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  • Johanns calls out GOP for holding up Hagel vote.

    02/14/2013 9:52:17 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 31 replies
    The Omaha World Herald(Buffet's RAG) ^ | February 14, 2013 | By Joseph Morton
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mike Johanns called out his fellow Senate Republicans on Thursday for claiming that they aren't technically filibustering as they try to hold up Chuck Hagel's nomination to be defense secretary. "It's a filibuster," Johanns said. "If the Democrats were doing this, we would be hollering that this was a filibuster and probably did in the past." A number of Republicans are pushing to delay consideration of Hagel, the former GOP senator from Nebraska, requiring a 60-vote threshold on a procedural vote that Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., scheduled for Friday.
  • Report: Johanns to back Hagel nomination

    02/02/2013 2:40:47 PM PST · by Menehune56 · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/2/2013 | Peter Schroeder
    Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) reportedly announced Saturday that he will support former Sen. Chuck Hagel's (R-Neb.) nomination to become secretary of Defense. The Lincoln Journal Star reported that Johanns would become the second Republican senator to publicly back Hagel's bid, following Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). Several Republican senators have indicated they will oppose Hagel's nomination on the Senate floor.
  • A second Republican voices support for Hagel to lead Pentagon

    02/02/2013 5:06:48 PM PST · by Bratch · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 02, 2013 | Patricia Zengerle
    Senator Mike Johanns said on Saturday he would support fellow Nebraskan Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense, becoming the second Republican in the Senate to express public support for President Barack Obama's embattled nominee. The Lincoln, Nebraska, JournalStar reported on its website that Johanns, a former Nebraska governor who holds Hagel's old Senate seat, issued a statement supporting Hagel. An aide to Johanns confirmed the report.
  • Senator: Obama's Acting Like U.S. Is USSR

    03/01/2012 1:00:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies · 10+ views
    CNSNews ^ | March 1, 2012 | Melanie Hunter
    VIDEO at link, 1.30 min. (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) said Wednesday that President Barack Obama is acting like the U.S. is the Soviet Union in ordering that all health-care plans must cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that cause abortions, but that when those plans are provided by religious institutions that have a religious objection to those things the insurance company must offer them for free. “The president has said he offered an accommodation," said Johann's in a speech on the Senate floor. "The accommodation is that: Whoa! Lo, and behold, this is going to be...
  • Johanns to Cordray: ‘I Can’t Imagine How Anyone Can Maintain Your Service Is Valid’

    01/31/2012 7:40:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    cns news ^ | 1/31/12 | Pete Winn
    (CNSNews.com) - Richard Cordray did not face a threatened boycott by Republican senators during his appearance Tuesday before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, but Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) told Cordray that President Obama had unconstitutionally appointed him as director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. Johanns said he did not intend to “revisit” and “stir up” the controversy surrounding Cordray’s possibly unconstitutional recess appointment, “because I think that’s going to happen. I think there’s going to be litigation that will make that happen.” But Johanns politely but firmly told Cordray he did not accept the validity of...
  • Johanns Sees ‘Change in Mood’ for Tax Increase

    12/01/2011 4:38:36 AM PST · by radioone · 21 replies
    Politics and Government Blog of the NY Times ^ | 11-30-11 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    Another Republican senator has opened the door to tax increases on high earners as a way to pay for a payroll tax cut, showing more movement in the party ranks after resistance all year to tax increases. “I sense a change in mood,” Senator Mike Johanns, Republican of Nebraska, said Wednesday. “It’s a little more bipartisan. My position has always been, ‘Let’s not raise taxes,’ but on the other hand, I don’t want our country to collapses under a mountain of debt. If that means compromise, I am going to do everything to get that done.”
  • Nebraska governor asks Obama to nix Keystone pipeline

