**UPDATE at 1pm**
An update to the post on Bryan Slone below:
Slone has received the endorsements of Nebraska Regent, and former Congressman, Hal Daub as well as former Senator Dave Karnes.
I have known Bryan for 30 years. He was there with me when we helped pass President Reagan’s milestone tax reform in 1986. He is a dedicated conservative with a vision for Nebraska’s future. He is just the kind of leader we need to build on the success of Governor Heineman and make Nebraska a leader in innovation, economic growth, and quality of life for years to come. Mary and I will be working hard to help Bryan become our next governor.
My wife Kris and I are excited that Bryan has chosen to seek the Governor’s office and we endorse his candidacy wholeheartedly. We encourage all Nebraskans to get to know Bryan and Leslie, and once they do they will realize as we have over more than a decade of working together with Bryan that he is the right man for the job in 2014.
First, a quick SAB from the Heisman ceremony on Saturday. We were looking forward to seeing what Mike Rozier would be sporting — seeing as his recent “Heisman House” ad was a take off on his last ceremony outfit.
But instead it was Johnny Rodgers who stepped it up in the outfit department — and got us thinking of a Separated at Birth. So…
Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers and Harry Husker (from the old OWH Saturday prediction days)!
Here is video of Slone’s announcement in Gering:
The OWH notes that Slone worked on Governor Dave Heineman’s campaign years back, and also worked with Heineman in Hal Daub’s Congressional office way back when. But we would be a bit surprised to see an endorsement of Slone from Heineman. And we would also note that in the end, we think Heineman’s endorsement will be the one that may matter in the Gov’s race.
Here is Slone’s introductory video from his campaign website:
You may note that Slone references Governor Dave Heineman FOUR times, and has his photo with Hal Daub from the Capitol steps.
And btw, we forgive any former Daub staffers if they don’t recognize Slone today:
Yowza Mr. Kotter!
We learned at the end of last week that the Ben Sasse for U.S. Senate campaign has purchased TV ad time during the BCS Championship game on ESPN in January. To our knowledge this would be the first TV ad buy of 2014, and will certainly kick off the campaign season.
On that note, the National Review’s Jonathan Strong notes that Shane Osborn has yet to openly endorse Mitch McConnell as majority leader — after the tongue-lashing Ben Sasse received from McConnell went public. Strong seems to be implying that Osborn is trying to play both sides of the fence with the McConnell and DeMint supporters (even though DeMint’s SCF endorsed Sasse).
It is a fine line, though Strong notes that Sasse is also trying to position himself as a Washington “outsider” — even though he spent many years working there.
And then after Osborn came out against the Ryan-Murray budget plan — also knocked generally by both of Nebraska’s U.S. Senators — Sasse has yet to make his position known. And note that Sasse has been endorsed by Congressman Paul Ryan (he of Ryan-Murray).
Your head spinning yet?
What this means to us is that all of the endorsements and counter-endorsements aren’t going to stick with voters that much. Each candidate is going to have to go the extra yard to enunciate their positions and then differentiate themselves from the other candidates.
And that will be no small task.
And Jeff Fortenberry and Lee Terry both voted for the Ryan-Murray budget.
But Adrian Smith voted Nay.
So, of course Terry’s primary opponent jumped on the Nay bandwagon to say that “most Nebraskans” are against the budget deal.
Hmm. That’s an interesting way to put it.
Except that Terry is not running statewide. He’s running in the 2nd District. Are most 2nd Districters against it? Or how about just GOP 2nd Districters? It’s an interesting take, but our guess is that Terry will focus that vote as the more “sound” approach. (Though not having Fischer or Johanns’s backing on that doesn’t help.)
We will be interested to see if that vote comes back to haunt him in the primary. But it certainly shouldn’t hurt in the general.
Our best wishes again go out to Attorney General Jon Bruning who is recovering from his recent surgery for colon cancer. We also commend Bruning for not only his positive outlook and forthright statements about this, but also stepping up to recommend others to get checked for colon cancer. Hopefully Bruning’s public stance will even help save a few lives.
On that note, we also applaud Bruning for past strong stances against illegal online activity. While we take being on the internet for granted, many teens make connections and purchases that can be frighteningly dangerous.
The tragedy of steroid use among teens to get ahead in sports is scary in and of itself. But now teens are going online to make “legal” steroid purchases and counterfeit prescription drugs, oftentimes with dangerous or even deadly consequences. And Channel 7 featured a story last week on teens who purchased synthetic marijuana online — and ended up hospitalized. One would think this would be simple to prevent. But without steps taken by people like Bruning and other state and national pols, these types of crimes will only increase. We hope to see Bruning and others’ continued focus on this important issue.
If you have kids, you should make yourself aware of these things. They will be waaaay ahead of you on it otherwise and you may have no idea. You can learn more about protecting yourself and your family online, as well as learn other ways to support this type of project at Digital Citizens Alliance.
But the internets can also be a source of GOODNESS in our lives!
So we have been asking you to use our Amazon.com links to make your online purchases (and you still should).
But what about YOU, the procrastinating sucker who still has gifts to send across the country (or just get sent), and only has a week now?
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