We missed this guy in the Gering debate the other week.
But GOP Senate candidate Clifton R. Johnson has a himself an ad put together.
See it here!
We will say this about this Clifton R. Johnson (not to be confused with Navin R. Johnson) spot: that is a semi-professional sounding voice-over and it’s 30 seconds long.
So there ya go.
National Review’s Jim Geraghty lamented the other day that Ben Sasse was getting hammered by Jon Stossel — and that the Stossel interview was being passed around by the Shane Osborn peeps. Geraghty included this as part of the “mudslide” in GOP primaries.
A few days ago, after an endorsement of Osborn by a national women’s group, Sasse kitchen-cabinet spokesman Jordan Gehrke typed a tweet, questioning why a women’s group would support Osborn, “given the candidates backgrounds”. He later tweeted that Osborn’s was a “campaign about nothing”.
Geraghty suggests that these sort of attacks should be held back, as…
“…Weeks of televised ads painting the opponent as a monster, a weathervane, or a crook plants seeds for the Democratic rival to harvest.”
Of course, the argument in Nebraska is that the GOP winner will trounce anti-Keystone Pipeline lawyer DavidDomina no matter who is nominated. Also, since most of the GOP are arguing about who is more conservative, it becomes less likely that such attacks would really hurt the eventual nominee in the General.
As long as things do not get personal, we doubt that hardball in the primaries is likely to injure the Nebraska GOP. Sure there are going to be hard feelings between the candidates, but when does that not happen?
The voters are good judges of when a campaign goes over the line. In the mean time, a healthy debate, that plays by the rules, will help choose a good nominee.
One of the local newspapers reprinted a Washington Post story showing the linkage between the Sasse campaign and the recent poll from Conservative Intel which showed Sasse and Osborn in a virtual tie.
This is pretty inside baseball stuff for pollsters, and we are happy to let them fight it out. Our takeaway from it is that none of the other camps have disputed the numbers, or have put out a poll with different numbers. So we take that poll pretty much at face value.
Frankly, considering the hideous “independent” polls that have come out — OWH, we’re looking your way — we will be happy to take polls from the campaigns and judge them accordingly.
Here is an interesting thought exercise, that has been debated since the dawn of the Information Superhighway (i.e. the internets), and is actually coming to fruition.
The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the Marketplace Fairness Act last year. Both Nebraska Senators Johanns and Fischer voted for the bipartisan bill.
So what is it? The bill says online sellers with more than $1 million in sales annually would be required to collect local and state taxes at the time of the sale — and the money would then be distributed to the individual state and city.
As you know, oftentimes shoppers go into Nebraska brick and mortar retailers, look at an item and then leave and purchase it online from, say, a California company. The late William F. Buckley called it (in our example) Nebraskans subsidizing the California company. The Fairness Act fixes that long overlooked tax loophole for internet sales.
But this would require states to simplify their sales tax laws in exchange for being able to tax Internet sales from companies.
If (and when) it next passes the U.S House of Representatives, there are two bills in the Unicameral that indicate any future Marketplace Fairness dollars would be put toward tax relief. One bill (LB 1031, Sen. Kintner) would put future Marketplace Fairness dollars towards reducing income and property tax. Another (LB 1057 Sen. Davis) would put the money towards reducing property taxes.
(For the hardcore: the Unicameral’s Revenue Committee will have a 1:30 pm public hearing and take public testimony on both bills on February 28th to determine if they will be advanced for full floor debate.)
As conservatives like Buckley, Charles Krauthammer and Paul Ryan point out, this is not a new tax or earmarking tax revenue. It is state tax relief, leveling a playing field, and fixing legalized tax evasion and a tax loophole. Nebraska loses out on $118 million in uncollected sales tax revenue. As the days of the internet Wild West come to a close, this one only seems to make sense.
Haven’t read much from the Governor candidates over the week, but as the Senate candidates battle, we anticipate the Gov guys to scrap it up as well.
As ObamaCare takes the featured position in nearly every ad, we expect to hear more on the Medicaid expansion debate soon. We are a little surprised we haven’t read more about what could be a potentially huge and divisive issue between the candidates.
As noted above, if you’re keeping track of these things, Shane Osborn was recently endorsed by “Concerned Women for America PAC”.
Today, Ben Sasse was endorsed by the Family Research Council — a group founded by social conservative James Dobson.