I am the ONLY Street Sweeper.
There has not been another Street Sweeper.
And, aside from the few guest posts that noted the author, I am the only writer Leavenworth St. has ever had.
I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. I am a 1986 graduate of Creighton Prep, a 1990 graduate of Boston College and a 1998 graduate of the Creighton University School of Law. (The Jesuits tell me that makes me “a Lifer”, in terms of Jesuit education…)
I was a summer intern for Congressman Hal Daub back in 1988 (back when Hal had a young-ish Chief of Staff named Dave Heineman). I was Hal’s driver in his 1990 campaign for U.S. Senate, crisscrossing the state many times. And I was P.J. Morgan’s Mayoral re-election campaign manager in 1993.
I also worked for Senator Chuck Grassley’s reelection campaign in Iowa in 1992 and was a communications director for Senator Larry Pressler in Washington, D.C. around 1995.
Now for a little shocking news:
I moved from Nebraska to the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. in 2000 with my new wife.
I started the Leavenworth St. blog in 2006.
I moved with my family to the Kansas suburbs of Kansas City in 2008.
If you do the math here, you will note that I have not lived in Nebraska for the past fifteen years — including the last nine that I have written Leavenworth St.
When asked about not living in Nebraska, yet writing about Nebraska politics, I note a few things:
I have been a Nebraska football fan for as long as I can remember.
When I moved to Virginia, I did not become a Virginia football fan. I remained a Nebraska football fan — often meeting with other Nebraskans to watch televised games around D.C., following them on the online newspapers and blogs, and generally continuing my love of Husker football.
I have been a Creighton basketball fan since before I was born (my pregnant mother went to games). Tom Shatel posted one of my stories about memories of Creighton games at the Civic Auditorium a few years back. But when I moved to Kansas, the Jayhawks did not replace the Jays as my team of choice. I remained a Creighton basketball fan (and now get to watch pretty much every game on FS1 as well).
So much like my love of Nebraska football and Creighton basketball, when I decided I wanted to write about politics, I knew I wanted to write about Nebraska politics. Those are the players I know. Those are the staffers I know. Those are the pols I know. (Hey that doesn’t mean I can’t learn about other states. It’s just that for pols, Nebraska is first.)
I have enjoyed watching Nebraska pols and writing about them, giving my opinions, and occasionally breaking news. (And of course creating successful Separated at Birth images.)
You readers know that Leavenworth St. is the talk of Nebraska politics. It will continue being that, and I will continue writing about Nebraska politics.
Because I love it.
Now 2 other new items…
Why come out from behind the cloak of “Street Sweeper”? Isn’t there a mystique associated with it after all these years?
But I was never really into the parlor game of “who is Street Sweeper?” as much as others were. For me it was more of a convenience so my jobs weren’t interrupted by nosy managers asking if I wrote a “web log”.
But I have been on my own for a while now, and I realized that I wanted to expand Leavenworth St., and it would be very difficult to do while trying to be “anonymous”.
I have wanted, for some time, to host a podcast, and am doing it now. I have recorded two podcasts to start, and am putting them in this post — but you can also see them by going to WheelsDownPolitics.com.
I wanted the podcasts to have their own home and to hopefully grow that home as well. So now we have the Wheels Down Politics web page that will be the hub of the new political network, of which Leavenworth St. will be the original spoke.
I will post all of the podcasts on WheelsDownPolitics.com, but will always cross post them on Leavenworth St. as long as Leavenworth St. readers have an interest in them — if the podcast is a Nebraska person or a national one etc. At some point there may be podcasts with someone who you are not really into, and if that’s the case, you won’t find it on Leavenworth St., but can always see it at Wheels Down Politics.
Why the name “Wheels Down Politics”?
You’re gonna have to listen to the podcasts to find out.
The first is a solo introduction from me:
(You can directly download it by clicking here.)
The second is an interview with United State Senator Deb Fischer, that was recorded last Thursday. (You may note that Senator Fischer does not do many interviews.) I had a great time talking with her and think you’ll dig our chat:
(You can directly download it by clicking here.)
The podcasts will always be available to listen by clicking the link, and you can use the RSS feed to add it to your podcast app (if you understand how to use it). The podcasts should also be up and available on iTunes very soon, and we will keep you abreast of that as well.
In general, they will be about 30 minutes long — long enough for your commute or workout, but short enough for you to want more! (Giddeyup.)
And the third surprise?
There will be new writers on Leavenworth St!
I asked a number of individuals if they would contribute to Leavenworth St. on a regular basis. Some said no. But five (or six) said yes, and we will be rolling out their posts Wednesday through Friday of this week.
Their posts will be identified as specifically by them — but some will be going the “Street Sweeper” route, and will use their own Pen Names. (How could I have turned down such a request, right?) But each will have a description enough to let you know, generally, where they are from and a little about their background.
One of my goals was to make this site just a little more about ALL of Nebraska, and with our new writers we look forward to accomplishing that. (And we look to forward to adding even more writers in the future.) This should provide much more content for you, the reader, and should keep things even more fresh on Leavenworth St.
The writers will eventually have their names on the “Writers” tab up top as we roll things out this week.
Thank you for taking a tour of the new Leavenworth St.
Please be sure to check out Wheels Down Politics as well.
We hope to have some info from the press rollout soon as well.
And come back on Wednesday for our new writers!