    08/31/2011 4:16:39 PM PDT · by throwback · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 31, 2011 | Timothy Gardner, Joshua Schneyer
    Nebraska's governor urged U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday to block TransCanada's planned Keystone oil pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf Coast, saying it could hurt a regional water source. The State Department could issue a presidential permit for the $7 billion project, which would boost U.S. dependence on Canada's controversial oil sands. Momentum for Keystone picked up last week after the department said the project would have only limited impact on the environment. The State Department should deny the permit on the grounds that the line could put the Ogallala Aquifer at risk, the Midwestern state's governor, Dave Heineman,...
  • An American Caesar

    06/24/2011 5:01:40 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 8 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | June 24, 2011 | Mike Dorstewitz
    “The Imperial Presidency” was written in 1973 out of Arthur Schlesinger’s concern that the U.S. presidency had exceeded its constitutional limitations. If Schlesinger were merely concerned in 1973, he’d be downright terrified today. According to Trevor Loudon’s blog, New Zeal, an American Caesar has emerged on the political landscape in the form of our current commander-in-chief. New Zeal bases its premise on the Presidential Appointment and Streamlining Act (S. 279), which is stampeding through the Senate with Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., clutching at its reins. Since its introduction, seven Republicans jumped on board in support.The stated purpose of the bill is...
  • Some Republicans Just Don't Get the Message (Vanity)

    06/02/2010 10:02:40 PM PDT · by TCH · 9 replies · 509+ views
    TCH | June 2, 2010 | TCH
    June 2, 2010 Dear Senator Johanns, Quoting your recent e-mail update: "I'm disappointed in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s proposal today to further regulate our farmers and ranchers by subjecting pesticide applicators to new and duplicative requirements under the Clean Water Act. It ignores long-established laws already in place to regulate pesticides and will further burden producers, yet it will have virtually zero environmental benefit." Senator Johanns, I am compelled to wonder what heights your "disappointment" shall reach when America no longer is distinct among the nations; when that utterly peculiar design of its founders – a republic whose government...
  • Sometimes, You gotta tell it like it is.

    05/22/2010 12:52:56 AM PDT · by TCH · 22 replies · 1,271+ views
    TCH | May 22, 2010 | TCH
    Senator Mike Johanns United States Senate Washington, D.C. May 22, 2010 Dear Senator Johanns: If you think Americans will stand idle while our Republic is converted to a Marxist-fascist nightmare, and yet, in the midst of this gross perversion, the members of its Legislative power act as if they may continue business as usual, then, sir, you are living in a Potomac-induced fantasy land. The once incremental push to socialism is now moving at light speed. Even a blind man senses the winds of change. However, I foresee "a day of horrors," when acts of extreme prejudice may be affected...
  • Republicans Take Aim at Deal-Making

    12/21/2009 5:53:17 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 34 replies · 966+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-21-09 | NAFTALI BENDAVID, JANET ADAMY and AVERY JOHNSON
    WASHINGTON -- Republicans on Monday slammed the provisions Democrats inserted in their far-reaching health-care overhaul bill at the last minute to win over individual senators. With Senate action now almost certain by Christmas, a battle to shape perceptions of the legislation is heating up, and Republicans are wasting no time attacking it as sullied by backroom deals. "If this bill cannot pass without the carve-outs and the special deals, what other evidence could we possibly need that this bill is bad policy?" said Sen. Mike Johanns (R., Neb.).
  • Johanns: Healthcare meetings a 'shameful' series of 'backroom deals'

    10/24/2009 3:38:10 AM PDT · by blueyon · 9 replies · 1,118+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/24/09 | Jordan Fabian
    Freshman Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) in this week’s Republican address condemned the healthcare bill merger process as a “shameful” series of “backroom deals.”
  • With No Fanfare, Senate Hits ACORN Again

    09/29/2009 6:32:18 PM PDT · by GVnana · 27 replies · 2,000+ views
    September 29, 2009 With No Fanfare, Senate Hits ACORN, Again With no fanfare and no roll call vote, not even a speech -- the Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved an amendment by Sen. Mike Johanns, R-NE, that bars any funds from the Defense spending bill from going to ACORN.
  • Johanns Amendment Passes 83-7!(Ends Taxpayer Funding For ACORN)

