There is that bill in the Nebraska Legislature (LB 783) that would give a power of attorney, essentially, to the next of kin to handle their recently deceased’s Facebook account (amongst other internet media).
So the Nebraska Bar Association asked Katie Zulkoski of Mueller Robak to represent the Bar Association and testify in support of this bill.
But Facebook opposes this bill. And the behemoth pockets of Mark Zuckerberg recently hired their own Lincoln lobbyist to represent them on this.
The lobbyist? Kim Robak. Of, uh, Mueller Robak.
(Anyone see the problem here?)
We are told that it never happens that a firm represents both sides of an issue. “Shouldn’t happen. It’s wrong,” one lobbyist said..
But, the $25,000 PER MONTH Facebook is paying Robak made it worth the risk, apparently. Former Lt. Gov Kim Robak is making more in a month from Facebook alone than a state Senator would make in two years.
The Social Network indeed.
Day 28 since Ben Nelson retired.
Ironically, that is the same number of half-caf venti low-fat mochaccinos Bob Kerrey has gulped down at Central Perk, trying to decide if he should move his family to Virginia, so he can run for Senate in Nebraska.
When will his decision come?
By January 12th, we were first told.
By January 21st we were next told.
Ah. A drawn-out, cryptic, cosmic decision making process from Bob Kerrey. Who’da thunkit?
And speaking of cosmic, the Nebraska Democrats have put up their own “Draft Bob Kerrey” page on their website, and have ads up on Facebook to send you there.
Sooooo, either Kerrey is in, and they have already geared up their org to support his campaign… or they are leaving Steve Lathrop or whomever else in the dust.
Really, the party org is hosting the “draft the candidate” petition? And so if Kerrey doesn’t run, you have pretty much shown your hand that you really never wanted the #2 guy, and screw him (or her) anyway. And Kerrey will have shown about as much respect your way as well, yeah?
Interesting Democrats. Interesting.
And then there are those Republicans who may, or may not have a “Set Field” for their primary.
As Jon Bruning let on the other day, there has continued to be talk of another candidate out there. Not Dave Heineman, but a mysterious Omaha Businessperson who is thinking about jumping in.
Well, we have finally put a name on said person, and once again, we are intrigued. Said person is relatively well-known in the business community, though probably not that well known to the public. But would potentially have some of his or her own cash to contribute to start-up a serious campaign.
We have contacted said person, and are currently waiting to hear back. And the answer may be, “Stop emailing me! The only thing I’m running for is my mace!” But if that’s not the case, we would have at least an interesting player on deck once again.
And if this turns into another Sid Dinsdale situation, with someone else jumping in with businessperson’s name, so be it.
But we think there is a decent chance the field may not yet be set. We will let you know when we can let you know.
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