Stothert trounces Suttle and Omaha has a new Mayor

Jean Stohert has defeated Jim Suttle to take the Omaha Mayor’s office.
It’s all over but the final count.

Congrats to Jean Stothert and her whole campaign!

115 comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    The easy part is done. The hard part is just beginning. Time to stop kicking Jim Suttle around; Stothert’s re-election campaign, if she proves to be a good mayor and wants to run again, begins now.

  2. Macdaddy says:

    1. Suttle is the most hated politician in Omaha
    2. It’s otherwise good to be an incumbent. Isn’t it, Councilman Jerram?
    3. Whoever was ragging on Justin Wayne on this blog must be pretty glum about now.
    4. The students of OPS have a chance.
    5. The vaunted union/minority/LGBTQXYZ coalition couldn’t overcome West O’s concern about turning into a liberal mecca with all the accompanying ills.

  3. Macdaddy says:

    Oh, and sour grapes tweets with the phrase “turned back the clock to the 1950s” in 5…4…3…2…1…

  4. Chris Jeremy says:

    So, is Mean Jean going to install a stripper pole in the mayor’s office? Me and all my lib buddies wanna know. Just so we can, y’know … I mean, we’re just kinda hoping.

    Hey, it beats whatever’s over in Council Bluffs.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Now have two Republican women as mayors in the top 3 cities! About time, and wouldn’t you know it would be Republicans that accomplished this feat:)

  6. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations to Vince Powers, Vic Covalt and Steve Achelpohl, all Chairs of the Nebraska Democratic Party. Under their tenure Nebraska will soon become a state with absolutely NO Democrats in ANY office – federal, statewide, in the legislature or anywhere else.
    Powers ran under the banner of “The Great Communicator.” It appears Bud Pettigrew has been writing his speeches.
    Take a victory lap, Vince!

  7. I’ll be here pointing out all of Stotherts gaffes and screw ups. Expect the Jean Stothert for Retirement facebook page to be around four more years!!! I fought the good fight for Suttle, I’m motivated for a few more!!! Deal with that!!!

  8. RWP says:

    Wow, 15 points. That’s a shellacking. The Dems really got their donkeys kicked, didn’t they? Where were the unions? Where was Organizing for America?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hal Daub is the most hated politician in Omaha. Even Republicans couldn’t stand him.

    As for Nebraska becoming a one-party state, history is not on our side, Comrades. Time for true Libertarian Patriots to sweep the incumbent Left from office! Republicans? CINOs!

  10. TexasAnnie says:

    Who are the “true Libertarian Patriots?” The official (national) Libertarian Party sold out years ago. And I do personally know Libertarians of Omaha and some few outstate Libertarians of Nebraska. I was instrumental in helping the Libertarians gain ballot access TWICE in Nebraska. But I haven’t noticed any activity on this front in Nebraska for several years now…

    Who are the true Libertarians there? And have they come to a realization that your state Constitution RULES? Or do they still just make up their beliefs about governance, as RWP?

  11. ProgressiveOasis says:

    I’m so glad to see the idiot proggies like Progressive Oasis are such bad losers. At least he has lots of company…the police union, the fire union, LGBT/TFU crowd and all the other morons who backed out-going Mayor Moron.

  12. Tonic & Tonic says:

    To anon @ 616 a.m.
    In what way is people hating Hal relevant to the convi at all. Go home. You’re drunk.

    Congrats to Mayor Stothert!

  13. Anonymous says:

    It’s going to be interesting to parse all the election data to digest the details of this mayoral election. It will also be interesting to monitor the Union’s behavior over the comming weeks and on, for surely there are more than a few whistle blowers among them who will provide the details of their (union bosses) activities these past 4 years.

  14. Dinning Room Table says:

    Why is Ricky Fulton and Rich Ketter curled up, spooning in the fetal position, and sucking their thumbs hiding under me?

  15. LOL... says:

    I came to this blog this morning specifically to see if Ricky had the guts to show up and eat crow. Apparently not! Suttle?! Justin Wayne?! …crickets……Ricky …YOU ARE THE LOSER!!!

    Want to have fun…check out his facebook page! He blocked me long ago.

