On Thursday evening, gubernatorial candidates Jacob Lambert and Walter Paul squared off in their first of two debates before the general election for Cornhusker Boys’ State Governor. This debate was in a town hall format, with 2-3 delegates from each town in attendance asking questions. Both delegates seemed to have a great grasp on the issues facing our state, which will make for a very interesting debate tomorrow morning.
On Thursday morning, Cornhusker Boys’ and Girls’ State were pleased to welcome Dr. Ben Sasse, President of Midlands University and former United States Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Mark Intermill, Associate Director of AARP Nebraska, to a forum on federal healthcare reform moderated by Jon Vanderford of 10/11 News. Both men presented their views on the Affordable Care Act and what will happen in the future as a result of the legislation. Delegates from both Boys’ and Girls’ State asked questions about topics such as the effect it will have on local businesses and about new federal mandates. We are pleased to note that Sasse is a Cornhusker Boys’ State alumnus and Intermill’s daughter and Vanderford’s wife Taryn are Cornhusker Girls’ State alumnae.
Dr. Ben Sasse
Jon Vanderford listens to responses
Legislators had quite a productive day today, passing three bills and debating three others. The three bills that passed were LB78 which covers provisions of education reform, LB82 which covers certain elements of the Cornhusker Boys’ State check-in process, and LB63 which gives increased recognition to Cornhusker Boys’ State Bulletin columnists and editing staff. During their break, lobbyists from AgPAC and Educats talked with senators about pending legislation.
Chief Justice Tanner Robbins
After interviews going into the evening on Wednesday, Governor Perlinger made judicial appointments Thursday morning. Justices began hearing cases Thursday afternoon. Below are the new justices of the Boys’ State judicial system.
Tanner Robbins (Valley Forge)
Washington County Associate Justices:
Patrick Nolan (Gettysburg)
Nick Roberts (Yorktown)
Rex McKeeman (Bunker Hill)
Lincoln County Associate Justices:
Joseph Benes (Bataan)
Shane Brichacek (Bataan)
Justin Larsen (Alamo)
Washington County District Judges:
Connor Merrill (Yorktown)
Austin Johnson (Bunker Hill)
Lincoln County District Judges:
Mason Lashley (Alamo)
Joel Schardt (Alamo)
Governor Perlinger interviews a judicial candidate
Results from the gubernatorial primary are in! The following candidates will be on the general election ticket in tomorrow’s election.
Jacob Lambert (N)
Walter Paul (F)
These two candidates will square off for the first time tonight in their gubernatorial town hall debate.
Nationalist Candidate Jacob Lambert
Federalist Candidate Walter Paul