Days 2 & 3, Omaha and the FEC

After a tour of the Cleveland Indians’ ballpark yesterday, the Nebraska delegates took to the floor to formally nominate Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.

Committeeman J.L. Spray lead the group, and as these things always play out, extolled the virtues of Nebraska during the roll call of the states:

(Courtesy of @KevinThomasKLIN Radio)

If you can’t listen, as Nebraska’s ambassador, J.L. says…

“Nebraska, The Good Life, with Great Opportunity, the home of Silicon Prairie News, the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, the number one beef producing state in the Union, a place where people find their happiness from honest work , and where a person’s word is their bond…cast their 36 bound delegates for the next President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.”



The whole gang was at the Pro Football Hall of Fame this morning…

Nebraska delegation 2016

…after a long night of delegating and cheering.

Various photos during the festivities can be found on Leavenworth St.’s “Nebraskans in Cleveland” Twitter list page, but here are a few as well…

Oh, and Hal Daub photobombing Sam Fischer’s selfie…


Stay tuned for Day 3!


..Finest Place You Ever Saw…

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert unveiled her budget yesterday, and there were more than a few highlights:

  • Lowering Property taxes for the second year in a row.
  • Adding additional police officers to make it 56 more since she entered office in 2013.
  • Putting forward a plan for street improvement (which she released last week) including more money for snow removal as well.

A solid budget to go with Mayor Stother’s solid record.


FEC what I mean…

The quarterly FEC numbers are out, and Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford has filled up his coffers with over $850K in PAC money. As a matter of fact, only 42% of Ashford’s campaign booty is supplied by individual donors. (In contrast, over 60% of retired Brigadier General Don Bacon’s fundraising is from individuals.)

When the Democrat leadership banged the spoon on the table at Brad that he wasn’t raising enough money, he certainly looked up and did what he was told. And of course this was amplified over the weekend when Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — whom Ashford voted for Speaker — came to Omaha to fine-dine with Ashford.

As has been written here for years now, incumbents are difficult to defeat. One big reason is that lobbyists make it rain on Democrat incumbents like Brad Ashford.

The funny thing is that Ashford’s seat is consistently listed as in-flux. Both parties are spending big in this race. And Ashford is raising the big corporate bucks to try to stay in power.

But Don Bacon is a retired soldier and does not frighten easily. And it’s likely that he will have a few big names coming in to support him as well.

This one will continue to be one to watch.


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    • The Grundle King says:

      Nah. People don’t need to swim in sewage treatment plant to know it’s one big, smelly shit-show.

  1. Khan says:

    Oh, my goodness, Ricky was right! They all look sooooooooooo miserable!. lulz.

    Donald Trump the Younger’s speech has been well-received in most quarters. At least on Twitter, I’ve observed more than one Trump critic lamenting that he isn’t the nominee, rather than his old man.

    I also thought Tiffany Trump showed a lot of poise in her address, given her youth and comparable inexperience to her older siblings.

  2. Khan says:

    And it has also been amusing to observe all the usual suspects reaching for their smelling salts over Chris Christie’s address to the convention.

  3. anon says:

    We all understand that Brad Ashford voted for Nancy Pelosi for speaker – once. Does anyone remember how many times Lee Terry voted for that child molester for the position? On balance, it looks like Brad has much better judgment than his predecessor.

  4. Sparkles says:

    Politico has a write up re a ‘shadow convention’ of Bush Admin alum held in April in Dallas.
    All the prominent players, approx. 1000 total, were in attendance, including G.W. himself, Darth Cheney and the lovely former FLOTUS.
    When the discussion turned to the future of the Republican party, the mood reportedly turned grim, with Bush quoted as telling his audience:
    “I’m worried, that I will be the last Republican president.”

    Also of note is an article in the staunchly conservative Federalist.
    “Cleveland Is The End Of The GOP As We Know It”
    The Republican leaders who show up to the convention and climb aboard the Trump train will be purged from whatever comes after the GOP.
    Quote from the article:
    “Make no mistake, the GOP as we know it is over. It will not survive Trump’s nomination and his almost certain defeat in November.”

    • HTH says:

      But…but Sparkles, you’re citing the vast liberal media conspiracy, not the always truthful and unbiased Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Alex ‘lizard man’ Jones, Breitbart, Fox News, or DrudgeReport, which all say everyone loves Trump, that he has the best words, and will win 600 electoral votes with 85% of the popular vote.

      Stop being a sheeperson.


