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Vote For Hillary Clinton To Keep The Change

Our country voted for change when we elected Barack Obama President in 2008.  The country badly needed change since the economy was in a near Depression and we were bogged down in two failed wars.  When President Obama took office in 2009, the economy was losing 800,000 jobs per month, middle class wages were down, […]

Rep. Fortenberry’s Daughter Says Trump Hates Women

Today, Congressional Correspondent Billy House tweeted “Not all perfect inside room, Rep. Fortenberry told Pence his young daughter was upset and told her Dad, ‘Trump hated women.’” Nearly all women in Nebraska agree with Rep. Fortenberry’s daughter who said she thinks Donald Trump hates women, EXCEPT two: Mayor Jean Stothert and Senator Deb Fischer. The Nebraska Republican Party’s top […]

Prominent Nebraska Republicans Support Trump Despite His Support Of Putin and Russia

Donald Trump is the most unpopular, obnoxious, arrogant and poorly informed major party nominee in U.S. history.  His current status as the GOP nominee is a clear sign that there is something very wrong with the Republican Party.  As we’ve discussed here before, it was the right wing media that created Trump and made his […]

Do Nebraska Republicans Back Russia?

We now have the bizarre and unprecedented spectacle where a major party ticket has praised Russian strong man Vladimir Putin. At the pathetic commander-in-chief forum, Trump said Putin “has been a leader far more than our president [Obama] has been”. Mike Pence doubled down on the ticket’s praise for Putin by saying: “I think it’s […]

Statement on the Commander in Chief Forum (9/07/2016)

Yesterday, 5 bipartisan members of the Nebraska’s Veterans for Hillary organization spoke out on why we know Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit and unqualified to serve as our Commander- In – Chief.  We said that Hillary Clinton is the obvious choice to be our next Commander-in-Chief.  Her superb performance at last night’s Commander -in- Chief […]

Our Message To Senator Ben Sasse: America Is Still Great

When he announced for the U.S. Senate in 2013, Ben Sasse prognosticated that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would cause America to “cease to exist.”  Sasse’s apocalyptic prediction of doom was well within the Republican mainstream during Obama’s first term.  Numerous prominent Republicans predicted that Obama’s policies would destroy the country.  For […]

This Labor Day Weekend – Thank A Union

  Soon most of us will be enjoying the three day Labor Day weekend.  We should never take long weekends for granted because America’s wealthy and corporations didn’t voluntarily agree to this reform.  Instead, America’s workers fought hard for holiday weekends and other benefits we assume we will always enjoy.   We can’t be complacent […]

State Central Committee Meeting

Join us for our State Central Committee Meeting on September 24, 2016! More details to follow. Click here for the most updated agenda: updated-agenda-and-schedule

The Ricketts Administration Is Unraveling

Since he has been inaugurated as Governor, Ricketts has visibly struggled in his job.  The Department of Corrections continues to disintegrate and Ricketts has failed to come up with any solutions – much to the frustration of the legislature.  At the same time, Ricketts’ regressive and partisan agenda has been stymied by a coalition of […]

GOP has only phony scandals to push

As we’ve discussed here before, the GOP has a history of trying to create phony scandals to win elections.  The GOP knows that if the election is about Trump, the GOP platform and the GOP’s bad record, they will lose – and lose badly.  That’s why they try to falsely convince voters that Hillary Clinton […]

Time for Ricketts to Come Clean About Dirty GOP Sex Video

“Ricketts knew a year ago about the sex video, asked Kintner to resign and then did nothing. The fundamental question is why did Ricketts keep this from the public for over a year and only when another brave state senator made a statement to press call upon Kintner to resign? A year has gone by […]

PRESS ADVISORY AND NDP STATEMENT ON HFA ECONOMIC PLAN

“Today Secretary Clinton outlined her economic plan which focuses on creating good-paying jobs for working families within the first 100 days of her presidency, while Donald Trump plans to implement the “Trump Loophole” to provide backdoor tax cuts for himself and his billionaire friends,” said NDP Chair Vince Powers. “We need a President who will focus […]

DEMOCRATS REMEMBER ADVOCATE AND FRIEND RICHARD HOLLAND

Today Nebraskans mourn the loss of Richard Holland, a man whose life was dedicated to the betterment of life for every person and his community as a whole. Throughout his life, Mr. Holland’s philanthropy and efforts worked consistently to bring a significant and positive influence to Omaha and communities throughout the state of Nebraska. Richard […]

Write a Letter to the Editor!

Make your voice heard!  Writing a letter to the editor is a great way to voice your opinion and support for our candidates, issues, and the Democratic Party throughout Nebraska. Submitting a Letter to the Editor is easy! By clicking the links below you can submit a letter to the editor to some of the […]

2016 Morrison Exon Dinner!

Join us on August 20 for the Morrison Exon Dinner! Click here  to buy your tickets!

MONDAY AT 2:30PM CT IN OMAHA – DEMOCRATS AND ALLIES TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE WITH SMALL BUSINESS OWNER WHILE MIKE PENCE IS 15 MINUTES ACROSS THE BORDER IN COUNCIL BLUFFS

ON THE SAME DAY DONALD TRUMP MAKES ECONOMIC SPEECH IN DETROIT, MIKE PENCE WILL BE IN COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA, BUT WON’T BE STOPPING IN OMAHA 8 AUGUST 2016 OMAHA – Monday at 2:30pm CT, Nebraska Democratic Chair-Elect Jane Kleeb and AFL-CIO President Sue Martin will hold a press conference to discuss why Donald Trump’s economic […]

The First Two Years Of The Trump Presidency – An Historical Counterfactual

At the end of the first week of August 2016, Hillary Clinton had a solid 7 point lead in the various polling averages. Democrats began to envision a new era of Progressive reform with a Clinton Presidency and a Democratic Congress. Republicans were in a state of despair and panic.  Some Republican leaders even began […]

Due Process Is Not A Secret Process

Governor Ricketts’ newest excuse for his cover-up of Senator Kintner’s scandal is nothing more than an insult to the people of Nebraska. Every person accused of a crime receives due process, but the public is made aware of the underlying facts because due process in not a secret process. Like Dave Heineman when he was […]

TIME TO NOMINATE HARD WORKING DEMOCRATS FOR THE MORRISON EXON AWARDS!

