Nebraska Articles


An Unlikely Crusade

Senator Ben Sasse targets the administrative state.
Jan 11, 2016

Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, a rookie who ranks 99th in seniority, gave his maiden speech on the Senate floor in November. Normally, senators use such speeches to discuss why this or that legislation is needed. Sasse, a former college president and a historian by training (Yale Ph.D.) who has taught public policy (at the University of Texas), didn’t do that. Instead, he addressed the institutional decline of Congress.

The speech was well received in the Senate, and the news coverage was generally positive. Oddly, however, the media failed to observe that Sasse promised a series of floor speeches on the growth of the administrative state and "executive branch legislating."

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Senator: Why Is Obama Bucking 36 Years of Bipartisan Foreign Policy to Allow Iran to Go Nuclear?

8:38 AM, Apr 28, 2015

Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska reports on the four central questions he's been getting from constituents on Iran:

The questions are:

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Sasse Wins Nebraska Senate Seat

9:30 PM, Nov 04, 2014

Ben Sasse is projected to be the next Senator from Nebraska. This does not come as a surprise, as he appears to have won handily. However, THE WEEKLY STANDARD published the first major political profile of Sasse last summer, when he was a virtual unknown in the state.

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Leave No Voter Behind

Ben Sasse’s exhaustive Nebraska Senate ­campaign.
Sep 22, 2014

Lexington, Neb.

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RGA Runs TV Ad in … Nebraska?

12:02 PM, Aug 28, 2014

The Republican Governors Association is running a new TV ad in Nebraska, attacking the Democratic candidate for governor, Chuck Hassebrook. The ad knocks Hassebrook for supporting Obamacare. Watch it below:

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Ben Sasse Wins Decisively in Nebraska GOP Senate Primary

Can Sasse bridge the gap between the Tea Party and national Republicans?
11:10 PM, May 13, 2014

Ben Sasse has just won a decisive victory in the Nebraska Republican Senate primary. As of this writing, the race has been called by the Associated Press and Sasse holds a 27 point lead over his nearest competitor, with 79 percent of precincts reporting. Having clinched the primary win, early polling suggests Sasse will be the likely victor in the general election in November. At 42 years old, Sasse is poised to become the youngest GOP senator.

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The New York Times' Bizarre Spin on the Nebraska Senate Race

11:24 AM, May 12, 2014

The New York Times is up with a story today, "Tea Party Activists See Own Groups Among Washington Adversaries," about the supposed tension between national Tea Party groups and local Tea Party activists. The lede of the piece involves an anecdote -- and I use that term loosely, as it seems to bear little relationship to reality -- about the Nebraska Senate race:

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Sasse Says His Opposition to Obamacare ‘Will Make Nebraska Proud’

10:18 AM, May 12, 2014

In advance of tomorrow’s Nebraska Republican Senate primary — one of the most hotly contested in the nation — Ben Sasse’s final two television ads note his opposition to Obamacare. The first begins, “Conservatives are rallying in Nebraska against Obamacare and for Ben Sasse,” and it features Sarah Palin speaking in support of Sasse, as well as footage of Ted Cruz, another prominent Obamacare opponent and Sasse supporter. (Paul Ryan, Mike Lee, Rick Santorum, and Tom Coburn have also endorsed Sasse.)

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Economists Deny Endorsing Nebraska’s Shane Osborn

4:04 PM, May 07, 2014

Nebraska Senate candidate Shane Osborn seems to have made a habit of, one might say, overreaching during this campaign.

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Super PAC With McConnell Ties Runs Dishonest Ad Attacking GOP Senate Candidate's Family

2:05 PM, May 06, 2014

Yesterday, I reported on how a super PAC -- Freedom Pioneers Action Network, started by Mitch McConnell's former campaign manager Justin Brasell -- was flooding Nebraska with outside money to take down Tea Party endorsed Senate candidate Ben Sasse. The primary is just a week away and the Sasse campaign said they expected more attacks this week. Well, here is one of them, and it's ugly:

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Super PAC with McConnell Ties Attacking Nebraska Tea Party Candidate Ben Sasse

3:01 PM, May 05, 2014

With the Nebraska Republican Senate primary a week from tomorrow, outside money is flowing into the state to take down the race's frontrunner, Midland University president Ben Sasse. And the provenance of the money attacking Sasse is especially curious--a super PAC with strong ties to senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. 

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Nebraska’s Dark-Horse Candidate and the Cornhusker Kickback

9:31 AM, May 04, 2014

Nebraska’s Republican Senate primary has long looked to be shaping up as a battle between Midland University president Ben Sasse and former state treasurer Shane Osborn.  Throughout the campaign, Sasse has emphasized his determination to repeal Obamacare and fight the “Obamacare worldview,” while Osborn has emphasized his (controversial) military service and the fact that he’s not Sasse.  But as the Cornhusker State primary enters its stretch run (the primary is on May 13), a dark-horse candidate is making a move on the inside rail.

