I mentioned in the morning links that the OWH wrote a Sunday feature comparing the legislative styles of Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse.
Maybe they are just trying to stir things up, but it was an different way to go with the two Republicans from Nebraska.
On the completely FWIW side, I did note this:
In the Sunday morning edition, the front page, below the fold, article looked like this:
But the online version looked like this:
Why the transpositioning of the photos?
Was that a choice? Were they trying to be “fair”? What’s at work there? Anything?
Interesting, simply in the fact that most subscribers probably don’t even read the article. Does it matter which one is first?
Maybe not. Probably not.
Still, I wonder how many staffers noticed this…
Scary New Year!
Deena Winter of Nebraska Watchdog is gone (from the state), but not forgotten.
In a year-end summary on the national Watchdog website of the “Scariest People of 2015“, she gets her Husker on by listing a couple Nebraskans for the list:
State Senator Ernie Chambers and Hitchcock County Assessor Marlene Bedore.
For Bedore she notes,
(State Property Tax Administrator Ruth) Sorensen released her conclusion that Bedore lowered property values for campaign supporters and associates. She recommended a year’s probation, 14 corrective measures and five educational courses.
Of the properties reviewed by the state Revenue Department, 92 percent of the owners who were associated with Bedore saw a drop in property value.
(Not real sure how this makes Bedore “scary”, but it’s their theme, so I’ll let ’em run with it.)
As for Chambers? She talks about the ISIS and Death Penalty vote stuff.
But Winter concludes…
He is brilliant, but has accomplished little to help his poverty-stricken, crime-ridden district in north Omaha. Rarely does he introduce legislation; most of his talent is spent blocking bills.
Now when was the last time you heard someone in the local press say THAT?
It’s a Family Affair
Pat Borchers, who is running for the Beau McCoy’s retiring seat in the Legislature (West O and Elkhorn) will be putting up his fundraising numbers soon.
We have word that he raised around $77K in 2015, with around $60K COH.
As of this writing, a speculated opponent, former Chuck Hagel Chief of Staff, Lou Ann Linehan, has not officially entered the race. It was thought that she would get in with Pete Ricketts lieutenant Jessica Flanagain as her consultant.
But with Flanagain officially in the Governor’s office, that would likely have to change (right??).
But it would be a different twist if she runs while her daughter pushes a high-profile state agenda (Charter schools) while she is also running for Legislature. Her daughter, Katie Linehan, was joined by State Senator Bob Krist and others announcing their “Educate Nebraska” initiative for expanded private education — also a pet-issue of the Governor’s.
No word yet on Lou Ann’s run. But it will be interesting to see if and/or how this affects it.
In case you haven’t seen it, here is Donald Trump’s new TV ad:
I was surprised they used the line, “…until we figure out what’s going on.”
I definitely caught my attention, but not in a good way.
Scott Adams, who is one of the few analysts who predicted Trump’s rise and continuing height in the polls, argues that Trump uses this line in the ad very specifically and effectively, using the “high ground maneuver”:
The high ground is that this is a complicated topic full of disagreement about just about everything except that the risk is greater than zero. So Trump says the one thing that everyone can agree: Collectively, we need to better understand our enemies. But in the short term, let’s lock the front door while we figure it out.
Who disagrees with that way of thinking? In other words, first you apply the tourniquet, then you figure out why the car crashed. You don’t do those things in the other order.
That’s the high ground maneuver. He moved the focus from the weeds – where everyone disagrees – to the high ground where everyone agrees.
Read the rest of Adams’ post, and his blog where he extensively discusses Trump’s communication prowess.
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