Jerry 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.
Hear the podcast in its live form (probably not linked forever) via Periscope, which includes the visual viewer/listener feedback.
Also find the Periscope app for Apple and Android at Periscope.tv.
Jerry Kratochvil interviews United State Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA).
Senator Ernst discusses her experience over the summer talking to constituents and why she thinks people have taken an interest in candidates such as Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina.
She then talks about her stance on the Iran Nuclear deal and why she voted against in the Senate, particularly as a Lt. Col. in the Iowa Army National Guard. They talk about what is next for the agreement, and whether it should be classified as a Treaty. Senator Ernst also gives her thoughts as to whether the so-called “nuclear option” in the Senate can work.
They conclude by discussing the Senator’s leadership on nullifying the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule, and where that issues will go from here.
Jerry Kratochvil interviews Ian Swanson, candidate for District 31 in the Nebraska Legislature.
Jerry talks to Ian about his campaign for the Unicameral seat now held by Democrat Sen. Rick Kolowski. Swanson tells about some of his background in politics and why he is interested in running for the Legislature.
They talk about some of the big issues from the last legislative session in Lincoln, and Ian’s stance on some of the votes that came down, including the Gas Tax and the Death Penalty repeal.
Ian tells Jerry what his priority issues would be in the Legislature and what he would push as a State Senator and why. They also discuss some of the issues of the day including Charter Schools.
They conclude talking about the endorsement Ian has received from former Governor Kay Orr, and his background at Hillsdale College and his involvement in…Miss America Pageant.
Jerry Kratochvil interviews Nebraska State Senator Mike Groene (LD42).
Jerry and Senator Groene discuss his involvement with the signature petition process to stop the Death Penalty repeal. They talk about Groene’s background and experience in past signature petitions and how he came to be involved in politics at the state level.
Then they get into some of the nitty-gritty of the petition process, his strategy for where to find signers, and how he worked with fellow volunteers in collecting signatures in western Nebraska.
They then discuss Groene’s involvement and founding of the Western Nebraska Taxpayers Association as well as starting the Platte Institute with Pete Ricketts and others. Groene discusses his thoughts on the tax system in Nebraska, what he can work with and where he takes his stands.
They conclude by talking about Groene’s priorities for the coming legislative session, as well as who he is supporting for President (and Vice President!) of the United States, and why.
Jerry Kratochvil interviews Rep. David Young (IA-03).
Congressman Young talks about his travels around Iowa’s 3rd District since the end of the County Fairs to the end of the State Fair in Des Moines. He discusses some of his meetings with constituents and what their overriding concerns are.
They then take a deeper dive into Congressman Young’s recently announced decision on the proposed Iran Nuclear deal and the Congressman’s thoughts and reasoning behind his decision on the deal.
They then discuss the upcoming issues before Congress in Washington, including the threatened government shutdown by President Obama and Senate Minority Leader Reed — both of whom want to increase spending over what the Republican majorities have passed. They dig in a little further about what some of those appropriations include — and more about what they DON’T include, on such issues as water and transportation.
They touch on the “Trump Effect” on the Presidential race and how it has impacted Iowa. The two then conclude their discussion with the Congressman giving 4 or 5 of his top dining experiences across the district over the past month. Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” has nothing on Congressman Young’s dining across Iowa’s “Sweet Sixteen”.
Jerry Kratochvil interviews political consultant Jordan McGrain in a very special Back to School episode.
Jerry and Jordan first discuss Governor Pete Ricketts’ appointment of Nicole Fox to the District 7 Legislative seat in the Nebraska Legislature. They talk about her background in politics, and her chances for victory when she runs in 2016.
They then talk about the 2nd District Congressional seat, and the current two-man GOP race in what many thought would be a crowded field. They discuss who could yet get into the race, and what the deadlines may be for an unknown or non-self-funding candidate to get in the race.
Jordan then talks a little about a group he is connected to — PublicSchoolOptions.org, and their work in changing laws regarding alternative schools for kids around the country. They also delve into the discussion of whether Charter Schools would be effective in Nebraska, and some differences he may have with Millard Public School Board member, Mike Kennedy.
Finally Jordan takes part in the first Wheels Down Politics game: Back to School with Nebraska Politics. Can Jordan score a passing grade? Or will he have to go…Back to School!
Jerry Kratochvil interviews attorney, Douglas County GOP Legal Counsel and former Nebraska quarterback, Garth Glissman.
Kratochvil begins by asking, and Glissman makes an announcement, regarding his plans for Nebraska’s 2nd District Congressional seat.
Glissman discusses his background in politics, as well his job as Legal Counsel for the county party.
They continue their discussion of the state of the Republican party in Omaha and Douglas County. And they talk about the state of the Republicans in the Unicameral and some of the issues and votes there.
They conclude by talking about some of the current Presidential candidates, and their access in Iowa. Glissman also gives his preference, and why, for the GOP Presidential nomination.
And Glissman finishes by talking just a bit about playing under both Frank Solich and Bill Callahan.
Jerry Kratochvil interviews Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union.
Kratochvil asks Sepp about his thoughts on Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds’ and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts’ recent joint appearance in support of Renewable Fuel Standards for ethanol. They also talk about how the GOP Presidential candidates are discussing the RFS issues.
They continue their discussion about the increase in the Gas Tax in both Iowa and Nebraska, and the idea of broad change in tax laws and how that can be achieved.
They finish the discussion talking about how states can change policy on larger issues when there is a crisis and immediate attention is needed. And how they can do it when there is no perceived crisis.
Jerry Kratochvil interviews former Nebraska 2nd District Congressman Lee Terry.
Lee tells Jerry about his life since leaving Congress in 2014 after 16 years in office (not including serving on the Omaha City Council prior to that). He tells a bit about what issues he is involved in now and how he has kept up with the issues since then.
They then get into the discussion of Congressman Terry’s opposition from within his own party that began back in 2010, and eventually resulted in his loss in 2014. They talk about the influence of the “Tea Party” and the source of some of his opposition in his races, including the TARP bailout.
They then talk about some of the issues and dynamics of the 2014 General Election, including the now notorious, “Nice House” comment. Lee continues by talking about some of the more memorable issues during his term and the work that he did in Congress.
They then get into Lee’s thoughts on some of the current day’s politics, including how the 2nd District race is shaping up, his thoughts about General Don Bacon and the current politics and policy surrounding the Death Penalty in Nebraska.
They conclude with Lee’s thoughts on the Iran nuclear deal, the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Boys Town Coin.