Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Republicans Should Save Their Dollars on Legislative Candidate Fish

Erica Fish
Three candidates for legislature spoke to the Douglas County Republican Party Central Committee meeting of 70 activists last evening.   They included candidates for Legislative District 9, Erica Fish and Vernon Davis and candidate for Legislative District 31, Acela Turco.  

At the risk of feeding the liberal diatribes of the New Nebraska Network and the Nebraska Democrat Party and perhaps so-called Republican Senator Schumacher, each of the three candidates were asked if they would support the return of the state to the 'winner-take-all' electoral vote method used by 48 other states.   Both Davis and Turco said definitively that they would.   Erica Fish simply equivocated saying that it was not a yes or no question and mentioning California which incidentally is one of the 48 states.    We suspect Fish would support the National Electoral Vote Coalition as well given her response.   

Fish seems very concerned with social issues in the vein of the current occupant of LD 9, Gwen Howard.   Howard's daughter, a carpetbagger, has returned to Nebraska to seek a legacy election to her mother's seat and no doubt will be the 'Democrat' winner of the primary for this 'non-partisan' seat.

Perhaps Fish, the stepdaughter of Nebraska State Senator Mark Christensen, has been drinking the liberal populist Kool Aide of George Norris and those who find destroying the electoral vote process intellectually pleasing.   That's not in the best interest of Nebraska which under the current allocation process simply chooses to put one of its five electoral votes in play unlike the other 48.  This is not an 'intellectual' issue of saying that if we do it California and others will follow.  They won't.  If that were the case 49 other states have had since the 1930's to adopt a 'non-partisan' unicameral.   How's Nebraska's example worked there?????

If Fish was using any intellectual capacity she would understand it will be the very system that Nebraska has now that will prevent her from ever being called 'senator'.  She would realize that it will be Barack Obama's effort, beginning March 15, to organize the Second Congressional District that will result in a a Democrat slate that will prevent her from ever being elected.

Having said the above, the Nebraska Republican Party should save any effort to elect what appears to be another Brad Ashford or Paul Schumacher.   We can only hope Vernon Davis will end up as the nominee for the fall election. 

When Common Sense Becomes Controversial -- Doug Patton

Someone asked me at church last Sunday whom my "dream ticket" for president and vice president would include. (Yes, believe it or not, Americans can and do discuss politics at church — and it’s actually legal!) My answer was immediate: "Rick Santorum and Marco Rubio." Think of it. Pennsylvania and Florida. The Rust Belt meets the Sun Belt. A second generation Italian-American and a first generation Cuban-American. And both of them committed conservatives.

Then I realized that both men are Catholics, and that could be a problem, but not for the reasons John F. Kennedy faced a half-century ago when distrustful Protestant voters feared that a Catholic president might "take orders from the Vatican." Today, it is the out-of-touch snobs in the elite media who believe such things. Exhibits A and B are Santorum’s appearances Sunday on both NBC’s "Meet the Press," hosted by David Gregory, and ABC’s "This Week," with George Stephanopoulos.

Both hosts insisted that Santorum — who arguably has put forward more practical proposals to create middle-income jobs than anyone else in the race — was making "social issues" the primary focus of his campaign. Santorum responded that he has been trying to talk about economics but the media is obsessed with his personal opinions on contraception and abortion.

Stephanopoulos was especially obtuse. He seemed dumbstruck by Santorum’s statement concerning JFK’s 1960 "religion" speech, wherein Kennedy, then a presidential candidate, stated his belief that "the separation of church and state is absolute." Santorum said that statement made him "want to throw up." Not a terribly articulate response, perhaps, but he followed it with a pertinent question: Should people of no faith be the only ones allowed into the public square with their beliefs? To which Stephanopoulos conjured up a tweet (the new form of political analysis, apparently) from someone who wanted to know how Santorum could possibly represent an atheist.

A darned sight better than Barack Obama represents me, I’ll wager.

So tightly sealed is the bubble in which he lives, Stephanopoulos seemed almost disoriented in his confusion when Santorum criticized Obama’s insistence that everyone should go to college. Why would anyone oppose such an idea? Two reasons, Santorum argued. First, not everyone wants to attend college, nor should they be forced to do so when trade schools and job training are a better fit for that person. And second, the vast majority of colleges and universities are liberal incubators that destroy a student’s faith and crush his or her individual ability to think anything but politically correct liberal thoughts. Sixty-two percent was the staggering figure Santorum quoted for the number of students who enter a major college or university with a Christian faith — and leave without one.

Faith in government to replace faith in God? No wonder Barack Obama wants everyone to go to college.

George Stephanopoulos, David Gregory and their clique of overpaid media elites will oppose any candidate who dares to point out that a reverence for life and for monogamous, heterosexual marriage, devoted to the raising of children and the fostering of a strong family life, is preferable to the wreckage brought upon our culture by the sexual revolution, which has given us illegitimacy, STDs, abortion, divorce and poverty.

Wouldn’t it have been refreshing to see Stephanopoulos, Gregory, or anyone else on the left, take as intense an interest in Barack Obama’s long relationships with his hate-mongering pastor, Jeremiah Wright or admitted terrorists Bill Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrn as they have in Rick Santorum’s personal views on birth control?

And wouldn’t it be nice, just once, to hear someone — anyone — in the elite media suggest that Barack Obama’s vote in favor of infanticide when he was a member of the Illinois State Legislature was just a bit more "controversial" than Rick Santorum’s suggestion that traditional marriage and innocent human life are worthy of society’s protection. When evil is called good, and good is called evil, societies die. When common sense becomes controversial, we are on the brink.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Millard School District Spokeswoman Files For Learning Community

One of our staff members noted an old saying his mother had, "Something smells in Denmark".   We're not sure of the etymology of that saying, but we'd suggest that something stinks when the spokesperson for the Millard School District files for the Learning Community.   

Amy Friedman, the spokeswoman for the district has indeed filed for the Learning Community District 4 seat.   She, at this point, will be facing off against Allen Hager (check out our post last week on Allen, Solid Conservative To File For Learning Community).   Could it be because Hager is a Republican and someone at the school district or the Nebraska State Education Association is afraid of a conservative?     We suspect that is where the smell is emanating from.

