Hey thanks for visiting to the NEW address for Leavenworth Street – the talk of Nebraska politics.
Of course, the first thing you may notice is that the new L. St. looks a lot like the old L. St. from Blogger. Well, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and all that.
But our new site at our new address is now using WordPress, and that gives us a few more whistles and bells to play with.
So just keep in mind as you return you may see some subtle (not Suttle) changes here and there. Columns may widen or add or subtract. Items may move around. And certain formatting effects for posts and comments may not have all the kinks worked out of them. Please be patient.
A few things to know: We have transferred ALL of the old posts and comments of the past five years from the old address to the new address. You should still be able to comment on the old posts (though we are not 100% on that). There may be a few issues about importing some old comments on the more recent posts, and we will try to address that as we move. But the old site will have comments shut off, so don’t bother going there for anything new.
There are some issues about the number of posts that appear on the main page, and we are still sorting that out. We would like to make it like the old one, with about ten full posts appearing. Right now it is not working that way, so you can tough through that.
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You will also find that we are selling shirts and mugs and stuff via Zazzle, over in the right hand column. We hope to have more designs and items as we go along. (Buy some for the Festivus Holidays!)
Rarely do we find that we like changes from an old site to a new one. It is just the way it is. However, we hope that you will find these to be pretty minor, and the new site to work like it always has, and maybe a little better.
Our goal is to continue to talk about Nebraska politics and more, and for you to keep reading and talking yourselves. In any case, please let us know what you think of the new format, and any suggestions you may have.
And if you would, suggest our site to a friend who likes politics. The more involved the merrier.
And, as always, thanks for reading.
And just to have ONE political item in this brand spankin’ new site, how about Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle’s response to Election Commissioner Dave Phipps regarding his refusal to resign in the face of the collected signatures.
I will not resign and if there is an election I fully expect Omahans will reject this recall attempt.
A recall is a serious action against any public official. It is the public’s right to prevent egregious or criminal acts by an office holder. I have done neither.
All we have heard from the Mayor and his peoples since the beginning of the recall is how the petitioners made false statements, lied about how the recall works and generally didn’t follow the law.
And yet…here is the Mayor of the City completely misrepresenting what the actual law is.
Suttle has deliberately mislead voters about what the Nebraska Revised Statute says. There is nothing in the statute about “egregious or criminal acts” by an office holder. That is an interesting standard — and one that would be unlikely to pass through the legislature — what exactly is an “egregious” act?
But that is NOT the law. Here is the law.
Nebraska Revised Statute 32-1302. Officials subject to recall.
(1) Except for trustees of sanitary and improvement districts, any elected official of a political subdivision and any elected member of the governing bodies of cities, villages, counties, irrigation districts, natural resources districts, public power districts, school districts, community college areas, educational service units, hospital districts, and metropolitan utilities districts may be removed from office by recall pursuant to sections 32-1301 to 32-1309.
The rest of the applicable sections talk only about the various procedures. There is nothing about egregious behavior or criminal acts.
So what is Suttle talking about?
Hleavenworthst.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/sites/7/e is arguing what he would like the standard to be. And that is fine — if it is couched in those terms.
But he did not couch it in those terms, in what was a relatively official document.
So is this any different than what those standing around the petitioners said — if what they said was untrue? Well, yes this is different.
This came from the pen of the freaking Mayor of the city.
And he should know better.
Maybe Judge Bataillon can rule on that.