North Platte Bulletin: Deb Fischer seeks to limit occupation taxes

By Aaron  

“State Sen. Deb Fischer introduced a bill Wednesday — LB745 — to control what she says is the ever-expanding use of city occupation taxes.

‘This bill is a necessary step to provide reasonable boundaries,’ she said.

The bill will require a city to put any new occupation tax to a vote of the people. The ballot proposal would state a specific purpose for the tax revenue along with a sunset date for the tax.”

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Omaha World-Herald: Sen.: Occupation tax needs vote

By Aaron  

“Citizens sometimes complain about the ‘hidden’ occupation taxes on restaurant and hotel bills, and a Valentine state senator plans to address that in 2012.

Sen. Deb Fischer said she will introduce legislation Wednesday — the first day of the 2012 session — to require a public vote before a city can impose an occupation tax.

Such a vote is already required when a city imposes a local sales tax, but occupation taxes on things like restaurant, bar and hotel bills can now be enacted without voter approval.

‘Elected officials ought to be more forthright with their constituents,’ Fischer said”

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Nemaha County Herald - Deb Fischer: Government Spending Is Major Issue in 2012 U.S. Senate Election

By Aaron  

“State Sen. Deb Fischer of Valentine, Republican U.S. Senate candidate, visited Auburn Monday, Dec. 19, as part of a campaign visit to Southeast Nebraska.

Government spending is the main issue in the 2012 U.S. Senate election, Fischer said in an interview in the Nemaha County Herald office late that morning.

‘We have to get that under control. The $15 trillion debt, that’s the biggest concern. It’s just amazing,’ said Fischer.
Job creation is how the economy of the United States can be turned around, she said.

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Deb Fischer Unveils Jobs Plan, Begins Tour of Nebraska Small Businesses

By Aaron  

Deb Fischer Unveils Jobs Plan, Begins Tour of Nebraska Small Businesses           

McCook, NE – Today, Senator Deb Fischer, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, unveiled her jobs plan and announced a tour of Nebraska small businesses.

“The leadership of the career politicians in Washington is failing our country.  The national unemployment rate is still over 8 percent, which is completely unacceptable,” Senator Fischer said. “To create jobs, we need long-term solutions that will remove obstacles for entrepreneurs and unleash the power of innovation.  Unfortunately, Washington politicians have failed to grow the economy and they ignore the needs of small businesses.  From day one in the U.S. Senate, I will make reviving job growth and small businesses a top priority.”

Deb Fischer is kicking off her jobs plan by discussing it today with residents in McCook, the hometown of Senator Ben Nelson.

“Senator Ben Nelson likes to talk about his roots in McCook, but his voting record demonstrates that he is ignoring Nebraska commonsense in favor of the liberal policies of the Obama Administration,” Senator Fischer said. “Ben Nelson continues to embrace Obama’s philosophy of higher taxes, excessive regulation and government-run health care, which will discourage economic growth and job creation.  To get our country back on track, I have released a jobs plan that will allow our country to compete and win in the 21st century economy.  I look forward to discussing this plan at small businesses across our great state.”

Throughout this week and next week, Senator Fischer will tour small businesses throughout Nebraska and discuss her jobs plan.

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By Aaron  


October 20, 2011 – Today, Senator Deb Fischer, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, announced some key members of her campaign team.

Rob Autry, Public Opinion Strategies - Pollster

Rob Autry is a partner at Public Opinion Strategies (POS), a nationally renowned Republican polling firm.  POS has 20 U.S. Senators, 5 governors, and 70 Members of Congress as clients.  POS has a history of success in Nebraska, including polling for Gov. Dave Heineman, Sen. Mike Johanns, Sen. Chuck Hagel, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, Rep. Adrian Smith and Rep. Lee Terry.

At Public Opinion Strategies, Rob has managed nearly 3,000 quantitative and qualitative research projects for various Republican candidates, Republican Party organizations, ballot initiatives, trade associations and Fortune 500 companies.

Doug McAuliffe, Doug McAuliffe Strategic + Creative - Media Strategist

Doug McAullife is principal, strategist and ad maker for Doug McAuliffe Strategic + Creative.  His commercials have won numerous awards and his creative expertise makes him one of the most sought after political media consultants in the country.  Doug has helped win 27 U.S. Senate races, 9 gubernatorial races, 15 Congressional campaigns, a Presidential nomination, and a Presidential re-election.

Doug has a successful record of accomplishment in Nebraska, serving as media strategist for Sen. Mike Johanns’ successful U.S. Senate campaign and Sen. Chuck Hagel’s upset wins over Don Stenberg and Ben Nelson.

Aaron Trost, Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate - Campaign Manager

Aaron Trost will serve as campaign manager for Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate.  Over the last nine years, Aaron has worked on numerous Republican campaigns as a staff member and political consultant.  He recently worked as a Senior Associate for the Singularis Group, a political advertising firm.  Aaron’s experience also includes managing and consulting on Sen. Jerry Moran’s successful U.S. Senate campaign and serving as a Regional Political Director for McCain-Palin 2008.

