Metro Omahans, with Cox Communications literally cutting the cable on WOWT, here is what you will be missing on later today:
3pm: Meredith Vierra – Mom Jeans Makeovers!
7pm: The Biggest Loser – Makeover Week
8pm: Bad Judge -Naked and Afraid
Oh, and lots of faux-disappointed sarcasm from Alex Trebek.
Good luck with those bent coat hangers!
With the new year and the new Congress, Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer has been appointed to a new leadership post for new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
As we understand it, McConnell was looking for experienced legislators — people who put their head down and get the job done. He added Senator Fischer, Rob Portman, R-OH, Mike Lee R-UT and Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV.
This is a major jump for Fischer, only in her 3rd year of office. We will likely be hearing more about this soon.
New Senator Ben Sasse got a little national press on Sunday morning, appearing on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos (though George was nowhere to be seen). Some pols live and die by the Sunday morning shows, but unfortunately, if it is a “round table” of guests, these things generally go nowhere. Ideas don’t get developed, they hop from issue to issue in 20 seconds, and you are lucky if you get 8 seconds to respond to anything.
That was certainly the case with Sasse here, as the interviewer wanted to focus on new Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah. Sasse did get to respond at one point that he is in favor of raising the debt ceiling:
This is a pretty logical conclusion, but we would note that we were bombarded with notes from supporters of a former Sasse primary opponent who got hammered with $2M worth of ads for saying essentially the same thing.
That’s politics, and whaddaya gonna do?
But campaigners have lonnnng memories.
In the mean time, if you want to see a minute-by-minute, photographed description of Sasse’s swearing-in day, including lots of family shots and down time, be sure to read National Review’s coverage of Sasse here.
(Hey, and someone get the intern to slap a Senate seal on that balance board!)
In one of our year end posts, we noted a projection for what the Nebraska Unicameral’s Appropriations Committee would look like.
We ended up being off by 2.
Instead of new 29 year old Lincoln Democrat Senator Adam Morefeld, we got decidedly less-young Democrat Senator Ken Harr of Malcolm.
And instead of arguably “moderate” Senator Al Davis of Hyannis, a fair amount of arm-twisting and backroom negotiating put more conservative Senator John Kuehn of Heartwell on the Committee. Some see this as a bit of a coup against Chairman Heath Mello’s plan to thwart the Ricketts agenda. An arguably 4-4 Dem-GOP split on the committee may now be decided by Senator John Stinner of Scottsbluff.
Nebraskans will likely be able to judge Stinner’s conservative bona fides as the year develops.
And then over on the also powerful Revenue Committee some, like Don Walton, see Ricketts’ tax cutting agenda as a smooth sail.
However, others see it lousy for conservatives, and have even gone so far as to say the Ricketts plan for tax cuts will be dead on arrival in Revenue.
Fun and exciting stuff, eh kids!
So Brad Ashford went to Washington, and first thing he did was vote for Nancy Pelosi.
Second thing he said he’s going to do is vote for the Keystone XL Pipeline.
So he got Republicans against him for the first vote, and (some) Dems mad at him for the second. Some will point out that this sort of trading will simply get him re-elected in Nebraska’s 2nd District.
Others say that when standing on the fence you eventually end up like Humpty Dumpty.
So Congressman Ashford, where do you stand on raising the gas tax that your fellow Democrat, Senator Dick Durbin, has proposed?
No wonder Ashford was singing the praises of the Unicameral where he could hide his party colors…
Outgoing Secretary of Defense (eventually?) Chuck Hagel got some grief for including a gay sailor wedding proposal in his holiday video greeting.
But that issue overshadowed the real shocking moment of Hagel’s message:
This sport-coat and tie ensemble!
Holy Bob Devaney’s Ghost, Batman! The red jacket does say throwback Nebraska, we suppose. But the pink tie combo?
This is a man who clearly does not give crap-one about who thinks what.
And hey, we are leaving this one to the end, but we noted in our 2014 summary that we would have some big things happening here on Leavenworth St. in 2015.
Well, we have a question for you:
And for now, we will leave it at that.
But please, stay tuned.