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  • Did Ben Nelson Doom Obamacare?

    08/04/2014 4:39:36 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 18 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 8/4/2014 | David Catron
    During the oral arguments that preceded the recent appeals court ruling against the Obama administration in Halbig v. Burwell, an under-reported yet crucial discussion took place between two of the judges and counsel for the plaintiffs. Judge Harry T. Edwards pronounced himself confused as to why Congress would have concerned itself with what entity ultimately set up Obamacare’s insurance exchanges. Judge A. Raymond Randolph and attorney Michael A. Carvin did their best to enlighten the befuddled jurist: JUDGE EDWARDS: I’m trying to understand … who cares who sets up the exchange? JUDGE RANDOLPH: Ben Nelson … MR. CARVIN: The enactors...
  • FORMER DEM SENATOR Gets “Stern Phone Call” From WH After Bashing Obama’s ‘Fix’ (Video)

    11/18/2013 3:21:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 18, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Former Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) reportedly received a “stern phone call” from the White House after he went on the air and warned Obama’s reported “fix” to Obamacare. Nelson said insurance companies risk insolvency thanks to the “fix.” "Under the rules of law of large numbers, which is what you get with actuarial science, the more people you have in the plan, generally the better the plan is. So excluding some people from the plan creates certain issues. Also, the commissioners are focused on solvency. They want to make certain that this doesn’t the cost to the point that the...
  • NBC: McCain moving to head off filibuster change

    07/15/2013 11:37:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 7/15/13 | Ed Morrissey
    In 2005, then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist threatened to end the filibuster for judicial appointments by forcing a mid-session rule change on a majority vote, an act that would have ended two centuries of precedent. Before he could act, though, the Gang of 14 arose, led by Republican John McCain, to preserve the senatorial tradition, brokering a deal that left conservatives fuming by depriving Frist of his partisan majority. Eight years later, with Harry Reid threatening to take the same action on executive-branch appointments, where is that Old Gang of Ours? According to NBC, at least McCain might be riding...
  • Ben Nelson has new job in D.C.(Cornhusker Kickback Ben)!

    01/22/2013 11:18:28 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 10 replies
    The Omaha World Herald(Buffet's Rag) ^ | January 22, 2013 | By Joseph Morton
    WASHINGTON — Ben Nelson has found gainful employment. The former Nebraska senator, a Democrat, is taking over as CEO of the National Association of Insurance Executives and joining the public affairs firm Agenda as a senior adviser. The insurance association said Nelson will act as the group's primary advocate and chief spokesperson, including outreach to the federal government and international organizations.
  • Stopping veteran Dem retirements is top priority for Reid, Schumer

    11/25/2012 4:19:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/25/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Stopping veteran Dem retirements is top priority for Reid, SchumerBy Alexander Bolton - 11/25/12 06:00 AM ET One of the highest immediate political priorities for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Democratic political guru Charles Schumer (N.Y.) is to persuade veteran colleagues not to retire in 2014. Democratic sources identify four senators as most likely to retire: Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). Another possible veteran retirement is Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who has yet to announce his decision. But Democratic aides expect him to run...
  • Senate Democrats balk at ending Bush-era tax rates for wealthy (reelection problems)

    06/19/2012 2:52:23 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/19/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democrats balk at ending Bush-era tax rates for wealthyBy Alexander Bolton - 06/19/12 05:00 AM ET A growing number of Senate Democrats are signaling they are not prepared to raise taxes on anyone in the weak economy unless Congress approves a grand bargain to reduce the deficit. At least seven Democratic senators have declined to rule out supporting a temporary extension of the Bush-era income tax rates, breaking with party leaders who have called for letting the rates expire for people earning more than $1 million per year. That gives Senate Republicans a chance to push a temporary extension...
  • Sen. Ben Nelson: Obamacare's Unconstitutional Advocate