  16. Bam says:

    I hope someone took him up on this one: “This race will be decided by less than 1,000 votes I bet. And the winner will not be the Republican Candidate.”

  17. Anonymous says:

    The first woman elected to any statewide constitutional office in Nebraska was a Republican. The only woman governor here was a Republican. Republican Senator Fischer is the first woman to serve in her Senate seat (class 1). Johanns’ seat (class 2) was previously filled by two different women, both Republican. Fischer’s seat was previously held by 9 Democrats/Populists, so it is not impossible for non-Republicans to get elected here.

  18. Tony says:

    Google “Kris Pierce” “sexual harassment” “Ohio State” to find out why the chairman of the Douglas County Democratic Party is resigning.

  19. Tonic & Tonic says:

    I love reading the tweets of all the terribly misguided 20 somethings who think it’s the end of the world now that Jean will be Mayor. They’re acting like it’s the apocalypse, talking about how good Omaha had it, how great our city is, and how the city is booming etc… EXACTLY! We deserve a better Mayor than that nincompoop suttle and his staff of twits who can’t even lease a car without throwing our money away.
    Jean is the Mayor this city deserves. I think she might love Omaha more than Ron Burgundy loved San Diego.

  20. Chris Scott says:

    I know Kris personally and he is leaving because his public affairs TV show View Point is consuming a lot of time. Your smear is absurd.

  21. One-Party State says:

    “Under their tenure Nebraska will soon become a state with absolutely NO Democrats in ANY office – federal, statewide, in the legislature or anywhere else.” I am still thinking about this, Comrades. Do we here in the (Big) Red State which to align ourselves with Boris & Natasha or Moose & Squirrel? Maybe the Central Committee should take this matter up before the next “election?”

  22. Anonymous says:

    To 10:11PM last night: You’re 100% correct. The good students of OPS learn that if you don’t like the election results you get a snitch on the school board who cozies up to a state senator who creates a convenient crisis to forget the Constitution and then redraws the districts together. Just for good measure you make sure the local media is in love with you and the local Chamber of Commerce flows funds your way with all the other recruited so that when you pull it off “it’s for the children.” Yeah kids that’s how you win. Just keep the blow and smoke coming to make the hopeful ignorant believe you are the second coming of Jesus Christ while moving your own agenda forward. Congratulations Mr. Wayne–let’s see what you can do now.

  23. RWP says:

    TA

    Even a Texan like yourself should know that schools are run, and taxes raised, by local school boards. See, although the responsibility for schools is vested in the states, the state legislature in turn delegated that responsibility to local jurisdictions.

    You have schools in Texas too, I bet. They’re the places they teach web-footed Texan kids that Noah had pet dinosaurs and the universe was created 6000 years ago.

  24. Anonymous says:

    @RWP, Texas’ schools are the foundation of Texas high school football. If there was a way to have high school football without schools, Texas would have figured that out by now.

  25. TexasAnnie says:

    So now you admit that schools are a state responsibility, RWP? Why didn’t you simply admit that two days ago instead of resorting to a childhood defense: name-calling? When local jurisdictions (school districts) don’t abide the state constitution(s), victims do not appeal to local districts. That was my point. But instead of acknowledging the correctness and logic of my opinion about school funding v. usurping state monies for rebating property taxpayers, the original debate undertaken, you became hostile and switched premises.

    Do you need anger management treatment? Why are you seemingly incapable of honest debate? Why do you assume that you understand American governance, particularly Nebraskan, better than everyone else? Some folks want to use this site for stimulating, even thought-provoking conversation. But unless they agree with you, you attack! No one has all knowledge, and particularly not you, a demonstrated poor logician. But everyone, including you, has some knowledge and some want to share what they know…

  26. Anonymous says:

    Anon @ 2:15 PM, the OPS Board of Education needed a reminder that school boards a creature of the Legislature – not the other way ’round.

    As Mark Twain said, “God created the idiot, for practice. Then He created the school board member.”

  27. Mid-Town Voter says:

    Dr. Joseph Stothert was ousted this morning by Suttle and McDonnell. Suttle said it was necessary for his no-nonsense administration.
    I did not know you could be ousted from a volunteer position.
    Mayor-Elect Stothert still takes home the prize.
    Guess there is such a thing as a sore loser.
    Yeah, Jean!

