Nebraska on the Horizon

KFAB DEBATENebraska GOP Executive Director Bud Synhorst tells Bret Hayworth of the Sioux City Journal that he expects the Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich campaigns to come to Nebraska this coming week, and that “he has heard all three Republicans will be in the state in events to be determined.

Of course, one would think, the results today in Indiana will have something to do with that.

No matter the results — even if people think Trump is a lock with a win — he still has to get to 1,237 delegates. Now maybe he doesn’t need Nebraska’s 36, but if he thought he could get them, why not make the trip?

But Bud’s sentiments notwithstanding, Leavenworth St. has heard that…

  • Cruz is very likely to come…and they are likely just waiting on making some plans official;
  • Kasich is NOT likely to come.
  • Trump…is anyone’s guess. He currently does have a campaign office (as Leavenworth St. was the first to tell you last week) and he has a team working in Nebraska now.

And he has at least two supporters with a little bit of name ID: State Senator (and former gubernatorial candidate and national chairman for the Council of State Governments) Beau McCoy and State Senator Tommy Garrett (as Leavenworth St. exclusively told you last week).

And it should be noted that at Trump’s rally in Council Bluffs last December, probably 80-90% of the attendants yelled that they had come across the bridge to be there. There have been few Trump rallies that don’t draw a sizable crowd, and there is no reason to think that one in Nebraska would be any different.

All THAT being said, most of the national prognosticators seem to think that Cruz has the lead in Nebraska — whatever that lead may be. There have been no polls released — and considering that Governor Pete Ricketts’ parents are funding the #NeverTrump campaign, and Senator Ben Sasse was the Twitter leader of it all, you’d think that if they had a poll that showed Cruz with a big lead in the state, they would wave it around a little.

Though it is also possible that they’re keeping their powder dry until everyone faces Nebraska.

More tomorrow? We’ll see.


Ted Cruz will have a rally at the Embassy Suites (1040 P St.) in Lincoln at noon Wednesday.

Go to for more info.


Maxwell v. Bacon on KFAB

The candidates for the GOP nomination for the 2nd District Congressional seat took to the KFAB blowtorch this morning with Scott Vorhees to hash out the issues.

Retired Brigadier General Don Bacon and former State Senator and Douglas County Commissioner Chip Maxwell took quite a few jabs at each other during the hour-ish long discussion.

Vorhees came right out of the box and asked about the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee’s ads on the GOP primary. Maxwell bobbed and weaved, on the one hand arguing that the DCCC wanted the most conservative candidate, him, but also didn’t want to run against the “establishment” candidate, Bacon.

Bacon said the DCCC was simply shooting for the weaker candidate and called on Maxwell to renounce the ads, and things kind of went along from there.

From there Maxwell noted that he had the experience and “battle scars” from being in the political process in Nebraska, and again argued that Bacon was “chosen” by the Washington establishment, as well as the Nebraska establishment.

Bacon shot back that the battle scars he has dealt with are those from troops that he has worked with — and noted that 10 times he has had to notify loved ones of the death of servicemen under his command.

He further noted that he decided to run on his own and went months before anyone outside a group of 3 or 4 was involved in his campaign. He then went on to jab Maxwell, noting that he has suggested a 500% pay raise for members of the Legislature when he was in office. (I believe the number was 500%.)

This point didn’t get any follow-up from Maxwell or Vorhees, but don’t be surprised to hear this issue come up again before next Tuesday.

One funny item was that while defending his time in office, Maxwell noted that Iowa Congressman Steve King has been in office for 13 years, but that no one would call HIM establishment.

Bacon followed up by noting that he (Bacon) will be receiving Steve King’s endorsement later in the day.

See King’s endorsement here:

The issue that dominated much of the rest of the time was immigration, with Maxwell stating that he does not favor any sort of legalization of illegal aliens currently in the United States. He noted that Bacon favors this.

Bacon followed up, noting that while he does not favor citizenship for illegals, he does believe in a legalization process in some way for those currently in the U.S.

Maxwell did not say what his thoughts were for those currently in the U.S. — and didn’t address Bacon’s point about illegal aliens serving in the U.S. military — but both agreed that e-verify needed to be enhanced and supported by the Federal government.

One other point of contention brought up by Vorhees was the death penalty. Maxwell is against it and pointed to the Nebraska case of the Beatrice 6 of where the government got it wrong. Bacon pointed to the Federal cases where Timothy McVeigh and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserved the ultimate punishment for their murders.

Finally, each claimed that they each had better experience — Chip claiming that his in government will better serve Nebraska and Don noting his military experience.

Maxwell seemed to let himself out a little bit on a few issues, where Bacon could have hit him. At one point he noted that if the contest were about who is best to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Don would be the better choice — but that since it’s legislative, he (Maxwell) had better experience.

Don did not jump in to note that one of the main issues that Congress deals with is the military, and thank Chip for his endorsement.

Another was when Maxwell was noting they needed another Contract with American like Newt Gingrich had back in the 90’s. Don did not note that he received Gingrich’s endorsement last week.


In any case, a spirited debate, and both candidates held themselves up well. Considering Maxwell was a radio host on KFAB, Bacon, though generally (ha!) soft-spoken, held his own.


