Lobbyists Get Their Voice

Wednesday morning Boys’ Staters from all of the towns joined together to hear what the PACs (Political Action Committees) had to say. The PAC Fair gives these individual lobbying groups the opportunity to spread their message to other delegates and raise funds to support causes and the candidates who represent them. The various PACs are:

PAC1 PAC2 PAC3 PAC4

PAC for Economic Prosperity

Chairman: Zach Deal

(Corn) STALKERS

Co-Chairman: Nathan Rock

Co-Chairman: Austin Oerman

R.E.F.A. (Renewable Energy For All)

Chairman: Aaron Turner

Pro-Death Penalty

Chairman: Cole Mitchell

NAPD (Nebrakans Against the Death Penalty)

Chairman: Braxtyn Debolyer

Pro-life/Anti-Abortion

Chairman: Bailey Cooper

Agriculture of Nebraska

Chairman: Jack Allen

N.E.E.D. PAC (Nebraska Education)

Chairman: Ryan Mustard

Gun PAC

Chairman: Aaron Rudloff

 

 

2015 Primary Election Results

The results of the primary election are as follows:

State Ticket

Lieutenant Governor

National – Dylan France

Federal – John Stuart

Secretary of State

National – Adam Mulin

Federal – Edward Li

State Treasurer

National – Connor Cross

Federal – Austin Hillman

State Auditor

National – Joe Taylor

Federal – Andrew Bauer

Attorney General

National – Gage Hamilton Bellamy

Federal – Andrew Stone

Public Service Commissioner

National – Matthew Ferguson

National – Justin Moore’

National – Chris Peterson

National – Stuart B. Rohr

National – Paul A. Swope

Federal – Dalton Anderson

Federal – Tanner Johnson

Federal – Zach Martin

Federal – Wyatt J. McLeod

Federal – Matthew Schwab


Washington County

County Sheriff

National – Adam C. Atkinson

Federal – Ryan Jurgenson

County Attorney

National – Kendall Dickson

Federal – Hunter Coats

County Clerk

National – Jason Gutz

Federal – Jared Shipp

Clerk of the District Court

National – Zach Kitten

Federal – Wyatt Peterson

National – Caleb Krohn

Federal – Alex Teano

County Treasurer

National – Leo Van Horn

Federal – Tanner Magid

Washington County Non-Political

Members of State Board of Education

Brice Barney

Alan Lee

Jacob Lunkwitz

Bryce Sahs

Zach Whipps

Bryce Zweiner

County Judge

Tyler Connelly

Seth Kirkegaard

Public Defender

Kadin Copeland

Travis Schwartz


Lincoln County

County Sheriff

National – Ben Miles

Federal – Dylan Brockhaus

County Attorney

National – Ryly Dugan

Federal – Ryker Dischler

County Clerk

National – Collin Swedberg

Federal – Jeremiah Dickinson

Clerk of the District Court

National – Brandon Schroeder

Federal – William Kusant

National – Jared Stauffer

Federal – Benjamin A. Murphy

County Treasurer

Federal – Caleb Eckel

National – Riley Coy

Lincoln County Non-Political

Members of State Board of Education

Austin Diedrichsen

Cadet Fowler

Joshua Garcia

Rusty D. Hermsmeyer

Payton Stone

Matt Sweet

County Judge

Cade Kalkowski

Justice Palmer

Public Defender

Jorge Adame

Cody Mueller

City and County Election Results

Bataan

Mayor: Brandon Kreikemeier

City Council: Gideon Monette, Gage Gibney, Cody Garland, Tyler Howard, Cy Cannon

County Supervisor: Jared Fuelberth

School Board: Braly Keller, Dalton Anderson, Cade Zumpfe, Austin Meis, Rylery Dugan

LegislatureL John Harkendorff, Andrew Bauer, William Kusant, Andrew Stone, Tyrel Reiker, Joseph Taylor, Marcus Tofflemire

