The Wheels Down Politics Show – Mayor Jean Stothert

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Mayor StothertJerry Kratochvil interviews Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert.

Jerry and Mayor Stothert take a deep dive into the recent Omaha snow storm, snow removal and the plans for future digs out of the deep freeze.

They discuss the planning that goes into 100 trucks plowing the city streets, and what the expectations are, and should be for the average citizen and the snow under their tires.

They then discuss one of the Mayor’s Legislative priorities, City library funding and control (LB 969) and the future of Omaha’s libraries.

They briefly discuss the fire at M’s Pub, and the what will happen next in that location and conclude talking about the new HDR building downtown and what may happen to the buildings on the new acquired space by Omaha Performing Arts.

On the Web: Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert
Facebook: Jean Stothert
Mayor’s Hotline (especially for potholes): 402-444-5555
HDR Development Q&A.

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The Wheels Down Politics Show – Hal Daub

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Hal and JerryJerry Kratochvil interviews former Nebraska Congressman, Omaha Mayor and current Nebraska Regent, Hal Daub.

The two discuss the state of the two-party system in Nebraska, particularly as it affects the Nebraska Legislature. They discuss the “non-partisan” body, and Hal gives his views on whether the Unicameral should be replicated throughout the country and how it could be changed in Nebraska.

He discusses further how some Senators act in the Legislature and how it affects the body as a whole. He then gets down to the nitty-gritty and talks about how the state should affect any changes to the Medicaid system.

They then talk about some of Congressman Brad Ashford’s recent comments, saying that he supports both Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush for President. Hal then gives his general thoughts on the Presidential race.

They conclude talking a little about how the University of Nebraska system could change and how certain changes would affect the system as a whole.

On the web: University of Nebraska Regent, Hal Daub
Facebook: Hal Daub
12/7/2015 OWH Midlands Voices, Hal Daub: Candidates need to talk about debt

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The Wheels Down Politics Show – State Sen. Bill Kintner

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Bill Kintner 01Jerry Kratochvil interviews Nebraska State Senator Bill Kintner.

Kratochvil and Senator Kintner discuss the beginning of the 2016 Legislative Session, and the first issue Kintner has encountered, as he just left a hearing: open voting for Committee Chairs.

They continue by talking about the turbulent 2015 session and where things went wrong and where they seem to be going. On that note, they discuss the upcoming issues with Medicaid expansion and the Learning Community, among other legislative topics.

They conclude talking about Kintner’s style of conservatism and how he got started in politics and why. We also find out about Kintner’s specialty before he got involved in politics and how he keeps it going today.

On the web: State Senator Bill Kintner
Facebook: Senator Kintner
Twitter: @BillKintner

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The Wheels Down Politics Show – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer

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Jerry Kratochvil interviews United States Senator Deb Fischer.

Jerry and Senator Fischer discuss the recently passed Highway Bill, why it is important and what it does for Nebraska and the country.

They also discuss the recently passed education bill, and talk about why it too is historic and what it does to dramatically change the way local entities are able to handle education issues. The former school board member talk about how this is one of the few times in recent history that the federal government is actually giving power back to the state and local communities.

They finish up talking about America’s war on terror and what she sees, particularly as a member of the Senate Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities.

On the web: U.S. Senator Deb Fischer
Twitter: @SenatorFischer
Facebook: Deb Fischer

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The Wheels Down Politics Show – Borchers, Clark & Zoul: candidates canvassing

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Jerry Kratochvil interviews three candidates for the Nebraska Legislature — Patrick Borchers, Dick Clark and Zack Zoul — to discuss walking door to door in their districts.

Kratochvil gets individual responses from each candidate about their approach to canvassing, their message to voters, and what issues are currently important to the people of their districts in Omaha, Lincoln and Grand Island.

He also finds out about a few things like dogs, ladybugs, shoes and weight loss programs.

