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August 14, 2004

Local Politics

For most readers this is stuff to skip, but I do have some local readers so I'm cross-posting my mostly non-partisan recent update about the NE-1 congressional race on Political State Report, which is a great place to get info on state politics from all over the country.
Summer is the time when political candidates in Nebraska spend a lot of time traveling the state appearing at county fairs, festivals and anywhere else they can get their message out. Matt Connealy (D) and Jeff Fortenberry (R), who are vying for the first district's open seat, are doing a lot of that but the race is starting to gather some national interest, as well as stirring some controversy.

Earlier this summer, Stu Rothenberg of Roll Call named Matt Connealy as one of the five congressional candidates he actually likes. Also in June, a Fortenberry fundraiser attended by Vice President Cheney raised over $150,000 for the Republican candidate but left Lincoln mayor Colleen Seng and many other Lincolnites wondering why the taxpayers were stuck with the $40,000 security bill generated by Cheney's visit. In July, Matt Connealy made a quiet early morning appearance on CNBC. Also, Illinois Representative Dennis Hastert is scheduled to appear in Lincoln on behalf of Fortenberry on August 21.

A recent endorsement of Connealy by the National Realtors Association of Lincoln has also raised some eyebrows since they have traditionally backed the Republican candidate. The answer from the Fortenberry camp is that Connealy has vowed to keep banks out of the real estate business.

Upcoming events include a debate on the last day of the Nebraska State Fair at 1 p.m.

No poll numbers have been released to the public as of yet. Since this seat hasn't been contested in over 20 years, expect the Lincoln Journal-Star and Omaha World-Herald to begin paying more attention to this race after Labor Day.

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Posted by Half-Cocked at August 14, 2004 06:23 PM


the last day of the state fair is labor day. hmmm...i don't think i'm doing anything at 1pm. i think i'll bring my knitting.

Posted by: julee at August 16, 2004 12:57 PM

I'm planning on going, too, although I think it's actually the Sunday before.

Posted by: Steve at August 16, 2004 01:02 PM