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ricketts470Political reporter Robert Costa was Tweeting last night during the Cubs – Cardinals game, that…

Family of Chicago Cubs owner Thomas Ricketts hosting Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., at Wrigley Field, urging him to run for House speaker

Costa later deleted that Tweet and corrected it to say:

Correction: Ryan at Cubs game. Ricketts fam there, making calls to mbrs, encouraging him to run for speaker. But Ryan is not their guest.

And then clarified…

To be clear, sources close to Ricketts told WP they were ecstatic to have Ryan there & encouraged him to say hello. Boosters for spkr run.

Ah, Twitter.

But the gist here is that the Ricketts fam — which member was in charge at that moment is unknown — is keeping themselves involved at local, state and federal levels of politics. Going so far as to get Paul Ryan in as Speaker.

My understanding is that Ryan won’t make any decisions this week. But the irony may be that by waiting, he has let the Anti forces run up against him, when he may have had a much easier time with a quick vote after McCarthy got out.


Astros defeats Royals

Speaking of post-season baseball Twittering, funny one last night when the Governor of Texas got a little ahead of himself with the Astros’ big lead in the 7th:

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(And later deleted the Tweet.)

Of course the Royals stormed back, and in the end forced a Game 5 (in KC).

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback took a “Dewey defeats Truman” moment to Tweet:

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Twitter’s awesome…


Tooting their own Horn

The Anti-Death Penalty forces (aka “Nebraskans for Public Safety”) announced yesterday that they have hired Ryan Horn and Jim Innocenzi of Sandler-Innocenzi as their media and general consultants for the Repeal campaign.

Horn managed Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert’s 2013 election campaign, as well as Bryan Slone’s 2014 campaign for the Republican nomination for Governor.

He was the final general consultant of the Lee Terry campaign in 2014 as well.

And in the competitive small world of Nebraska politics, Horn has his share of “opponents”  (which I will guess we will hear from in the comments).

But Horn has done well for himself over the past few years — working in other states beyond Nebraska, mainly as in media as opposed to in the trenches campaigning.

And I spoke with Ryan yesterday, and he understands the nature of politics in this state. He was a guest on The Wheels Down Politics Show podcast a few months ago, and we discussed all that.

But I did tell him yesterday that my view on consultants is the same it is for him, as it was with the other recently announced consultant for the Death Penalty Repealers, Dan Parsons: They’re paid staff. They’re hired guns.

Yes, I get that it is helpful to have a “true-believer” on the campaign. But you know what is more helpful? Someone with experience and knowledge. Horn and Parsons both have that, and frankly THAT is what the campaign should be pushing — more than whether they’re local (which helps) or true anti-Death Penaltyers (which is neither here nor there).

I am looking forward to the ads Ryan comes up with. (Here is one he did recently in Ohio for AFP.) If the election were held today, I think the Death Penalty would be reinstated.

But the election ISN’T today.

And there will be much more to come.



Nebraska U.S. Senator Ben Sasse was in Utah on Monday with Utah Senator Mike Lee.

Lee held a “solutions summit” for…”conservative politicians and business leaders who discussed the intersection between a rapidly changing private sector and what they see as a plodding government.

Sasse cited the shortage of welders in Nebraska, saying,

“…the accreditation process should be flexible enough to help address this issue and he noted that Lee has legislation that would allow for stand-alone programs, outside of the traditional view of higher education.”

Mike Lee, along with Texas Senator Ted Cruz, is considered to be one of the staunchest conservatives in the Senate.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Ryan may have been wise to take it slow at first. But that changes if people start to see Ryan as the new doggy being fitted for a Cubby collar because old family pooch “Scotty” was run over. Ryan will want to get this Speaker thing over and done. And I don’t blame him.

  2. Ed Stevens says:


    Jumpy screen … NBD – it’s just all the video ads … means L-Street is getting a lot of traffic, ergo more advertisers … hence more video ads. As ad-laden sites go, L-Street is not so bad … my electronic home-town “newspaper” site, for instance, often takes 30 or more seconds to become readable. ON-line newspapers are especially bad because they don’t really understand or care about concepts such as FAST servers, bandwidth, etc., etc. All they know is they want to crowd in every possible ad before sending anything substantive. It’s a pain … but whattayagonnado?

    Those of us who enjoy L-Street should be celebrating the spastic screen syndrome – means yer prolly gonna be around for a while.

  3. Sparkles says:

    I can confirm via both Windows and Chrome OS, ads can be non-existent.
    It’s easy. It’s free.

