Clean up

Phil Montag’s time runs out…

The ugly ballad of hatred in the Nebraska Democrat party is hopefully coming to an end.

But coupled upon (former) Nebraska Democrat Party Technology Chair, Phil Montag’s story, is how it all occurred in the first place.

According to the OWH’s interview with Montag…

In an interview Thursday, Montag said that he had gone to see Gentry-Tipton to console her during the fallout over her posts and party leaders’ response but that she and Madison were trying to use the recording to blackmail him into posting a public statement of support for her.

What. The. Hell.

So Montag went to Gentry-Tipton’s house to show his support, only to be ambushed and set up for blackmail?

The crazy thing is, based upon the course of events it’s not that absurd of an accusation. Why else was Destin Madison recording the conversation with someone who was reportedly there to “console” her. Or maybe Madison and Gentry-Tipton were familiar with Montag’s exploits and were “ready for anything”.

What’s clear is that they got their revenge on Jane Kleeb’s appointed guy, and brought the whole thing to another level with Montag’s cooperation.

Democrats would be wise to get the NDP to state exactly what it is they all believe in, and if they don’t, to get out.


Take me to the river

We skipped over the relatively shocking statements by Iowa Republican Party Chair Steve Kaufmann calling out Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse at the President Trump rally in Cedar Rapids.

Kind of out of the blue, while warming up the crowd, Kauffmann exclaimed:

“We had Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska, he crosses the Missouri River, and in that sanctimonious tone talks about what he doesn’t like about Donald Trump,” Kaufmann said. “You know what, Senator Sasse? I really don’t care what you like. We love Donald Trump. And if you don’t love him, I suggest you stay on your side of the Missouri River.”

And then he followed up with a reporter:

“He’s an arrogant academic,” Kaufmann said of Sasse, a former college president. “He’s sanctimonious. His statements are geared toward what can help him. He’s arrogant. And he’s not a team player, when in reality the only reason he’s got any clout at all in the Senate is because the Republican Party has the majority.”

Kaufmann paused, then added: “The most important thing to Ben Sasse is Ben Sasse.”

How do you really feel Steve?

The setting was a little strange, then again, the sentiments aren’t unusual among many Republicans. Sasse has been a thorn in Trump’s side since early last year, and hasn’t let up much since.

Sasse took the position around the 2016 Nebraska Republican Party convention where he stuck to wanting a third-party candidate to take on Trump and Hillary Clinton — and many in the party haven’t forgotten. Kaufmann is the type of Republican elephant who never forgets.

And then Sasse has brought this to a head just a bit, with his forray into Iowa to address Republicans in a gathering in a few weeks. He will likely find plenty of his supporters there.

But a trip to Iowa has a special significance in American politics, same as a trip to New Hampshire. It means you’re interested in being President, or at least talking Presidential politics, with a slant to your own candidacy.

By making such a trip amid his general distain for the President’s positions and politics generally, and just coming off his long book tour, Sasse invites speculation, criticism, discussion, and all the other things that he is apparently hoping to stoke.

And he knows it.

What he probably wasn’t expecting was this shot across the bow from Kaufmann. Then again, all promotion is good promotion, right?

Sasse likes to spark discussions, and this will likely provide kindling for his next trip.



The Cook Political Report dove right in on the Nebraska 2nd District race.

They have declared the 2018 race for the seat Congressman Don Bacon holds as a “Toss Up”.

Not sure who Cook convened with to arrive at this conclusion, but I guess they’re allowed their opinions.


  1. Surprise Surprise says:

    Another day, another L St post bashing Senator Sasse. What a shocker!
    So apparently we are so Nebraska-centric that we expect our elected officials to turn down invitations to speak in other states. What a fantastic idea!
    What about Senator Joni Ernst coming to Nebraska for Elephant Remembers last year? No one poo-poo’d that decision as “Presidential interest”. Give me a break.
    We all know that if Senator Fischer went to New Hampshire and spoke with former Senator Kelly Ayotte L St would sing Fischer’s praises as a “national leader in the GOP”.
    I want my Nebraska electeds to go all over the place and represent our state. But hey! Let’s throw consistency to the wind because we hate Sasse!

  2. Bluejay says:

    These events represent the modern Dem party. A party consumed by identity politics. A party fixated on the religious obsession of global warming. A party in service to Russia and OPEC with its opposition to pipelines and oil and gas. A party doomed to lose in Nebraska. A party that can’t figure out why it can’t win. This is Jane Kleeb’s Nebraska Democrat party.

      • august massacre says:

        It was Obama who refused to take definitive action against the Russians when he learned what they were doing in August.