  28. RWP says:

    My words to TA

    TA: You’re no libertarian. You want the state to spend money on public schools, a local responsibility, instead of returning it to the taxpayers.

    This requires anger management? Really?

    And I said the responsibility for schools is delegated by the states to local school boards. So the responsibility lies with the delegatee.

    Please stop lying. It’s not nice.

  29. Anonymous says:

    I’m no lawyer, but any layman should realize that the state cannot delegate a constitutionally proscribed responsibility. They can give a local jurisdiction authority to run schools, but the state is ultimately responsible. No law can change that, only a constitutional amendment. RWP may excel at Chemistry, but very little else.

  30. TexasAnnie says:

    One of RWP insulting responses:
    “The thread died, TA. But before that I posted a complete rebuttal of your idiotic views of American government. If you’d like me to post it again, using words of one syllable only, I’ll be happy to oblige.”

    Sure, RWP, I’d like you to post again. And this time explain how the “delegatee” (sic) maintains “responsibility” for school funding in view of the property tax cap placed on those school boards by the Unicam…

  31. Anonymous says:

    So, does it appear that Obama’s Justice Department sat on information about David Petraeus’s affair with Paula Broadwell so they could exploit it in the event they needed to discredit Patraeus about something later on?

    And that something later on was challenging the administration’s deliberately dishonest contentions about what happened in Benghazi? At which point they leaked information about the Petraeus affair?

    The message on my Magic 8 Ball says “Signs point to Yes.”

  32. Anonymous says:

    Fast and Furious
    Benghazi cover up
    Illegal AP phone taps
    IRS targeting conservative groups

    If these had happened while Bush was in office, it’s all we’d be hearing about from the mainstream media. What a disgrace the 4th Estate has become.

  33. The Real McCoy says:

    I agree with Mid-Town Voter’s sentiment. Mayor Suttle should look up the definition of the term “no-nonsense” before using it to describe his administration…I don’t think firing someone who has been working for free in a position that was formerly paid $58,000 a year can be chalked up as anything close to making sense. I’ll be interested to see if the UNMC physician filling the position is given a salary…(and you wonder why the OFD budget is a wreck).

  34. Macdaddy says:

    Suttle fired Dr Stothert? I guess the voters made the right choice yesterday. And obviously Fire Chief Macdonnell is looking to move on. Good riddance. BTW, do Omahans now need to be worried that the response time for the fire department to get to their house is dependent on whether they had a Suttle or a Stothert sign in their yards?

  35. In the Know says:

    The Fire Union got Crushed yesterday. Suttle and Lonergan were their 2 big races. They lost by staggering numbers. I see major restructuring coming.

  36. Anonymous says:

    As a follow-up to the fire department t-shirt with Stothert on a stripper pole, they need to do one of her in a leather bustier administering “discipline” to a fishnet stocking-wearing Jim Suttle, because THAT, ladies and gentlemen, was a SPANKING!

  37. Macdaddy says:

    So, since Chief McDonnell waited until after Suttle got sacked and consulted many attorneys to make sure he couldn’t get fired over such a petty, petty move, does that make him a…? Nevermind. It makes him a snotty little coward. This move and the misogynist t-shirt denigrating a Councilwoman shows that Stothert needs to hose out the entire fire department. For those firefighters who might read this and still have some pride, dignity, and professionalism left, you may want to step up and demand changes. Are you sure that men who are immature, vindictive and petty will ever truly have your back? Are those the type of men you think you can trust with your life? That’s who’s leading your department.

  38. Lowered Standards says:

    Hey. Is anyone aware of how the standards for Omaha Fire Chief were changed before MCDonnell became chief? Hmmmmm

  39. TexasAnnie says:

    Well I guess RWP decided “the thread died” again, as habitual when he is shown to be wrong. (Or should I accuse him of lying, his own mantra to others?) Since I have brought to light RWP’s inclination to just make stuff up w/regard to Unicameral action and authority, I suggest that readers of this blog take his opinions about the state legislature cautiously.

