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The Omaha World Herald reportedly has never endorsed a Democratic candidate for the 3rd district. Well, folks, Scott Kleeb has made history:

Two young men are vying to succeed U.S. Rep. Tom Osborne in Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District. Given the unseasoned nature of both candidates, there is a degree of uncertainty about how either would do in Congress.

One candidate, Scott Kleeb, stands out as the better choice. The reason: his fundamental strength - a strength of intellect, a strength of eloquence, a strength of stability....

Such strength could serve Kleeb well in Congress. Such strength provides him the potential to be a lawmaker respected for making a constructive difference.

As many 3rd District voters know, Kleeb has an unusual background as a cowboy/scholar - a real-life ranch hand who also earned stellar academic credentials, above all for his study of how the American West and cattle country in particular are connected to the world economy....

Among his themes: Use effective arguments and outreach so that Washington leaders better recognize the importance of rural America's needs and opportunities. Push harder for rural development. Get even more creative about ag-sector promotion. Understand Nebraska's enduring connections to the global marketplace and aggressively work to turn those connections into profitable opportunities for individuals and communities.

Those themes that Kleeb is pushing in Nebraska are also resonating in races across the West. Where the Republicans have turned to candidates like Sali in Idaho, or Smith in Nebraska who are supported by the radical, government-killing Club for Growth, the Democrats have emerged with strong candidates who understand the role for good that the federal government can play for rural families. That the vast transformation that American agriculture is going to have undertake to develop sustainably, to reduce energy costs, to become a partner in energy production, and for the family farm to survive in the next decades will require the federal government. Rural families understand this. Like Kleeb describes in his bio, their parents and grandparents have told them how dramatically their lives changed with things like rural electrification. My own father has talked about it. While my grandparents were always Democrats, President Roosevelt made them lifelong, committed, partisan Dems when he brought electricity to Corral, Idaho.

Candidates like Kleeb, Tester, Goldmark, Trauner, and Grant recognize that their neighbors are generally smart enough to know when they need the government, and when they don't. They've known when to listen to what their neighbors are saying instead of listening to what a DC consultant is telling them. They've run effective enough grassroots and netroots campaigns to break into the party establishment on their terms. That's why Goldmark, Grant, and Kleeb have all been tapped as emerging races with the DCCC.

On the Web:

Scott Kleeb
Peter Goldmark
Larry Grant

Update by kos: Kleeb's opponent, Adrian Smith, has raised nearly 40 percent of his campaign funds from the Club for Growth. The Club is virulently anti-farm subsidies. And whether you agree with that position or not, fact is, this is an agricultural district.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:17 PM PDT.

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  •  Better correct the spelling: It's Omaha (4+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades, theran, 1five9, ptmflbcs

    Not Ohama World Herald
    Must have Obama on the brain...

    "Always do right -- this will gratify some and astonish the rest." Mark Twain

    by TampaProgressive on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:19:28 PM PDT

  •  Ya know.... (3+ / 0-)
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    joeesha, PerfectStormer, Predictor

    I am completely heterosexual, but Scott Kleeb is pretty hot.

    •  DD (0+ / 0-)

      Are you sure you don't search the 'Net for pictures of him while you're at work? :P

      Deny My Freedom
      "Inconvenient truths do not go away just because they are not seen." -Al Gore

      by PsiFighter37 on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 02:14:43 PM PDT

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    •  Delaware Dem...nice photos! (0+ / 0-)

      I really liked the photos on your photoblog, Milhouse's Glasses. I found myself writing crtiques in my head for each one. (Not that you asked me to; it's just a natural thing of mine to critique photography.)

      The photo early on with the top floor of a building and the people working out is brilliant.

      Oh...and I appreciate your comment about being completely heterosexual but still finding Kleeb hot.

    •  I am completely not heterosexual (0+ / 0-)

      and I completely agree with you.  

      Hillary cannot be swiftboated because everything is already known about her, unlike anyone else who is running. Hillary for President 2008!

      by HillaryGuy on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 11:59:51 PM PDT

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  •  Halleluia (0+ / 0-)

    Democrats in Idaho must be so pleased. As are we!

