Wednesday, June 27, 2012

John Orr Officially Announces Candidacy for Chairmanship of Nebraska Republican Party.

A few days ago we reported that John Orr, Chairman of the Washington County GOP and son of former Governor Kay Orr would seek the position of Chairman of the Nebraska Republican Party (Monday, June 25, 2012, Breaking News: John Orr to Challenge for State G.O.P. Leadership) when the current chair, Mark Fahleson, resigns or is elected to be Nebraska's next Republican National Committeeman at the July Nebraska Republican Party State Convention in July.    Tonight we received the official notification of Orr's candidacy which is attached below.

Orr's challenge will result in a contested race with former Douglas County Republican Chairman and Omaha attorney Brian Buescher who has had the original endorsement of Governor Heineman.

At this point we will avoid discussing the events of the past few days since Orr's original announcement that he was considering this but to say that the governor is unhappy is an understatement.  Some of the things that have transpired (threats, public dressdowns, accusations) we're almost too aghast to even report here, but stay tuned.

Here is Orr's statement:

To: Nebraska Republican Party 2012 Convention
After careful consideration I have decided to
announce my candidacy for Chairman of the Nebraska
Republican Party. We are at a critical juncture in
Nebraska and in our nation. The importance of the
issues we face requires a leader who can work with
Republicans who have volunteered tirelessly for a
number of years and also with the many newly-
elected members to our State and County Central

I have been active in the Republican Party for many
years and believe I have the skill set and abilities to
focus the party's efforts on electing Republicans in
Nebraska. I am encouraged by the dedication of long-
time, active Republicans and the energy and
enthusiasm of people who have recently become
involved. Together we can promote a single vision
of electing Republicans at every level throughout
the state.

My roots run deep in Nebraska and in the Republican
Party. I grew up in Lincoln, graduating from Lincoln
East High School and then Hastings College with
degrees in Business Administration, Economics and
Psychology. I have worked in banking and the grain
business in Omaha since 1982 and reside in Blair. I
am currently the Chairman of the Washington County
Republican Party and 1st District County Chair
Representative on the NEGOP Executive Committee. 
My mother, Kay Orr, was the first female Republican
governor in the history of the United States.  

Over the years, Nebraska has been very fortunate to
have tremendous leadership in our party. This is
exemplified best by the strong direction provided by
Governor Dave Heineman. As NEGOP Chairman, my
goal will be to build on and continue the success that
we have achieved. With this election we have an
opportunity to unite our party and continue to cement
Governor Heineman's legacy as one of the true great
leaders in our state and our country, a leader who
encourages grass roots involvement and support to
help build and strengthen the Republican Party.

This is a critical time when we cannot afford anything
less than enthusiastic party unity. We need to seize
this moment by electing someone who has the time,
energy and passion to build on our past success and
extend the reach of the NEGOP. I believe I'm that
person.   With your support I will bring an
understanding of the challenges the party faces, the
ability to bridge the small  gaps between the different
groups that comprise our party in Nebraska and assist
Governor Heineman in our nationwide fight for
liberty and freedom.

I'm asking for your vote and look forward to seeing you
in Grand Island.


John Orr
Candidate for Chairman
Nebraska Republican Party

Nebraska Democrats on Record Opposing Pipeline. Where do Kerrey and Ewing Stand?

We know that Bob Kerrey and John Ewing are both classic liberals (they'd call themselves 'progressives' to avoid the stench) but for the record we'd like to know where they stand on the Keystone XL Pipeline passed by their party at last weekend's Nebraska Democrat Convention?     Do they support their progressive friends or the numerous unions that want the pipeline built?  

Here's the resolution:

"Keystone XL Pipeline NDP Resolution

WHEREAS, A pipeline spill or leak could severely jeopardize Nebraska's
drinking water and agricultural irrigation abilities through contamination
of the Ogallala Aquifer, which provides over 80% of Nebraskans clean
drinking water, 2 million Americans clean drinking water and 27% of
America's irrigation water;

WHEREAS, The Keystone XL Pipeline will be used primarily to export Tar Sand
Oil to the global market;

WHEREAS, The Ogallala Aquifer is the most valuable asset to Nebraska's

WHEREAS, Tar Sand Oil extraction and energy usage further contribute to
rising emissions, which is a clear danger to our planet;

WHEREAS, Environmental Impact Statements have been inadequate in assessing
the potential environmental risks of this pipeline to the Ogallala aquifer;

WHEREAS, According to a November 2010 report by Plains Justice, TransCanada

does not have the emergency personnel or equipment required to handle a
pipeline leak or spill in the Northern Great Plains region;

WHEREAS, There is a lack of resources in rural areas to deal with road
construction due to the heavy equipment of oil pipeline companies; WHEREAS,
Nebraska has become a key renewable energy producer from both biomass and
wind, and does not need undue competition in the energy marketplace;

WHEREAS, The competition from the Keystone XL Tar Sand Oil Pipeline may
hinder our growing energy economy that farmers greatly depend on for
competition in agricultural marketplace for their production;

WHEREAS, Liability for pipeline safety will be passed to the landowners
involved over a period of years so that at such time in the future that a
leak or spill should occur, the landowner would be responsible for damages;

WHEREAS, TransCanada has not been negotiating in good faith with landowners,
instead using threats of eminent domain to coerce landowners into signing
easements for a project that has not yet been approved by the State
Department and therefore carries no eminent domain privileges;

WHEREAS, It is undetermined what effect a Tar Sand Pipeline will have on
land values;

WHEREAS, The Keystone XL Pipeline provides limited full-time Nebraska-based

WHEREAS, The Keystone XL Pipeline, if used domestically, will lead to
increased fuel costs at the pump;

WHEREAS, historically, agriculture has always been the very foundation of
Nebraska's economy, AND this certainly will never change, and thus any
threat to the viability of agriculture in Nebraska must be avoided

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Nebraska Democratic Party opposes construction
of the Keystone XL Pipeline if the above issues are not properly addressed.

