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"Hometowns to Heroes" Holiday Greetings

The holiday season gives us plenty of reasons to be grateful for the friends and family surrounding us and for the freedom to celebrate whichever religious holiday we choose. Right now about 1,500 Nebraskans are among the thousands of American troops fighting overseas in Iraq and elsewhere in the world. They are away from their friends and family this holiday to protect the freedoms that shape our way of life.

Thanks to Senator Nelson, you can now easily send those troops a special holiday message to brighten their spirits and thank them for their sacrifice. Sen. Nelson's website will host daily holiday greetings from Nebraska schools, civic organizations and individuals offering season's greetings.

You can easily participate. If you have the capability, you can email a 20 second greeting to or you can stop by Sen. Nelson's Omaha office to record a greeting. The office is at 7602 Pacific Street and will be open Monday through Friday beginning December 14th through January 15th from 1pm to 4pm for you to record a message.

You can join Nebraska troops in watching the videos on Sen. Nelson's website.

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BREAKING NEWS: Former Lt. Governor Maxine Moul to Challenge Fortenberry

Former Lt. Governor and State Economic Development Director Maxine Moul indicated today that she is leaning towards challenging first time incumbent Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. Read the news and stay tuned for more information as it develops…

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It's Official: David Hahn for Governor

Normally, we don't put press releases onto the blog because they're just informal and impersonal--but, we thought everyone should know the same background on your new Gubernatorial candidate.

December 8, 2005

David Hahn for Governor

LINCOLN, NE--Today, David Hahn filed his candidacy for Governor before meeting with reporters at the Capitol Rotunda. Hahn said he has fought to keep Nebraska's identity and values alive, and will continue to do so as Governor.

"I am a fifth generation Nebraskan who was raised in the communities of Omaha, Stromsburg and Schuyler, so I know firsthand the different ways rural and urban Nebraska come together to make this such a great state," said Hahn. "I will find innovative ways to protect what we all value most and to make Nebraska a national leader in economic growth, energy production, and quality of life."

Hahn, an attorney and internet entrepreneur, devoted his early years in legal practice to defending family-owned farms and ranches in Nebraska and worked tirelessly to prevent their dissolution. Hahn attributes his success at saving family farms and ranches to his ability to work collaboratively with others, to innovate, and to apply creative solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.

Hahn's interest in computer technology led him to work in emerging technologies. He is the CEO of New Digital Group, a world-class internet development company based in Lincoln. Hahn's experience in business and law offers a forward-thinking model for economic growth in Nebraska that is consistently grounded in the fundamental values that make this state unique. His excitement for Nebraska's future coupled with the love and support of his wife, Ruth, and his three children, have encouraged Hahn to share his pioneering vision with his fellow citizens.

Born in Omaha in 1955, Hahn spent his formative years in Stromsburg and Schuyler, communities whose rural ideals cemented his appreciation for Nebraska's core values and traditions. Hahn carried these values with him as he pursued his education first at Sterling College in Kansas, then at Phillips University in Marburg, Germany, where he nutured his lifelong interest in philosophy and theology. In the early 1980's, Hahn returned to Nebraska to complete his law degree at the University of Nebraska.

Learn more about David Hahn at

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Hahn to Announce Bid for Governor

For those of you who don't read the newspaper, the "story of the day" is pretty big:

Hahn to Announce Bid for Governor

Hahn to Enter Governor's Race

and last but certainly not least from the Omaha World Herald:

Democrat Hahn to Enter Governor's Race

Be sure to check back throughout the day as we add more details about David Hahn and his candidacy for a new Nebraska.

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Recap on YDA Phoenix Meeting

This is a guest post from Jeff Leanna, National YDA Vice President for Students and Youth. You can contact Jeff at

This past weekend, Young Democrats of America and the DNC held their respective National Committee meetings in sunny (and yes, warm) Phoenix, AZ. This was the first of many future joint meetings of YDA and the DNC. In fact, the YDA Executive Committee will be joining forces again with the DNC when they meet together in New Orleans on April 20-22, 2006.

Exciting things happened for YDA in Phoenix. The YDA National Committee approved the charters of three new state chapters, bringing YDA's total to 40 Unit (state) Chapters, more than 900 local chapters and more than 50,000 members nationally. The YDA High School Caucus and the YDA College Caucus were officially recognized, bringing the number of recognized YDA caucuses to 8.