Brandon Winfrey, Winfrey and Company - PAC and National Fundraising

Brandon Winfrey will handle the campaign’s PAC and national fundraising.  Since 1994, Brandon has played an instrumental role in directing the fundraising efforts of candidates around the country.  His client list includes Sen. Mike Johanns, Sen. Jerry Moran, Sen. Thad Cochran, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry and Rep. Adrian Smith.

“I’m very excited to announce the team of experienced professionals who will assist my efforts to run a winning U.S. Senate campaign,” Senator Fischer stated.  “My campaign team, coupled with our grassroots efforts across the state, will help present my vision for common-sense, conservative leadership to the voters of Nebraska.”


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13 Nebraska State Senators Endorse Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate

By Aaron  

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 – Senator Deb Fischer, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, announced today that thirteen State Senators in the Nebraska Unicameral have endorsed her candidacy.

The backing of the thirteen Senators continues the strong momentum for Senator Fischer’s U.S. Senate campaign.  From Omaha to Scottsbluff, Fischer’s endorsements range from areas all across Nebraska.

“I’m very humbled and honored to receive the support of so many of my colleagues in the Nebraska Unicameral.  By working together, the Nebraska Unicameral and Governor Heineman have balanced the budget without raising taxes and that’s exactly the type of approach that we need in the United States Senate,” Senator Fischer stated.  “Now more than ever, Washington needs a dose of Nebraska common sense and fiscal responsibility.  I will be a U.S. Senator who will work with others to pass a balanced budget amendment and reduce spending so we can restore our nation’s long-term fiscal health.”

The Nebraska State Senators Endorsing Deb Fischer are:

• Senator Greg Adams, York
• Senator Brad Ashford, Omaha
• Senator Kathy Campbell, Lincoln
• Senator Mark Christensen, Imperial
• Senator Abbie Cornett, Bellevue
• Senator Galen Hadley, Kearney
• Senator Tom Hansen, North Platte
• Senator John Harms, Scottsbluff
• Senator Lavon Heidemann, Elk Creek
• Senator Bob Krist, Omaha
• Senator Dave Pankonin, Louisville
• Senator Pete Pirsch, Omaha
• Senator John Wightman, Lexington

Sen. Fischer is a lifelong Nebraskan who co-owns a family ranching business near Valentine.  Over the last seven years, Fischer has served the 43rd district in the Nebraska Legislature.   Known as an experienced and effective legislator, she currently serves as Chair of the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee and is a member of the Revenue Committee and the Executive Board.   Recently, Deb Fischer announced that Governor Kay Orr, Congressman John Y. McCollister, Senator Tom Hansen and Mr. Todd Schroeder will serve as her statewide campaign co-chairs.


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State Sen. Deb Fischer Outraged by Federal Funding of Planned Parenthood

By Aaron  

State Sen. Deb Fischer Outraged by Federal Funding of Planned Parenthood
Fischer calls $1 million in federal funds a violation of federalism, fiscal responsibility and the right to life

September 15, 2011 - State Senator and Republican U.S. Senate
candidate Deb Fischer criticized the decision of the Obama
Administration to bypass the will of the people in New Hampshire and
directly fund local operations of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s
largest abortion provider.

“The President is directly intervening in local matters, and using our
precious tax dollars to do it is just wrong,” said Fischer.  ”Obama’s
actions violate the right of the states and are yet another example of
his Administration’s overreach.  Planned Parenthood’s actions directly
violate the conscience of millions of Americans, and in this case,
directly contradict the will of the state of New Hampshire.”

The state of New Hampshire ended taxpayer-funding of Planned
Parenthood in the state, saving taxpayers roughly $1.8 million and
ending the unethical practice of forcing citizens to fund an
organization that performs abortions.  Faced with this funding
challenge, Planned Parenthood - which donated over $350,000 to the
President’s party in 2008 - turned to the Obama Administration for
help, and was warmly received.

“In an era of tightened spending, the federal government definitely
should not be funding organizations like Planned Parenthood.  Just
like ObamaCare, the stimulus program, and now the President’s jobs
bill, this appears to have been written by special interests for
special interests.  This Administration wants to use taxpayer money to
shore up its political supporters, in this case Planned Parenthood.
Our country needs to build a culture of life and funding groups like
Planned Parenthood is completely the wrong approach.”  explained


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By Aaron  


Wednesday, August 31, 2011 – Sen. Deb Fischer, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, announced today her statewide co-chairs for her U.S. Senate campaign.

Governor Kay Orr, Congressman John Y. McCollister, Senator Tom Hansen, and Mr. Todd Schroeder will serve as statewide co-chairs for Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate.

Governor Orr, of Lincoln, was elected in 1986 as Nebraska’s 36th governor and became the first female Republican to hold that office in our nation’s history. She also served as
Nebraska’s State Treasurer from 1981 to 1986. She also served on the RNC platform committee at the request of President Reagan.

Congressman McCollister, of Omaha, represented Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District from 1971 to 1977 and also served as a Douglas County Commissioner.

Senator Hansen, of North Platte, is a rancher and small-business owner who represents the 42nd district in the Nebraska Unicameral. In the legislature, he serves on the
Appropriations Committee.

