Don Walton: Fluid Nebraska GOP governor race enters final days | Regional government

And now there are just nine days left in what has turned into a fluid and unpredictable Republican gubernatorial race.

“Able to flow and change shape easily” is the dictionary definition of fluid.

Herbster emphasizes conservative principles, Christian values

Watch now: Lindstrom says his background in state government affairs

Pillen focuses on tax relief, pro-life principles, personal character

There’s a lot going on behind the scenes in the campaign war rooms as this race appears to be tightening with three candidates within reach of victory.

Polling results are strategically leaking or directed to the news media and the organizational skills to get the vote will start to emerge as a major factor now.

And, of course, the fallout continues from the accusation that Charles Herbster inappropriately touched or groped eight women at public events, a bombshell that detonated at the scene in April in a story written by Aaron Sanderford in the Nebraska Examine.

Herbster denies the allegations, describing them as “totally false”.

We’ve already had the startling sight of Lt. Governor Mike Foley politically breaking away independently from Governor Pete Ricketts, who twice chose him as his running mate, when Foley endorsed Herbster in opposition to the Governor’s strong support for the regent of the University of Nebraska. Jim Pillen.

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What could be left now but Donald Trump parachuting into this chaotic scene in a Nebraska version of his trip on the Trump Tower escalator five years ago?

So, of course, at the right time, Trump prepared to travel to Nebraska and address a storm-delayed rally between Lincoln and Omaha on Sunday in support of Herbster.

And there could be more drama to come.

What does the governor do if Herbster, a man whom Ricketts said would be “a bad governor”, wins the Republican nomination?

Would Ricketts walk around or consider another petitioner to challenge Herbster and the Democratic nominee in the November general election ballot?

But wouldn’t that in turn open up the possibility that the Democratic nominee, almost certainly Senator Carol Blood of Bellevue, could be elected governor with 40 percent of the vote, or less, in a three-candidate race?

In his loss to Ricketts in 2014, when the governor was first elected, Democratic candidate Chuck Hassebrook won about 40% of the vote in the general election.

More likely than an alternate nominee in November is an explosive final 10 days ahead with Pillen, State Senator Brett Lindstrom and Herbster all chasing and dashing in the driver’s seat.

If Herbster ultimately wins the Republican nomination, one would expect a flood of Democratic television ads during the general election campaign portraying Ricketts and Herbster and weaponizing the governor’s words: “He would be a terrible governor.”

Put on your helmets and bulletproof vests. It’s not going to be pretty.

“Never underestimate Justin Wayne,” Ricketts said at a ceremony at Metro Community College celebrating the enactment of legislation that will inject $336 million, most of it in the form of federal pandemic recovery funds. of coronavirus, in North Omaha and South Omaha for the development of affordable housing and new employment opportunities while revitalizing neighborhoods.


Wayne, with the help of the senses. Terrell McKinney, Tony Vargas and Mike McDonnell, led what the governor described as “a team effort” to get the plan passed after adjusting the original proposal to include other parts of the state and so obtain generalized legislation. Support.

Lincoln is included in the compromise with federal funding for affordable housing development and support for the Lancaster Event Center.

It’s a big step forward for Omaha’s Black and Latino communities, and while it took federal funds to make it happen, it’s also a step forward for the state.

Wayne described the ceremony as “a celebration of hope”.

Looking ahead, there is potential for an unprecedented move of state senators to higher office this year.

Everything is speculative now except for the guarantee that Nebraska will have a current state senator sitting in the 1st District seat in the House of Representatives after the June 28 special election.

Either Senator Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln or Senator Mike Flood of Norfolk will join former Senator Adrian Smith of Gering in the House. With former Sen. Deb Fischer de Valentine now a U.S. Senate member, that will give former state senators a majority in Nebraska’s five-member congressional delegation.

And Senator Tony Vargas of Omaha is trying to make it four with his Democratic bid for Republican Rep. Don Bacon’s 2nd District seat in the House.

On top of all that, Lindstrom, of Omaha, and Blood, of Bellevue, are running for their party’s nomination for governor and could possibly meet in the general election.

Nebraska has not elected a current or former state senator as governor in the past seven decades.

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To finish

* What is this long table, President Putin? royalties; COVID; shuffleboard; Brutus?

* Qualified Nebraska students with a household income of $65,000 or less can attend the University of Nebraska tuition-free, NU President Ted Carter notes in a “local view” column in the Journal Star. It’s remarkable, strategic, and smart as Nebraska’s political and business leaders focus their attention and support on community colleges and their instant workforce production.

*Here’s KU’s Bill Self, talking about the transfer portal (and in my opinion the fading away of the pure, amateur appeal of college sports): “Kids should be able to move in theory, but it’s out of control now because the reason they’re moving is because I can get a bigger NIL contract elsewhere” by marketing their name, image and likeness.

* It is the month of May; slow down the schedule now.

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