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Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 1.07.48 PM[embedit snippet=”nebraska-ppp”]In case there was any question about whether Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse was actually ENDORSING Ted Cruz for President, apparently his staff is spelling it out for reporters.

You will remember that Sasse Tweeted that he had voted for Ted Cruz:

But Politico reports…

“…you’re getting ahead of yourself if you call that an official blessing, aides say.”


The gamesmanship on this should get up to NBA levels as there is a much more convincing chorus that the convention will definitely be “open”. The question will be, however, if Trump is very close to 1,237, should he get the nomination?

Or will his lack of organization doom him, and thus the nom?

The view here is that the Ben Sasse type of “endorsement” may reflect many delegates who take the journey to Cleveland. They are “Cruz delegates”, but they aren’t Cruz delegates.

(Which always takes me back to this exchange:

“What do you mean? It’s an elephant, isn’t it?”

“Well, it is and it isn’t, if you understand what I mean.”)


Point being, being anti-Trump, doesn’t make you “pro-Cruz”.
And Sasse’s staff have confirmed that.

District Seven

The May 10th Primary in South Omaha’s Legislative District 7 should be an interesting one to watch.

The District is heavy Democrat…but there are no Democrat races on the ballot. The Dems did their caucus instead of a primary. Brad Ashford doesn’t have any competition in his primary.

So it will be interesting to see what kind of turnout actually happens.
Republicans will have a vested interest in the Presidential race. And the Congressional primary between Bacon and Maxwell will raise some heads as well.

But for that Legislative race, there is only one Republican, State Senator Nicole Fox. There are two Dems, Tony Vargas and John Synowiecki. But who turns out for the Dems? And then, do they split the vote?

Taking one step at a time, Senator Nicole Fox needs to get past May 10th before she can campaign for the General. Sure that may be more difficult. But it makes for an gamey challenge if she can get past at least one of her two opponents.

And a side note is that Democrat candidate Tony Vargas has been eligible to vote since 2002. However investigation into voting records show that he has voted a grand total of…twice. 2014 Primary and General.

A review shows that he did not even register to vote until October of 2012 and even then did not vote in 2012 General Election.

It is a race to watch.


May the road rise to meet you…

My condolences if you are mourning the sudden death of Prince. Appreciate the talent, though his music wasn’t my bag.

However, I do want to express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of retired District Court Judge Michael McGill. I had few interactions with him in court, but outside of it, he was a great guy and a pleasure to talk to.

Requiescat in Pace.



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  1. Anonymous Lawyer says:

    I thought Vargas was a relatively recent Nebraska transplant. Did you take that into consideration? I don’t know the exact dates.

      • The Grundle King says:

        So he’s been here maybe 4 years…and already thinks he knows what’s best for us. Sounds like a New Yorker, for sure.

    • Roberto L. says:

      He only voted in two elections, but he’s been registered since 2012. I also hear he misses a lot of votes and meetings of the school board–how can we trust him in the Legislature?

  2. Sparkles says:

    I bet the Veterans of the 2nd District would love to hear the views of former Brigadier General Don Bacon regarding the current right wing attempt to privatize the VA.

    Yes, veterans. you read that correctly.
    You know the Omaha and Lincoln VA that the countless thousands of Nebraskans have relied on for decades. Hospitals that the overwhelming majority of you praise for their quality of care?
    Be warned – Koch funded right wing activists groups are before congress right now attempting to shutter them, and privatize those services. They doing everything in their considerable means to close VA hospitals across the nation and turn Veterans over the private market.

    If you’re not familiar with the story, here’s an introduction to the facts –
    From Forbes, April 4, 2016 –
    “A Perilous Proposal To Privatize Veterans’ Care And End The VA”

    Boston Globe – April 18, 2016
    “Special interest groups want to privatize the VA and nobody is paying attention”

    And a highly insightful report from the Washington Monthly, March 12, 2016 –
    – The VA Isn’t Broken, Yet –
    “Inside the Koch brothers’ campaign to invent a scandal and dismantle the country’s most successful health care system.”

