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 I have submitted this editorial to District 40 newspapers.  If you haven't had a chance to see it there, I'm posting it here also.

Editorial about Ernie Chambers: March 25, 2015

Nebraska citizens have a unique responsibility in the governance of our state by the fact we have only a Senate in our Unicameral Legislature.  Our House of Representatives consists of the citizens our state.  That means we, the citizens, must be engaged in the legislative process and speak directly to all our senators when pressing issues arise.  We must let our Senators know what must be done to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.

If these words are compromised in any way by a member of Our Legislature we have an obligation to voice our concern to our Senators.  When Senator Chambers says he would "kill a cop if he had a gun" and "police have a license to kill" is bordering on treason and is sowing the seeds of anarchy.  This language can not be tolerate by any elected official in the state or country and he must be impeached.  This is not free speech, it is 'yelling fire is a crowded theater" and undermines our system of law and order. 

If we do not express our outrage at these remarks, we are agreeing with these statements.  If our Senators do not act to impeach, censor or force him to resign, they are also agreeing with these statements. This is no time for political correctness.  Please call each senator to express your opinion and fulfill your obligation to act as a member of Nebraska's House of Representatives.

 

Nebraska State Legislature 2015-2016

 

Sen. Roy Baker                    District 30              Lincoln                  402-471-2620

Sen. Dave Bloomfield        District 17              Hoskins                 402-471-2716

Sen. Kate Bolz                     District 29              Lincoln                  402-471-2734

Sen. Lydia Brasch               District 16              Bancroft                 402-471-2728

Sen. Kathy Campbell         District 25              Lincoln                  402-471-2731

Sen. Ernie Chambers          District 11              Omaha                  402-471-2612

Sen. Colby Coash                 District 27              Lincoln                  402-471-2632

Sen. Tanya Cook                  District 13              Omaha                  402-471-2727

Sen. Joni Craighead            District 6                Omaha                  402-471-2714

Sen. Sue Crawford              District 45              Bellevue                402-471-2615

Sen. Al Davis                        District 43              Hyannis                 402-471-2628

Sen. Laura Ebke                  District 32              Crete                      402-471-2711

Sen. Curt Friesen                  District 34              Henderson            402-471-2630

Sen. Tommy Garrett           District 3                Bellevue                 402-471-2627

Sen. Mike Gloor                   District 35              Grand Island        402-471-2617

Sen. Mike Groene                District 42              North Platte          402-471-2729

Sen. Ken Haar                      District 21              Malcolm                402-471-2673

Sen. Galen Hadley              District 37              Kearney                 402-471-2726

Sen. Matt Hansen                District 26              Lincoln                  402-471-2610

Sen. Burke Harr                   District 8                Omaha                  402-471-2722

Sen. Robert Hilkemann      District 4                Omaha                  402-471-2621

Sen. Sara Howard               District 9                Omaha                  402-471-2723

Sen. Dan Hughes                 District 44              Venango                402-471-2805

Sen. Jerry Johnson               District 23              Wahoo                   402-471-2719

Sen. Bill Kintner                   District 2                Papillion                402-471-2613

Sen. Rick Kolowski             District 31              Omaha                  402-471-2327

Sen. Mark Kolterman         District 24              Seward                   402-471-2756

Sen. Bob Krist                      District 10              Omaha                  402-471-2718

Sen. John Kuehn                  District 38              Heartwell               402-471-2732

Sen. Tyson Larson              District 40              O'Neill                    402-471-2801

Sen. Brett Lindstrom           District 18              Omaha                  402-471-2618

Sen. John McCollister         District 20              Omaha                  402-471-2622

Sen. Beau McCoy               District 39              Omaha                  402-471-2885

Sen. Heath Mello                 District 5                Omaha                 402-471-2710

Sen. Adam Morfeld            District 46              Lincoln                  402-471-2720

Sen. John Murante              District 49              Gretna                    402-471-2725

Sen. Jeremy Nordquist        District 7                Omaha                  402-471-2721

Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks District 28              Lincoln                  402-471-2633

Sen. Merv Riepe                  District 12              Ralston                  402-471-2623

