NEGOP: Help us understand how you differ from Democrats

Norlyn sent the following letter via email to Mark Fahleson, Nebraska Republican Party Chairman, on February 16, 2013, with the subject line: “A dime’s worth of difference”.

Note: Links and footnotes were added to this online version of Norlyn’s message for the purpose of encouraging readers to inquire, in greater detail, into the issues Norlyn raised. The first two pages of the relevant portion of the “Chairman’s Report” email, “The Real State of the Union”, to which Norlyn refers in his message to Mr. Fahleson, are embedded at the bottom of this article.

[jbox color=”grey” shadow=”1″ width=”700″]Mr. Chairman,

I am in receipt of your recent Chairman’s Report update, and would like to report an injury; I have some bruising of the chin area, sustained when my jaw hit the floor from incredulity at the following statements:

“President Obama doesn’t live in the real world–the one in which we have a $16.5 trillion national debt, entitlement programs that are unsustainable…”, and

“We need to remind Nebraskans that there’s a difference between our parties….”

Entitlement programs that are unsustainable? Really? This from the state Republican Party chairman whose senators own a super majority in the legislature1 the same legislature that is about to pass without serious debate, challenge, or objection, a huge increase in the Nebraska Medicaid entitlement program? An increase that depends for funding on that federal government with the $16.5 trillion debt?

Your Republican state senators, who are leading the charge for this entitlement expansion, and who year after year vote for state budgets that depend on that same federal deficit spending you criticize to finance nearly 40% of the state spending they approve, do they understand these decisions they make add to that $16.5 trillion deficit you seem so concerned about?

Are you concerned at all about those Republican senators from your state party who last year approved a similar expansion in that same Medicaid entitlement program over their Republican governor’s veto?

And who this year, with a huge majority of senators at the Capitol, handed over the chairmanships and control of a majority of the committees to the Democrat minority in the Nebraska legislature?

These Republican state senators of yours that balance our state budget by taking in princely sums of that $16.5 trillion federal deficit spending, do they understand those federal dollars come from taxpayers, including taxpayers in Nebraska?

– Let me answer my own question: a friend recently spoke with one of those Republican state senators by telephone, a senator who was flummoxed and bewildered by the question when my friend asked where the senator thought those funds came from. So, no. Just like the Democrats, the Senator seemed to think those dollars come from the federal Money Fairy.

So can you “remind” this Nebraskan, just what is the difference in fiscal policy terms, between what the Democrats are doing on a federal level, and the decisions and policy solutions being promoted and passed, regarding entitlement programs, by our very own Nebraska state senators, members of your very own Nebraska Republican party, here at the state level?

Please type slowly and use small words, as I am only a constituent who, as a member of the real world, has a limited understanding of these high-level political differences between the parties.

Thank you so much for your understanding and concern. I look forward to having these troubling questions explained in terms I can grasp.

Norlyn Raisch

Concerned Citizen[/jbox]

While Norlyn waits for an answer from the NEGOP Chairman, the following seems pertinent:

  • NEGOP HAS adopted official policy designed to influence the voting behavior of Nebraska’s Republican Legislators and to influence the outcome of legislation, however…
  • NEGOP doesn’t seem to mind that so many of its Republicans have poor voting / policy positions – there’s no evidence of a broad effort to recruit conservative candidates to mount primary challenges in districts with such incumbents OR, even worse, there is a history of active promotion and assistance for some such incumbents. Here are just two examples:
    • No opposition was mounted against Republican State Senator Kathy Campbell (District 25) in 2012 – she ran for re-election ENTIRELY UNOPPOSED – even though she introduced and beat a drum for two years to provide Medicaid prenatal benefits for non-compliant and illegal immigrant women.

      Kathy Campbell (R) and Jeremy Nordquist (D) share a joyful embrace, apparently Lincoln Journal Star published the picture


    • NEGOP promoted State Senator Colby Coash (District 27) 2012 re-election campaign events, despite his support for LB599 – which SHOULD HAVE BEEN a make or break vote for ANY responsible Republican Legislator. Further, Coash has a mixed record on an array of other issues.

“ObamaCare”, as in “Repeal ObamaCare”, “Stop ObamaCare”, etc., etc., was a HUGE election issue and “red-meat” talking point for Republicans beginning in 2009, INCLUDING by Nebraska Republicans.


  • What has come of Republicans using “ObamaCare” as an election issue?
  • How will Nebraska Republicans handle this issue going forward?

And, when it comes to the NEGOP’S LEADERSHIP…
Will that leadership hold any Nebraska Republican official to account, as in, threaten to withhold support,on anything of substance, like the Medicaid expansion (LB577),…or lawfully fighting implementation in other ways?

  1. Note that the link provided within the letter’s text, regarding the vote on LB599 on April 18, 2012, included tallies of the number of seats held by Republicans and Democrats in the Nebraska Unicameral, according to the best available information at the time. We haven’t done a new tally for the 103rd Legislature, however, despite the loss of a seat or two, there remains a super-majority of Republicans; 33-35 out of the 49.

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Shelli Dawdy is first and foremost the mother of three children whom she has taught at home via the classical method since removing her children from school in 2001. During her early years as a homeschool mother, she worked part-time as a freelance writer. Born and raised in the Iowa, Shelli and her husband moved to the state of South Dakota in 1997, attracted to its more limited government and friendly tax environment. In 2006, Shelli and her family relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska, when her husband’s employer offered a new position. She took a break from work and politics for a time, recognizing the need to focus solely on her childrens’ schooling with two now of high school age. Distressed by many things she was witnessing on the national political scene and disillusioned about the Republican Party, she decided to start writing again, this time online. Motivated to get involved with others at the grassroots level, she networked with activists on the social media tool, Twitter. She was involved in organizing the first tea party rallies inspired by Rick Santelli’s “rant” on CNBC in February 2009. Recognizing that activism should generate on the local level, she founded Grassroots in Nebraska in March of 2009. The group’s mission is a return to Constitutional, limited government, according to its original meaning. While the group has held several tea party rallies, it’s focus is to take effective action. Among its many projects, GiN successfully coordinated testimony for the hearing of the Nebraska Sovereignty Resolution, networked with other groups to ensure a large show of public support at the hearing, and coordinated follow up support to ensure its passage in April 2010. While working to build up GiN throughout 2009, she was asked to work as writer and producer of the documentary film, A New America, which lays out how Progressivism is responsible for how America has moved away from its Constitutional roots. You can see more of her work on Grassroots in Nebraska (GiN) and StubbornFacts

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