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Post by Addie » Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:55 pm

[link]Talking Points Memo,http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/e ... nt?ref=fpb[/link]





NBC: GOP Sen. Johanns To Announce Retirement





Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) has reportedly decided to retire at the end of his current term, NBC News reported Monday.





The report said that Johanns has informed Republicans in Nebraska, including Gov. Dave Heineman (R), of his decision, which will create an open seat in next year's race. It is believed that the popular Heineman will pursue the seat that has been held by Johanns only since 2009.





A survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling conducted about a year ago showed a solid majority of Nebraska voters approving of the job Johanns was doing. Most recently, Johanns became one of only two GOP senators to offer a public backing of defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, saying his fellow Cornhusker "earned this endorsement."





Update: In a letter addressed to his Nebraska constituents, Johanns and his wife, Stephanie, said it is time to "close this chapter of our lives." The National Republican Senatorial Committee also issued a statement, vowing to "an equally dedicated Republican leader" to replace Johanns in 2014.
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Post by Skip Intro » Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:11 pm

Most recently, Johanns became one of only two GOP senators to offer a public backing of defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, saying his fellow Cornhusker "earned this endorsement."A fatal mistake, apparently. I see he was one of the few remaining, apparently sane, Republicans in office.
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Post by Dr. Kenneth Noisewater » Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:56 pm

I don't think it's going to matter. With Bob Kerrey not trying again the Democrats really have a weak slate of potential candidates in Nebraska

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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:08 pm

It appears Sen Johanns has a very good reason to contemplate early retirement.Four years ago, Nebraska U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns feared he had lung cancer. The spot on his lung turned out to be benign, but the Republican's brush with the disease got him thinking about life outside politics.Johanns kept thinking about it until Monday, when he shocked the state's political world with his decision not to seek re-election in 2014. The mild-mannered politician and devout Catholic said his “cancer scare” left him wanting to spend more time with his wife, his family and his faith.“I have to say, it does change your view of the world,” said Johanns. “We lived with it (a possible lung cancer diagnosis) for several months. When you start looking at your life through that lens, life looks a lot different.”[/break1]omaha.com/article/20130218/NEWS/130219533/1685#mike-johanns-won-t-seek-another-senate-term]http://www.omaha.com/article/20130218/N ... enate-termJohanns is not an attention whore, like many of his colleagues, and is probably an unknown to many.

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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:37 pm

Gov Dave Heineman may be considered by some to be the front runner but I wouldn't rule out Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE 01).U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, a Republican from Lincoln, also said he would now consider a run. “I will listen to Nebraskans, explore the questions of how I might most effectively serve and weigh the demands of such an endeavor with my family,” Fortenberry said.[/break1]omaha.com/article/20130218/NEWS/130219533/1685#mike-johanns-won-t-seek-another-senate-term]http://www.omaha.com/article/20130218/N ... enate-term

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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:09 pm

Congressman Fortenberry is on the radar of some conservatives.An influential conservative group has warned its members about a potential Senate bid from Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb.The Senate Conservatives Fund declared, “BEWARE OF FORTENBERRY,” in a Wednesday email.“Congressman Fortenberry has a big-spending voting record in the House of Representatives and is not the kind of fiscal conservative we need in the U.S. Senate,” the group’s executive director, Matt Hoskins, wrote in the email. “In fact, he received a dismal 51% rating in the latest Heritage Action for America scorecard.”But so far, only Fortenberry has attracted the ire of conservatives. In his email, Hoskins listed their problems with Fortenberry, which include his votes to increase the debt limit, raise income taxes and congressional pay, and ban incandescent light bulbs.[/break1]rollcall.com/nebraska-senate-conservatives-fund-warns-against-fortenberry-bid/]http://atr.rollcall.com/nebraska-senate ... berry-bid/

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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:22 pm

Good news from Husker Land!


Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, one of several Republicans considered potential candidates for the state’s open Senate seat, will forgo a bid for retiring Sen. Mike Johanns’ seat.





Bruning said he will seek re-election next year and described a Senate campaign as “extremely unlikely,” according to the Omaha World-Herald.





