Who’s gonna run?

Low intern on the totem pole gets this gig…

News Channel Nebraska’s Joe Jordan talked to Jane Kleeb the other day about fielding candidates for the two major statewide offices in the 2018 elections.

Jane’s lament?

Too much money in politics….

Whose money, you ask?

Well…not Dick Holland’s money…which was funding Jane’s Bold Nebraska for years.

Or the Nebraska State Teacher’s Association’s money, which has funded numerous Democrats over the years as well. Then there’s the Firefighter’s Union cash which has been spent against any number of candidates, including very recently.

Nope, Jane and her cohorts are scared off by…Pete Ricketts’ money (or maybe one could say Joe Ricketts’ money, ya know). Let’s hear Jane herself:

“Pete Ricketts’ money is a serious problem, not only for the top of the ticket but below as well.”

That’s a funny whine.
We must have missed that from the Democrats against Ricketts’ money in 2006.

But ignoring Joe’s clickbait in the rest of the story (no, Jane Kleeb does not say she is going to run…), Jane says that they WILL have candidates in both offices statewide, Ricketts’ cash notwithstanding.

So what does all this money-fearing mean then?

Well, it likely means that serious candidates — the type who can win — won’t be showing their faces across the county fairs over the next month to challenge in the Governor’s race, or against Senator Deb Fischer.

Sure they may get Dave Domina or a Mike Meister. But will they get a Kim Robak — who has a little bit of name ID? Boy, you’d think if she were interested she’d be raising money for a serious campaign already.

And then if they can’t find a candidate for Governor or Senator, what hope do they have for Secretary of State or Treasurer?

Are those offices the long game or the short game?
Someone can ask Jane (when she’s done reining in her central committee, that is…)



Oh and hey, Governor Ricketts also has a primary challenger now.

No, Bob Krist didn’t go back to being a Republican again.

It’s someone named Krystal Gabel, who recently came in 3rd place in the District 2 (North Omaha) City Council primary.

Gabel is running on a platform of industrial hemp, hemp biodiesel and decriminalized weed.

She clearly has the GOP voter nailed down…



The Hill is continuing to review the chances of the Dems taking Congress in 2018. Historically, the party out of power has done well in the mid-terms, and the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato doesn’t see any reason why 2018 should be any different:

By Sabato’s analysis, the president’s party has shed House seats in 36 of 39 midterms stretching back more than 150 years, with an average loss of 33 seats — well above the 24 pickups the Democrats need to take the chamber next year.

And then there’s the fact that…

Democrats still face unique challenges, including legislative district lines that favor Republicans and the danger that Democratic voters simply will not go to the polls in a non-presidential election year.

Which of course brings it all back to…the actual candidates.

The Hill only focuses on a few specific candidates who could have tough races — and gives a broad swipe at GOPers who voted to repeal ObamaCare while representing swing districts.

And no, Don Bacon is not listed.

Do you hear that clamoring to get rid of Bacon and bring in Eastashfordman?
Neither do I.


2020 Vision

And then what about…President?
Well, that’s 2020 (just like hindsight…).

But CNN’s Chris Cillizza (formerly of the Washington Post, who has since found his true Trump-hate) wanders down the path of a Trump primary in 2020.

His speculations…
Sen. Ted Cruz
Sen. Jeff Flake
Gov. John Kasich
Gov. Scott Walker and…

Sen. Ben Sasse.

Well, it’s not the first time Sasse has been on one of these lists. But strangely, the National Review has a video up of who THEY think could be on the list.

And they have the same list, but swap out Sen. Marco Rubio for Flake.

Which still leaves Sasse with his home base magazine.

Interestingly enough, ICYMI, Sasse also apparently turned down an offer from the Heritage Foundation to become their new President.

In the past, former Senator Jim DeMint headed up the conservative thinktank. Unclear why the org thought they could get Sasse to quit his elected office only about halfway into his term.

But word was that Sasse rebuffed them, and Sasse’s press flak for some reason issued a statement that Sasse wants Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf out of his job before the season even starts.

So there ya go.


No, where have YOU been?

Been missing Leavenworth St. on a daily basis? Well there are places to go and things to do, ya know. But Leavenworth St. DID recently put up a Separated at Birth, along with links to numerous other daily articles.

All you have to do is Follow @LeavenworthSt on the Twitter or Like Leavenworth St. on The Facebook. You’ll still (usually) get your daily dose. Just in smaller, easily digestible quantities.

Sign yer bad-self up.


    • The Grundle King says:

      Imagine if we had a President that was interested in agriculture and not so much in running an endless campaign.

      • bynd says:

        Is there one in DC who is not running an endless campaign? All voting is about how it plays back home.

        Not all are as loud though.

        It is certainly endless fund raising.

  1. Farmers Only says:

    You are correct “The 3rd District”. Ben Sasse is not interested in Agriculture. In response, we have banned him from our site.

  2. notbynd says:

    #NeverSasse. ‘Cause he didn’t do nothing. And has not started. And won’t. Except shameless self-promotion. Not wanted.

