Gotta love Governor Dave calling it like he sees it.
Joe Jordan did a nice job asking questions of Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and Governor Dave Heineman about the Mayor’s completion of the Fire Union contract before the CIR reform went into effect.
If you haven’t watched his video, see it here:
But here’s the thing: State Senator Steve Lathrop (coming to a Governor’s campaign near you?) says today that the impending new CIR legislation clearly helped push Fire Union to complete their negotiations.
So why wouldn’t the Mayor wait until it kicks-in to see if he can negotiate a better deal? Heck, the fact that Lathrop and Suttle are so hap-hap-happy about the new union contract should give any watcher pause anyway.
Argue the details of the deal if you like.
As noted in the newsys, Jon Bruning was endorsed by Mike Huckabee and Don Stenberg by the editor of RedState.com.
Which are fine.
Bruning had endorsed Huckabee when he ran for President of Iowa, so that was a good one for him to lock down. But RedState editor Erick Erickson’s (Erick the Red?) dependency on Bruning’s law school writings was a little suspect.
In his list among eleven other Senate race views, Erickson quotes the old Bruning stuff — from twenty years ago — as if Bruning wrote it last week. If he wants to endorse Stenberg for a myriad of other reasons, fine. But depending entirely on the very old Bruning stuff is a little goofy.
Nonetheless, each endorsement should help the candidates in their nationwide fundraising.
In a follow-up from our post yesterday regarding a possible run by state Senator Chris Langemeier against Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, we would point you back to our update there and Langemeier’s statement to Leavenworth Street.
Which was not a “yes I’m running.” Wasn’t a “no” either.
If we were to guess, we would say Langemeier is keeping coy in case Ben Nelson decides not to run and Fort jumps into the Senate race. Though it seems as the weeks wear on, that gets more and more unlikely.
Or maybe he’s just waiting…
Congressman Lee Terry has gotten engaged on the Keystone XL Pipeline issue. Terry has called for a deadline for the federal decision on whether or not the pipeline will go through.
The concept is basically that the feds need to dump or vacate the commode, so that everyone can get on with their business and their lives. Deadlines have a way of keeping people honest that way.
And Senator Mike Johanns, who is for the pipeline but wants it moved, is for the deadline.
Jeff Fortenberry, who we don’t think has expressed an opinion on the pipe, doesn’t want Terry’s deadline. And Ben Nelson, who we are sure is for the pipeline, but then again is against the pipeline, is against the deadline.
But the Merrick County Board, who live smack in the middle of the part of the Sandhills* where some of the pipeline will run, have again given their endorsement to the pipeline, writing a letter to the State Department to show their support.
(*Update: My mistake. Merrick lies southeast of the Sandhills.)
Shockingly, Jane Kleeb, a self-proclaimed nutrition expert who lives in Hastings, thinks that those yokels on the Merrick County Board hate their children (and puppies). But of course, Jane isn’t just against the pipeline. She, and her enviro buddies like California Rep. Henry Waxman, hate the Canadian oil that would flow through it. And they would be against the oil even if it were vaned down to the Gulf by Bob and Doug McKenzie themselves, one Molson can-ful at a time.
Hey before you head out for Memorial Day, be sure to vote!
Yes, vote — for your favorite Nebraska food…Runza!
No it’s not an advertising thing for them. Capitol Hill’s Roll Call newspaper is hosting a country-wide brackets thing where each state’s (and territory’s) feature food is represented, then voted on.
So far, Nebraska’s Runza has beaten Kansas’s steak, and is going strong against Illinois’s Chicago hot dog.
But the Runza can’t do it without YOUR vote! A hot dog against The Runza? Please.
You can’t complain if you don’t vote. Go here:
And on this Memorial Day, take a moment to remember all those Veterans who have served and fought so that you can bitch and complain to your heart’s desire on a blog.
In China, you would be in jail right now. Next to us.