First, a little Separated at Birth for you here…
Trucker-hat topped, Western Nebraska Jane Kleeb and… City-fied, smart-busy suited Jane Kleeb.! She’ll be whatever she thinks you think that she thinks you want her to be!
Never say #Never again…
The “Free the Delegates” movement at the Republican National Convention was dealt a likely fatal blow yesterday, when the Rules Committee defeated all of the attempts to open up the convention to counter-Trump candidates.
Colorado delegate Kendal Unruh and her backers had bragged that they had at least 28 pro-Conscience-Voters on the Rules Committee to issue a “minority report” for the entire convention to vote on. Instead they only mustered 12 votes out of 112, and seem to be at the end of their rope.
Even National Review, which has been solidly anti-Trump, and has #NeverTrump leader Senator Ben Sasse as their go-to guy, tweeted this morning:
— National Review (@NRO) July 15, 2016
Sort of a strong statement, especially considering that their gang of Jonah Goldberg, Kevin Williamson and others are still probably in that camp, to say nothing of Sasse.
But it is difficult at this time to see what that group does.
It always seemed that #NeverTrump was born out of a desire to see Trump lose the primary, and a hard stance seemed like the only way to really make the point. Once the primaries ended, it seemed like a futile, and nearly pro-Hillary cause, except that some still held out hope for things to change in Cleveland.
But now that it seems Trump will be the official nominee in a week. Where does #NeverTrump go?
Shoe Shine Regulators Nemesis
Speaking of Senator Sasse, he stepped up to the plate with Senator Mike Lee of Utah and pushed a bill to get rid of regulations on shoe-shiners in Washington, D.C.
Come up Pence!
Senator Deb Fischer had her weekly call with the Nebraska media yesterday, and she noted a few things:
1) She disagrees with President Obama on his recent call to push national standards for local police. She reiterated her position that local communities have a better handle on these types of issues than the feds — that New York is different than Omaha, is different than Grand Island, is different than Valentine.
2) As reported by the Nebraska Radio Network, she supports Donald Trump’s pick of Mike Pence for VP. She noted (to a very intelligent, and handsome questioner) that while she had never personally met Pence, “He is looked upon as a very solid man. He has a reputation of being a good governor for his state. I think he would be a very good addition to our ticket.”
Bringing the Bacon
Retired Brigadier General Don Bacon released his fund-raising numbers for the last quarter, and the news is a dramatic uptick.
Bacon has raised over $300,000 since April — great numbers for a Congressional campaign in the 2nd District. (Much less than $200K would have been a poor showing. Anywhere from $2-300K would be good. Over $300K? Excellent.)
As noted in their presser:
“As a point of reference, Bacon’s fundraising during this quarter has surpassed the campaign of Brad Ashford this time two years ago. In 2014, Ashford raised $229,421.75 during the second quarter with $195,829.92 being raised following the 2014 pre-primary report.”
This race is still Democrat Brad Ashford’s to lose. But all indications are that it is still neck-and-neck. We should expect this race to be hard fought until the end.
Rock and Roll!
Leavenworth St. will be Tweeting (@LeavenworthSt) the Trump announcements as well as the GOP Convention actions as well. Follow the Leavenworth St. “Nebraska GOP in Cleveland” list on the Twitter where all of the delegates and alternates will be added (eventually). Some tweet more than others, but you can get the gist.
(If you are a delegate or an alternate, and you don’t find your Twitter handle on the above list, please Tweet or email it to me and I will add you!)
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