    03/31/2012 11:53:38 AM PDT · by SquarePants · 14 replies
    Liberty Minute ^ | 31 Mar 2012 | PG
    Senator Ben Nelson's accusing Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia of lacking impartiality. Nelson should be ashamed of himself for supporting an unconstitutional monstrosity like Obamacare... (video at link)
  • Kerrey Bows Out of Neb. Senate Race, GOP Win Likely

    03/07/2012 3:31:14 PM PST · by forbushalltheway · 36 replies
    www.newsmax.com ^ | 03/07/2012 | Martin Gould
    Former Sen. Bob Kerrey has decided against trying to regain his Nebraska seat in the November elections, almost certainly gifting it to Republicans, RealClearPolitics reports. Incumbent Ben Nelson, considered the most conservative Democrat in the upper chamber, is retiring and Kerrey was seen as the Democrats’ last best chance for keeping the seat in the blue column. But after weeks of toying with the idea, Kerrey decided not to run, according to RealClearPolitics. “I have chosen what I believe is best for my family and me,” he said in a statement released Tuesday. Kerrey was running well behind Republicans vying...
  • U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey announced that he will run for U.S. Senate in Nebraska.

    03/01/2012 5:54:58 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 10 replies · 6+ views
    Seante Update with Sen Jim DeMint - Email | 03/01/2012 | Sen Jim DeMint
    Fellow Conservatives: Yesterday, former Democrat U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey reversed his earlier decision and announced that he will in fact run for the open U.S. Senate seat in Nebraska. After leaving the Senate in 2001, Kerrey moved to New York City where he even considered running for mayor. Kerrey's decision to move back to Nebraska to run in this Republican state proves one thing: national Democrats have convinced Kerrey that the Republican front-runner, state Attorney General Jon Bruning, is vulnerable. Fortunately, Republicans in Nebraska have an alternative. State Treasurer Don Stenberg is a true conservative with the integrity and record...
  • Dem (aka 'bipartisan') Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, Obama

    12/16/2011 9:20:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/16/11 | Alexander Bolton
    Dem Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, ObamaBy Alexander Bolton - 12/16/11 04:08 PM ET Republicans want to jam Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on the Keystone oil sands pipeline and the Democratic leader will have a tough time resisting, given support within his caucus for the project. GOP leaders have made clear to Reid that they will not approve an extension of the payroll tax holiday unless it includes language to speed up construction of the pipeline. Senate Republicans estimate as many as 14 Senate Democrats support the project. Labor unions have also voiced strong backing, complicating...
  • Poll: Trouble for Ben Nelson if Bruning wins primary

    11/28/2011 7:02:04 PM PST · by freespirited · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/11 | Josh Lederman
    Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) would start his 2012 reelection race in a weak position if Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning wins the primary, according to a new poll. The survey by Republican firm Magellan Strategies put Nelson 6 points behind Bruning in a general election. But pitted against Don Stenberg, another Republican in the race, Nelson is in a statistical tie. He bests Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer (R) by 6 points. Another cause for concern for Nelson, who has not yet announced whether he will seek reelection, is his 36 percent approval rating, which dwarfs the 51 percent who...
  • Senate majority rejects GOP bid to block EPA (with the help of 6 RINOs)

    11/11/2011 4:48:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | November 11, 2011 | Dina Cappiello (AP)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democrat-controlled Senate on Thursday rejected a Republican attempt to block a regulation intended to curb power plant pollution that blows downwind into other states. By a 56-41 vote, senators defeated a resolution by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who said the step was needed to rein in what he called the Obama administration's overzealous job-killing approach to environmental protection. "We are simply asking that the clean air regulations already on the books stay in place and we do not make the regulations so onerous that they put utility plants out of business and we have an...
  • Nebraska Democrat wavers on running again, decision could help determine control of Senate [Nelson]

    11/04/2011 11:41:06 AM PDT · by freespirited · 26 replies
    Newser ^ | 11/04/11 | HENRY C. JACKSO
    All the pieces are in place for a re-election bid, but Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson is wavering on whether he'll seek a third term in 2012 or retire _ a decision that could have a big effect on Democrats' chances of holding their Senate majority. Nelson told The Associated Press on Thursday that he'll make a decision over the holiday season. In the meantime, he's piled up campaign cash, hired a campaign manager and watched his party spend more than $1 million on ads supporting him. But Nelson, a conservative Democrat, has told friends and supporters he's not a lock...
  • 10 most vulnerable U.S. senators in 2012