Belleau Wood

Mayor: Tyler Timm

City Council: Justice Palmer, Zackary Kerner, Caden Piquet, Lane Degroff, Luke Gnad

County Supervisor: Anthony Frerichs

School Board: Austin Lange, Seth Schumacher, Matthew Morton, Chase Samuelson, Calyn Werkmeister

Legislature: Brodey Weber, Kyle Young, Nate Heimann, Brady Przymus, Breyy Michols, Edward Li

Alamo

Mayor: Jred Irvine

City Council: Nicholas Fleming, Riley Coy, Christian Vera, Jared Bartels, Blake Johnston

County Supervisor: Scott Benes

School Board: Joshua Garcia, Brett Kremer, Tervor Conway, Payton Stone, Daulten Sadd

Legislature: Eli Kennedxy, Colton Fangmeier, Sharadh Sivamani, Chris Zhen, Ashton Hilton, Connor McCoy

Manila Bay

Mayor: Dylan Langston

City Council: Jacob Wright, Spencer Hagedorn, Julius Dickmander, Carson Woodman, Jeremy Preister

County Supervisor: John Goding

School Board: Rusty Hermsmeyer, Christian WHite, Austin Diedrichsen, Michael Broussard, Cody Mueller

Legislature: Henry Jaros, James Buckley, Adam Mullin, Matthew King, Connor Cross, Jeremiah Dickinson

Yorktown

Mayor: Grant Moles

City Council: Chance Oliver, Nash Leef, Hunter Coats, Wyatt Whitaker, Travis Schwartz

County Supervisor: Jaden Snyder

School Board: Sam Bogert, Brice Barney, Bryce Sahs, Reese Fisher, Seth Kirkegaard

Legislature: Adam Wagner, Ryder Haug, Michael Mason, John Paul Svec, Austin Jeffrey, Thomas Graul

Gettysburg

Mayor: Jamel Johnson

City Council: Michael Fischer, Zachary Kitten, Adam Atkinson, Tyres Chaffin, Emmet Storer

County Supervisor: Phillip Schildt

School Board: Jared Shipp, Nathan Olsufka, Jacob Van Westen, Javon Lunkwitz, Dylan Gushard

Legislature: Alexander Schissel, Paul Swope, Brandon Kleewein,  Jacob Twibell, Ben Jahnke, Wyatt McLeod

Bunker Hill

Mayor: Tyler Jacobson

City Council: Andrew Moritz, Leo Van Horn, Austin Hillman, Ben Zweiner, Tanner Johnson

County Supervisor: Brandon Downey

School Board: Zach Whipps, Carson Hicks, Sulton Lewis, Matt Gross, Coby Hicks

Legislature: Wyatt Rowe, Lucas Troyer, Antonio Soto, Shane Asher, Waleed Rehman, John Koller

Valley Forge

Mayor: Phil Holubeck

City Council: David Dunklau, Austin Bruning, Bailey Deterding, Grant Buschkoetter, Mark Wagner, Jason Gutz

County Supervisor: Andrew Hoffman

School Board: Jakeb Johnson, Jacob Kramer, Noah Andersen, Alan Lee, Jacob Spilker

Legislature: Dylan Schneider, Zachary Keck, Blake Vaught, Blake Casper, Ian Miller, Nick Pellett

 

 

Lobbyists and Political Action Committees

By: James Moseman, Gettysburg

Tuesday morning was off to a great start as all Boys’ State citizens went our separate ways following the flag raising. Those in attendance at the Lobbying and Political Action Committees session were fortunate enough to hear from current lobbyist and past State Senator John Lindsay.

Mr. Lindsay started off by explaining the importance of lobbyists, and went through an activity that showed us just who lobbyists represent. As I’m sure was surprising for a few of us, they represent everyone! Often we think of oil companies and groups such as AARP in relation to lobbyists. However, Mr. Lindsey explained that this is not always the case, as they represent everyone from nurses, to truck drivers, to government employees and almost every other profession.

