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Ashford wants Congressional pay cut until balanced budget achieved

19 August 2014

From Dan Marvin, NDP: "The choice in November couldn't be more clear between Brad Ashford's proposal to cut the pay of a do-nothing Congress that isn't working, and Congressman Terry, who somehow thinks it's negative or a distortion to remind the voters of Congressman Terry's own words last year about how he needed to keep his paycheck to pay for his ‘nice house" during his government shutdown."

Ashford wants Congressional pay cut until balanced budget is achieved

The Democratic candidate for Nebraska's Second Congressional District says Congress should take a pay cut until a balanced budget is passed.

Brad Ashford says if he's elected, he'll introduce a bill requiring lawmakers to take a 10 percent pay cut until there's a balanced budget.

"At the very least, we shouldn't raise salaries in Congress until we balance the budget. That's my pledge. And I'll take a ten percent pay cut until such time as we balance the budget."

Ashford says he also wants to end pensions for Congressmen who become lobbyists after serving in the House or Senate. Another proposal would end pay checks for lawmakers during a government shutdown.

Kent Grisham, a spokesman for Congressman Terry's campaign, says the campaign is "dismayed by an early negative approach and distortions."


Lee Terry: Horrible Moment

21 August 2014

From Dan Marvin, NDP: "By calling his ‘nice house' gaffe a horrible moment in his life, Congressman Terry is showing that he still doesn't get it, and is more interested in putting himself above the thousands of national guard staff and other workers who were furloughed during the $24 billion government shutdown. No matter how hard he tries, Congressman Terry can't run from the fact that he chose to keep his paycheck after voting to shut down the government."

GOP's Lee Terry worries voters won't forgive ‘nice house' gaffe

Locked in what both sides see as a race that will go down to the wire, GOP Congressman Lee Terry tells Nebraska Watchdog he worries voters will hold a nearly year-old gaffe against him.

A blunder so big that Terry (see exclusive interview above) now calls it, "One of the few moments in life I wish I had over again."

Congressman Terry (NE-R) says his 2013 gaffe was a "horrible moment" in his life. That moment came in early October, 2013 when arts of the U.S. government were shutdown. Asked by an Omaha World-Herald reporter (Joe Morton) if he'd continue collecting his paycheck during the shutdown Terry, in no uncertain terms, said yes.

"Dang straight...I've got a nice house and a kid in college, and I'll tell you we cannot handle it," said Terry. "Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That's just not going to fly."

The gaffe was noted just this week in a Nebraska Democratic Party news release. It's also expected that the 8-term Congressman's own words will be used against him in anti-Terry radio and TV ads going into Election Day.

Setting the Record Straight: Pete Ricketts and Mr Henchman

2 September 2014

Pete Ricketts is not playing straight with Nebraska voters about his involvement in raising taxes on hard working Nebraskans. In the debate last night, he said that his Platte Institute did not testify in support of raising sales taxes in Nebraska. In the transcript from the February 6th 2013 Revenue Committee hearing, Joseph Henchman says he was there "at the invitation of the Platte Institute here in Nebraska."

In the debate, Ricketts claimed that Mr. Henchman mistakenly signed in as a "proponent" testifier. The record is clear again, Mr. Henchman signed in as a proponent for the sales tax increase (LB 405) immediately after Senator Hadley said "so would the first proponent want to please come up." LB 405 would have added a tax to numerous transactions including prescription drugs, farm implements and hospital beds. Mr. Henchman said in his testimony "taxing consumption instead of taxing capital and wages leads to more economic growth," and later said, "a different tax system can change a lot. Something bold is needed, I would argue." There is nothing neutral about those comments.

"Now that Pete Ricketts needs the support of Nebraskans to become Governor, he is hiding from the fact that he supports raising taxes on 80% of Nebraskans while proposing cuts in taxes for those making the most" said Dan Marvin, Executive director of the Nebraska Democratic Party. Marvin continued "in this election, Nebraska Families can't afford to be lied to by a candidate who won't stand by his own record."


Lee Terry: Rough Week

3 September 2014

Tuesday: Roll Call -- Terry Remains "10 Most Vulnerable"

Roll Call reported last night, "Things were looking up for Terry when a third-party candidate and former Republican dropped out of the contest this spring. It should have allowed him to consolidate conservative support in the 2nd District, which Romney won with 53 percent in 2012. But polling still shows this race in a statistical dead heat. And Terry can't seem to get out of his own way, making a couple blunders on the trail, including on congressional pay."