    10/24/2011 9:24:16 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 28 replies · 1+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | October 20, 2011 | Source: thewesternworld.com (http://is.gd/6hLSXp)
    1. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. 2. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. 3. Jon Tester, D-Mont. 4. Scott Brown, R-Mass. 5. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah 6. Dick Lugar, R-Ind. 7. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio 8. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. 9. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine 10. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.
  • Democratic Senator’s Ads May Break New Ground

    10/13/2011 12:23:20 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 12, 2011 | ERIC LICHTBLAU
    WASHINGTON — A new series of political advertisements on behalf of an embattled Nebraska senator could open the door to a flood of similar ads financed by outside groups and even businesses working directly with political candidates — a sharp departure from past practice. The ads are innocuous enough on their face: Senator Ben Nelson, a Nebraska Democrat up for re-election next year, is featured on television and radio commercials discussing Social Security, the national debt, war veterans and other hot-button issues. What is remarkable, campaign finance lawyers and political operatives say, is that the ads were produced and paid...
  • There are better ways to balance budget (Nebraska Dem Senator Nelson claims again he supports a BBA)

    07/28/2011 6:30:16 PM PDT · by Qbert · 15 replies
    NP Telegraph ^ | July 28, 2011 | Jim Fagin, Comm. Dir. for Sen. Ben Nelson
    In response to Dan Timm's letter published (July 26), Senator Ben Nelson supports a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would require Washington to balance its budget and force cuts in spending. In fact, earlier this year, Senator Nelson voted for a resolution that said, "Congress should pass, and the States should agree to, an amendment to the Constitution requiring a Federal balanced budget." Senator Nelson has said that what he will not do, however, is vote for a plan to balance the budget on the backs of seniors. That is precisely what the balanced budget amendment in...
  • Ben Nelson Says Politics are Obstructing Debt Ceiling Deal

    07/28/2011 8:55:42 AM PDT · by greatplains · 26 replies
    Lincoln Journal Star ^ | 07/27/11 | Don Walton
    Partisan politics, grandstanding and obstruction are making it difficult to reach an agreement to raise the national debt ceiling and begin to reduce federal spending, Sen. Ben Nelson said Wednesday. "Partisan games continue to paralyze Washington," the Democratic senator said during a telephone conference call. Asked if he believes tea party politics is driving the Republican position, Nelson said: "Yes." "The so-called 'cut, cap and balance' plan is pretty close to being what you would label the tea party," he said. That proposal, which included a statutory cap on spending and a proposed constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget every...
  • Ads to pressure Nelson on debt (Will Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson vote for Cut, Cap, and Balance?)

    07/21/2011 3:03:35 PM PDT · by Qbert · 12 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | 7/21/2011 | Robynn Tysver
    A conservative group is trying to put pressure on Democratic U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson to oppose raising the debt ceiling without significant spending cuts. The national group, Concerned Women for America, have purchased television time in Nebraska and three other states, where they will run an advertisement criticizing Congress' "spending addiction." The ad is a parody of a typical drug commercial. In it, a so-called miracle drug called "Spenditol" has been invented in Washington, D.C., to cure the nation's debt problem. The ad then lists the side effects of the drug, including "a mountain of debt." Penny Nance, president of...
  • Ben Nelson trailing in 2012 polling by double digits? (Cornhusker Kickback taking its toll?)

    02/02/2011 8:24:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/02/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    If one Senator could qualify as a poster boy for the 2012 Democratic efforts to hold the Senate, it would be Ben Nelson of Nebraska. A one-time governor of the state, Nelson won two terms in office following the retirement of Bob Kerrey by appealing to the populist and socially conservative natures of the voters, which usually goes deep red in presidential elections. His seat seemed secure until Barack Obama and Harry Reid insisted on pushing ObamaCare through Congress, coming under considerable pressure to balk at the lack of the Stupak amendment that would have added into law a ban...
  • Down in the polls, Nelson wants the Senate to ‘get rid of this aisle!’