1 AUGUST 2016 The 2016 Morrison Exon Dinner is coming up August 20th and we need your nominations for the Morrison Exon Awards! All you need to do is download the nominations packet, which includes descriptions of the awards, past winners, and the Nomination forms by clicking here, read the award descriptions and think of a […]

Ricketts Has Perpetuated The Nebraska GOP’s Culture Of Corruption

One of the many down sides of the Nebraska GOP’s control of the state Constitutional offices and Unicameral is that it is difficult to hold their elected officials and candidates to account for their misdeeds.  This has created a certain arrogance and high handedness that makes them believe that they can do anything and get […]

The GOP Is The Party Of Wall Street

One of the tired and false talking points we hear from the GOP is that somehow Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party are allied with Wall Street.  The Republicans are pushing that phony talking point to deflect from their support for the policies that crashed the economy in 2008-09 and their unswerving support for Wall […]

ADDITIONAL GUESTS TO JOIN NEBRASKA DELEGATION FOR BREAKFAST MEETINGS DURING THE DNC

25 JULY 2016 On Saturday, the Nebraska Democratic Party was excited to announce that featured Democratic National Convention speaker and Nebraska native, Ryan Moore would be joining the Nebraska Delegation at one of its breakfast meetings. Since then, two individuals have been added to the line-up of special guests set to address the Delegation. Tuesday’s […]

NEBRASKAN NATIVE ANNOUNCED AS FEATURED SPEAKER AT DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION

Lincoln, NE- Ryan Moore from South Sioux City, Nebraska was selected as one of the “everyday Americans” who will address the 2016 Democratic National Convention this week. Moore is one of twenty individuals from across the nation to share their stories as an America that is stronger together. Moore was selected to speak by the […]

The GOP Will Try To Elect Trump By Pushing Phony Scandals

The GOP has a long history of trying to tag Democrats with phony scandals in an attempt to win elections.  The Republican Party has to push bogus scandals because they can’t win an election if it is about their terrible governing record and extreme agenda.  The only way the GOP can win a national election […]

THE NEBRASKA DEMOCRATIC PARTY SENDS ITS MOST DIVERSE DELEGATION TO PHILADELPHIA

Lincoln, NE –  The Nebraska Democratic Party sends its most diverse delegation to the 2016 Democratic National Convention with over 30% representing communities of color, 30% representing the LGBT community, and representing all different areas of our state–urban, rural and everything in between. The 2016 Democratic National Convention will take place July 25th – July 28th in Philadelphia. The 38 […]

NEBRASKA DEMOCRATS: WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER

Following the first joint event between Hillary Clinton and Senator Sanders, Vince Powers, Chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party and Jane Kleeb, incoming Chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party, issued the following joint statement.  … “Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have come together because as Democrats and Americans, they know that we are always stronger together. Donald […]

Citizens United Must Be Reversed

In 2010, five Republican appointees on the U.S. Supreme Court in the Citizens United decision opened the floodgates to secret, corporate and special interest campaign contributions.  These five justices made the specious claim that money is speech.  This finding can be found nowhere in the written text of the Constitution.  These five unelected justices in […]

Ricketts Wants To Bring Washington’s Gridlock And Dysfunction to Nebraska

We here in Nebraska are lucky to have a non-partisan legislature. This unique system allows State Senators to work across party lines and ignore the parochial demands of partisan party bosses. Thanks to the vision and wisdom of George W. Norris, Nebraska enjoys a large budget surplus and a healthy economy. We have fared much […]

TIME TO DECLARE INDEPENDENCE FROM MAYOR STOTHERT’S FAILED LEADERSHIP

Mayor Stothert flip-flops on restaurant tax and loses another major business. OMAHA, NE – This week alone Mayor Jean Stothert both flip-flopped on the restaurant tax and lost yet another business and major employer from the heart of downtown Omaha. Jean Stothert campaigned on ending the restaurant tax and yet this week she announced support […]

A Trump Presidency Would Tank the Economy and Blow up the Deficit

Since the Republicans instituted supply side or trickle down economics during the Reagan Presidency, we’ve seen a recurring pattern where a Republican President sends the economy into a recession and blows up the deficit. Once a Democratic President is inaugurated, the Republicans do nothing but obstruct, offer nothing and tell us it is time for […]

TIME TO DECLARE INDEPENDENCE FROM MAYOR STOTHERT’S FAILED LEADERSHIP

Time to Declare Independence from Mayor Stothert’s  Failed Leadership Mayor Stothert flip-flops on restaurant tax and loses another major business.   OMAHA, NE – This week alone Mayor Jean Stothert both flip-flopped on the restaurant tax and lost yet another business and major employer from the heart of downtown Omaha. Jean Stothert campaigned on ending the restaurant […]

Senators Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer Voted to Give Guns to Terrorists

Tragedy struck in Orlando on June 12. A perpetrator inspired by ISIS used military style weapons to murder 49 people and wound 53 others at a nightclub. This kind of lone wolf terrorist attack is perhaps the greatest security threat currently posed to the U.S. A large scale, 9-11 type attack, is much less likely […]

Why the GOP Establishment Tolerates Trump’s Racism

The political world has been rocked by Trump’s racist comment that Judge Gonazlo Curiel’s “Mexican heritage” constituted an “absolute conflict” for him to preside over the Trump University litigation. The presumptive nominee doubled down on those bigoted remarks when he expressed doubt that a Muslim judge could be neutral in a case involving him or […]

Ricketts Wants To Bring Washington’s Gridlock And Dysfunction to Nebraska

We here in Nebraska are lucky to have a non-partisan legislature. This unique system allows State Senators to work across party lines and ignore the parochial demands of partisan party bosses. Thanks to the vision and wisdom of George W. Norris, Nebraska enjoys a large budget surplus and a healthy economy. We have fared much […]

Ricketts’ Extremism Threatens Nebraska’s Economy

The right wing media routinely demonizes women, African-Americans, the LGBT community, Hispanics and anybody else who opposes the agenda of the radical right.  This kind of trash and nonsense is spewed out every day on a 24 hour basis.  That’s why State Party chair Vince Powers calls AM radio: “Hate radio.”  All of this daily paranoia, […]

Dr. Dan Wik: A Fiscal Conservative Physician With A Solution

Dr. Dan Wik of Norfolk is our candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Congressional District 1 and is challenging longtime incumbent Jeff Fortenberry for the seat.  Wik entered the race because Fortenberry isn’t the moderate he pretends to be and has cast many votes that are harmful to senior citizens, veterans and women. […]

WHY IS CANDIDATE DON BACON STILL SILENT ABOUT THE NEGOP’S HATEFUL RHETORIC?

