Inexhaustible ​idiocy and more — #NebDems News

Our dear ol’ Nebraska Republicans are trying to outdo themselves with public displays of seemingly inexhaustible idiocy.

Gov. Pete Ricketts continues his comedic campaign to undermine anything proposed by President Biden and the federal government, most recently tearing into mask guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to combat the COVID pandemic.

“It’s time for the CDC and the government to get out of the way, and to stop trying to tell people how to live their lives,” Ricketts blustered, conveniently failing to mention seat-belt laws, speed limits, requirements that school children be vaccinated for rubella and so on.

Meanwhile, the quest for the GOP nomination for governor has come off the rails.

University of Nebraska Regent and gubernatorial candidate Jim Pillen is proposing a resolution to forbid the teaching of critical race theory — which examines social, cultural and legal issues as they relate to race and racism — on NU campuses.

Said the Omaha World-HeraldPillen’s “focus on critical race theory — spurred by his rivalry with candidate Charles Herbster — risks warping the role of the regents in the way it has already warped the 2022 Nebraska governor’s race.

The contest for the Republican nomination so far is focusing on hot-button issues pegged to inflammatory claims on social media and cable TV. That’s woefully shortsighted. The election needs to be about the future — about how Nebraska can best position itself to maximize economic opportunity, keep communities strong and send the message that the state is a welcoming place for all.”

With the Nebraska GOP, you can file that under “Rub a lamp and make a wish,” which is why we need to elect Democrats.


Each year at our Morrison-Exon dinner, which is our annual fundraising event, we celebrate the volunteers and party leaders who build and grow the Nebraska Democratic Party.

But because the Delta variant is on the rise and because Gov. Ricketts has made it clear he will not follow the CDC guidelines — should they suggest no more gatherings over 100, etc. — the SEC took a vote this week to make the last SCC Meeting for 2021 (on Oct. 3) and the ME 2021 event (Nov. 6) online.

We know this is disappointing, as we all want to be back to normal. However, we are very nervous about the trend of the numbers and the refusal of the governor to follow CDC guidance.

Get tickets and tables to the Morrison-Exon here.

The deadline for award nominations is Sept. 1 at 5.p.m CT. Submit a nomination here.


The NDP has launched a “Flip that Bacon” website to target Rep. Don Bacon’s 2nd District congressional seat in 2022.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has CD2 as one of its 22 competitive House districts that are either open or held by Republicans.

“We are building a winning coalition of voters to flip the CD2 seat red to blue,” said NDP Chair Jane Kleeb. “Rep. Bacon pretends he is a moderate using all sorts of fake talking points. Bacon’s voting record reflects his true values of turning his back on assistance to small businesses and families as well as women experiencing violence. Nebraskans do not like fake bacon and we intend to keep Don accountable.”

Click here to go to the Flip that Bacon site.

At the bottom of the home page is a timeline slider listing Bacon’s gaffes and horrible votes and positions during his time in office.

Also, click here to download and share Flip that Bacon graphics on social media!


The White House announced the 30×30 proposal called America the Beautiful — putting 30 percent of the nation’s land and water in conservation status by 2030.

And to counter the tripe about the plan being spread by Ricketts and others, the NDP has launched a series of “Burgers and Beers” sessions to talk truth about the America the Beautiful plan.

See where the next meetings are or request one in your area!

Read NDP Chair Jane Kleeb’s blog about the plan here.


Save the date for our annual Salute to Senators! Sept. 14.

Get tickets and tables now!


The NDP has launched a Mobile Office project designed to help our party better communicate with and serve our communities across the state.

The Mobile Offices will allow us to provide our local parties with a comprehensive and professional kit that can be used for fairs, parades, voter registration drives and more.

They are available to county parties, affiliated caucus and policy councils and other Democratic operatives across the state.

As a grassroots initiative, the project relies on the leadership and participation of local leaders. Those looking to request a Mobile Office should be prepared to return the office or help deliver it to its next location.

Each Mobile Office contains a canopy tent for outdoor use, parade banner, table, a comprehensive collection of literature, a wide range of basic tabling items, first aid kit and optional display components upon request.

Fill out the NDP Mobile Office request form!

See our Rural Outreach page.


Our series of training for campaigns, led by state Sen. Carol Blood, continues.

Sign up for the next session on Sept. 26: Logical Fallacies — How false statements are used to distort issues in political debates and campaigns.


You think you know your stuff? Join the NDP for a night of fun and trivia! Five rounds of trivia questions ranging from current politics, past politics, Nebraska history and so much more. Grab your team of six, or if you are solo, we will match you with other solo players.

Nov. 7, 2021: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CT. Via Zoom


If you are interested in helping write a couple of Letters to the Editor — or even a guest op-ed — over the next year or so, please sign up here to help us support Democrats and our ideas.

We can help give you pointers and show you how to submit your letter!


Help build the NDP and become a Monthly Donor!

Some 550 Democrats ran in races across Nebraska in 2020 and had a 71 percent win rate. Many of the services we offered those candidates were bolstered by our Monthly Donors.


Welcome-to-the-Party calls have resumed! We are excited to cover topics such as voter registration and redistricting. We also will be giving our caucuses and councils the floor to talk about their goals and how you can get involved.

The next call is Aug. 10.

If you have suggestions for topics to cover, please email


Volunteer with the NDP!

Fill out this form and we will help you find an area that fits your talents and time. We need volunteers for everything from data entry to knocking doors, from proofreading to public speaking. If you have any special skills that you would like to use to build the party, please add that in the comments.

If you want to help, we can put you to work.


Get your Biden and NDP swag at the NDP/Shirts 101 store!

The store now features some terrific Jomaha/Blue Dot swag!


We leave you this week with a rendering by Mike Luckovich on the inquiry into the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

–By Kevin O’Hanlon/NDP Communications Director

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Aug. 14: NDP Burgers and Beer event in Scottsbluff

Aug. 22: NDP Burgers and Beer event in Ft. Calhoun

Sept. 1: Deadline for submitting nominations for NDP Morrison-Exon Awards

Sept. 13Special legislative session on redistricting

Sept. 14: Salute to State Senators

Sept. 26: Campaign Training: Logical Fallacies

Oct. 3: NDP State Central Committee meeting

Nov. 6Morrison-Exon event

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