    01/26/2011 6:25:30 PM PST · by markomalley · 50 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/26/11 | Steven Nelson
    Nebraska Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson said Wednesday during a conference call with Nebraska reporters that he intends to get rid of the aisle in the Senate that divides members by party affiliation. “I’m going to advocate — if there truly is an interest in working together — that we get rid of the aisle on the Senate floor,” said Nelson, “We could sit not by party but by state, or by alphabet, or some other way that erases the partisan divide.” “We could sit not by party but by state, or by alphabet, or some other way that erases the...
  • More Republicans eyeing Senate? (Taking out phony "centrist" Senator Ben Nelson in Nebraska)

    12/16/2010 11:27:19 AM PST · by Qbert · 13 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | 12/15/2010 | Robynn Tysver
    Add two more Republicans to the list of possible U.S. Senate contenders. State Sen. Deb Fischer, 59, of Valentine says she is “thinking” about a run, but won't decide until after this year's legislative session. And while former Nebraska Gov. Kay Orr, 72, says it is “unlikely” that she would run, she declined to completely slam the door on a campaign. The two are the latest names to come forward and possibly run in 2012 against Democratic U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, who has said he is leaning toward another run, although he has yet to finalize his decision. The Republican...
  • DeMint sets sights on four Dems in 2012 (WOO-HOO!)

    12/02/2010 11:09:20 AM PST · by onyx · 78 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12:46 PM 12/02/2010 | By Jeremy P. Jacobs
    South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint (R) is turning his attention to 2012 and using the vote this week on an earmark moratorium to pick his Democratic targets. DeMint sent an email to the supporters of his Senate Conservatives Fund early Wednesday highlighting four Democrats who voted against the earmark ban, are up for re-election in 2012 and sit in states that John McCain (R) carried in 2008: Sens. Jon Tester (Mont.), Ben Nelson (Neb.), Kent Conrad (N.D.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.). In the email, DeMint called for unseating Tester, Nelson, Conrad and Manchin. "These senators are nice folks but...
  • Nelson: Likely To Run, GOP: It could Be Rocky

    11/09/2010 12:44:30 PM PST · by NEMDF · 29 replies
    wowt.com ^ | 11/9/2010 | AP/WOWT.com
    Nebraska Democrat, Senator Ben Nelson, says he plans to seek re-election in 2012. The Nebraska Republican Party Tuesday released a poll suggesting it could be a tough race for the Senator.
  • Democrat Ben Nelson Opposes Elena Kagan, Will Vote against her confirmation (Do you believe this?)

    07/30/2010 7:55:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies · 1+ views
    ABC NEWS ^ | 07/30/2010 | Matthew Jaffe
    Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson announced late Friday he would vote against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. In a statement released this evening, Sen. Nelson said, "I have heard concerns from Nebraskans regarding Ms. Kagan, and her lack of a judicial record makes it difficult for me to discount the concerns raised by Nebraskans, or to reach a level of comfort that these concerns are unfounded. Therefore, I will not vote to confirm Ms. Kagan’s nomination." Nelson is the only Democrat to oppose Kagan at this point. Five Republicans, on the other hand, have said they will support...
  • Dem Sen. Ben Nelson Admits He’s Not Sure Obama has “Constitutional Authority” for What He is Doing

    06/19/2010 6:05:39 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 29 replies · 485+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | June 19, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of Nebraska Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson admitting he “doesn’t know” if President Obama has the “Constitutional Authority” to force BP to surrender their stockholders’ money without due process of law. But, Nelson said, he has the “moral authority.” When asked if there were any limits to the quagmire of Obama operating on the basis of this “moral authority,” Nelson said there are limits to any authority, but he would not specify what that limit is. The U.S. Constitution is exactly the “authority” devised to limit the power of our President and the other members of our Government....
  • Closer and closer (End of Dont Ask Dont Tell)

