And then he started hammering fellow Mayoral candidate Hal Daub.
Now Daub spent yesterday addressing his plan for a 10% tax credit against property taxes owed for home improvements. OK, so a plan for lower taxes, with an added benefit of increasing home valuations in the long run and putting builders to work. Sounds like a decent plan. (And we provide you a link here where you can read the ENTIRE Daub press release on this.)
But knocking a plan to cut taxes and spur economic growth because, potentially, “we can’t pay for it”? Now that’s not exactly a conservative Republican response, is it?
Now, there’s an easy argument by the Daub folks that it’s also the Mayor’s job to come up with ideas that will require state cooperation, etc. But in responding as suggested above, Vokal doesn’t sound like just a naysayer, still gets a jab in at his opponent, and steers the conversation to
By the way, Jim Suttle’s response to Daub’s plan?
(We paraphrase,) “Why, this isn’t good enough for the stimulus plan! This wouldn’t go into effect for another ten months! We need economic development now!”
OK. That’s what we thought.
Vokal wasn’t done with Daub on that point however.
In the OWH this morning, there was this:
Vokal said Daub’s contentious relationship with the City Council in the 1990s is still on the minds of voters.
“He couldn’t get along with people. He couldn’t bring people together,” said Vokal.
Now, Vokal (and any candidate) also needs to whack his main opponent. But that doesn’t mean the attack should be coming from him. We would argue as well, that it shouldn’t be his campaign manager, because then it just comes from “the Vokal campaign”.
So on his report last night, he “reported” on a “controversy” between Vokal and Daub. Now, you can be the judge but it seems like this may have been created by asking Vokal if he thought Daub would have credibility to take on the Police Union if Daub is endorsed by them. So, of course, Vokal said no. (Now we will take this all back if this was indeed initiated by Vokal, but from our viewing, it doesn’t look that way.)
Well, candidates bickering about nothing, essentially.
But it makes for good TV and bloggin’, right?
(By the way, good move by Brinker to leave the Euro-techno-artist glasses in the desk drawer…)
After our post yesterday about Tom White and a possible run at the Governor’s mansion, we heard from a number of people who say they hear that White is more likely to run against Congressman Lee Terry for the CD-2 seat.
As we discussed, that would make more sense, considering the strength that Governor Dave Heineman has shown, and the close race that Terry just won.
If White does go that route, that still leaves an opening for a Dem to take on Heineman. Steve Lathrop’s name has been mentioned, but we just don’t see a first termer taking on the Guv. But, stranger things have happened.
We are sure this story will progress…
OMAHA, Neb. — A wildlife worker noticed that a brain-damaged woodchuck was missing from its den over the weekend.
The woodchuck, named Mathilda, suffered the brain damage in April when it was hit by a car.
Nebraska Wildlife Rehabilitation cares for animals at workers’ homes. Mathilda was based near 90th and Center streets.
The animal was being cared for by Laura Stastny. Stastny found the den unlocked and open, and she realized the woodchuck was gone.
Stastny said Mathilda’s chances for survival are slim.
“My biggest concern is that somebody clearly broke into the cage to get her. If they just released her, she has no skills to survive in the wild and she’ll be dead in a very short period of time,” Stastny said.
Stastny said woodchucks are hibernating now. So if anyone spots one, it’s probably Mathilda.
Anyone with information should call the rehab hot line at 341-8619 or drop off the animals at the Nebraska Humane Society.
I believe Homer Simpson said it best, when he exclaimed, “I’m livin’ in a cuckoo-clock!”