Wheel Wackiness and more — #NebDemsNews


The Impeachment Train chugged into the U.S. Senate this week with pomp and circumstance while President Trump was holding court — as only he can — via one of his patented stream-of consciousness blatherings at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.It was there that Trump, in front of some of the world’s tech and business behemoths, was interviewed by CNBC’s Joe Kernen.Trump was asked to comment on eccentric Tesla CEO Elon Musk.“Well, you have to give him credit,” the president said. “He’s also doing the rockets. He likes rockets, and he does good at rockets too, by the way.”

Expressing awe over the fact that Musk’s rockets don’t have wings, Trump explained that the United States needs to “protect our geniuses” like Musk.

“We have to protect Thomas Edison — we have to protect all of these people that came up with originally the light bulb, and the wheel, and all of these things, and he’s one of our very smart people,” Trump added. “We want to cherish those people. That’s very important. He’s done a very good job.”

We note for the record that the wheel was invented in ancient Mesopotamia — a region that roughly corresponds to present-day Iraq — around 3,500 B.C.

Sigh.

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Meanwhile, our old friend Charles Pierce dutifully followed Trump’s Senate Impeachment Trial, where it appears that the GOP will not allow witnesses to testify.

“The Senate’s Republican majority have already betrayed their oaths to serve as impartial jurors –or, more importantly, their original oath to defend the Constitution. Mitch McConnell announced this was a sham trial long ago. They’ve given him the green light to lie and cheat all the way to November.”

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If you or someone you know is thinking about running for office, the Nebraska Democratic Party’s guide gives you a step-by-step process to see what offices you are eligible to run for based on your address, how to see who currently holds the seat, how to file, and lastly, all the filing deadlines.

SEE MORE HERE.

Our team can always meet with you to answer questions and help you get started. Just email [email protected] and a team member will get back to you.

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UNO College Democrats are having a forum on Feb. 1 featuring the CD2 Democratic congressional candidates: Ann Ashford, Kara Eastman, Morgann Freeman, and Gladys Harrison.

The forum will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom on UNO’s Dodge campus. Parking is free and available in adjacent lots. To learn more about the UNO Democrats, visit their Facebook page at @unodemocrats or contact Nathan Johnson, operations director, at [email protected] or (402) 350-7270.

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Nebraska Democrats lost one of our best and brightest. Mary Hakanson, (second from left in below photo) longtime Kearney resident passed away on January 18, 2020.

Mary retired from her 40-year career at West Company in Kearney. Mary was an active member of Nebraska AFL-CIO throughout her career and was on the Central Labor Council. She held many offices in the Buffalo County Democratic Party, including chair and was on the State Central Committee. She was also elected as 2nd Associate Chair of the NDP.

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Remember to request your Vote-By-Mail application if you want to vote from home in the May 12 Primary Election. We have all the links to the forms and dates for voter registration and more on our Voting Center.

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NDP Chair Jane Kleeb’s new Book, “Harvest the Vote: How Democrats Can Win Again in Rural America,” was released Tuesday by HarperCollins Publishers.

The book — in the works for more than a year — offers a sweeping argument for why the Democrats shouldn’t turn away from rural America, a voting bloc Kleeb says has long been ignored and forgotten by the national party.

Chair Kleeb launches a book tour this Sunday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at The Bookworm, 2501 S. 90th St, Ste 111, Omaha, Nebraska 68124.

See the tour stops here.

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The NDP is looking for a Finance Director!

If you or someone you know might be interested, here’s how to apply.

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We leave you this week with a rendering by Bill Bramhall of the New York Daily News on the aforementioned impeachment trial.

–By Kevin O’Hanlon/NDP Communications Director

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IMPORTANT DATES

Jan. 26: Harvest the Vote book tour with NDP Chair Jane Kleeb begins in Omaha

Jan. 30: Harvest the Vote book tour with NDP Chair Jane Kleeb stop in Hastings

Feb. 1: UNO College Democrats CD2 Candidates Forum

Feb. 1: Harvest the Vote book tour with NDP Chair Jane Kleeb stop in Lincoln

Feb. 5: Delegate 101 Training in Wayne (with Wayne County Democrats meeting)

Feb. 9: Delegate 101 Training in Lincoln

Feb. 9: 
Delegate 101 Training in Grand Island

Feb. 29: Block Captain Training: Leap into the 2020 Elections!

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