    05/26/2010 2:48:32 PM PDT · by stan_sipple · 3 replies · 177+ views
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 5-26-2010 | Dale Carpenter
    to a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) has now said he will vote for repeal, Politico reports: “I don’t believe that most Nebraskans want to continue a policy that not only encourages but requires people to be deceptive and to lie.The ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy does just that,” Nelson said. “Italso encourages suspicion and senior officers to look the other way. In a military which values honesty and integrity, this policyencourages deceit.” “I will support the Lieberman compromise because it removes politicsfrom the process. It bases implementation of the repeal on thePentagon’s review and...
  • Sen. Ben Nelson on vote against cloture: Buffet issue has nothing to do with it

    04/27/2010 8:25:54 PM PDT · by paltz · 10 replies · 519+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 4/27/10 | Kerry Picket
    By Kerry Picket on April 27, 2010 into Water CoolerEditSubscribe A second financial reform cloture vote failed to proceed in the last 24 hours. At 4:30 PM on Tuesday, Senate Democrats could not bring in the 60 votes needed to overcome a mainly Republican filibuster to halt debate on legislation that would overhaul the banking industry. The motion failed 57 to 41. Senator Ben Nelson, Nebraska Democrat, voted with the GOP against cloture for a second time.
  • Finance Bill Fails to Move Forward in Key Test Vote

    04/26/2010 3:37:45 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 65 replies · 3,230+ views
    WSJ OnLIne ^ | 4/26/10 | MICHAEL R. CRITTENDEN And VICTORIA MCGRANE
    U.S. Senate Republicans stood together Monday to successfully block lawmakers from moving ahead with sweeping legislation to overhaul U.S. financial markets, a temporary stumble for the Obama administration's top domestic policy priority. The Senate voted 57-41 on a procedural measure allowing lawmakers to move toward debate on financial regulatory overhaul legislation, falling short of the 60 votes needed. All GOP senators present voted against invoking cloture, joined by at least one Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson (D., Neb.). The partisan vote underscores the high political stakes surrounding the legislation, which would subject the nation's financial institutions to new consumer and capital...
  • Nelson to Vote Against Reconciliation Bill

    03/22/2010 5:42:34 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 46 replies · 2,110+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 22, 2010 | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    One of the big reasons House Democrats wanted changes to the Senate-passed health care bill was the so-called Cornhusker kickback, which provided extra Medicaid money for Nebraska. And Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, whose vote party leaders were courting when they inserted the provision, has disavowed the provision, saying it should be repealed. But now Mr Nelson says he will vote against the budget reconciliation measure aimed at repealing the Cornhusker kickback and making other changes to the health care bill.
  • Nelson to oppose reconciliation package, cites student lending bill(I needed a laugh)

    03/22/2010 4:32:29 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 43 replies · 991+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3/22/10 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said Monday he would vote against a reconciliation package that included changes to healthcare reform and student lending legislation. Nelson said he opposed the package because the student lending bill would make the federal government the originator of student loans, replacing private lending institutions. Nelson said that would cost 30,000 jobs.
  • Nelson (D-NE) to vote NO on Reconciliation (too late)

    03/22/2010 3:49:03 PM PDT · by Retired Greyhound · 39 replies · 1,329+ views
    Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) announced Monday evening that he would vote “no” on the health care reconciliation package that was approved Sunday by the House and is expected to hit the Senate floor on Tuesday. Nelson, who was widely seen as the 60th vote to help Senate Democrats clear health care reform in December, stood by his vote for the underlying, $875 billion Senate bill. But he cited several problems with the reconciliation package
  • Cornhusker Casualty

