Well, well, well, look who’s back after years of merciful silence.
Yes, folks, Republican Don Stenberg — former Nebraska attorney general and treasurer who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 1996, 2000, 2006, and 2012 — has resurfaced.
Stenberg recently inflicted his opinion on the masses in a guest editorial in the Nebraska Examiner, in which he seems to have deluded himself into believing that former President Trump is somehow going to slither back into the White House.
Stenberg sets the table with a pronouncement that the U.S. Justice Department will have great difficulty prosecuting Trump, who after leaving office stowed a tranche of classified and top-secret documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate that were recovered during an FBI raid on Aug. 8.
Opined Stenberg: First of all, The Presidential Records Act, 44 U.S.C. chapter 22, gives every former president the legal right to access all of his presidential records, including classified records. The crimes listed in the search warrant only apply to documents and records that are illegally possessed. Since the former president has a legal right to access the documents, they are not illegally possessed so there is no violation of the crimes listed in the search warrant.
Trump’s legal team claims he declassified documents, saying it was his right to do so without the “bureaucratic entanglements” of the executive branch. But experts say if you take Trump at his word, the secretive nature through which he would have declassified those records is itself problematic, as The Hill’s Rebecca Beitsch reported, quoting Asha Rangappa, a lecturer at Yale University and a former FBI special agent.
“If he did, and he did it in the way that he claims he did, that’s actually not really the flex he thinks it is. It actually suggests that he had a nefarious purpose,” Rangappa said.
Alas, Stenberg concludes his turgid screed with this:
So, it is very likely that Trump will legally prevail. And, according to recent polls, if he runs for president in 2024, he will likely win the Republican nomination. And in the general election it may be that energized Trump voters and people of goodwill who are appalled at the political weaponization of the U.S. justice system, will elect President Trump to a second term as president of the United States.
Rub a lamp and make a wish, Don.
The inaugural Kerrey Nelson Gala is taking place on Oct. 14 in Omaha!
Each year the Nebraska Democratic Party celebrates elected officials, candidates, party leaders and grassroots volunteers that build our party. For about two decades, the annual event was called the Morrison Exon fundraiser in honor of Gov. Frank Morrison and Sen. Jim Exon.
In 2022, the NDP decided it was time to honor two of our current party titans — Sen. Bob Kerrey and Sen. Ben Nelson — and re-named the annual event the Kerrey Nelson Gala.
The NDP and local parties are holding Yard-Sign Drive-Thru parties this Sunday, Sept. 18 in Omaha, Papillion, Bellevue, Lincoln and Fremont!
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Applause broke out, and some tears were even shed Monday, as Malcolm X was voted in as the next inductee to the Nebraska Hall of Fame. It was the third time the civil rights leader — who was born in Omaha– had been nominated, and he was inducted on a 4-3 vote. Ron Hull, the chairman of the committee and a longtime public television broadcaster, cast the deciding vote, saying that Malcolm X continues to have influence worldwide with his story of transformation and reformation.
“All men are created equal, but we have to be reminded of that, because people have to fight for these rights all their lives … and that’s one reason my vote goes for Malcolm X,” Hull said.
In case you missed it, Rep, Don Bacon was deemed one of 10 most vulnerable House incumbents by Roll Call this week.
It’s already been a rough cycle for House incumbents, and the midterm elections are still 55 days away.
Fourteen lost reelection bids, including five who were on the previous list of the chamber’s most vulnerable. They fell in primaries where redistricting or increasingly dogmatic electorates doomed them. Now with primaries (mostly) behind them, House incumbents and their big-spending outside allies are in full general election mode. Roll Call’s 10 most vulnerable House members, six Democrats and four Republicans, face a shifting landscape that seems more favorable for Democrats than it was a few months ago but still tilts toward the GOP.
GO Tony Vargas!
The Nebraska Democratic Party’s Coordinated Campaign is building a team of strong, experienced team members to help elect candidates in CD2. Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District (CD2) is located in the Omaha metro area and includes some parts of suburban Sarpy County and all of Saunders County.
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The NDP collaborated with graphic artist Justin Kemerling for a new four freedoms poster series. These will be available at the Kerrey Nelson dinner for VIP tickets-holders and for sale.
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