It often feels like there are two Nebraskas, the metropolitan areas of Omaha and Lincoln and the rest of the state.
Omaha attorney Brian Buescher’s campaign for attorney general is focused on communities beyond the more densely populated areas of eastern Nebraska.
“There are some candidates in this race that I’m not sure if they know that Nebraska extends beyond Lincoln,” he said. “A focus of mine will be rural Nebraska.”
As head of the agribusiness litigation division for Kutak Rock LLP, Nebraska’s largest law firm, he has spent a considerable amount of time dealing with farming and ranching issues.
“A lot of what I do involves representing farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses in a variety of matters, including federal government regulation,” Buescher said. “Numerous times I found myself pushing back on federal regulations on behalf of clients, particularly when I think the government is being too aggressive in enforcement.”
One area of particular concern to Buescher is the regulation of water used by crop producers. He said further regulations would give the federal government too much control over the chemicals farmers use on their crops. He claims to be the only candidate in the race who has dealt with water rights.
“The government is trying to take the position that any form of water running off a field is an instance they can regulate,” he said.
A large portion of the state's economy is agriculture-based and other businesses, such as ConAgra and Cargill, rely on the success of Nebraska producers to thrive.
Buescher grew up on a farm near Deweese and attended Sandy Creek High School.
After high school, he attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln then Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C., before returning to Nebraska and joining Kutak Rock LLP.
Part of the attorney general’s job, he said, is to protect the people in rural Nebraska communities, not just farmers.
Reform for the state’s "good time" law is in order, he said.
The law allows those serving prison time to have their sentences reduced by up to 50 percent for good behavior.
“Repeat violent offenders shouldn’t be eligible for the good time law at all,” he said. “I will lead the effort to change that law. I believe that we have the votes to change it if we limit our change to repeat violent offenders.”