Endorserers

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Who ever knows how much an endorsement affects anyone’s actual vote these days. It seems like a decent indicator of a candidate’s, but probably is more of effective where a candidate is unknown and needs to get their ID up.

A few cases in point…

Governor Pete Ricketts is continuing his barnstorming for various legislative candidates in Nebraska.

The latest is in Kearney, where, according to the OWH, he has endorsed John Lowe over Bob Lammers for term-limited Galen Hadley’s seat.

Both are Republicans, so this is not without a little controversy.
One good quote:

“Ricketts, when asked earlier this week, said that he doesn’t expect candidates to agree with him on every issue…”

Hahaha! Ho…ho! Whewwww!
Good one!

He doesn’t EXPECT that you’ll agree with him on every issue, but if you DON’T, expect a call out, by name, at the state GOP Convention.

Now to be fair here, Lowe, whom Ricketts endorsed, was his county county chairman for his 2014 campaign. That’s not for nothing.

And then Lammers has said he is…
For the Gas Tax…
For licenses for DREAMers
Against Charter Schools.

So what ever Lammers was hoping for, a Ricketts endorsement with those stats shouldn’t have been terribly expected.

But here is the funny line from Lammers:

“I’ll be looking for what’s right for Kearney and the State of Nebraska and not necessarily what’s right for an Omaha governor who is going to make decisions for my opponent.”

That is always chuckleworthy for the Omahan who has NO IDEA how much enmity is directed at Omahans from those in “Greater Nebraska.” (Greater than what?)

Personally, I always laughed back in the campaign days when I’d be somewhere in central Nebraska and get asked my background…

“Did ya go to The University?”

“Uh…no.”

(Strike one…)

“Where are you from?”

“Omaha.”

(Strike two….)

“Where did ya go to high school?”

“Creighton Prep.”

(Strike Three!)

It would be surprising to see Kearneyites (Kearnians?) not being influenced by the Governor’s endorsement. But then again, hatred for Omaha can go a long way.

Lowe v. Lammers.
We’ll keep you updated.

 

The College vote

And Republican Congressional candidate Don Bacon today announced the endorsement he received from a collegiate “Students for Bacon” group.

Notable in the endorsement is the point that “Brad Ashford not only refused to debate before military ballots went out, but he refused to even acknowledge a debate invitation from the student government of the largest collegiate institution in town.”

Why is Brad hiding?

 

Lorelei

After Governor Ricketts’ dad — a significant #NeverTrumper — switched his allegiance to Donald Trump for the campaign, one of the kids made her position clear.

Laura, the lone sister in the Ricketts clan of Chicago Cubs owners, went to Wrigley, but didn’t sport her Cubbies lid:

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Unknown if the rest of the kids will try to mutiny against Dad’s pick.
Thanksgiving just got THAT much more uncomfortable…

Maybe Joe will bring in Ted Cruz to even things out…

 

Always working

And Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer, during her weekly Nebraska press call, gave a little more info about her recent discussion with Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, during a meeting with fellow female legislators in Washington:

“We talked about Ivanka’s passion in dealing with family issues specifically on equal pay, paid family leave, and child care. And about my equal pay and paid family leave bills in the Senate.

I was very pleased to talk to Ivanka about that, and see her passion for building and maintaining and helping our families grow stronger. It’s a great platform that she has as the daughter of nominee and I am excited to discuss this and work with her in the future.

We have some different views on some of the points, but I am pleased she is a spokesperson for them. She is articulate and does a good job and I look forward to working with her in the future.”

Fischer also noted that she was looking forward to her fly-around with Governor Ricketts and former Governor Kay Orr to discuss the upcoming roads and transportation projects pursuant to her Build Nebraska Act.

Oh, and that’s Fischer’s grade-school pic, up on the right, that she Tweeted earlier in the week…

 

Team Trump in Lincoln

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture is holding its annual convention this week in Lincoln.

According to Politico:

“…on Thursday, the group passed what it has dubbed the “Call to Action to 2020: Advancing Agriculture through Enhanced Partnerships,” to underscore the importance of cooperative federalism and a true federal-state partnership.