Possible GOP contenders include state Auditor Mike Foley; state Treasurer Don Stenberg; Republican Reps. Jeff Fortenberry, Adrian Smith and Lee Terry; businessman Pete Ricketts; and former state Treasurer Shane Osborn.


[/break1]rollcall.com/nebraska-bruning-wont-seek-open-senate-seat/]http://atr.rollcall.com/nebraska-brunin ... nate-seat/Bruning is definitely one Republican I prefer stay in Nebraska and not create problems for Americans living in the other 49 states.

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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Sat May 25, 2013 8:11 pm

Dayum! Huskerland is beginning to act like Hawkeyeland (or Cycloneland if you prefer).Gov. Dave Heineman of Nebraska said Saturday that he would not run for his state’s open Senate seat in 2014, taking away what would have been the heavy favorite in the race.Still, Heineman’s decision opens the door for potentially a wide-open battle for the GOP nomination. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) and Don Stenberg, the state’s treasurer, are among the potential candidates for the seat.[/break1]com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/301989-nebraska-gov-heineman-says-no-to-senate-bid]http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/sen ... senate-bidCongressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE 01) could end up being the favorite to win the Republican nomination (that should piss off some Teabaggers).

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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Wed May 29, 2013 11:56 pm

I'll admit to being a bit surprised by this announcement.Rep. Jeff Fortenberry said Wednesday he will not be a candidate for the Senate next year but will seek re-election to his House seat.[/break1]com/news/state-and-regional/federal-politics/fortenberry-out-sasse-moves-toward-senate-bid/article_d6186250-0dab-51d8-9dd4-dc4d5286858c.html]http://journalstar.com/news/state-and-r ... 6858c.htmlIt appears the Republican and Democratic candidates will be known to mostly only Nebraskans.

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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:34 am

I'm not familiar with any of these Senate candidates.According to The Associated Press, Midland University President Ben Sasse filed paperwork Monday with the Nebraska secretary of state’s office to incorporate “Ben Sasse for U.S. Senate.” If Sasse, who has been on a statewide listening tour, has filed with the Federal Election Commission, it is not yet available online.Republicans considering running for the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Mike Johanns were in a holding pattern until May 25, when Gov. Dave Heineman announced he would not run. Four days later, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, the most likely of the state’s three congressmen to run, said he would run for re-election instead.Within a week of Heineman’s announcement, Shane Osborn, a former state treasurer and naval aviator, announced he was running. He then jumped out to a fundraising head start, raising $234,000 in the second quarter and ending June with $229,000 in cash on hand.The only other Republican in the race at this point is attorney Bart McLeay, who has not yet filed with the FEC.[/break1]rollcall.com/nebraska-senate-field-grows-nesen/]http://atr.rollcall.com/nebraska-senate ... ows-nesen/According to the article there is no Democratic candidate at present. After Bob Kerrey's huge loss to Deb Fischer in 2012 it may stay that way.

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Post by mimi » Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:07 am

Friend of Shane Osborn, not Navy, issued memo that supports him


By Steve Liewer / World-Herald staff writer











Dogged by questions about his 2001 decision to land a crippled Navy EP-3 reconnaissance plane in China, U.S. Senate candidate Shane Osborn has distributed an official-looking Navy memo supporting his account.





The memo, written Aug. 8, 2013, on Navy letterhead, is titled “Disposition of actions by EP-3E flight crew on April 1, 2001.” It explains that Osborn's plane was authorized to land on China's Hainan island “due to the extreme circumstances and condition of this aircraft.”





But The World-Herald has learned that the unsigned memo was not authorized by the Navy, or vetted through normal channels, and was written as a favor to Osborn by a Navy buddy working at the Pentagon.Osborn sought the memo to respond to critics, including some former military reconnaissance pilots, who have said that he should not have landed in China. Analysts have concluded the Chinese were able to recover some documents and equipment from the aircraft despite the crew's efforts to destroy classified intelligence.[/break1]omaha.com/article/20140323/NEWS/140329454/1016]http://www.omaha.com/article/20140323/N ... 29454/1016

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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Tue May 13, 2014 10:31 pm

Republican Primary


419/1745 Precincts Reporting


Sid Dinsdale.......20,960...24.01%


Clifton Johnson....1,265....1.45%


Bart McLeay........4,776....5.47%


Shane Osborn.....19,891...22.78%


Ben Sasse.........40,422...46.29%


[/break1]sos.ne.gov/resultsSW.aspx?text=Race&type=SW&map=CTY]http://electionresults.sos.ne.gov/resul ... SW&map=CTY





Since Sasse is a university president maybe Nebraskans will be spared having another Roman Hruska in the US Senate.