        So it appears Dems is the answer to your question.

  3. Pat McPherson (de facto leader of the Ben Sasse for President fan-club) says:

    I’m openly endorsing Ben Sasse for President in 2020 (I may endorse real candidates as well, however). Getting Bennie on the presidential ballot in Nebraska will prevent him from running for re-election so this is a win-win for all.

  4. Anonymous says:

    “Well, I didn’t tape him. You never know what’s happening when you see that the Obama administration and perhaps longer than that was doing all of this unmasking and surveillance and you read all about it and I’ve been reading about it for the last couple of months about the seriousness of the and horrible situation with surveillance all over the place and you’ve been hearing the word “unmasking” a word you probably never heard before. So you never know what’s out there, but I didn’t tape and I don’t have any tape and I didn’t tape but when he found out that I you know that there may be tapes out there whether it’s governmental tapes or anything else, who knows, uh I think his story may have changed. You’ll have to take a look at that because and he has to tell what actually took place at the events and my story didn’t change. My story was always a straight story. My story was always the truth. But you’ll have to determine for yourself whether or not his story changed. But uh I did not tape.” – President Trump

    Do we need to give this guy a teleprompter for every public speech? Sheesh.

  5. Gerard Harbison says:

    This is all a distraction. I don’t know Phil Montag, he sounds like a first class jerk, and I have plenty of other reasons to personally hate the NDP. And while I abhor political violence, I have no love for Steve Scalise either.

    But…at the moment, the Democrats are not the problem. The Republicans are. They control the residency and both branches of Congress, and still can’t get anything done. Their only interest is continuing their dismal political careers. I have no idea what conservatism means in the age of Trump, but I know it’s not about freedom and minimal government.

    So Dean Heller is the fifth guy to come out against the Senate healthcare bill. If there was a shred of intellectual coherence left in the GOP, they’d at least be able to agree on broad pinciples. They can’t.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Maybe the Repubs should do it the Dem way. Nothing like a good old fashion kick back to get the party naysayers on board.

    And at least 5 Repubs. have the balls to stand up and say no. That would be 5 more than the kick back party had.
    The devil is always in the details. Not in the broad principles.

    • Sparkles says:

      “the Dem way”?

      As in, masterfully serving your constituency?
      As in saving your state and it’s taxpayer 10’s of millions of dollars a year, every year, forever?
      As in guarding your hard earned taxpayer dollars from being spent on unfunded mandates imposed the federal government?

      That’s a bad thing?

      It’s remarkable how gullible ‘Republicans’ are.
      It never ceases to amaze what the special interest-serving, plutocrat funded ‘think-tanks’ and the right wing noise machine can convince you people to believe. The wealthy and their minions must be continually surprised at the harm you’re willing to inflict upon yourself, your family and your friends.
      One need look no further than the Kansas border for proof of the pervasive lunacy of the GOP base.
      And a cursory glance at the GOP ‘s wealthcare bill proves you people are incapable of even the most rudimentary critical thought and analysis.
      It’s sole intent is a massive redistribution of wealth from those with little to those with much.
      Yet you folks cheer it’s introduction and demand it’s implementation. You applaud your elected officials for shitting on you and those you love while serving the moneyed special interests.

      Here’s a good synopsis of the Cornhusker Kickback and why Ben Nelson should be admired for the political prowess it took to masterfully protect and serve Nebraska families:
      “Sen. Ben Nelson says Medicaid provision added to health care reform is not a special deal for Nebraska”

      It’s long past time you folks emerged from that cave your living in with your reach-around pals Hannity, Beck and Limbaugh.
      Long past time you stop making life much more difficult for the common working man.

      Oh, and there are about six people on the planet that give a flying f^&k about Montag, Gentry-Tipton, and that goon over in Iowa, Steve Kaufman.
      Apparently all six are a fans of this blog.

      • anon says:

        6. does that include Gentry Tipton, because she cared enough to set that fool up, as he was playing her wingman, and don’t forget Jane cares, don’t see them would being fans of this blog, you might want to check your numbers

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Whoa there, Sparkles! “Masterfully serving your constituency?” That’s a characterization a bit too far. Ben Nelson’s “service” was founded on deceit, particularly with regard to the ACA. Who were his ‘constituents?’ He claimed the pro-life crowd; he certainly let them down. He claimed conservative Democrats; but they wanted the Medicaid expansion. And I can tell you from personal experience that when he got LB742, 1995 passed; he blamed the unicameral for it’s submission and passage! (That was the cap he placed on special education and lied about.) Lying is not masterful, Sparkles. Ben Nelson’s ‘service’ concerning the ACA was an obstacle to real health care reform: Medicare for all! Instead we only got insurance reform, and not very good insurance reform at that…

