Sent in from a reader hanging about the Legislature, a little “Medicine Man” related Separated at Birth:
Ponytailed Rainforest Researcher, Sean Connery, and State Senator, Tommy Garrett!
Here is one we heard recently:
Word is going around the House leadership in our nation’s capital that Democratic Rep. Brad Ashford is…interested in switching parties and running as a Republican in 2016.
You don’t quite need to do a spit-take. But it does seem a little ridiculous, and maybe something that someone in DC thought sounded sensical, without asking anyone from the District.
Sure Ashford has voted with Republicans on a few bills so far. But he hasn’t strayed THAT far from the Dems, and certainly went hard-core left on the recent gay-marriage ruling to thwart any good will he may have built up on the hard right.
One of the thoughts in DC is that Ashford figures that he might/will get primaried from the LEFT in Nebraska’s 2nd District — Jane Kleeb hinted that her Mr. Jane Kleeb could come out of political retirement with a move to Omaha. So the thinking then goes, well Ashford could run as a Republican and everything would be both hunky and dory (as the late Col. Potter used to say).
But those on the Hill must have not glanced at the the last election in the 2nd to see that the right wing is charging hard, and would NEVER support an Ashford candidacy.
And then there is even the little fact that Ashford couldn’t even get traction in a crowded Mayor’s primary — let alone a match with all Republicans.
Maybe there’s an inkling there that says, if Ashford figured he would certainly lose a Democrat primary, then he could instad try to run as a Republican. But the risk to run, and lose, as a Republican would be even greater than the risk of running against a Scott Fleming-Kleeb.
Fun thought experiment in any case.
Did you catch the story in Lincoln where Democrat Mayor Chris Beutler — who has been hammered about the condition of city roads — magically FOUND $10 million, and is VOILA!, going to fix the roads!
And one might say, “Found ten MILLION dollars?”
Usually followed by, “What the hell?”
Well, his challenger, Republican Andy Stebbing looked into it, and is yelling, essentially, “Stupid or Liar?”
“I wonder how many more millions of taxpayer dollars are in that rabbit hole for Mr. Beutler to find and spend on his re-election effort,” said Rod Edwards, campaign manager for Andy Stebbings’s Mayoral Campaign.
“If you look at the timeline of Mr. Beutler’s announcements, it shows either he has no idea what is going on with the city budget, or else he knows exactly where the money is hidden and he’s squirreling it away for his special projects when he needs to look good for his re-election. It’s either incompetence or he’s not being honest with taxpayers. Lincoln’s citizens deserve better,” Edwards said.
The Stebbing camp noted that a year ago Beutler declared the Antelope Valley project, “closed out”. And now suddenly when his campaign needs some Walking Around Money (aka WAM!), Hey, there’s ten million bucks!
Adds Stebbing’s campaign manager Rod Edwards:
“Mr. Beutler owes an explanation and an apology to the taxpayers of Lincoln for either hiding their money or being out of touch with his own budget.”
No doubt Don Walton will get right on this…
That’s something about Hillary having a private account for her government emails, huh?
It’s almost like she INTENTIONALLY mixed her private and work emails so that they would all be unrecognizable.
That is some amazing stuff — and there is bipartisan exasperation at this sort of subterfuge.
Can you IMAGINE something like that occurring, say, at the STATE level?
Would be something, huh?
ICYMI, Nebraska Senators Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer had some prime real estate at the Benjamin Netanyahu address in the House the other day.
Both heaped praise on Netanyahu after the speech, and warned the President on making any bad deals with Iran.
Senator Sasse is taking to the pages of the National Review once again, this time to make his case for the stop-gap plan for those who may get their insurance cut-off, because of Obamacare screw-ups:
Those in Congress who, like me, oppose Obamacare cannot sit by and let the governors twist in the wind. We must help them do the principled thing while helping those most affected by the administration’s illegal actions. We cannot let Obamacare expand geographically by setting up state exchanges, nor can we extend Obamacare’s unlawful subsidies. The former would rubber-stamp Obamacare state-by-state and the latter would baptize the unlawful actions of the Obama administration.
This is the case that Sasse recently presented in the WSJ, and you can read the whole thing here.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry’s office recieved a “Glitter Bomb” from a pro-choice group who thought they were super-clever and hit the Congressman where he lives: by making a mess on some staffer’s desk.
What’s a “glitter bomb” you ask? How does something called a “bomb” get into a Congressman’s office these days?
Well, here’s a video of a reporter who ordered one for himself (it’s cued up at the point where he gets it):
It is a little confusing how something like this still gets through the system, after the whole anthrax attack and all. This is hilarious AND biting and all — up until the glitter is coated in poison, or somesuch.
If Julie Schmit-Albin REALLY wants to make a statement, she should send Fort a dustbuster.