    Gerard, kudos (really) on the carbon tax suggestion on LJS.
    (to be clear, I’m not an LJS commenter, I don’t FB)

  4. Ricky says:

    Go St Louis Cardinals! Nobody roots for the Tea Party owned Chicago Cubs. On the other hand, if the Cubs keep winning maybe Mr Ricketts will stay in Chicago and not come back to Nebraska to ruin things for us. Heaven knows he is gone most of the time anyway.
    Go Houston Astros. Nobody roots for the K C Royals since they screwed Omaha by moving their AAA team to the Boonies and still call it “Omaha”.
    On the other hand, if the team from Texas loses maybe Poppa Bush will finally go to that oil well in the sky. And take W with him.
    Go Mets!
    I just love deGrom, and New York City is the most liberal place. Well the City of Angels is pretty progressive too.
    Go Cards Houston and Mets!



  5. Anonymous says:

    Oh come on Ricky, tell us what you really think. Wasn’t Ryan Horn the mastermind behind Gwen Aspen’s bid to unseat Burke Harr?

  6. bynd says:

    They finally kicked Ricketts Fulton off the Twitter feed at WD. If you can’t make it there that is pretty pathetic. Not to mention he hates Tom osborne(?). Hence the loser tag he has so aptly earned. He a little man looking for validation. He can’t even do that right 🙂

  7. Horatio Hornblower says:

    Lee Terry lost the race because of horn. Brad Ashford is the most definable candidate with an extensive record of taxes and yet they waited until the very end to attack Brad. First race Lee never had a real ground game. Thank God Ryan is working on the wrong side of this issue.

  8. Sparkles says:

    “I have a problem with the loony Dems here.”

    Says the man from the party of Donald Trump and Ben Carson.


  9. Debate watch says:

    The DEMOCRAT DEBATE was an embarrassment of witches. Its two frontrunners, a doughy fleshed harridan and a golem.

    Hillary has a bona fide cauldron-stirring cackle. And Bernie’s Igor-like shuffling hump stance makes you wonder of what experiments went awry to create them.

    Trump’s hair can be cut. Carson’s Mr. Magoo eyes can be given glasses. Fiorina’s horse face… well, she’s stuck with that. But between the cackling witch and the Golem, it is no wonder that Democrats come here to vent on Republicans. Democrats sure as hell cannot vent on a Leftist blog where burning a witch is sexist and Golem’s have protected disabilities.

  10. Sparkles says:

    Debate watch,

    I’m certain I speak for most on the left when I say that i could give a sh^& if the next President looks like Joseph Merrick, Phylliss Diller, or Abe Lincoln for that matter.

    I care about their policy positions, their intellect, their ability to lead and their understanding of how to make the immensely complex monstrosity that is the federal government work on behalf of the people.

  11. Pete says:

    Dear Sparkles,

    If your concern is really each candidate’s “intellect, their ability to lead and their understanding of how to make the immensely complex monstrosity that is the federal government work on behalf of the people.” may I suggest that you give Marco Rubio a strong look?

  12. bynd says:

    The only thing more difficult, or improbable, than changing your spouse after you are married, would be making the Federal Government work on behalf of the people. Looks like Sparkles will be sitting out the next election.

  13. Heckofajobbrownie says:

    Who lost Con Agra?
    Was Dave Brown and the Omaha Chamber too busy trying to get an OPS Board to their liking, (working with Loserbaugh, who long ago sold his soul to special interests), forcing terrible slogans on Omaha, busting unions, and loving on Republicans to see that Con Agra was ready to leave town?


  14. Ricky says:

    I wonder what is happening over on Nebraska Watchdog? Since Deena censored my tweets I have not read that blog.
    Apparently Ne Watchdog is more about hawking a book by the not-tenured Professor husband of Winters, about a basketball coach who makes millions of dollars a year but is currently on a nine game loss streak, than letting others have their say.
    It’s boring anyway.

    ricky from west omaha

  15. bynd says:

    Hey Rickets Fulton. It’s it a great irony that the Ricketts are using Dem money from Chicago to fund Republicans throughout the country. You better go talk to your buddy Rahm, or get on board with the real libs of this country. Seems you are out of the main stream with even them.

  16. bynd says:

    Ricketts Fulton, Con Agra left because they believed all tha negative BS you wrote and decided if you didn’t like it here, they needed to go. Imagine, you finally had an impact, but it costs thousands their jobs. Question, if they are smart enough to believe you and leave, why are you still here? Yo9u should be rejoicing at their leaving, it wold seem to validate you.

    And finally for the umpteenth time, What would you have done to keep Con Agra in Omaha?

  17. Sparkles says:

    Rubio is bright young man.

    I especially admire(d) his position on comprehensive immigration reform (S.744).
    He was instrumental in it’s passage with a strong bipartisan majority, a vote 68 to 32, including the support of all democrats and 14 republicans.
    In scoring the bill the CBO estimated that S.744, fixing our broken immigration system, would reduce federal deficits by about $200 billion over the next 10 years, and about $700 billion in the second decade.
    The CBO also found that S.744 would increase real GDP by 3.3% in 2023, and 5.4% in 2033, a real increase of roughly $700 billion in 2023 and $1.4 trillion in 2033.
    In addition, an independent analyses underscored the fact that passing commonsense immigration reform was also one of the best, and often overlooked, ways to strengthen the solvency of the Social Security trust fund.

