The NEGOP made a decision that any state Senator who does not support changing Nebraska law from splitting the Electoral Votes by Congressional district to WTA for the state, will not get support from the state GOP.
Now, in case you didn’t know, this is all aimed at one state Senator: Paul Schumacher of Columbus.
Schumacher infamously blocked the last WTA bill in the Unicameral, and many in the GOP were livid — and called him out for the reasoning behind his vote.
You may remember that back in March, we here at Leavenworth Street speculated on the reason for Schumacher’s vote against WTA:
Paul Schumacher is the President of Community Lottery Systems, Inc., a company that promotes gambling in Nebraska — mainly Keno. Community Lottery Systems gave nearly a million dollars to “Keep the Money in Nebraska” in 2004, a group that promotes expanded Keno and slot machines in Nebraska.
Paul Schumacher would like expanded gambling in Nebraska. We believe that he would agree with that statement. Two committees in the Unicameral have a great deal of influence on how gambling could be expanded in Nebraska: Government Affairs — which affects how petition processes and ballot initiatives are governed — and General Affairs — which looks at regulations on such things as…Keno. Schumacher is now on both.
General Affairs was not difficult to get on. Government Affairs, however, took some doing.
After he was elected in 2010, Schumacher received certain support to get on the Government Affairs Committee. One of his more vocal supporters to get on Government Affairs was Democrat state Senator Danielle Conrad.
How did Republican Schumacher get the support of Democrat Conrad to get on Government Affairs? Well, we do not know for certain. But, it could have been that Conrad made a deal with Schumacher that if she helped get him on Government Affairs, he would vote against Winner Take All.
Coulda been. But again, we don’t know.
So we will see how this all shakes out.
But here is a goofy part: While Nebraska is trying to get back to WTA, the Pennsylvania GOP would like to switch to… breaking it up by Congressional district!
And the irony of all that is that the Dems — led by former Democrat PA Governor Ed Rendell and uber-lib talk show host Rachel Maddow — are calling the PAGOP’s plan…(wait for it)…racist!
We KNEW there was something about the Nebraska Dems! And all this while it has been the racism! They’re racist for wanting to break up the vote by district. Whew! We were wondering what that was all about.
If you want to delve deeper into it, here is the segment from Maddow’s show recently:
Of course, the real super irony in it, is that at the top of the piece, Maddow chuckles about how even though Barack Obama is clearly a horrible bowler, he won a district like the Omaha area! (Because, you know, Omaha, bowling. C’mon!)
Then in the next minute or two, she and Ed Rendell declare how racist it is to have such a break down by CD (uh…where Obama narrowly won in NE-2). (Oh, but don’t you dare knock Rachel because she’s the smartest person on TV, you see…)
Well, in any case, if you were wondering what your problem is, Nebraska Dems, Rachel and Ed have it nailed down: You are shameful, racist bigots who are undemocratic, and you hate the Constitution.
Hey, they said it, not us.
And on that note, how about that whole “corn finger” thing that Jane and the Pranksters decided not to do at Saturday’s game in Lincoln. Did you see the mock-up of the foam hands they were ready to wave?
We will say it right now: It’s a pity that Tom Osborne decided or caved or whatever he did to stop the TransCanada ad, and thus, apparently stop their little in-game protest.
Because Nebraska fans would have turned on them.
You heard it right. Nebraska football fans would have been turned off by Jane’s little political foam-finger crap inside a game. Oh sure, there’s lots of glad-handing and stickers outside the stadium. But once inside, it’s all Runzas, Valentino’s and football. And a political protest would have marred that atmosphere.
A few people might have blamed TransCanada for “starting it” or some such. But it’s like the player on the field who retaliates. They are always the one who draws the flag.
That is what would have happened to Jane and her corn fingerers. Alas, we won’t get a chance to see it.
Oh, that is unless Jane decides that there aren’t enough yummy, healthy lunch items at Memorial Stadium — red hot dogs (whatever’s in those), hamburger (!) pizza, Runzas (whatever’s in those…).
Do you really think it is that far fetched for her next protest?
And speaking of Jane, we received an email from one of her fellow White House protesters who was none-too-pleased that Jane took the easy way out and decided not to get arrested with the rest of the gang.
We promised to paraphrase the message, but it essentially went that they were angered over the fact Jane was supposed to be the leader, but she failed to lead by example. They went on that neither Jane, nor other staff from Bold Nebraska, showed up at the staging area at the police station after they had been released, because Jane claimed she couldn’t find the location, even though everyone involved knew exactly where it was.
Just to show those of you following Jane (cough!), better know who you’re getting in with.
And oh my, we just can’t get those ABBA tunes out of our heads! And when that happens, we make a bee-line to Amazon.com to buy us some ABBA mp3’s and CDs and such. But first, we always click on Leavenworth Street’s Amazon.com link to get us there! No extra cost, and oh Mamma Mia, a little love goes back to L.St. Thanks for all of your clicks!
(Yeah, that’s right. Some times you just have to lay your rock n’ roll blogstyle on the line to make the pun work. That’s the blogging world, baby…)