Speaker Lasso Velasco Elected & Legislative Review

While many Boys’ State delegates were busy with school board, city council, and PAC meetings, the 49 new State Senators opened the 76th Cornhusker Boys’ State Legislative session. Many senators wanted to start begin the session with debating of bills, they first needed to elect the Legislative Leadership; the Speaker, Clerk, Sergeant at Arms, and Chaplin. Many individuals expressed interest, shared experiences, and gave reasons on why they should be elected.

The senators have a busy session ahead of themselves as many bills have been submitted already. The first round of committee meetings have already taken place and Wednesday will be the introduction of priority bills on behalf of each committee.

Speaker:                  Juan Lasso Velasco   Yorktown
Clerk:                       Walt Mays                  Valley Forge
Sergeant at Arms:   Patrick Arnold             Belleau Wood
Chaplin:                   Jonathan Meckel        Valley Forge


Speak Juan Lasso Velasco addresses the members of the Legislature

The 49 Senators are:

Bunker Hill
Valley Forge
Manila Bay
Belleau Wood
Curley, Jacob
Cramblitt, Alan
Arendt, Jackson
Azimi, Cameron
Allen, Keenan
Harrison, Chase E
Baack, Austen
Arnold, Patrick
Kammel, Choteau
Mays, Walt
Dack, Alexander
Dravitzki, Zane
Combs, Tate
Hervert, Joe H
Bentz, Ryan
Burns, Dillon
McNeil, Jacob
McNeil, Thomas
Kindopp, Archer
Eggleston, Colten
Eickmeier, Anthony
Lyon, Kevin
Christensen, Gage
Ensz, Colby
Miller, Tyler
McRobert, Seth
Lasso Velasco, Juan
Ridder, Brant
Ochs, Chase
Nitzel, Hudson
Goss, Grant
Horner, John
Smith, Noah
Meckel, Jonathan
Morrissey, Miles
True, Evan
Yungdahl, Ethan
Olberding, Robert D
Lighthart, William
Jones, Dallas
Turner, Abram
Volin, Ryan
Poppe, Andrew
Van Meter, Christopher
Zhu, Andy
Ziebarth, Alec J
Shoff, Cory
Walker, Cordell
Spicka, Nathan


What is a Nationalist & Federalist?

What is a Nationalist and Federalist?  Soon, we will know!

Nationalists and Federalists are the two political parties at Cornhusker Boys’ State.  They are NOT Republican, Democrat, Independent, etc.  Each delegate to Boys’ State is randomly assigned a political party.  The two groups will gather, debate, and construct a platform from scratch.  This task generally proves to be challenging and teaches valuable lessons in communication, compromise, and negotiation.

Once the platforms have been formed,  candidates will begin their campaigns for elected office.  Stay tuned for more election results later in the week.

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Party Meetings

Professor Waite Explains Drones and Journalism

Wednesday morning Boys’ Staters received a semi-normal college style lecture. Professor Matt Waite, College of Journalism and Mass Communication, came to discuss with the Boys’ State citizens about the use of drones in journalism, agriculture, and business. He also brought along a special treat, a DJI Phantom FC40 Quadcopter. He explained the myths of drones, “People have seen too many movies. This drone has about only a 15 minute flight time.”

Waite touched on morale, ethical, and legal implications with the use of drones in all areas, including telling a personal story and how that story may have changed had drones been involved. He spoke in-depth about the lack of regulations from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

Professor Waite explained how the agriculture business could benefit from the use of unmanned aircraft, with a potential $60 billion industry.

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He was careful to point out, a drone does not have to be just an ariel vehicle. Google’s Driver-less Car, rovers, and future unmanned underwater vehicles are all considered drones.

Governor Paul addresses 2014 Legislature

On Wednesday, current Cornhusker Boys’ State Governor Walter Paul delivered his State of the State Address to the 2014 CBS Legislature. A full transcript of the address can be found below.



Governor Paul’s State of the State Address

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chairman, Members of the Legislature:

May 30, 1954 the United States Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act. A piece of legislation that led to the development of the Nebraskan territory as we know it today. Exactly 60 years later, today, we all join to brainstorm and implement measures to move this great state forward. With this we consolidate our diverse array of hopes, dreams, and goals for Nebraska to establish a new state order that can produce a more prosperous and well-fitted economy for our citizens and posterity

I’d first like to start today off by Congratulating you all for being elected into this position. Having this honor means that your towns have entrusted you with their own hopes and dreams. You’re their voice, so speak well, loud, and proud.

I’d like to touch on 3 key areas that I believe should be held in high priority; the first of them being Agriculture. In 1900 Charles Sherman, a sportswriter for the Nebraska State Journal in Lincoln coined the phrase “Cornhuskers” as a nickname for University of Nebraska athletic teams. The term “Cornhusker” comes from the method of harvesting or husking that was common in Nebraska before the invention of husking. Agriculture is still an instrumental part of our culture, prosperity, and economy. The United States Department of Agriculture ranks Nebraska first amongst all states in meat production, beans production, and Commercial cattle slaughter. Cash receipts from farm marketing contributed over $24 billion to Nebraska’s economy in 2013 and 6.2% of the U.S. Total. And the world as a whole is becoming more and more interested in our corn for the production of bio fuels. AS a result of this we’ve seen Nebraskan businesses go global in their endeavors to exploit the coal and fuel resources Nebraska has to offer. Thus it becomes very apparent that the Nebraska serves as the backbone for United States agricultural development.