Monday: Politico -- National Republicans Think Congressman Terry is in Trouble

Politico reported on Monday, ""There is also concern about Nebraska Rep. Lee Terry, an eight-term congressman with a long history as an underwhelming campaigner. During the government shutdown, Terry apologized after answering "dang straight" when a reporter asked whether he would continue collecting a paycheck, explaining that he had to cover the expenses of a "nice house" and children's education. In May, Terry barely survived a primary against an obscure challenger.

A Republican group that recently polled the race, and provided POLITICO with its data, found Terry tied with Democratic state Sen. Brad Ashford at 41 percent - distressing for a longtime incumbent."



Scholarship for Women Honors Political Pioneer Helen Boosalis

20 June 2014

The 6th Annual " Helen Boosalis Inspiring Women" luncheon honoring political trailblazer Helen Boosalis is the inspiration for three scholarships that benefit democratic women students. The Inspiring Women Scholarship, established in 2009 following Boosalis' death, will be awarded this year to three recipients; one from each congressional district.

"Helen Boosalis was an inspiration to Nebraska Women. We wanted to find a way to honor her while encouraging tomorrow's female political leaders," said Nebraska Democratic Women's Caucus Chair Mary Herres. "Previous award winners have become even more involved in local, state-wide and national political campaigns, their colleges, and their communities. Mayor Boosalis would be impressed with their dedication and commitment to democratic women's principals."

"The $500 scholarship will go to three Democratic Nebraska Women who are active in their community and progressive politics," she said.

Boosalis began her political career on the Lincoln, Nebraska city council in 1959 with an upset victory. In 1975 she became the first woman in the country to be elected mayor of a city over 100,000, later becoming the first female president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In 1986 Boosalis was a candidate for Nebraska governor in first gubernatorial election in U.S. history with two female candidates. In an interview following her gubernatorial campaign Boosalis said, "I want to help encourage people to go beyond what they think they're capable of doing." "You can accomplish what you didn't dream was possible. Take a little risk. Be prepared. Set your goals high," she said.

Applications for the $500 Scholarships are limited to Nebraska Democratic Women who are graduating from high school in 2014 and continuing in higher education or those that are continuing in higher education. Applicants are asked to submit an essay of up to 500 words about a female politician or activist who inspired their own community service and/or political involvement. Essays should be submitted by July 15 to Women's Caucus, Nebraska Democratic Party, 421 S. 9th Street, Suite 233, Lincoln NE 68508. The scholarship will be presented at the Inspiring Women Luncheon in Lincoln, August 8, 2014.

Applications can be accessed on the NDWC website: , Education Quest Website or by contacting: Mary Herres, NDWC Chair,

Mary Herres
Chair, Nebraska Democratic Women's Caucus
2840 S. 33rd
Lincoln NE 68506

Those casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing will never change the world - Susan B. Anthony


Revolving Door Keeps Spinning with the Announcement of Pete Ricketts' Pick for Lt. Governor

2 June 2014

LINCOLN - By selecting Nebraska's current Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heidemann as his running mate, Pete Ricketts demonstrated a commitment to continue the botched policies and practices of Governor Dave Heineman. In just the last couple of weeks, Governor Heineman and Lt Governor Heidemann have had to announce that taxpayers will have to foot a 15 million dollar bill for a failed privatization effort of the Foster Care system, a policy supported by Pete Ricketts.

Within one week, both Govenor Heineman and Lieutenant Governor Heidemann have stood behind podiums in the State Capitol Building campaigning for their next government job.

"The revolving door within the Republican party hierarchy is spinning fast, trying to protect those in power," said Dan Marvin, Executive Director of the Nebraska Democratic Party. "It is disturbing. Even more disturbing about this announcement today is that the policy failures, costing taxpayers millions, are also stuck with these candidates in a revolving door. The only way to break this cycle is by electing Chuck Hassebrook."


Governor Martin O'Malley to be Keynote Speaker at Nebraska Democratic Party's Annual Morrison Exon Dinner

29 May 2014

The Honorable Governor Martin O'Malley will be the featured guest and keynote speaker for the Nebraska Democratic Party's 2014 Morrison Exon Dinner on July 26 in Omaha, Nebraska. Governor O'Malley of Maryland is nationally recognized as a prominent leader within the Democratic Party.