    03/10/2010 4:04:28 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 10 replies · 695+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03-10-10 | STEPHEN MOORE
    The political fallout in Nebraska from the "Cornhusker Kickback" hasn't subsided. Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson and Democratic donors have spent more than $500,000 on TV ads in Omaha and elsewhere justifying the sweet exemption from Medicaid costs that was granted Nebraska in return for Mr. Nelson's vote for the ObamaCare bill. But a new Rasmussen poll finds that 64% of Nebraskans still oppose the bill, while Mr. Nelson's personal approval rating has cratered to 40% from 61% a year ago. Mr. Nelson doesn't face the voters until 2012, but this week one of his likely challengers, Nebraska State Treasurer Shane...
  • Nelson Fighting Like It’s 2012

    02/27/2010 12:16:20 PM PST · by mdittmar · 17 replies · 517+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | Feb. 27, 2010 | David M. Drucker
    As a dangerous election cycle unfolds for Democrats, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) has been proactive — hitting statewide television to defend his controversial health care vote and on Wednesday becoming the only member of his party to oppose Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ’s (D-Nev.) jobs package. These moves are not surprising for a moderate Democrat who crosses the aisle to vote with the GOP and hopes to win re-election in an overwhelmingly Republican state; but Nelson isn’t up for re-election until 2012. Some Nelson supporters dismissed the idea that the Senator was already campaigning for a third term, arguing...
  • Ben Nelson:Dems may have to abandon comprehensive health bill,go step-by-step(Cornhusker Kickback)

    02/26/2010 2:08:40 PM PST · by mdittmar · 34 replies · 906+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/26/10 | Michael O'Brien
    Democrats may have to abandon their effort for comprehensive healthcare legislation in favor of a piecemeal approach, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said Friday. Nelson, a centrist Democrat whose vote is critical to the fate of healthcare reform in the Senate, said that while he's inclined to support a majority-vote maneuver to pass a bill, he's unsure Senate Democrats will be able to do so. "I don't know if we can get a comprehensive bill through," Nelson said during an interview on KLIN radio in Nebraska. "Honestly, I just don't know." "We may be forced to doing healthcare -- to use...
  • Come Into My Parlor

    02/10/2010 4:22:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 524+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 10, 2010 | INVESTMENT BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: The GOP has been invited by the administration to a health care summit. Will it be an effort to pass real reform, or an attempt to lure Republicans into a bipartisan disaster? When Democrats thought their absolute majorities in the House and Senate guaranteed the passage of government-run health care, they had no use for either GOP input or transparency. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were quite content to fundamentally transform one-sixth of the American economy behind the closed doors of a Senate room. They dismissed the rising anger of the...
  • Nelson defects from Dems over trials

    02/10/2010 3:49:39 PM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies · 672+ views
    The Hill ^ | February 10, 2010 | J. Taylor Rushing
    Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson joined a bipartisan effort on Wednesday to block the administration from trying the Sept. 11th suspects in civilian courts. Nelson (Neb.) signed onto legislation offered by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jim Webb (D-Va.) to require military commission trials for those suspects. Nelson made the announcement in a conference call with reporters, primarily citing the costs of security for the trials. “I believe that given the severe costs and security risks associated with holding these trials in civilian court, the best course of action would be to use military commissions,” Nelson said. “When...
  • Ben (Kickback) Nelson will back GOP filibuster

    02/08/2010 5:22:02 PM PST · by tobyhill · 31 replies · 1,085+ views
    Politico ^ | 2/8/2010 | MANU RAJU
    announced Monday evening that he will support a Republican-led filibuster over President Barack Obama's nominee to serve on the National Labor Relations Board. The move is likely to infuriate labor groups who have fought hard for Craig Becker's nomination to serve on the five-member NLRB - and will likely give Republicans enough support to sustain a filibuster Tuesday. “Mr. Becker’s previous statements strongly indicate that he would take an aggressive personal agenda to the NLRB, and that he would pursue a personal agenda there, rather than that of the administration,” Nelson said in a statement. “This is of great concern,...
  • Give Ben Nelson the Boot!