THEREFORE LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED, Should the State Department approve the pipeline it should not traverse through the Ogallala Aquifer and the
and sandhills region which is a unique and fragile geological formation.

President Obama and Keystone Pipeline NDP Resolution Be it resolved, that
we, the Nebraska Democratic Party, are in full support of President Obama's
administration in the handling of the approval process of the Keystone

Arizona CWS Player Sexually Assulted on Field During Game

Our friends at the Daily Caller  found it amusing that an Omaha gal ran out on the field during Monday night's South Carolina Arizona game 7th inning stretch to grope a baseball player's butt. Arizona player Joey Rickard was the victim of this blatent sexual assult.  

Wonder what the City of Omaha has or will charge her with?

Obama: Criticizes Romney for Outsourcing While His Campaign Does the Same

From we have news that even while he is running ads against Mitt Romney for outsourcing jobs(seeObama Attacks Romney as "Outsourcer-in-Chief" below), Obama is using a company with operations in Indan and China to book his travel.  

"Do as I say, not as I do."

"A new ad from President Obama’s re-election campaign calls Mitt Romney “Outsourcer-in-Chief,” accusing the former businessman and presumptive Republican presidential nominee of overseeing companies that shipped jobs to China and India while leading Bain Capital.

But while Obama tries to hit Romney on this issue, records show that Obama’s campaign is using a travel booking company this year that have operations in India and China."

A Gay Cookie??

In what may be a firestorm for Kraft foods, they've created an 'on-line' Oreo Cookie for the GLBT (gay) crowd.    They say they won't market it and that will probably make Mayor Bloomberg's life easier since he won't have to make any dietary nanny-state decisions that might alienate his liberal supporters.

Here is what the Daily Caller Reports:

"Kraft Foods set off a firestorm after posting a gay pride rainbow-filled OREO cookie on its Facebook page Monday with the caption “Proudly support love!”

By Tuesday afternoon over 170,000 Facebook users had “liked” the page and the post was inundated with thousands of pro- and anti-rainbow cookie statements.

Kraft spokesman Basil T. Maglaris told The Daily Caller that the rainbow cookie is not planned for sale, but meant as part of the snack’s 100th birthday celebration, “creating online content every day reflecting current events in a fun way using images of OREO cookies and milk.”

“In recognition of Pride Month, OREO created an ad depicting the Rainbow flag with different colors of OREO crème,” Maglaris said in an email to TheDC. “We are excited to illustrate what is making history today in a fun and playful way. You can follow OREO on Facebook to see the newest image each day.”

According to Maglaris, the amount of traction and “buzz” the image has received is proof of OREO’s relevancy after a century.

“As a company, Kraft Foods has a proud history of celebrating diversity and inclusiveness. We feel the OREO ad is a fun reflection of our values,” Maglaris added."
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Ewing and Obama Hand in Hand

We've talked a lot about the one electoral vote that Nebraska could possibly cast for the current occupant of the White House.   That one vote could be the deciding one that re-elects him.    And, in today's 'We Get E-mail" category we have one from multi-millionaire Democrat candidate for congress and man of the people John Ewing telling us how important that vote is and how he and his campaign are working with the Obama folks very actively right here in the 2nd Congressional District.

You can bet that like his ally Bob Kerrey, John Ewing is tied hip-to-hip with Barack Hussein Obama.   There is no running from him and his liberal policies and like Kerrey, Ewing is completely supportive of Obamacare and his failed presidency.  

Here is Ewings latest e-mail:


What if President Obama’s re-election came down to our electoral vote?

This may sound crazy, but every electoral vote in 2012--including the single vote from Nebraska’s 2nd District--will count.

President Obama’s success in NE-02 and my campaign’s success go hand in hand. Our campaign is already working with President Obama’s effort in NE-02, which means our field programs will be integrated and efficient. 

The campaign’s nuts and bolts are coming together, but we need the resources to execute our winning plan. I need your help to raise $10,000 online before June 30th

Will you support our campaign with a contribution of $25, $50, or $100 securely online now?

Over the summer and fall, we will be working to reach voters in North Omaha, South Omaha, all the way down to Papillion and every community in between.

Our field program will be instrumental in the success of our Democratic candidates from the top of the ticket to the bottom. We will have an aggressive, organized grassroots field program to ensure we get our voters out in November.

We must have the necessary financial support to put our field effort together! Please click here now to make your contribution of $25, $50 or $100 securely online.

I'm going to win in November, but not without your financial support!

Join our effort by making a contribution of $25, $50 or $100 today!


President Obama, Senator Kerrey and I can win in November and with these victories all Nebraskans win!

All the best,

John Ewing

P.S. Please help us reach our goal of $10,000 online before June 30th with a contribution of $25, $50 or $100 today! Your financial support will ensure that our campaign has the resources to win in November. "


It's summer time and perhaps our 'older' readers will pause a moment to reflect on the activities of their youth, simpler activities before the advent of computers and electronics.  There may even be a political message between the lines....           

                         FLAT DIRT AND ROUND GLASS

A childhood game, now out of fashion
Recalls my own young childhood passion~~
Large circle drawn upon the ground,
Each glass globe poised on a mound,
And all exposing a different marble,
Whose bright colors portray “garble.”
Where “lagging boulders” soon disclose
Which shooter first might then dispose
That large earth circle of its wares,
‘Til smiles from one, (from the other, stares!)
As winner then enjoys his “duty,”
Collecting his reward of “booty.”
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
(Memories now claim me from afar,
Admiring booty in my jar).
H. Dean Cowles
H. Dean Cowles is the Poet Laureatte of the Objective Conservative and a frequent contributor.