Under the Obama administration, states have been instructed to enforce new clean water standards on large tracts of land, overhaul farm worker training programs and implement some of the most ambitious changes to food safety rules in decades. In each case, they’ve been given little chance to provide input in advance, and few funds to complete the job. That’s not a relationship the groups want repeated for the next four years.

Donald Trump’s National Ag Chairman, Charles W. Herbster of Falls City, Nebraska, will be meeting with group of state agriculture commissioners at the convention.

Politico says that the Hillary Clinton campaign does NOT have any events planned with ag commissioners during the NASDA meeting.

 

Get well soon!

Hey, a Get Well Soon to Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert who wiped out during Summer Iditarod training!

Back injuries are miserable, but the Mayor will no doubt bounce back from this setback — though hopefully with fewer dogs on the traces.

We will keep you updated on her campaign announcements when we get them.

**UPDATE**

Mayor Stothert posted on FB that she will NOT have to have surgery on her back. Good news.

 

Windy

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15 comments

  1. Ian Swanson's Buddy says:

    Hey guys, Ian Swanson’s parents are out of town for the weekend, were getting a keg, having beer pong and upside down keg stands. They get back Monday, I’m so glad Ian never moved out and got his own place, his parents house is the best party pad in the state!

  2. Bluejay says:

    1. Deb was cute as a bug in grade school.

    2. How did Jean break her back walking her dogs? What if Jerram sent some union goons to beat her up?

  3. Sparkles says:

    Speaking of endorsements, the Cincinnati Enquirer, for the first time in 100 years. endorsed a Democrat for President.
    The Enquirer is joining other very conservative editorial pages in endorsing Hillary Clinton, calling Trump “a clear and present danger to our country.”

    Rumor is Jean Stothert has ‘health issues’. She’s hiding a serious health condition and that’s what really caused her to stumble and fall. What was that malady one of the posters on this site invented last week.. thrombotic neuropathy?.. yea, that’s the ticket.

    Also, re Kearneyites (Kearnians?)..
    I think the proper term is Kearnanderthals.

    See y’all at Ian’s!
    I’ll bring the Pokemon cards and some rare Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures!

    • The Grundle King says:

      “Also, re Kearneyites (Kearnians?)..
      I think the proper term is Kearnanderthals.”

      This, along with Sweeper’s little passive-aggressive digs…and eastern Nebraska folks wonder why there’s such quiet resentment from those west of York. You treat central/western Nebraska like a whole different state…the truth of is they’d likely be happier if that was the case.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Still butt hurt senators who voluntarily choose to register and run as Relublicans have their public votes in direct opposition of platform issues publicly discussed at a state GOP meeting, are we? How dare anyone remind party delegates that former platform committee members (cough, cough Ebke) or state ALEC chairmen (cough, cough Smith) present themselves as Republicans to get elected then abandon platform issues in exchange for “nonpartisanship”. Ricketts is just a big meanie.

  5. Ed Stevens says:

    ” …hatred for Omaha can go a long way.” Don’t flatter yourself, Sweeper – most of us out here in Thirdsville don’t think enough about Omaha to hate – or love – it or those who live there – except of course for two of my offspring who live in the Omaha environs. Them I love … Omaha I can take or leave.

    On another subject, I will tell you that I have spent considerable time listening to and conversing with both Unicameral candidates out here, and John Lowe is several orders of magnitude more capable than, and much preferable to, his opponent. I fear Lammers views a gig with the Unicam just a sort of sinecure – a gentle glide path into AARPdom. Lowe, on the other hand, is genuinely interested in what he can do to help the folks of District 37, and has the experience and energy to get things done.

    Color me a proud , and “deplorable”, Kearnanderthal (though I really prefer the term Paleo-conservative).

    • Sparkles says:

      Respectfully, the dissonance is dizzying.

      Sweeper points out –
      And then Lammers has said he is…
      For the Gas Tax…
      For licenses for DREAMers
      Against Charter Schools.

