Oh ok, how about back in 2012, when the big question in Obama vs Romney was whether the President should decide how the internet will be governed?
Not so much?
Well surprise, surprise voters and non-voters! The Chairman of the FCC is passing around a 322 page novel describing how the Federal Government — governed by that FCC — will be making decisions about everything from data rates to how you will be taxed. Because the internet is just like phones, right? Or maybe just like trains? Well, the laws (LAWS) written for those uses are now being used for the Kings of the FCC to take over the internets.
Don’t worry, you can trust the FCC and the rest of the unelected bureaucrats to govern one of the greatest technological achievements of the world (yeah, I said it) for your good.
They will get to decide what is “just and reasonable” for internet rules. And then they’ll all go to court deciding on those definitions.
But the government will just make a couple rules, then totally back off.
Hey it’s all about everyone being equal!
(Of course, some are more equal than others. And right now the FCC wants to work that out…)
A month or so ago Leavenworth St. featured who is thinking about running in #NE02 against Brad Ashford.
Of course, the one name NOT there was Scott Kleeb. We will see how that one works out, as Congressman Ashford tries to soft-shoe the tightrope.
In the mean time, the list of possibles has waned and waxed.
Chip Maxwell is still in, apparently. (By the way, Chip and I are both Boston College grads, but he was 4 years ahead of me, and our paths never crossed there.) Dan Frei? Geez if everyone who voted for him in the 2014 primary kept with him, he would have a great chance in a very crowded 2016 primary. (But that is a pretty big “if”.)
Some names we have heard are NOT running (particularly from our last list):
Jean Stothert. Dave Kramer.
Bryan Slone. Dan Welch. Bart McLeay. Jordan McGrain. Beau McCoy.
Some names that we have heard…well…we have at least heard that they’re NOT-NOT-running:
Shane Osborn. Bits Bacon. Bryan Slone. Pat Borchers. Brian Buescher. John Murante.
Those lists are not conclusive — not by a long shot. And they will certainly change.
But you should know that candidates are already “consulting-up”.
Most are still doing the dance of the “listening tour” and are giving things a serious thought. Few dive in these days — especially when looking at challenging an incumbent — without giving very serious thought to the endeavor that will consume them for the next 15 months or so.
We will keep you updated.
Hey and speaking of Congressman Brad Ashford, he wants all of his constituents to know that he doesn’t really need that Congressional salary to pay for his own nice house.
Ashford recently said he was forgoing 10% of his Congressional pay to show that he’s “one of us”, or something.
And what did Ashford do with that $17,000 he doesn’t need/want/deserve? He is donating it to charity! Oh isn’t that nice. A scholarship fund!
But then…doesn’t that do the exact opposite of what Ashford intended?
Because now not only did he take his salary — and specifically NOT give it back to you and me in the U.S. Treasury — and then get a newspaper hit about how he’s giving back “to the kids”. He ALSO gets to make a tax write-off with his donation! So now there will be LESS money going into the general fund because of his gimmick. That’s what you call a win-win…for Rep. Ashford.
(Scott Kleeb would have totally put it back into the Treasury…)
Hopefully you enjoyed The Wheels Down Politics Show interview with Senator Deb Fischer. She is a genuine person and is a perfect representative of Nebraska.
But lest you think that maybe she’s too nice, don’t worry. She can give out a dig with the best of them.
When asked about the differences between outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and new Secretary-designate Ash Carter, Senator Fischer noted:
(Carter) has a strong understanding of the budget that the Pentagon has to run on. He has a very, very strong understanding of sequestration and the impact that that will have. I think Secretary Hagel probably didn’t have as solid a base on those issues and had some problems then as secretary of defense.
But then the final dig…
We heard reports that Secretary Hagel didn’t speak up at the Cabinet meetings. I have no doubt that Dr. Carter will speak up and speak forcefully at Cabinet meetings in expressing his opinions to the president. I think that’s a difference.
Did we mention that Hagel endorsed Bob Kerrey in 2012?
And Senator Fischer, an Armed Services Subcommittee Chair, was on FOXNews talking about ISIS as well.
See it here:
Nebraska’s Junior Senator, Ben Sasse has been busy as well, ICYMI.
He took a tour of the U.S. Southern border to observe first-hand the deficiencies there, and live-Tweeted much of it.
For instance, he notes where anyone can pretty much walk across the Rio Grande:
You can see his Tweets and interview on FOX here.
I hope you have been enjoying our new podcasts at WheelsDownPolitics.com.
The most recent interview with Hal Daub is only Part 1!
Hal talks about, among other things, the future of Omaha, his views on the University of Nebraska Presidential search — particularly in regard to Governor Heineman — and his thoughts on former Nebraska head football coach, Bo Pelini.
Thanks for reading and listening!