February 19, 2018
NEBRASKA RADIO NEWS NETWORK, FEBRUARY 19, 2018 BY
Former Democratic Congressman Brad Ashford served a term in Congress before a narrow loss two years ago to Republican Don Bacon.
Ashford says President Donald Trump can talk about rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, but his policies have left no money for it. Ashford criticizes Trump for passing tax cuts even as he proposes spending increases in the budget he delivered to Congress. He says the resulting deficits will drive up inflation, wiping out any tax breaks Nebraskans receive.
“We had a plan when I was in Congress to leverage money coming back from overseas on infrastructure,” Ashford tells Nebraska Radio Network. “That never happened.”
Ashford upset Republican incumbent Lee Terry in 2014. In 2016, he lost a close race with political new-comer, Republican Don Bacon, former commander of Offutt Air Force Base.
Ashford is a former state senator who says Congress can learn a lot from how the non-partisan Nebraska Unicameral operates.
Ashford says the differences between Democrats and Republicans in Washington can be seen in the extreme right policies being pushed by Republicans.
“And I think those differences are differences between the center and the far right and that’s where the Republican Party is today,” according to Ashford. “And Congressman Bacon votes with the far right and with the Trump Administration. The voters know that.”
The Ashford-Bacon race was close. Bacon won nearly 49% of the vote. Ashford came up short with nearly 48%. Ashford points out he won Omaha, but lost the race when Bacon took Sarpy County. Ashford vows to campaign harder in Sarpy County this year.
The race undoubtedly will be closely watched nationally as Democrats attempt to regain the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The re-match isn’t assured. Ashford must defeat Kara Eastman in the Democratic Party before he can face Bacon again.
February 15, 2018
Currently Congress is Paralyzed From Even Having a Discussion
Omaha, NE – Brad Ashford continued and expanded his call to create a Congressional office on gun violence to be developed that would oversee recommendations to Congress about how to deal with gun violence in America.
“We are way past time to begin having a discussion in Congress about dealing with gun violence, especially in our schools.” Ashford said. “We cannot continue to let interest groups, like the NRA, stifle a conversation that is owed to the safety of our children and communities. As a leader, for decades, on addressing the issue of gun violence we must take action. First, we need to create a Congressional office on gun violence that would work with law enforcement, community leaders, and our school systems to structure an approach to reducing gun violence. We should require a report, every 90 days, to be submitted to Congress with recommendations and solutions to alleviating gun violence. Second, it is imperative that we lift the ban on congressional firearms-related research. It is unconscionable that our legislators are not even allowed to conduct research about an epidemic that is striking at the very soul of our nation. Finally, we can accomplish this if we come together and face the reality that we owe to our communities safe schools for our children to attend and learn.”
January 31, 2018
Support from all Corners is Key to Victory
Omaha, NE – Brad Ashford’s campaign filed their end of year financial report for the campaign today.
“We are very pleased with the progress of our campaign to date and are putting together the coalition to be competitive to win in May and November,” said Jim Rogers, Ashford’s campaign manager. “Our breadth of support spans across the district and from each congressional district in Nebraska. We view this as a significant sign that Nebraskans are ready for change in Washington and looking for leadership that reflects a style people here expect from our elected officials.”
The report is filed with the Federal Election Commission and can be viewed HERE
Current totals for the year-end report:
- $318,217.47 raised through year-end
- $209,933.07 cash on hand at year-end
- Over 1,000 unique donors to the campaign
January 31, 2018
January 30, 2018
Bipartisan Leadership is key to fixing Washington
Lincoln, NE – Today, Brad Ashford, officially filed for the race in Nebraska’s Second District.
Ashford stated, “Looking at what is transpiring in Washington now, there could not be a more critical time to bring a Nebraska style of governing back. Partisanship is getting in the way of progress and that is no way to govern. During my time in Congress, I was recognized as the 4th most bipartisan member of the House and delivered real results for our community, like the National Ebola Training and Education Center and the new Veterans Affairs facility to Omaha.”
“Our current partisan divide is as wide as I have ever seen and sending someone to Washington who votes 97% along party lines will do nothing to heal that rift. The pathway forward is bringing back bipartisan leadership to fix Washington. We need to move beyond the drama and the partisanship and refocus our attention to lifting up working families, lowering healthcare costs while increasing coverage, developing a comprehensive immigration reform bill that enhances the DACA program, and protecting Medicare and Social Security.”
“We can achieve results and I have a proven record that when you put community first that you can deliver. Nebraskans deserve success and I will be working in earnest to deliver upon the promise of more effective government through a Nebraska way of legislating as I have done throughout my political lifetime.”
January 24, 2018
Leadership is needed in Washington for Working Families
Omaha, NE – Brad Ashford announced support from the Omaha and SW Iowa Building and Construction Trades Council today.