    Lot’s and lot’s of Veterans in Nebraska’s 2nd District, including yourself, Mr Bacon.
    Any thoughts on the actions of your fellow Republicans?
    Rep Ashford sits on the House Committee of Armed Services, maybe if Mr. Bacon wins the primary, they could debate this extraordinarily important topic.

    How about you Sen Fischer, you sit on the Armed Services Committee, and
    Rep Fortenberry, you sit on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, surely they’re both aware of these Republican lead efforts?

    • bynd says:


      Being a Vet, it appears you did not serve your country honorably, there are just as many who don’t believe the care in the VA hospital is worth keeping the system. Typical incompetent government agency. If the Pres only cared as much about vets as about Dreamers. But then vets are not a friendly demographic to the Pres.

      • Sparkles says:

        Then again, there are those stubborn facts.

        Nov 2015, Military Times –
        “Poll: Veterans oppose plans to ‘privatize’ VA”
        “almost two-thirds oppose plans to replace VA health care with a voucher system,”

        Nov 6, 2015, Gallup –
        “Americans With Government Health Plans Most Satisfied”
        Americans’ satisfaction with the way the healthcare system works.. ..is highest among those with veterans or military health insurance.

      • bynd says:

        Polls like Sparkles are rarely to be relied on. Live by the polls, die by the polls. Once again, if you haven’t served or been to a VA hospital, or military hospital, you have no idea.

        PS. Fact- a thing that is indisputably the case.
        Polls are not facts.

  3. Val Budentine says:

    Has National Committee Man I will be good friends with President Hillory Clinten and Bill. I’m sure my good friend bobby Kerry will introduce us. Bobby and me are even better friends than Lisa Hanna Montana and Benny nelson was. and Deb fisher is my neighbor.

  4. OPM says:

    This race is All Trump but the News Media is All Gump.

    GOP donor wonk Tony Scaramucci was asked how much money Trump needs to run against Hillary… “ONE BILLION DOLLARS” says Scaramucci, who donated millions to Walker and then Jeb Bush, who each wasted far more GOP cash losing than Trump has spent winning.

    Campaign spending this year is up $357 million. All candidates are spending more, except Trump.

    In New York, Sanders spent $9.03 per vote losing to Hillary who spent $3.62 per vote. That makes Clinton sounds thrifty except… Trump spent 13 cents per vote.

    Thirteen cents. Trump ran no television ads. None. We haven’t heard what Kasich and Cruz spent losing New York but you can bet it was more than 13 cents per. — Trump spent 3% of what Hillary spent.

    NY is Trump’s state and illary’s state. But every NY Democrat voter has already voted for Hillary several times in past years for the Senate. They have muscle memory voting for her and still she out-spent Trump by 97% to win her own state.

    What do people think presidents do all day? Smile? Play golf? Well, yes, Obama. However, effective Chief Executives gets more done by wasting less money. Of course there is more to being a POTUS than just not throwing money at problems. However, everyone except Trump are in fact throwing wads of OPM at this their one current problem and they are coming up wastefully short compared to Trump on the thrift/accomplishment scale.

    Frankly, throwing money at problems is a rather clear sign of Gump Leadership. So, does the Media look at Trump’s thrift and success? No. They ask a Walker/Bush donor guy for money advice.

  5. The Eye Ball says:

    You are reading way too much in to this! Sasse is focused on the Senate and Ted Cruz is focused on the presidential race. Sasse is likely to endorse Cruz within 7 days of the primary as many elected leaders do.

    Please stop counting your chickens before they hatch.

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s rich saying Sasse is focused on the senate. He doesn’t meet with Nebraskans, doesn’t introduce any bills, and doesn’t speak on the floor even after that “big” maiden speech when he said he was going to bring back debate to the senate. He hasn’t spoken on the senate floor since. What the heck does he do all day, write bs for any establishment conservative group to publish and make him famous? Such BS. I am tired of his excuses that he is new, he is just one senator. He promised to go big or go home. Well Ben, time for you to go home.

      • bynd says:

        Actually, he introduced the Born-Alive Protection act of 2015-2016. He has sponsored 20 bills and cosponsored 79. Maybe you should do more research instead of just making arm chair declarations. It appears he works harder than some on here:)

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