      • Sparkles says:

        Damn it!
        You’re right HTH!!

        Why do I continue to be so confused!!
        I keep forgetting that it’s Limbaugh, Ailes, Beck, Hannity, Savage, Alex “The U.S. Govt Bombed the OKC Federal Building” Jones, Breitbart, Drudge et al, that have always had only the best interest of the TeaPeople at heart.
        ‘Cause, without these brave voices, where would the good, honest, patriotic citizens of Murrica get their supply of survival seeds, emergency food rations, fake collector coins and bug-out kits!

      • Khan says:

        You know, I bet Sparkles would wear your letterman’s sweater and go to the Sock Hop with you if you just ask her. The virtue signaling probably isn’t necessary.

      • Sparkles says:

        fwiw, I’m a he, and I used to own my own letterman’s sweater (likely in a drawer.. somewhere), it dates back to the late 70’s and is quite well adorned, I must say.
        A registered Republican, hunter and avid outdoorsman most of my life. An NRA member for more than a decade, I own more guns than I’m comfortable admitting.

        Just your typical looney left librul.

  5. Mizzou Matt says:

    This pains me as a conservative, but Bacon is disappointing me. He held a lot of promise early on, but those were some lackluster money numbers. I could see the RNC trying to hold onto Young’s seat and redirect money there, and try for Assford in 2018. Hopefully by then we can find someone to raise some money.

    • SouthO Red says:

      Liberal Brad won’t make it! The #TrumpTrain is coming baby! Get out of the way liberals and sodomites and hop aboard GENERAL DONALD J. BACON!

      • Mizzou Matt says:

        SouthO – I can’t tell if your being serious or not but Bacon has been a giant disappointment. He hasnt rasied any money and is only talking to us R’s. I get that hes been out in the district meeting people at community events, but thats no way to win. Mark and his team – God love them – have been trying hard. But Assford is being managed by professionals and Bacon is out of his league.

        Again – I hope in 2 years we can find someone better to take on Brad. Because 2016 seems like it’ll be a wasted year.

  6. Sparkles says:

    I’m delighted to report that as of last night, Twitter has permanently suspended the alt-right freak show Milo Yiannopoulos.

    • Khan says:

      Oh, yeah, ISIS runs rampant recruiting on Twitter, the freaking Ayatollah himself talks about the destruction of Israel on the same platform, and BLM gets its own hashtag icon despite all kinds of diarrhea about killing cops, but lets celebrate a gay Jew going to the Twitter gulag because some thin-skinned celeb in a bad movie doesn’t know how to use the block function.

    • Mistake by the Lake says:

      It’s unfortunate you hate free speech so much, because you certainly yak it up enough yourself.

  7. Anon says:

    Bias at it’s finest. They ban him, yet didn’t ban Leslie Jones for offensive and hateful language she has used in the past. #FreeMilo

  8. Anonymous says:

    I went to CNN, FOX and PBS and every network doesn’t show convention speeches. They all show a bunch of serious news people with journalism degrees offering opinions based in squat.

    Politicians are bad enough, and our votes count small enough, but for these blabby ignorants to tell us what someone just said while not allowing us to hear other speakers, is deserving of a 2×4 to the head. They are not wise… they are reporters. Other people accomplish and the reporters report that. But now reporters opine. And their opinion is worth crap.

    They are each a giant asshole with a voice box. I hope social media puts the whole rotten mainstream business out of business… starting with Ruptured Moosedick and his rapist Rogering Ailes.

    Trump has called these bastards out from the git go.

  9. Ricky says:

    The GOP platform adopted by Hal Daub, Aimee Melton and the like looks like something from the Neanderthal era.
    Requiring the teaching of the bible in school, no exception for rape and incest in the case of abortion.
    Lawmakers must use religion in their as a guide in lawmaking. against same sex marriage; protects merchants from action if they refuse to serve gay people; against gun control measures; etc.
    Daub and Melton come back to Omaha and expect these positions align with those in this city?
    That is so disgusting it makes me want to puke. How can Daub and Melton represent themselves in pubic when they adhere to these extremists positions?
    What a joke.
    Ricky from the Westside neighborhood of Omaha

    • bynd says:

      Ricky who? Oh yeah, the one who doesn’t’ understand how our legislative and the people’s house work in our state? The Ricky who wants to deny the citizens their right to vote on matters then deem necessary? Ah yes, the Ricky who disagrees with 166,000 thousand Nebraskans and believes he has a valid point to make. Yes, Ricky the court jester of West Omaha. Sorry Ricky, the leaders of this state do represent the citizens of this state. That is why they were elected and the Dems are not. You need to learn to deal with it. Your a little man, in an impotent party, in a fly over state. I do believe a slug has a higher standing than you.