LINCOLN – It’s been four days since the Nebraska Republican Party’s refused to denounce “all degrading remarks towards women, minorities and other individuals by Republican elected office holders or party officials.” at the Nebraska GOP State Convention this weekend, yet Don Bacon has continued to remain silent on whether he supports the the hateful speech […]

WHY IS CANDIDATE DON BACON STILL SILENT ABOUT THE NEGOP’S HATEFUL RHETORIC?

LINCOLN – It’s been four days since the Nebraska Republican Party’s refused to denounce “all degrading remarks towards women, minorities and other individuals by Republican elected office holders or party officials.” at the Nebraska GOP State Convention this weekend, yet Don Bacon has continued to remain silent on whether he supports the the hateful speech […]

THE NEBRASKA DEMOCRATIC PARTY CALLS ON DON BACON TO DISAVOW THE NEBRASKA REPUBLICAN PARTY’S REFUSAL TO DENOUNCE HATEFUL RHETORIC

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Democratic Party calls on Don Bacon to disavow the Nebraska Republican Party’s refusal to denounce “all degrading remarks towards women, minorities and other individuals by Republican elected office holders or party officials.” at the NE GOP Convention this weekend. The call for Bacon to distance himself from the hateful rhetoric of the GOP […]

THE NEBRASKA DEMOCRATIC PARTY CALLS ON DON BACON TO DISAVOW THE NEBRASKA REPUBLICAN PARTY’S REFUSAL TO DENOUNCE HATEFUL RHETORIC

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Democratic Party calls on Don Bacon to disavow the Nebraska Republican Party’s refusal to denounce “all degrading remarks towards women, minorities and other individuals by Republican elected office holders or party officials.” at the NE GOP Convention this weekend. The call for Bacon to distance himself from the hateful rhetoric of the GOP […]

The Empire Strikes Back – Primary Election Roundup

We have recounted Pete Ricketts’ struggles with the legislature on this blog over the past seventeen months.  For the most part, Ricketts’ agenda of large, budget busting tax cuts has been significantly pared down and the state has maintained a healthy rainy day fund.  At the same time, a coalition of Democratic and moderate Republican […]

How The Right Wing Media Destroyed The GOP And Created Donald Trump

When the GOP primary cycle began in 2015, the pundits told us that the Republican Party had a “deep bench” of contenders and it’s strongest field of Presidential candidates since 1980.  What ensued was the most bizarre primary fight in the history of the U.S.  We witnessed leading GOP Presidential candidates talking about the size […]

If Major Republican Leaders Won’t Endorse Donald Trump, Then Why is Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert?

OMAHA, NE – Yesterday the political shockwaves were still being felt with Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert’s public endorsement of Donald Trump for President. With Jean Stothert’s endorsement of a candidate who calls women “dogs” and “fat pigs” and Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “drug dealers”, the question Omahans are still asking her is: why? On Wednesday, […]

IF MAJOR REPUBLICAN LEADERS WON’T ENDORSE DONALD TRUMP, THEN WHY IS OMAHA MAYOR JEAN STOTHERT?

OMAHA, NE – Yesterday the political shockwaves were still being felt with Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert’s public endorsement of Donald Trump for President. With Jean Stothert’s endorsement of a candidate who calls women “dogs” and “fat pigs” and Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “drug dealers”, the question Omahans are still asking her is: why? On Wednesday, former […]

DID RICKETTS ENDORSE TRUMP TO KEEP TRUMP QUIET?

LINCOLN–Back in February, it was revealed that the mother of Gov. Pete Ricketts, Marlene Ricketts, gave $3 million to the anti-Trump super PAC, Our Principles PAC. When Donald Trump got word of this, he tweeted the following: “I hear the Rickets family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $’s against me. They better be […]

Fortenberry and Smith’s House of Horrors

During the 2014 election cycle, the GOP told the voters that if they were given control of both Houses of Congress, they would get things done for the American people.  For example, Deb Fischer told voters to vote Republican to “end the gridlock.”  Shortly after the Republicans won the 2014 elections, Mitch McConnell said: “I don’t […]

Rookie Governor Ricketts Repeatedly Rolled By Legislature

When Ricketts was elected Governor in 2014, many Nebraskans were concerned that he would be able to ram a radical agenda through the legislature that would squander Nebraska’s hard earned rainy day fund and turn our state into a Kansas type budget dystopia. Moreover, there were legitimate fears that Ricketts would destroy the unions like […]

The Nebraska GOP’s Effort To Make Nebraska Irrelevant Was Thwarted

One of the more interesting and significant developments in this year’s legislative session was the failure of the Nebraska GOP to ram through a bill returning Nebraska’s electoral vote law to the previous winner take all system.  That previous law made Nebraska completely irrelevant in the Presidential general election.  A Democratic led filibuster stopped the […]

The Search For The Moderate Republican

The press – both national and local – is forever in search of the ever elusive moderate Republican.  Many reporters are baby boomers (or older) and have fond memories of the likes of Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.  Many in the press are still hopeful that a new version of one of […]

Happy 6th Birthday Obamacare!