To find out about each candidate…

Borchers 05Patrick Borchers for Legislature, District 39 (West Omaha)
BorchersForNebraska.com
Facebook

 

 

 

Clark 06

Dick Clark for Legislature, District 27 (West Lincoln)
ClarkWorksForYou.com
Facebook

 

 

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Zachary Zoul for Legislature, District 35 (Grand Island)
ZoulForSenator.com
Facebook

 

 

 

 

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Marco Rubio at the 2015 Nebraska GOP Founder’s Day

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United State Senator and Presidential candidate Marco Rubio speaks at the Nebraska Republican Party Founder’s Day Dinner on November 23, 2015.

He is introduced by U.S. Senator Deb Fischer.

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The Wheels Down Politics Show – Governor Dave Heineman

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Dave HeinemanJerry Kratochvil interviews former Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman.

Governor Heineman gives his thoughts on the previous night’s GOP Presidential debate, who he thinks did well, and who didn’t do so well. He discusses what it means to endorse a candidate and how those individuals are then involved with the national campaigns. And he tells about what one sees at the debates during the commercial breaks.

They also discuss the national primary process, and Nebraska’s place in that. Governor Heineman gives his thoughts on the idea of a Republican Caucus in Nebraska, as well as the national primary.

Governor Heineman also talks about what is important in the upcoming Nebraska legislative session, what needs to happen, and whether any lessons can be learned from the experiences of neighboring states.

On this Veterans Day, Governor Heineman tells about his experience as a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and what it was like at Airborne Ranger School.

And finishing up, Kratochvil of course ask former Governor Heineman: “Are you done in politics?”

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The Wheels Down Politics Show — Deirdre Walsh – CNN Congressional Producer

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Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 2.26.43 PMJerry Kratochvil interviews CNN Congressional Producer, Deirdre Walsh.

Jerry talks with Deirdre Walsh about her experience over the past month covering the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner and the rise of new Speaker Paul Ryan.

Walsh talks about the shock everyone had with the Boehner’s announcement, followed by the shock of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy declining to run for Speaker. She discusses the different Republican Caucuses in the House and how they came to coalesce around Paul Ryan — and what changes House members may look forward to under the new Speaker.

Dee CNN 05They conclude by talking about Walsh’s visit to Omaha back in 2007 for Chuck Hagel’s non-announcement announcement for President, as well as how Walsh and Kratochvil got to know each other.

Twitter: @DeirdreWalshCNN
On the Web: CNN – Deirdre Walsh, Sr. Congressional Producer

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The Wheels Down Politics Show — Scott Lautenbaugh – Expanded Gambling in Nebraska

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Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 10.52.56 PMJerry Kratochvil interviews former Nebraska State Senator Scott Lautenbaugh on the initiative petition to expand casino gambling in Nebraska.

Jerry and Scott discuss the new group, Keep the Money in Nebraska which will distribute signature petitions for a Constitutional Amendment to grant casino gaming at the five current horsetracks in Nebraska.

Lautenbaugh discusses the economics behind the petitions, the support they have and their plan to get the issues on the November 2016 ballot.

They discuss the types of gaming facilities that would be affected and where. They also discuss some of the opposition to the plan and who is in charge of the group’s political operation.

The conclude by talking about a few of Lautenbaugh’s previous legislative endeavors, including cigar bars, and a little bit on a new smoking topic.

On the web: Keep the Money in Nebraska

Facebook: Keep the Money in Nebraska

Twitter: @Lautenbaugh

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The Wheels Down Politics Show – Jim Vokal on the Con Agra move

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Vokal - formalJerry Kratochvil interviews Jim Vokal of the Platte Institute on the announcement of Con Agra moving their headquarters out of Omaha.

Jim joins Jerry on a brand new LIVE podcast, via the Periscope app, which includes listener feedback and questions during the show.

Jim discusses his press release as CEO of the Platte Institute urging Nebraska lawmakers to reform the state tax code so more companies will be attracted to Omaha and fewer will want to leave.

They also discuss some of the dynamics of the move — Omaha vs Chicago, the influence Governor Ricketts or Mayor Stothert could have or did have on Con Agra, as well as the political climate surrounding the decision.

They conclude with a few questions from the live podcast viewers as well, on this first truly interactive podcast.

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Jim Vokal on Twitter: @Jim_Vokal, @PlatteInstitute

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