Monthly Archives: February 2013

New spokesman for Lee Terry

Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., has a new communications director. Larry Farnsworth is the former deputy press secretary to then-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. He will serve as Terry’s chief spokesman, doing outreach for the congressional office and issues related … Continue reading

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Professor Ben Nelson

Catching up to some news from UNO last week. Former Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., is the new “Politician-in-Residence” for the University of Nebraska at Omaha political science department. He will be “team-teaching” an upper-level course each semester. His next speech … Continue reading

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How will Fischer vote on Hagel next time?

Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., reiterated Thursday during a radio interview on KFAB that she supports giving Chuck Hagel an up-or-down vote on his nomination as defense secretary. But don’t assume that’s a commitment on how she’ll vote when the Senate … Continue reading

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Prime seat for State of the Union

Among the special guests sitting with First Lady Michelle Obama tonight will be one Iowan, Lee Maxwell of Wilton. President Obama is expected to highlight clean energy during his address so keep an ear out for a mention of wind … Continue reading

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How a farm bill really gets done

The Onion has a funny spoof on the farm bill, describing Congress assembling the measure in an ancient, secretive ritual. The satirical newspaper describes how the elder conjurer of law High Priest Rothkarin mixes ingredients into a cauldron: “We summon the … Continue reading

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Harkin on Braley

The World-Herald caught up with Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, at the Capitol this week to see what he thought about Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa jumping into the race to succeed him. Harkin recently announced that he wouldn’t seek re-election. “Early … Continue reading

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Johanns fine with Fischer decision

Sen. Mike Johanns said Thursday it doesn’t bother him that he and Sen. Deb Fischer find themselves on different sides of Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be defense secretary. Johanns is supporting the nomination, while home-state colleague and fellow Republican Fischer … Continue reading

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Senator Steve King?

Rep. Steve King was speaking to reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill when his fellow Republican from across the river, Rep. Lee Terry, wandered by. “Hi Senator,” the Omaha congressman quipped. King smiled and shook his head ruefully, noting that his … Continue reading

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Eggs, orange juice and corny humor

Get ready for another year of recycled jokes. The Nebraska Breakfast is a weekly gathering of Cornhuskers in the buffet area of the Dirksen Senate Office building basement. It’s a popular event for Nebraska lobbyists, school groups and anyone else … Continue reading

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Hagel moving forward, still taking fire

As the World-Herald reports this morning, things are looking up for Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be the next defense secretary. His critics aren’t giving up entirely, however. One of the anti-Hagel groups, the Emergency Committee for Israel put together an … Continue reading

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