The Wheels Down Politics Show – Sam Fischer & Dave Boomer of the Stothert for Mayor re-election campaign

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Sam Fischer

Jerry Kratochvil chats with Sam Fischer and Dave Boomer, campaign manager and communications director respectively, for Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert’s successful re-election campaign.

Sam, Dave, and Jerry discuss…

  • Primary night,
  • the Taylor Royal effect,
  • the Bernie Sanders visit,
  • the Scott Walker visit,
  • the Heath Mello message,
  • and their outstanding candidate, Mayor Jean Stothert,

…among other things in this wrap-up of the 2017 Omaha Mayor’s race.

Dave Boomer (with Mayor Jean Stothert)

Find them on the Twitter…

@MeridianSam

@DaveBoomer1

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Jerry Kratochvil on KFAB’s Scott Voorhees Show

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scott_with_bald_eagle_0_1442330552Jerry Kratochvil is interviewed by 1110 AM KFAB’s Scott Voorhees on the recent Ernie Chambers scandal.

Jerry appears on Scott’s KFAB morning show on September 8, 2016 to discuss the recent “Ernie-gram” by Senator Chambers where he makes rhyming fun of cancer-victim, Lauren Kintner, wife of state Senator Bill Kintner.

They discuss the motives of Chambers, some of his other outrageous statements, and where the Legislature should go from here.

This is a remote recording of KFAB’s show.

On the web: The Scott Voorhees Show
Twitter: @kfabnews
Facebook: Scott Voorhees

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The Wheels Down Politics Show – Don Bacon and the Brad Ashford sidewalk debate

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Ashford-Bacon-sidewalk-debate-081716Jerry Kratochvil talks with retired Brigadier General Don Bacon about the recent visit to Omaha by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, and the subsequent sidewalk debate with Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford.

Bacon starts off by talking about the event with Speaker Ryan, when it was set up and about some of the security requirements they had with the Secret Service.

He then gets into the topics Speaker Ryan hit at the event itself and the issues he has discussed with the Speaker, and where he comes down for his legislative priorities.

Jerry and Don then get into some of the nitty-gritty of the campaign, what polling shows and where each of the candidates stand in terms of the 2nd District.

Don then gives some detail into the impromptu debate that he had with Ashford, after Brad crashed the party outside the event at Midtown. Bacon relays the shocking statement that Ashford made about Speaker Nancy Pelosi as well as Ashford’s being dumbfounded by Bacon’s question before hustling away.

Web: DonBacon2016.com
Twitter: @DonBacon2016
Facebook: Don Bacon for Congress

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The Wheels Down Politics Show – Sam Fischer, closing the GOP Convention in Cleveland

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Giuliani-FischerJerry Kratochvil interviews Nebraska GOP Convention delegate Sam Fischer, immediately following the close of the Convention.

Sam gives his view of Ivanka and Donald Trump’s closing night speeches, from the perspective of a delegate about 40 yards from the stage. He talks about some of the contrasts that Trump presented and a few of the particular issues, including from the perspective of a law enforcement officer.

Sam talks about some of the VIPs he met along the way at the convention and what it was like to be on the floor for this momentous occasion.

He closes by talking a little about yesterday’s controversy with Ted Cruz, and the perspective of the Nebraska delegation on the Cruz speech.

Carson-FischerOn the web: Meridian Central
Twitter: @MeridianSam
Twitter List: Nebraska GOP in Cleveland

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The Wheels Down Politics Show – Rod Edwards at Day 1 of the GOP Convention in Cleveland

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Rod EdwardsJerry Kratochvil interviews Nebraska alternate delegate Rod Edwards after the contentious morning session of Day 1 at the GOP Convention in Cleveland.

Edwards talks about the arguments on the proposed roll call vote on the rules that caused a stir in Cleveland. He gives his perspective on the what happened, how it went down and some of the suggestions now being lobbed around by each side.

Edwards also talks about what it might mean to have been “strong-armed” by a Trump supporter to remove your name from a list, and what that might be like on the receiving side.

He finishes up by talking about the atmosphere in Cleveland, and what delegates are most impressed by.

Twitter: @RodLEdwards
Facebook: Rod Edwards

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The Wheels Down Politics Show – Brian Buescher at the GOP Platform Committee in Cleveland

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Jerry Kratochvil with Brian Buescher
Jerry Kratochvil with Brian Buescher

Jerry Kratochvil interviews Nebraska delegate Brian Buescher, just back from the 2016 GOP Convention Platform Committee meetings in Cleveland.

Brian tells about some of stranger issues that came before the GOP Platform Committee over the past three days, as well as some of the regular topics as well.

He talks about some of the Nebraska focused planks that he was able to address, and he also gives a bit of a view on the Kansas grouse and Hawaiian chocolate covered nuts.

As the first committee to meet in Cleveland, he also took part in some of the first discussions on what might happen with the “Dump-Trump” delegates, and the likelihood of their success.

He notes what has happened at past conventions, and his thoughts on where things may go this time around.