Friedman is a Democrat so her filing makes sense.   What doesn't make sense to us if that if she were elected she would essentially constitute a 'robo vote' for the administration of the Millard School District.   Wouldn't she have a conflict of interest being both the spokesperson and a member of the learning community?  We think so.

As mom used to say, "Something smells in Denmark (Millard).....

Stenberg's Continuing Negativism

The Stenberg anti-Bruning pieces just don't quit.  It's bad enough he has used Freedom Works, an organization we previously respected, to disseminate the notion that Bruning is not a conservative, but now we start receiving Stenberg's negative e-mail appeals picturing Bruning.

As we will continue to note Bruning has a solid conservative record over his elected career despite his 20 year-old liberal college writings.   Don Stenberg has never cast a vote for anything.     But we believe Don to be a conservative, if not a decreasingly less honorable one.   Stenberg's negativity is getting old.   It's time for him to tell folks why he should be elected, not why his main opponent shouldn't.

The Rockin' Bob Speculation

We thought we'd hold our commentary on Rockin' Bob's potential reconsideration of a Nebraska U.S. Senate run until something is official.    At that point we'll have lots of commentary.  But in the interim we thought we'd share what appears to be a pretty accurate synopsis of the fluid situation from Roll Call.  

In the interim, we'll wait to see whether Kerrey comes in like a lion.....

Nebraska’s Hamlet Moment

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey Strongly Reconsidering Possible Senate Comeback Bid, Putting Seat In Play

"Former Sen. Bob Kerrey is the only Democrat who could compete to hold the Nebraska Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Ben Nelson.
Call it the Cornhusker question mark.

Word leaked Monday that former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D) is strongly reconsidering a comeback Senate bid in Nebraska, eliciting a mixture of reactions from Capitol Hill to Lincoln about a decision that could take a sure pickup off the table for Republicans.
Regardless of what Kerrey decides to do, the GOP is expected to win the seat of retiring Sen. Ben Nelson (D) at this point. But Kerrey, a well-liked former governor and Senator, would put the state in play and force Republicans to spend resources there. Kerrey is considered the only Democratic candidate who can make the race competitive, despite having lived in New York City for the past 11 years.

“It’s definitely a game-changer,” Democratic strategist Ed Espinoza said.

Democrats went to great lengths to recruit Kerrey. Knowledgeable Democratic sources said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Executive Director Guy Cecil have been instrumental in wooing Kerrey.

Sources said Reid may try to convince Democratic Conference members to allow Kerrey to re-enter the Senate with his seniority intact if he wins.

In addition to that incentive, one Democratic operative said Kerrey might view a 2012 Senate bid more favorably than he did in January because of signs that the economy is improving, possibly reducing the difficulty of running as a Democrat in Nebraska in a presidential year.

But Kerrey was still considering late Monday and had yet to make up his mind, and Democrats who have followed his career pre- and post-Senate retirement said the situation is fluid and remains delicate. These sources worried that the leak of news that Kerrey is reconsidering his decision not to run could scare him off and keep him in New York, where the 68-year-old has lived since 2001.

The Washington Post first reported the news Monday that Kerrey was running for Senate. Throughout the day, reports conflicted over whether Kerrey had made a definitive decision.

Ever since Kerrey announced he would not run for Senate on Feb. 7, Nebraska had faded away from relevance in the big picture chess game that is the Senate playing field. Interest in the race had shifted from the general election to the primary, as the growing consensus was that Republicans would take the seat and the party’s nominee would be the state’s next Senator.

Many Nebraska Democrats were caught surprised and flat-footed when reached for comment Monday. The state party and the DSCC essentially went on lockdown and weren’t responding on the record to press inquiries, which only added to the conflicting reports.

DSCC Chairwoman Patty Murray (Wash.) declined to comment Monday evening on the reports about Kerrey. Murray also would not confirm possible conversations with Kerrey, but she did allude to the conventional wisdom that the Nebraska seat will be difficult for Democrats to hold.

“Bob Kerrey will be a great candidate there, if he decides to run,” Murray said.
At the same time, Kerrey was mocked on Twitter for playing Hamlet. And some Democrats privately expressed their displeasure with the ill-timed leak.

“True or not true, the leak is frustrating and damaging because it takes the control of the message away from the candidate,” a Democratic consultant told Roll Call. “Apparently, we have a bunch of bozos masquerading as political operatives in D.C. You wonder if they actually wear their clown makeup to the office.”

Republicans remain confident, even cocky, that they will defeat Kerrey if he runs.
“Bob Kerrey isn’t just far more liberal than many of his friends in Washington — he also has far more serious electability problems than Ben Nelson ever did,” National Republican Senatorial Committee Executive Director Rob Jesmer wrote in an open memo.

But Kerrey has a brand in the Cornhusker State that Democrats are touting.
“He makes the race competitive in a unique way if he decides to run,” said a Democrat familiar with Nebraska politics.

But Republicans are quick to note two biographical points: Kerrey’s New York City residence and that the last time he was on a Nebraska ballot was in 1994.

Republicans say Nebraska is not the same state as when Kerrey left. They also say he is not the same man.

Kerrey considered a run for New York mayor in 2005, and his time in New York was spent as president of the New School, located in liberal Greenwich Village.

In his previous stretch of consideration in January, both he and Democrats emphasized his family and business ties that remain in Nebraska.

Not all Democrats are pushing for a Kerrey run.

“I do not believe the report that Bob Kerrey is getting in the Senate race,” Democratic Senate candidate Chuck Hassebrook wrote in a statement. “He told me as recently as a few days ago that he would assist my campaign. I gave up my seat on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents based on his word. I do not believe he would go back on it.”

The Republican field is set, with the competitive primary slated for May 15.
The frontrunner is Attorney General Jon Bruning. He is well-funded and has establishment backing in the state.

That said, he has had campaign stumbles and ongoing queries into conflicts of interest during his tenure as attorney general. Also running are state Treasurer Don Stenberg and state Sen. Deb Fischer.