    01/28/2010 9:14:24 AM PST · by bigbob · 4 replies · 342+ views
    Give Ben the Boot ^ | January, 2010 | Nebraska Republican Party
    enator Ben Nelson has sold us out. He’s embarrassed Nebraskans. In a recent non-partisan poll, only 17% of Nebraskans said they approved of Nelson’s vote in exchange for the Medicaid provisions, while 64% oppose the current health care bill and 53% of Nebraskans are ‘Strongly Opposed’ to the bill. Nebraskans were not looking for special favors in this bill; rather all we wanted was our U.S. Senator to listen to the thousands of phone calls, emails, letters and faxes that we sent him, pleading him to vote ‘no’ on legislation that will burden our children for years to come. The...
  • FR EXCLUSIVE: Obama Exposed As Liar by Rahm Emanuel on Health Care Deals With Senate

    01/27/2010 5:37:51 PM PST · by kristinn · 73 replies · 5,819+ views
    Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | Kristinn
    Hours before his embattled boss gives his first State of the Union address, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has exposed as a bald-faced lie Barack Obama's claim made just two days ago that he had nothing to do with the much maligned deal to get the vote of Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) for the Senate's healthcare bill before Christmas.Speaking to ABC News' World News Tonight anchor Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview on Monday, Obama denied being involved in what has come to be known as the "Cornhusker Kickback" SAWYER: A lot of people think you must say...
  • Ben Nelson Finds Religion

    01/20/2010 6:29:28 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 40 replies · 1,506+ views
    NRO ^ | January 19, 2010 | Daniel Foster
    Sen. Ben Nelson (D., Neb.) reacts to the Massachusetts election in a statement (emphasis added): “Clearly, the vote showed that people are frustrated with Washington...and I am too. That frustration will likely register across the board for all incumbents. The overriding message from yesterday is that people are upset because Washington is dysfunctional and not working together for them. “The Massachusetts vote should be a wake-up call for Washington. Republicans now have 41 votes in the Senate, Democrats and Independents have 59. The 60/40 split that took us too far down the road to partisan gamesmanship is history.“The vote should...
  • Nelson: Like Mass. voters, I'm fed up with Washington

    01/20/2010 3:55:39 PM PST · by earlJam · 86 replies · 2,675+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/20/10
    Nelson: Like Mass. voters, I'm fed up with Washington By Jordan Fabian - 01/20/10 04:13 PM ET Centrist Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said Wednesday that he -- like voters in Massachusetts who elected Republican Scott Brown -- is frustrated with Washington. Nelson responded to Brown's Tuesday victory over Democrat Martha Coakley as Democratic leaders were scrambling to develop an alternative plan to pass healthcare legislation after Brown is seated as the 41st senator, breaking the Democratic super-majority. "Clearly, the vote showed that people are frustrated with Washington...and I am too," Nelson said in a statement. "That frustration will likely register...
  • Dems Double Down

    01/20/2010 4:11:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 995+ views
    Investors.com ^ | January 20, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Health Care: Will the administration seize the moment of Scott Brown's victory to work out real solutions, or will it follow Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid over the cliff? Or is it just about government control? Before Sen.-elect Brown became the Scott heard 'round the world, House Speaker Pelosi was asked what his victory in the bluest of blue states would mean. "Certainly the dynamic will change depending on what happens in Massachusetts," she replied in a bit of an understatement. The dynamic has changed, yet the Democrats, as the country song goes, apparently don't know when to hold them...
  • Thanks a Lot, Ben Nelson

    01/18/2010 3:02:05 PM PST · by butterdezillion · 19 replies · 1,208+ views
    Nebraska Supreme Court ^ | Butterdezillion
    I've never posted a thread before. I hope I do it right. My brother was one of the plaintiffs in a case where a school bond issue was passed after the school board violated open meetings rules and gave blatantly false information in order to even get the bond issue on the ballot. (The sole engineer the school relied upon had told them the school was unsafe because of a "sagging beam", but when my brother looked with a flashlight at this "sagging beam" he found it was actually an air duct. That's just one example of the level of...
  • Poll Shows Nelson's Popularity Plummeting in Nebraska

