Paul Hammel has a story in the OWH about the Keystone XL Pipeline hearings in Omaha. He mentions some of the people who are for and against it — focusing on the story of the oil spill in Montana.
And he tosses out that there were 4 Nebraska State Senators there in favor of the #KXL:
Proponents, who included two current and two former state senators, said oil pipelines were 400 times safer in transporting oil than railcars or trucks.
That’s sort of nebulous, right?
So who were the State Senators?
Well, Hammel did find the space in a few of his Tweets to mention who they were:
Former Senators Mike Flood and Scott Lautenbaugh (both Republicans).
Current Senator Jim Smith (also Republican).
And current Senator…Mike McDonnell, very much a Democrat.
And not just a Democrat, but a Union Democrat, former head of the fire fighters’ union.
Now of course Hammel is legally obliged to print Jane Kleeb’s name in any story that hints of the #KXL pipeline.
But you’d think that his Tweet mentioning McDonnell, and Kleeb’s response (to Joe Jordan) that “Bold Nebraska doesn’t take issue with unions who support the pipeline“, would trigger some sort of news.
New Democrat State Senator and former union chief is pro-pipeline.
Former Democrat Mayoral candidate Heath Mello is pro-pipeline.
Former Congressman Brad Ashford is pro-pipeline…WHOOPS! Scratch that! Ashford needs to win a primary now, so he’s now ANTI-pipeline.
In any case, it seemed an interesting omission from Hammel in his front-page story, when it was a perfectly cromulent point to make in his Tweets.
But then again, why make a point in the Omaha paper, about an Omaha hearing, with a sitting Omaha Senator…when it doesn’t jibe with the desired point to be made in those first few paragraphs about someone from Montana?
Democracy Dies in Darkness
But if the OWH can’t cover Omahans, at least the Washington Post does. Yesterday, the Post published an awaited article about Speaker Paul Ryan’s Congressional Leadership Fund and their efforts in Nebraska’s 2nd District to help re-elect Congressman Don Bacon.
(If you don’t subscribe to the Washington Post online, you may be blocked from reading it, but the mobile version is available…)
The story’s headline, for some reason, focuses on the CLF’s efforts to elect Reps in swing Congressional Districts like the 2nd… while not mentioning President Trump in their messaging. But the rest of the story focuses on the CLF’s efforts to go door-to-door with a heavy volunteer base, pointing out Bacon’s support on important local issues.
They note that the Dems want the election to be a referendum on Trump, while the door-to-door volunteers keep noting where Bacon stands.
And the head of the CLF makes a few points about Ashford as well:
Ashford, “would be driven to the left to please Democratic activists and put away a primary challenger.”
Oh come on, would Ashford be pro-KXL Pipeline if he could be so easily driven…oh. Well. Scratch that.
And then Ashford can’t even bring himself to publicly state he would vote for Nancy Pelosi — who he voted for before, and with whom he had a secret meeting in Omaha — saying, “it wasn’t clear whether she’d even run for speaker again…”
Right Brad. Oh, and note that Brad also used to support Jeb Bush for President and will be “whatever you want him to be” when it comes to party membership.
It’s funny how the media will focus on the protests and marches of the Democrats, and emphasize the angry “grass-roots” on The Left.
But here are volunteers, a year and a half out, calling thousands of people and walking thousands of doors, getting their candidate’s message out.
That is impressive.
And THAT is effective.
Something tells me that these high-school kids are not chucking bags of blood at their opponents.
Bernie and Betsy Bros Bags of Blood
Ah and speaking of bags of blood, your local Democrat supporters have done it again, ICYMI. This time chucking bags of blood at the office doors of both Senator Deb Fischer and Senator Ben Sasse.
This, right around the time that Rep. Steve Scalise is released from the hospital after an attempted assassination attempt by a Bernie Bro who didn’t like the way some Republicans voted on health care, and tried to murder as many as he could.
Funny, I saw that Democrat Chair Jane Kleeb could give a comment about pipeline support and something about a “knot in the ass” but can’t bring herself to even criticize these Betsy Riot nutjobs who keep this up in Nebraska.
The silence is deafening.
And obviously, feel free to jump in on all of the national issues as well. Leavenworth St. tries to focus on the Nebraska angles when possible.
So while the Health Care debate is interesting of course, both of Nebraska’s Senators have voted to repeal and replace, or repeal and later replace.
And while the transgender soldiers issue will be in the news, there is no current procedure worked out for anything, so that discussion will be a lot of heated nothing for a while.
But that never stopped you.
So while you’re diving into that, Commenters, two questions for you:
1) Who are the Democrats going to run for Governor?
2) Who are the Democrats going to run for U.S. Senate?
Whether they have a prayer at winning either of those seats is moot for now.
Is Bob Kerrey going to move back soon?