Believe it or not, this race is only going to intensify over the next 6 days.
Two polls out show Bacon in the lead.
National pundit Larry Sabato moved the race from “Lean Dem” to “Toss Up”. This is what you want in a campaign’s final week. This is what builds excitement and brings out your voters.
Between the Presidential campaign and the Death Penalty vote, getting people to the polls probably wasn’t an issue. But when you can point to trending numbers and themes (heck KFAB’s Scott Voorhees had an online poll today that favored Bacon over Ashford 94% – 6%!) that gets people excited to jump on that bandwagon.
Oh and campaigners, this will be the longest/shortest 6 days of your life.
NEA = $$$
On the Legislative bent, it was pretty funny to read the OWH’s headlines and photos…then read the rest of the story on who is funding races.
The emphasis is, of course, on Governor Ricketts and the cash he is putting into the races. There is “concern” about the Gov’s contributions, you see.
Concern from whom?
His opponents, of course.
So while Ricketts has donated $75K to Legislative races…read down just a little further about what the Teachers’ Union is putting into Nebraska:
Nebraska State Education Association has given $157,000 plus another $40,000 to “the independent political group Citizens for a Better Tomorrow”. That would be $197K they’re putting in.
Oh, and hey, they ain’t spending nearly $200 grand on pencils and peachy folders. That’s political money.
And after all the whining, only Steve Erdman stood up and didn’t complain:
Erdman said he approached the governor for a donation, and Ricketts declined.
“What am I supposed to say?” Erdman said. “America is a free place. Just because he’s a governor you have to restrict him?”
Ah, and then when one is weary of campaigning, it’s always fun to look at the Dems, and their fearless new leader, Jane Kleeb.
Jane’s trying to “change” the Dems and make them hip and new.
And then she is still trying to drive home her catch-phrase, with that hip new Socialist, Bernie Sanders coming to town:
“Feel the Bern. In the Neb!”
Please Democrats, please. I beg of you.
Please let Jane know that “in the Neb” is not, never was, and never shall be something that Nebraskans say.
(You see, because Nebraskans are already…in Nebraska…so they don’t need to use the term, “in our state!” — except maybe when they’re in another state trying to pretend to be hip.)
Have fun at that Bernie rally.
Keep a tally of how much of everyone else’s money he wants to spend. It’s a fun counting game!
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Because that’s how you keep tabs on the talk of Nebraska politics!