Presidential politics in the Big O

Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was in Council Bluffs this afternoon.

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He will be ending his day at the Nebraska GOP Founder’s Day Dinner in La Vista along with Governor Pete Ricketts, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, U.S. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, U.S. Congressman Adrian Smith and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert.

Not sure if there are tickets still available, but you can give it a whirl at


Thompson for Bacon

Omaha City Councilman Franklin Thompson endorsed Don Bacon for Congress today.

Franklin Thompson and Don Bacon

Thompson said:

“There are three things to know about Don Bacon.  First, as the former Commander of Offutt, there is no one better able to represent our interests regarding the second largest employer in the Omaha metro area.  Second, being a former two-time base commander is essentially like being a Mayor.  He has dealt with everything from snow removal to law enforcement to infrastructure redevelopment.  Thus, Don Bacon is well positioned to identify and understand the needs we see in our district.  Lastly, men and women like Don Bacon live by a creed – they never leave anyone behind. As our next Congressman, Don Bacon will continue to live by this creed as a leader who will fight for all our citizens in the Second District.”


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I suppose when the holidays are coming up, you take whomever you can. But CNN’s State of the Union took the former Nebraskans nearly to 11, with both Chuck Hagel and Bob Kerrey on Sunday.

Both were talking ISIS. Kerrey said, “You will not defeat ISIS without troops on the ground” — and then questioned whether it could be “too expensive” to accomplish. (Really? It’s a dollar question?)

Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 12.52.44 PMWell, you can see why he was run out of the New School on a rail. Being a war-monger don’t cotton in Greenwich Village.


An early thanks

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer has her Thanksgiving message up a few days early.
You can see it here:


Just in case you Lincolnites were wondering…

FWIW, here’s a non-sequitur in Don Walton’s LJS column this morning:

* Lou Ann Linehan will help select military veterans who receive fellowships to work in offices on Capitol Hill awarded by the nonpartisan Vet Voice Foundation.

Ooooookay? Looks like Don has picked his horse in the potential West Omaha legislative matchup between Pat Borchers and Bill Armbrust…and potentially Linehan?

Well, one would imagine that they only way those voters are seeing that story is…here.


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  1. NeedBudsMan says:

    Third straight week with a Linehan mention for the Don. Has a former capitol hill staffer ever received this much run in the LJS?

  2. Bob Loblaw says:

    Don’t know if you caught the great Don Walton also wondering why anyone would be against selling a gun to someone on the terrorist watch list. Oh I don’t know Don, maybe because we have due process in this country rather than taking away rights because someone is on some bureaucratic list? I mean why wouldn’t we want some imbecile at the TSA to decide whether or not we should be able to exercise our 2nd amendment rights.

    • Sparkles says:

      People who merit placement on our nation’s terrorist watchlist, deserve the opportunity to possess a firearm just as much as people who merit placement on a pedophiliac sex offender list deserve the opportunity to be kindergarten teachers.

      • Anonymous says:

        The difference is the sex offender registry requires that someone has been convicted of a crime. The terror watchlist requires no such thing. If the terrorists are actually terrorists, then charge and prosecute them.

  3. To LD 39 says:

    I’ll be at the Rubio event. If Linehan even goes she will be the only Republican officeholder or candidate in the room that would be supporting Brad Ashford. Let that Sink in…

  4. Anonymous says:

    What’s going on with Sasse and Jane Kleeb Bold Nebraska? A new, or an old friendship? She seems to be leaving him out or giving him a pass on the Bold sign up targeting officials for letting in Syrian refugees.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Candidate Sen, Rubio is an impoverished thief who has never held an executive job. But for the thief part, that also describes candidate Sen. Obama.

    Ask Rubio why he appointed his wife treasurer of a PAC and then used the PAC’s credit card to for home improvements. Ask him about his house mortgage being past due five months. If you had a teenager who handled money like this guy, you’d kick him in the ass.

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