The Wheels Down Politics Show – Governor Dave Heineman

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Dave HeinemanJerry Kratochvil interviews former Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman.

Governor Heineman gives his thoughts on the previous night’s GOP Presidential debate, who he thinks did well, and who didn’t do so well. He discusses what it means to endorse a candidate and how those individuals are then involved with the national campaigns. And he tells about what one sees at the debates during the commercial breaks.

They also discuss the national primary process, and Nebraska’s place in that. Governor Heineman gives his thoughts on the idea of a Republican Caucus in Nebraska, as well as the national primary.

Governor Heineman also talks about what is important in the upcoming Nebraska legislative session, what needs to happen, and whether any lessons can be learned from the experiences of neighboring states.

On this Veterans Day, Governor Heineman tells about his experience as a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and what it was like at Airborne Ranger School.

And finishing up, Kratochvil of course ask former Governor Heineman: “Are you done in politics?”


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  1. Ricky says:

    Why is Dave Heineman relevant? Answer: He’s not. At all.
    If you love the way he left the Department of Corrections or HHS then by all means let him make a political comeback.
    But the sane Nebraskans are ready to move far away from that guy.
    Give it up SS nobody wants to hear from Dave anymore.

    ricky the pipeline stopper.

    • bynd says:

      Are those the same sane Nebraskans who won’t elect a Democrat? At least it must come as some comfort to you that there will always be more Republicans than Dems elected in this state so you can have something to do by writing more of your insane rants.

      You do know that Deena is all over Miles at WatchDog don’t you?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Dave is invested in donors investing in Dave. That is GOP elephant life old style.

    DH’s view of what makes a good candidate is ‘fundraising skills”. That ignores Trump not being owned, as Dave himself was owned. When faced with Trump, Heineman perhaps feels like a old whore who tries to see the silver lining in whoredom, other than the silver coin that lines it. If Dave runs again, he needs the coin again.

    His comment that Trump lacks organization in Iowa as a “caucus state” was countered by SS suggesting Iowa has a habit of picking losers and so irrelevant. Dave agrees and then moves on to NH where he promotes Christy. Christy? — Anne Coulter is nutty but when she said the GOP is invested in losing to Demcorats because complacent donors don’t donate like angry ones do, that rather rings true. Heineman can raise more money for his governor redux if Hillary is President. That has to cloud one’s thinking.

  3. TexasAnnie says:

    Well it was a long time coming today, Street Sweeper, but we finally got the “hoped for” interview with former Governor Dave Heineman. I applaud Heineman’s regard for Rand Paul (on taxes and military spending) and his stance on the income tax (it should be flatter and with fewer exemptions). However when Heineman boasts success concerning the two tax packages passed during his tenure as Governor, saying it’s about “setting priorities” and that “govt. can’t be all things to all people, naturally, I consider those things that he evidently deemed unimportant: BSDC, the decades long waiting list for DD services, and special education. (What do these three programs have in common?)

    And then I think about what Heineman deems important enough to fund: The Nebraska Advantage Act! This state program promised total tax credits for 2014 in the amount of $83,322,727 for the creation of 1,221 temporary jobs. I say, temporary, because it has become clear that the jobs are over when the tax credits stop flowing: ConAgra.

    So Nebraska, your longest serving and most popular Governor actually believes in the flat tax at least to an extent (he doubts we can eliminate the home mortgage or charitable contribution deductions). Yet, when he acts as Governor (or Lt. Gov. for that matter) he is a corporatist. He believes in corporate welfare. He believes persons like my child represent the “hard choices” we must neglect and the welfare we can’t afford.

    Evidently, he believes that corporate board rooms are the pivotal value upon which Nebraskans ease their consciences and soothe their souls…

  4. Anonymous says:

    You’d starve other people’s children so you can make them care for your child but when it comes to you paying taxes its all unfair and you bitch, bitch, bitch.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      Hyperbole is pointless. But I’ll take a moment to remind you that my family, and many others, were literally brought to Nebraska to pay taxes. In exchange for granting corporate tax relief, families such as mine were to be taxed at the highest individual rate, and you had four tax brackets then! Y’all called it “economic development.”

