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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."


House Speaker John Boehner blasts Jeff Fortenberry & his colleagues

25 April 2014

Yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner blasted Jeff Fortenberry and his colleagues in the House for failing to address the pressing issue of immigration reform. Speaker Boeher said in a mocking tone: "Here's the attitude. Ohhhh. Don't make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard." Boehner also said: "We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it's remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don't want to ... They'll take the path of least resistance."

It's time for Representative Jeff Fortenberry to show some leadership and demand an up or down vote on the immigration bill passed last year in the Senate on a bi-partisan basis when he returns from his 18 day vacation on April 28. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has stated that the Senate immigration bill will reduce the deficit and create new jobs.

Jeff Fortenberry isn't working for Nebraska. It's time for new leadership in Washington, D.C.

Dennis P. Crawford
Candidate for Congress - Nebraska CD1

Fortenberry Voted To Privatize Medicare For The Fourth Time

10 April 2014

On April 10, Representative Jeff Fortenberry for the fourth time, voted for the budget plan of failed Vice-Presidential nominee Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI). The Fortenberry/Ryan budget is bad for seniors, the middle class and the poor.

The Fortenberry/Ryan budget would end the Medicare guarantee to senior citizens and convert it into a voucher program. It would bring back pre-existing condition clauses and require senior citizens to purchase private health insurance policies. Needless to say, this would significantly increase the amount of out of pocket medical expenses paid by senior citizens. Mr. Fortenberry has yet to explain to Nebraska's senior citizens how they could afford comprehensive health insurance with the return of pre-existing condition clauses.

This regressive budget plan would completely repeal the Affordable Care Act without replacing it. Total repeal of the ACA would cancel approximately 15 million insurance policies. What this means is that Fortenberry has now voted over 50 times to cancel millions of insurance policies.

Approximately 69% of the budget cuts in the Fortenberry budget come from programs for the poor. These cuts come in the following categories: Medicaid; health care; food assistance; college grants; school lunches, and the EITC;. At the same time this budget reduces the top income tax rate for individuals from 39.6% to 25% and also reduces the top corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%.

While this budget won't become law this year, it tells us a lot about Mr. Fortenberry's values and what he stands for. As the Catholic Bishops said about this budget plan in 2012: the federal budget must protect the poor, and the Ryan budget "fails to meet these moral criteria."

It is obvious that Jeff Fortenberry isnt' working for Nebraska and doesn't share our values. It's time for change in Washington, D.C. The voters in Nebraska Congressional District 1 deserve better. When I'm elected, I will be a fighter for the middle class, senior citizens and farmers.

Congressman Terry Faces Massive Blowback for Insensitive Joke

2 April 2014

April 2, Omaha, NE - Congressman Lee Terry has been forced to apologize for a tasteless joke made during a congressional hearing. This controversy comes less than six months after another gaffe, where Congressman Terry refused to give up his salary during the government shutdown citing his "nice house and kids in college."

See some of the coverage of Congressman Terry's insensitive joke below:

KMTV: Rep. Terry's Questionable Joke at GM Hearing

"Perhaps by coincidence today was April Fool's Day, but tonight hardly anyone is laughing at Congressman Lee Terry's attempt at a joke. A joke he is now apologizing for"

"Terry has apologized but that hasn't stopped people from weighing in. The comments continue to spark outrage online" [KMTV Action 3 News, 4/1/14

Omaha World Herald: Lee Terry's Ignition Switch Joke at GM Recall Hearing Falls Flat

"Rep. Lee Terry doesn't need political enemies - he just keeps shooting himself in the foot. Omaha's Republican congressman arrived in the middle of Tuesday's hearing on the faulty GM ignition switches that have been linked to 13 deaths.

"I'm sorry for being late, but my plane was canceled for mechanical reasons. Probably an ignition switch - US Air," Terry said." [Omaha World Herald, 4/2/14]

Nebraska Watchdog: GOP's Terry apologies again - and this gaffe's on camera

"For the second time in six months GOP Congressman Lee Terry is apologizing: this time for what he said before TV camera and a national audience."

"Before he apologized, Terry's office released a YouTube video of his comments. But that video has since been taken down. However, other videos have already surfaced."

"Nebraskan's expect their leaders to conduct themselves with integrity," said state Sen. Brad Ashford. "This remark was in the poorest taste and unbecoming of a member of Congress." [Nebraska Watchdog, 4/1/14]


US News: Rep. Lee Terry Makes Awkward Joke at GM Hearing

"As Congress took time Tuesday to get to the bottom of why General Motors took so long to recall vehicles with faulty ignition switches, Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., gave an awkward excuse for why he was late to the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing.

"I'm sorry for being late, but my plane was canceled for mechanical reasons," he said. "Probably an ignition switch."

CNN Politics: Rep. Terry was late to hearing, and his excuse necessitated an apology

"Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska had to issue an apology Tuesday after remarks he made explaining his late arrival to a hearing on the botched General Motors recall."

"Terry is familiar with not being able to take back off-the-cuff comments. The congressman found himself the subject of criticism during the partial government shutdown in October of 2013.

When asked if he planned to take his paycheck, Terry told reporters at the time "dang straight," then elaborated, saying, "Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That's just not going to fly."