Last night we held a listening session in Aurora. We sent out a few invites, made a few calls, and we had a GREAT turnout. People were even showing up after the meeting was adjourned.
One of the items on our agenda was to discuss current Democrat State Senator Annette Dubas, who currently "represents" District 34 (which includes Aurora). Senator Dubas is a likable person, but the reality is she votes against her district and sides with the liberal special interests in Lincoln. There are a lot of nice people that I wouldn't want representing me in the Nebraska Legislature. Attendees were shocked to learn that she OPPOSES the death penalty even for the most heinous of murderers, voted in FAVOR (at the behest of the trial lawyers) of measures that would have increased the cost of workers' compensation insurance on small businesses and increased government spending, and has a voting record with the Chamber of Commerce that rivals Ernie Chambers.
Most showed up out of concern for the direction our country is headed after the November 2008 elections. Government takeovers of private industries, a risky proposed health care experiment, and the Democrats' steady march towards socialism. That's not what Nebraskans are about.
The enthusiasm of those attending the Aurora meeting is refreshing, and I'm confident that a Republican will be elected to represent District 34 in November 2010. The group also expressed unanimous and enthusiastic support for Senator Johanns, Congressman Smith, Governor Heineman, Attorney General Bruning, and the rest of the Republican constitutional officers.
It's no wonder the Democrats can't find anyone to run for statewide office. Not even Stormy Dean.
Our listening sessions continue later this week and will continue through the remainder of the year. I'll keep you posted on how they go, and why 2010 is shaping up to be a great year for the NEGOP.