  5. Husker Basketball Coach Tim Miles says:

    Howdy cyberspace readers it’s Tim Miles. Har har read my twitter feed har har har.
    Well I gotta thank Tom Osborne for hiring me, I miss the guy too bad he was forced out of the job by Perlman, but T O doesn’t know when to call it quits, so they keep honoring him weekly on the football field.
    Anyway, har har, I am the first coach to get a book written by me while on a 9 game losing streak. Who knows the streak is still going and if I lose 20 in a row I might get a television pilot made.
    Har har. Did you hear the one I told up in Omaha after a few (okay more than a few) cold ones? Oh nevermind I can’t remember that one anyway. Har har.
    Anyway my former gf touts me on her blog all the time; seems she has some connection to that dope that wrote the book about me. Har har har!
    You can’t fool all the people all the time but Husker fans seems like you can!
    So buy the book and pay no attention to the standings in the Big 10! Whatever I make two and a half million dollars a year take that Street Sweeper!
    Anyway back to work I have a speech I gotta give got paid 10 grand for it.


  6. Bluejay says:


    Why didn’t you ask him how he totally dropped the ball on KXL?

    Dave was outsmarted and out worked by Jane Kleeb. The whole country is paying the price for his incompetence. He should have gone to the PSC first.


  7. Anonymous says:

    TexasAnnie says: “Hyperbole is pointless. But I’ll take a moment to remind you that my family, and many others, were literally brought to Nebraska to pay taxes.”

    Literally? Brought? So your family were slaves?

    If not slaves, then that is hyperbole by you, offered directly after you condemn hyperbole. And that makes you a hypocrite and a fool, which arguably outweigh hyperbole.

  8. Sparkles says:

    Nov. 9, 2015
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials say about 300 people have attended what was described as South Omaha’s first Latino political convention in an effort to help the area become a force in future elections.

    State Sen. Sue Crawford noted how struck she was by the number of people interested in their community and how many more people are trying to get involved in the political process.

    rumble.. rumble..

    “self-deportation”, “weigh 130 pounds and calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert”, “criminals”, “rapists”, “drug dealers”, “infectious disease is pouring across the border”, operation ‘wetback’, “deportation forces”..


  9. Sparkles says:

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A white college student suspected of posting online threats to shoot black students and faculty at the University of Missouri was charged Wednesday with making a terrorist threat,

    And this morning:
    Police apprehend second person in Missouri social media threats

    According to a Reuters news report, the threats by these two men included:
    “I’m going to stand my ground tomorrow and shoot every black person I see.”
    “We’re waiting for you at the parking lots,”
    And a third post. “We will kill you.”

    But, according to sites like World Net Daily, Breitbart, NRO and The Federalist;
    ‘there’s nothing to see here folks, it’s just a bunch of whiney libruls, everybody move along now.’

    • The Grundle King says:

      What’s your beef here, Sparkles? Yes, a young, white, male racist made death threats…was arrested for those threatening remarks, and will likely be prosecuted and imprisoned.

      Meanwhile, a middle-aged, white, female liberal made threatening remarks*, was asked to resign some symbolic position, and yet remains gainfully employed by the U of Missouri.

      * – I suppose her remarks were only threatening if you believe she needed muscle to forcefully remove a Constitutionally-protected journalist from a public area…and not just because she wanted to watch them twerk.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Conservative Republicans who value a leader’s kindness above truth are not too different from Liberal Democrats and Socialists who value government largess above truth.

  11. Some loony 19 year old college student, on yikyak no less, posts some asinine threats from hundreds of miles away, and this validates all the nonsense that’s gone on at U. Missouri? Not hardly. Mr Park should of course be charged — I’m sure what he posted would be regarded by a court as a ‘true threat’ and therefore not have first amendment protection — but let’s not get our petticoats in a kerfluffle.

    • Sparkles says:

      Of course if it were a deranged young, what’s the term you used, oh yes, “n*%&^&%r”, who had threatened to kill all middle aged white male professors on the UNL campus, and that he’ll be “waiting for you at the parking lots”, you’d feel exactly the same?

      It would be you who would step forward, maybe into a parking lot, to announce; ‘Nothing to see here folks, move along. It’s just silly talk and asinine threats from some loony kids.’


      In case you’re not aware, Grandpa, Yik Yak is the fastest growing app in America and has a yuuuuggee presence on college campuses. (due to the intimate proximity of it’s reach)

  12. Have you any idea how many threats are posted on yikyak, Grandpa? Idiots think because it looks anonymous they can’t be traced when they post. They’re a weekly, if not a daily occurrence.

    I’ve used the damn thing. It’s even stupider than most social media.

    I get threats occasionally. It’s what happens when you argue with leftists.