Sen. Jim Scheer                    District 19              Norfolk                  402-471-2929

Sen. Ken Schilz                    District 47              Ogallala                 402-471-2616

Sen. David Schnoor            District 15              Scribner                 402-471-2625

Sen. Paul Schumacher        District 22              Columbus             402-471-2715

Sen. Les Seiler                      District 33              Hastings               402-471-2712

Sen. Jim Smith                     Disttict 14              Papillion                402-471-2730

Sen. John Stinner                 District 48              Gering                    402-471-2802

Sen. Kate Sullivan               District 41              Cedar Rapids       402-471-2631

Sen. Dan Watermeier          District 1                Syracuse                402-471-2733

Sen. Matt Williams              District 36              Gothenburg           402-471-2642

                                                            By Keith Kube 402-388-4511                   3/27/2015

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Editorial On National Popular Vote

January 2015

 

As expected, State Senator Tyson Larson has reintroduced a bill to eliminate the electoral college, LB 112 (previously LB1058).  The bill is designed to hasten the push to socialism in our Country. Besides being unconstitutional, this bill weakens Nebraska's voice in presidential elections and would have Nebraska joining a group of other like minded states that feel the electoral college system should be scrapped.   It simply says that Nebraska's 5 electoral college votes will be cast for the winner of the National popular vote for president regardless of the state's presidential choice. That would mean if the majority of Nebraskans voted for a person who lost the National Popular vote, our 5 electoral votes would be given to the National winner. This would typically be the candidate that large blue states, like New York and California, voted for.  The typical state that supports this issue is liberal with a large dependence upon government funding and very large social welfare and public school systems.  They are urban with very large cities and little agriculture in their economy.   If you believe this is NOT how Nebraska should handle their electoral college votes, send an email or letter to Mr. Larson and the other Senators listed below.  Express your opposition to LB 112 and request that the bill be withdrawn, as Mr. Larson did when he found that the bill was so unpopular with Nebraska voters in the previous legislative session.  This is leadership gone awry. (editorial of October 18, 2014)  It is an example of not doing the will of the people, but a way for Mr. Larson to engender support from liberals outside of the state for future campaigns.

 

·         Sen. John Murante, Chairperson(402) 471-2725, jmurante@leg.ne.gov

·         Sen. Dave Bloomfield, (402) 471-2716, dbloomfield@leg.ne.gov

·         Sen. Joni Craighead, (402) 471-2714, jcraighead@leg.ne.gov

·         Sen. Tommy Garrett, (402) 471-2627, tgarrett@leg.ne.gov

·         Sen. Mike Groene, (402) 471-2729, mgroene@leg.ne.gov

·         Sen. Matt Hansen, (402) 471-2610, mhansen@leg.ne.gov

·         Sen. Tyson Larson, (402) 471-2801, tlarson@leg.ne.gov

·         Sen. Beau McCoy, (402) 471-2885, bmccoy@leg.ne.gov

Respectfully submitted,

Keith Kube
Crofton NE
keithkube@gmail.com
402 388 4511

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Survey For the Nebraska Farm Bureau

 Sent March 18, 2014
NFBF-PAC Candidate Survey
State Legislature – 2014

 The purpose of this questionnaire is to obtain your viewpoint on priority issues facing agriculture on the state level.  Responses to these questions will be shared with the County Farm Bureaus in the Legislative District where you are running for their use in making their “Friend of Agriculture” recommendations to our NFBF-PAC.

General Qualifications

1) Please describe in a short paragraph why you decided to seek a seat in the State Legislature and your qualifications. 

 I moved back to the best place in the world to live and I would like to help maintain that blessing we have here in Nebraska.  I feel my experience in business and consulting would allow me to serve District 40 and The State of Nebraska better than any other candidate.

2) If elected, list your top three priorities in order of importance and how would you address them.

Priority 1: To address the perceived inequity in the way the rural communities feel when they pay their real estate taxes to fund the local public schools!  The answer:  To quantifying the actual inequity in an effort to make sure any inequities are addressed.  The citizens will then be given options of choosing another way of assuring the schools are adequately funded if they feel that maintaining public schools is an investment they wish to continue making.