YDA announced that immediately following the DNC/ YDA meeting in New Orleans, YDA members from across the country will converge on Mississippi to build a new playground in acommunity devastated by Hurricane Katrina. I'm very proud to announce Nebraska's own UNO College Democrats are the very first organization to donate money to the playground effort and will be organizing a road trip down to Mississippi in April to help build the playground.

Nebraskans played a big part in YDA's meeting. Third Congressional District candidate Scott Kleeb spoke to more than 40 YD's at the YDA Rural Caucus about his candidacy for office and answered questions from caucus members and visitors. DNC At-Large member Frank LaMere attended the YDA General Session Saturday evening and captivated many YD members he spoke with after the YDA General Session had ended. The UNO College Democrats were a huge hit in Phoenix with there well-known activist buttons and have been asked to attend future DNC and YDA meetings.

Finally, YDA unveiled its Chapter Revolution and 2006 in 2006 program, an innovative and challenging plan to increase local YD chapter membership in 2006. With more than 1,100 new chapters yet to be formed, every YDA chapter, including the Nebraska Young Democrats, will be doing their part to reach the goal of 2006 local chapters in 2006.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Leanna

YDA National Vice President for Students and Youth

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Scott Kleeb Creates a Buzz at Meeting - by Vince Powers

This is a post from Nebraska's Democratic National Committeeman Vince powers:

Third Congressional District Scott Kleeb created a buzz at the Democratic National Commitee Meeting in Phoenix when the Nebraska Democratic Party hosted a reception for Scott.

The reception on Thursday, November 30, 2005, was well attended by 75 to 100 DNC members and state chairs and executive directors.

Scott challenged the DNC to make the promise of Howard Dean to have a 50 state strategy beginning in 2006 come alive.

Scott in his remarks said to the DNC members present, "You folks voted for a 50-state strategy. Well, I am the 50-state strategy. I am running in the 3rd CD of Nebraska and I need your help."

Scott's message at the reception was well received. I overheard a number of well-known Democrats commenting favorably on Scott's candidacy. The next day, Friday, December 1st, Scott's reception was the talk of the meeting. Scott then spoke eloquently at the Rural Caucus where again he was well received and he spoke at the Native American Leadership Council where his remarks hit home.

Sharing a cab to the airport after the meetings, I had a political consultant tell me that the reception for Scott demonstrated that things were happening in Nebraska.

Scott's decision to hold the reception at the Wyndham Hotel in Phoenix was a brilliant beginning to his campaign. The only other candidate who held a reception was the Arizona Candidate for Senate. And Scott's good planning resulted in his reception beginning immediately after that reception.

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What about that $20,000, Jeff?

How about an open thread on everyone's favorite rubberstamp, Jeff Fortenberry?

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Great Job Everyone!

Congrats everyone. Jeff Fortenberry says he is going to give the $4,000 in campaign contributions he received from Duke Cunningham to the Lincoln People's City Mission. You can read about it in this Omaha World Herald article.

I know several reporters who called Fortenberry's office yesterday after getting our press release about the petition. They were asking him repeatedly if he was going to donate the money. Your efforts led to his donation to a worthy charity!

Even though Fortenberry complied with our request, there is still more to be done. He still has not given up the $20,000 in contributions from Tom Delay. Please continue to sign the petition and tell your friends to as well!

You made a difference yesterday. Not only did your actions bring attention to Fortenberry's connection to the culture of corruption in the Republican Party, but it ended with the People's City Mission receiving a plump donation just in time for the holidays.

For those of you who don't know much about the mission, it is a homeless shelter that is filled to maximum capacity. One of my last stories as a reporter was at the Mission this summer. The Director told me requests to stay there were skyrocketing, in part due to an increase in the number of women and children leaving domestic abuse situations with nowhere else to go.

Because of you, those families in need will have a better holiday season. Great job!

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Donate the Dirty Dollars

As you might have noticed on our homepage, the NDP has created a new online petition asking Rep. Jeff Fortenberry to donate $4,000 to charity. Four-grand is the amount of money the 2004 Fortenberry campaign received from Rep. Duke Cunningham's American Prosperity PAC. Cunningham's money is contaminated by the more then $2 million dollars in bribes he took.

Cunningham was near tears as he admitted how appalling his behavior was. "The truth is I broke the law, concealed my conduct and disgraced my office," Cunningham told reporters.

Fortenberry should make the same acknowledgement by donating the $4,000 he received from Cunningham's dirty money to a charity right here in Nebraska.

Use your voice and tell him to do so by signing our petition:

You can also check out the NDP Press Release by clicking here.

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