Taylor Royal is back – this time, for State Treasurer. After spending a small portion of the Royal family fortune on his failed Omaha mayoral race to unseat Jean Stothert, the young man in a hurry is now contesting John Murante for State Treasurer.
To be sure, Murante has a head start endorsements locked up across the state. Governor Pete Ricketts, Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley, Former Governor Kay Orr, Senator Mike Hilgers, Senator Suzanne Geist, Former Senator Colby Coash, Regent Tim Clare, Lincoln City Council Members, Roy Christensen, Jon Camp, and Cyndi Lamm, make the list. All of the Republican members of City Council – Aimee Melton, Brinker Harding, and Rich Pahls – have also already endorsed Murante.
For his part, Taylor Royal can count on Jean Stothert – an alliance forged through necessity.
Speaking of endorsements…
Senator Deb Fischer’s campaign rolled out an impressive list of 500 endorsements last week, ranging from elected officials to party activists and even some Democrats (also noteworthy: Brad Ashford’s father-in-law, Dr. Randy Ferlic joined the list).
While the beltway talking-heads are salivating at the thought of Republican-on-Republican action here in the heartland, Fischer is solid with her conservative base, has strong support in the state party, and has a formidable infrastructure already in place. As Omaha World-Herald columnist Brad Dickinson wrote, “Steve Bannon would reportedly like to find someone to the right of Sen. Deb Fischer to run against her. How would you find someone to the right of Deb Fischer? Exhume Barry Goldwater?”
With friends like these…
Last month, Democrat Senate candidate Jane Raybould scheduled a “big” fundraiser with former Senator Ben Nelson (i.e. the deciding vote on ObamaCare and the father of the Cornhusker Kickback). Raybould’s campaign promoted it through email solicitations and social media, touting it as a marquee event…
Well as it turns, Leavenworth Street has learned fewer than two dozen folks showed up…and to boot, even Senator Nelson didn’t end up making it. Sounds like Raybould’s fundraising is off to a great start. We’ll all be watching carefully to see what her first FEC report looks like.
With friends like these, who needs enemies?
The beloved Unicameral
Has anyone checked out the Legislature’s schedule for next session? The legislative calendar includes 16 days off, meaning of the 60 days in session, they’re really just working 44.
Our state senators are part-part time legislators and hold real jobs outside of the Unicameral, so you’d think they’d look to make the most of session. Apparently, they’re fine cashing in that $1,000 a month for 44 days of work a year, that is, if they show up.
It used to be that all Senators were present for almost every vote, especially to vote up or down on the Final Reading. Somehow, this current group of legislators also gets a free pass on voting “present” instead of making tough decisions. Isn’t that what they are sent to Lincoln to do? So much for accountability.
That’s not the Nebraska way, that’s a play out of State Senator Obama’s handbook.
Race to the bottom in CD-2
And finally, numbers posted for the Q3 FEC deadline over the weekend in the CD-2 race. Congressman Don Bacon raised a strong $250k for the quarter, setting him up for a solid war chest in the general.
Meanwhile, it seems Brad Ashford and Kara Eastman are competing for third place. Ashford raised just $125k to Eastman’s $70k in Q3. Where’s Brad’s legendary support from the Omaha business community? Not there yet.
Either way, enthusiasm is low on the Democrats’ side in that race.
Maybe Jane Kleeb will be able to rally the troops… She’s done a great job in the Governor’s race so far!
Of note: Ashford took a $2k check from everyone’s favorite legislator: Nancy Pelosi.