Late Monday, Nelson said he hasn’t talked to Kerrey recently and that he put his money on Democrats holding the seat.

“There are two more days left for someone else to file, but I think whoever wins that primary on the Democratic side still has a great chance to win the general election,” Nelson said. “The other field is weak, very, very weak.”"

Niels Lesniewski and Humberto Sanchez contributed to this report.

Larry Bradley: Organizing The Democrat Base

For those of you who don't know the name, Larry Bradley is running for Nebraska Regent in District 4.      And for those of you who aren't regular readers of Omaha's weekly, The Reader, we found an interesting ad in the February 23-29 addition.

The ad invites us to the "Larry Bradley Votefest!, a fun filled evening for everyone to participate in democracy."   It goes on to say, "Support Larry Bradley for Regent, voter Education, and the Right to Vote."

The event is set for March 2 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Fire Fighters Hall at 60th & Grover.   The inset to the ad says:
  • Important event for upcoming presidential election
  • Updates on Nebraska Caucus exercise
  • Know who you are voting for
  • Exercise your right to vote
  • Residents of North Omaha, Midtown, South Omaha - WE NEED YOU.
  • Mariachi bands, Irish Bands, etc.
  • Hear other candidates and elected officials speak
  • Free soda pop - cash bar.  
Bradley Lives on the northwest edge of Regent District 4.   He is running against incumbent Bob Whitehouse.

Bradley's website tells us:

"Larry is a lifelong Nebraska. Larry and  his wife, Dr. Silvia Rael, live and work in
Omaha while raising their family.

Larry is a product of public schools and  the University of Nebraska system.  Larry holds a

 Doctorate in Geography and currently teaches as an adjunct at
the University of Nebraska - Omaha.

Larry believes in service to family, community, and the nation. Larry served in the U.S. Army for four years and was honorably discharged in 1986. Larry currently serves as Commander of a local veterans post in South Omaha.

Larry continues to serve Nebraska.  In 2008, Larry was elected by voters to serve as a Board Member of the Papio-Missouri Natural Resource District. Larry previously served a  Gubernatorial appointment on the Nebraska Environmental Quality Council."


We do wonder if there will not be a conflict of interest for Bradly should he become elected?



 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Romney's Detroit Visit: A lesson in Choreography and Scripting


We don't pay a lot of attention to some web sites like News Max, but they did have an interesting take on Mitt Romney's 'economic' speech in Detroit at Lions' Stadium.   It's not the best campaign choreography to have an event with 1,200 people in a stadium built to hold 65,000 nor does it say much about the enthusiasm for your campaign when that's all you can turn out in such an important state.   Sadly, we wonder how many folks would have shown up to see the current so-called leader of the free world?  Kind of frightening....

Some of Romney's comments boarder on gaffes:

About his state of birth: “You know, the trees are the right height, the streets are just right."

And in remarks to cement his love of Detroit metal while also pointing out his wealth, no doubt inadvertently:  “I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck, Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs.”

Not exactly getting it, Romney went to the Daytona 500 on Sunday and told AP reporters when asked if he followed NASCAR closely, "Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners." 

So Romney has lots of cars and knows lots of important folks that the common guy doesn't.

We don't know whether these comments came from his script or from ad libs, but they certainly point out the reason politicians should stick to well-reviewed scripts.....In a related story, the Atlantic noted, "It's bad enough, and widely acknowledged at this point, that Romney has a tendency to go off-script in cringe-inducing ways. But what's even worse is that he tends to do it at the worst possible time for his own ambitions."


If Romney doesn't stay on script and quit acccidentally emphasizing his wealth,  he might just be as well remembered as one of his dad's Nash Ramblers....
1955 Nash Rambler Wagon

What Will Bennie Gray Tell All Those Ministers?

We wonder how many folks noted the full page ad on page 7 of the local daily on Sunday?   It was titled: "HERITAGE COALITION PROCLAMATION ON SEXUAL PREFERENCE" and had over 200 signers - signers representing hundreds of Omaha churches. 

The ad isn't exactly an endorsement of those that Councilman Bennie Gray is seeking to protect with his new ordinance.   In fact, the ad says at one point, "We humbly apologize for any ill-will shown toward the homosexual or gender identity community by anyone representing the body of Christ."

The ad goes on to state:

"We can see God's design for sexuality from the very beginning of creation.  The Bible declares a universal and transcultural standard of sexuality in Genesis 2:24-25.  Sexuality is celebrated within the marriage of one man and one woman; this is the only kind of sexual relationship that God blesses.

Homosexual activity (not temptation or preference) is explicitly prohibited as a sin in multiple passages of the Old and New Testament. 

We do not have the right to change God's moral law to fit our sexual preferences."

There's more to the ad, the invitation to come to the churches for forgiveness. 

This sure sounds like a frontal attack on what Gray is trying to do, to legitimize in statute what they are opposed to.   We hope all of those ministers who've now put their name in this ad will show up at the City Council hearing on Bennie's ordinance. 

Pete Ricketts for Mayor??? And the Answer is.........

Our friends at the Leavenworth Street Blog (which we recommend you read daily) started a bit of talk this week when they mentioned rumors that Pete Ricketts might run for Omaha's mayor next year.

Now, frankly, we'd love to see a guy like Pete run.   He could raise the money necessary to compete with the failed but boastful Jim Suttle and he could run the kind of campaign that could truly reveal Suttle's 'tax-and-spend-and-not-deliver record'.   That will be the biggest problem for ANY Republican candidate next year, including the overly ambitious ego-centric self-promoting Dave Nabity whom Suttle would cream in his re-election effort.   That, as we've noted before, will also be the problem for Brad Ashford who will be in political no man's land trying to raise money as an incumbent against Suttle.  

But we've already posited most of the above in the past.   Back to Ricketts.   He will not be a candidate next year.  Ricketts has more than enough on his plate.   While he would bring a great deal of business expertise and a solid conservative approach to running the city, he doesn't have the time or inkling to be mayor.   Ricketts is busy investing, traveling and promoting conservatism in Nebraska and across the country.   Being mayor would be a crippling step-down for him.