Mr. Schroeder, of Wisner, is a cattleman and the 2011 recipient of the Outstanding LEAD Alumni Award. Mr. Schroeder has worked for Nebraska’s agricultural community in a variety of capacities, including serving on the National Cattlemen’s Beef
Association Board of Directors and as the president of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association.

The four chairs are providing counsel to the campaign as it moves towards the election.

“I’m grateful to have the support of Governor Orr, Congressman McCollister, Senator Hansen and Mr. Schroeder. These four leaders have served Nebraska with great distinction and I’m honored to have their insights and wisdom on my campaign,” Sen. Fischer stated. “I’m excited that Nebraskans across all parts of the state are joining this effort. My proven leadership and conservative record are a strong contrast with Ben
Nelson’s record of supporting ObamaCare and the failed stimulus package. It is time to bring true Nebraska values back to Washington.”

Sen. Fischer is a lifelong Nebraskan who co-owns a ranching operation near Valentine.  Over the last seven years, Fischer has served the 43rd district in the Nebraska Legislature.  Known as an experienced and effective legislator, she currently serves as Chair of the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee and is a member of the Revenue Committee and the Executive Board.


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York News-Times: Fischer is refreshing as True Grit

By Aaron  

York News-Times:  Fischer is refreshing as True Grit

Greg Awtry, News-Times Publisher

Are you as upset with Washington politics as I am?

Chances are, you are! The latest Gallup poll says only 13 percent of Americans approve of Congress these days. This ties the lowest rating on record.

Could it be we have had enough partisanship? Could it be we have had it up to here with career politicians more concerned about winning elections than doing what’s best for our country?

Could it be you think they are simply out of touch and don’t listen to us anymore? How about, “All of the above!”

Here’s a thought. Instead of electing the best campaigner, who is skilled at nothing else but doing whatever is necessary to keep his job, let’s elect someone who could actually be good at DOING the job!

This past week, we had someone in the York News-Times office that actually might be good in the role of a United States Senator. Here is a brief overview of this candidate:

• Realizes the two most pressing issues are the national debt and the dismal economy.

• Actually listens and responds to what Nebraskans say and want.

• Thinks long-term, not in short-term election cycles.

• Is a rancher and businessperson first, a politician second.

• Is as upset with Washington as you and me.

• Says spending more than we take in is absolutely ridiculous, and is in favor of a balanced budget.

• Believes government has a role, but should be a limited role, concentrating on government’s fundamental responsibilities.

• Believes the Tea Party woke Americans up, helping us see the fiscal disaster that awaits us all if we don’t change the course of the nation.

• Is upset that Senator Ben Nelson has voted against the will of Nebraskans too often and that he has disappointed too many Nebraskans.

• Does not engage in negative campaigning.

• Believes the United states has a sovereign duty to protect our borders.

• Says Medicare and Social Security need to be fixed for the long term so we can keep the nation’s promise to its citizens.

• And most importantly, this candidate believes in being truthful with Nebraskans.

Like what you see? I do, and although the primary election isn’t until next May, I would highly recommend that you get to know this candidate. Her name is Deb Fischer.

She is a state senator from the Valentine area.

My perception is that she is one tough cookie, that she will not bend when it comes to her values, but understands that politics is often times a compromise and one must pick and choose the battles in order to win the war.

Deb Fischer, in her own words, is a “mother, a wife, a rancher, a small business owner, I’m from rural Nebraska and it’s time for change in our nation.

It can be done, by taking our Nebraska values to Washington.”

You may think, “Oh these are just more words from a politician. They all say that.”

Well, times are changing. Candidates are changing too, if only because they live among us and not in some egocentric bubble in D.C. I have heard these words before too, but my sense is that this Deb Fischer is different and refreshing.

I said she is one tough cookie, but she says it best when asked about political attacks, “I’m no one’s punching bag. I’m a rancher from Cherry County and I’ll stand up against that. We need to stay focused on the issues. I won’t give you platitudes. Voters need to be listened to and we need to have a conversation about the issues facing this country.”

Hey, it’s time Ben Nelson stops being part of the problem and it’s time to send a new person to Washington to represent Nebraskans.

We are tired of Nelson’s claim he balanced eight Nebraska budgets in a row (He had to, it’s in our state constitution) while under his watch in Washington, the federal debt has grown from $5 trillion to nearly $15 trillion.

I think Deb Fischer may be just what Washington needs; although I am not too sure they can handle her. Remember, she’s a rancher from the Sandhills of Nebraska, and she has true grit.

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Fischer Wins Straw Poll!

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The first straw poll of the season was held at the Heartland Libertyfest on Saturday August 6th. People were asked to rate the candidate on a scale from 1-10 and these numbers then averaged. The results of the poll for the Nebraska Senate race were as follows:

Deb Fischer – 8.32
Patrick Flynn – 2.88
Any Libertarian – 2.59
Jon Bruning – 2.49
Don Stenberg – 2.39
Spencer Zimmerman – 0.54
Ben Nelson – 0.16


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