Today in the Unicameral, the Rules Committee will meet where they will address a number of proposals.
One, by Democrat Burke Harr would would effectively ABOLISH the Urban Affairs Committee by combining it with General Affairs.
Urban Affairs is currently chaired by the lone Democrat and lone African American Committee Chair, Justin Wayne. And one can argue about whether or not there are too many committees anyway.
But just IMAGINE if such a proposal were put forward by, say, Bill Kintner. Or Mark Kolterman. Or Mike Groene.
There would be outrage! Cries of racism! Appeals to the ghost of George Norris! A sudden “grass-roots” letter campaign from local Democrats!
Someone should get back to Adam Morfeld and let him know that Harr didn’t find enough “red” in his red wedding.
Omaha City Councilman Chris Jerram leaned into the mic at a Council meeting yesterday and burped, “I hope we don’t see something like this (sexual harassment lawsuit) before the Council again.”
Oh, Councilman Jerram, you mean something like…this?
Something like a City Official (you) mugging to the words, “Suck My Private Sector“?
Yes, it probably IS a good thing that no one from the council offices decided to file a claim against Jerram for this display.
And Heath Mello immediately spits out a press release demanding that someone be FIRED over this!
Well, except that someone WAS fired over it. But the city’s Personnel Board gave them their job back. So, once again, young Heath spouts off without knowledge of the facts, which is his M-O.
And of course this all occurred…during the Jim Suttle Administration.
Nothing like city politics.
Keeping you up to date, only two candidates are on the April Omaha Mayoral ballot:
Geary, a perennial candidate got the required signatures and he’s officially in.
No word yet on signatures from hopeful NFL baron Taylor Royal or from heretofore unknown Ean Mikale. (Not to mention Heath Mello.)
At this point among the top candidates, only Jean Stothert has accepted a debate request from KFAB as well. Then again when your “plan for the future” is a snowplow tracking system…that has been in place for 5 years…maybe you aren’t in a hurry to respond to a live radio debate.
Back to Lincoln, also on today’s agenda in the Legislature’s Rules Committee, there’s Burke Harr’s plan to take redistricting away from the Legislature and give it to an “independent” advisory committee.
This is always an interesting scheme. Someone appoints a committee then declares that those going into it have no biases, grudges, agenda or influences.
And they also don’t answer to the voters.
This is another cop-out by those who don’t get their way and want to back-end their own agenda in by appointing their own people and calling it a blue-ribbon commission.
There is a reason there are elections.
There is a reason people vote.
Jane Kleeb is in the news again. This time in a story pointing out that her “Bold Alliance” group, which is trying to grow chapters in other states, is really just an astroturf group funded by George Soros and others profiting off of cancellation of energy projects.
While Bold Alliance depicts itself as “a network of ‘small and mighty’ groups in rural states,” it was lambasted as a faux-grassroot organization in a 2014 report by the minority staff of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, which called the group “an arm of the Billionaire’s Club.”
“It is nothing more than a shield for wealthy and distant non-Nebraskan interests who seek to advance a political agenda without drawing attention to the fact that they, too, are outsiders with little connection to the state,” the report said.
That “grass” has ground up rubber tires underneath it.