    (Trauner's not doing too shabby either, I gather)

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:20:09 PM PDT

  •  GO BIG SCOTT (1+ / 0-)
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    That's the closest i'll get to cheering for the Huskers football team.

    "Our country right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right" - Carl Schurz

    by RBH on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:20:22 PM PDT

  •  Ohama? Not Omaha? (0+ / 0-)

    Is that really the name of the paper, or a tpyo?

  •  What is that Japanese newspaper ... (7+ / 0-)

    ...doing endorsing Kleeb? Ohama? Just kidding. Fixed.

  •  It doesn't hurt that he's HOT! n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    TealVeal, plymouth

    -3.63, -4.46 "Choose something like a star to stay your mind on- and be staid"

    by goldberry on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:24:12 PM PDT

  •  Hmm - Kleeb for Senate 2012? (1+ / 0-)
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    Watch your back, Benator.

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:24:19 PM PDT

  •  Clark Kent I mean Scott Kleeb has a fundraiser (2+ / 0-)
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    saucy monkey, ThunderHawk13

    in SF tonight, IIRC. I can't seem to find any info on that, but I swear that's what my boyfriend told me. We're skipping this one due to doing a Warner thing tomorrow, an Angelides/Bowen thing saturday and a Tester/Clinton thing a week from wednesday!!

    Ok, can the election happen soon so I can have my schedule back please?

    conscientious objector in the battle of the sexes.

    by plymouth on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:26:13 PM PDT

    •  Thought that was Hackett. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      Pray for the separation of church and state. (-6.75, -6.24)

      by CJB on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 02:27:49 PM PDT

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    •  If you find it, go. (2+ / 0-)
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      hoolia, plymouth

      If you are in San Francisco and can find where the fundraiser is being held, by all means go to it. If Scott's there, and you get a chance to listen to him, you will be in for a treat. He talks the way we wish all politicians could, from the heart. Party talking points are not part of his repertoire.
      Scott Kleeb just might be the acorn that grows into a mighty oak tree full of Democrats right in the heart of America. Wouldn't a nice, huge, blue Congressional District look beautiful in that sea of red that has dominated the middle of our country for far too long?
      If you do go. Be sure to pack your checkbook. Write out a healthy donation to his campaign.

    •  dozens of Kossacks are here already (0+ / 0-)

      writing checks, watching Kleeb commercials projected on the wall, chatting, drinking

      (in case you missed it on the FP last night):

      I was hoping to do some photoblogging, but the lighting is worse than at the Wesley Clark party at yKos! At least there's WiFi so we can do some commenting here as events develop.

  •  I'm anti farm subsidy (6+ / 0-)

    but I'm more anti-republican.  Big Tent, baby.

    We will not distinguish between sexual predators and those who harbor them.

    by clonecone on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:26:59 PM PDT

    •  There's a place for them (4+ / 0-)
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      Delaware Dem, Bearpaw, dufffbeer, plymouth

      done rationally. When the money is going to Monsanto and Con-Agra, I'm totally with you. But to reengineer ag the way it needs to be done, I think some subsidization is going to have to continue, at least through the transition.

      "I have a philosophy about elections. I believe issues divide and values unite."--Gov. Brian Schweitzer

      by Joan McCarter on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:29:14 PM PDT

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      •  I should have said (1+ / 0-)
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        in their current form.

        We will not distinguish between sexual predators and those who harbor them.

        by clonecone on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:30:04 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah, like... (3+ / 0-)
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        mcjoan, Bearpaw, Marcus Graly

        ...stop subsidizing corn and get all that damned HFCS out of my food and start subsidizing more sustainable agriculture!

        conscientious objector in the battle of the sexes.

        by plymouth on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:31:18 PM PDT

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        •  I'd be willing to increase subsidies (1+ / 0-)
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          for biomass crops.  Biodiesel, ethanol, biomass furnaces...

          I'd also support set aside funding for converting ag fields to wind farms.

