Attention Leavenworth Street readers!
This blog does NOT necessarily represent the views of everyone located on Leavenworth Street. This includes the bartenders at the old Paulie’s/new Waiting Room, that cute waitress at Barrett’s and the family fry-guy at Bronco’s. It may however include the guy who spreads the secret “hickory sauce” at Bronco’s. And we are afraid to make eye-contact with anyone at the Neighbors bar, so we’ll just move on from there.
Point being, did anyone — ANYONE — really think that the Powers That Be at the University of Nebraska said…
“You know, being the big state school, we should really weigh-in on that gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gender ordinance they are discussing in the Omaha City Council. Someone tell our Lincoln school’s football team running backs coach to put on his best hoodie and let them know what the University’s OFFICIAL opinion on this matter is. And to please do so quoting the Bible. That should make it clear to everyone where the entire University of Nebraska stands on this proposed Omaha ordinance.”
Because we are pretty sure that is the way it went down.
WHEW! It sure is a good thing Harvey Perlman let us know that Ron Brown was speaking on his own! Because otherwise we would just have ASSUMED that he was speaking for the University of Nebraska.
Wait a minute. Does this also mean that Darrin Erstad’s batboy’s recent Tweet that “Justin Bieber sux!” is also not the official University position? Aw crap. So much for that post…
We have already written that we think the proposed Omaha ordinance by City Councilman Ben Gray on the “you can’t discriminate against Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender people” is a bad idea — not necessarily in principle, but in the way they propose to practice it. The ordinance is poorly written, not well thought-out, and will invite lawsuits a plenty to try to fix a non-existent problem. And even if you think you can prove that there IS a problem this ordinance not only will not fix it, but will screw up lots more.
That being said, there are people who are against Gray’s proposed ordinance, who might be willing to go with Councilman Garry Gernandt’s version, which would apply to City employees only.
But, it is our understanding that Gray is still trying to go forward with his version of the ordinance, and that Councilman Franklin Thompson is still the deciding vote. Should Thompson go through with it and vote in favor, we have been informed that the villagers plan to rally.
The plan goes, that those against the ordinance will collect the needed 17,000 signatures (about 10K less than were needed to spark a Mayoral recall vote), and put the issue on the ballot for the 2013 Mayoral and City Council elections. At that point, it would cause all of those who were for the ordinance to defend their vote, particularly on that issue.
If that were the case, Thompson would likely find his reelection chances dramatically changed in his West O District. Chris Jerram would likely find his chances swerved in his heavily Catholic district. Heck, Ben Gray might discover that the pastors in his district are not crazy about the ordinance either.
But hey, that’s politics, yeah? That Gernandt may have found an “out” with his plan could let his colleagues breath a sigh of relief. Or if they reject it, it could just ratchet things up.
We only know that it has the potential to be a volatile issue in 2013.
And other than football coaches who work in Lincoln and movie producers who live in Holywood, California, we have yet to figure out how so many people are able to take the time off, in the middle of a work day, to sit in the Omaha City Council chamber for five hours.
We are time-strapped every, single, day. We are just amazed that it is that easy to get out of one’s 8-5 gig. Or even the evening for that matter. But hey, Democracy! We are for it!
Back on the Senate race…
While Jon Bruning and Deb Fischer have pretty much been silent on criticizing their primary opponents, nary a day goes by that we don’t see or get something from the Don Stenberg campaign hammering Jon Bruning. Much of it we doubt will stick. We just aren’t convinced that GOP voters will buy that Jon Bruning would not vote as a conservative in the U.S. Senate. Stenberg’s camp tends to base their critiques on Bruning’s Daily Nebraskan stuff and we have yet to see that carry much weight.
But we will say that Stenberg’s release today has something with potentially a little bit of teeth. Don points to Bruning’s endorsement, along with a number of other state AGs, of then-Attorney General nominee Eric Holder to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Bruning signed on to a sort of blanket statement that Holder would be a good U.S. Attorney General and blah blah blah.
Of course since then, Holder has been somewhat of a conservative’s nightmare, with his decisions to pursue and not pursue certain civil rights issues and the whole clusterf**k on the “Fast and Furious” gun running scam.
Now Don tries to follow that up by saying that because of his Holder endorsement, Bruning cannot be trusted on gun rights. We are not sure we see that connection. But it really begs another question of Why would Bruning have signed on with Holder in the first place? Was there a real need? Did we really think that Barack Obama’s choice for Attorney General was going to work out well? Confusing, it is.
So while there is little to grab ahold of on anything for comparison’s sake…this one has a little bit to glom on to. Will it be a big deal? Maybe not. But in an otherwise blurry race, it is a something.
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