Friday, June 29, 2007

Newsweek: Rumbling on the Right

Newsweek says:
"Chuck Hagel's antiwar stance could make him a serious Republican candidate for the White House in 2008. But it's causing him headaches back home."

Jon Bruning says:
"Nebraska is more conservative than the nation as a whole. Senator Hagel, however, has become more liberal. And for some reason he has an anger to George Bush that is not particularly productive."

Read the full Newsweek article

Bloggers blogging about Jon Bruning this week

Hagel Running Scared
California Conservative

Taking On Chuck Hagel

What The Hell Are They Smoking Over At Newsweek?

He Was Just As Sloshed as Schlegel

It is very interesting to read how bloggers are now talking about Jon Bruning from California, to Washington and to Minnesota.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Wake up Nebraska! Only One Senator is Listening

Today, the United States Senate blocked the much publicized immigration bill.

The bill's supporters fell 14 votes short of the 60 needed to limit debate (and to clear the way for passage of the legislation)

Critics of the bill assailed it as offering amnesty to illegal immigrants. The vote was 46 to 53 in favor of limiting the debate.

Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel (R) voted AYE (the pro amnesty position) while Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson (D) voted NO (the no amnesty position).

The vote was a victory for those who strongly criticized the bill's provisions that would have established an easy and unfair pathway to lawful status for many of the estimated 10-20 million illegal immigrants.

Opinion polls in Nebraska and throughout the country overwhelmingly disapproved of the amnesty features this bill would have allowed.

The affirmative, pro-amnesty vote by Senator Hagel (R) was anticipated. Senator Hagel has had a very open and liberal position on immigration over many years. A selection of Chuck Hagel's recent votes:

  • Voted YES to kill the establishment of the border fence in 2006
  • Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)

Despite the calls and requests of the voters from Nebraska to vote against this illegal immigration (amnesty) legislation, only one Senator listened (Nelson).

Today, one of two senators voted according to the wishes of the voters of Nebraska.

Wake up Nebraska!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Bruning Disappointed in Hagel Vote on Amnesty Bill

Jon Bruning is quoted as saying the following in the Southwest Nebraska News:

“I am terribly disappointed that Chuck Hagel would support any measure that prevents our immigration and custom officials from enforcing the law,” Bruning said.

Monday, June 25, 2007

What kind of suckers does he think Nebraskans are?

That is the central question for Bob Kerrey to answer according to the Plains Feeder blog.

The money quote of the article is:
"He [Kerrey] is thinking about running for the Senate again. This makes two mixed-up, Viet-Nam tainted dunces sitting on that fence. Jon Bruning looks smarter every day."
And that pretty much sums it up for a Monday!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Bloggers blogging about Jon Bruning this week

Nebraska Note - Bruning on the radio
Plains Feeder

Round Two?
College Democrats blog

Unexpected Republican Primaries
Senate 2008 Guru

Attorney General to suit up for Neb. GOP Senate
Legal Newsline

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Reason: Chuck Hagel Delenda Est!

For the record, you can now count on The Reason blog and David Weigel to provide an unreasonable defense of Senator Chuck Hagel. (btw, they don't call it "Hit & Run" for nothin!)

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Hagel and the Immigration Bill of 2008

THE SELLOUT SEVEN * Graham (R-SC) * Hagel (R-Neb.) Lugar (R-Ind.) Martinez (R-Fla.) McCain (R-Ariz.) Specter (R-Pa.) Voinovich (R-Ohio)

Ted Kennedy on Immigration
1965: "The bill will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs."
1986: "This amnesty will give citizenship to only 1.1 to 1.3 million illegal aliens. We will secure the borders henceforth. We will never again bring forward another amnesty bill like this."
2007: "Now it is time for action. 2007 is the year we must fix our broken system."

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Nebraska Republican Enters Senate Race — Hagel or Not


Jon Bruning, a Republican who serves as Nebraska’s attorney general, is waiting no longer for incumbent Senate Republican Chuck Hagel to make up his mind about 2008. Bruning announced Thursday that he is seeking the GOP nomination for the seat presently held by Hagel, a prominent Republican opponent of President Bush’s Iraq war policies.

Hagel, nationally known as a Republican dissident, has created an air of mystery about what path he will take next year. Though he may well decide to pursue a third Senate term, he has left open the possibility of running for president — perhaps as an independent candidate — or retiring from politics altogether.

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Jon Bruning officially enters Senate race

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Published Thursday | June 7, 2007 Jon Bruning officially enters Senate race BY ROBYNN TYSVER WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

It's official: Jon Bruning entered the 2008 Senate race today.

Jon Bruning announcing his run for the Senate in the rotunda of the State Capitol.The second-term Nebraska attorney general said he will run for Senate whether fellow Republican and incumbent Sen. Chuck Hagel runs or not.

"I am a candidate without reservations," Bruning said at a news conference in Lincoln today. "I'm running hard and I'm running to win."

Hagel, who has angered many rank-and-file party members with his criticism of the Iraq war, has not announced whether he will run for a third term. He plans to make his decision in the fall.

Bruning said he is disappointed in Hagel's vote for early troop withdrawal from Iraq and Hagel's support of President Bush's immigration bill.

Bruning said he believes he can beat Hagel and former Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns if either get into the race. He tried to paint Hagel as an out-of-touch Washington lawmaker who is not a Nebraskan.

He referred to Hagel - who currently lives in Virginia - as a carpetbagger. Bruning said that if former Sen. Bob Kerrey got into the race he would also portray him as a carpetbagger.

Bruning noted that his supporters include former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne, Omaha businessman David Sokol and state Treasurer Shane Osborn.

Bruning made his announcement with family and about 75 supporters in the rotunda of the State Capitol.

Bruning United States Senate Website

Jon Bruning

Jon Bruning bio

AGE: 38. Born April 30, 1969, in Lincoln to Roger and Mary Bruning.

RESIDENCE: Lancaster County

EDUCATION: Graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School in 1987. Graduated with a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1990. Earned law degree from UNL in 1994.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: General counsel for Vital Learning Corp. in Omaha, 1994-1997. Attorney in private practice.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Vice president of University of Nebraska student government, 1989-1990. Elected as a state senator in 1996 and re-elected in 2000. Elected attorney general in 2002 and re-elected in 2006.

RELIGION: Methodist

FAMILY: Wife, Deonne Niemack, two children.

Bruning 4 Senator in Nebraska!

It's official: Jon Bruning entered the 2008 Senate race today.