          We will not distinguish between sexual predators and those who harbor them.

          by clonecone on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:37:27 PM PDT

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          •  Ooh, wind farms... (3+ / 0-)
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            clonecone, xerico, Marcus Graly

            The thing is, complete conversion isn't even necessary - you can "plant" wind-turbines on the hills and still have cattle grazing at the bases of them. There is a ton of this going on at Altamont Pass. Of course the downside of that is that cattle grazingland makes great habitat for little furry critters... which attract birds of prey... which get killed in wind turbines. But there are ways around this.

            conscientious objector in the battle of the sexes.

            by plymouth on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:42:32 PM PDT

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      •  yeah, I'm virulently anti- ... (0+ / 0-)

        Yeah, I'm virulently anti-farm subsidies to agribusiness.  Just like I'm against corporate welfare in general.

        "If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner." - Nelson Mandela

        by Bearpaw on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:35:22 PM PDT

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        •  Same here (2+ / 0-)
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          hoolia, ThunderHawk13

          A rational farm bill that would subsidize a decent size family farm, but would be capped against the huge mega corps would be ok in my book.

          The subsidy could even be larger if the money actually stayed the same. It would keep family farms in operation. It's really a way of life for people. I can't imagine the pain of being on land that your great grand parents tamed, worked, bled on and having to give it up because of the Wal-Martification of farming. It would burn my soul if that was me.

          Don't like crooks in D.C.? Support Heath Shuler (NC-11) who is challenging one of them.

          by trifecta on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:58:47 PM PDT

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          •  But you need to tie this in rationally (0+ / 0-)

            to the national interest in preserving family farms. After all, we didn't protect carriage makers from going out of business. Why farmers?

            There are good reasons--but we have to be clear about them.

            The next phase of pragmatic progressivism has only just begun. Lots of work to do.

            •  Lots of rational reasons (1+ / 0-)
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              Diversification of crops. Diversifications of fields. When farms are smaller and split up it is one more barrier against disease, pestulance.

              It also will allow sustainability in a better way. The folks who live on their farms are less likely to rape the earth than those who figure they can just buy up another plot of land once they abuse this one.

              Even though its not "rational", it's also part of our national identity. It's not about buggies and horses. It's about good wholesome food being grown by people who care about the product. It's not just a commodity.

              Don't like crooks in D.C.? Support Heath Shuler (NC-11) who is challenging one of them.

              by trifecta on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 02:30:28 PM PDT

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    •  You have to say what kind of farm subsidy (2+ / 0-)
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      mcjoan, RainyDay

      Research money, market access assistance, and conservation funding is great. A "green payments" program would be revolutionary. Title I programs like direct payments, counter-cyclicals, and LDPs hurt more farmers than they help. After all, there's is a negative correlations between counties that recieve Title I subsidies and economic growth.

      By reallocating funding, we can make more farmers more competitive, promote sustainable and local agriculture, create closer connections between urban consumers and rural producers as well as the political left and right, protect the environment, and make a major dent in global poverty. Its really win, win no matter how farm district Congressfolk like to spin it.

      "Be radical, be radical, be not too damned radical." - Whitman [-4.50, -5.79]

      by DemHillStaffer on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:39:42 PM PDT

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      •  PLEASE diary this after the election (1+ / 0-)
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        You, or someone else who understands these issues.

        This is a discussion we need to have. Agricultural policy has an impact on everything from global warning to globalization to the deficit. I'd like to get our ducks in a row. And find a smart way out of the mess we're in.

        Farm subsidies can be very Democratic--if they are tied into the basic social insurance network we believe in. For small players, farming has always been very risky business. Without any sharing of risk, they would all go out of business--and we'd all starve.

        But I'm curious about better ways to do things.

        For instance: Why do we always support prices rather than income?

        Seems like we're spending the maximum amount of treasury dollars for a scattershot approach that chiefly benefits agribusiness.

        Anyway, I hope somebody returns to this after the election.

      •  Nixonian reforms (0+ / 0-)

        I've just getting into reading "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and he's talking a lot about the reliance of farmers on corn (and soybeans).

