately reflect the cordiality and cooperation that actually exists between our two groups and express our mutual desire for the NEGOP Convention be conducted in an orderly and positive fashion.
To accomplish this, we pledge the following:
• The NEGOP and RLCNE will not engage in nor encourage and will actively discourage any kind of dilatory or disruptive tactics that could interfere with the mutual goal of an orderly and efficient convention.
• Based upon assurances provided by the RLCNE, the NEGOP has reconsidered and withdrawn its plan to hire additional security officers for the NEGOP Convention.
• The RLCNE will discourage those wishing to attend the NEGOP Convention for the purpose of intimidation, agitation or monitoring from attending.
• At the conclusion of the NEGOP convention, we will work together to accomplish the overarching goal we share: defeating Barack Obama in November.”
This is an interesting development. But this convention is too important for the national Ron Paul forces to not do everything in their power to win a majority of delegates. Will they follow Ebke’s lead? Will they pay attention?
Fireworks? Just a sparkler? Or maybe a giant burst like the ones in San Diego. Still gotta think the national press will be keeping a watchful eye. We suppose we will just have to wait and see.
As we noted on the Twitter over the weekend, a little more action in the Nebraska National Committeeman race in the upcoming Nebraska Republican Convention.
Matt Butler was the only announced candidate until Saturday afternoon, when former party Chair and 2006 Senate candidate David Kramer jumped into the race.
We do not know who Kramer counts as his backers, but a few hours later, Butler countered with his announcement that state Senator Scott Lautenbaugh would be nominating him and Washington County Chair John Orr would be seconding his nomination.
For those of you scoring at home that would be the Heineman and the…uh, non-Heineman wings of the party. We still imagine there is a chance a Paulista nominee could appear, but with Orr in the mix, it lessens the chances.
So things will be mellow down Grand Island way?
Bob Kerrey and Ben Nelson…err and the Nebraska Democrat Party have a new ad up against Deb Fischer about Fischer’s position on Taxes, ObamaCare and Abortion.
Ha ha! Of COURSE they didn’t! They know those and most of the rest of Kerrey’s positions are losers. No, they went after Fischer’s husband for being on the federal grazing program. Oh wait, no, they went after Deb Fischer for marrying a guy who leases federal grazing land. He pays the government to do this.
And Kerrey and Nelson have been fighting this issue for the combined 24 years the two have been in the U.S. Senate. Wait, no? Just this year? Well how about that then.
So, anywho, Nebraska Democrats, who have $40K in the bank, paid for this $200K commercial. Hmm. Wonder who really paid for it then?
But the farmers gotta be with Kerrey and Nelson and the Democrats on this, yeah?
Oh, here is the Nebraska Farm Bureau on the ad:
“We are extremely disappointed in the Nebraska Democratic Party’s latest television ad that unfairly portrays farmers and ranchers who participate in the Federal Bureau of Land Management’s grazing program as “welfare recipients.”
Wow. Tell us how you really feel.
“Many Nebraska farmers and ranchers participate in some form of government program that provides compensation for enhancing land management and conservation for the broader public good. This particular ad does a disservice to the many hard working Nebraska farm families who participate in these types of programs by failing to adequately share all the facts about these types of programs.”
So, other than picking an issue that people don’t care about, they’re wrong about and where they’ve pissed off the farmers, nice job Bob and Ben.
What else have you two teamed up on?
Back in DC, Congressman Lee Terry pushed a measure through the House of Representatives that ends the unfair “flood in progress” provision that was causing homeowners to have their claims turned down. Terry got the House to pass this last summer — it was then included in an omnibus bill the House and Senate passed before recessing for July 4.
The final bill went through the Senate shepherded by Senator Mike Johanns.
Terry’s law levels the playing field on flood insurance and restores fairness to homeowners who
pay premiums for coverage.
The success adds to the list of legislation that has become law under Terry’s sponsorship and
leadership. Among these are the “Hill-Terry” law passed in 2007 to increase the fuel
economy standards of cars, light trucks and SUVs. The law will save the U.S. from importing
400 million barrels of oil per year from the Persian Gulf when fully implemented.
Oh and one final note on the Senate race.
The Washington Post’s “The Fix” column still has Nebraska in the top 2 seats most likely to switch party control.
If I was Bob Kerrey I’d want seven debates too.