34 – The Future of Broadband in Nebraska

The Nebraska Legislature is considering proposals to expand high-speed internet service in rural areas. Supported by Gov. Pete Ricketts and a diverse alliance of farm, business and school groups, we discuss with Andy Pollock, former Executive Director/General Counsel for the Nebraska Public Service Commission, and now lobbyist/attorney who’s leading the charge for more service across the state. We are also joined by Kyle Arganbright, co-founder and executive vice president of Sandhills State Bank, mayor of Valentine, Nebraska and co-founder of Bolo Beer Co.

Our Sponsors:
Andy Pollock – Rembolt Ludtke
The former Executive Director of the state’s Public Service Commission, Andy has a thorough knowledge of State Government, its processes and key leaders. He has a reputation for excellent strategic and policy-focused advocacy.

Nebraska HBPA – The voice of the horsemen, we work to preserve and improve horse racing in Nebraska.

What are we drinking?
Bolo Beer Co. Valentine, NE
Happy Juice Hazy IPA
Juicy, citrus flavor at first. Hoppy on the tail end. Very drinkable.

33 – Wind Energy; Open for Business?

On this episode we are joined by Lancaster County (Nebraska) Commissioner Sean Flowerday and Josh Moenning, Director of New Power Nebraska and Mayor of Norfolk, Nebraska. We discuss the opportunity for Lincoln and Lancaster County to attract wind energy developers. Currently the County has the most restrictive rules for wind energy development. A new proposal would strike an appropriate balance and allow a viable path toward wind energy development.

Our Sponsors:
Nebraska HBPA – The voice of the horsemen, we work to preserve and improve horse racing in Nebraska.

What are we drinking?
White Elm Brewing – Lincoln, NE
Flat Roofin’ – English Porter, 5.8% ABV
Skinny Legs American IPA, 6.5% ABV

32 – Downtown Lincoln – Thriving in Challenging Times

On this episode of Pints & Politics w/Dan Parsons, we discuss the challenges of keeping a downtown business and residential district thriving during a world-wide pandemic. Our guests are Todd Ogden, President & CEO, Downtown Lincoln Association and Ann Ringlein, Manager, Lincoln Running Company.

Our Sponsors:
Downtown Lincoln Association – Don’t forget to shop local and buy downtown this winter! All shopping specials and a holiday gift guide is listed here:

Nebraska HBPA – The voice of the horsemen, we work to preserve and improve horse racing in Nebraska.

What are we Drinking?
Zipline Brewing Company’s Barrel-Aged THE Stout – STYLE: RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT
With complex notes of cherry, char, and molasses, The Stout was aged with care in bourbon barrels to create a bold yet velvety brew.

31 – Expanded Gambling; It’s your choice Nebraska

On this episode of Pints & Politics with Dan Parsons, we talk with Keep the Money in Nebraska, a political committee supporting a series of ballot measures to expand, tax and regulate casino gaming in Nebraska. Voters will decide on Nov. 3, 2020. Our guests are Lance Morgan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ho-Chunk, Inc. the economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska; and Lynne McNally, Executive Vice President of The Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (NHBPA).

30 – Heads in Beds, Butts in Seats – after COVID

On Episode #30 we ask Tom Lorenz, the manager of Pinnacle Bank Arena, a world-class concert and sports arena and Jeff Maul, veteran director of the Lincoln, Nebraska Convention & Visitors Bureau – when will it be safe to once again stay at a hotel and attend a concert?

Our Sponsors: Pinnacle Bank Arena is an architectural embodiment of aesthetics and modernity. The state-of-the-art multi-purpose arena offers year-round entertainment, including concerts, family shows, touring acts and sporting events.
The Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau enthusiastically invites you to bring your next event to Lincoln.

What are we drinking?
White Elm Brewing – Goliath Imperial Stout and Hazy Legs IPA.

29 – The State of Renewable Energy in Nebraska

On this episode of Pints & Politics with Dan Parsons we feature three leading experts on renewable energy – Josh Moenning, Mayor of Norfolk, Nebr; David Levy, a long-time attorney and lobbyist and one of the pioneers of renewable energy; and Vanessa Silke, an attorney and lobbyist for craft beer, water and renewable energy. Our guests give an insider look at the state of renewable energy today in Nebraska. And of course we enjoy a few delicious craft beers from another pioneer – Nebraska Brewing Company. Pull up a bar stool and join us!

Our Sponsor: Baird Holm Law Firm, Omaha, Nebr. Baird Holm LLP’s integrated team of 90 attorneys, licensed in 23 states, is committed to connecting each of its valued clients to the positive outcomes they seek.

What Are We Drinking? Nebraska Brewing Company’s Cardinal Pale Ale, an American Pale Ale, that is mildly bitter, and characterized by floral/citrus-like aromatics. And the Brunette Nut Brown Ale, it’s their version of the classic English-style Brown Ale. Support our friends, at Nebraska Brewing Company and co-owners Kim & Paul Kavulak.