The Hastings Tribune ran a story about a few Hastingsers who got arrested at the White House. Of course, they also included an interview with Jane Kleeb, and some bald assertions by her regarding her “previous statements” on the issue:
Kleeb said she decided to avoid arrest so she could help the other protesters stay safe and that she had concerns about her position on the Hastings School Board. After the last time she was in Washington, D.C., to protest the pipeline, she head rumors that if she were arrested, the Nebraska Republican Party would run a recall campaign to have her removed from the board.
“I had to weigh if my risking arrest was worth the distraction and the time that not only would take my focus away from fighting the pipeline but also from my role as a school board member, ” she said.
“After lots of time reflecting on it, the answer was no. I’m not going to allow the Republican Party or people who want me out of office the opportunity to distract me from the things I need to stay focused on.”
Hmm, so many ways to go here…
Well of course. It was the REPUBLICAN PARTY’S fault she didn’t get arrested! We knew it.
So let us take a look at the Tribune’s follow-up with the state GOP on Jane’s claim:
Well, Chairman Mark Fahleson and E.D. Jordan McGrain must not have home phones, work phones, cell phones, email accounts, instant messaging accounts, Twitter accounts or Facebook accounts, where they could be reached.
Well, as it turns out, we have all of those, and McGrain reached out to us last night (sending us what he was sending the Tribune), saying:
“There is not, nor has there ever been, any discussion within the Nebraska Republican Party to mount a recall effort against Jane Kleeb. We do not have the time, the resources, or, frankly, the interest in such an effort. The people of Hastings elected her and, as far as we’re concerned, they are stuck with her and her relentless self-promotion.
Given her very loud and exuberant boasts over the past several weeks – about her imminent arrest but ultimate cowardice – Mrs. Kleeb has every reason imaginable to turn the NEGOP into a bogeyman and convenient scapegoat for why, when push came to shove, she gladly allowed other Nebraskans to be arrested for her cause without ever actually backing up her words with action.”
And let us get a few last quips in…
Jane posted this on her Twitter account after she chickened out of the DC lock up:
@leavenworthst only mad because they + negop can’t use image to try make me evil, too bad they lose on issue
Jane is referring to any resultant mug-shot that would have accompanied her arrest. Hmm. Would she have gone with the cocked head, pouty-face, “We are very serious!” protester look, like this?
Or would she have done the cocked head, impish grin like this?
Or how about the cocked head blonde!
Of course, if we really wanted to demonize Jane, we would just use that one up above.
(Wait, did we run that one before?)
Alas, we shall never know. But we chuckled at the “make me look evil” part. We have no ability to make anyone “look” evil. We just print all the crap that comes out of their mouths, and focus on their day to day actions, and let them speak for themselves.
Oh, and Jane mentioned that she didn’t want the NEGOP to “distract me from the things I need to stay focused on“. Oh, like the job on the School Board? Wonder how that jibes with jetting back and forth to DC?
At 9:15 am today, State Auditor Mike Foley will release the audit conducted by his office on the Child Welfare reform efforts of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services at a public hearing of the Legislature’s Committee on Health and Human Services
We suppose this could always be a “good” report.
Except our experience with Foley is that usually is not the case. We will watch.
A few highlights from Foley’s report:
- Child welfare costs have increased by some 27% between 2009 and 2011.
- DHHS failed to bid publicly multi-million dollar contracts with private service providers, resulting in many amendments and increased costs with no effective oversight.
- One service provider, Visinet, Inc., was overpaid by millions of dollars.
- DHHS expended thousands of dollars on both duplicate claims and payments to the wrong contractors.
- DHHS failed to secure possession of important, as well as potentially confidential, documents relating to client services following termination of its contract with a service provider.
- DHHS failed to reconcile provider billings in NFOCUS, which prevented effective agency oversight of both service expenditures and the welfare of children in State custody.
- Service providers failed to meet client service coordination and delivery benchmarks required by the service contracts with DHHS.
- DHHS failed to prevent former employees of service providers from gaining access to confidential client information in NFOCUS.
- DHHS failed to approve subcontractors utilized by service providers, as well as to ensure that such subcontractors were appropriately compensated for their services.
And probably most damning of all…
- DHHS failed to cooperate with the audit examination.
And looks like the UNO Professor has made it official to take on Congressman Lee Terry in the GOP Primary.
Sounds like an awesome plan.
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