      Let’s examine how these three items impact Bob Lammer’s prospective constituents, the fine folks of Legislative District 37, shall we?
      The Gas Tax –
      A gas tax sponsored by state Sen. Jim Smith (approved over Pete’s veto), when combined with 2011’s Build Nebraska Act, championed by Sen. Deb Fischer (1/4 cent sales tax to roads) and the Transportation Innovation Act (again, Smith) is expected to bring in $1 billion in revenue over the next decade.
      Money targeted and prioritized for modernizing Nebraska infrastructure with the specific goal of enhancing economic opportunities in communities all across our state.
      The communities specifically cited to directly benefit from the first $300 million infusion includes Scottsbluff, McCook, North Platte, Fremont, Nebraska City, Norfolk, Omaha, York and Columbus. It’s an investment that will obviously will benefit Kearney, if not directly, indirectly.
      Of course when this historic investment in Nebraska’s infrastructure was announced, veto-Pete was mugging for the camera’s, alongside Kay Orr. And you can bet your arse every time Pete visits one of these communities he’ll boast of this investment their respective communities – an investment he fought every step of way and attempted to kill via veto.
      As Sweeper pointed out, Lammers is for this gas tax and supportive of modernizing NE’s infrastructure and investing in our communities. On the other hand, one would assume Pete’s Pick, John Lowe would vote with Pete, in opposition to the gas tax. In opposition to this investment in NE’s future.

      Licenses for DREAMers –
      Of course, as we all know, Buffalo county’s industries and Big Ag don’t rely on immigrant labor (cough-cough, cough-cough), and there are no colleges or universities in or around Kearney to which these bright young minds might travel.
      And, if you weren’t aware, May 28, 2015 –
      “Nebraska Becomes The Last State In The Country To Pass A Law Allowing DREAMers To Drive”
      Bob Lammers is for licenses for DREAMers, a bill certain to benefit business, industry and education in I-80 reliant District 37. One would assume veto-Pete’s Pick, John Lowe is opposed.

      Against Charter schools –
      I know the good people of Buffalo County are universally excited about Charter schools.. right? Charter Schools are surely a topic of major importance to all rural Nebraskans. The tax breaks and state funding directed to Charter Schools would no doubt immensely benefit the people of District 37. Right?
      Lammers is justifiably opposed to his constituents paying to fund Charter Schools in Omaha. One would assume Pete’s Pick, John Lowe, would cast his lot with his bff, the Governor.

      The dissonance screams from the page in your claim –
      “Lowe, on the other hand, is genuinely interested in what he can do to help the folks of District 37”

  6. bynd says:

    I see Sparkles is still hung up on the old order Republicans and what they have to say even as that old-white-men-group fades into oblivion. He calls them evil and then quotes them as something to be revered. He is so confused.

  7. Anonymous says:

    None are more deeply invested in the old GOP than the old Democratic Party. Not a solutionist in either establishment bunch.

    Its elite Republicans warning voters against elite Democrats and vice versa, as if by not allowing the other party to hold power, the sainthood of your old party makes your talentless old pols glow with wisdom that they don’t learn in political science classes or law schools and yet magically, somehow, good policy is sure to come, for the universe is happy to have your party in power and thus all the potholes magically fill themselves. No one actually has to know how to do anything real.

    The old guard in both parties ooze obfuscating PC, are crippled by it, addicted to it, sell it; and they understand that if they actually do actually fix problems, their battle plan of blaming the other guys won’t pan out. If parties produce a solutionist executive or legislative adept, its entirely by accident.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Good point. None are more deeply invested in the old GOP than the old Democratic Party. Not a solutionist in either establishment bunch.

    Its old Republicans warning voters against old Democrats and vice versa, as if by not allowing the other party to hold power, the sainthood of your old party makes your talentless old pols glow with wisdom that they don’t learn in political science classes or law schools and yet magically, somehow, good policy is sure to come, for the universe is happy to have your party in power and thus all the potholes magically fill themselves.

    The old order oozes and uses obfuscating PC, are crippled by it, addicted to it, and intuitively understand that if they actually do fix problems, their battle plan of blaming the other guys won’t pan out. If parties produce a solutionist executive or legislative adept, its entirely by accident.

    The parties have a valuable role but they aren’t doing it.

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