Last month marked the sixth anniversary of the passage of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The goal for this legislation was to insure more Americans and bend the cost curve in health care inflation.  Thus far, this 2010 health care reform law has met many of it’s goals despite bitter opposition and at times, […]

NDP Chair Releases Statement on Nebraska State Legislature Rejecting a Fourth Attempt at a Medicaid Expansion

LINCOLN— After the fourth year in a row that the Nebraska State Legislature has failed to pass a Medicaid expansion and help those who continue to fall through the cracks of the system, the Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Vince Powers released the following statement: “I am very disappointed that the far right wing members of the […]

Reckless Republicans Not Ready To Protect America

Tragedy struck again last week when terrorists attacked Brussels in a series of bombings.  Before the smoke even cleared, the Republicans turned this tragedy into a partisan food fight and blamed President Obama – not the terrorists – for the attacks.  The air time on Fox News and AM radio was dominated by the likes […]

Why The GOP’s Apocalyptic Predictions Of Doom Matter

As I’ve written here on previous occasions, the Republicans have been making predictions since 1993 that the policies of Democratic Presidents will cause recessions and even destroy the country.  In 1993, every prominent Republican boldly prognosticated that President Clinton’s deficit reduction bill would cause a recession.  Beginning shortly after his inauguration, the Republicans upped the […]

Ben Sasse And Kay Orr Throw Donald Trump Under The Bus

A few months ago I wrote a piece which correctly pointed out that no prominent Nebraska Republicans were willing to denounce or otherwise stand up to Donald Trump’s racism and xenophobia.  At the time, the conventional wisdom was that it was just a matter of time until Donald Trump imploded and he dropped out of […]

The Nebraska Democratic Party Releases Delegate Allocation

The Nebraska Democratic Party would like to thank our State Caucus Chair, Charlene Ligon, and the 250 plus volunteers who helped make the 2016 Nebraska Caucus a tremendous success. The NDP also wishes to express our tremendous gratitude to the nearly 35,000 Nebraskan Democrats who made their voice heard for this year’s presidential nominee. Below is the breakdown of the  delegates awarded as a result of our […]

Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Statement on Successful Caucus Day

LINCOLN—Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Vince Powers released the following statement on today’s presidential caucuses: “Today’s caucuses have been a great success. From Scotts Bluff to Omaha, Kimball to Lincoln, we have seen impassioned and energized Nebraska Democrats join their neighbors in support of the Democratic principles of fairness, inclusion and opportunity for all. While Nebraska […]

Why Does The GOP Have Any Credibility?

Over the last twenty five years, prominent Republicans have gotten into the habit of making predictions that turn out to be wildly erroneous and well off the mark.  If the Oval Office is occupied by a Democrat, the GOP predicts that President’s policies will ruin the country. On the other hand, if a Republican is […]

MAYOR STOTHERT CONTINUES HER TRAIL OF BROKEN PROMISES

Another year and another set of broken promises from Mayor Jean Stothert.  In her state of the City address today she once again failed to show any improvement in her three key promises to the citizens of Omaha; crime, job creation, and eliminating the bar and restaurant tax.    Chair Vince Powers pointed to the […]

Commit To Caucus On March 5

The national race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders remains very competitive.  Thus far, Clinton has narrowly won contests in Iowa and Nevada, and Sanders won by a wide margin in New Hampshire.  I don’t buy into the conventional wisdom that after Clinton’s victory in Nevada that it’s all over but the shouting.  Sanders has […]

Supreme Court Vacancy Raises The Stakes

The unexpected death of long time Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has shocked the political and legal world.  All who knew Justice Scalia – notwithstanding their differences of opinion on legal and political issues – said he was a good man and good friend.  Liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg was counted among Scalia’s closest […]

Ricketts’ Reign Of Error Continues

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts got off to a poor start last year and it appears as though 2016 won’t be any better. Ricketts kicked off the new year by initially refusing to meet with President Obama when he visited Omaha in January.  This was an obvious snub since then Governor Johanns met with President Clinton […]

RICKETTS’ BAD DECISION PUTS DHHS AT RISK AGAIN

LINCOLN–Governor Ricketts’ unprecedented move hiring a private selection firm involved in the hiring of his directors has failed. In another display of poor judgement, Ricketts has placed Clarence Carter on his short list for Director of the Department of Health and Human Services.  Carter was previously forced to resign as Arizona’s Director of Economic Security […]

GOP Tax Plans Would Blow Up The Deficit And Give The Super Wealthy A Vast Windfall

Some of President Obama’s most unsung accomplishments are in the areas of taxes and deficit reduction.  What appears to be little known is that the 2009 Recovery Act included a $275 billion tax cut for the middle class and working poor.  It was the largest middle class tax cut in U.S. history. Another virtually unknown […]

Jean Stothert – Incompetence You Can Count On

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert inherited a good situation when she was elected in 2013.  Jim Suttle had made the tough choices on the budget to once again place Omaha on a sound financial footing by raising the restaurant tax.  Thanks to Suttle’s engineering background, he saved the City of Omaha from an epic flood in […]

DIFFERENT DAY, SAME STOTHERT

LINCOLN– On Tuesday, Omaha was hit with four inches of snow, which was forecasted days earlier, however the city was completely unprepared despite the advanced warning. Major streets, such as Dodge Street, were closed as streets remain unplowed. Mayor Stothert’s Department of Public Works continues their slew of poor operations, and remain unable to execute […]

Different Day, Same Stothert

LINCOLN– On Tuesday, Omaha was hit with four inches of snow, which was forecasted days earlier, however the city was completely unprepared despite the advanced warning. Major streets, such as Dodge Street, were closed as streets remain unplowed. Mayor Stothert’s Department of Public Works continues their slew of poor operations, and remain unable to execute […]

State Of The Union – We Are Better Off Now Than We Were 7 Years Ago

Last week was a big week for the Nebraska Democratic Party and Nebraska in general.  President Obama came to Omaha the day after his State of the Union Speech to discuss his accomplishments and the path ahead for the U.S.  The President gave an outstanding speech – punctuated with his usual soaring rhetoric – to […]