Buffett Opening Money Bag for Kerrey

While Bob Kerrey is asking you to send him just five bucks (see post below), his buddy and chief editor and publisher of the local daily (in essence, if not in fact) Warren Buffett is going to help raise bigger dollars by hosting a fundraiser or poor Bob.     Yes, Warren isn't going to contribute or help through some terrible should-be-outlawed superpac like those supported by the evil Karl Rove or the Koch brothers, but rather by hosting a big dollar event at Omaha's Happy Hollow Country Club.  Here is what Politico had to say:

For Bob Kerrey, Warren Buffett rules
By: Manu Raju
June 25, 2012 11:22 PM EDT
Bob Kerrey has a billionaire buddy in his back pocket:
Warren Buffett. The world’s most famous Omahan —
and one of its richest men — is putting his political
weight behind the Nebraska Democratic Senate
candidate, making a rare foray into electoral politics
at a time when he’s become deeply involved in the 
national debate over taxes and deficits.

Buffett plans to help pad Kerrey’s campaign war
chest by throwing an Omaha fundraiser later this
month for the Democratic candidate, officials say.
Kerrey has quietly forged a close personal
relationship with Buffett over the years, according
to confidants to both men who say the billionaire
investor periodically offers political advice to Kerrey
 — including this past spring, when the two were
spotted together at an exclusive Omaha country
club known as the Happy Hollow Club.

But unlike conservative billionaires — like fellow
Nebraskan Joe Ricketts and Las Vegas casino
mogul Sheldon Adelson — who plan to give tens
of millions of dollars to outside groups to sway the
elections, Buffett won’t use his personal fortune to
bankroll any high-spending super PACs.

Buffett’s resistance to embracing super PACs
underscores a Democratic dilemma from coast to
coast: Because they have moral objections to
unlimited spending from third-party groups, would
-be Democratic donors refuse to give super PACs
cash even though they could have a lasting impact
on the presidential and congressional elections.

“I am 100 percent behind Kerrey,” Buffett, the CEO
of Berkshire Hathaway, told POLITICO. “I will not be
doing super PACs of any sort. I think allowing
 unlimited contributions to campaigns is a terrible
idea and an important and unfortunate step toward
a plutocracy.”

Still, the decision by Buffett to engage in the race by
throwing an Omaha-based fundraiser later this month
will add precious resources just as Kerrey’s trying to
cut down a solid lead by his Republican challenger,
Deb Fischer, who has been the beneficiary of heavy
super PAC spending that has come namely from
Ricketts. On top of that, Buffett’s foray into the race is
certain to raise some eyebrows in Omaha, since he
tends to avoid engaging too deeply in electoral
politics beyond making individual contributions from
time to time.

“We, frankly, never see him,” said Mark Fahelson,
chairman of the Nebraska Republican Party. “He’s
not on the radar screen as far as we can tell as far
as any active involvement in Nebraska.”

But privately, Buffett has long been a key ally to
Kerrey. In 1993, when Kerrey was on the fence over
whether to support President Bill Clinton’s
controversial budget bill, Buffett was one of the
voices telling him the proposal was probably the
best he’d get, Kerrey later told reporters.

Buffett has supported Kerrey’s past runs for
elective offices and maxed out earlier this year
when he gave $5,000 to Kerrey’s campaign.
Buffett’s daughter, Susie, was spotted at an
Omaha Central High School basketball game
with Kerrey in February when he was considering
leaving his home in New York to make another
Senate run for the seat being vacated by
Democrat Ben Nelson. And Kerrey seems to
have some faith in Berkshire Hathaway: He has
an investment fund with the firm worth at least
$15,000, which yielded an income of at least
$2,500 last year, according to his financial

Kerrey’s aides would not make the candidate
available for an interview.

“Mr. Buffett and Sen. Kerrey have known each
other for a very long time,” said Paul Johnson,
Kerrey’s campaign manager. “Mr. Buffett has
supported Sen. Kerrey in previous campaigns
and is doing so again this election.”

Unlike any other previous election cycle, Buffett
has emerged as a prominent face in the national
political debate. The 81-year-old became a symbol
in the partisan fight over taxes after he famously
 complained that his effective tax rate is lower than
his secretary’s rate.

To make his point for economic “fairness,” President
Barack Obama invited Buffett’s secretary, Debbie
Bosanek, to sit with first lady Michelle Obama at this
year’s State of the Union address. And the president,
along with Democrats across the country, are
campaigning on what they call the Buffett rule, which
would impose a 30 percent minimum tax rate on
those who earn more than $1 million a year. Last
fall, Buffett headlined a high-dollar fundraiser for
Obama in New York City.

In the spring, Kerrey said in a TV ad that Democrats
were “right” to push higher taxes on the wealthy, and
in a letter to supporters, he called on the Senate to
approve the Buffett rule, calling Warren Buffett

While Buffett has tried to stayed behind the scenes,
Republicans are quick to prop him up. Fischer is
making a fundraising swing through Washington this
week, and her aides have urged prospective donors
not to sit on their wallets given that Kerrey has a
certain rich friend.

“Her opponent, who just recently bought a home in
Nebraska, will be well funded by his friends in NY
and CA, and at least one person in Omaha,” a
Fischer aide said to potential donors in an email.

But while Buffett is not afraid to contribute to
candidates he supports, “he’s not Joe or Pete
Ricketts,” said Vince Powers, the incoming
Nebraska Democratic Party chairman.

Asked about the relationship between the
Nebraska Democratic Party and Buffett, Powers
deadpanned: “There isn’t one.”