    But, the moment Limbaugh and the the Teahorde began to froth and scream. Rubio quickly abandoned his position on immigration reform and the Republican House (Boehner, acquiescing to the intransigent Tea Partiers) scuttled what would have been a significant victory for our economy and the overall welfare of our nation.

    Marco Rubio is unelectable in today’s Republican party because he had the courage, although fleeting, to embrace meaningful immigration reform.

    He’s unelectable to most independents and democrats because of his denial of anthropogenic climate change, his desire to reimpose a futile embargo on Cuba and his refusal to recognize the love between two people who happen to share the same chromosomes.

    But, Rubio is indeed a bright and well spoken man.

  18. The Grundle King says:

    I have a question that’s been simmering for some time now, but I keep hearing about the need for “reforming” our “broken” immigration “system” (cue Dr. Evil quotation gestures), and what it should consist of…but I’ve never had anybody explain exactly WHY our immigration system actually needs to be reformed.

    It seems to have worked well enough for our resident chemistry professor…as it does for many skilled and intelligent folks every year.

    So why does it need to be reformed, and exactly what is it that needs to be fixed? I’m curious to hear other people’s thoughts on this…honestly.

  19. Sparkles says:


    Since the right generally perceives Marco Rubio to be a thought leader, how about we let him answer your question.

    “I think that we have to deal with immigration. We have a broken enforcement system on immigration. We have a legal immigration system that’s outdated and needs to be modernized so we can win the global competition for talent. We have millions of people living in this country illegally, many of whom have been here for a decade or longer. We need to find a reasonable but responsible way of incorporating them into American life.”

    It would be easy to dig up a volumes of quotes from GW Bush about our broken immigration system. G.W. and TurdBlossom ceaselessly called on their party to fix our broken immigration system. Yet, the GOP gleefully elected G.W. to two terms as President.
    (And, it was a young Harvard trained lawyer, Ted Cruz, who crafted the Bush campaign’s immigration policy)

    Then of course there’s Ronny Raygun and George H.W.
    Both apparently found fault with our immigration system since since both Reagan and H.W. Bush used executive orders to extend amnesty to family members who were not covered by Reagan’s major overhaul of our broken immigration laws in 1986.

  20. bynd says:

    Grundle: I’ve seen that question in other sites and no lib even dared answer it. However, for a lib to quote a Repub. on fixing immigration is pretty remarkable. But also notice, your questions were not answered.

    For example, “we have a broken enforcement system for immigration”. Are the laws not adequate or are they just not being enforced? What does it mean when a President can write a law with his pen?

    I see a lot of writing by the left about immigration reform but they don’t say anything. That’s what is really telling, the most you can get is sound bites with no rationale to support what they post. And the pathetic part is, that is what passes for discourse or deep discussion now days. All in 140 characters or less!

    But I do believe one thing, it isn’t rational to believe you can deport 11 million people.

  21. Sparkles says:

    Why does it need reformed.

    As of April, 2015 –
    More than 4.4 million people are on the legal immigrant visa waiting list according to the State Department’s annual tally. That is 100,085 more people waiting for legal immigrant visas than at the same time last year. Ninety-eight percent of those waiting have been sponsored by a family member in the United States.
    More than half of the waiting list is comprised of about 2.5 million people who have been sponsored by a sibling who is a U.S. citizen (see Figure 1). These applicants must wait at least 13 years for their application to be adjudicated. The largest number (30 percent) are citizens of Mexico, and the wait for them is just over 18 years.

    April 7, 2015, Wall Street Journal
    Demand for skilled-worker U.S. visas, known as H-1Bs, exceeded the year’s entire supply in the first week that employers could file applications, prompting the government to resort to a lottery to allocate them..
    ..“The arcane limit on the number of H-1Bs issued each year leaves a company’s hiring strategy to pure chance and puts U.S. businesses at an extreme disadvantage when recruiting for highly skilled foreign talent,” said Valentine A. Brown, an immigration lawyer from Duane Morris LLP

    Under the reality of the above two scenarios, exactly HOW does our resident chemistry professor make it to America?

    Also, as I previously pointed out, in scoring the bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill that passed (with Rubio’s help) the Senate in 2013, the CBO estimated the bill would reduce federal deficits by about $900 billion over two decades.
    AND, the CBO found that S.744 would increase real GDP by roughly $700 billion in 2023 and $1.4 trillion in 2033.
    AND, S.744 would help to strengthen the solvency of Social Security.

    Finally, the declining fertility/birth rates we’re witnessing in developed nations around the globe could very well lead to massive economic and social turmoil.
    A young labor pool is vital if we’re to support an aging population. And, whichever country can attract the youngest and the brightest, will dominate in our future global marketplace.

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