    I’m headed to the Nebraska newspaper that still reports about the Unicameral. They do have work in progress that affects some of the people of Nebraska of whom I carry an abiding affection.

  40. TexasAnnie says:

    Well there you go, Interested Observer! The school aid bill (LB407) has passed and will extend state aid to an additional 114 schools, mostly rural!!! As per my previous instruction, school funding IS a state responsibility. Every year I watched the Unicam, and years since I left Nebraska, this perennial problem does not fail to reemerge because the Senators just don’t want to fully accept the state’s responsibility, –with a result that some children are cheated of their constitutionally guaranteed public education. ‘Tis a pity.

    And, Medicaid expansion is in the news again.

  41. Anonymous says:

    After-action report anyone? Suttle didn’t do everything wrong. Stothert didn’t do everything right. Lessons for the next campaign? Something minimally serious, not the usual snark please.

  42. Fire Chief Standards says:

    Then Mayor Fahey changed the standards for fire chief by removing the requirement that a college degree was needed to become chief. McDonnel was the ONLY candidate without a degree. Not long after he was made Chief, the requirement was re-instated.

  43. Lowered Standards says:

    McDonnell clearly can’t balance a budget. Does he need to go back for remedial math??? Since when do you put a non-college grad in-charge of a major department????

  44. Macdaddy says:

    McDonnell will be even less likely to balance a budget now that he has to pay the new EMS director. The city of Omaha could have gotten another 4 years (at least) of free services out of Stothert. This is called cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face. An act of spite just cost the city at least $232,000. Of course, the real thing the Stotherts need to worry about now is getting audited by the IRS.

  45. The Legacy of McDonnell says:

    Deficit Spending and fighting hard for firefighters to collect cash on street corners on city time. A pretty big legacy a high school educated man.

  46. Anonymous says:

    People find ways of getting folks they want into particular jobs. Not a Democrat-only disease. If Stothert replaces the chief she’ll be accused of doing whatever Suttle did or might have done. Not sure how to get around that.

  47. Anonymous says:

    Unless the government or someone here has contributed genetic material to your offspring, then the care, feeding and education of your children is ultimately your own responsibility. Just as your freedom isn’t a gift from the state but springs from you, so too the responsibility to fund whatever you squirt out of your hips is ultimately yours. Granted, our society chooses to spread risk and benefits via taxation and spending, and it deems education a general benefit over ignorance. However, for the sake of all who gain little direct benefit from thier pockets being heavily picked to educate and care for your children, it is just good manners on your part to show some humility and gratitude. Because that money is earned by others and taken from them. Being good neighbors, many will not begrudge your children that, unless you act like your hand in everyone else’s wallet is your God given right.

  48. Anonymous says:

    “However, for the sake of all who gain little direct benefit from thier (sic) pockets being heavily picked to educate and care for your children, it is just good manners on your part to show some humility and gratitude.”

    In all sincerity, thank you all. That said, this bit – “all who gain little direct benefit from thier (sic) pockets being heavily picked to educate and care for your children” – is true of all of us, isn’t it? Those “who gain little direct benefit” were, early in their life, a useless pain in the ass. Just as they will be as they age. The appropriate response to those who take care of you is, once again, “thank you.”

  49. Ricky Fulton (@rickylee41) says:

    To the victor belongs the spoils. People did REALLY NOT like Mr shuttle. And I have not been avoiding Mr Street Sweeper. I am in Southern California on vacation with son Joel celebrating his graduation from law school. As for Justin Wayne it was hard for a political newcomer to defeat tea party money and right wing talk radio support to say nothing of the local rag carrying pro Wayne storied like how he saved somebody s life. What a joke he was the problem on the ops board. I hope mean jean does well for the city. Shuttle left it in good hands.

  50. Anonymous says:

    T & T, what is with this Matt Samp fixation? One might mistakenly think you have more interest in, if not affection for, Samp than our-soon-to-former-mayor. Of course each and every possible member of the Stothert administration has been thoroughly vetted for cleanliness. I guess that’s what the PI budget is for too, eh? One conservative to another: knock the Samp crap off once and for all, you and everybody else. ‘Cause I am going to be mighty upset if you politicos failed in you due diligence on the public’s behalf. Maybe you should take some DNA Samples?

