Published On: Thu, May 8th, 2014

Domina returns to his roots to drum up support for Senate bid

COLERIDGE — Dave Domina was back in his hometown in Cedar County Sunday night to talk about “why he is running for the U.S. Senate and what it means.”

Domina, an attorney and founder of Domina Law Group, now lives in Omaha. He  grew up on a farm south of Coleridge. He talked to a group of people at the Coleridge Community Building Sunday evening.

Domina shared a few memories about helping milk cows every morning and night and he talked about playing baseball in Coleridge. His interest in politics was sparked while he was still a student at Coleridge High School.

Domina told how one of his school teachers had made an impact on his life.

“Do any of you remember, Gloria Kunze? She was our speech teacher and debate coach at Coleridge. We had a pretty good team for a school our size,” Domina said. “Mrs. Kunze always wanted us to be informed. Some huge events happened around that time. President Kennedy had been assassinated and then Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were killed.”

Domina became involved in politics when he spent time with a student from a liberal college on one of his summer jobs when he was still attending school.

He made a run for the Democratic nomination for governor in 1986 when Kay Orr was elected as the Governor of Nebraska.

“That is the only other elective race I have been in. I didn’t really like campaigning. It was kind of boring — it was the same questions over and over,” Domina said. “I got involved in politics in other ways.”

Domina has been involved in a number of high-profile legal cases, including the impeachment of Nebraska Attorney General Paul Douglas in 1986 and of that of University of Nebraska regent David Hergert in 2006.

Beginning in 2012 he has been representing farmers and ranchers that have land involved in the Keystone XL pipeline controversy.

Domina and others were extremely concerned when the U.S. government shut down last October.

“We were living in the only country in the world where the government was closed. It jeopardized so much,” Domina said. “I oppose any effort to shut the government down, operate without a budget or default on the obligations that have been made.”

Domina made the decision to run for the U.S. Senate seat after he was approached by several people.

Domina considered all of the challenges and all of the opportunities that would face him if he filed for office.

He is focused and will be reasonable as he works for the people in Nebraska, he said.

He believes division and political discourse do not work and he wants to see decisions and changes made that will benefit everyone.

“I don’t care if you are a democrat or a republican or an independent. I want you to be on board with me to get things done. I am all the way in — I am in to win,” Domina said. “This is Nebraska’s chance to do something different.”

According to Domina the four major candidates who are running for the Senate have said they would balance the budget by cutting the benefits to Social Security recipients and to veterans.

“One thing I learned growing up in Coleridge — you keep your word,” Domina said. “I am for balancing the budget, but not in this way. We need to keep our word to our veterans and to the Social Security recipients. A promise was made to the people of the United States.”

Social Security should not be called an “entitlement” and the program should not be cut or privatized according to Domina.

 

Domina supports the Unjustified Tax Loopholes Eliminations Act which would raise billions of dollars in 10 years by eliminating certain loopholes.

Domina said he is against a flat tax.

“We can’t have a flat tax when you think of the number of people with a high income compared to the number with low incomes,” he said. “A flat tax would be unfair to low income earners and will not work.”

Domina believes some of the large companies and corporations need to be stopped from merging and getting larger.

“Companies need to compete — not merge and get larger. Some of the large banks need to be broken up and reduced and replaced by a larger number of banks,” Domina said. “These are things that need to be talked about. Some of our biggest corporations are paying money into hiring lobbyists in place of paying taxes.”

Border Adjustable Taxes (BAT) are causing a trade problem for the U.S. globally.

The U.S pays an average 17 percent tariff on exports made to other countries.

The U.S. does not impose a tax when goods come into this country.

“When a load of our corn arrives in another country, the U.S. pays 17 percent BAT tax,” Domina said. “We need a border tax when goods from other countries come into the U.S.”

Domina told people to look at the labels in the clothing and on other items they buy to see where they are being made.

“Is anyone here tonight wearing anything that was made right here in the U.S.? Probably not,” he said. “We need someone that will stand up on the floor of the Senate and stand up for Nebraska and the people in this country.”

Domina thanked people for taking the time to come and listen.

Pick up this week’s issue of the Coleridge Blade to read more!

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