    • Sparkles says:

      Good to hear we can ignore, what you seem to be portraying, as rampant racism and death threats.

      I say good, because by simply extending that very same logic, ignoring death threats, our nation’s debt and deficit is solved and our entitlement programs made solvent, indefinitely!

      By simply ignoring the the death threats from ISIS, Iran’s religious factions, North Korea, and the fear mongering re China and little Vlad’s feeble chest pounding, we’ll be able to commit trillions of saved dollars-of-war toward paying down our debt and shoring up our homeland.

      And heaven knows our homeland could use a little shoring up. Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many Americans have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims.

      Of course this will be tough on our newly minted GOP neocons. Especially Presidential wannabes like Marco Rubio, who’s campaign has promised a trillion dollar hole in our budget, courtesy of an expanded global war. A dream he and his ‘fiscally conservative’ followers will sadly not realize.

      • bynd says:

        LOL. Sparkles:

        Since you haven’t been paying attention. Obama now has his own war. And not only does he have to look out for IS but also the Iranians and Russians. And how many innocents has he murdered in drone attacks? Far more than any other president and the numbers are climbing everyday. I’m glad he got away, as promised, from business as usual.

        Fact is, since protester of the liberal side are prone to riots and burning down their neighbors business, the wimps on the leftest campus’ who created them have no choice in order to curb the violent left. But let me correct one thing. That is not neighbors burning down a neighbors business, it is liberal indoctrinated activist who don’t live there but have no problem burning down the business’ of those they claim to represent. Yes, I am sure Ferguson is still fresh in everyone’s mind. Especially those who had their lives ruined when the protesters burned down their business. Until others outside the violent left came forward and helped them get the resources to rebuild.

        And the final irony, the ACLU has to instruct UM campus police to not trample first amendment rights in response to the anarchist’s demands. By the way, have you seen a picture of the feces swastika yet? Seems no one has.

        As you so ably pointed out, Charlie Manson and his cult are a good microcosm of the Democratic party. Progressive devolution at it’s finest.

  13. “Rampant racism and death threats”

    I’m not sure if you’re a hysteric or are blowing all of this out of proportion to make a political point. Probably both. But no, no one said we should ignore death threats, and we don’t. Long before the University of Missouri collectively soiled its underwear, police were responding to yikyak threats by arresting the usually acne-infected issuer and charging him with terroristic threats. It’s happened all over the country. In Missouri, because someone yelled your favorite word at someone, maybe, and because of an alleged poopswastika of which there exists no photographic record, and probably because all the hysteria actually attracted loons, it’s gotten a lot of attention.

    Should we ignore racism? We should express our disapproval of it, to the extent possible (since it’s protected speech). But mostly we all need to calm down.

    I was just subjected to racial abuse yesterday on the Chronicle of Higher Education, no less. An African American gentleman didn’t like my comments on the Missouri situation, and so decided that he’d deem me ‘irish catholic trash’ (two out of three ain’t bad). He also called me a terrorist, an ethnically linked insult I’ve also had thrown at me right here on L street. Guess what? I don’t give a 5h17! Some of us internalized ‘sticks and stones’ at an early age, and regard it as part of what makes an adult.

    The whole thing is disgraceful evidence America has turned into a nation of ninnies. And it’s also evidence that internet anonymity is a very bad idea. People willl say all sorts of mindless stupidity if they can’t, or think they can’t, be held accountable for it. It’s time all apps and all websites, including this one, made people identify themselves properly in order to comment.

  14. Ricky says:

    Nebraska basketball chances for it to hit 20 losses in a row does not look good.
    Four of the first five games are against basketball powers Mississippi Valley St, Delaware st, Southeastern Louisiana and Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
    Miles has a gig at the Funny Bone after the Delaware state game by the way.
    He laughs all the way to the bank making $2.5 million a year. Exploiting inner-city kids who get nothing but a one year scholarship for all their work.
    College basketball is a sham.

    ricky from Omaha

    • bynd says:

      Ricky: Glad to see that you don’t believe that Nebraska basketball will loose 20 in a row. First good prediction you have ever made.

      Will you ever get over the fact that Deena didn’t deem you worthy to even go on a date with? Your writings on here show why. Absolutely classless!

      • The Grundle King says:

        I’m thinking that Ricky tried to parlay his gig as ‘recreation associate’ or whatever it is into a position on the basketball team, and Miles laughed. And as we’ve seen, a scorned Ricky is a truly ugly person.

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