Former City Councilman Dan Welch has a new ad up in the Omaha Mayor’s race.
See it here:
This is another 15 seconder by Welch. We kind of like these frankly, and would be curious to know how the public absorbs these spots vs a 30 second version. We wouldn’t be surpised if it is very similar. (Oh, and we are always fans of the candidate talking to the camera.)
And here’s a peek from the Welch camp of the process…
Things are heating up in this race with less than 40 days to the primary (which will see the top 2 advance to general).
As you may have seen from the money raised so far, the incumbent, Mayor Jim Suttle, has out- raised each of his primary opponents.
Seeing as how Suttle is the only Democrat in this race, it is not all that surprising.
What IS a little surprising is state Senator Brad Ashford’s relatively dismal fundraising numbers continuing. It may be interesting to see how that plays out for Ashford if he is not able to get his message out on the crowded airwaves in weeks to come.
Welch came up large in the past two months, raising $114K. City Councilwoman Jean Stothert and businessdude Dave Nabity are neck and neck for 2nd place in funding each with approx $79K. Ashford pulls up the rear with around $60K in 2013.
One interesting aspect on the funding numbers of the last 2 months:
Jim Suttle: $250K
Suttle’s challengers: $332K
Now of course we don’t expect all of Suttle’s opponents’ funders to coalesce around the eventual nominee (this is all assuming Suttle is in the final 2).
But…it certainly suggests that there is plenty of money out there to take on Suttle in the general.
And Jean Stothert came out earlier today with a hit on Brad Ashford, calling on the Nebraska legislature to repeal the new increased local sales tax provision — sponsored by Ashford and adopted last year over Governor Heineman’s veto.
You will remember that Ashford recently had to take a step back in his advertising regarding pushing for tax cuts, when he was reminded that Stothert had advocated them as well.
Interesting with Stothert going head-to-head on Ashford.
We still feel like anything can happen in this race.
You may note from the Twitters by us in the past week that…
- Attorney General Jon Bruning says he is running for re-election and will NOT run for Governor or Senate.
- Dem Chuck Hassebrook says he may run for…something. Gov? Senate? Seat number 2 on Bob Kerrey’s sister’s couch?
- Former Dem Goob-a-natorial candidate Mike Meister says he may run for…something. Gov? Senate? Legislature?
- We are learning that the chances of Shane Osborn for Senate are getting more and more likely.
- And then a little bird told us that the word about the Capitol Rotunda is that state Senator Tom Carlson is thinking about a Gov run.
And on that note, at the Douglas-Sarpy-Washington Lincoln-Reagan brunch were Charlie Janssen…and Scott Price, Beau McCoy, and Tom Carlson.
Do with that info what you may.
You may have seen the recent news that 70% of Americans support building the Keystone XL Pipeline. And that is following the State Department’s report that gave no environmental reason that the pipeline should not be built.
Well ain’t that a corker.
Because certain elements of the radical far-left (who like to pose in FFA jackets) say they oppose building the pipeline no matter what — because it’s GAME OVER for Mother Earth if it gets built.
Interesting note on that. The whole “game over” theory is really pushed by the A1 anti-pipe dude, Bill McKibben. When Bill says jump, a certain Hastings School Board member yelps “how high?!”.
But what is McKibben’s story? Well, it has been fleshed out by Stanley Kurtz in the National Review Online. In his 3-part expose on McKibben, Kurtz points out that McKibben’s whole thesis on the Keystone XL is to try to get the U.S. — nay THE WORLD — off of fossil fuels, out of cars and planes, and to move out to the country to live an agrarian life near the food sources. It’s all has a sort of Mad Max meets Little House on the Prairie multiplied by the Communist Manifesto feel to it.
So number one on McKibben’s list is to rid the world of, not so much damaging oil. But of too abundant oil. And the Keystone XL taps into that oil and keeps the world running on oil — thus spoiling McKibben’s agrarian utopia.
And you thought it was all about “saving the Sand Hills”, yeah?
Oh, they have a plan. They have a plan and you and your livelihood are NOT a part of it.