    Another thing that’s not wanted is Pete Ricketts or his Dad, Joe and all their collected bazillions. The Ricketts Family can accumulate and spend ever single coin, bill and medium of exchange from the Big Bang to the Heat Death of the Universe. And if that were multiplied across an infinity of Multiverses it still wouldn’t begin to be enough money for give the tiniest sliver of a Tinker’s Damn about the useless Mr. Ricketts.

    Let us add #NeverRicketts to #NeverSasse.

    • Yep says:

      I’m certain Pete would remain accomplishment-free in each and every orb he would inhabit in a multiverse – but do you think he’d have hair in any of them?

      I feel sorry for any that are prison planets, cause.. well, you know.

      Speaking of accomplishment-free, consider this amazing streak –
      Pete Ricketts, Ben Sasse, Lee Terry, Adrian Smith – and who doubts we’ll be adding Don Bacon to that list once the requisite time has passed.

      That’s like the Piker’s Hall of Fame. No?
      Not an achievement to point to among the lot of ’em.

    • The Grundle King says:

      “Except shameless self-promotion. Not wanted.”

      Stated without even a hint of irony from a true Trump supporter.

      • notbynd says:

        Street Sweep, your tolerance for troll at 6:05 PM is diminishing your reputation as an even-handed disciplinarian. What are you going to do about it?

      • Pedro says:

        Oh no, Sparkles’s opinion of Sweeper is diminishing. I don’t know how Sweeper will ever cope with this horrible news! Maybe Sparkles will GTFO.

      • Sparkles says:

        I am not, notbynd.
        But I value the insight he/she has brought to the conversation. He/she is clearly intelligent and well informed.

        And with that.. screw it.
        Any future use of Sparkles – ain’t me.

        I’m with Harbison, whose voice is sorely missed on this site.
        I’ll leave the place to you Trumpers and Trolls.

        Annie, you and your family, take care.
        notbynd, a tip o’ the hat to ya.
        RL, I hope you’re out there. with the world on a string.
        Thanks, Sweep.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        You’re not a quitter, Sparkles, so I’m gonna keep looking for your musings at this site. And if none appear, well, I’ll sorely miss ‘ya!

  3. Jane Kleeb's Fundraising Dream Team says:

    Jane has made some serious moves on the fundraising front,

    Replaced Andy Holland with someone nobody has heard of.
    Replaced Hadley Richters with nobody.
    Replaced Maureen Monahan with Frank Lamere.
    Replaced Dennis Crawford with Tom Tilden.
    Picked a fight with both Vince Powers and Tom Perez.
    Cancelled Lincoln’s Finest.
    Turned Salute to State Senators into a chips and dip karaoke event.

    • notbynd says:

      I wouldn’t Salute to State Senators with my middle fingers and last fart. The lot of them should be caned and sent home for all the good the do.

  4. Sparkles says:

    Fake sparkles above. The real Sparkles would admit for all his diatribes, the Dems continue to lose elections in embarassing ways. Dems have no Gov, Senate, Congressional candidates here that have a snowballs chance in H-E- double hockey sticks. It is cool though, you have a bench full of Sara Howards. There’s the ticket. #MAGA

  5. Bluejay says:

    Will Jane Kleeb deliver baby wipes and a voter application to the Nepalese woman who gave birth on the Bergan lawn because she couldn’t read the English signs?

  6. Sparkles says:

    The best candidates we have running for office are two retread Republicans. The Nebraska Democratic Party is like watching Honey Boo Boo while drinking Mad Dog.

  7. camper says:

    Krystal Gabel may be breaking the glass ceiling of political crank-ism. Or perhaps that’s too harsh.

    She ran for Board of Education in 2016. Didn’t make it out of the primary. Ran for City Council in 2017. Didn’t make it out of the primary. Now she’s running against Ricketts as the GOP weed candidate.

    A few quotes by Gabel.

    “Legalization of cannabis presents a new tax revenue source… Raising taxes on housing or implementing taxes on common services like haircuts or lawn mowing is disrespectful to our people.”

    Taxing weed is respectful. Taxing haircuts is tacky.

    “I say, more schools and no prisons. So, yes, I support charter schools… We should learn for the sake of learning (no to standardized testing). Making everyone learn the same content to eventually get a corporate office job is just preparing them for slavery.”

    Ms. Gable works for ACI Worldwide Corporation as a technical writer apparently in a slave cubical.

    And yet, lest we forget, Ricketts comes from a family that throws millions at losing political battles. Maybe an enslaved GOP weed candidate is viable here in Populist/crank-ism Nebraska.

    • where are the dems? says:

      Hey, what do you think about the Dem’s governor candidate?

      Progressives giving the non existent Dem party a pass. Shouldn’t you folks worry more about getting some one elected you can hold accountable?

  8. Bluejay says:

    Anti–KXL demonstration in Lincoln on Saturday. I want an exact count on the useful idiots who back Russia and OPEC.

    The Russians must stop interfering in our PSC proceedings!

  9. notbynd says:

    Good economic numbers. Trump owns 100% of economic success and failure, just like his predecessors. Just waiting for the inevitable downturn to see who Trump blames.

  10. Sparkles says:

    For the amount of time I put in writing, I really have nothing to show for it. I wish we would have some Dem candidates running this cycle. Oh well, I can always complain more. That will do the trick.

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