"The Nebraska Democratic Party is honored to have Governor O'Malley as our guest in Nebraska. As a leading star of the Democratic Party, Governor O'Malley has undeniably captured the national spotlight," said NDP Chair, Vince Powers. "Without a doubt, the Governor's presence in Nebraska will amplify the Party's momentum throughout the state, and galvanize support for all our candidates this election year."

Throughout his time as Governor, O'Malley has been focused on getting results for the people of Maryland. He led Maryland skillfully through the recession-working to close a $1.7 billion structural deficit while maintaining a AAA bond rating, freezing the cost of college tuition for four years in a row, and making critical investments in public schools, infrastructure, and innovation.

Prior to serving as Governor, O'Malley served as Mayor of the City of Baltimore. Between 1999 and 2007 his policies helped the people of Baltimore achieve the greatest Part 1 crime reduction of America's largest cities.

The Nebraska Democratic Party's annual Morrison Exon Dinner will be held on July 26th, 2014, at the Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista Hotel and Conference Center, 12520 Westport Pkwy, La Vista, NE.

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit or call (402) 434-2180.



Nebraska Taxpayers Paying 15 Million for Governor Heineman Led Failed Privatization 'Experiment'

21 May 2014

LINCOLN - Governor Heineman has cost Nebraska taxpayers 15 million dollars due to his failed efforts to privatize the state foster care system. In 2009, the governor "experimented" with the privatization of the foster care system, and his "experiment" ended up costing Nebraska taxpayers 15 million dollars while exposing kids to a complete loss of foster care services.

"Once again, Nebraska taxpayers must pay the price for Heineman's failed efforts," said Dan Marvin,Executive Director of the Nebraska Democratic Party. "The governor enacted a careless plan by way of a privatization effort, which jeopardized our most vulnerable population, children. He has admitted himself that his 'experiment' has failed, and now taxpayers are paying the 15 million dollar bill for his failure."

"Even now, after this colossal failure, Republican candidates are doubling down on privatization. Ben Sasse favors the privatization of Social Security while Pete Ricketts' Platte Institute constantly beats the drum to privatize services to vulnerable populations. It's time these politicians learn from their mistakes and start putting Nebraskans first."




16 May 2014

On Tuesday, Nebraska voters saw the disadvantages of a large number of primary candidates, as a small, extremist minority, funded by out of state tea party darlings, were able to win the Senate and Gubernatorial nominations-- despite record low vote totals.

"Almost 75% of Nebraska Republicans rejected Pete Ricketts, but he took the nomination with the lowest percentage of primary votes in 100 years," said Dan Marvin, ED of the NE Democratic Party.

Both Pete Ricketts and Ben Sasse brought in the big guns in the final weeks leading up to the primary-- with Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, and a host of other radicals with no interest in Nebraska's future.

Even Senator Johanns noted, when the big out of state dollars come in to buy an election for a candidates, they "play for keeps."

"These are not the candidates Nebraskans want to run our state, they are not representative of Nebraska values, and they are being forced on us by out of state money with an out of state agenda. Nebraska Republicans got the short end of the stick, with a sliver of the electorate and national groups buying their way into the general. A majority of Republicans rejected outside tea party extremism in the primary, and we expect that will be the case in the November general election as well."



Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz congratulate Governor Heineman, Ben Sasse and Pete Ricketts for Killing Medicaid expansion

25 April 2014

NORTH PLATTE -At a rally today in North Platte, Nebraska, the former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz came to congratulate their tea party compatriots for killing Medicaid expansion and denying insurance to over 54,000 Nebraskans.

While the far right pat themselves on the back for a job well done, Nebraskans are paying the price -- some with their lives. The respected New England Journal of Medicine says "State Medicaid expansions to cover low-income adults were significantly associated with reduced mortality."

The New England Journal of Medicine's conclusions are corroborated by a recent study out of Harvard Medical School and City University College of New York in estimating the number of deaths in states that refused to expand Medicaid. For Nebraska, the range of lives lost was between 67 and 212 deaths per year; all due to a minority of extremists on the right (Medicaid expansion was supported by a significant majority of state senators, including Republicans).

"As the leadership of the Republican Party continues to move further to the right, celebrating the obstruction of healthcare to 54,000 Nebraskans, it is depressing to think that between one and four Nebraskans die each week for nothing more than partisan talking points" said Dan Marvin, Executive Director of the Nebraska Democratic Party. "Simple tests that discover treatable illnesses like cancer or diabetes are being withheld because of their failure to expand Medicaid."