Buffett’s ties to Democrats pale in comparison
to the Ricketts’s ties with the GOP. Joe Ricketts,
founder of TD Ameritrade whose super PAC,
known as the Ending Spending Action Fund,
dumped $250,000 into TV ads on behalf of
Fischer late in the race, adding to her momentum
as she surged to the GOP nomination in May.
His son Pete Ricketts is a national GOP
committeeman from Nebraska. And the Ricketts
family has donated $670,000 to the state
Republican Party since 2005, according to
Nebraska government records, along with
another $140,000 in conservative outside
groups since 2008.

While Susie Buffett has been active in
Democratic political circles, Warren Buffett’s
donations over the years have been all over
the political map. Susie Buffett declined to
comment for this story.

Since 1999, Warren Buffett has donated
$206,000 at the state level to a variety of
causes and candidates, as well as to statewide
efforts to bolster school safety standards, stop
expanded gambling and increase early
education funding, according to Nebraska
records. But while he’s given heavily to
Democrats, he’s also given to Republicans,
like Tom Osborne when he ran for the House
and later for Nebraska governor in 2006.

On the federal level, Buffett has donated
$136,900 since 1999, mostly to Democratic
candidates, including to Senate candidate Heidi
Heitkamp of North Dakota, and he’s already cut
a check for $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund
this election cycle. But he’s also contributed to
some Republicans over the years, like Rep.
Scott Rigell of Virginia and Chris Shays of
Connecticut in his House bids, according to
Federal Election Commission records.

But even so, Buffett tries to do his political work
quietly. And he could avoid the scrutiny
altogether if he were to choose to donate
anonymously to nonprofit entities not required to
release the names of their contributors.

“He keeps a low profile,” said Fahelson.

David Rogers contributed to this report.

Obama Attacks Romney as "Outsourcer-in-Chief"

Well, obviously the current occupant of the White House and his campaign believe that Iowa is a true battleground state.   While we wish that weren't the case the good news is it looks like we will be seeing virtually all of the battleground state advertisements by both his campaign and Mitt Romney's, as well as those wonderful ones by those evil superpacs.  
In his latest iteration Obama is telling the world, well potential voters in Iowa and two other states, that Romney is the "outsourcer-in-chief" who won't stand up to China.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Bob Kerrey Just Needs Five Bucks From You

The would-be third U.S. Senator for the State of New York wants folks to help his end-of-the-month financial report look good, well maybe better.  He needs your donation to fight the evil doers Karl Rove and the Koch brothers.

Gosh, all he wants is just 1,000 folks to give him a measly five bucks.   Build that grassroots support you know...

We know you'll want to join in and help Bobby, so here is his plea....


At the end of this month, we have something to prove.
We have to prove that a candidate who believes in
social and economic justice -- and pushes to make
them a reality -- can get strong grassroots support.
Strong enough to win.

In other words, we have to prove to the voters of
Nebraska that we have what it takes to fight the
Koch brothers, Karl Rove, and everyone else who's
spending hundreds of thousand dollars at a time
attacking us and trying to buy this election.
And we can prove it when we file our second
quarter public financial report -- but we only have
until the end of the month, midnight Saturday, to
count contributions toward this report.

Contribute $5 now to help show our grassroots
strength on our second quarter public financial

The big, shadowy special interest donors trying to
buy this race spend hundreds of thousands of dollars
at a time on TV ads. But you don't have to throw
money around like that to make a difference.

That's because by making a contribution today,
you'll be joining with thousands of your fellow
supporters in helping build this campaign, one
contribution at a time.

And unlike the unaccountable billionaires funding
all the attack ads against me on TV, we'll open our
books for the people of Nebraska and anyone else
to look at our finances and see where our support
comes from.

When they do, I just want them to see that we have
support from real people -- thousands of them --
not just billionaires and pressure groups. That's
why I'm setting a goal to raise at least 1,000
grassroots contributions between now and our
reporting deadline at midnight on Saturday.

Contribute $5 today to help us reach 1,000
grassroots contributions between now and o
ur deadline Saturday at midnight.

As Nebraska voters see our grassroots support
continuing to grow, more and more of them will
come join our team. And together, we'll build the
campaign that can win this race.

Thanks for your support today,
Bob Kerrey Signature
-Bob Kerrey"

Obama Ad Wants You to Believe Romney is a Liar

Apparently, the current occupant of the White House doesn't like Mitt Romey's ads that, "the private sector is doing just fine."   So he has come up with the following video that says Mitt is lying.   Kind of hard to deny your own words but in the Obama White House truth is whatever he declares it to be on any day and defined much as Bill Clinton defined 'if'.

Associate Justice Scalia Gets it Right

We can't help but be thankful for Antonin Scalia and his presence on the Supreme Court.   He doesn't hesitate to say what he thinks of the president's efforts to circumvent the law and make states irrelevant on laws that he, the president, chooses to enforce or not enforce.  

This came from our friends at Roll Call:

On Immigration, Antonin Scalia Challenges Barack Obama

"Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia took swipes at President Barack Obama’s immigration policies today and even questioned whether states would have joined the United States at all given today’s ruling on Arizona’s immigration law.

In his comments from the bench, which expanded on his written minority opinion, Scalia blasted Obama’s decision to stop deporting many young illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

“The issue is a stark one: Are the sovereign states at the mercy of the federal executive’s refusal to enforce the nation’s immigration laws? A good way of answering that question is to ask: Would the states conceivably have entered into the union if the Constitution itself contained the court’s holding?” Scalia asked. “If securing its territory in this fashion is not within the power of Arizona, we should cease referring to it as a sovereign state.”

Scalia effectively charged the administration with fibbing with its explanation for not deporting DREAM Act-eligible immigrants as one of discretion in handling scarce prosecutorial resources.

“After this case was argued and while it was under consideration, the secretary of Homeland Security announced a program exempting from immigration enforcement some 1.4 million illegal immigrants,” Scalia said. “The husbanding of scarce enforcement resources can hardly be the justification for this, since those resources will be eaten up by the considerable administrative cost of conducting the nonenforcement program, which will require as many as 1.4 million background checks and biennial rulings on requests for dispensation.