The State of Failed Leadership in the Ricketts Administration

LINCOLN– In his first year, Ricketts has not only failed to lead the state to fix current problems but has managed to create even more. From losing jobs, making no effort to retain one of Nebraska’s top employers and a Fortune 500 company, to his failure on prison reform resulting in riots and continued overcrowding, […]

Ricketts Refuses to Welcome 44th President of the United States to Nebraska

LINCOLN—Governor Pete Ricketts has rejected the White House’s invitation to attend President Obama’s speech at UNO’s Baxter Arena or greet President Obama at the airfield when he arrives in Omaha on Wednesday, January 13th. Ricketts pettiness demonstrates how out of touch he is with Nebraskans. When President Clinton came to visit in Nebraska in 2000, […]

We Need The Medicaid Expansion Now More Than Ever

Largely overlooked in the general relief when the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly found the Affordable Care Act to be constitutional in 2012, was the Court’s holding that the Medicaid expansion wasn’t mandatory for the states.  Instead, the 50 state legislatures and Governors would have to actually adopt the Medicaid expansion through the legislative process.  That […]

Republicans Want To Jeopardize The Economy By Putting Wall Street Back In Charge Again

When President Obama took office on January 20, 2009, the economy was in free fall largely due to a financial crisis caused by the greed and recklessness of the bankers on Wall Street.  The bankers precipitated this crisis by investing heavily in bond funds consisting largely of subprime home loans.  Once the housing bubble burst, […]

The Nebraska GOP Obama Care Replacement Plans Would Be A Lump Of Coal For Millions of Americans

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the most significant piece of social legislation to be enacted into law since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.  Since the implementation of the ACA in October 2013, 17 million formerly uninsured Americans have obtained insurance coverage and the uninsured rate has dropped from 18% of the […]

Cowardly Nebraska Republicans Fail To Stand Up To Trump’s Racism And Xenophobia

There has long been a paranoid and racial element to movement conservatism.  We saw this disturbing trend begin with the Goldwater campaign in 1964 when he carried five states in the deep south based upon his opposition to the passage of the Civil Right Acts that year.  This trend was further amplified by Nixon’s “infamous […]

Nebraska Congressional Republicans Block Progress On Common Sense Gun Safety Reform

Once again, last week, we saw the same depressingly familiar scenario play out.  We had mass shootings in Colorado Springs, Colorado and San Bernardino, California in which scores of innocent people were killed and wounded by maniacs wielding military style assault weapons.   As usual, the Republicans called for thoughts and prayers for the victims […]

Can The Democrats Win The White House For The Third Time In A Row In 2016?

The conventional wisdom in the mainstream press is that it will be difficult for the Democrats to win the White House for the third consecutive time in 2016 since that has rarely occurred in the modern era.  Leading political analysts like Nate Silver and Charlie Cook are of the opinion that next year’s Presidential election […]

GOP’s Weakness On Terror Unwittingly Helps ISIS

The GOP has long been perceived by the mainstream media and a large percentage of the public as the best party for national security because they are “tough.” The cold, hard reality is that the GOP is tough but stupid.  That GOP stupidity masks an underlying weakness on terror that has unwittingly helped our enemies […]

Returning The GOP To Power To Keep The Country Safe Would Be Like Bringing Back Bill Callahan To Run The Nebraska Football Program

Tragedy struck recently in Paris in which a series of ISIS attacks resulted in the deaths of over 150 people.   Unfortunately, the GOP chose to play politics with the deaths of innocent people and and were quick to blame President Obama for the attacks.  This stands in sharp contrast to the days immediately after […]

Sasse’s Record Of Obstruction Contradicts His Maiden Senate Speech

Last week, Senator Ben Sasse received gushing praise for his maiden Senate speech from both the national and local media.  In that speech, Sasse decried the fact that the Senate doesn’t work anymore to solve the problems of the U.S.  He criticized what he termed: “bare knuckled politics, “radical tactics,” and the use of Senate […]

Rookie Governor Ricketts “Struggling” In His New Job

As we’ve discussed here before, Pete Ricketts is off to a very poor start as Governor.  He has made a series of mistakes that call into question his competence and ability to function successfully as Governor of Nebraska.  Rickett’s stumbling start has not gone unnoticed on the national level. Governing Magazine indicated that he is […]

Democratic Presidential Candidates on Environmental Issues

One of the biggest issues of the race for the Democratic nomination is a candidates’ stance on environmental policy. This is not only because Americans have recently made it clear that they would like their next president to have a strong stance on the environment, but also because much of the money in Democratic politics […]

Republicans Continue Efforts To Sabotage The Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the most significant piece of social legislation to be enacted into law since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.  Since the implementation of the ACA in October 2013, 17 million formerly uninsured Americans have obtained insurance coverage and the uninsured rate has dropped from 18% of the […]

Is Jeff Fortenberry A Moderate?

Representative Jeff Fortenberry has successfully marketed himself as a moderate since he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004.  For example, when I ran for Congress last year, I frequently heard from voters that Fortenberry wasn’t as extreme as the rest of the Nebraska Republican Congressional delegation.   The Lincoln Journal Star […]

Ricketts: Often Wrong But Never In Doubt

When Pete Ricketts ran for Governor last year, he promised to “Grow Nebraska.”  That was the central theme of his election campaign.  Ricketts proposed the usual tired conservative platform of tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, and fewer regulations for big business as the magic elixir that would make our state more prosperous.  (What […]

GOVERNOR PETE RICKETTS CONTINUED HIS “REIGN OF ERROR”

LINCOLN – Governor Pete Ricketts continued his “Reign of Error”, when he revealed he has no clue as to the amount of taxpayer dollars he has spent traveling around the globe.   Mr. Ricketts claimed he would run the state like a business, but in the real world any executive that cannot document travel expenses would be […]

Congressional Republicans Are The Biggest Threat To The Economic Recovery

When President Obama took office, the economy was in free fall and losing 800,000 jobs per month.  Since he took office, the U.S. has experienced a record 66 consecutive months of private sector job growth and the economy has created on average over 200,000 jobs per month since 2013.  The unemployment rate is now lower […]

STOTHERT DOES NOTHING TO PREVENT HUGE JOB LOSS IN OMAHA

OMAHA-The Nebraska Democratic Party says Mayor Stothert owes Omaha and the state of Nebraska an explanation of why she and her administration did nothing to prevent the loss of one of Nebraska’s largest employers, ConAgra. Mayor Stothert’s negligence and failure to engage, allowed for a devastating loss of jobs for people in Omaha and for the state of […]

Why I’m Proud To Be A Democrat

I’m proud to be a Democrat due to our party’s many accomplishments over the years.  For example, nearly twice as many jobs were created during Democratic Presidencies as opposed to Republican Presidencies between 1962 and 2012.  At the present time, President Obama has created more jobs than the last two Republican Presidents combined and the […]

Will The GOP Members Of The Nebraska Delegation Hurt The American People Again With Another Government Shutdown And Default Threat?