Does Pete have political ambitions?  At some point again, perhaps.   But 2013 is not the year and being Omaha's mayor is not one of those ambitions.   We can only hope that the Republicans come up with a rational conservative that Ricketts and others will support.  So again, Mayor Suttle, you can rest a little easier and don't expect a Ricketts mayoral threat to help you raise money from your liberal friends.  It's not going to happen.

The Liberals Are Joining to Pass Bennie Gray's Anti-business Ordiance

The liberal community is getting behind Ben Gray's attempt to invent discrimination in Omaha and to drive businesses from it.   In fact, the VOICE just sent us a e-mail telling us how we can help Bennie get his ordinance pasted.   By the way, isn't the Voice run by the independent guy, Jim Esch, who just told us we should support John Ewing???  To think that Esch told folks he'd be a conservative congressman....

Oh, well.   This is going to get pretty animated before it's over.   The good citizens and employers of Omaha are apparently not going to be able to rely on Senator McCoy's statewide law that would prevent things like this from happening in their communities as it appears his bill is dead.   So, it will be high noon in Omaha over this extreme ordinance.

Here is what the "Voice" has to say:

"WHAT'S NEXT & WHERE YOU'RE NEEDED
Contact the City Council. This is the single most important thing you can do to ensure the EEO passes. No joking. Get it done. The sooner the better. Do it. Now. And remember, be respectful; you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
Attend the City Council Meetings. Yes, we know there are three so if you can only get to one, make it the public hearing on 3/6. Let's pack City Hall!
If you have been or know someone who has been discriminated against, please share your story (anonymity is allowed). These personal accounts, which will be shared with the City Council, are a powerful way to show the EEO is absolutely needed.
Sign the petition supporting the Ordinance.
And finally, consider attending one of the rallies supporting the EEO. They are all detailed below.
RALLIES
March 3 from 11am – 2pm: Rally for Workplace Equality
Come to the Memorial Park Bridge to show your support for the EEO. Time to be respectful and visible.
March 5 @ 7pm: Rally for Equality
On the eve of the public hearing, come to First United Methodist Church for a pep rally, of sorts.

And finally, check out this great video of Councilmember Ben Gray talking about why the Equal Employment Ordinance is so important.
It’s time to get this done, folks. It’s time."

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Bruning's First Amendment Suit

Perhaps we missed the article about Jon Bruning's suit over the First Amendment/So-called contraceptive issue in the local daily Thursday or Friday or Saturday or today.   It was probably there somewhere  Actually, there was a reference on Friday..

Anyway while Don Stenberg is crying that Bruning isn't a 'life-long conservative' (either was Ronald Reagan), Bruning is at least showing some conservative bona fides and putting them into action. 

For those of you who missed the local daily's coverage, here is what the Lincoln Star Journal Reported on Thursday:

"Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning has made good on his word to file a legal challenge over a federal health care mandate that he says coerces church-affiliated groups to subsidize birth control.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, Bruning sought a permanent injunction of the regulation.

Joining him in the suit are the attorneys general of South Carolina, Michigan, Texas, Florida, Ohio and Oklahoma, as well as Catholic Social Services, Pius X High School, Catholic Mutual Relief Society of America, Sister Mary Catherine of Lincoln and Catholic missionary Stacy Molai of Omaha.

Each would be affected by the rule, which comes as part of the health care reform law.
"This regulation forces millions of Americans to choose between following religious convictions and complying with federal law," Bruning said in a news release.

He called the regulation a violation of the First Amendment guaranteeing religious freedom, and he said it was "a threat to every American, regardless of religious faith."
"We will not stand idly by while our constitutionally guaranteed liberties are discarded by an administration that has sworn to uphold them," Bruning said.

The lawsuit wasn't a surprise, given that Bruning, who is seeking the GOP Senate nomination in Nebraska, pledged Feb. 8 to coordinate such a suit in response to a new rule that church-affiliated hospitals, universities and charitable institutions must cover FDA-approved forms of contraceptives and sterilization for employees.

Two days later, Bruning sent letters signed by 13 state attorneys general to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis asking that the rule be rescinded.

That same day, the Obama administration announced a compromise that employees of such institutions would get access to free contraceptive services directly from their insurance providers.

"However, the proposed change did nothing to address the fundamental First Amendment violation and was never officially made," Bruning said.
The Justice Department hasn't yet responded to the Nebraska lawsuit, but last week it asked a federal judge to dismiss a similar case filed by a Catholic college in North Carolina.

Federal attorneys there argued that before a one-year safe harbor expires Aug. 1, 2013, the government would propose and finalize changes in the preventive services coverage to accommodate the concerns of non-profit religious organizations that object for religious reasons."


Read more: http://journalstar.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/bruning-sues-feds-over-contraception-coverage/article_922f5261-0a1a-5c97-8d0a-4776ef641684.html#ixzz1nWFRJVuV

For Our President and His Underlings The Constitution is an Inconvenience

We received the below commentary from Tony Perkins' Washington Update.   We find it bad enough that we have a president who has instructed his justice department not to enforce the law of the land, DOMA.   But it's even worse when he and his underlings want to expand benefits to undocumented domestic partners at a potential cost of $630 million over the next 10 years.

The law means nothing to this president.   He won't enforce it.  He doesn't respect it.   Whether it be his failure to enforce it or his most recent edicts to violate religious freedom, this nation cannot afford four more years of him if it is to survive.

Here's the commentary:

"Homosexuals may not want the government to interfere with their sex lives, but they have no problem asking taxpayers to subsidize them. Under this administration, the President's plan for getting the economy back on track is spending millions on benefits that violate federal marriage law. According to John Berry, the first openly gay director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), his office is close to finalizing a long list of perks for the same-sex partners of federal workers. Under the regulations, significant others would qualify for child care subsidies, insurance and retirement benefits, evacuation pay for overseas work, survivor annuities, eligibility for non-competitive federal jobs, and the employee assistance program. Although couples don't have to be in a legal union to qualify, OPM refuses to give straight workers the same benefits. Only gays and lesbians are eligible for these incentives, making it one of the more discriminatory policies in the federal workforce.

