Saturday, December 18, 2010

Senator Nelson is Senator Earmarks

With the tax bill and government spending on the U.S. Senate agenda this past week, Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson continues try to position himself as not a tax and spend Democrat. Senator Nelson continues to vote in favor of earmarks, then accuses his challenger of requesting them.

Jon Bruning responds:

"I was not requesting an earmark. We have not spent any of that money. We're sending it back. We don't want it."

What really matters, Bruning said, is that "Ben Nelson remains in favor of earmarks and I do not."

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Shane Osborn to chair the Jon Bruning Senate Campaign

Outgoing Nebraska state treasurer Shane Osborn has been hired to chair the Jon Bruning campaign.


Friday, November 12, 2010

Are you running, Mr. Senator?

This week, during an interview on KFAB radio, Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson was asked if he’s running for re-election. Surprisingly, he indicated 'yes' but he didn't enthusiastically say yes. "At this point in time I’m certainly planning to run. I’ve been fund raising, been organizing, we’re working on a campaign strategy."

That strategy, obviously, is to "explain" (and re-explain) to the good people of Nebraska the Cornhusker Compromise among other items in the Nelson voting record.

Nelson added, during the interview: "What’s more important than who has the majority is whether we can work together. Ever since I’ve been back there I’ve been able to reach across the aisle and try to bring about solutions, rather than try to block."

Take this to the bank and cash it: Nebraskans will begin to hear the phrase "reach-across-the-aisle" many times daily over the next two years.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

POLL: Jon Bruning up by 15 points over Nelson

A GOP poll taken Nov. 2-3 of 499 “likely” voters (with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points) shows U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. trailing Republican Attorney General Jon Bruning by 15 percentage points in a head-to-head match up for the Senate race in 2012.

Omaha World-Herald article

Monday, November 8, 2010

U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson forecasts the political future

At the weekend NSEA (Nebraska State Education Association) conference, U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) tried to tell a joke:

"I drew Jon Bruning and Don Stenberg, maybe Pete Ricketts." (relating his appearance at the conference to winning a door prize)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Jon Bruning: "I want to run. I'm ready to run."

At a news conference Friday morning (11/5/10) in the Capitol Rotunda, Jon Bruning stated: "I can't imagine any conditions under which I would not run" (for the U.S. Senate).

Bruning, Nebraska's attorney general since 2003, has started raising money for the Senate campaign, formed a four-person campaign staff, and is ready to begin.

He also stated: "On Tuesday, the American people took a giant step toward taking our country back, but much work remains in order to fix what's broken in Washington."

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Jon Bruning: a Friday press conference - 11/5/10

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning will hold a press conference this week to announce his decision at 10 a.m. Friday whether he will run for the U.S. Senate in 2012.

That race would be against incumbent Sen. Ben Nelson, (D-Neb.)