        One point he makes is that the reforms of the (Roosevelt) farm subsidies during the Nixon years (can't remember the Ag guy's name) moved from loans (a disincentive to grow when there's a surplus) to direct payments (so that the surplus goesinto the market -- lowering the return on the corn). This essentially subsidizes the big corps, and impoverishes the farmers.

        So we need "smart" farm subsidies. I think this is again a case of "Dems had it right before" meme. In this case the fix has to go back 35-40 years.

        But I'm pretty out of my comfort zone on the topic.

        •  the only problem with loans now (0+ / 0-)

          is that that we have something called "loan deficiency payments" where, basically, if the price of the crop drops and you can't pay back the loan, you just default the crops to the government and pocket the difference, in essence eliminating any incentive not to overproduce.

          "Be radical, be radical, be not too damned radical." - Whitman [-4.50, -5.79]

          by DemHillStaffer on Tue Oct 17, 2006 at 11:20:35 AM PDT

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  •  As an old Nebraska boy (8+ / 0-)

    Its nice to see some democrats being born out in the heartland who stand a chance on that very red battlefield.  For so long in Nebraska, few dems have had an opportunity for footholds.  I guess when your party shakes its branches enough, some people are bound to fall out.

    I'll show you conservative!

    by aaronsmiles on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:29:51 PM PDT

    •  Scott was actually born in Turkey (0+ / 0-)

      His parents taught on Army Bases in Europe. He grew up in Italy on base. Spent time back in Nebraska all the time growing up, and then did ranch work there. I was reading a bio of him, and it's fascinating. He speaks Italian, cooks italian, played soccer overseas, and his graduate work at Yale was on the farm, specializing in cattle farming, and he traveled throughout the west interviewing family farmers. He did bull riding too.

      Seems like a guy with a bright future.

      Don't like crooks in D.C.? Support Heath Shuler (NC-11) who is challenging one of them.

      by trifecta on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 02:11:53 PM PDT

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  •  Smith was also a beneficiery of Craigpac... (0+ / 0-)

    ...the Political action committee of disgraced GOP activist, and soo to be ex-husband, of Country singerm Sara Evans -- Craig Schelske.

  •  Great post (1+ / 0-)
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    One of your best.

    •  Thanks (2+ / 0-)
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      1five9, Big Tent Democrat

      I could make a joke about how Kleeb is inspiring, but it actually is the issues. It's just so great to see a fellow ranch kid make good, to have candidates who understand the world the same way I do. I guess the formative view from the back of a horse is something you can't really shake. That sounds ridiculously hokey, but if you talk to any other person who grew up on a farm or ranch, they'd tell you the same.

      "I have a philosophy about elections. I believe issues divide and values unite."--Gov. Brian Schweitzer

      by Joan McCarter on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:36:22 PM PDT

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  •  Club for Growth is not just against ... (7+ / 0-)

    ...crop subsidies, it opposes subsidies that spur farmers NOT to grow crops on environmentally sensitive land. The EU's new program of subsidies focuses on land stewardship, as have some U.S. subsidies, and CG would do away with all that in the name of the "most efficient use of the land."

    •  Who wants to be a member of that club? (0+ / 0-)

      I suppose one would be a member of a "club" led by an "economist" who never bothered to finish his PhD. but who was nevertheless hired as a "senior economist" of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee under then Chairman Dick Armey of Texas because he was recommended to Armey by the Scaife/Coors funded right wing Heritage Foundation.

      Stop bitching and start a revolution!

      by Randian on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 04:32:30 PM PDT

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  •  In regards to Kos' update ... (0+ / 0-)

    This is something I was always bewildered by.  Being that Nebraska is such a ag state, I could never understand why so many people would allow themselves to vote republican, considering traditional republican views on cutting back govt. funding.  I suppose getting rid of evil was always more important to them ... I suppose thats why they might be electing a Dem now ... hehe.

    I'll show you conservative!

    by aaronsmiles on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:32:57 PM PDT

  •  I don't suppose ... (2+ / 0-)
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    ptmflbcs, NebraskaLefty

    the World-Horror has had anything to say about Jim Eschin NE-02 or Maxine Moul in NE-01?