In this age of technological advancements, its necessary for us to consider the next steps in agriculture. Using the revenue our agriculture provides us we can supply extensive funds for the development of green technology and machinery. For an industry that has always taken Nebraska above and beyond where we needed to be economically, its imperative that we pay a bulk of our attention to this industry. Lowering taxes for farmers to increase incentives to grow their industries is one great objective of this matter. Currently 10% of Farmer’s incomes are being taken from them. Sales taxes are driving up the prices of agricultural goods which fluctuates the demand cycle and raises interest rates. And the farmer’s supply in America out beats the demand. In this sense, our agriculture is under attack from poor management and farmer’s are becoming more and more vulnerable. Therefore, its imperative that you attack these issues to bring Nebraskan agriculture to the level it deserves to be . I would sign any bill that can show me progress in the future, rather than stalemate in the present.

The second objective is that of education. Education is thus far the hardest challenge because of the heavy influence of the federal government. Perhaps the number one impediment to the states rights to take on education alone as issued by the 10th Amendment are measures like No Child Left Behind and Common Core. I’d like to focus on the latter. As defined by the United States Department of Education, Common Core standards are a set of high quality academic standards in mathematics, English, language arts, and literacy. The goal is to rectify the stagnant growth of United States education in comparison to other nations. Nebraska has rejected these standards and it will continue to do so. United States education has had the swords of poor teaching, low quality curriculum, and lack of resources thrown at it because of federal management. Its imperative to note that , education in Nebraska will prosper in so much that the federal government is not involved and states have the rights to build a system based on its own preferences. Federal control of education has only led to high disparities within education and students not receiving equal education because of the one fits all policy of the federal government. In this case, the Department of Education issues measures for different states to implement that does not take into consideration the different needs and goals of individual schools.

No Child Left Behind has done the opposite of what its name insists. More and more students are trailing and are not meeting their full potential because of a lack of resources. As a result the United States is left behind other nations like China, India, and Switzerland who take up the top 3 spots in a majority of subjects. I’m asking you, the legislature to continue this fight against Big Brother and propose measures that puts our students first. The best judgment for our progress in the future is the academic performance of our students today. President Obama, John Boehner, Harry Reid, Arne Duncan, and Jim Shelton do not know Nebraskan education; our students, teachers, local schools, and parents do. By controlling our educational system, the federal government has only left us up a creek without a paddle, and their standing over and watching us as we struggle to swim ashore.

Finally, a topic that is dear to the Nebraskan heart, the beloved Key Stone XL pipeline. On my campaign trail I coined the phrase, “the pipeline is the key to a stone like policy that will help us XL economically,” I still stand by this philosophy and hears why. Puff Daddy was state, “its all about the Benjamin’s baby,” a phrase holds truth with this pipeline. During its construction, this pipeline is supposed to create 7 million hours of work and 13,000 jobs. TransCanada, the company in charge of this pipeline notes that the construction of the pipeline is estimated to generate $1.8 billion of economic activity yearly in Nebraska and $134.6 million in state and local levies. This revenue will not only be in the pockets of the Capitol it’ll be in the pockets of York, Norfolk, Fremont, Crete, Wayne and Columbus. It will become the vehicle that will drive us to the Plain of Benjamin’s, and we should stand for this benefit. Measures have been taken by the EPA, TransCanada, and the Department of Energy to prevent any spills that pose a threat to the health of our land and our citizens. In such a serious issue, its imperative that we cover our bases and make sure that all parts of this debate is understood and proper legislation is proposed.

A famous drunk by the name of Winston Churchill once noted, “Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.” In other words, the debates you will undergo here will not be fluent. You will not agree on everything. But that’s what makes this path to progress fun. Remember that progress is not given, but the dedication and love that makes it possible is.

Thank you.

Legislative Proceedings – June 2, 2014

Monday marked the start of the 74th session of the Cornhusker Boys’ State Unicameral. The proceedings centered around electing leadership. Candidates were given an opportunity to speak to the senators and answer questions before voting. The following senators were elected to leadership:

[ezcol_1half]Vishwanath Ganesan, Bataan, Speaker[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]Chris Jurich, Gettysburg, Clerk[/ezcol_1half_end]
[ezcol_1half]V. Ganera[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]Chris Juriek[/ezcol_1half_end][ezcol_1half]Gus Mattern, Bataan, Sergeant at Arms[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]Austin Stone, Bunker Hill, Chaplain[/ezcol_1half_end]
[ezcol_1half]Gus Mattern[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]Austin Stone[/ezcol_1half_end]