    09/14/2009 2:59:38 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 314 replies · 13,200+ views
    Michelle Malkin/C-Span ^ | 9-14-09 | Michelle Malkin/C-Span
    From Michelle Malkin: "The Johanns Amendment is #2355 to H.R. 3288. Johanns cited the BigGovernment.com sting videos as evidence that ACORN cannot be trusted with government money: “Until a full investigation is launched into ACORN, no taxpayer money should be used to fund its activities. A vote in favor of my amendment is a vote in favor of the taxpayer and a vote against the status quo.”" "Several Democrats have voted AYE, including Cardin, Carper, Inouye, Johnson (SD), Murray, Tester, Warner, Bingaman, Begich, Nelson (NE), Webb, Landrieu, Bayh, Conrad, Rockefeller, Dodd, Pryor, Hagan, Kohl, Feingold, Boxer, Nelson (FL), Brown, Harkin,...
  • Johanns Amendment would Defund Acorn

    09/14/2009 10:43:02 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 76 replies · 5,135+ views
    http://biggovernment.com/2009/09/14/johanns-amendment-would-defund-acorn/
  • Acorn's Cash For Hookers

    09/15/2009 5:52:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,615+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 15, 2009
    Oversight: As the Senate votes to de-fund Acorn, add pimping, tax evasion and human trafficking to voter fraud paid for with taxpayer dollars and you have an organized criminal enterprise. It's time to investigate.After Acorn workers were caught on tape in three cities allegedly abetting what they believed was a fraudulent-mortgage and sex-trafficking scheme, the Senate has voted overwhelmingly to strip the group of funding in the Transportation/Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill. The amendment, offered by Nebraska Republican Sen. Mike Johanns, passed by an 83-to-7 margin and marked the third time this year that Republicans have tried to block...
  • Attention Nebraska District Two Voters (Organize and Agitate)

    08/01/2009 10:53:30 AM PDT · by ak267 · 1 replies · 160+ views
    me | 8-1-2009 | ak267
    Attention eastern Nebraska Freepers. It's time to put the pressure on Lee Terry, Ben Nelson and Mike Johanns on the areas of cap-n-trade, and Obamacare. Listed below is their contact information:
  • Johanns says he'll work with Democrats [Nebraska]

    02/23/2009 5:46:09 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 4 replies · 457+ views
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns says he'll work with Democrats to make legislation he considers imperfect more palatable. The Republican says there will be bills he'll support knowing that if he were in charge, he'd make changes. He sees areas - such as renewable energy - where he'll likely agree with Democratic President Barack Obama. Johanns has been a strong supporter of subsidies for corn-based ethanol, splitting with John McCain, his party's presidential candidate.
  • Election 2008: Nebraska Senate Nebraska: Johanns (R) 55% Kleeb (D) 40% (Hagel's Seat)

    05/21/2008 8:29:48 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 9 replies · 414+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | May 18, 2008 | Scott Rasmussen
    In the race to become Nebraska’s next United States Senator, Mike Johanns (R) leads Scott Kleeb (D) by fifteen percentage points. The first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the race shows Johanns earning 55% of the vote while Kleeb attracts support from 40%. The two men are seeking to replace Republican Senator Chuck Hagel who decided against seeking re-election. Johanns is supported by 78% of Republicans, Kleeb by 72% of Democrats, and unaffiliated voters are evenly divided. Johanns is viewed favorably by 65% of the state’s voters, including 27% who have a Very Favorable opinion of the Republican candidate. Kleeb...
  • Nebraska: Johanns (R) 55% Kleeb (D) 40%

