Just a quick post to say the signatures to Recall Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle have been officially counted.

They (semi) officially got 28,720 signatures, 2,077 more than the needed 26,643.

But the kicker in that sentence is “semi”.

The semi is Judge Pete Bataillon’s hearing on December 20th.

At that point we will hear if more than that 2,000 plus will be thrown out, or all of them, or nothing. And then that could be appealed.

And then it is not clear at what point the January 25th election could or would be pushed back, if they are cleared.

Note that the Anti’s are also saying that they have deposed testimony that a circulator was paid by the sig. The Recallers say that claim is unfounded, mainly because no one was collecting the alleged 10 signatures per hour.  It’s not clear how that could or would affect any count.

So gird your loins for some hot court action the next few weeks.


Oh, and Go Huskers!


  1. Anonymous says:

    Boy, I'm confused. Didn't the mayor say he wasn't going to contest it a few days ago? And Gary DiSylvester was speaking for Forward Omaha this morning, but I know he works for the mayor. I thought that was independent of the mayor's office? Who all is doing what?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Based upon what we've seen so far from those seeking to derail the recall, the vote will go forward. No judge is going to interfere with the right of thousands of voters to have a recall election based upon the very slender evidence of alleged fraud or election law violations produced to date. A smart strategy by those opposing a recall would be to move on to the campaign to defeat the recall at the ballot box– not in the courthouse. However, Vince Powers will tilt at windmills for as long as he's allowed, and if the people who he's representing were terribly savvy, there wouldn't have been a successful recall drive in the first place.

  3. Street Sweeper says:

    District Court Judge Pete Bataillon's brother, Federal Court Judge Joe Bataillon, was the Dem state chair a while back.

    Most would call Pete a Republican, though I don't know his party registration, if any. Most of the lawyers I know consider both Pete and Joe to be fair and non-partisan on the bench.


  4. Anonymous says:

    Sweeper – what's your prediction? Will the recall take place?

    Regardless, both sides need to act as if the election is on. 45 days is not a lot of time to organize.

  5. BkDodge42 says:

    A written statement issued by the mayor's office said, "If the judge says 15 days is sufficient, then the mayor will simply run on his record. There will be no further legal action." The judge said that 15 days was sufficient. Dave Phipps said that there is enough valid signatures to order a recall election. Since Mayor Suttle is a man of his word, then there should not be any further legal action, he'll run on his record.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Gary DiSylvestro? Why would you keep the person on board so politically dense as a consultant he got you in the mess to begin with and now is trying to (cough, cough) save your poltical hide?

    Hello? If your boat is sinkin don't you usually dump the dead weight. No offense Gary, but you're no Rovarian Einstein and if Suttle keeps ya, what does that say about Jim?

  7. An honest voter says:

    I think perhaps when I signed the petition to recall the mayor, I might have signed 3,000 extra petitions by mistake.

    So can we call this off and go home now?

  8. Anonymous says:

    HOLD EVERYTHING Street Creeper & Leavenworth Utter Blah—

    If the Forward Omaha group could get a little more time and there is evidence of fraud or misleading info or illegal activities on the part of the Recallers…all it takes is only 2,000 to get the number under the reguirement.

    Stop picking on Gary. The reason you hate him so much is that he has been a big torn in your ass for many years and has defeated many of your beloved Republicans!
    You hate him because he is so good. You just can't stand the idea of Daub or one of your boys in the mayor's office so you are going to these lengths to overturn the process.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Don't trust Dave Fibs for a second!
    Him, Tim Dunning and all the other County Republicans are a joke!

    Of course, the recall was successful Dave Phipps ate all the evidence!

  10. Anonymous says:

    anyone know why disilvestro doesn't work at the county assessors office anymore? You can't !@#$%^& delete this comment.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Daub wants to be Mayor again and has been working behind the scene to make it possible

    Pat McPherson (Red Robin) has been a leader of the recall effort and was one of Daub's top assistants

    Who is Jacobs?

    YOU get a life.

  12. Anonymous says:

    You all sound like a bunch of spoiled members of a pre-teen girls' clique. Do you realize there are a lot of us in this state that could give a rat's ass about your minor political celebrities in Omaha?

    Could we PLEASE discuss something that is "the talk of NEBRASKA politics?" Otherwise, I may just have to go back to reading NNN.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Anon 7:26,

    You are a fair weather Husker fan … and … YOU suck!

    Nebraska came close – a lot closer than you will ever come to anything that could be described as successful.

  14. Arnold says:

    Anon 12:22 – Go back to reading NNN. The rest of us are enjoying this.

    Anon 9:30 – It's a mark of assholedom to target the messenger.

    Anon 9:16 – You're saying "If we could change the law just for us so we could have extra time to beat an insurmountable number and if not to at least make a big mess to clean up." No. You lost under the law and you lost big. Deal with it.

    Your friend Gary might have got him elected, but if he gave Suttle advice after that, he probably got him kicked out of office, too, because Suttle did a lot of stupid things and it's hard to believe he thought them up on his own. There's a big difference between running a campaign and running the office and your friend Gary can't do both.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous 11:34

    "Jacobs" is Paul Jacob, leader of the Recaller's paid petition effort.

    He was indicted for petition fraud back in 2007, and spent 6 months in prison. According to Nebraska Watchdog, it looks like he's up to his old tricks in Omaha.

  16. GeosUser says:

    There's one and only one question that needs to be asked continually of Mayor Suttle and his paid minions, Forward Omaha. Why are you so afraid of Omaha voters?

  17. Anonymous says:

    When will the Recall Tim Dunning effort start?

    Tim Dunning's department engaged in pension spiking.

    Tim Dunning refused the request by the Douglas County Board to accept a cut in his department's spending.

    Tim Dunning took a shot at the Feds and said they were on a "witch hunt" and that Koefed would be found guilty. In fact, David Koefed was found guilty of mishandling evidence and is headed to prison.

    Broken promises, broken trust.

  18. Political Novice says:

    I enjoy reading this forum for it's entertainment and informative value and am content just to sit along the sidelines as a spectator but I do have a question I wish to pose. Who is this Gary DiSylvestor/DiSylvestro/Disilvestro everyone makes reference to? From what I gather he seems to be with the Forward Omaha organization but I never see that name referred to in the paper or on the news when that group is mentioned. Granted – I'm not politically savvy but I am curious. I take it he is a political consultant? What is his background?

    I realize this may be boring to those who live outside of the Omaha area but to me it's high drama and fascinating. I for one is glad this forum covers it.

  19. Anonymous says:

    anon 11:34, thats why disilvestro is an issue. you all want scorched earth…you got it. disilvestro and samp have disgraceful backgrounds and its high time we all talk about it

  20. Anonymous says:

    Leave Gary DiSilvestro alone. He has helped elected a lot of Democrats and helped mentor many students to become politically active.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Hey 9:16PM yesterday: I can't stand Gary not because he defeats "Republicans," but because it makes no sense to have the same lump of flesh who got paid money to cover your back and obviously didn't do it with any amount of success (can you say Durango to start?) to actually be in charge of rolling the snowball's chance in hell up the hill now that it's reached rock bottom. You fire him.

    Nice to know Gary's family blogs in their support for the guy. We all need to feel the love. Right Matt?

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