February 8, 2016

Gov. Ricketts on Iowa caucus: I’m glad the process has started (AUDIO)

Gov. Pete Ricketts

Gov. Pete Ricketts

Gov. Pete Ricketts is expressing more relief than excitement over the results of the Iowa caucus.

Ricketts was recently asked by the news media about his reaction to the Republican caucuses in Iowa.

“I’m glad that the process has started and that we’ve got one down,” Ricketts responded with a laugh.

Ricketts, a Republican, said the victory by Texas Senator Ted Cruz in Iowa indicates he’s a strong candidate for the Republican nomination.

“The Iowa caucuses is a great way to start the whole primary process,” according to Ricketts. “I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in the other primary states and I’m glad that this has all begun. I think I share that sentiment with a lot of folks.”

New York businessman Donald Trump came in second in Iowa, followed closely by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who finished third.

Next up is the New Hampshire primary Tuesday.

AUDIO:  Brent Martin reports [:40]




Lawsuit against death penalty petition tossed

Death_petitions_boxesA Nebraska judge has thrown out a lawsuit attempting to get the death penalty thrown off the November ballot.

Lancaster County District Judge Lori Maret dismissed the lawsuit which claimed supporters of the initiative petition that placed capital punishment on the ballot failed to disclose Gov. Pete Ricketts as a sponsor.

The governor and his father donated a third of the $900,000-plus raised by Nebraskans for the Death Penalty to gather nearly 167,000 signatures, enough to not only place the issues before the voters, but to stop the Unicameral’s repeal of the death penalty from taking effect.

Death penalty opponents Richard and Christy Hargesheimer filed suit, arguing the petition process should be ruled invalid, because petitioners didn’t disclose Gov. Ricketts as a sponsor. The governor argued that donating money didn’t make him a sponsor. A number of close allies of the governor helped with the initiative petition, which was launched shortly after the legislature overrode Ricketts’ veto of the death penalty repeal.

An appeal of the judge’s ruling is likely.

Sen. Fischer taking wait and see approach to presidential race (AUDIO)

Sen. Deb Fischer

Sen. Deb Fischer

United States Sen. Deb Fischer says she’s willing to sit back and wait to see what Iowa Republicans do in the caucuses next week.

Fischer, a Republican, hasn’t endorsed any of the Republicans running for president. She doesn’t plan to, at least not for a while.

As for the sometimes chaotic nature of the GOP race, Fischer calls it fascinating. Fischer says simply that it is the democratic process, a great process that eventually will choose the party nominee to put before voters in November.

The candidate saturation of neighboring Iowa ends soon.

“For those of us that are kind of political junkies and follow all of this stuff, it’s always amazing to watch it,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call. “But, the people of Iowa are going to make decisions on Monday night and I really look forward to seeing what they do.”

Nebraska Republicans cast their ballots in the presidential primary May 10th.

As for the Democrats, they will hold a caucus on March 5th.

AUDIO:  Brent Martin reports [:40]


Sen. Sasse campaigns for GOP in Iowa…against Trump (AUDIO)

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse talks with voters.

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse talks with voters.

United States Sen. Ben Sasse is in Iowa stumping for about any Republican presidential candidate besides Donald Trump.

Sasse says Republican voters need to be asking a lot more questions of Trump leading up to the Iowa Caucuses Monday.

“What I hear from lots of people in my family, what I hear from folks at the grocery store in Fremont is how do we know what his views are on issues when he doesn’t explain where he has ever abandoned the old, crazy, leftist positions he had when he was thinking of running as a Democrat,” Sasse tells Jack and Dave in the Morning on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.

According to Sasse, Trump has expressed disdain for guns, has backed a single-payer health care system, and has supporter a $6 trillion tax increase proposal.

Sasse has praise for Trump. He calls him smart, an attribute Sasse says the news media has generally overlooked. Sasse calls Trump a good salesman. He says Trump has gained popularity by rightly criticizing Washington, being blunt in his speech, and not backing down when challenged by the media.

Still, Sasse sees Trump breaking from a constitutional system of limited government.

“And when Donald Trump says, as he has recently, when I’m elected president I’ll be able to do whatever I want, we should talk about what that means, because that’s not the American tradition,” according to Sasse.

Sasse has spent two days campaigning in Iowa, meeting with both Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. Marc Rubio of Florida. Sasse says he will not endorse anyone, but will call Republicans to be the party that affirms the Constitution.

AUDIO:  Brent Martin reports [:45]

Omaha attorney weighs in on U.S. citizenship eligibility

There are many questions regarding Texas U-S Senator Ted Cruz’s eligibility to run for president because he was born in Canada. Omaha attorney Bill Gallup was in a similar situation. Gallup says his mother was a U-S citizen when he was born in Alberta, Canada. Gallup says when they moved to Omaha his father became naturalized and was told by immigration that would include all his minor children.

Gallup says he always thought he was an American. He graduated from high school in Omaha and was even drafted and served in the U-S military. However, when Gallup later applied for a teaching certificate it was denied because he was told he was Canadian.

Gallup says, “I had to go down and get naturalized before I could get my teaching certificate. If you are born in Canada, you are a Canadian. I looked up the Supreme Court on this matter and the Supreme Court says there are two paths to citizenship.   One, you have to be born in the United States or a territory under United States jurisdiction or be naturalized. Cruz has never produced a naturalization certificate to my knowledge and that means as far as I can see he is not an American citizen.”

Gallup says there are exceptions to the natural born rule. He says children born of U-S diplomats on foreign soil are considered natural born citizens. Military parents of children born abroad must file the appropriate paperwork to assure their children are documented as citizens of the U-S.