Is LB 947 too broad?

Retired Brigadier General Don Bacon, candidate for the 2nd Congressional District Republican nomination put out his first TV ad yesterday.

See it here:

This ad is up on broadcast TV and cable as of yesterday, and will have an extended run.

A nice intro ad with some military lingo (“I can no longer stand down…”).

Only suggestion would be at the end to add “Congress” with the yard-sign name. Just like they’ll see it on the ballot…



The latest debate in the Legislature today comes regarding DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Youth — a/k/a DREAMers being eligible for professional licenses in Nebraska.

As you know, DREAMers are those children of illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. under the age of 16, but have been schooled and live in Nebraska since. They are a federally authorized group, but have had various issues under state law.

Under the proposed LB 947, they would be PRESUMED ELIGIBLE for a professional license. While presumed eligible and operating under such a license, they may undergo background checks such as the “Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements” (SAVE). These checks can sometimes take up to 19 months.

So here’s the rub: One of the licenses that they may obtain is to store or use explosive materials. And such an individual could have this license for a year and a half before a full check is done.

Should there be limits on just what type of license someone could get, while they are presumed eligible? Is something like this just a little broad? Have all of these licenses been thought through?

And then, not for nothing, there is also a license to handle and control fertilizer products. Which aren’t always used to fertilize crops.

Could this be a national security issue?
Presumed eligible for an explosives license?
Presumed eligible for just about anything?

One would hope this doesn’t turn into another “leaving the adopted kids at the Nebraska firehouse” situation.


And feelin’ fine…

The battle for LD 39 — State Senator Beau McCoy’s current seat is on.

And you can watch a candidate forum featuring the candidates in the race right here:

That’ll be (alphabetically) Democrat Bill Armbrust, Republican Pat Borchers and Republican Lou Ann Linehan (though it should probably be noted that Linehan is a supporter of Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford, if that matters to you as a Republican).

Don’t expect a debate here. This isn’t quite a paint drying/water boiling level, but it is only 28 minutes. It’s not bad for some background.


Waiting to Cruz

FWIW, CNN reported yesterday that Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse did not comment when asked if he would be endorsing Ted Cruz before the Nebraska GOP Primary.

Thing is, at this point if Sasse DOESN’T endorse Cruz, it will stand out. He could even appear with him, and a non-endorsement would be awkward.

The guess here is that he is just holding off until the time is right. One would think that will be before May 10th.


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  1. That’s a good point about licenses. The entire process seems to be politically motivated. DACA individuals may not even be eleible to work if Obama’s executive order is rescinded by the next president.

  2. Val Budentine says:

    People need to understand that Bob Kerrey and I are best friends, and he’s endorsed me as National Committeeman.

  3. OhSparkles says:

    Good to see Don Bacon on the air. In order to win , he must have a great “air war” and get his name recognition way up.

  4. Jmurra says:

    Re: D Bacon
    He needs to gain some independent thinking and show a little intelligence. I understand he has said he would support the R presidential nomination, irregardless of who that might be. I want smart people who will exercise their right and vote for the best person at the time not blindly follow.

  5. To Jmurra says:

    Trump, Cruz, or Mickey Mouse would be better than Hillary or Bernie. I wonder what Democrat Lou Ann Linehan is supporting

    • Sparkles says:

      Nice catch, Captain Obvious.

      No doubt the marketing folks assured the Bacon campaign that by including the shot of the SSM tower, subliminally, GOP voters will be put on notice that Jesus will be voting for Mr. Bacon.
      And why SMM? Well, it’s possible that Mr. Bacon attends.. not sure. But more likely it’s because a couple hundred thousand people drive by that steeple, at 60th and Dodge, every day.

      Super generic ad, pushing all the super generic buttons –

      Military / Strength –
      Dundee’s Memorial Park in the opening scene.
      War good. War Hero noble, good. Taters, mmhmm.

      Abortion –
      The baby represents his stance on abortion and his endorsement by NE RTL.
      Does any still imagine were going to overturn Roe?
      By the way, abortion rates are at their lowest levels in more than 40 years, thanks to education and access. Successes in efforts promoting education and access that were fought tooth and nail by every Republican politician ever elected.

      Text and voiceover promoting Anti-Establishment / Outsider –
      Although, it was nice that Mr. Bacon’s voice over actor acknowledges that the Republican establishment has failed us.
      (But really.. does one get to be a Brigadier General in the USAF without engaging in a career of USAF politics? We all know the answer to that.)

      Obama Derangement Syndrome –
      The text calling out to Repeal Obamacare.
      I find it a bit remarkable that ‘Repeal Obamacare’ is being trotted out as a prominent part of the Mr. Bacon’s platform.
      Kaiser has been tracking the ‘Repeal’ issue for several years. As of Febr 2016, only 16% of Americans support flat out Repeal, and 13% support Repeal/Replace.
      By party, 26% of R’s support Mr. Bacon’s noted position, Repeal Obamacare.
      34% of R’s support Repeal & Replace with a Republican alternative (which 6 years later, Republicans still have no viable Replacement).