Edit: Washington Post has called it for Sasse.


[/break1]washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/05/13/tea-party-backed-ben-sasse-wins-nebraska-primary-for-u-s-senate/]http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/pos ... -s-senate/

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Post by SPen » Tue May 13, 2014 11:02 pm

Interesting to see that the Dinsdale mania was real. He came from out of nowhere to actually take second. The Dems really needed Osborn to win this for Domina to even have a chance, and unfortunately they didn't get it so this race will stay "Safe Republican." I don't envision there being much of a difference between Sasse and Johanns other than the fact that Sasse will line up behind Cruz, Paul, Lee, and Johnson rather than falling in behind McConnell and Cornyn as Johanns often did.

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Post by Dr. Kenneth Noisewater » Tue May 13, 2014 11:43 pm

Looks like that friend is going to be in deep crap if he goes public mimi. This violated the chain of command and will likely see him get court martialed.

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Post by Skip Intro » Wed May 14, 2014 1:32 pm

I don't envision there being much of a difference between Sasse and Johanns other than the fact that Sasse will line up behind Cruz, Paul, Lee, and Johnson rather than falling in behind McConnell and Cornyn as Johanns often did.Nebraska Senate Nominee Says Religious Beliefs Can Justify Breaking Any LawThe question of when religious belief exempts believers from following the law is at the forefront of our national debate right now, with the Supreme Court poised to decide whether religious business owners can refuse to offer birth control coverage as part of their employer-provided health plans, even when doing so would violate federal law. Yet, even the plaintiffs before the Supreme Court acknowledge that religious liberty is not an absolute right to violate any law at any time. As the crafting chain Hobby Lobby says in its brief to the justices, the government may limit religious believers actions when it uses “‘the least restrictive means of furthering’ a ‘compelling governmental interest.’” This is the standard set by federal law, although there is some uncertainty about how the justices will interpret this legal standard in its Hobby Lobby decision.Sasse, however, apparently believes that this law does not go far enough, even if the Court gives Hobby Lobby everything it is asking for. His proposed rule — that government cannot require someone to act counter to their religious beliefs “under any circumstances” — would mean that literally any law could be ignored by someone who held a religious belief counter to that law. According to National Geographic, for example, “[h]undreds, if not thousands, of women are murdered by their families each year in the name of family ‘honor,’” and while this practice “goes across cultures and across religions,” some of the perpetrators of honor killings are motivated by their religious faith. Under Sasse’s formulation of religious liberty, a person who killed his own sister because he believed he was under a religious obligation to do so would be immune from prosecution for murder.So how many more of these religious fundamentalists need to be elected before we have the Christian Taliban running things here?[/break1]org/justice/2014/05/14/3437587/nebraska-sasse-absolute-religious-liberty/]http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/0 ... s-liberty/
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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:49 pm

http://i1143.photobucket.com/albums/n63 ... -5004.html Nebraska is definitely a big red state (pun intended).

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Post by ZekeB » Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:40 pm

I know Domina. Well, I did. Poor old redneckers. It's too bad that all you need is an (R) to get elected. They look no farther for qualifications. edit: (R) (R) huh? [R]
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Post by Cdr Christoff » Sat Sep 13, 2014 4:35 am

Outside money for TV ads, broadcast over & over again in a saturation bombing campaign, insures voter burnout - equaling low voter turnout. Just fire up the aging base on the FoxNews meme of the month and Go Big Red. Sucks to be an informed Democrat; Even my wife & kid are sick of hearing about politics, and who to believe come November. Hell, they get confused as to who's who! How the hell can you ever overcome deliberate bullshit political attacks when obviously the Nebraska Democrat's strategy of Mutual Assured Destruction still favors the right-wing nut?

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