Mr. Lindsay then explained the process of making a bill a law, and what is involved in the politics of the legislature. The ever-famous Ernie Chambers came up as being incredibly knowledgeable about the rules, so as to bend them in his favor. Mr. Lindsay talked about the importance of ethics and integrity and ensuring that you are worthy of the trust your constituents put in you. In one case, he described a donor only donating if Mr. Lindsey voted favorably for his company. Ironically, Mr. Lindsay had planned to do so, but was taken aback by his bold and unethical request.

From there, we discussed the differences between a super PAC and regular PACs, and what role they play in national and local politics. One example he used was Hillary Clinton and the massive amounts of money she has received for her campaign through various super PACs.

Ultimately, Mr. Lindsay left us on the note that we have huge potential, and that through lobbying, PACs, and responsible politicking, we can have a successful and fun time at Boys’ State!

Nebraska Government and How it Works

The Unicameral and How it Works

By Andrew Stone, Bataan

To start things off, let’s break down the word unicameral. Actually, the only thing that needs clarification on is the first three letters. Uni: meaning just ‘one.’ But what does that have to do with politics? Simple. Our federal, or national, government is a bicameral system. Two houses. We should all be quite familiar with the workings of that system, so let’s gloss over it. In a unicameral system, only one house runs the show. Much like anything that has existed ever, it has pros and cons.

First, the pros. Benefits of a unicameral system come from its size. With a smaller group, each representative gets a chance to speak on an issue. That’s excellent, as all aspects of the argument can be addressed equally. This also lends to a faster process when there is no push back from any other outside group. For its last, but far from least important, benefit; the opportunity to be bipartisan, or neutral. Countless political arguments are based in party affiliation. Take that away, and you truly have politics based solely in the candidates’ prerogatives, rather than the parties’.

However, no one thing has ever been perfect ever. A unicameral system has to deal with a lot of road blocks. People can divide up the already small house to be deadlocked on an issue for what seems to be an eternity. It’s very bad when bills cannot be passed. Also, when the people are not tied to a party, decisions are truly to the individual. Take, for example, the death penalty. If literally every single person in a representative’s district says that the death penalty should be kept, that representative doesn’t need to vote his or her constituents.

 

State Court System and How it Works

Joseph Hunter, Yorktown

Today, several members of each town attended a meeting with Lincoln-based litigator Steve Gealy. Mr. Gealy explained the state judicial system and his 35 years of success in that system. Topics ranging from jurisdiction to the uses of the English language to critical thinking were discussed.

Mr. Gealy opened by explaining the hierarchy of the Nebraska court system. From the Supreme Court down to the county courts, each one varies in its jurisdiction and power. The Supreme Court is the most powerful court in the State of Nebraska. The Supreme Court is comprised of six Associate Justices and one Chief Justice and is commonly known as the decisions court. One step lower on the food chain are the district courts. Nebraska has 12 judicial districts, which are broken down by population. This means that one district court can have anywhere from 2-16 district court judges. The district courts hear cases on criminal and civil issues. On the bottom of the food chain are the county courts. County courts are tasked with hearing cases involving misdemeanor charges and civil cases valuing amounts less than $52,000. In every courtroom, however, there is a cornucopia of talent and thought.

From the judge to the lawyers to the jury (in some cases), both critical thinking and command of the English language are needed to articulate points. Judges must know what the law says, but often times this is hard to do. The Legislature often writes in such a way that causes there to be a grey area which is left for the lawyers and judges to interpret. This grey area causes for there to be no easy answer, no quick answer, and no clear circumstances for decisions. This requires every person involved in a case to have critical thinking skills in order to come to an answer to a question or to make a decision in a divorce case.

In the end, Mr. Gealy wrapped up by answering several questions over various legal issues such as juvenile crimes, insurance fraud, and the different types of murder charges.

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