“I am thoroughly humbled by the support from the Building and Construction Trades Council,” Ashford said. “Working with my friends in the Labor movement we have made some great accomplishments with accessibility in apprenticeship programs and training, keeping the workplace safe, major construction projects and the right to collectively bargain. I look forward to continuing to build upon our successes and working with our friends in Labor as we build our community.”
“Ashford has a track record of working hard for working families, period,” Scot Albertson, President of the Omaha and SW Iowa Building and Construction Trades Council, said. “Our council and our membership works on most of the major projects going on in our area and putting Brad in Congress will continue to build upon our record of success and accomplishment for our community. He is someone who works to create collaboration and that is something that Washington sorely needs.”
Omaha and SW Iowa Building and Construction Trades Council represents local area unions that work in the construction field. Their affiliated locals represent over 3,000 working men and women and their families in the Second Congressional District.
January 23, 2018
We need 218 seats in 2018 to win back the majority in the House of Representatives. This is crucial for every single issue on the table today. The road to victory runs right through Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District.
January 10, 2018
Omaha World Herald | Roseann Moring | Jan 10, 2018
Democratic congressional candidate Brad Ashford has picked up a spot on the national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s list of candidates considered to have the best shot at unseating a Republican. The group announced that Ashford will be one of 18 people on its “red-to-blue” list. The designation is not an endorsement, the committee said, but it will provide Ashford with access to training and other resources.
Not on the list is Democrat Kara Eastman, a nonprofit executive who is vying with Ashford for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd District. The primary winner will challenge incumbent Rep. Don Bacon, a Republican, in November.
Bacon has already received national support as well — a political action committee affiliated with House Speaker Paul Ryan has hired a staffer to help Bacon’s re-election chances.
Ashford successfully ran for Congress in 2014, beating Republican Rep. Lee Terry. In 2016, Bacon challenged Ashford and won. “A lifelong community leader in Nebraska, Brad Ashford has worked tirelessly to deliver solutions for middle-class families,” said committee Chairman Ben Ray Lujan in a statement. “Throughout his career, Brad has had the courage to reach across the aisle to find common ground and get things done.”
Ashford said the designation reflects his relationships with former colleagues. “It’s very gratifying to me, quite frankly, to have their confidence,” he said. Randall Adkins, a political science professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, said the designation will likely serve as a cue to Democratic donors that they should give money to Ashford’s campaign. But he said it could backfire on Ashford if primary voters see the designation as special treatment from the national political party.
Adkins said that although he hasn’t spoken to the decision-makers, offering support to Ashford likely comes down to two reasons. “They’re being strategic, and they’re looking at this and they’re saying, one, we think he has the best chance of winning,” he said. “The other thing is, a lot of politics is about relationships, and Brad built relationships with the people making those lists.”
Ashford was on the red-to-blue list during his 2014 campaign, though in that year there was not a similarly competitive primary. Then, in the general election, the national campaign committee spent about $1 million on the Ashford-Terry matchup.
Ashford to debate opponent at Omaha Press Club League of Women Voters and Omaha Press Club are Co-Sponsors
January 9, 2018
Omaha, NE – Today Brad Ashford announced a debate agreed to by his primary opponent for the upcoming election.
“The debate at the Press Club is a long standing tradition for the metro area,” Ashford said. “I appreciate the League of Women Voters and the Press Club extending this opportunity to showcase our race to the voters of the district. These groups have a significant history of bringing forth issues that are of concern to people here and I look forward to talking about how we move our community, state, and country forward.”
Omaha Press Club and League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha co-sponsors
Omaha Press Club – 1620 Dodge St, # 2200
Thursday, April 19th
Debate time will be over the noon hour
January 8, 2018
VICE NEWS | Robert Wheel | Jan 8 2018, 11:55am
The final installment of our preview of battleground districts in the 2018 midterms.
Welcome back to House Party, our column looking at the 2018 House of Representative races as midterms approach.
After the 2008 election you could drive from Niagara Falls along the south shore of the Great Lakes up through Minnesota and North Dakota to the Canadian border without going through a county that Barack Obama lost. In 2016, a lot of those counties in that strip were painted red, as Donald Trump flipped just enough of the Upper MIdwest to score an electoral college victories. When I left you readers before the holidays (welcome back) I focused on districts that Obama won in 2008 in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan, but now I want to turn to the districts in other states—in that belt and elsewhere—where Democrats have been successful as little as ten years ago. With Democrats poised to have their best year since 2008 in the coming midterms, all these places deserve a closer look:
Nebraska’s Second Congressional District (Omaha)
2016: Clinton 46–Trump 48
2012: Obama 46–Romney 53
2008: Obama 50–McCain 49
The Second is another Obama ‘08 district that Trump won only narrowly, but Democrats have reason to be optimistic here because former Representative Brad Ashford is running. He narrowly lost his seat last year, but any Democrat who could beat an incumbent in 2014 (as Ashford did) has the political skill to win in 2018. Already this is being rated as one of next year’s closest races, and if you live in Omaha I hope you’re used to political ads during Huskers games. At least those ads will be more entertaining than anything Mike Riley put on the field