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Nebraska Senate: Cruz Endorses Sasse

8:34 AM, Apr 23, 2014

Texas senator Ted Cruz has endorsed Ben Sasse in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Nebraska. From the Sasse campaign announcement:

“I have gotten to know Ben Sasse, and while Nebraskans have good choices, Ben is the strongest conservative voice running for United States Senate,” said Sen. Cruz.  “Ben will not be just another vote in the Senate – he will be a leader in the fight to stop the Obama agenda and repeal ObamaCare from day one.  We need strong reinforcements like him in the United States Senate.”

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Senate Candidate Ben Sasse's Personal Investment in Repealing Obamacare

Poll shows Nebraska senate race is a dead heat.
8:19 AM, Apr 09, 2014

Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse has been declared "Obamacare's Nebraska Nemesis,"  and in a new ad Sasse explains why he's personally invested in repealing the law. In 2007, his wife Melissa had an aneurysm followed by an arduous recovery, which left his family with $160,000 in medical bills. Sasse ended up waging a months-long battle against the health insurance system, and Sasse is convinced Obamacare will only make these problems worse:

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Freedomworks Withdraws Osborn Support, Endorses Sasse For Nebraska Senate

4:19 PM, Mar 28, 2014

In a surprising move, the influential Tea Party group FreedomWorks has withdrawn its endorsement of former Nebraska state treasurer Shane Osborn and is now endorsing former Bush administration official and Midland College president Ben Sasse in the GOP Senate primary. According to a statement from Freedomworks president Matt Kibbe:

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Nebraska Senate Candidate Osborn Apologizes for Misrepresenting Military Memo

9:12 AM, Mar 26, 2014

Nebraska Senate Candidate Shane Osborn is a former Navy Lieutenant Commander who was flying a reconnaissance mission in April of 2001 when the EP-3 aircraft he was flying was struck by a Chinese fighter plane. Osborn managed to land the plane safely, but in Chinese territory. This sparked the first of many foreign policy crises during the Bush administration. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for courage and airmanship, and the Meritorious Service Medal for leadership as a result of the episode.

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A Big Fight Over Small Differences

The powers behind the Nebraska Republican primary.
Mar 24, 2014

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is mad as hell, and it’s not going to take it anymore. This is the third election cycle in a row where incumbent Republicans and the NRSC’s hand-picked candidates have faced stiff primary challenges funded by Tea Party groups. No less than Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell is being primaried, and he’s made it clear what he plans to do to groups going after the national GOP. 

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Report: Osborn Senate Campaign Misrepresented Memo About Military Record

12:02 PM, Mar 23, 2014

The Omaha World-Herald has two big stories up today that might impact the hotly contested Nebraska Republican Senate primary between former Bush administration official and Midland College president Ben Sasse and former state treasurer Shane Osborn. 

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Osborn Recycles Old Attack on Sasse to Distract from TARP Ties

10:25 AM, Mar 14, 2014

In the latest issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD, which went online early this morning, I have an article about the Nebraska Senate race. In a nutshell, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is trying to give a boost to one of the candidates due to some disagreements with outside conservative groups. This is problematic because there are two solid candidates in the race and it's an open primary -- and voters tend to resent meddling by the national party.

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Mike Lee Endorses Nebraska’s Ben Sasse

9:20 AM, Mar 05, 2014

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.”

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Coburn on Sasse: 'I'd Vote For Him'

11:22 AM, Feb 11, 2014

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:

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Sasse Makes Big Gains as Nebraska Senate Race Becomes Dead Heat

5:14 PM, Feb 05, 2014

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:

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Sasse Makes Big Gains As Nebraska Senate Race Becomes Dead Heat

4:14 PM, Feb 05, 2014

There hasn't been a lot of polling in the Nebraska's 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:

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When It Comes to Repeal, Ben Sasse Is the Real Deal

8:01 AM, Feb 03, 2014

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.

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Plains Speaking

The desolation of lives, and landscapes to match.
Dec 09, 2013

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. 

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Anti-Obamacare Candidate Bridges Tea Party and Establishment Divide

'We want everybody; we want to grow the conservative movement.'
11:33 AM, Nov 08, 2013

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. 

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Club for Growth PAC Gets Behind Ben Sasse in Nebraska

12:28 PM, Nov 07, 2013

The Club for Growth PAC has endorsed Ben Sasse in his bid to be the next U.S. senator from Nebraska.

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Nebraska Senate Candidate Calls for Repealing the ‘Obamacare Worldview’

4:53 PM, Oct 10, 2013

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.”

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A Virtuoso Pol from Nebraska?

Ben Sasse eyes the open Senate seat.
Jun 17, 2013

Fremont, Nebr.

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