For the second time in just two years, the Republicans in Congress are prepared to shutdown the government and hurt the American people again.  The 2013 shutdown was over the Affordable Care Act and this year’s shutdown will be over an effort to defund Plannet Parenthood.  This is approximately the 12th time the Congressional Republicans […]

Ricketts’ Reign Of Error Includes Bad Appointments To Key Positions

The Nebraska press and political insiders were dismayed by Ricketts’ failed first legislative session in which his agenda was largely ignored by the Unicameral due to his inexperience and weak staff.  As it turned out, several important measures such as the repeal of the death penalty and the granting of drivers licenses to the Dreamers […]

GOP Platform For 2016 Is George W. Bush On Steroids

I believe that history will regard George W. Bush as one of the worst – if not the worst – Presidents in American history.  When Bush took office in 2001, he inherited a projected 10 year budget surplus of $5.5 trillion from President Clinton.  By the time he left office, the annual deficit was $1.3 […]

The GOP Gins Up Phony Scandals To Distract From Its Bad Record And Extreme Agenda

Over the last 25 years, the GOP has tried to generate phony scandals about prominent Democrats to win elections and discredit Democratic Presidents.  The Republicans do this because they know that if the public becomes more aware of its record in office and extreme agenda, they are unlikely to win Presidential elections.  As it has […]

The Nebraska Democratic Presidential Caucus Will Make A Difference In 2016

We keep hearing from the mainstream media about the Republican party’s alleged “deep bench” of contenders who are vying for the Presidency in the 2016. In reality, the GOP Presidential field resembles the motley crew found in the bar room scene in the original Star Wars movie that was shot in 1977.  One can find […]

The Affordable Care Is Working – Ben Sasse Can Come Out Of His Survivalist Bunker

When he announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in October 2013, Ben Sasse made the ridiculous prediction that: “If the Affordable Care Act (ACA) survives, America will cease to exist.”  Sasse’s prognostication followed upon the heels of a whole string of apocalyptic predictions from his fellow Republicans – mostly notable John Boehner’s prediction that the ACA will […]

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Is Ben Sasse A Radical?

Nebraska’s Congressional Republicans have long been very conservative and responsive to the demands of their party bosses and the out of state special interests who fund their campaigns.  Moreover, since the rise of the Tea Party in 2009, those same Nebraska Republicans have generally given into the demands of this group and done things such […]

Is This The Worst Congress Ever?

The current GOP led Congress is off to a horrendous start and things may get a lot worse before they get better.   This awful performance wasn’t what the Republicans promised during campaign 2014.  Many Republicans ran on the platform that electing a GOP controlled Congress would end the gridlock.  Shortly after the Republicans won the […]

We Need Common Sense Gun Safety Reform Now More Than Ever

The U.S. is the only industrialized first world country that is plagued by a wave of gun violence.   Our country’s loose gun laws are truly exceptional among first world countries and they even allow deranged individuals to obtain military style assault weapons.  Recently, there have been massing shootings by mentally disturbed individuals in Charleston, […]

RICHTERS NAMED NDP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Nebraska Democratic Party has announced Hadley Richters as the new Executive Director to the organization. Richters had been working as the Interim Executive Director since the departure of Dan Marvin in November 2014. “Hadley is an outstanding political leader,” Vince Powers, Chair of the Party said. “She has played a critical role in countless […]

MAYOR STOTHERT’S 3RD BUDGET: FAILS ON HER PROMISE TO VOTERS

On Tuesday, Mayor Jean Stothert presented her 2016 budget proposal of $870 million to the Omaha City Council. Once again, her budget includes revenues from the restaurant tax.  Stothert was elected on the campaign promises of lowering property taxes and getting rid of the restaurant tax. On the 2013 campaign trail, Stothert rallied against the […]

Don’t Let The GOP Disparage Our Economic Achievements

When President Obama took office, the economy was on the verge of collapse and losing 800,000 jobs per month.  By the time of the general election in 2012, the economy was creating 100,000 jobs per month and the unemployment rate dipped just below 8%.  When that occurred, many prominent Republicans were in denial and alleged […]

Ricketts’ Lavish Funding Of Death Penalty Referendum Sets A Troubling Precedent

Governor Ricketts faced a difficult first legislative session in which most of his major policy priorities were simply ignored and where three high profile vetoes were overridden by bi-partisan majorities.  Ricketts was criticized by members of his own party for failing to engage the Unicameral in the early stages of the session and for hiring […]

Would The Founding Fathers Be Tea Party Republicans Today?

Since the July 4 holiday is approaching, I’ve been reflecting on the Founding Fathers and their monumental contributions to this great country.  That made me begin to think about the right wing Republican claim that the Founding Fathers would be Tea Party conservatives in the 21st century.   I can tell you from my historical […]

Will Ricketts Stand By And Do Nothing If The Supreme Court Blows Up Obama Care?

Currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) is a case that could potentially blow up the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and cause more than 6 million people to lose their health insurance policies.  A group of radical right wing libertarians have filed a challenge to the ACA based upon an alleged drafting error in […]

NDP STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE OPPOSES FAST TRACK AUTHORITY

LINCOLN– The Nebraska Democratic Party State Central Committee, on Saturday, June 20th, agreed with the Working Families Caucus to oppose the Fast Track Legislation pending before Congress. The Nebraska Democratic Party opposes the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement and any similar trade agreements that weakens or reduces workers’ wages/benefits, protections, American jobs, and reduces environmental […]

Senator Amy Klobuchar to be Keynote Speaker at Nebraska Democratic Party’s Annual Morrison Exon Dinner

The Honorable Senator Amy Klobuchar will be the featured guest and keynote speaker for the Nebraska Democratic Party’s 2015 Morrison Exon Dinner on August 1st in Omaha, Nebraska.  Senator Klobuchar of Minnesota is nationally recognized as a prominent leader within the Democratic Party.   “The Nebraska Democratic Party is honored to have Senator Amy Klobuchar […]

Ricketts Sacrificing Nebraskans’ Needs to Play Politics

LINCOLN–“Pete Ricketts refusal to present a plan to protect the 56,910 Nebraskans at risk of losing health insurance because of an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling, proves that he has put his own political interests ahead of the needs of Nebraska families,” said Vince Powers, Chair of the Nebraska Democratic party. Ricketts stated Sunday that it would […]

Ricketts’ Reign Of Error Continues

New Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts recently finished a legislative session that some Republican insiders (justifiably) termed an “embarrassing start.”  Two prominent Republican lobbyists who spoke to me on background were both highly critical of Ricketts’ handling of the legislative session.  One lobbyist said the Senators perceived Ricketts’ approach as “heavy handed” and another told me […]

Barack Obama: How Good A President?

One of the common talking points on the right is that Barack Obama is the “worst President in history.”  (This talking point is rather ironic in light of the fact that many of the people saying it voted for George W. Bush two times.)  Just who are the worst Presidents in American history?  What made […]

Unicameral 2015 – Our Ideas And Values Won

The conventional wisdom in January was that – due to Ricketts’ election and GOP gains in the unicameral – right wing Republicans were going to dominate the 2015 legislative session and do to Nebraska what they did to Kansas.  However, in that very same month, a well placed source at the Capitol told me that […]

NDP APPLAUDS LEADERSHIP ON DACA

LINCOLN–Thanks to the leadership of Senator Jeremy Nordquist, DACA passed today by an overwhelming majority of votes in the Nebraska Legislature, allowing for young aspiring citizens to obtain driver’s licenses.  The bill was supported unanimously by Democratic senators with only 9 total nay votes coming from Republicans. Vince Powers made the following statement: “The leadership of Democrats in […]

NDP APPLAUDS LEADERSHIP ON DACA

LINCOLN–Thanks to the leadership of Senator Jeremy Nordquist, DACA passed today by an overwhelming majority of votes in the Nebraska Legislature, allowing for young aspiring citizens to obtain driver’s licenses.  The bill was supported unanimously by Democratic senators with only 9 total nay votes coming from Republicans. Vince Powers made the following statement: “The leadership of Democrats in […]

JON CAMP EVADES $30,000 OWED TOWARDS $46,516.79 WATER AND SEWER BILL

LINCOLN–Documents obtained by the Nebraska Democratic Party (NDP) through an open records request reveal a drop in the city water and sewer bill for Councilman Jon Camp’s Haymarket Square property from an average of $824 to $82 over the duration of 10 years with no correlating change in water use. Rather than alert the City of […]

MAYOR CHRIS BEUTLER ANNOUNCES RE-ELECTION BID

Citing national recognition of Lincoln’s business climate and quality of life, Chris Beutler stood with Lincoln business and neighborhood leaders to announce his bid for re-election as Mayor of Lincoln. This morning, at an entrepreneurial hub in the Haymarket, Beutler declared, “Lincoln is on the right track, on a path that is leading this community […]

BRUNING PLAYS BOTH SIDES IN PRISON SCANDAL INVESTIGATION

LINCOLN– Led by Attorney General Jon Bruning, the state’s investigation into its own recent prison scandals has unsurprisingly presented a clear conflict.  Bruning has wrongfully acted as both defense counsel and prosecutor to state employees while conducting his own “investigation” into the state prison scandal. “Another sad day for Nebraska as Attorney General Jon Bruning announced that […]

CHARLIE JANSSEN’S CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Lincoln (10/24/14) – Today, Vince Powers, Chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party, held a press conference to address the issue of state contracts by the Republican Candidate for Auditor Charlie Janssen. RTG Medical, a company owned by Janssen, holds contracts with the State of Nebraska’s Health and Human Services (HHS) department. HHS is a department […]

IS THE OFFICE OF NEBRASKA STATE TREASURER VACANT?

Michael J. O’Hara, Democratic candidate for Nebraska State Treasurer, announced today that Don Stenberg might not be a registered voter. And, if so, Stenberg is barred from being a candidate for election as Nebraska State Treasurer this November 4th. In a letter delivered today to Secretary of State John Gale, O’Hara challenged Stenberg’s qualifications to […]

NEBRASKA DEMOCRATIC PARTY LAUNCHES ‘DANG STRAIGHT’ WEBSITE

LINCOLN-In advance of the one-year anniversary of the government shutdown, today the Nebraska Democratic Party launched a website, entitled “Dang Straight!” that highlights Congressman Lee Terry’s recent complaints over his salary. The website, www.dangstraight.org, documents Congressman Terry’s complaints over his congressional pay and his support of the government shutdown last year. The government shutdown started on […]

BEN SASSE CAN’T TAKE THE HEAT

LINCOLN-“We need a full time US Senator who doesn’t duck out when the heat is on. But at last night’s debate in Hastings, Ben Sasse was a no show,” said Vince Powers Chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party. “Ben Sasse showed how utterly unqualified he is by not showing up to a job interview with […]

