October 24, 2014

Nebraska voter registration deadline is Friday

The deadline to register to vote in the 2014 statewide General Election is Friday, October 24. Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says at this late date all registrations must be done in person. Those already registered but moved, changed their name or party affiliation must also update their registrations and the deadline is Friday.

Phipps says, “If you end up not doing that and go to your polling place we may send you to a different polling place if you moved. You may have to fill out some additional paper work. It is a lot easier to just get this done beforehand than wait until Election Day to get it all done.”

The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Wednesday, October 29th.  Phipps says those wanting a ballot by mail need to fill out an application that can be printed from local election commission offices and the Secretary of State’s website. Voters can also send a written request for an early ballot that includes name, date of birth, phone number, registered address, where it should be mailed and a signature. You can not request a ballot online or by phone. All early voting ballots must be received by the time polls close on Election Day.

Voters wanting to cast an early ballot in person can do so at their local election commission office through Monday, November 3rd.

Candidate Ashford claims public is put off by negative ads against him

Sen. Brad Ashford/Photo courtesy of Unicameral Information Service

Sen. Brad Ashford/Photo courtesy of Unicameral Information Service

The 2nd District U-S House of Representatives race has taken a nasty turn.

Television ads by the National Republican Campaign Committee display Democratic candidate Brad Ashford’s picture next to convicted murderer Nikko Jenkins. It claims Ashford, a state senator from Omaha and chairman of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, supports Nebraska’s “good time” law, contending the law let Jenkins out of prison early. All indications are that Ashford is in a very close race with Republican Lee Terry, the incumbent.

Ashford says it is time to move on. He says this campaign has nothing to do with the “good time” law and it has nothing to do with the Jenkins case.

“What I think isn’t the issue,” Ashford says. “What the people of the district think is what the issue is and almost everyone I have talked to are put off terribly by them.”

It is only two weeks until Election Day. Ashford says public opinion polls indicate the race is a toss-up.

Federal moratorium on state and local taxes on Internet access soon expires

Home and business internet service and that provided by cell phone carriers could cost more after December 11th. Scott Mackey is the co-author of the Wireless Taxation in the United States 2014 Report and says for more than a dozen years there has been a moratorium preventing state and local taxes on internet access.   Mackey says the concern is if the moratorium expires then states and local governments can decide this is a telecom service and taxes and fees will then be charged.

Mackey says the U-S House of Representatives already passed a bill continuing the moratorium and there is a lot of support for a similar bill in the U-S Senate. However, Mackey worries it could get tied up with other issues in the rush to adjournment during the lame duck Congress.

Nebraska already has the second highest tax and fee rates on wireless use in the nation.

Fate of health care law major issue in US Senate campaign (AUDIO)

Democrat Dave Domina

Democrat Dave Domina

Many issues define the United States Senate race, but one issue discloses deep division between the two political party candidates.

The federal health insurance law, called Obamacare by most, officially the Affordable Care Act, is an issue in many Senate races across the country.

Its fate is front and center in Nebraska.

Democrat Dave Domina rejects any suggestion that it will be repealed.

“Oh no, absolutely can’t be repealed,” Domina tells Nebraska Radio Network. “And the problems I have with it are simply the kinds of things you would expect to have to repair in a statute this big.”

Domina says anyone would expect modifications to be made to a statute as large as the Affordable Care Act. One change Domina advocates is repealing the section that forces Americans to get rid of their current health insurance policies in order to buy policies that conform to the ACA.

Republican Ben Sasse

Republican Ben Sasse

Republican Ben Sasse has built much of his campaign on criticism of the law and an insistence that it must be repealed.

Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network he wants to be precise in his answer about whether the ACA can be repealed.

“We’re not going to see Obamacare repealed before the next presidential election, but by the end of that presidential election in 2016, the country will be heading in one of two ways: toward actual health care reform or toward a more European-style, centralized health care system,” Sasse tells us.

Sasse says Domina wants more Washington power while he wants more patient, doctor, and nurse power.

Independents Jim Jenkins and Todd Watson are also running for Senate.

AUDIO:  Brent Martin reports [:50]

Warren Buffet predicts a Hillary Clinton presidency

The oracle of Omaha is making a political prediction.

Billionaire Warren Buffett says he’d bet money that former First Lady and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not only run for president in 2016, but that she’ll win the office.

The longtime chairman and CEO of Berkshire-Hathaway made the prediction this week while speaking in California at Fortune magazine’s conference of Most Powerful Women.

Buffett supported both Mrs. Clinton and President Obama in the 2008 campaign.