    01/18/2010 9:08:29 AM PST · by Kartographer · 27 replies · 1,433+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 1/18/10
    Sen. Ben Nelson's popularity in Nebraska has plummeted in the course of the health care debate, with a new survey putting the Democratic senator's approval rating at 42 percent.
  • Nebraskans so disgusted with Ben Nelson they can’t even eat around him

    01/14/2010 7:48:39 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 34 replies · 1,659+ views
    Hot Air ^ | January 14, 2010 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    If this guy was up for reelection in November instead of 2012, he’d already be preparing for a permanent vacation a la Dodd and Dorgan. As it is, he’ll limp along for two more long years — unless he finally crumbles and decides to be the 41st “no” vote after all. Or rather, the 42nd, if/when Scott Brown wins. Tell me again about running on ObamaCare in the midterms, champ. Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson and his wife were leaving dinner at a new pizza joint near their home in Omaha one night last week when a patron began complaining about...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama's $59 billion giveaway to unions

    01/18/2010 2:55:53 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 845+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, January 18, 2010 | House editorial
    Democrats didn't learn their lesson from the public outrage over vote buying. Sen. Ben Nelson, Nebraska Democrat, and Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, are still reeling from fallout over the hundreds of millions their states will get for a deal to buy their votes for the government health care takeover. If $400 million for those two senators generates so much anger, public outcry over a $59 billion special deal President Obama cut with unions on Thursday should be deafening.
  • Sen. Nelson's approval ratings take a hit in wake of health vote

    01/17/2010 3:24:04 PM PST · by Justaham · 12 replies · 639+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1-17-10 | Michael O'Brien
    Sen. Ben Nelson's (D-Neb.) approval ratings have slid since voting for health reform legislation, a new poll showed Sunday. 48 percent of Nebraskans say they disapprove of the way Nelson, a centrist who provided Democrats with the critical 60th vote for health reform, is handling his job. 42 percent said they approve, according to a poll by Wiese Research Associates conducted for the Omaha-World Herald. Those numbers mark a slide for Nelson, who won reelection in 2006 with nearly 64 percent of the vote. Voters' dissatisfaction with Nelson stemmed from his support for healthcare legislation, the World-Herald reported, though it...
  • Nelson to Resign from Senate, Pursue Career in Acting

    01/14/2010 6:30:27 PM PST · by TheVitaminPress · 8 replies · 1,165+ views
    The Vitamin Press ^ | 01/06/2010 | Kip Hooker
    Nebraska- Ben Nelson returned to Nebraska earlier this week to announce his imminent resignation from the position he has held, as the states Junior Senator, since 2001. Though the news came as a shock to very few of his constituents Nelson declined to acknowledge the rampant speculation that this decision was largely in response to the politician’s plummeting popularity since voting “yes” on the Health Care Reform Bill in exchange for 100 million dollars. Nelson did inform those in attendance -at the hastily arranged press conference- that he was quitting primarily because he “wanted to spend more time” with his...
  • Ben Nelson tries to repair damage at home

    01/14/2010 2:48:07 PM PST · by JRochelle · 25 replies · 2,070+ views
    Politico ^ | 1/14/2010 | Manu Raju
    Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson and his wife were leaving dinner at a new pizza joint near their home in Omaha one night last week when a patron began complaining about Nelson’s decisive vote in favor of the Senate’s health care bill. Other customers started booing. A woman yelled, “Get him the hell out of here!” And the Nelsons and their dining companions beat a hasty retreat. “It was definitely a scene in there,” said Tom Lewis, a 41-year-old dentist and registered Republican who witnessed the incident. A second witness confirmed the incident to POLITICO. It’s a new experience for Nelson....
  • Ben Nelson Leaves Nebraska Restaurant To Boos And "Get Him the Hell Out of Here"

    01/14/2010 10:36:53 AM PST · by Talkradio03 · 95 replies · 3,850+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 1/14/09 | HAP
    Story from the Politico of Ben Nelson leaving a pizza restaurant in Omaha.."It was definitely a scene in there,” said Tom Lewis, a 41-year-old dentist and registered Republican who witnessed the incident...Story