First, a quick Separated at Birth…
Democrat Senate candidate, and chief anti-Keystone pipeline lawyer, Dave Domina’s campaign logo..
And the logo for TransCanada, the maker of the Keystone XL Pipeline!
That’s hilarious, no?
Ya think the Domina peeps had TransCanada on the brain just a little when they came up with that?
Same color scheme, same wavy lines. (“No, we’ll put in some stars, then it will totally be different!“)
Thanks to a dedicated reader for passing that along!
The latest polls from YouGov/NYT/CBS:
Nebraska U.S. Senate (for Republican Sen. Mike Johnanns’s retiring seat)
Ben Sasse (R):59%
Dave Domina (D): 30%
*Not sure: 11%
*Note that there are 3 Independents on the ballot, and one, Jim Jenkins, will shave off maybe 3%.
Nebraska Governor (for Republican Dave Heineman’s term-limited office)
Pete Ricketts (R): 55%
Chuck Hassebrook (R): 35%
Not Sure: 11%
These polls have come under some criticism for their methodology (online, self-selected, etc.).
We would note that for YouGov’s Colorado Senate poll, they recently had the Democrat Udal up by 1%, but SIX other polls have the Republican Gardner up anywhere from 1% to 7%.
So while, that might shine a thin sliver of light on the Domina and Hassebrook camps, it probably ain’t making up 20 to 30 points.
But hey, Paul Wellstone in 1990, right!
For Nebraska’s 2nd District race between incumbent Republican Lee Terry and Democrat Brad Ashford — recently listed as the 2nd most competitive race in the country — alas, we note that we have no polls to give you.
But, we would just note that BOTH sides think it is neck and neck.
Our guess is Ashford up, but by how much is a guess.
Heck, here we are in the final week and both camps are bringing new issues to the airwaves to knock the other guy.
This should encourage the Lee Terry partisans, as many believed him behind. Note that Ashford is not running any more happy ads of him jogging through Omaha’s Old Market wearing short-shorts. It is all battle issues.
First, a new anti-Ashford spot from the NRCC, entitled “Registry”.
See it here:
So, immediately the Brad Ashford campaign went into overdrive to give their side about this ad.
Oh, wait. Not the Ashford campaign, per se, but the Omaha Word-Herald.
The Ashford camp said the ad was “digusting” and “vile” — and then is not quoted in the rest of the OWH’s story. So we don’t really hear any reason from them about just why they think that.
But we do get an eight paragraph description of why the OWH thinks Ashford’s proposal to change the law is A-OK.
And Ashford has gone on the attack against Terry as well, putting up a new ad critical of Terry.
(Well, we think he has anyway. We have not seen it, but the OWH’s website headline says there is a new ad, but their story doesn’t mention an ad.)
[Update – apparently it is not an ad – OWH updated their headline.]
Ashford sent some recent college grads to complain that their student loans are too high.
Well, not THEIR student loans. But they totally know people whose student loans are too high.
And they made signs that said so, says the OWH.
Here is what they reported:
“I just think that Lee Terry hasn’t done enough to support the students, and I believe that Brad Ashford will work together with his colleagues out there and be able to get something done,” Spooner said.
Why does he think those things?
But at least they had the decency to bury this on page 2 of the Midlands section…
Politico has a new story out about the Obama National Security team — mainly National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
The story is entitled, “Team of Bumblers?”
Very hard knocks on Rice, but the way it is set up and the photo they use, not really as harsh on Hagel.
The gist on Hagel they give is that people seem to like him and respect him but he has 1) been overly engaged in committing to NOT committing troops anywhere and 2) his head has been around issues other than Russia, Syria, Iraq, etc. He is oft noted as being a “good soldier” and rarely not in lock-step with the President. However, coupled with Rice, he as seen as almost non-involved in the big issues, at best.
Have at it.
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