And the national Dems want you to know that Lee Terry is doing a crackerjack job.
No? Oh, well. Watch for yourself:
For those of you who don't want to bother, the spot makes these claims:
"Republicans want to end Medicare!"
"Congressman Lee Terry: No Friend of Seniors"
We weren't going to even post this worthless spot, because its so obsequious (we're pulling out Roget's on this one).
But this ad should really be a learning tool for all pols who pay attention:
Claims like these are silly, ineffectual, unbelieveable, and may even work the other way.
Why (you are shouting)?
Because no rational voter believes this. See, the Dems here are convinced that you, Old Person, are so gullible that if it's on TV it must be true. But what has happened instead is that because you make these ridiculous claims (Republicans want to end Social Security! Republicans hate children! Republicans want you to live on the street!), pretty soon all anyone hears is another cry of "Wolf!!!".
So people will read the rest of the story. What did Lee really vote for here? Oh, to cut the President's bloated budget? And it didn't pass because the House Dems just want to spend more of your tax money? Got it.
See, that was easy, huh? Rinse Repeat.
Oh, and Tom White is going to "officially" announce his candidacy tomorrow. No word yet as to whether the OWH or LJS can find a more flattering photo of him.
The new Nebraska Watchdog website is up -- run by Joe Jordan, produced by Joe Jordan and, reporting live, Joe Jordan.
(Well, actually Joseph Fenton Jordan, according to his YouTube site).
This is the new endeavor by Pete Ricketts and the non-profit Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. In the initial page, you can see stories about MECA, Pete Festersen, and an on-camera interview with Matt Sakalosky, among others.
The site also has a blog up by Jordan, though it's not too apparent how different this is from the rest of the stories.
Freed up from the TV parameters, it would seem that Jordan can give a little more time for some straight opinion points -- that P.J. Morgan could use a seat on the County Board as a stepping stone for a freed-up Omaha Mayor's office; that a lack of any Dems to run for state offices will free up Dem money for Tom White's attacks on Lee Terry. (A point that WE were going to make today. DAMN YOU Jordan!!!)
It is not clear how often Jordan will be updating the site -- Daily? Weekly? Or if there will be other features. But we've enjoyed Joe Jordan's work in the past and hopefully it will be a new source for you and for us on a continuing basis.
Fresh from our update on Friday about possible Nebraska State Treasurer candidates we get this one from our sources:
Scott Kleeb. Oh yeah.
If the blogging gods are listening, please note that we will be sacrificing a Runza on the altar this afternoon.
Oh and remember how Omahans voted to not let the Qwest Center be paid for raising property taxes? And remember how Mayoral candidate Jim Suttle promised to lower your property taxes?
Well, we're told (though this is, ahem, on background with no on the record verification, so hey, this could be 100% rumor) that Councilman Jerram and Mayor Suttle have come to an agreement:
Jerram is going to pull the satellite ordinance leaving a $2,000,000 gap. Suttle WILL NOT veto the budget. The Council then has no further say since there is no veto for them to override.
The gap will automatically be filled with property tax increases per the City Charter, resulting in an increase of just over 4 cents.
And then everyone gets to yell, "Whadn't my fault!!"