9:20 AM, Mar 5, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Mike Lee, perhaps the United States Senate’s leading voice for a conservative reform agenda, has now endorsed Ben Sasse in Nebraska’s Senate race. Lee declared, “Nebraskans need Ben Sasse to represent their values, reformers in the Senate need his conservative vote, our country needs his voice.” Lee added that Sasse is “a strong constitutional conservative who understands the proper role of government” and who “also recognizes that we must run and win on the power of our positive ideas.”
Sasse, a fifth-generation Nebraskan and one of the nation’s youngest college presidents (of Midland University), has made his opposition to Obamacare the centerpiece of his campaign. He has been highly critical of President Obama’s lawless refusal to executive Obamacare as written, in plain violation of the constitutional separation of powers. And he has expressed his opposition not only to Obamacare but also to the entire Obamacare worldview:
“I am opposed to Obamacare not just because it was passed by a dishonest legislative gimmick; not just because it puts bureaucrats between patients and doctors; not just because it infringes on religious liberty and forces people of conscience to pay for abortion; not just because its information technology systems won’t work, and will likely lead to massive data leaks of Americans’ confidential financial and health data; and not just because its budget projections were built on Ponzi schemes, and because its actual costs will dwarf all estimates from the time of its legislative debate….
“I am also against it for a much more basic reason: I oppose Obamacare because I reject the worldview underlying it.”
Sasse has also been endorsed by Paul Ryan, Tom Coburn, the Senate Conservatives Fund, the Club for Growth, the Family Research Council, and Gun Owners of America.
11:22 AM, Feb 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Tom Coburn, the retiring Republican senator from Oklahoma and an influential conservative, endorsed Ben Sasse in the GOP Senate primary in Nebraska. Roll Call has the story:
5:14 PM, Feb 5, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
There hasn't been a lot of polling in the Nebraska Republican Senate primary so far, though the four way contest to succeed retiring senator Mike Johanns has been heating up. Today, ConservativeIntel released its poll of Nebraska showing that Shane Osborn and Ben Sasse are in a dead heat:
8:01 AM, Feb 3, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
There are a lot of Republican politicians who ostensibly favor the repeal of Obamacare. But there are a lot fewer who give the impression of having the ability and determination to lead the way in bringing about that nation-defining result.
The desolation of lives, and landscapes to match. Dec 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 13 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
How do you make a movie about depressing people that is not, in itself, depressing? That is the challenge that writer-director Alexander Payne sets for himself: He is the Houdini of depression, shackling himself in a narrative straitjacket of hopeless despair and then somehow magically getting himself and his audience out of it.
'We want everybody; we want to grow the conservative movement.'11:33 AM, Nov 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Ben Sasse is doing what few Republicans have been able to accomplish: He's uniting the GOP establishment with anti-establishment conservatives in his bid to become the next U.S. senator from Nebraska.
5:53 PM, Oct 10, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
While Republicans in the nation’s capital try to decide whether or not they’re committed to beating back Obamacare, a Republican Senate candidate from Nebraska is making his opposition to Obamacare the clear centerpiece of his campaign. During a speech earlier this week that officially launched his candidacy, Ben Sasse argued that we need to repeal not only Obamacare but also the “Obamacare worldview.”
6:16 PM, Feb 22, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has written a letter to Chuck Hagel to ask that he open his Senate archive at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Graham, who also asks Hagel to authorize the release of past speeches organized by the Washington Speakers Bureau, believes interested parties should have access to the former Nebraska senator's record.
12:10 PM, Feb 18, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Nebraska senator Mike Johanns, a Republican elected in 2008, will not seek reelection in 2014. Kasie Hunt of NBC News has the scoop:
Nebraska Republican Sen. Mike Johanns has informed Republicans in his home state that he will retire at the end of his current Senate term, GOP sources tell NBC News.
10:55 PM, Nov 6, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Senate candidate Deb Fischer of Nebraska has defeated her Democratic opponent, former governor and former senator Bob Kerrey, according to CBS News.
Fischer, a state senator from Valentine, won a come-from-behind victory in her three-way Republican primary. She will succeed Democrat Ben Nelson, who chose not to seek reelection.
4:12 PM, Oct 30, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Nebraska senator and governor Bob Kerrey, the Democrat who is running for his old Senate seat to replace retiring Democrat Ben Nelson, said he would vote for Nevada's Harry Reid for majority leader if he is elected. Appearing on KFAB radio in Omaha Tuesday morning, Kerrey was asked if he would support Reid for majority leader.
"Well, yes," Kerrey said. "I'll organize with the Democrats."