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By Tim Linscott
“I will tell anyone this wherever I go in the state, if agriculture fails in this part of the state, the entire state won’t be successful,” Brian Buescher, an attorney from Omaha who is running for attorney general said while on the campaign trail in Grant last Thursday.
Buescher grew up on a farm near Deweese and, after attending UNL, graduated from Georgetown Law School. He immediately came back to Nebraska. He currently leads the agribusiness litigation division of Kutak-Rock, Nebraska’s largest law firm.
He has led litigation against Kansas in regard to water rights in the state.
“I have handled several water rights cases and even represented the state of Nebraska in the Kansas versus Nebraska dispute. I am very concerned about water rights,” Buescher said. “Growing up on a farm, I know what impact on this part of the state it would have if water rights were restricted more or not allowed.”
Buescher explained he spent two weeks in Kansas looking at water documents and concluded, ‘Kansas is getting more water than they are using.’
“I believe they aren’t using the water we are giving them and we need to fight for our rights here,” Buescher said. “It is having a negative impact on southwest Nebraska given the restrictions that are being placed and we need to be vigilant. If elected I will take the lead on this issue.”
Buescher has been a Douglas County chairman, and state finance director for the Nebraska Republican Party.
For the better part of five years Buescher has been involved with battling the federal government in what he feels is over-regulation of agriculture in the country.
“I have been involved with the federal government aggressively regulating agriculture interests,” Buescher said. “I have a real problem with how the federal government is handling regulation at this point in time. They are making it difficult for agribusiness to do well.”
In many instances, he feels the government is over-regulating and ‘regulating beyond what the law allows them to do.’
“I have had some success pushing back against the federal government,” Buescher said. “At this point in time the attorney general’s office has a material role to play in doing this exact same thing.”
Stopping the flow of marijuana into Nebraska from Colorado is another issue that Buescher said starts in this part of the state and has a huge impact on the entire state.
After Colorado legalized recreational use of marijuana in January, Buescher noted that the influx of the drug in mass quantities is likely passing through the state and as attorney general he plans to put an end to that practice.
“I think we have to be careful we don’t have a new breed of entrepreneurs that decided there is money to be made by buying marijuana in Colorado and re-selling across the border here,” Buescher said. “As attorney general we have to enforce these situations with consequence.”
Buescher was previously a prosecutor in Douglas County and has seen the insidious damage drugs can do to a community.
“They are going to buy it legally there (Colorado) and sell it here, it will be so much easier to access here than before and will be a major concern,” Buescher said.
Nebraska’s ‘Good Time Law,’ giving time off in prison for good behavior, is something Buescher would like to see changed. As a former prosecutor, he’d like to see violent criminals serve their sentence without time off.
“They should not be eligible for any good time, they should have to serve their full sentence,” Buescher said. “Those who are not repeat offenders or violent offenders, we should consider other punishment other than lengthy incarceration.”
Buescher is a proponent of the direction Texas and North Carolina has gone in the matter.
“We are at 150 percent capacity in our jails. Instead of putting them in jail and reduce the total number of days in jail, replace it with a very aggressive probation,” Buescher said. “If the prisoner fails or breaks their probation, they go to jail that day. That immediate punishment has results those states have found.”