    "Do not offend the Chair Leg of Truth. It is wise and terrible."

    by section29 on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:35:41 PM PDT

    •  probably not (4+ / 0-)
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      section29, CJB, ptmflbcs, hoolia

      The Weird Harold is unlikely to endorse any other Democrats this year. The principle reason they went with Scott Kleeb is that his opponent has done the unthinkable in this predominately agrarian state - he got into bed with the Club for Growth, an extremely anti-farm subsidies group. Joining up with those who would cut your throat is not a good way to make friends out here.
      Jim Esch and Maxine Moul should receive an endorsement, but it is doubtful as their Republican opponents have yet to rape any twelve year old boys.
      David Hahn, the Democratic candidate for governor, is by far the better candidate in that race, but the OWH has paid him little attention despite his incredibly innovative solutions to the state's problems.
      Another huge problem in Nebraska is that the state Democratic Party has done little to promote any of their candidates other than Ben Nelson, Nebraska's "other" Republican Senator.

      •  Thank you for (0+ / 0-)

        the critisim the the State and local Democratic parties so gung ho for Ben Nelson when the other candidates are so much more deserving of help.
        I have written to them and emailed them but received no response.

        The yeah yeah  for Nelson drives me crazy.

        I have emptied my pocketbook for Kleeb and Hahn and wish I had more to give.

  •  Steve Gilliard's piece on defeatism (1+ / 0-)
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    John DE

    This piece...

    should be read by all people who read, comment, diary, mainpage, or participate in any other way to Left-leaning blogs.

    2 great women for WA: Cantwell & Burner

    by rustydude on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:36:30 PM PDT

  •  And he's been called "hunky" (0+ / 0-)

    I posted a diary on the Democrats "hunk" strategy. I didn't mention Kleeb, and was roundly criticized for it.

    My "Hunk strategy' diary post

    "We support your war of terror!" -- Borat Sagdiyev (a/k/a Sacha Baron Cohen)

    by FischFry on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 01:42:58 PM PDT

  •  Rural Infrastructure (3+ / 0-)
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    xerico, mcjoan, KLM

    Damn, I'm glad somebody brought up rural electrification. The economic realities of the marketplace are such that rural areas would never get a lot of services if it was purely supply and demand. It's expensive to run a lot of infrastructure out for just a few people. If we left it all up to corporations, there still wouldn't be running water and electricity in parts of this country, much less phone lines, because they simply couldn't get a good return on their investment.

    Our government was founded in part to provide for the "common good" which is why part of Congress' duties spelled out in the Constitution is to provide improvements (canals, roads, etc.)

    In this era of deregulation and do-nothing government, what does this mean? For one thing, broadband internet is still largely unavailable in rural America, because we haven't bothered to invest in it as a common service. Roads, bridges, and transportation access have suffered (no support for unprofitable low-volume airports has resulted in elimination of air routes under deregulation, and let's not even talk about the implosion of bus service in this country even as the number of bus lines diminishes). Electrical costs have skyrocketed for most folks, as individual rural customers lack the buying power to come together and buy cheap and in bulk.

    The government's there for a reason, and Dems in rural areas should run hard on these issues.

    For those of us not in rural areas, it's vital we are able to keep the whole country liveable and productive. We benefit from having open land, agricultural production we don't have to import, and from having decentralized family farms as much as possible instead of agribusiness. And frankly the more people who live happily in cheaper areas means less housing and resource pressure in the more densely-populated parts of the country. Any future industrial expansion has in this country is in the traditional rural areas for these reasons, and our common future depends on having a decent infrastructure nationwide, not some absurd libertarian wet dream of pay as you go.

    Democrats: soft on terror. Republicans: hard on pages.

    by TheCrank on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 02:13:10 PM PDT

  •  NAIS (1+ / 0-)
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    Where is Kleeb on the National Animal ID program? it is the sleeper issue of the cycle!

    i believe Boyda has come out opposing it in KS. Mike Johanns is the one trying to shove this down farmer's throats.