        Also, your complaint about massive redistribution of wealth is a tad off beat. Whose wealth was redistributed in the first place? See this is the problem with our system of ‘wealth sharing.’ When you TAKE unevenly (tax code) and GIVE unevenly, those doing more giving than taking start feeling resentment. And since they have more to give, they start giving it to lobbyists. A much better system is for everyone to pay the same taxes at the same rate for all the same government benefits and services; nobody is getting screwed; everybody enjoys the same low tax rate and the same affordable education, health care, etc. (Naysayers alert: More than one-half the tax code in Nebraska alone has been granted away to selected charity and business tax subsidy wealth redistribution! Just think how low the taxes could be in Nebraska for everyone if y’all had tax justice!!!

      • Sparkles says:

        Your complaint about Nelson failing the pro-life Democratic audience is without merit.
        Since 1977, federal law has banned the use of any federal funds for abortion, unless the pregnancy is a result of rape, incest, or if it is determined to endanger the woman’s life. The ACA did nothing to change this prohibition.

        Your complaint: conservative Democrats; but they wanted the Medicaid expansion. – simply makes no sense.
        “Medicaid expansion” is a term and a product that exists only because of the ACA Ben Nelson helped to pass.

        And your complaint about LB 742 – he got LB742, 1995 passed; he blamed the unicameral for it’s submission and passage!

        LB 742 passed – 45-3 – and was approved by the Governor on June 13, 1995.
        Kind of hard to accuse Nelson of subterfuge on a bill that passed, 45-3. No?

        Plus, LB 742 increased the FY1995-96 appropriations for special education by 2.5 percent and increased it an additional 3 percent in 1996-97. Thereafter appropriations were allowed to continue to increase at a rate varying from 4 to 6.5 percent.

        And your flat tax is certainly a simpler approach, but I’m assuming there’s a reason it has failed to gain traction.. for 30+ years. One reason being that it privileges investment income while hitting low-income households, hard.
        I’m all for tax reform. Obama attempted it for 8 years. But I’m opposed to tax reform disguised as a healthcare bill. It’s a proposition as ridiculous as tonsillectomy via colonoscopy.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        My bad, I meant to type that conservative Democrats didn’t want Medicaid expansion…
        and I can’t justify the thinking of the pro-life crowd: now for, now against Ben Nelson. All I know is that they turned on him, big time!
        I do know about LB742, introduced on behalf of Nelson, who then strong-armed the legislators and public into believing that SPED is nothing more than an “unfunded federal mandate,” which could simply be ignored; check the news and opinion pieces of the era; it was painful for me and shameful for the entire Nebraska population!
        Thus the cap at 2.5%, next with allowable growth up to 3%, indefinitely. It was not until Ron Raikes truly ‘served’ on the Education Committee that the cap was lifted, and that was many years later. That cap, definitely Ben Nelson’s cap and boasted of among the Western Governors Assn., took place in an otherwise runaway educational spending climate. And the problem with a SPED cap is that it fails the federal intent of serving the needs of children. Did anybody think that I would give up educational services for my child in view of the cap? Did they think it would be okay for school administrators to pick and choose who would get services and who would do without, in view of the cap? Did they think it would be okay to create a new special education program, for so-called gifted and talented children, while failing the needs of children with actual disability?
        After the 1995 cap, I began spending a lot of time at the capitol in Lincoln and I learned a lot about Nebraska’s state budget, particularly educational spending. For example, I learned that along with SPED, educational spending on Indian reservation schools was too scant to do any good. And I learned that there were a couple tiny school districts out in western Nebraska that were place-holders: they got state funding to pay an administrator, but they had no students. Yet those schools couldn’t be closed, just in case some students showed up! And I learned that the University of Nebraska always ranked in the top ten states for public postsecondary educational spending, even though the red coats impressively filled the appropriations hearing room each biennial with cries of such low wages that their esteemed professors might walk.
        But I digress. How do I know that Ben Nelson lied about LB742? Because I had a couple encounters with him, once in a capitol hallway, and once in a receiving line when he thought he was meeting friendly executives with their wives. And I’m telling you, the man looked me in the eye and lied to me about the origin and purpose of LB742.
        SPED in Nebraska has not increased 4% -6.5%. You did qualify your statement when you wrote it is “allowed” to increase, but that’s either subterfuge or you are outright mistaken if you think it has actually risen at that rate!!! SPED spending in the last biennium was kept at .5% lower than ALL OTHER categories of educational spending in Nebraska. And the appropriation just passed this biennium keeps SPED growth there lower again…