    05/18/2008 9:36:47 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies · 196+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | May 18, 2008
    In the race to become Nebraska’s next United States Senator, Mike Johanns (R) leads Scott Kleeb (D) by fifteen percentage points. The first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the race shows Johanns earning 55% of the vote while Kleeb attracts support from 40%. The two men are seeking to replace Republican Senator Chuck Hagel who decided against seeking re-election. Johanns is supported by 78% of Republicans, Kleeb by 72% of Democrats, and unaffiliated voters are evenly divided. Johanns is viewed favorably by 65% of the state’s voters, including 27% who have a Very Favorable opinion of the Republican candidate. Kleeb...
  • NEB-SEN: It Worked - Kerrey Likely Scared Out By Johanns

    09/21/2007 4:29:23 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 26 replies · 152+ views
    Red State ^ | September 21, 2007
    Take one senate seat off the table. "The officials haven’t lost all hope – Mr. Kerrey is headed back to Nebraska for a quick weekend trip, perhaps the Midwestern air will influence his thinking – but they are all but certain he will not enter the race to fill the seat of retiring Senator Chuck Hagel." http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/09/21/kerrey-is-still-mulling-a-... According to Kos, Kerrey was supposed to announce today, so Johanns probably announced just in time to scare Bob Kerrey out of it. http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/9/21/1462/71700 Turns out, Kerrey may be more interested in running for Mayor of New York City than running for Nebraska's...
  • Johanns to run for Hagel Senate Seat

    09/19/2007 2:11:28 PM PDT · by txrangerette · 24 replies · 466+ views
    Fox News Channel | 9-19-07 | Fox News Channel
    Shown on the crawler of FNC. The GOP is getting understandably antsy about a possible looming debacle in the Senate in '08, and at least they're pulling out the stops in NB. Comments?
  • Johanns will enter Senate race

    09/19/2007 8:30:09 AM PDT · by MassachusettsGOP · 20 replies · 475+ views
    Lincoln Journal Star ^ | Sep 19, 2007 | Don Walton
    Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns has decided to resign from President Bush’s cabinet to return to Nebraska and enter the 2008 Senate race. Johanns, the former two-term Republican governor, began placing phone calls to a number of friends and supporters in the state Tuesday night to inform them of his decision. A formal announcement is expected in Nebraska next week after Johanns has submitted his resignation to the White House, according to a source close to Johanns. Johanns and his wife, Stephanie, went house-hunting over the weekend when he was in Lincoln to attend a Saturday event at which...
  • 2008 Senate Race: Which former governor might prevail?

    09/16/2007 10:34:57 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies · 520+ views
    The Omaha World-Herald ^ | September 16, 2007 | Robynn Tysver
    A possible title bout between political heavyweights Mike Johanns and Bob Kerrey for the U.S. Senate has the makings of a marquee matchup. The clash of past champions would offer voters a choice between two distinctly different personalities, each with a lengthy public record to defend. It would be a fight with national implications: Democrats would view it as a chance to widen their Senate majority; Republicans would be forced to defend a seat in a red state. The only thing missing? The fighters themselves. Neither man has entered the ring, despite being heavily recruited by his party. Democrat Kerrey...
  • Johanns Visit Spurs Senate Talk (Nebraska 2008)

    09/13/2007 3:37:09 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 3 replies · 308+ views
    Action 3 News ^ | September 12, 2007
    The man who many Republicans want to run for the U.S. Senate next year, will be in town Thursday afternoon. Secretary of Agriculture (and former Governor) Mike Johanns is coming in, just three days after Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) announced his retirement from the Senate after next year. Behind the scenes it looks more and more like Johanns is running, but don't expect him to announce anything on Thursday. Johanns is here wearing his Secretary hat, and it appears that federal campaign laws, specifically the Hatch Act, keep Johanns from becoming an official candidate. But at least one top Republican,...
  • Nebraska Senate race could draw heavy hitters

    09/08/2007 10:48:19 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies · 778+ views
    The Sioux City Journal ^ | September 8, 2007
    The political winds are picking up in Nebraska, but determining which direction they'll go has become a game of speculation swirling around the intentions of Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel. The air of uncertainty began when Hagel, 60, promised to discuss his political future at an Omaha news conference in March, and many expected the second-term senator to announce a bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Instead, Hagel simply said he was leaving his options open, raising a number of questions and the possibility that he might not run for re-election. The lack of certainty foreshadowed a possible showdown that could...
  • Agriculture secretary visits Iraq