  •  Hooray from Idaho (2+ / 0-)
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    mcjoan, fuzzex

    Great news for Scott Kleeb. Congrats to him for the Omaha World Herald nod and for joining the emerging candidates list with Larry Grant and Peter Goldmark.

    Humiliate the Club for Growth. Contribute to Larry Grant now!

    by Red State Rebel on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 02:42:18 PM PDT

  •  I just like the word "Kleeb." (0+ / 0-)

    Kleeb, Kleeb, Kleeb, Kleeb, Kleeb, Kleeb, Kleeb, Kleeb, Kleeb, Kleeb, Kleeb, Kleeb, Kleeb, Kleeb, Kleebity Kleeb Kleeb Kleeb.

  •  where's his impressive endowment? (0+ / 0-)

    Or is this "not that kind of website"?

  •  Corral, Idaho? (1+ / 0-)
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    Well, mcjoan, I attended 1st grade in Bliss, Idaho.

    And like yours, my grandparents in Marsing and Payette, felt much the same..  As for my aunts and uncles, the better off they are, the more they like George Bush.  I guess that they really want to put EVERYTHING behind them...

    Baaaa! Baaaa! :::Chomp!::: Beat Doc!

    by InquisitiveRaven on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 03:15:58 PM PDT

  •  Even a city boy through and through... (0+ / 0-) miself can't fail to be intrigued by this:

    an unusual background as a cowboy/scholar - a real-life ranch hand who also earned stellar academic credentials

    That is exactly the type of person I want to see more of in the House and Senate!

    We are all atheists about most of the gods that society has ever believed in - some of us just go one god further
    -- Richard Dawkin

    by deafmetal on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 03:31:22 PM PDT

  •  Whoa nellie! Kleeb is hot too! (1+ / 0-)
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    Do I sense another JFK in perhaps 10 years or so?0


    Full mental disclosure: Although I am happily married with a beautiful wife and wonderful 1 year old son, I am perfectly able to recognise and feel the "hotness quotient" of both males and females, and as such I am fully qualified to be making claims about the future JFKness of potential candidates.

    We are all atheists about most of the gods that society has ever believed in - some of us just go one god further
    -- Richard Dawkin

    by deafmetal on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 03:37:21 PM PDT

  •  impact of the endorsement ? (0+ / 0-)

    I have to wonder whether an endorsement by the Omaha paper will have any impact in the rural parts of the state.  An urban newspaper endorsement is not all that big a deal, considering that Omaha is 200+ miles away from most of the district.  

    What have the Grand Island, North Platte and Scottsbluff papers done for their endorsements?

    •  Is this race really competitive? Because . . . (0+ / 0-)

      I will contribute to him.  If not, though, then I would hate to waste that money when Trauner, WY-AL, really could use it.

      •  I'd give him the edge over Trauner (0+ / 0-)

        It's an open seat, so he's not up against incumbency. He's got native cred, and I know that that's an issue for many in WY, along with Trauner living in Jackson.

        But, I say focus at home first, anything extra can go to your neighbors.

        "I have a philosophy about elections. I believe issues divide and values unite."--Gov. Brian Schweitzer

        by Joan McCarter on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 04:24:31 PM PDT

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    •  OWH is THE statewide paper. (1+ / 0-)
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      Basically, we have two statewide papers in Nebraska - the Omaha World Herald and the Lincoln Journal Star. The OWH has long been the more dominant of the two.
      What was particularly important about this endorsement is that it was published in the Sunday edition. As a kid, I used to deliver the OWH and I had many more customers for the Sunday edition, about half again as many, as for the weekly edition.
      An endorsement by the OWH is VERY important in this state. An endorsement, or lack of one, by one of the smaller regional newspapers pales in comparison.
      Kleeb has been picking up a lot of support from disgruntled Republicans. I frequently travel to all corners of the state and a recent phenomenon has been very noticeable - the appearance of "Republicans for Kleeb" bumper stickers and yard signs.
      There are also reports that many fellow State Senators, colleagues of Adrian Smith, Kleeb's opponent, have very little respect for Adrian's intelligence or abilities. And that is just from the Republicans.

