Forget of course that there are other Senate candidates who haven’t taken a position on the pipe. Forget that there are MANY Democrat state Senators who have not yet taken a position on the pipe (which also sounds sort of like a gymnastics move).
And there’s where the Dems’ own Ben Nelson refused to hold an announced public town-hall meeting during the entire last Senate recess. And they accuse Fischer of “hiding from constituents”. That’s rich.
But Aaron Trost, Fischer’s Senate campaign manager came up with the best response of all:
“There may be numerous bills proposed during this special session. Senator Fischer will carefully read and analyze each bill. Unlike Ben Nelson and so many Washington Democrats who voted for ObamaCare without understanding the consequences, Senator Fischer carefully analyzes and reads the bills that she votes on. While carefully reviewing legislation is common-sense to Nebraskans, it is a strange concept for partisan Washington Democrats like Ben Nelson.”
But the irony of it all is that, again, Nelson’s ObamaCare law was found to have an “unintended” consequence. This time, readers of the law have discovered that married couples may no longer be eligible for tax incentives for insurance. From Politico:
The law links the tax credit to household income. So two people whose combined income goes above a certain level will not be able to get a tax credit if they are married and file together. But if they get divorced or stay single they might, individually, be eligible for a premium credit.
Good for Kim Kardashian, not so much for you married suckers. Nothing like passing a law to find out what’s in it, eh?
You may have seen that the pipeline proponents can hire lawyers to write opinions too.
The Omaha firm McGrath North came out with their own legal analysis about writing a bill to change the proposed path of the pipeline. You know, the path that has been found to cause the least amount of environmental issues.
McGrath North, hired by TransCanada, points out that any bill written to change the path of the pipeline would likely violate the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, for many reasons.
And they even reiterated the point we made the other day, regarding the potential for adjoining states to demand different routes:
Another important consideration that a Court will make is the possibility that multiple states could enact similar protectionist measures. That possibility will render any anti-Keystone XL legislation unconstitutional. For example, should Nebraska and Kansas enact siting laws, along with the existing South Dakota siting act, which give each state absolute authority over the siting of an interstate pipeline, then it is certainly possible that each state would require incompatible entry and exit points on their respective borders. This possibility presents and insurmountable burden to interstate commerce.
The memo did not, however, note that it would also be impossible to connect the interstate pipes by WiFi. Like we noted.
Wonder if the OWH will note how much legislators will be influenced by these legal memos — like they did with the Bold Nebraska’s lawyer’s memo. Hmm. Whaddaya think?
And huzzah to the LJS for putting links up to ALL of the legal memos in this matter.
And on one last Halloween note, we were alerted that a state Senator’s office had this pumpkin anonymously dropped off at their door yesterday.
We have no idea what stake Randy Jackson has with any bills in the legislature, but man, this changes EVERYTHING!
Because if a Senator was going to vote for the pipeline, but then saw this anonymous pumpkin, with Randy Jackson’s picture drawn on it, show up at their office. Well. That Senator would seeeeeeeriously have to reconsider their position.
Because, you know. Pumpkin. (And Randy Jackson.)