  51. Political Novice says:

    “Knock the Samp crap off once and for all” commands the mighty ANONYMOUS. Unfortunately Mr. Samp entered the political world where everyone is fair game. He made himself a target by his actions and now must pay the consequences. One must be thick-skinned when dealing with politics where rumors and innuendo abounds.

    I’m curious – if T & T continues mentioning Mr. Samp you will do exactly what? Get upset?

  52. Anonymous says:

    Oh, no, not upset. That comes when “Samp” appears in the Stothert Administration to the “surprise” of all. It’ll be Obama and IRS writ small, and so avoidable. What are YOU going to do when that happens. scream like a girl?

  53. Political Novice says:

    Huh? I have no idea what you are going on about but I know I won’t be screaming about anything because no one in the political world will touch him with a ten foot pole (at least not in Nebraska).

  54. Anonymous says:

    One must be plain with simple minds. Are you certain there is no one in the Stothert camp like Samp? If there is, isn’t that Stother’s fault? I know, it’s hypothetical, but “what if?” Ounce of prevention, pound of cure, that sort of thing?

  55. Political Novice says:

    Ah, thank you all knowing ANONYMOUS for clearing that up for simple me. Now “hypothetically speaking” if there is someone in Stothert’s camp like Mr. Samp then they must suffer the consequences of their actions as well. With as dirty a race as this was I’m confident that such a person would soon be discovered and revealed. Anyone who enters the political arena should be aware that their past will soon come to light. I will assume our new Mayor is well aware of this.

    You know something we don’t? Spill it – we are all ears.

  56. Ninja Turtle says:

    I think T&T finally struck a nerve with a comment, but it has since been deleted. Come on, sweeps. Let the little guy have some fun!

  57. Tonic & Tonic says:

    I have a way with people, and there is no love for stamp on my end.
    My comment got deleted, I must have crossed a line. Sorry guys. Not sorry for thinking it, just sorry for crossing the line. This is a family blog, after all.

  58. Tonic & Tonic says:

    Seriously though,
    I spotted a major political operative from western NE in Omaha tonight. Wonder what’s up.

  59. unknonymous says:

    Is Terrible Terry Carpenter back from the grave. I know of no other “major political operative from western NE” since he passed away.

  60. A Request for Sweeper says:

    Please, please do not give names or email addresses of commenters here to the IRS even if Soros asks the IRS for a probe.

    Thanks

  61. ricky says:

    What will change in Omaha with the new Mayor? Hopefully not much.
    JS won’t get rid of the restaurant tax; it makes too much for the city. I wish she would stop the cig tax but she won’t because the big shots wanted it and now they have their cancer center which UNMC did not need and anyway could pay for themselves.
    The city council is controlled by the Dems, and I don’t think they will give the negotiating power for the public unions back to the Mayor’s office. It would not make a difference anyway because they just took 16 months to get a bad deal with the fire fighters union. Obviously contracts are negotiated not dictated. JS being Mayor won’t change that fact.
    JS could replace all the department heads. I wish she would can Planning Director Rick Cunningham as he is not great. He “blighted” my neighborhood so Nebraska Furniture Mart could get tax breaks for their office building. Like they need that. Same is true for the Ameritrade building in Old Mill.
    The city gave tax breaks to big corporations that do not need them so the average folk have to pay more. But the Republicans love doing that so TIF won’t change.
    Nothing much will change in Omaha under new management, which is a good thing. Ron Popp can sell those stothert mugs for 25 cents a piece and Omaha Steel Castings won’t change their mind.
    Skinner Bakery won’t get a better deal. Nothing will change and that is good.

    ricky from omaha

  62. Anonymous says:

    Hey Ricky—25 cents for a used mug is rather a high price. A few things might change….maybe some talk show hosts will realize they’ve been used an OPS Board member’s useful idiot. The cold rain story, saving a life and paying for the fireworks stories were a bit much in the Wayneing days of a campaign.