    •  One in seven Nebraskans get OWH. (1+ / 0-)
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      The Omaha World Herald owns most of the printed media in the state. They are bigger than all the combined newspapers in the state. They also own the North Platte, Scottsbluff, and Kearney newspapers.
      The OWH alone has a circulation of around 195K (242K on Sunday), the North Platte Telegraph 15K, the Scottsbluff Star-Herald 16K, and the Kearney Hub 15K.
      The population of Nebraska is around 1.7M. So, around 1 in 7 Nebraskans buys their paper, and several others read it. Do I think it has an impact? Hell yeah.

  •  CQ Politics says "Safe GOP," why? (0+ / 0-)

    Is this race really considered competitive?  I have said so myself and have never really looked at any independent evidence.  CQ Politics still rates this district as "Safe Republican."  Are there any polls or anything that really suggests this race is competitive other than overly optimistic progressives in NE-3 and those attracted to the handsome young man?  I am not being a nay sayer, I just haven't seen why this is competitive yet.  

    By the way, I can't imagine voters in NE-3 taking an Omaha newspaper's endorsement seriously.  Of couse, I really don't know.  Just something about the city mouse and the country mouse stikes me here.

    •  Kleeb's independent poll is within MOE (0+ / 0-)

      It's kinda old now (it was conducted mid to late September), but it showed Kleeb trailing at just 41-37 among "Definate voters", which, I'll grant you, is a suspect category of voters.  In the "likely voters" category, the margin increased to 40-31, which I guess shows you that Kleeb's supporters are more enthusiastic than Smith's.  

      Smith has also released an internal poll which showed him leading 51% to 24%, but this was conducted in very early September (before Kleeb's ad blitz) and Kleeb's name recognition in the poll was only 47%.  The last couple of weeks have been spectacular for Kleeb in both paid and earned media, there's no doubt in my mind that this race is tight right now.

  •  Left Behind (0+ / 0-)

    Will I get less insistence now that Senator Nelson (DINO-NE) must be allowed to act like a Republican, just because his Democrat affiliation counts towards the Senate's majority tyranny rules for controlling every committee with even a bare majority? If his state's "Conservative" media  is starting to endorse Democrats, for how long will Nebraskans be properly represented by a corporatist, when most of them are labor or less?

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 04:37:05 PM PDT

  •  why most nebraskans want kleeb to win (2+ / 0-)
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    mcjoan, ptmflbcs

    I challenge anyone to find the last time the world herald endorsed a democrat in an open seat election for governor, house or senate.

    As Jim Exon once said, "The world herald only endorsed me when i did not need it" When Exon ran as an incumbent against token repub opposition, then the w-h endorsed him.

    As for why, the world herald is a conservative republican newspaper but it is a NEBRASKA newspaper and its editors are sick and tired of out of state money coming in to Nebraska to influence elections.

    First it was the term limit money to knock off a huighly rated Supreme Court Judge, then the Club for Growth money to knock out State Sen Curt Bromm in the 04 GOP primary for NE 1st, a good Speaker of the Unicameral with a proven record as a conservative legislator, the huge out of state money this year for perition drives on Spending and some kind of so called Human Life bizzarro amendment.

    Then Club for Growth backs an ineffective state senator in the NE 3rd primary last spring and with 400,000 dollars he knock off 2 very good conservative candidates.  Smith and the Club for Growth knew in the primary that his opponents did not have the money to raise the club for growth issue in t v advertsing, They did not count on Kleeb being able to mount a campaign so they figured, after the primary, the race would be over.

    The World Herald just sent a message to future Nebraska candidates, take half your money from an out of state radical group and the world herald will take its own radical position, it will endorse a democrat.

    The Herald wants to end out of state money that thinks it can influence neb politics

    When Kleeb wins, the out of state money goes away for a generation

  •  This proves Deans strategy worked (0+ / 0-)

    Emanuel said it was a waste of time. Emanuel also wrote ..."The Plan" .

  •  Plan on invading the 3rd (0+ / 0-)

    To help out Kleeb in a couple weeks.

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