“To say, as the court does, that Arizona contradicts federal law by enforcing applications of federal immigration law that the president declines to enforce boggles the mind,” he added.

Obama, in his statement explaining he was pleased that the court struck down much of the law, continued to back his administration’s decision not to deport DREAM-eligible immigrants.

“We will continue to enforce our immigration laws by focusing on our most important priorities like border security and criminals who endanger our communities, and not, for example, students who earn their education,” he said.

The DREAM Act, which has not been enacted by Congress, would provide a pathway to citizenship for some illegal immigrant children who go to college or join the military. Obama’s new policy regarding so-called DREAMers was in response to Congress’ inaction on the bill.

Obama also called on Congress to act on comprehensive immigration reform."

Monday, June 25, 2012

Breaking News: John Orr to Challenge for State G.O.P. Leadership

You heard it first on the Objective Conservative.  In an interesting new development, the race for Nebraska's next G.O.P. State Chairman has been joined by businessman John Orr.   Orr is the Washington County G.O.P. Chairman and the son of former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr.

Orr's entry into the race represents a direct challenge to Brian Busecher an Omaha attorney and former Douglas County Republican Party Chairman.   Buescher has been endorsed by Governor Heineman.

One can only assume that neither Buescher nor Governor Heineman are happy at this development and it's safe to suggest that Heineman, in particular, will take Orr's entry into the race as an affront.    Heineman has a long memory.

With that said, we've heard significant complaints about the state of the Nebraska Republican Party.   Busecher would appear to offer the same leadership that's been evident for some time.    Orr would take the party along different lines reaching out to those in the tea party and Ron Paul movement.

Our bet is that Orr has the votes to win the election in July if Mark Fahleson continues his campaign to become the state party's next national committeeman.    And, we're hearing some rumors that he may even be challenged for that position.

Here is the Orr press release:

Contact: (402)-677-6728
Contact Person: John Orr
Email Address:
Web site address

John Orr to Seek Chairmanship of the Nebraska Republican Party
(Blair, NE—June 25th, 2012) After careful consideration I have decided to officially announce my candidacy for Chairman of the Nebraska Republican Party. We are at a critical juncture in Nebraska and in our nation. The importance of the issues we face requires a leader who can work with Republicans who have volunteered tirelessly for a number of years and also with the many newly-elected members to our State and County Central Committees.
I have been active in the Republican Party for many years and believe I have the skill set and abilities to focus the party's efforts on electing Republicans across the state. I am encouraged by the dedication of long-time active Republicans and the energy and enthusiasm of people who have recently become involved. Together we can promote a single vision of electing Republicans at every level throughout the state.
Over the years in Nebraska, we have been very fortunate to have tremendous leadership in our party, exemplified best by the strong direction provided by Governor Dave Heineman, and, as Chairman, my goal is to build on and continue the success that we have achieved.
John Orr grew up in Lincoln, graduating from Lincoln East High School and then Hastings College with degrees in Business Administration, Economics and Psychology. He has worked in banking and the grain business in Omaha since 1982. John serves currently as Chairman of the Washington County Republican Party. He is the son of Kay Orr, the first female Republican governor in the history of the United States, and he and his family reside in Blair, Nebraska.
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Obama, the Underdog??

Stu Rothenberg has one of his normally incisive columns on the current occupant of the White House and whether he has become an 'underdog for re-election.   It's worth the read (the highlights are ours).

"Barack Obama the Underdog Against ‘Change’ Slogan" from "The Rothenberg Political Report"

"Back in October, President Barack Obama’s job approval rating stood at 44 percent in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey and only 17 percent of voters said that things in the country were “generally headed in the right direction.” Those numbers suggested that the president would lose re-election unless he was able to change the direction of public opinion.

Five months later, with the GOP embroiled in something of a civil war over its presidential nomination and new job numbers suggesting that an economic recovery was under way, consumer confidence surged.

In fact, the nation’s outlook was so bright that one of my favorite columnists on the economy, Steven Pearlstein, wrote in the Washington Post in March that “the economy is actually getting better ... the recovery has reached a point where it looks to be self-sustaining, that magic point when growth begets more growth, hiring begets more hiring, spending begets more spending.”

Not surprisingly, the March NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found fully half of those polled approved of the president’s performance. So that revised trendline showed the president was likely to win a second term.

But now, after three months of poor job growth (total non-farm payroll employment rose by only 69,000 in May and 77,000 in April), weakness in the stock market, growing economic problems in Europe, poor retail sales last month and missteps by the president (including his comment that the private sector is “doing fine”), Obama is clearly once again in serious trouble.

In fact, the president now looks like a narrow underdog for re-election. Yes, a narrow underdog.

Obviously, four months from now things could be very different. It all depends on the news and the campaigns. After all, the outlook has already changed twice within the past year, so another change (or even two) is possible.

But that fact doesn’t alter the current trendline. And it shouldn’t obscure the reality that the later in the year it gets, the greater the pressure to change the narrative for the underdog and the more urgent the needed change.

So, the burden is now on the president and his strategists to produce evidence that a recovery is under way or, more likely, to change the way voters are going to evaluate the candidates during the next four and a half months.

It is simply not enough for the president and his advisers to blame former President George W. Bush for the nation’s economic problems. Polls do show that voters believe Obama inherited a mess, and that’s why they gave him the benefit of the doubt for so long.

But when voters show up at the polls in November they will not see Bush’s name on the ballot, and they will not be asked who is responsible for getting the economy into a ditch. Instead, they will be voting on whether Obama has started to turn things around and whether he is the man to finish the job over the next four years.

