Gubernatorial Candidates Campaign at Party Caucuses

On Thursday morning, gubernatorial candidates had the opportunity to campaign at their respective party assemblies. Delegates were able to ask questions about a number of things, from policy to personal background. Check back for updates on this afternoon’s gubernatorial primary!

 

A Gettysburg candidate campaigns

A Bataan candidate campaigns

 

Governor Dave Heineman Addresses Joint Session of Boys’ and Girls’ State

After a rousing concert performed by the Boys’ State / Girls’ State band and chorus, the honorable Governor Dave Heineman addressed a joint session of Cornhusker Boys’ and Girls’ State. His remarks were taken quite well, noted by the recurring applause and ovations from the audience. He rallied Husker camaraderie by voicing his support and enthusiasm for the coming football and volleyball seasons in the Big Ten Conference. In his remarks, he also noted many aspects of his job as governor, including the extensive reading, meeting, and traveling he does. After his address, Boys’ State and Girls’ State delegates had the opportunity to ask questions, and a wide range of topics were covered, from the budget to the Humane Society of the United States, from education to universal healthcare.

 

Governor Heineman responding to questions

Governor Heineman addressing delegates

Governor Heineman with the Cornhusker Boys’ and Girls’ State Governors

Boys’ and Girls’ State Band and Chorus a Hit!

This evening, the Band and Chorus gave stirring performances during a joint session of Boys’ and Girls’ State in Kimball Hall. Led by Waverly High School band director Jim Kucera, the combined Boys’ and Girls’ State Band began the evening’s musical festivities. They played a variety of pieces, including “Ballad of the Green Berets;” “Amazed,” by the country band Lonestar; and the classic, “There is No Place Like Nebraska.” Following the instrumentalists came a surprise visit from some of the Cornhusker athletes and coaches, before the combined Chorus performed, led by UNL Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Peter Eklund. They performed a beautiful repertoire of pieces, ranging from movingly emotional to bouncy and fun. Both the Band and Chorus were incredibly well-received. While the incredible musical talent of these young men and women is not surprising given their other credentials, what is truly remarkable is that this amazing performance was prepared in only two days! The Boys’ State program sends out a very special ‘Thank You!’ to Dr. Eklund and Mr. Kucera for volunteering their time to lead these incredible young people this week. Overall, the band and chorus performances were a showcase of remarkable talent and a ton of fun for everyone present.

 

The band receives uproarious applause

Jim Kucera, director of the Cornhusker Boys’ and Girls’ State Band

Head Husker Volley Coach John Cook

Assistant Husker Basketball Coach Chris Harriman

Cornhusker Boys’ and Girls’ State Chorus, directed by Dr. Peter Eklund

Judicial Hopefuls Participate in Court Selection Meetings

Delegates hoping to win appointments to the Cornhusker Boys’ State judicial branch participated in court selection meetings this evening. Interviews were conducted by delegate panels who in turn made recommendations to Governor Perlinger. Perlinger will hold interviews later this evening before making appointments Thursday morning.

 

One judicial committee discussing recommendations

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