In the meantime, how does John Berry propose that we verify these relationships? If the government isn't relying on marriage law to distinguish who is and isn't a legal partner, how can it stop a single person from cheating the system and claiming their cousin as a same-sex partner? Back in 2009, when President Obama first revealed this agenda, he said, "Extending equal benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees is the right thing to do. It is also sound economic policy."

That's interesting since even the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force had to cut its domestic partner program in half in 2003 because it was "prohibitively expensive." Imagine the costs for a workforce of 1.9 million! According to estimates, the price tag for these benefits would be upwards of $630 million in the next decade, which is more than a drop in the deficit bucket. But in the end, it's not about benefits or dollars--it's about undermining the definition of man-woman marriage. Forcing the issue only feeds the Left's argument that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) needs to be overturned.

And the courts are doing their part to make it happen. Yesterday, a San Francisco judge struck down the part of DOMA that stops the government from offering benefits to same-sex spouses. When the suit was originally argued, the Justice Department was still fighting to uphold DOMA. Now, the White House is not only refusing to defend the law, its attorney is arguing on the plaintiff's behalf! Fox News reports that "[The head of the Justice Department's civil division] Tony West, joined lawyers from the gay rights legal group Lambda Legal in arguing on Golinski's behalf, leaving the job of defending DOMA to a lawyer hired by a House of Representatives group." I'm sure taxpayers will be thrilled to know that we're not only footing the bill for Congress to argue for DOMA, we're also paying for the President's team to attack it! "

Freedom Works and Stenberg Continue Negative Misrepresentations

Frankly, we're getting a little tired of the folks at Freedom Works and their continued efforts to discredit Jon Bruning for his writings while in college 20 years ago.   Freedom works wants Don Stenberg to be Nebraska's next U.S. Senator.   We can't blame them for supporting Don.   He would be a good senator.

On the other hand, it's time for Freedom Works to lay off their disingenuous attacks.   If they were to look at Bruning's record as a state senator or attorney general they'd be hard pressed to find any criticism of Bruning.   In fact, Bruning led the effort of attorney generals across the country to sue the Obama administration over Obamacare.   And if Don Stenberg and Freedom works haven't been paying attention they might want to take note of the fact that Bruning is one of the seven U.S. attorneys general suing the president over his First Amendment/contraception Obamacare dictate.   That doesn't sound like a liberal to us.

Stenberg should ask Freedom Works and Jim Demint's organization to sell him for what he is, a solid conservative.   Unfortunately, Stenberg started this tactic and continues to demonize Brunings past and his success rather than tout his own accomplishments.  

With the inevitability of a Republican U.S. Senator to be elected this fall, Stenberg will find his groups spending their money where they can do more good, maybe for Josh Mandel (see earlier post) of Ohio.  

It's time Stenberg and associates abandon the negative rhetoric.   Nebraskans are going to choose the candidate that can best tell them why they should vote for him, not why they shouldn't vote for someone else......

Here's the latest from Freedom Works:

FreedomWorks
Dear Patrick,
As you know from my previous emails, there is only one candidate in the Nebraska Senate race that conservatives can trust to fight for freedom in Washington, and his name is Don Stenberg. Others might talk a good game, but those are just empty words on the campaign trail.
Jon Bruning, in particular, wants to hide from his own record of support for affirmative action and government health care by speaking the language of conservatives and hoping we won't check the facts. But we know who Jon Bruning is, and he's not the constitutional conservative Nebraska deserves.

That's why, during the few short months between now and Election Day, it's crucial we do everything possible to show our support for Don Stenberg, the real conservative champion in this race.
To help elect Don Stenberg, FreedomWorks for America has begun distributing thousands of yard signs, door hangers and bumper stickers to volunteers all across the state. Please take a moment to request your FREE Don Stenberg materials by sending an email to grassroots@freedomworks.org.

This is Nebraska's chance to send a true conservative to help Jim DeMint, Mike Lee, Rand Paul and other members of the Senate Freedom Caucus hold the line against Big Government politicians in both parties. Such opportunities don't come often; we must seize this moment!
If you haven't yet requested your FREE Don Stenberg yard signs, door hangers or bumper stickers, now is the time.

Send an email to grassroots@freedomworks.org and help us spread the word about this champion of freedom as we Take America Back in 2012.

Sincerely,
Matt Kibbe Signature

Matt Kibbe
President & CEO, FreedomWorks

Saturday, February 25, 2012

"A Rather Old Constitution"

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an example of what Democrats, liberals and the current president of our country want when it comes to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.   Ginsburg's presence is particularly troubling given her belief that justices should look to foreign law in making their decisions. 

Ginsburg's lack of respect for the most treasured and respected political document in the history of the world, the U.S. Constitution, was shown in her recent trip to Egypt.   Sadly, she came home...

Here are her own words:

"
“Now I can’t speak about what the Egyption experience should be because I am operating under a rather old constitution. The United States in comparison to Egypt is a very new nation and yet we have the oldest written constitution still enforced in the world.”

“I would not look to the United States Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012.”

“I might look at the constitution of South Africa. That was a deliberate attempt to have a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights, [and] had an independent judiciary. It really is, I think, a great piece of work that was done much more recently than the U.S. Constitution… So yes, why not take advantage of what there is elsewhere in the world?”

ENOUGH SAID.......

Burning To Buy A Chevrolet Volt

It's Saturday and the staff is taking it easy so we thought we'd share a bit of cynicism with our readers.   You might remember that earlier in the week we noted that our great black leader in Washington wanted to extend the $7,500 tax credit on the purchase of eclectic vehicles to a $10,000 one and one that could be applied immediately at the dealership (Rebate).  Some folks have suggested that each Volt sold by Government Motors, oops the new General Motors costs the American taxpayers $250,000.   We suppose that has something to do with bankrupting the company, screwing the legitimate bond holders and turning the company ownership over to the unions and the federal government. 

Oh, well, sometimes you just need a laugh, lest you cry.   Here's one for you.