While most polls don’t yet show the president trailing in his bid for a second term, polling is often a lagging indicator. National and swing state survey data demonstrate a slow but steady erosion in Obama’s numbers, including in hypothetical ballot tests, and that deterioration is likely to continue if more bad news comes along.

For the White House, the next round of unemployment and new job numbers scheduled for release on July 6 is crucial for the Obama campaign’s effort to change the narrative. More bad numbers will put the president in an even deeper hole.

The president’s high favorable rating shows that swing voters are sympathetic to him, but as bad news appears, those key voters are likely to desert Obama in the presidential race. More bad news, after all, would translate into more dissatisfaction and pessimism.
It’s not that voters are so enamored of Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Instead, it’s that over time swing voters are likely to be more inclined to favor change if the news on the jobs front is poor and if voters conclude that the president simply has not succeeded.

Obama was correct when he told donors at a recent event that the GOP’s strategy was to blame him. “It’s very easy to put on a bumper sticker. ‘It’s Obama’s Fault,’” he said to chuckles from the sympathetic audience.

But there is nothing funny or unusual about it. Obama did the same thing in 2008, as did Bill Clinton in 1992 and Ronald Reagan in 1980.

When voters are unhappy and want change, challengers simply say, “It’s time for change.” And that message works unless there are other equally effective messages that the incumbent can deliver.

Indeed, the fact that the slogan — whether “It’s Obama’s Fault” or simply “Vote Change, Vote Romney” — fits on a bumper sticker is only a plus for the GOP. It doesn’t mean that the bumper sticker is wrong or that the voters will reject it."

Heineman's Future?

Folks in political circles continue to speculate what the future holds for Governor Heineman.   Lots of folks believe that he would like to be Secretary of Agriculture in a Romney administration.    Even for Heineman who doesn't much seem to like the idea of living in Washington (otherwise, he'd be the U.S. Senate nominee) that might be hard to turn down.   Or any other cabinet offer.

But as we've seen recently, there are other options for governors.   Just this week, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, a guy that had been much mentioned as a potential presidential candidate or vice presidential one has decided to take on the presidency of Purdue University. 

Perhaps, Heineman would like to spend his remaining useful years (and he has many) right here in Nebraska in a new job that he could love, that of Chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln?  Oh, yes, the current one ol' Harvey Perlman would have to leave but than maybe its about time for that.

Obama After the Female Vote

Here's an Obama campaign ad that is up in six battleground states including Iowa.   It's an attempt to reign in those female voters by touting the first bill Obama signed after his unfortunate inaugeration, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.  It will also run in  Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Catholics Finally Rising Up Against Religious Oppression

We've alredy shared with you the Congressman Fortenberry interview and thought we'd share with you the video and information we received from one of Catholic blogs regarding the "Fortnight for Freedom" campaign to make Catholics aware of the government's effort to infringe on religious freedom rights.

The local diocese held an event on Saturday morning as part of the two week campaign and more are being held across the country. 

What we find interesting is that the Catholic Church which for years has been so concerned about 'social justice' is now finally realizing that it has little opportunity to do that in a society that respects neither life nor religious freedom......

"Are you fired up for the Fortnight for Freedom?

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As you probably know, the U.S. Bishops have urged Catholics across America to participate in a 14-day campaign of prayer, study and public action dedicated to protecting our religious liberty.

The Fortnight starts this Thursday, June 21, the vigil of the Feasts of Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More. The campaign culminates on July 4, the day
Americans celebrate our Independence.

The Fortnight for Freedom is a powerful nationwide campaign launched by our Catholic Bishops. They are asking you and me to pray, study and engage in civil and responsible public action. The Fortnight is in direct response to the notorious HHS mandate that would compel all Catholic hospitals, charities and schools -- and all private businesses -- to provide health services in direct contradiction to Church teaching on human life.

As Archbishop Dolan of New York powerfully stated: “Religious freedom is under attack, and we will not cease [in] our struggle to protect it.”"

Congressman Fortenberry Speaks Out for Religious Freedom

We came across this video which was recorded as part of the "Two Weeks For Freedom: Catholics and Evangelicals Together for Freedom." program.  Since the video is with Nebraska First Congressional District Congressman Jeff Fortenberry we thought we'd share.   It's a little long, about 8 minutes, but it pretty well makes the conservative case against Obama's attempt to usurp America's religious freedom.

Fortenberry comes off looking pretty congressional if we do say so.

The Iowa Battleground

From the recent vido releases, Iowa should be pretty happy.   That will no doubt carry over to the Omaha media which serves western Iowa as well.   Iowa is one of about six battleground states where campaign videos seem to be springing up faster than corn. 

On Friday, the Romney campaign released four new ads.   Here they are:

North Carolina:



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Forget Those Wedding Presents: Send the Money to Barack

It's really not hard to believe that the Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World of Equal Nations Chairman Commissar Barack Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama would think it appropriate that his subjects forego birthday, anniversary and wedding presents to send money to his re-election campaign.    And of course that is exactly what he is asking.    If you are getting married he wants you to register to send money in lieu of gifts to his campaign.   Same thing if your are celebrating a birthday or an anniversary or even a bar mitzvah.

Gosh, and he's not even offering a chance to have one's name entered in the lottery to have dinner with him.....

"Got a birthday, anniversary, or wedding coming up?

"Let your friends know how important this election is to you — register with Obama 2012, and ask for a donation in lieu of a gift. It’s a great way to support the President on your big day. Plus, it’s a gift that we can all appreciate — and goes a lot further than a gift."

$2,816,901 Each for Green Jobs Under Obama Program

This comes via our friends at and relates to congressional testimony that shows the folley of the president's 'green jobs' programs.  According to our math, that is just $2,816,901 per job.   Wow, now that's a good investment......

