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More odds and ends

With the support of Nebraska Reps. Lee Terry, Jeff Fortenberry and Adrian Smith, the House passed Rep. Paul Ryan’s 2015 budget on Thursday, which calls for deep cuts in federal spending — $5.1 trillion over 10 years — and the privatization of Medicare.

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If you Google “who receives farm subsidies” and go the EWG Farm Subsidy Database, you’ll find the names of about 15 Dinsdales who live in either Palmer, Elkhorn or Omaha listed as beneficiaries of the government’s subsidy program between 1995 and 2012. Nebraska Senate candidate Sid Dinsdale grew up in Palmer, lives in Elkhorn and works in Omaha. What are the odds that he knows some of those folks?

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Senate candidate Ben Sasse tried to put the no-big-deal slant on campaign finance during Wednesday’s debate by noting that more money was spent on potato chips than political campaigns during the ’06 and ’08 cycles.

Thanks for the history lesson, Dr. Sasse. The question was about campaign spending since 2010, when the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United ruling started feeding billions more dollars into campaign coffers. uVoted4them.com is still waiting for an answer, but thanks for the trivia.

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Finally, polling shows a larger divide between Republicans and Democrats on climate change during the Obama administration, based at least in part on the parties’ fundamental policy positions.

Republicans are more likely to oppose comprehensive efforts to combat climate change because they would require a federal role nationwide, thus stealing “liberty” from the American people. Democrats, of course, don’t have the same ideological opposition to federal intervention.

Here’s how Oklahoma Sen. Jim  Inhofe explained it to Roll Call:

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Nebraska GOP: No to minimum wage, no to tonight’s debate

Chuck Hassebrook, the only Democrat seeking to replace Gov. Dave Heineman, was the only one of the seven candidates to say he would support a hike in the $7.25-an-hour minimum wage at a candidate’s forum in Lincoln on Tuesday.

Omaha television station KETV reported that all six of the Republican candidates for governor said they would veto legislation passed by the legislature to raise the minimum wage during the forum hosted by the Lincoln Independent Business Association.

You can find a report on the forum or KETV’s entire 42-minute footage of the LIBA event here.

And while we’re on the topic of Republican candidates for governor, the Nebraska GOP canceled the debate scheduled for Wednesday in Papillion on the very day it was to be held. Reported Robynn Tysver in the  Omaha World-Herald:
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The Nebraska Republican Party has also canceled a debate among its four candidates for the U.S. Senate that was to be held April 7 in Lincoln. That date raised eyebrows when it was announced because the NCAA men’s basketball championship game was already scheduled for the same night.

Finally, happy birthday to Nebraska Senate candidate Bart McLeay, who will celebrate his 55th birthday on Thursday, unless it, too, is canceled by the GOP. McLeay would like to celebrate by raising $55,000 in campaign funds. Click here if you’d like to help.

CORRECTION: Mr. McLeay’s birthday is Feb. 28. uVoted4them apologizes. We have spring fever and were just a little too eager to put February behind us. Sorry.