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Brokered Convention Would Be Disastrous

There are, no doubt, many who regard themselves as conservatives that aren't happy with the prospects for nominating a G.O.P. candidate to their liking.   There are many, consequently, that probably hope for and see a 'brokered convention' as the best opportunity to nominate a real conservative--whether that be a Jeb Bush, a Christie, a Thune, a Ryan or whomever.  Frankly, our staff members here at the Objective Conservative have probably been among those who have felt that way.    We've sort of resigned ourselves to the reality that Mitt Romney will be the nominee.   While we may have reached that decision, it doesn't mean that we are part of the so-called Republican establishment.   Also, we hate the notion that just because one is the so-called 'next-in-line' in the tradition of Bob Dole and John McCain he deserves the nomination.

Having noted the above, we think it's time to come to the realization that a brokered convention would be absolutely disastrous for Republican presidential chances.  And, frankly, right or wrong, whether we have to hold our nose when we go to the ballot box or not, it looks like Romney is our guy--unless Ron Paul and either Santorum or Gingrich get out soon.   For us, like many, it comes down to a matter of trust.   When Romney tells CPAC he's a conservative, it's hard to believe it, mainly on social issues, when at age 60 he appears to have become pro-life and anti-gay marriage and when he fashioned the first version of what many believe became the template for Obamacare.

As we contemplate it, here are the realities of a brokered convention:
  • First and foremost, an individual other than those presently in the race, nominated by such a process would have to raise a billion plus dollars and organize a campaign in two months time.   That would be virtually impossible
  • While the primary process to date has been ugly, it has vetted the potential candidates.   We know where our current candidates are weak, we know where their baggage is.   We wouldn't know that about someone nominated in the end of August. 
  • There is virtually no way a nominee other than those currently left in the race could put together a nationwide organization in such a short period of time.
  • There is no way a new face could develop the positions and issues to run a campaign in such a short period of time.
  • Even if the 'brokered convention' ended up nominating Santorum, Romney or Gingrich, that candidate would still be months behind in building the necessary finances and organization need to outflank and beat Obama. 
  • The Democrats would love nothing better than to mount a campaign against a Republican nominee whose campaign would start and remain in disaray.
For those who might attend the convention as delegates a brokered convention might be fun.   Of course, the media would have a field day talking about the disaray of the party.   But for the candidate and the party the task would be Herculean. 

The next couple of weeks leading up to and through 'Super Tuesday' may be confusing but we can only hope that by mid-May the Republicans have a nominee and adequate time to raise the money and put the organization in place to convince the American public that as a majority they must vote for anyone other than Obama.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bleak Prospects for a G.O.P. Presidency??

We like Larry Sabato and generally agree with his iterations. For that reason we're not exactly delighted at his Crystal Ball discussion today. He certainly isn't optimistic about the chances of replacing the current occupant of the White House come this fall.

We think gas prices and the economy are going to still energize independents and moderates to vote for ABO--anybody but Obama. Also, given the volatility of Iraq and the Middle East anything can happen--good or bad for the president.

As, Sabato says, eight months is a long way away. But here is his Thursday iteration.

The Santorum Surge and Its Larger Meaning by Larry Sabato, Director, U. VA., Center for Politics


"What a long, strange trip it's been -- and it is only February. Real votes make clear what polls cannot fully pick up. The Republican election season has been shaped by two forces, other than the obvious one to oust President Obama. First, the strongest potential candidates did not enter the fray, and the remaining contenders do not satisfy most GOP voters. At every polling opportunity, Republicans have expressed their desire for a wider choice. Put another way, Republicans would love to combine the economic acumen of Mitt Romney, the social conservatism of Rick Santorum, the debating skills of Newt Gingrich and the enthusiasm of young voters for Ron Paul into one candidate. That feat must await several generations of advances in genetic engineering.

The second force that has defined the GOP contest cannot be denied. A sizable section of the party base, arguably a majority, does not connect with or trust the establishment pick for the nomination, Mitt Romney. The old "dog food" anecdote is overused, but never has it applied more precisely. Romney's can of dog food has the handsomest label, the best placement in the store by the grocers, the most astute TV advertising, but the only problem is the dogs turn up their noses at the can's contents. Perhaps canines are still in a snit about Romney's positioning of Seamus in a cage on top of the family car back in 1983. 

Republicans Consider Santorum

Buyer's remorse is very common in the history of presidential nominating politics. Just when it appears that one candidate is headed for the party nod, the voters pause and say, "wait a minute, let's think about this some more, the frontrunner's inadequacies trouble us." Then they opt to keep the contest alive by elevating one of the other candidates -- for a while, at least. Rarely, though, has buyer's remorse been as acute as in 2012. In fact, it is not at all clear that most Republicans have ever bought into Romney at all. Temporary non-Romney frontrunners included Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann, not to mention ghost frontrunners (such as Chris Christie) who never entered the race. Romney has only floated to the top in the absence of a well known substitute.

Of the three remaining non-Romney alternatives, only Ron Paul has never held the title of king-for-a-day. Newt Gingrich has risen from the dead twice, and he will persist as long as his iron will and Super PAC angel Sheldon Adelson's money hold out. His chances of becoming a three-time Lazarus are not bright, but remembering the first two resuscitations, who would risk real money to bet against him?

However, it is Rick Santorum who wears the current anti-Romney crown.

Propelled by an unexpected trio of victories in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri on Feb. 7, Santorum now leads Romney in most national surveys, some by a wide margin. More disturbing for Romney, Santorum is ahead of him in Romney's native Michigan.

As we've just suggested, Santorum is partly on top because he is the latest "great anti-Romney hope." But it is more than that. As the economy improves and President Obama's ratings creep upwards, many Republicans have become less certain that any nominee is going to defeat the incumbent. This may change if worse economic numbers crop up later in the year and high gas prices begin to take a presidential toll. But for the moment, the trend is encouraging activists to look beyond Romney, the economic manager, to someone whose social-issue conservatism and blue-collar image may enable the GOP to serve up a different kind of presidential option.

