Well, dear readers, I’m sitting here in the store waiting for a phone to get fixed. It wouldn’t be the end of the world if they served coffee and scones in here. because the wait means that I could down an extra large Joe and 5 or 6 breakfast items.
So, a few observations while I coast on the free Wifi (pronounced, “wee-fee”, like my dad does…)
State Senator Bill Kintner told Coby Mach on KLIN the other day that he had sent out an “apology” letter to all of his constituents recently — as he continues to mull over his future in the legislature.
As now published, here was the pertinent part:
If you live long enough in this fallen world, you will eventually find yourself in a situation where you said something or did something that falls short of your own standards, let alone God’s perfect standard. Unfortunately, that is where I found myself over a year ago.
I misused my state-issued computer for personal use. The Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission fined me $1000. I have paid the fine. I take full responsibility for my action.
He goes on in the letter to talk about confessing and apologizing to his wife and the like.
But…”misused my state-issued computer for personal use,”?
Sort of sounds like he accidentally made his Fantasy Football draft on the MacBook Air instead of on the home Dell.
As opposed to…doing something that ended up with an extortion attempt.
Look, it would be surprising to see Kintner use more exacting language in this type of letter. But something just a little closer to the truth wouldn’t hurt.
…if he plans on staying in his gig.
If he is planning to quit, maybe it doesn’t make any difference anyway…
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time.
KMTV’s Nick Starling talked to the local Trump and Clinton campaigners to get their takes on the ground games in the 2nd District Presidential campaigns — getting takes from Preston Love, Jr. and Hal Daub.
The Hillaryites are opening a couple offices, and Trump seems to be worrying about other, more Electoral Vote-rich areas (though the Trump campaign isn’t exactly known for their current ground game either).
One note is that Starlings says,
According to Nate Silver’s fifty-thirty eight polling–Clinton leads Trump by eleven points Wednesday evening in the second district.
However Real Clear Politics has Trump with the slight edge.
I’ve noted this to Starling before on the Twitter, but the 538 numbers are based on almost nothing.
“There’s been no polling in the district yet, so its position on this list is based on the model’s guesses based on its demographics and voting history.”
And it is not clear what RCP poll he is referring to, as RCP itself does not poll.
FWIW, Larry Sabato recently switched NE02 from “Lean Republican” to “Lean Democrat”.
Two weeks ago, in his “Crystal Ball” he said,
“After looking carefully at Nebraska’s 2nd District…we’ve decided that NE-2 is leaning toward Clinton. It isn’t much of a lean, and it’s possible that if Trump can tighten up the contest, this one will wobble back to the Republicans.”
Unclear is “carefully” is based on actual polling numbers.
And since football is just a few days away, a kudos to sportswriter Tom Shatel.
Shatel’s columns are almost always very good, and his recent one on T.O. is no exception. Worth your read.
(And it is interesting that he seems to disagree with Barfknecht’s suggestion that the Huskers have gone soft.)