Twitter: @BrianBuescher1
Facebook: Brian Buescher

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Also, be sure to listen to the last podcast with Nebraska delegate J.L. Spray, on the very important Rules Committee which meets later this week. He gives very informative view on the various issues that will come up, especially on the Dump-Trump faction.

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The Wheels Down Politics Show – J.L. Spray and the GOP Convention Rules controversy

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J.L. SprayJerry Kratochvil interviews Nebraska delegate to the GOP Convention Rules Committee, J.L. Spray.

Nebraska National Committeeman, and Nebraska Delegate, J.L. Spray talks to Jerry about the upcoming meeting of the GOP Convention Rules Committee and how it will affect the rest of the convention and the nomination of Donald Trump.

Spray talks about how any Nebraska rules would or could affect how Nebraska delegates vote and what they might see in Cleveland.

Then they get into two of the competing theories for allowing delegates to vote however they’d like , as opposed to the current “requirement” of voting for Trump on the first ballot.

They discuss the “open delegate” concept of Curly Hoagland of North Dakota as well as the “vote your conscience” concept of Kendal Unruh of Colorado.

J.L. gives his thoughts on what could happen, and what is likely to happen in Cleveland. And he also gives his thoughts on what probably should happen.

In closing J.L. also gives some ideas about what could or should happen regarding Republican primaries in election seasons to come.

On Twitter@gopjls

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The Wheels Down Politics Show – Clint Howard

Stothert-Howard-Smith01(Click above to play in the browser or Direct download by clicking here, or by searching Wheels Down Politics on iTunes.)

Jerry Kratochvil sits down in Omaha with actor Clint Howard.

Howard talks about his love of baseball and immediate love for the College World Series in Omaha. As a guest of State Senator Jim Smith of Papillion, Howard is in town cheering on the underdogs and enjoying Nebraska.

Howard originally met Senator Smith through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and he talks about the importance of conservatives in local and state government. He also talks a little about his involvement with other conservatives in Hollywood.

Through the group “Friends of Abe“, Howard joined other conservatives in Hollywood, such as Gary Sinise, Jon Voight and Kelsey Grammer, who work in the entertainment industry and would like to be able to speak their mind. He shares a little bit about what the (somewhat secretive) group talks about when then meet, their goals, and how they got started back in the day when conservatives were publicly hammered on sets around town.

Howard - Kratochvil-02Jerry and Clint finish up talking about Clint’s love of baseball, and Jerry reminds him of his Omaha baseball connection, from way back in the days of “Gentle Ben“.

Facebook: Clint Howard
IMDB: Clint Howard

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The Wheels Down Politics Show – Rep. Jeff Fortenberry

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Jeff Fortenberry

Jerry Kratochvil interviews Nebraska 1st District Congressman Jeff Fortenberry.

Jerry and Congressman Fortenberry hit the ground running talking about the Presidential race, and the Congressman’s thoughts on the current makeup of the Republican field. Fortenberry talks about meeting Carly Fiorina and his early endorsement of her.

He then delves into the other candidates, including Marco Rubio and Donald Trump — and Fortenberry gives his thoughts on the whether or not he would endorse Trump as the Republican nominee for President.

They then dive into one of the biggest issues in Fortenberry’s district — the repair of the Offutt, Strategic Command runway. Fortenberry talks about some of the challenges addressing the runway and his thoughts and information concerning the status.

Fortenberry then shares some of his thoughts on the issue of the genocide in Syria, and the administration’s duty to use that term — genocide. He talks a little about his discussion in Committee with Secretary of State, John Kerry, on the subject and the importance of using the terms that the international community understands and will address.

Scalia+FortenberryThey conclude by talking about Fortenberry’s relationship — particularly as a hunter — with recently deceased Justice Antonin Scalia. Fortenberry talks about a few of their duck hunting trips, what the two of them talked about in the duck blinds, and a gift Scalia gave to Fortenberry after their last hunt. They finish off clearing up a question that some had posed about a little-known hunting society of which Scalia was a member.

On the web: Rep. Jeff Fortenberry
Weekly News Letter: The Fort Report (the most recent, with a sign-up field)
Twitter: @JeffFortenberry
Facebook: Congressman Jeff Fortenberry

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The Wheels Down Politics Show – State Sen. Beau McCoy

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Beau McCoy 02Jerry Kratochvil interviews Nebraska State Senator Beau McCoy.

Jerry and Beau start out discussing the results from Super Tuesday and the rest of the Republican Primary, and look how things may go in coming months.

They next discuss the upcoming Winner Take All vote in the Nebraska Legislature and the prospects of its success in the coming months.

They then discuss the issue of Medicaid expansion, and the some of the new proposals that may include an increase in the cigarette tax. McCoy also gives his view on whether taxes should be increased.

They finish up talking about the final issues before the legislature before Sine Die (around April 20th) and how they will be major issues for Nebraska.

On the web: State Senator Beau McCoy
Twitter: @BeauRMcCoy
Facebook: Sen Beau McCoy

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