  63. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous May 15, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    I’m no lawyer, but any layman should realize that the state cannot delegate a constitutionally proscribed responsibility. They can give a local jurisdiction authority to run schools, but the state is ultimately responsible. No law can change that, only a constitutional amendment. RWP may excel at Chemistry, but very little else.

    Yep, that’s clearly true. You aren’t a lawyer. And neither is Orphan Annie who said, “Public education is not a “God given right,” Anonymous, above. It’s a constitutional right!.” The Constitutional mandate that the state provide free education is not an individual right of the student but an obligation for the Legislature to ensure their existence, which the Legislature can do by passing legislation requiring local school boards to have schools. The argument that it’s a non-delegable duty is the kind of thing you’d expect an (uninformed, blowhard) lay person to say.

    See, e.g., Kolesnick v. Omaha Pub. Sch. Dist., 251 Neb. 575, 558 N.W.2d 807 (1997) (No fundamental right to education exists in Nebraska. The term “free instruction” is construed in right to education cases as pertinent to the issue of the constitutionality of school financing, including collection of fees, tuition, and taxes.)

  64. RWP says:

    ell I guess RWP decided “the thread died” again, as habitual when he is shown to be wrong. (Or should I accuse him of lying, his own mantra to others?) Since I have brought to light RWP’s inclination to just make stuff up w/regard to Unicameral action and authority, I suggest that readers of this blog take his opinions about the state legislature cautiously.

    I’m seriously worried Texas Annie has a bit of an infatuation with yours truly. At 7 in the morning, 14 hours after my last words on the thread, she was fretting I hadn’t replied.

    I’m kinda relieved we don’t have a pet rabbit.

  65. TexasAnnie says:

    Bullshit, Anonymous May 17@ 12:46pm. You cite only a contrite opinion issued when OPS got too uppity. There are higher courts which think otherwise. I’ve been out power-shopping all day. What a ‘thrill’ to find that RWP thinks I missed him, HA!

  66. TexasAnnie says:

    Well my lawyer has gone to bed so I can’t give you a citation. But I can guarantee that when the state defines it’s constitutional obligation to individual students, such students DO HAVE RECOURSE in federal court! And Nebraska does have a record of defying it’s constitutional obligation to individual students. Too bad they are usually homeless or wards of the state and unable to get into federal court… But the state dare not, whether in Nebraska or Texas, cheat students with means to fight the malfeasance.

    So, Orphan Anonymous, I do hope you aren’t taking and usurping monies from folks who need defense of their constitutionally guaranteed right to a public education!

  67. Anonymous says:

    “When the state defines its obligation to… ”

    Thank you Mrs. Goebbles. Your faith in “the State” is as good as any anti freedom propagandist. If you are an example of public education, it isn’t very good.

  68. Anonymous says:

    Speak for yourself, Anon. I can tell the difference between State of Nebraska and the Axis. So can TexasAnnie. There are no signs of Fascism in NE, though we do have one guy on this blog happily reminding Democrats that they are somehow responsible for a Republican “one party” state. Monopolies are rarely a good thing.

  69. TexasAnnie says:

    Whew, another day of power shopping! I have a child who will be leaving the country this summer for whom I am helping make preparations. And thanks for the vote of confidence @9:59 directly above. I thought Anonymous @6:32 had flipped until I realized that I had erroneously edited my thought in my second post last evening. It should have read “When the state DENIES it’s obligation to…” I was editing my comment for brevity and failed to change the thought containing ‘defines’ for ‘denies.’ I made a mistake.

    You know it does little good trying to debate folks who must resort to name-calling to express their ideas. But to the OPS case cited by Anonymous @12:56 last evening, the case settled that local school districts cannot demand state aid, which is to be determined by the Unicam. If readers have kept abreast of the dispute between myself and RWP they will recall that the original premise concerned whether public education is a state responsibility or a local responsibility, with RWP assuming the later position. Obviously, since local districts cannot raise unlimited property taxes (the cap) nor demand what they want of state aid (the lawsuit), it is foolhardy to claim they are “responsible” for the educational mandate. RWP and any Anonymous who does not believe in the mandate (Neb. Const., Art. VII, Sec. 1) probably do not believe in Article III, Sec. 30 either. And while it is true that the State of Nebraska (the people) must be sued when the Unicam is errant in it’s constitutional duty, for those of us who believe in law, the moral imperative will suffice. I’m at a loss as to why anyone would regard my position as propaganda…