MORE QUESTIONS FOR RICKETTS TO ANSWERLINCOLN-At a press conference held by Pete Ricketts yesterday, Ricketts was asked when he knew of the accusations of domestic assault facing his running mate, Lt Gov Lavon Heidemann. He answered, “I think we found out about the fact that he had a court hearing – a couple of weeks ago, at that time I think we hoped that it would be resolved, at least that’s what the Lieutenant Governor expressed to me was that he hoped to get it resolved.” In court documents presented at the hearing for the domestic violence protection order, the victim stated “I received a letter from Lavon on August 26, 2014. He offered various things but there is no amount of material offers that will lessen my fear of him.” Heidemann’s attempt to “resolve” the matter failed and on August 27, Ms. Bohling filed a petition and affidavit to obtain a domestic abuse protection order. Ricketts had the knowledge of the accusations of violence and the time to remove Heidemann from his ticket well before the election law deadline, but instead made the deplorable decision to wait for Heidemann to “resolve” the issue. On Sept 8th, a domestic protection order was granted and made public. Ricketts then chose a new running mate – one week after the Sept 1 deadline to change a name on the November ballot. John Gale, whose campaigns received thousands of dollars from Ricketts, ignored the law and placed Mike Foley’s name on the ballot. It is hypocritical that Mike Foley, the politician Ricketts has chosen to replace Lavon Heidemann, voted for the bill (LB 768, 2001) that is now our current law that set the September 1st date that the Secretary of State is now choosing to ignore. Pete Ricketts knew about the allegations of violence facing his running mate weeks before the deadline. He didn’t care about those allegations of violence until they were revealed to the public. Now it’s past the deadline, and he doesn’t care to follow state law.

LINCOLN-At a press conference held by Pete Ricketts yesterday, Ricketts was asked when he knew of the accusations of domestic assault facing his running mate, Lt Gov Lavon Heidemann. He answered, “I think we found out about the fact that he had a court hearing – a couple of weeks ago, at that time I […]

LEE TERRY: ROUGH WEEK

Tuesday: Roll Call — Terry Remains “10 Most Vulnerable” Roll Call reported last night, “Things were looking up for Terry when a third-party candidate and former Republican dropped out of the contest this spring. It should have allowed him to consolidate conservative support in the 2nd District, which Romney won with 53 percent in 2012. But polling […]

SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT: PETE RICKETTS AND MR HENCHMAN

Pete Ricketts is not playing straight with Nebraska voters about his involvement in raising taxes on hard working Nebraskans. In the debate last night, he said that his Platte Institute did not testify in support of raising sales taxes in Nebraska. In the transcript from the February 6th 2013 Revenue Committee hearing, Joseph Henchman says […]

LEE TERRY: HORRIBLE MOMENT

From Dan Marvin, NDP: “By calling his ‘nice house’ gaffe a horrible moment in his life, Congressman Terry is showing that he still doesn’t get it, and is more interested in putting himself above the thousands of national guard staff and other workers who were furloughed during the $24 billion government shutdown. No matter how […]

ASHFORD WANTS CONGRESSIONAL PAY CUT UNTIL BALANCED BUDGET ACHIEVED

From Dan Marvin, NDP: “The choice in November couldn’t be more clear between Brad Ashford’s proposal to cut the pay of a do-nothing Congress that isn’t working, and Congressman Terry, who somehow thinks it’s negative or a distortion to remind the voters of Congressman Terry’s own words last year about how he needed to keep his […]

MINIMUM WAGE WILL BE ON NOVEMBER BALLOT

It is official–hard working Nebraskans will get a chance to vote for a pay raise that helps lift thousands of their fellow citizens out of poverty and improve the state’s economy. Nebraskans know the value of hard work and believe that a fair day’s wage is part of the good life we can all support. […]

SCHOLARSHIP FOR WOMEN HONORS POLITICAL PIONEER HELEN BOOSALIS

The 6th Annual ” Helen Boosalis Inspiring Women” luncheon honoring political trailblazer Helen Boosalis is the inspiration for three scholarships that benefit democratic women students. The Inspiring Women Scholarship, established in 2009 following Boosalis’ death, will be awarded this year to three recipients; one from each congressional district. “Helen Boosalis was an inspiration to Nebraska […]

REVOLVING DOOR KEEPS SPINNING WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF PETE RICKETTS’ PICK FOR LT. GOVERNOR

LINCOLN – By selecting Nebraska’s current Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heidemann as his running mate, Pete Ricketts demonstrated a commitment to continue the botched policies and practices of Governor Dave Heineman. In just the last couple of weeks, Governor Heineman and Lt Governor Heidemann have had to announce that taxpayers will have to foot a 15 […]

GOVERNOR MARTIN O’MALLEY TO BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT NEBRASKA DEMOCRATIC PARTY’S ANNUAL MORRISON EXON DINNER

The Honorable Governor Martin O’Malley will be the featured guest and keynote speaker for the Nebraska Democratic Party’s 2014 Morrison Exon Dinner on July 26 in Omaha, Nebraska. Governor O’Malley of Maryland is nationally recognized as a prominent leader within the Democratic Party. “The Nebraska Democratic Party is honored to have Governor O’Malley as our […]

NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS PAYING 15 MILLION FOR GOVERNOR HEINEMAN LED FAILED PRIVATIZATION ‘EXPERIMENT’

LINCOLN – Governor Heineman has cost Nebraska taxpayers 15 million dollars due to his failed efforts to privatize the state foster care system. In 2009, the governor “experimented” with the privatization of the foster care system, and his “experiment” ended up costing Nebraska taxpayers 15 million dollars while exposing kids to a complete loss of […]

SARAH PALIN, TED CRUZ, AND OUTSIDE TEA PARTY EXTREMISTS PUSH PETE RICKETTS THROUGH THE NEBRASKA PRIMARY

On Tuesday, Nebraska voters saw the disadvantages of a large number of primary candidates, as a small, extremist minority, funded by out of state tea party darlings, were able to win the Senate and Gubernatorial nominations– despite record low vote totals. “Almost 75% of Nebraska Republicans rejected Pete Ricketts, but he took the nomination with […]

HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER BLASTS JEFF FORTENBERRY & HIS COLLEAGUES

Yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner blasted Jeff Fortenberry and his colleagues in the House for failing to address the pressing issue of immigration reform. Speaker Boeher said in a mocking tone: “Here’s the attitude. Ohhhh. Don’t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard.” Boehner also said: “We get elected to make choices. We […]