Priority 2: To monitor the alternative energy infrastructure to assure it can sustain itself as the artificial supports these business enjoy are gradually withdrawn. The answer:  These projects have a life cycle and must be closely watched to make sure options are investigated and viable before the ‘rug is pulled out’ from under these cash flow streams.

Priority 3: To investigate the income tax structure in order to reduce the temptation of our senior citizens to transplant to another state in an effort to reduce their state tax burden.  The answer:  The state should start to approach parity with other states in an effort to have these retirees continue to want to reside in the state and spend their retirement dollars with businesses located here. 

Agriculture
1) Please briefly describe your overall view of Nebraska agriculture and its role in the state’s economy.

The rural counties and agriculture feel they are the step-children of the state.  Their views are often ignored, feeling the ‘city people’ think the ‘rich farmer’ can afford the increases in taxes.  This perception is tolerated because they are resigned to always getting the ‘short end of the stick’.

2)  Would you support or oppose legislative or administrative efforts to restrict or regulate certain practices relating to animal care on farms, including issues related to animal housing and medical treatment?

I am generally opposed to legislative of this sort because the initiators typically have no understanding of the issue other than from ‘their pets’ point of view.  The farmers who have live stock, usually care for them to such a degree that is often better than the care they provide for themselves. They also know that if the animal is not comfortable, they will not grow in a manner that would optimize their growth potential.

3)  Crop and livestock farming practices have increasingly come under greater scrutiny.  Please describe your views on today's agriculture, including your thoughts on conventional farming practices. 

I believe that GMO production of plants and animals is the safest, most efficient way to feed the world’s growing population.  If the objective is to control the world’s population, outlaw GMO use and 20% of the planet will starve to death in a generation.  It is vital that technology be use to optimize the use of energy and water, through the use of GMO, in the production of food.

4)  Is Nebraska doing enough to increase the production of livestock?  If not, what would you propose as a State Senator to increase livestock production in Nebraska?

If the government feels they are the ones who will decide if there is enough livestock production, they are sadly mistaken and are taking credit for power they want the citizens to think they have.  The increase production is a pure supply/demand market issue and is not an issue that should involve Nebraska government.

5)  What can Nebraska do to promote economic and population growth in rural Nebraska using its natural advantages in agriculture?

The simple answer is: to provide an agriculture/business friendly environment that will naturally attract development because Nebraska is the best place in the world to live, it is up to the government to not ‘kick them in the face’ with an unfriendly economic atmosphere.

Natural Resources
1) NRDs are responsible for managing ground water while the Dept. of Natural Resources administers surface water rights.  The two entities work together to develop integrated management plans.  Are you comfortable with the state's current water management system?  If not, how would you change it?

 The challenge is balancing all of the competing water demands during times of shortages.  Shortages… can be the result of natural occurrences or man-made events.  Nebraska has abundant water resources generally speaking, but in order to have long-term sustainability,  proper management and foresight is needed especially when shortages take place.  During normal times or when there is only minor conflicts, the current system of having two entities manage the surface and gw systems works pretty good.  But hydrologically  you cannot separate the gw from the sw.  They are interrelated and one  system directly and/or indirectly influences the other system.  I think the management of the two systems can only be done by one entity. 

Generally speaking in most settings,  I firmly believe the best way to address problems is to have it solved at the local level… i.e. the NRDs.  However, I  have seen way too many instances where the NRD boards cannot make the very difficult and challenging  decisions that need to be made in addressing the competing needs.  Sometimes these NRD decisions are politically motivated.   This is especially true, where a gw pumper has large investments in development and is told that his well  will need  to be shut down or pumping reduced.   What board member would cast a vote when he knows that his neighbor will have to turn off his pump and face dire economic consequences???   If he did have the courage to make the right decision, he would likely get voted out during the next election. 

