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  • Pirsch Says Experience Makes Him the Best Candidate for Attorney General

  • Attorney General candidate Sen. Pete Pirsch, a Republican, said that the most important issue to the Nebraska Attorney General is keeping Nebraskans safe.
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  • Attorney General candidate Sen. Pete Pirsch, a Republican, said that the most important issue to the Nebraska Attorney General is keeping Nebraskans safe.
    He shared his views during a sit down interview with the News-Press.
    “Anyone, no matter the side of the aisle they sit on, should want to keep Nebraskans safe,” said Pirsch.
    Before being elected to the legislature in 2006, Pirsch was a former prosecuting attorney and was appointed to the Nebraska Crime Commission in 2003 by Gov. Mike Johanns. He is a pro-life candidate who is endorsed by the Nebraska Right to Life and was named a Friend of Agriculture by the Nebraska Farm Bureau.
    Pirsch said that his experience in government and working with law enforcement are among his strengths.
    “In my group, saying you’re in politics  isn’t really a good thing,” said Pirsch. “But, people can look at my record. I’ve helped pass a bill that has people on probation pay towards a victim’s fund and I’ve passed a bill cracking down on serial drunk drivers and sexual predators. I have a proven record in the legislature and I believe this is the position were I can best use my skills and passion.” 
    When asked about how he would tackle Nebraska’s drug problem, Pirsch focused on combating prescription drug abuse.
    “Prescription drug abuse is really prevalent and under the radar, and it cuts across all economic spectrums,” said Pirsch. “We need to shut down the ‘pill mills’ (high prescription writing doctors) and utilize databases to keep it in check.”
    Pirsch also expressed concern for Nebraska police officers dealing with marijuana coming in from Colorado since it legalized marijuana.
    “That new law is tying up law enforcers’ time on the border,” said Pirsch. He also said that he would be against legalization as a way to combat the problem.
    “In regards to legalization, I do not think that’s a wise choice,” said Pirsch. “The federal government says it’s illegal but Obama said he won’t enforce it, they’re leaving it up to the state. I don’t think that’s a good way to govern.”
    “Smaller government and lower taxes, that’s one thing you’ll get with me,” said Pirsch. “I want people to know that I think the attorney general has a responsibility to stand up for the people of Nebraska, and that includes standing up to the federal government overreaching its bounds. Things like Obamacare and environmental regulation, I’ll stand against that.”
    Page 2 of 2 - “My issue is when unelected bureaucrats start stretching laws,” said Pirsch. “Yes, Obamacare is a law. That’s true. Like it or not, that’s the reality. But suddenly they start making changes to it without changing the law. They just assume that’s the way it works. That’s what I’m opposed to.”

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