It would seem, at this point, that Democrat state Senator Steve Lathrop’s plan to keep the CIR in charge of state union contracts is not going to fly. Governor Dave has pretty much put his foot down, and we are guessing that there is no override that will happen.
But the Gov hasn’t laid any tracks (yet) on Senator Deb Fischer’s plan for roads funding — where it is possible that she could lead a veto override.
We have a feeling that one will end in a win-win situation for both sides and people will walk away shaking hands.
And then kissing babies? (Or is it kissing hands and shaking babies? In any case…)
We will see.
We noticed the Bold Nebraska kids crowing about a letter to the Lincoln Journal
Star complaining about the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.
The angry person with a stamp said that since TransCanada is a Canadian company (it’s the part that comes after “Trans”), they should not be allowed to talk to Nebraska legislators about the pipeline that they want to build.
But she doesn’t stop there. She goes on to say,
Why don’t we let al-Qaida “weigh in” on the security measures adopted by Homeland Security?
Huh. Well, Barbara, we would note that al-Qaeda’s mouthpiece, Al Jazeera, has already weighed in on the subject of the pipeline across Nebraska, reporting from the SandHills and everything.
And, shocker, they’re against it! Just like you!
Ain’t that a corker.
Sure hope none of those Nebraska legislators saw their report and are influenced by it!
Interesting story in the OWH yesterday about the difficult job of getting into and then graduating from the Army Ranger School.
Would have been a worthy side-note to mention that Nebraska’s very own Governor, Dave Heineman, a graudate of the West Point Military Academy, is also a graduate of the Army Ranger School.
Just a side note.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine charged an Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle campaign worker — but not the campaign or the campaign manager or the Chief, Jim Suttle — with bribing voters back in the recall vote.
We are going to pound on this dead nag JUST a few more times.
From the OWH on January 13, 2011:
Mayor Jim Suttle says the homeless have as much right to vote as any Omahan, and he stands by his campaign’s decision to drive busloads of people from a homeless shelter to the polling booths.
However, Suttle says he knew nothing of a plan to pay the homeless $5 to attend get-out-the-vote training. And he says the idea was never to coach anyone on how to vote — although a witness tells The World-Herald that is what happened.
“Many of these homeless are veterans. They’ve served in our military. They’ve fallen on hard times. Don’t they have a right to vote?,” Suttle said Thursday morning.
From the OWH today:
“The mayor recognized the problem. He knew there was an issue and dealt with it.”
Yup the Mayor recognized, after people were going ape-shit about it, it probably is not a good idea to pay the homeless to vote for you. Hey, good call Mayor.
After, mind you.
Oh, and another shocker: The lady who was ticketed for bribery is pissed that she is being made the fall-guy (er, gal).
Read it here from Joe Jordan.
And hey, we don’t mean to pile on but…
A Tweet from the Stenberg camp, quoting a Hotline story:
“Tea Party Express used first endorsement to back an establishment candidate.”
Well, except that they chopped off the end of the sentence…
“…to back an establishment candidate who was likely to win the GOP primary anyway.”
The LJS does a nice write-up of state Senator Scott Lautenbaugh today.
Here is the photo Don references of Lautenbaugh and frequent advisary state Senator Bill Avery posing with stogies.
And a curious quote from ultra-liberal blogger, Kyle Michaelis, in the article.
Michaelis called Lautenbaugh, “a Republican hack, lackey and stooge, and unfit to serve on the Redistricting Committee.”
Well then. My, that’s strongly worded….coming from the newest appointee to the Lincoln/Lancaster Emergency Medical Services oversight board.
Whose experience is having worked for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Oh, and serving with the Nebraska Young Democrats.
And writing a Democrat blog.
Now THERE’s a non-hack, fit to serve.