  10. Mistake by the Lake says:

    CNN is reporting RNC delegates had to be physically retrained from attacking Ted Cruz as he walked offstage. Heidi Trump also had to be escorted.

    These yahoos are what this blog endorses.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I preserved what few brain cells I have left by not watching one moment of the Republican convention. I’ll do the same next week with the Democratic side-show. No “news” either beyond what I’ve read on the Reuters, Financial Times & Economist web sites.

    The 2-party “system” is a sham and needs to be burned to the proverbial ground and replaced. Two parties? How about twenty parties? There are more than just two opinions and points of view. It is time to permanently decouple Republicans & Democrats from the color of authority & approval.

    • Millennial voter says:

      Honest question: Would you rather see plurality rule than majority rule in the U.S.? I’ve tried reconciling this idea before and do not think it would sit well with your average American.

      • HTH says:

        I actually think the US would be well suited to a Bundestag-like parliamentary system (not just first past the post). But it will never fly, unfortunately. Most Americans, I’d wager, don’t know what a parliamentary system is, let alone how it functions, and the Constitutional restructuring that would be required… a mess.


      • Sparkles says:

        I’m not sure plurality or majority would make a significant difference relative the current dysfunction of our congress.

        The dysfunction is deliberate, with malice aforethought.

        Be it Plurality or Majority opinion, the Speaker of the House/Senate moves only what they choose to move.

        And, if a bill does move, a malfeasant few can insure it’s failure with the attachment of poison pills, like defunding Planned Parenthood, or as with the Zika bill only a dew weeks ago, attaching to it provisions that would hinder access to contraception for women and weaken environmental restrictions on pesticide use.

        Our system of government served us well, for well over a century. It was only in the very recent past that our government became grievously hobbled. Hobbled when one party, as noted scholars Ornstein and Mann pointed out, became: “an insurgent outlier — ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition . . . all but declaring war on the government.”

      • Sparkles says:

        I’m good with a parliamentary system.

        A thoughtful review of just such a move was done a few months ago by the bright folks at Vox:
        “Justin Trudeau isn’t magic, liberals. Parliaments make it easier to pass laws.”

        Careful though, lot’s of scholarly citations, and we all know scholarly citations are a bad thing.

    • Khan says:

      Opinions and POV may vary, but the spectrum of ideology doesn’t. Individuals and parties all fall in that spectrum somewhere, and the nature of representative government demands that they either seek out common cause or remain on the fringe. At the federal level, there is almost zero possibility of gaining any sort of traction at all without a large number of generally reliable allies. Everyone else gets to sit smugly on their lonely islands of ideological purity.

      It’s a flawed and corruptible system, sure, but also probably the best flawed and corruptible system.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Oh, and this: Ted Cruz for Klingon High Chancellor. Revenge IS a dish best served cold. “Hey, Donald, how the knife feel going in? Did you catch the twist at the end?”

  13. Khan says:

    Man, Ted Cruz went full samurai last night, complete with ritual seppuku. His keynote was spot on from a conservative perspective, but he disemboweled his future GOP presidential aspirations with the failure to endorse and “vote your conscience” bit. I can see how it might solidify his base support in Texas for future Senate campaigns, though.

    • Anonymous says:

      Making Trump’s weenie shrivel on a national stage must have been highly satisfying though. That’s never gonna get old.

      • Khan says:

        Most of the time it isn’t. But context and subtext matter in political speech.

        I actually do think, though, that Cruz took the best possible route he could in order to remain true to himself and conservatism without going scorched earth on Trump and the GOP, the same way a samurai would commit seppuku to preserve his honor. Trump’s support within the party has galvanized, Cruz has likely secured favored son status among his core Texas constituents, and the Clintonistas weren’t provided any particularly juicy sound bytes.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Cruz only hurt himself and helped Trump with his non-endorsement speech. Kind of like Ben Sasse, who we aren’t hearing much of these days. Cruz and Sasse both think they will be riding high if Trump loses and they can sweep in to pick up the pieces. However, the joke might be on them.

    • Anonymous says:

      The joke might be on them. It might not. We’ll know in November. If Trumps is elected, we’ll know every day of a Trump presidency. Imagine that, a “Trump presidency.” Who would have uttered this phrase except in jest even six months ago?

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