    08/02/2006 4:27:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 322+ views
    U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Michael O. Johanns, left, and Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Salam al-Zawbai sign an agreement Tuesday August 1, 2006 to keep working together to help Iraq's agricultural future. BAGHDAD -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns arrived in Iraq Tuesday to meet with high-level Iraqi officials, as well as Iraqi agricultural producers. Johanns was joined by representatives from the private sector, academia and the press. "Many people are surprised to learn how important the agriculture sector is in Iraq and how much potential it holds," said Johanns. "I am eager to meet face to face with Iraqi...
  • BUSH'S OPEN-BORDERS NOMINEES (Michelle Malkin shines light upon Alberto Gonzales and Mike Johanns)

    01/17/2005 2:12:17 AM PST · by Stoat · 92 replies · 3,261+ views
    Michelle Malkin's Blog ^ | January 17, 2005 | Michelle Malkin
    BUSH'S OPEN-BORDERS NOMINEES  By Michelle Malkin   ·   January 17, 2005 04:40 AM  We all know about Bernard Kerik's withdrawal in the wake of his disclosure that he had hired an illegal alien nanny. But two other Bush choices--AG nominee Al Gonzales and Agriculture Secretary nominee Mike Johanns --have far worse records on immigration enforcement.Gonzales was (and may still be) a member of the National Council of La Raza, the nation's leading anti-immigration enforcement lobbying group. Gonazles revealed his soft-on-enforcement perspective at his confirmation hearing in a little-noticed exchange with Sen. Edward Kennedy (links to transcript here and here): SEN....
  • A New Hand at Agriculture

    12/12/2004 7:49:24 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 7 replies · 343+ views
    NY Times ^ | Dec 13, 2004
    As a symbol of American farming, it is hard to beat Gov. Mike Johanns of Nebraska, whom President Bush has nominated as secretary of agriculture. Mr. Johanns was raised on a dairy farm outside Osage, Iowa, so farmers know that Mr. Johanns is one of their own. But heading the Department of Agriculture is not a symbolic job. Mr. Johanns governs a state that prohibits packers from owning livestock - which would be a good idea nationally - and has one of the strongest laws against corporate farming in the country. Unfortunately, Mr. Johanns took an aggressive stand against the...
  • President Bush Nominates Nebraska Governor Mike Johanns for Secretary of Agriculture

    12/02/2004 5:30:31 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 16 replies · 760+ views
    Today’s Action President George W. Bush announced his intention to nominate Nebraska Governor Mike Johanns to serve as Secretary of Agriculture. Governor Johanns is the son of Iowa dairy farmers, and he has a lifetime of involvement in agriculture and a long record of support for farmers and ranchers. As Governor of Nebraska, the Nation’s fourth-largest agricultural exporting state, he has real-world experience and insight into the needs of America’s agriculture community – and a proven record of promoting rural economic development. Governor Johanns is deeply committed to a strong farm economy. He has been a leader on drought relief...
  • Bush Picks Johanns to Head Agriculture Dept

    12/02/2004 3:14:56 PM PST · by KiloLima · 28 replies · 768+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 02, 2004 | Liza Porteus and Wendell Goler
    WASHINGTON — President Bush on Thursday announced that he has chosen Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns to be the new secretary of agriculture to oversee the nation's farm and food programs. "As a son of Iowa dairy farmers, he grew up close to the land," Bush said in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in announcing his nomination. "He will bring to this position a lifetime of involvement in agriculture and a long record as a faithful friend to America's farmers and ranchers." A Republican, Johanns, 54, also took the podium crediting his farm experience. "I'm very proud of my...
  • Bush names Nebraska Governor Mike Johanns Ag Secretary

