“We finally have a (Keystone XL Pipeline) bill!” Tweets Jane Kleeb and the Boldies.
- The environmental assessments on this project have been going on for at least three years.
- The Boldies have been protesting the pipeline for at least a full year now.
- There have been numerous hearings in the legislature.
- There have been many environmental assessments by the Feds.
- And now there have been two field hearings in Nebraska on the issue.
And only now they “have a bill”?
And that’s a bill in it’s rawest form. It’s like the one that sits on Capitol Hill with the legs and the jazz-man accent — but much less thought out. It hasn’t gone through any committees. It hasn’t had any debate. And there are serious questions as to its Constitutionality.
In the mean time, the State Department is getting ready to make their decision about the pipe, and depending on what happens with this Finally Bill, there is a real potential for a Boyd County $150 million type mess.
Oh, and did we mention that the actual experts have already stated that the pipe would be safe over the Sandhills? We mentioned that?
Well here, let us put it in language that you are more likely to understand:
It’s a good looking route / Like the jeans in your boot.
Notice how it rhymes? OK, we’re working on that…
[Click here to read a .pdf copy of the Bill.]
Hey, as we noted, state Senator Gwen Howard is (officially) going to battle John Ewing for the NE-2 Democrat nomination.
We pointed out that the ultra-liberal Howard could actually win in a (likely) low-turnout primary against Ewing. But we chuckled at Nebraska Dem’s ED Jim Roger’s comment that Howard taking on Ewing shows the “ineptitude” of Terry. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. Nothing to do with a super lib wanting to push out who she thinks is a weak candidate or anything.
Looking forward to some ugly splits amongst the Dems this Spring.
Here is something else going on across the 3rd District — and again, it is protest based.
Those of you in the Grand Island area may have noticed the Grand Island Independent opining on the not-so-little matter of rural post office closings. After covering a day of ‘protests’ not once, but twice, they decided to keep the story going with an editorial hammering Congressman Adrian Smith. How about this line from the GII:
Smith has been missing in action on this issue from day one and we have seen no inclination from him to roll up his sleeves and get involved.
Wow. What complete and utter crap.
As it happens, Smith…
- Made a stink earlier this year with the Postmaster General (as did Reps. Lee Terry and Jeff Fortenberry);
- Hosted a briefing for Members of Congress on the issue;
- Has mailed a few thousand constituents about the matter; and
- Has attended dozens of community meetings on this very issue.
That’s what is called, “getting involved”.
So digging a little deeper, this gets sort of interesting (for those of you interested in this stuff). The issue at hand is legislation authored by a Congressman from Boston. What is a Rep from an urban area doing writing bills preventing rural post offices from closing? Well, he’s not.
Turns out the sponsor is a former union boss with the Iron Workers. So he introduced a bill to ensure union postal workers get paid regardless of whether or not the Postal Service is solvent. And his bill ensures this by drawing from the same fund that pays for military retirement — defunding it to the tune of $75 billion. So if the USPS is facing a $200 billion shortfall, what exactly does $75 billion do? Not keep post offices open, that’s what.
Our understanding is that Smith has another way to go on this issue, and there are other bills in Congress to address it.
Looking forward to the media figuring that out.
We hear that Ben Nelson’s campaign is in the field polling.
Apparently his push-y questions involve:
- His concern for seniors (…concerned they’ll not vote for him);
- Would you still vote for Jon Bruning despite him talking about raccoons eating grapes out of a jar (which we still don’t get…); and
- Ben wants you to believe you are just mad at him because you are mad at Obama. (Hey whatever works.)
Always keep in mind the push questions when you hear any final results.
And for those of you who, for years, have wished aloud that Hal Daub would jump off the Woodmen Tower, well you finally got your wish!
Hal and his wife recently rappelled down the Woodmen Tower to help benefit Boy Scouts of America.
Here are a few cool shots.
And thanks again to all of you who have clicked Leavenworth Street’s Amazon.com links before going to Amazon to buy stuff you were already going to buy (at no extra cost to you). Looking for that special Halloween costume for you or the kiddos? Click to your right!
Thanks for helping us buy those new super-expensive bulbs to keep the lights on!