Before we dive into the goings-on in Omaha, here is a little piece to keep the local radio stations in business. American Crossroads has a spot out on the Bob Kerrey Kickback. Hear it here:
And this is the low-hanging fruit on Kerrey, folks. We do not doubt that there will be more and more and more to come.
Kerrey is reportedly going up with a week’s worth of ads ($104K) starting today. No word on the contents yet. (Will it feature the bridge???)
Here on Leavenworth Street, we like to talk politics. That is why we put it in the title of our blog — “the talk of Nebraska politics”. The point being, we are oftentimes more fascinated by the politics of an issue, than the issue itself.
Case in point: the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender ordinance being considered by the Omaha City Council today. Understandably commenters here have taken to discussing the merits of the ordinance and whether it is deserving, etc. Nebraska football coach Ron Brown expressed his opinion on the ordinance, quoting the Bible, and was roundly criticized for being an anti-gay caveman. OK.
In all honesty, we do not feel THAT strongly about this ordinance. Sorry if that is a shock to you. We have stated that we believe this ordinance is poorly written, is too broad, and could have repercussions beyond what is intended with it. But we do not think the idea or goal behind it is bad.
Of course, if you come out against something that someone claims will help the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender community, you are automatically labeled a homophobic knuckle dragger who wants to turn America back to the ’50s. The 1750s, that is.
And we get that. That has been the M.O. of the liberals and Democratic Party for years and years and will continue to be so.
But when this all came up, we were wondering, Who is driving this? Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray? Really?
Well, then we looked who Ben Gray and his wife are associated with, and we started connecting the dots.
Gray and his wife work with the organization, NorthStar360. Interesting makeup of the NorthStar360 Board.
- Dick Holland — Sugar Daddy to Nebraska’s feature ultra-liberals, Bold Nebraska.
- Bob Kerrey — former President of the ultra liberal, “New School” in New York City, who apparently has been seen in Omaha lately.
- Susie Buffett — Daughter of well known social-issue-liberal Warren, and champion of local liberal causes, most recently seen hanging out with Cosmic Bob at a local high school basketball game
- Ben Gray – Omaha City Councilman who is pushing for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender ordinance.
Now as you probably know, Susie’s dad now owns the local paper, the Omaha World Herald (“OWH”). The OWH has already taken the Editorial position that Omaha should enact the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender ordinance. That is fine. They can, and do, push whatever issue or candidate they want — oftentimes to the contrary position of public opinion.
But when their aggressiveness on an issue comes off the Editorial page, in into the “news”, we take note.
Yesterday the OWH published the headline:
Poll: Plenty of support for anti-bias ordinances
They state, “a new poll showed that a majority of Omaha registered voters who were polled favored such protections. “
Well, that is an interesting poll (see a “summary” here), isn’t it? We are told that it was a telephone poll, of some sort.
But when was the last time you saw a polling group take a sample of more than 500? This one comes up with 1,003 respondents?
And the age skew? In Garry Gernandt’s South Omaha District 4 38% are age 18-29? But then essentially the same number, 40% are aged 30 to 60? And then 60 and over is 21%?
44% college graduates in Franklin Thompson’s District? Hmm.
That is what you are selling, huh? Got it.
Oh and we see Questions are numbered starting with…3,4,5,6,7,8,9…12…2. We hate to go all Sesame Street on you, but The Count may have some issues with that number sequence. What of the mysterious missing questions?
So with NO backup to show the methodology of this poll…and with no further analysis of the “poll” whatsoever… and just a little mention at the end that this pollster works pretty much exclusively for Democrats…the OWH publicizes it as “news”.
Oh, and while we are at it, coincidentally, the Gals at Bold Nebraska also put up an ad on their website, which they state aired in Omaha last night. How about that! Gee, Dick Holland funds Bold Nebraska and they end up with the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender TV ad. What a coincidence! We wonder who paid for that???
See their hipster techno-spot here:
So, whichever side you land on this issue, know that the Omaha World Herald is pushing this with all the barrels of ink they own. And Susie Buffet and Warren Buffett and Dick Holland and their guy Ben Gray are driving that ink wagon down Dodge Street.
On the other side of it, the anti-ordinance forces have already said they will look to put this on the 2013 ballot to link it with all of the City Council races, and the Mayor’s race. And do you think the pro-Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender ordinance forces would open up their pocketbooks for that election battle?
The local media salesmen have to be drooling on their spreadsheets — already soaked with thoughts of pro and anti Bob Kerrey ads.
And, as it turns out, this all comes down to Councilman Franklin Thompson today.
Wonder whose info he will bet on…