A few intellectual leaders of the Republican party's right-wing have begun to convince themselves that Santorum may be a risk worth taking. He gives activists some fallback reasons to vote should economic recovery continue, and he will stir the base, especially Tea Partiers and evangelical Christians. GOP enthusiasm has been on the wane lately but with Santorum, goes the thinking, GOP turnout may increase. (The swing independents in competitive states are another matter. Many independent analysts think Santorum is too far right on social issues to be elected in November.)

A Brokered Convention?

There is an additional rationale for the Santorum surge. It is no secret that some highly placed Republicans are rooting for the fabled "brokered convention," a situation that can only arise if no candidate gets the 1,144 delegate majority and the leading contenders -- perhaps because they have learned to hate one another -- cannot agree upon a joint ticket that would produce a delegate majority in Tampa. If Santorum can start to win more contests, and Gingrich and Paul stay in and grab their share too, Romney may not be able to go over the top, opening the door to -- whom exactly? We keep hearing the same names (Mitch Daniels, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Paul Ryan) except that none of them seem interested in the slightest.

If no candidate wins a delegate majority, the brokers may well be the candidates themselves. Their delegates are bound for at least one ballot, and most are personally loyal to the candidate and may follow his lead for multiple ballots, if it comes to that. Romney, Santorum, Gingrich and Paul will have slogged through all 50 states by convention time. Why would they permit someone who slept in his own bed and had regular meals for the past year to swoop in and take the big prize? More likely, perhaps through trusted intermediaries, the four contenders would negotiate a solution -- a ticket, platform and prime-time speech schedule. The alternative is chaos of the first order, with thousands of journalists hovering in Tampa to report every epithet uttered by delegates determined to get their man nominated.

Probably, one way or another, this apocalyptic vision will be dashed. It may well be that Romney is able to replay Florida, targeting Santorum in Michigan the way he did Gingrich in the Sunshine State. Romney will outspend and out-advertise Santorum for sure, and his attack machine may work its black magic anew. Romney remains the nomination favorite and the only candidate with the organization, money, and national backing to compete effectively in most states most of the time. But so far, even Romney's most ardent backers have to admit that the opposition to their candidate is deeper and broader than they expected. It is less improbable than before that Republicans will have a "1964 moment" and upend the best laid plans of party strategists.

Conclusion

We're more than eight months away from election day, and it is too soon for any fair-minded analyst to project an election outcome. Still, the year isn't turning out the way Republicans had hoped. There is no unifying candidate in sight, and the contenders are savaging each other in ways that are saving the Obama campaign the cost of TV consultants' creative fees. Slow but steady economic progress is also producing the 50%+ job approval ratings for an incumbent that historically have led to reelection.
In the topsy-turvy world of politics, things can shift overnight, and 2012 is already setting records for the wanton destruction of carefully crafted conventional wisdom. Republicans, in their winter of discontent, must hope the seasons change with a vengeance. Meanwhile, the warm winter has thawed the once-frozen prospects of a second Obama term."

Ohio Senate Candidate Impresses

Yesterday, we were able to attend a private local fund raising event for Josh Mandel, a candidate for Ohio's United States Senate.    Mandel is the current treasurer of the State of Ohio.   In his election for treasurer he won 80 of 88 Ohio counties.   Prior to that Mandel won election to the Ohio House in 2006.   He knocked on 19,000 plus doors and wore out 3 pair of shoes doing so.   Again in 2008 he won in a district that has a two to one Democrat voter ratio.  

Beyond this, Mandel served two terms in Iraq as a Marine.

Showing his conservative bona fides, Mandel has earned the endorsements of the Club for Growth, Jim Demint's Senate Conservative Fund and conservative commentators such as Mark Lavin. 

The Weekly Standard said this about Mandel last August:

"Mandell looks maybe half of his 33 years, but he's already accomplished more in his decade-long career in public service than many politicians have in a lifetime.   He's a Marine Corps veteran who served two tours in Iraq.   A former city councilman in Lynhurs, a suburb of Cleveland, he led the fight for the first property tax rollback in the county's history.   As a state legislator, he won landslide victories in a heavily liberal district.   When he ran for state treasurer, he got more votes than Governor John Kasich."

The 'Standard' went on to quote Mandel:

"When I got into office, there was this guy whose job it was to drive checks from Columbus to Cleveland to deposit them,: he says.   Every month this person was driving 143 miles on I-71 in an unsecured vehicle with $234 million of taxpayer money.  Mandel switched to online banking and saved a hundred thousand dollars a year."

"Commonsense changes like ending unused phone lines, lowering minutes on cell phone plans, and ending costly plant-watering contracts allowed Mandel to end his first fiscal year in the treasurer's office with a $400,000 surplus and a budget reduced by $1.2 million."

Mandel has a tough road ahead of him.    He plans on upsetting and unseating Democrat liberal posterboy Sherrod Brown a career politician.   In fact, Brown was in the Ohio House before Mandel was born!  Mandel has already rasied more than $5 million for his campaign and will need to raise a lot more.   But Ohio will be a battleground state once again this year.   No Republican president has been elected without winning Ohio.

We're truly impressed with Mandel.   He has the determination and apparent wherewithall to beat Brown.   

Time to Get Behind Voter I.D. Effort

It's time you contact your state senator and encourage him/her to vote to move LB 239, the voter identification bill introduced by Senator Charlie Janssen.  The bill has been prioritized by Nebraska State Senator Ken Schilz of Ogallala There are several so-called Republicans and conservatives that are now uncommitted on advancing this legislation.   In some cases, it may be because they live in rural districts where everyone seems to know everyone.   That isn't the case in larger cities and metropolitan areas.