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Here are the Nebraska numbers, Sparkles: 10-Year Growth, FY1996-97 thru FY2006-07

        TEEOSA @ 4.9% average ten year growth
        SPED @ 3.4 % average ten year growth
        Community Colleges @ 6.2% average ten year growth
        Higher Ed Student Aid @ 6.8% average ten year growth
        University and College @ 3.2% average ten year growth

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Well it’s a new week and Street Sweeper will put up some new slam on the Democrats. So this topic will be diverted away from truth. However I want one more chance to explain my frustration with SPED spending there:
        About a century and a half ago Nebraskans began appropriating monies for ‘common schools’ and ‘teachers schools.’ And the monies have been flowing ever since. I didn’t even include the costs of capital construction in my average ten year growth numbers above. If persons with disability were enrolled, they were expected to just ‘fit-in’ as best they could. It wasn’t until 1975 that the feds said that such persons MUST be permitted to enroll AND provided accessibility. And this year SCOTUS has said that the instruction must be MEANINGFUL! So let’s just say that ‘regular education’ has had more than a century and a half to ‘grow’ while SPED has been ‘growing’ only about four decades. Oh, and the ‘meaningful’ mandate? It will likely take a few trips to Nebraska courts for school administrators to understand what “meaningful” means!
        Reasonable people would expect a surge in SPED spending far outpacing other categories of educational spending as a sort of ‘catch-up.’ But that is not what has happened Sparkles. Year after year (and I watched very closely for the entire ten-year period after LB742) new monies would be found for new capital construction and the founding of new educational programming and services, but always keeping SPED spending constrained by comparison. And always with a false narrative that SPED spending is a runaway train about to derail state government.
        And that’s not even the worst of it: After NOT being educated, SPED students are then expected to wait on waiting lists for DD services, without complaint, and without recourse.
        Have you ever heard of anybody waiting on a waiting list to get into the University of Nebraska?

      • The Grundle King says:

        Hey Sparkles, how ‘masterful’ was Nelson’s service to constituents when he entered us into the interstate compact for a low-level radioactive waste site…only to back out and cost Nebraska taxpayers millions of dollars?

      • The Grundle King says:

        My apologies…I was wrong. Ben Nelson did not enter Nebraska into the compact. Nevertheless, his politically-motivated decision cost the state $150 million. Absolutely masterful.

      • you can't cure it says:

        How much more blindly bias can you get,

        Read today’s OWH. And learn all the about the Dem. way.

        Just like everyone in prison is innocent. LOL

      • Sparkles says:

        It was the toxic administration of Kay Orr who lifted not a finger when Nebraska was chosen as Regional nuclear waste dump.

        Ben Nelson’s was a fight worth fighting and a price worth paying.
        Boyd County is bordered on the east by the Missouri river and the entirety of it’s southern border is the Niobrara river.
        Boyd county sits just upstream from the beautiful Lewis & Clark lake.

        Why the f%*& would anyone in their right mind think we should dump nuclear waste in such a region?
        Nebraska’s former compact commissioner, Gregory Hayden, a UNL economics professor, remains convinced that had a dump been built in Nebraska, it eventually would have started taking radioactive waste from all over the nation — and world.

        And that’s exactly what happened in Washington state. Much of the toxic waste that was kept out of Nebraska’s soils, water and air, was diverted over the decades to Richland, Washington. That would be this, Richland, Washington:
        “Welcome to ‘the Most Toxic Place in America’

        And this one – May 9, 2017:
        “Tunnel collapse at Hanford Nuclear site, emergency declared”

        $150 million is peanuts.
        Kay Orr, of LB775 fame, regularly gave away that kind of taxpayer money to corporations and special interests over a luncheon.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Sparkles, your entire post reeks of the science denial you regularly deride others for when it comes to climate change…and for you expert, you site an economist, not a geologist. Geesh.

        BTW, could you explain the relevance of a 70-year old weapons-grade plutonium production facility to a low-level radioactive waste disposal site?

  7. Afraid Conservative says:

    I hear the word “NDP” and I get really frightened and I can’t function. Can somebody create a safe space from Jane Kleeb and her minions?

  8. anon says:

    Why is it BFD Biden is characterized as shutting down this Ackman guy, because that is a democratic attribute like Gillibrand and Perez. They guy hit the nail on the head, old loose hands Joe is as dysfunctional as his party

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