I think the current system needs to be tweaked in some ways so the state DNR can step in and make decisions in a  more timely manner.  Especially for a  basin  that is over-appropriated or for a basin that currently is fully appropriated but should considered over appropriated.  The current system of developing integrated management plans takes time and the process is often difficult to follow.   The DNR has the staff with the expertise and knowledge to make these types of  decisions based on sound science… instead of being influenced by politics.    I think some of  the NRD board members may welcome this type of more active involvement by the DNR… this allows them to say that it was the “State decision” for restrictions, i.e. they can blame someone else.

2)  Addressing Nebraska's water challenges will require funding. Where do you believe this funding should come from? 
a) State General Funds-no- This is a basin specific problem. Each basin is unique and funding to address the problems should come from within the basin.
b) Fees on all water users? No. This is not a basin specific solution.
c) Local property taxes?  Some sort of tax on the entities needed within the local NRD basin where the problem exists.
d) Fees on irrigated acres?-yes.  The ground water pumpers along with the local entities within the basins that have created stream flow depletion problems, should bear the burden
e) Check off on commodities?  no
f) Tax on ethanol?  no
g) Tax on bottled water or soda pop?--- this is good … may reduce the number of plastic containers produced/trashed.
 
3) Farmers and ranchers continue to face increased regulations.  Please describe your thoughts on the appropriate level of regulation. 

We need enough regulation to keep from harming ourselves based on sound science.  There needs to be scientifically set standards that are not influenced by politician playing a political game to entrap opponents who try to correct them, but stopped by political spin to those who don’t understand the science.  .

The best approach seems to be for the local NRDs with local people on their boards, enforcing the regulation of our water resources as determined by sound research.

Budget/Tax
1) If the state was facing a budget shortfall, what measures would you support to balance the state's budget?
a)  Budget cuts    yes
b)  Tax increases   no
c)  Cash fund transfers  no

2)  What spending areas should take priority in the state budget? 

To name the exact areas would requires analysis as to the which area is producing the greatest benefit, based on an agreed to agenda of priorities with method of setting objective standards of what is an improvement.

3)  Should the state work to reduce property taxes?  If so, as a State Senator, how would you proceed with leading this effort? 

The question is not whether to reduce as much as to have a way of restoring some perception of equity.

4)  Currently, farmers and ranchers pay an inequitable amount in property taxes to support the local schools.  As a State Senator, what measures would you support to better balance the burden of funding local schools?

It is important to quantifying the actual inequity in an effort to make sure any inequities are addressed.  The citizens will then be given options of choosing another way of assuring the schools are adequately funded if they feel that maintaining public schools is an investment they wish to continue making.

5)  Last year legislation was introduced to remove many of the sales tax exemptions on inputs (i.e.: seed, fertilizer, fuel) to agriculture production.  Please share your thoughts on this legislation.

The cost of production is already approaching the price that is received by the farmer.  The farm is a factory and they pay tax on the income they receive for the sale of that product.  The tax law should not differentiate between a farm factory and any other type of industry that takes a resource, works it all in an effort to sell a value added product.

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PRESS RELEASE
Keith F. Kube of Crofton has announced that he will be seeking the seat for the 40th district of The Nebraska State Legislature.  He was born and raised on a farm outside of Crofton and graduated from Crofton High School receiving state honors in Track, Cross Country and Music.  He graduated from the University of Nebraska, School of Engineering at Lincoln with a BS degree in Civil Engineering.

Keith worked for 15 years as a business consultant for Geo. S. May International, where he analyzed approximately 990 businesses throughout the United States and Canada to optimize their operations and maximize their profits, skills which will be very helpful in analyzing and solving the many issues facing Nebraska and more particularly the 40th legislative district. Prior to his work as a consultant he worked for The Trane Company in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, as a process engineer in the petrochemical industry. During that time he learned to understand the complex energy issues facing Nebraska today. 

In 2010 He moved back to the family farm where he grew up, and has re-engaged with the community, becoming involved with the Crofton Community Club, St. Rose Catholic Church, and other community efforts.

His reason for seeking this seat is to bring a voice of agriculture and business experience to Nebraska government so the farmers, ranchers and communities of Northeast Nebraska will be assured their concerns are addressed and their way of life continues to be a viable option for future generations.