    12/02/2004 7:42:04 AM PST · by BigMacGOP · 86 replies · 6,012+ views
    Omaha.com ^ | 12/2/04 | AP
    Interesting to see if Nelson switches parties now....
  • Nebraska Governor Chosen for Agriculture Post

    12/02/2004 9:13:21 AM PST · by Bluegrass Conservative · 10 replies · 540+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 2, 2004 | Deb Riechmann
    WASHINGTON - President Bush (news - web sites) on Thursday selected Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns, a Republican attorney who grew up on an Iowa dairy farm, as secretary of Agriculture to oversee the nation's farm and food programs. Bush said Johanns was "an experienced public servant from America's agricultural heartland" with a long record of being "a faithful friend to America's farmers." Johanns, 54, would succeed Ann M. Veneman, who recently announced her resignation despite saying earlier that she wanted to stay. So far, seven of Bush's 15-member Cabinet have announced they won't be part of the second term. More...
  • Nelson sees Johanns in rear mirror (Nebraska Senator)

    11/07/2004 10:50:29 AM PST · by Mountain Dewd · 19 replies · 914+ views
    Omaha World Herald ^ | HENRY J. CORDES
    Maybe you've had your fill of politics for a while, but take a peek at 2006: Ben Nelson, 41 percent Mike Johanns, 38 percent Those are the findings of a World-Herald Poll on a possible U.S. Senate showdown that Nebraskans could see in two years. As the numbers suggest - within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points - the potential race pitting two political powerhouses already is shaping up as a titanic struggle. Johanns, the state's two-term Republican governor, and Nelson, the Democratic U.S. senator and former two-term governor, both say they don't make...
  • Republican Governors To Join President Bush in Las Vegas to Kick-Off the ‘Leadership Matters' Tour

    10/13/2004 1:37:57 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 13 replies · 1,334+ views
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Christine Iverson(202) 863-8614 LAS VEGAS – Victory 2004 announced today the schedule for the “Leadership Matters” tour in which 20 Republican Governors will crisscross the country touting President Bush’s strong and steady leadership. The Governors will meet President Bush in Las Vegas, NV, this Thursday, October 14th to launch the two-day tour. The Governors, traveling in 7 teams, will rally support for the President by highlighting that leadership matters when choosing a President. The tour will stress the President’s steady resolve and clear, consistent vision on today’s critical issues. The Governors’ schedule is as follows. Cities...
  • Johanns Will Sign Abortion Bill If It Passes

    02/05/2004 12:04:08 PM PST · by Deliberator · 149+ views
    KETV 7 (Omaha, NE) ^ | February 3, 2004
    LINCOLN, Neb. -- Gov. Mike Johanns strongly supports a bill removing a requirement for Nebraska schools to give students information about how to obtain an abortion without parental consent. The governor's spokeswoman Terri Teuber said Johanns will sign the bill into law if it passes. Tuesday the measure moved one step closer to passage. Lawmakers voted 35-to-four to advance the proposal from the second of three rounds of debate. Opponents of the measure had lodged a filibuster to try to block the bill's progress. Bill sponsor Sen. Mike Foley of Lincoln said he expects more attacks against the bill when...
  • Nelson not sure how cold Johanns is to U.S. Senate bid

    05/28/2003 6:58:41 AM PDT · by JohnnyZ · 11 replies · 1,257+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, May 27, 2003 | Kevin O'Hanlon
    LINCOLN -- The day after Republican Gov. Mike Johanns said he wasn't exactly keen on making a Senate bid in 2006, Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson wasn't biting. "I still think he's running," Nelson said Tuesday in Lincoln. "He didn't say he wasn't." Johanns said Monday that he wished a strong GOP candidate would step forward to challenge Nelson. "The ideal situation for me would be if a Chuck Hagel-type person ... said 'I want to run for the United States Senate,' " Johanns said. "It would take a tremendous burden away from me." "It seems likes he's pulled back," Nelson...