Here are a few things you might keep in mind:
  • 46 states have documented cases of voter fraud in the last ten years. Allegations of voter fraud have emerged from every Presidential Primary election so far in 2012.
  • More than 1.8 million dead people remain on voter lists around the country. Some enterprising journalists even posed as "dead" voters and actually received ballots in New Hampshire earlier this year.
  • 30 or more states have adopted or are considering stronger laws to require citizens to present a photo identification when casting a ballot.
  • A Rasmussen Report survey showed that 70% of Americans and 68% of Nebraskans support requiring identification when casting a ballot.
  • Rural voting officials often know those that show up to cast a ballot.  That is not the case in larger cities and in metropolitan areas like Omaha and Lincoln.
  • With last year's change in the law, precincts can now be as large as 1500 verses the old limit of 1000.  That means it will be all the more difficult to know the identity of voters
  • You might remember the 2011 mayoral recall election in Omaha.  Folks with virtually no identification were picked up on buses, transported to the Douglas County Election Commission, signed up to vote without identification or an address, voted and paid for doing so.   There was no way to identify who they were, whether they were felons, whether they were even American citizens, whether they were even legitimate citizens of Nebraska.
  • Voter fraud could impact the 2012 election
While this should be a non-partisan issue, it is shaping up as one with virtual assurance by the Democrats of a filibuster.  That means it will take 33 votes to overcome that.  As we noted this shouldn't be a partisan issue--it's not a partisan issue like restoring the state to a 'winner-take-all' electoral vote issue.   Sadly it has become that and in a very real sense demonstrates that Democrats truly feel threatened by a law that requires folks to prove they are citizens in order to vote.    That's shameful and Americans and Nebraskans need to let them know that!

We hope are readers and their friends will contact their senator by mail, e-mail, Facebook or Twitter and encourage them to support the bill.

Here are the names and e-mail addresses of some of those most in need of contact:


Sen. Greg Adams, York gadams@leg.ne.gov
Sen. Lydia Brasch, West Point lbrasch@leg.ne.gov
Sen. Colby Coash, Lincoln ccoash@leg.ne.gov
Sen. Abbie Cornett, Bellevue acornett@leg.ne.gov
Sen. Galen Hadley, Kearney ghadley@leg.ne.gov
Sen. John Harms, Scottsbluff jharms@leg.ne.gov
Sen. Paul Lambert, Plattsmouth plambert@leg.ne.gov
Sen. LeRoy Louden, Ellsworth llouden@leg.ne.gov
Sen. John Nelson, Omaha jnelson@leg.ne.gov
Sen. Rich Pahls, Omaha rpahls@leg.ne.gov
Sen. Pete Pirsch, Omaha ppirsch@leg.ne.gov
Sen. Les Seiler, Hastings lseiler@leg.ne.gov
Sen.John Wightman, Lexington jwightman@leg.ne.gov

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Another New Face For the Omaha Public School Board?

We seem to have come across a treasure trove of advance press releases for education filings effecting the Omaha area.   We announced a little while back that Randi K. Scott had filed for the District 12 O.P.S. seat being vacated by Sandra Kostos Jensen.    Since then, another Republican Dorrel Nutter, whom we are not familiar filed for that seat as well.   Now we have news that there will be a new face filing for the O.P.S. District 4 School Board seat, Sarah Brumfield.  As of now no one else has filed for this seat.

Below you'll find her press release:

"(February 23nd, 2012) Sarah Brumfield will officially file with the Douglas County Election Commission to run for the OPS Board of Education in District 4 on Friday, February 24th.

As a parent Sarah is concerned with the current state and direction of Omaha Public Schools. Sarah will push for transparency and focus her efforts on ensuring students are getting a quality education. Sarah also will make sure that taxpayer dollars are used in the most prudent and effective way possible.
Sarah spent several years working in the medical field.  She graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is a 2001 graduate of Ralston High School. Sarah has had many leadership roles over her career including the National Region One Vice President 2001-2002 for HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America). Sarah’s husband, T.J, is a Systems Engineer at PayPal. Their daughter, Zoe, is 6 years old and in first grade at Liberty ElementarySarah is the former Director of Public Relations for the Omaha Nighthawks professional football team."
For Further comment contact Sarah at (402) 490-7035

New Candidate Filing for Metro Community Board of Governors

Another conservative has filed for a local educational board.   We've obtained the following press release from Ryan Power who has filed for the District 3 seat on the Metro Community College Board of Governors.  
At this point, Power is the only filed candidate for this position.

Here's his press release:

For Immediate Release
"(February 23nd, 2012) Ryan Power has officially filed with the Secretary of State to run for the Metro Community College Board of Governors in District 3. Ryan is a life-long conservative Republican who will focus on providing a cost-effective quality education for students. Ryan is committed to making sure that taxpayer money is spent in a way that mutually benefits the students and the taxpayer alike. Ryan will take the time necessary to fully understand decisions before signing off on them.
Ryan has a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Missouri with a focus on Animal Sciences. He grew up on a farm and has been always been heavily involved in agriculture through groups such as Future Farmers of America. Ryan volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America and he resides in Omaha with his family."
For Further comment contact Ryan at (573) 864-5004

Solid Conservative To File For Learning Community

While we frankly believe that the Learning Community is a waste of taxpayer dollars and a bureaucracy that should never have been created and one that the legislature should abolish, we are delighted to let our readers know that a solid conservative, Allen Hager, has decided to file for the District 4 seat on the Learning Community.  As of today, there are no other filed candidates for this position.

We've obtained an advance copy of his press release which you can read below:
                               
"(February 23nd, 2012) Allen Hager will officially file with the Secretary of State’s office as a candidate in District 4 for the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy County on Friday, February 24th. Allen believes thus far the Learning Community has not achieved its stated goals and its failures have unfortunately been at the taxpayers’ expense. The three issues Allen will focus on are transparency, educating our children, and being a good steward of the taxpayers’ money. Contrary to what some members of the Learning Community believe, spending more taxpayers’ money does not solve the educational gaps our students face. Allen is committed to be a voice of reason on the Learning Community and will work to completely understand the decisions he will be asked to make. Allen will not be a rubber stamp and realizes that what the Learning Community spends is real, hard earned taxpayer dollars.

Allen is a life-long Republican and has been involved in politics for several years in many different capacities, and was most recently the Director of Information Technology in the Hal Daub for Mayor Campaign.  Allen has a Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and has nearly completed his MBA from Tiffin University. Allen resides in Omaha with his wife, Susan and 2 daughters, Grace and Sophia who attend school at Ackerman Elementary in the Millard School District. Allen is also an active member of the WatchDogs program at his daughter's school."

For Further comment contact Allen at (402) 779-9868