Congressional Report: Obama Admin Spent $10 Billion To Create 355 “Green” Jobs Per Year…

"The Obama administration spent $10 billion to create 355 renewable energy jobs per year, according to testimony offered Tuesday before Congress by a Congressional Research Services expert.

Asked by Rep. Cory Gardner (R., Colo.) “how many jobs were created” in 2009 and 2010 under the 1603 renewable energy grant program authorized by the Obama administration, a CRS specialist in public finance admitted that $10 billion was spent to create 3,666 construction jobs over a two-year period — and only 355 jobs per year going forward.

Dr. Molly Sherlock, the CRS specialist, first said the jobs total would depend on the type of job — and differentiated between “induced,” “direct,” and “indirect” jobs — before Gardner asked for a straight number."

Anti-Obamacare Ad Goes Up in Iowa

It seems that virtually everyone is getting into the business of launching campaign videos in swing states.    Here is one that by Concerned Women for America which goes after the president and his Obamacare.   The group is spending $6 million dollars in six battleground states, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Super PACs Are Bad Or So the Local Daily Will Soon Tell You

Yesterday you may have seen the front page local daily article on Superpacs, "Super PACs ‘changing the nature' of politics" by Robynn Tysver.  For those of you who didn't read the 'on-line' version you missed a favorable photo of Bob Kerrey at the head of the article.

We suspect Robynn's article will soon be followed by an editorial decrying the unfairness of superpacs and in particular the unfairness of those attacking the paper's and Warren Buffett's fair-haired (so-to-speak) boy.

Here are some of the comments from the article:
  • "Democrat Bob Kerrey wasn't even a U.S. Senate candidate before he started to get hit on the airwaves by a super PAC affiliated with Republican political operative Karl Rove."
  • "Since then, Kerrey has been the target of more than $2 million in negative television and radio advertisements funded by a pair of deep-pocketed political committees. So far, it's been a one-sided fight, with no Democratic super PAC riding to Kerrey's defense."
  • "As Kerrey and others are learning, candidates may no longer have the luxury of assembling a campaign staff or a war chest before taking fire from outside groups."
  • "This is the first election year that the full impact of the court's decision is being felt in Nebraska and across the country. In many regards, it is forcing candidates to change how they run campaigns. It's also changing the natural cycle of elections."
  • "In addition, comparing political war chests to measure a campaign's strength against rivals is less important now than when candidates' funded most ads. Today, whether a candidate has the backing of a wealthy super PAC may matter more than how much a candidate has raised."
  • "Finally, super PACs allow campaigns to become far muddier, as out-of-state committees and anonymous donors are allowed to go negative with impunity."
  • "Kerrey has been the focus of most super PAC ads in Nebraska. A former governor and U.S. senator from the state, Kerrey began to flirt with a potential run early this year after having lived the last dozen years in New York City.
  • "Before his bid became official, the Republican-aligned group known as American Crossroads started running radio advertisements against Kerrey that labeled him a “New York liberal.”"
  • "Since January, American Crossroads has spent $520,000 on Nebraska television and radio ads hammering Kerrey."
  • "Americans for Prosperity is another GOP-aligned group spending heavily against Kerrey. The group, funded by billionaires Charles and David Koch, has spent more than $1.4 million this year on anti-Kerrey ads."
  • "The idea behind the early hits is to take Kerrey out before he can either catch fire or raise enough money to hit back. Their goal: a head start on negatively defining his candidacy, said Goldford."
  • "Kerrey in the first quarter of this year raised $900,000 and managed to put up nearly $1 million in television ads during a primary season in which he ran essentially unopposed. So far, he has been unable to afford more ads, ceding the airwaves since mid-May to his opposition."
  • "So far, no Democratic super PACs have ridden to Kerrey's rescue."
  • "“We've been taking incomings for months now,” said Paul Johnson, Kerrey's campaign manager. “We were on TV during the primary for a number of weeks, but there is no force on our side that is the equivalent.”"
  • "Kerrey this week told online news outlet Slate that Democrats need to stop complaining about the Citizens United decision and start playing by the new rules."
Probably the most telling of the above is that last of the bullet-point quotes which is the advice the paper should take but we suggest that you can count on the local daily's editorial page to use the Tysver article to support  Kerrey's former commentary that the money and partisanship need to be taken out of the process.  In other words, no political caucuses, no PAC money.  

The bottom line is that the Omaha World-Herald has a vested interest in Bob Kerrey.  It has considered itself the 'paper of record' for Kerrey since his failed and aborted run for the presidency.   It has consistently endorsed him.   And Warren Buffett likes him.  So just wait for the upcoming editorial  telling us how unfair superpacs and money raised from billionaires from outside Nebraska is.

MSNBC's Outrageous Edit

Most folks have heard and probably seen the outrageous editing of a Romney speech by MSNBC, but if you haven't we have it here.    Clearly, this was a far from 'fair and balanced' effort to deliver the news and was, in fact, a hit piece aimed at making Mitt Romney look like George H.W. Bush at a checkout scanner.

Seems that MSNBC and Andrea Mitchell learned a lot from

Hollywood's Greatest Creation of Our Time: Barack Obama

 From, we have the following would-be movie trailer by Frank McCaffrey which should give you some Thursday morning pause for thought.

"Hollywood has built many stars and created an endless line of film fantasies. Now it has created a star and a fantasy in a President who has not done much for his country. Check out Americans for Limited Government’s way of saying “Hooray for Hollywood.”

Obama Team's Leaks Are, Indeed, 'Offensive' -- Doug Patton

The spectacle of the elite media — CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, The New York Times, etc. — hiding their collective eyes to the increasingly outrageous scandals coming out of the Obama administration, must remind Vladimir Putin of the good old days when he was a KGB thug and his fellow Russians got their information from a small handful sources such as the official Soviet newspaper, Pravda (Russian for "Truth").