Fischer’s Victory

And to finish things off, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer is spending the week traveling across Nebraska, and put out this video to let constituent know what she is doing in Washington:


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  1. The Republican party has for the last quarter century been a coalition of libertarians, conservatives, and reactionaries. Most of the time the conservatives have gotten their way. This year it’s the reactionaries’ turn. (Libertarians have gotten diddly squat)

    No libertarian I know will vote for Trump or stay in the GOP after a reactionary takeover. So, unless Cruz pulls off an upset today, I’d say the GOP coalition is doomed.

  2. Sparkles says:

    “A Victory for Our Communities”, indeed.

    The opening line of Sen Fischer’s slickly produced video is:
    “The United States Senate is Back To Work for the American People”

    The words “Back To Work” are superimposed in big bold letters to emphasize their importance to the message.

    Just yesterday, Politico did a feature story titled:
    Senate takes 2016 sabbatical –
    The chamber is in session for the fewest days in 60 years, straining Mitch McConnell’s claim that the chamber is ‘back to work.’

    The whole purpose of Sen Fischer’s video is to tell you that, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary, the Republican controlled Senate is “back to work”.
    The video prematurely celebrates passage, in the Senate, of the Small Airport Regulation Relief Act.
    A bill that now goes to the colossally dysfunctional, Freedom Caucus strangled House, to die.

    No “victory” here, just slickly produced political pablum.

    • Yes, damn that Freedom Caucus, standing in the way of spending money the Federal government is not authorized to spend.

      BTW, given your numerical problems, when you say 60, are you sure you don’t mean 6, or 600?

      • Sparkles says:

        Because we pay Congressmen not to work, just like we pay teachers not to teach, plumbers not to plumb and hookers not to hook.

        If your idea of governing is not to govern, I’d suggest you find another to way to swindle the American taxpayer.
        Trump’s got steaks to sell, Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee have miracle cures they could likely use some assistance peddling. Maybe those would be viable routes to fleecing your friends and neighbors.
        Or, if your seeking an honest paycheck, Newt still has a lunar base to build.
        And, after all his recent travels, Ted ‘The Zodiac Killer’ Cruz likely has some bodies he needs buried.

  3. Sparkles says:

    Toxic Ted will be in Lincoln tomorrow at the Embassy Suites at noon.
    He’ll try to explain away his pummeling in Indiana, he’ll repeatedly call Trump a pathological liar and then promise to to carpet bomb whoever you want if you just make him President.

    Cruz’s dad, Rafael, will speak Sunday at Gentle Shepherd Baptist Church in Lincoln.
    He’ll tell you if you don’t vote for Ted, the Four Horsemen – Pestilence, War, Famine and Death are certain to ride across the lands. Yessirree, an old fashioned Tent Revival, right here in the Star City.
    He’ll then share a slide presentation of himself and Lee Harvey Oswald, enjoying a day at Coney Island and eating a few Nathan’s Famous Franks.

      • Sparkles says:

        Thankfully, other than a handful of people who will actually welcome their visit, Ted and Rafael’s appearances will be largely non-events here in Lincoln.
        Kind of along the lines of; If a theocrat babbles nonsensically in the forest and no one’s around to hear him, does he make a sound?

        By the way, remember when Ben Carson was publicly humiliated for being a paid spokesman for the ‘miracle cure’ company Mannatech? (their miracle herbs were a promised cure for autism and cancer)

        Rafael Cruz was a top salesman for Mannatech, from 1993 to 2009.

  4. anon says:

    Will either party address their systems of the real voter suppression or hope everyone forgets. Morfeld is big on this he will probably will take the lead.

  5. Lou Anne says:

    With Trump in, I’ll support my old boss Hillary. It’s ok for Republicans to support Democrats. Trust me and Chuck on this.

  6. The New Republican Party says:

    Republican voters have flatly rejected the Conservative movement. Game over Tea Partiers. A new Republican Party has emerged lead by the Don.

    • Layin' Ted says:

      No chance Ted is now coming to Lincoln after dropping out of race. Guessing he will be headed to see one of his Texas mistresses.

  7. Anonymous says:

    If you are going to blog under your own name, try to appear not crazy. Your employers may not care what you politically stand for but they may care if you seem like a hate filled nut case. Try fighting and losing a war. Life isn’t all according to one’s plans.

    Ben Sasse isn’t bitching as much as you and this cooks his crotch.

    • The Grundle King says:

      Bank on it? Put your money where your mouth is…and after it’s all over, you can declare bankruptcy like The Donald, too!

      • TexasAnnie says:

        It is! Just vote your conscience. Even if it means voting for the “loser,” you’ll feel good about your vote. Trust me.

  8. Anonymous says:

    National Sovereignty is the core of Conservatism. Yet our last four (2 GOP and 2 Democrat) presidents have nearly killed that. Trump champions it and voters, being less blinded by PC, seem to grasp that.

    • The Grundle King says:

      Trump talks big…and that’s it. That you’ve failed to grasp this fact is, well…unsurprising.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Coward? Okay. That’s me. I have been more afraid than you can imagine. I have two Presidential Unit Citations among my two dozen ribbons. Scared? Absolutely. I did however see the job though on several occasions. But I am have having some trouble understanding how it is courageous for me to put my name on what I write in a blog where everyone’s minds are already made up. That seems irrational and a bit stupid.

    Likewise, I cannot see how adding some title like reverend, senator or professor could, would, or should change the weight of logic or illogic in the words we write. If what we say makes sense, it makes sense regardless who says it. And if we spout sour grapes, a title doesn’t turn that whine into wine.

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