      Also, re the voiceover for the campaign ad –
      although men’s voices dominate political ads, new research points to voters more readily listening to a women’s voice. Plus, it broadens the appeal.

      It don’t know Mr. Bacon, but I bet he is much, much smarter than this nothingburger of an ad would lead one to believe.
      It would be nice to see a politician, R or D, step out of this banal mold and present some real solutions to real issues facing real Nebraskans.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      I liked the Daily Show with Jon Stewart rerun (Democalypse 2016: Ted Cruz Is In) better.
      Thanx Street Sweeper for offering it to your readers!

  6. Bob Loblaw says:

    It may be too broadly written SS but I think the idea to give them licenses has merits. Why punish some kid who was drug here by his parents when he was 3 years old. Let him get a drivers license. Let him get an electricians license, or well driller license, CDL, or whatever. It’s just common sense to me.

      • Bob Loblaw says:

        Well maybe the problem isn’t that the “dreamers” get fertilizer or explosives licenses too easy, maybe it’s that we give out those licenses to ANYONE without a full background check done.

      • Well, that may be the case. But that’s another animal than what is being addressed in this bill, which looks to venture out in another direction. If the rest of the bill is OK (not saying it is), this issue could/should be addressed instead of giving it a giant yawn.

      • Sparkles says:

        I actually know a bit about explosives permits and the storage / handling of explosives.

        The NE Legislature wrote the bill that stipulates the myriad requirements for obtaining an explosives handling permit in NE. If the law doesn’t already exclude them via another clause, the legislature could easily incorporate an amendment to restrict DACAns from receiving such a permit. An amendment that would surely pass 49-0 with no need for debate.

        The NE State Patrol is accountable for ensuring every person who holds an explosives handling permit is thoroughly investigated. The investigations and inspections are rigorous and they never end. The permits must be renewed annually.

        The hurdles are high and hoops are many.
        It is a bit ridiculous to trot this line of fear mongering out as reason to oppose DACA.
        Joe Nebraska is far more likely to die being struck by a bolt of lighting while riding a Segway to the health clinic in search of treatment for Rocky Mountain spotted fever under the brilliantly lit night skies courtesy of epic streams of magma ejected by the eruption of the supervolcano that is the Yellowstone caldera.

  7. bynd says:

    The hurdles are high and hoops are many before anyone would be able to hijack an airliner and crash them into buildings. Just can’t happen. Oooops.

    It is a great question as to why the Republicans keep saying they will repeal the ACA. It will surely implode before that can happen.

    The Dem party seems to be imploding also. Millennials vs minorities.

    Why is it greedy to want to keep the money one earns but not greedy for one to want to take another’s money?

    The SCOTUS will never outlaw discrimination or let females vote.

  8. Bluejay says:


    I sort of agree with you. There is nothing a Member of the House can do about abortion other than maybe defund Planned Parenthood. I consider the issue a waste of time. The action has to come from the states and federal courts.

    • Sparkles says:

      You are correct Bluejay.
      And if you’re in the pro-life camp, Republican state lawmakers have done much to make you proud.
      Since the election of of Obama in 2009, the number of anti-abortion measures introduced in state legislatures around the nation has skyrocketed.
      In the decade spanning 2001 and 2010, a total of 189 state laws were passed restricting access to abortions.
      In less than half that time, between the 2010 and Dec 2015, 288 restrictive laws have been passed and nearly 400 anti-abortion measures were introduced in state houses around the country in 2015 alone.
      24 states have enacted TRAP laws – Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers. Laws like Texas’ HB2, which require clinics to meet the rigorous and costly standards of ambulatory surgical centers and require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.
      These onerous measures imposed despite the fact that statistics prove abortion procedures to be safer than a colonoscopy.
      TRAP laws have lead the closing of abortion clinics at a record pace. At least 162 clinics have closed since 2011. In five states — Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming — only one clinic remains.
      These TRAP laws are opposed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Public Health Association, and the American Medical Association on the basis that such laws are medically unnecessary and that abortion is already very safe in the United States.

      In March the Supreme Court halted enactment of a Louisiana abortion law mirroring Texas’ HB2 which would have left Louisiana also with only 1 abortion provider.
      Lawmakers in Arkansas, Alabama, New Hampshire, Louisiana, North Carolina, Utah and Ohio have enacted policies to defund Planned Parenthood clinics.

      None of this came from Republicans in Washington.
      All of this due to the efforts of Republican state lawmakers.

      Many other state level anti-abortion efforts have been found unconstitutional, and overturned.
      This June will likely find our 8 member SCOTUS relieving the undue burden of TRAP laws by overturning Texas’ HB2 (Whole Woman’s Health v. Herllerstedt,).
      It’s also likely many of these restrictions will be reversed in the coming years, as demographics alter the GOP stranglehold on our statehouses and our nation continues to evolve.

      • bynd says:

        It isn’t so much you support the killing of babies. It is you enjoy it so much and wear it as a badge of courage much like when ISIS beheads those who can not fight back against them. Barbarism made chic.

  9. Anon says:

    They should be given a provisional license to pursue a living. There is nothing wrong with the state to maintain a sense of control until their status is settled

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