Where are Woodward and Bernstein, who brought down the mighty and notorious Richard Nixon over a simple campaign scandal called Watergate? Where are these brave journalists now to dig for the facts about all the "gates" of the Obama administration: Solyndragate, Fast and Furiousgate, Amnesty by Executive Ordergate, and National Security Leakergate, not to mention all the other Obama administration corruption that Bob and Carl and their cronies seem to be ignoring?

It would appear that outside of Fox News, talk radio and the conservative blogosphere, there are few in the media who will address the rotten odor emanating of this administration. Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a former Army intelligence officer and current Fox News analyst, is rightly incensed over the biggest of these scandals, the recent administration leaks of highly classified information. He contends that it is beyond obvious that these leaks are coming out of the White House.

"I think back to Watergate, which is our benchmark scandal in Washington," Peters said in a recent interview. "That was a clown show operation, and yet a lot of people went to jail, and deservedly so. This pattern of grave national security leaks in the Obama administration is vastly more serious than what happened at Watergate. But I will tell you, unless a number of people go to jail, nothing will change.

"Every leak we've had," he continued, "has been to Obama's advantage, trying to portray him as a macho macho man, which is kind of like portraying Woody Allen as Conan the Barbarian… Everything has been to portray Obama as a real stud, or — this is really shameful — to undercut Israel…This administration hates Israel."

Peters went on to list the sorry litany of administration leaks: the details of the bin Laden raid, revelations that led directly to members of Seal Team Six being killed by our enemies; the information that Israel had been authorized to use Azerbaijani air bases for a strike on Iran; the release of the name of the Pakistani doctor who is going to jail for 30 years for helping us; and the leaked information about a cyber attack that planted one of the world's nastiest computer virus into Iranian computers in order to slow down the their nuclear program.
"The bottom line is this," Peters said, "National security information isn't a joke. The things that have been leaked can kill people."
In a "methinks he doth protest too much" moment, delivered in those icy tones of his, Obama himself told a press conference that any suggestion anyone in "my White House" would leak sensitive national security information for political advantage "is offensive."

I couldn't agree more. It is one of the most offensive displays I can recall since Bill Clinton wagged his crooked finger at us and declared that he "did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky," when the world knew he had.

There is a sickening feeling among many that Barack Obama and his campaign/White House team (indeed, it has become impossible to distinguish between the two) couldn't care less about the collateral damage they are creating, as long that the president's image is burnished and his re-election chances enhanced. It is a disturbing thing to believe about your president, but one that is increasingly difficult to avoid.


© 2012 by Doug Patton


Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself much more often than not. Now working as a freelance writer, his weekly columns of sage political analysis are published the world over by legions of discerning bloggers, courageous webmasters and open-minded newspaper editors. Astute supporters and inane detractors alike are encouraged to e-mail him with their pithy comments at

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Our Time

Yet another great ad that shows the 'success' of the current occupant of the White House.

Ron Paul Message to Supporters: On to Tampa

We've continued and will continue to speculate about the impact of U.S Congressman Ron Paul on the Republican Party locally, statewide and nationally to date and until probably after November 6.

With that said, we received the following message from the congressman and thought we'd share it with you as part of our ongoing coverage (red highlights are ours):

"The Republican National Convention begins on August 27, and you and I have some critical work to do to get ready.

As I shared last week, my campaign will have as many as 200 bound delegates and several hundred more on the convention floor who support our issues.

Of course, my campaign is still competing in several state conventions still yet to come. And we have a lot of planning to do to prepare for the convention.

If you are a delegate, please stay tuned for communications from my staff laying out our plans and offering assistance.

If you are not a delegate but would like to come celebrate with us, you will hear more details in the coming weeks.

There is no doubt that you and I can win the future.

Tampa is an important step toward restoring liberty in our country and setting the stage for victories yet to come.

I hope I can count on you to join us.

For Liberty,

Ron Paul"

To stand with my delegates, I will be holding an important rally in Tampa on Sunday, August 26th. Everyone is welcome to attend. In fact, I'm hoping we'll have a wonderful crowd.

The goal of this rally is to kick off the week for our delegates, set the proper respectful and positive tone, and prove to the GOP establishment that you and I are the future of the Republican Party - and that we stand behind our beliefs 100%.

Today, I shot a video sharing my thoughts on my campaign's successes and how we will advance our ideas in Tampa. I do hope you'll take a moment to watch it.

Romney Should Make a 'White History' Month Campaign Ad

We apparently missed this ad during "Black History" month in February.

Frankly, we are wondering why there isn't a "White History" month?   But then, of course, that would be racist, right?     Still wouldn't it give racists a great deal of fun to have Mitt Romney proclaiming the glory and oppression of the 'white' race as he implores whites to vote for him?

Could Ron Paul "Electors" Re-elect Obama?

Our headline sounds pretty outrageous, right?   Well, maybe outrageous but maybe not impossible.

Here is something to ponder.   Nebraska has five 'electors', those entrusted to cast Nebraska's electoral votes after the November 6 presidential election.    You may recall that in the past some electors from other states have not voted as required by their state although there have been no world-shaking consequences.

But for those of you who may not know how the process works, at least in Nebraska, the national electors are elected at the Republican State Convention.    Normally each of the three congressman nominate an individual they want, the governor and the U.S. Senator the other two.  

Now in a convention controlled by Ron Paul delegates are they likely to vote for the electors of those establishment office holders or select their own?    If they have the votes to elect many if not a majority of delegates to the national convention what would stop them from electing their slate of electors?

And if they elect their slate of electors, will they be bound to cast their votes for Romney if he wins the presidential election or will they decide to cast them for Paul??????? 

We'd hope that if this scenario develops they would cast them for ANYBODY other than Obama, but in a close electoral vote election those electors could be just as important as that one crazy electoral vote Obama is trying to win from Nebraska's Second Congressional District.