  70. Ricky Fulton (@rickylee41) says:

    I thought of one way the political landscape will be different in the mean jean regime: the Fat Burger King Guy s influence is greatly diminished. He put his money behind crabbity. What a mistake.why would anybody take his money? It is the kiss of death. And I heard he funded the anti stothert mailing in the PRI,art because he demanded mean jean not run but she did. And she won.
    For goodness sakes put a fork in the burger king guy.
    Ricky

  71. Anonymous says:

    When you hear someone yell “hey stupid” in a crowded room, don’t stand up and ask, “Who, me?”

  72. Chris Scott says:

    You predicted Suttle and Jill Brown would win so perhaps your endorsement is the kiss of death. Perhaps instead of predicting Suttle would win you should have taken the Suttle to “show” bet.

  73. RWP says:

    Obviously, since local districts cannot raise unlimited property taxes (the cap) nor demand what they want of state aid (the lawsuit), it is foolhardy to claim they are “responsible” for the educational mandate.

    This is gibberish. All tax is capped, ultimately by reality and the Laffer curve. It doesn’t eliminate any legal mandates. School districts in Nebraska are perfectly able to provide public education under the cap. Ditto for the school aid formula.

    TA’s position is that school districts are not responsible for providing free public education. That is nonsense on its face.

    The SJC has ruled that the State of Nebraska has fulfilled its constitutional mandate by creating school districts. There is no constitutional provision that it manage those districts; that would make nonsense of delegated powers.

  74. TexasAnnie says:

    Again, RWP is WRONG! Or maybe he’s LYING (in the manner he accuses others of lying when they disagree with him). See Article VII, Sec. 2 of the Nebraska Constitution. School districts, under supervisory authority of the State Department of Education, administer the state’s educational mandate defined in Article VII, Sec. 1. The educational mandate itself is not transferred, nor relieved of the legislature (i.e. the “responsibility” of the Unicam) as ELABORATED in Art. III, Sec. 30. NDE administers the laws established by the legislature and creates it’s own rules, which sometimes conflict with educational laws, at which time the rules must be brought into compliance. Educational authority by local districts is on down the chain of command.

    Note how RWP tries to deflect the premiss by stating that all tax is capped (while I refer to the specific property tax cap under Ben Nelson). RWP also employs alternate usage of the term “responsibility” (while I clearly refer to the Unicam’s constitutional duty). We can argue semantics all month but the fact remains: The Unicam RULES and is responsible for (has the duty to provide) public education in Nebraska, no matter how many supervisory declinations occur. This duty includes funding, hence my originally stated opinion that it is state monies which should be funding public education in Nebraska, rather than the property tax, which set RWP off on his semantic tangent as long ago as May 12, 7:45am.

    Usually folks on this blog give way to his bullying. I won’t!

  75. Anonymous says:

    Are you in Texas? Or are you not in Texas? Because you bitch and moan a lot about Nebraska for someone in Texas. And if not in Texas, why call yourself Texas? Are you in prison in Texas?

  76. Ricky Fulton (@rickylee41) says:

    I missed the local paper today. What page was the Justin Wayne story on? The story about how he bucked his fellow board members to be the only OPS board to be right and everyone else wrong. The story that mentions how he saved somebody s life and how that he had a special lady friend on the board and how he leaked info to lastatbar that didn’t really matter?

  77. Anonymous says:

    Ricky, you are still clueless …kind of like Chris Scott and the Hag from Norfolk …..you know Mrs JM….

  78. Chris Scott says:

    @3:45- She did quite well considering it is overwhelming Dem and Ind in the district and the candidate started with 150k in the bank. 37% for a person that was never in politics against a very well known and liked candidate is a great first showing.

    @4:49- referring to a woman as a hag really dates you. I am sure you are the cat’s meow compared to her. Are you one of those crabby old white guys that have been killing the GOP. You are the kinda guy that stays way too late at the party but do not possess the social skills to know you have overstayed your welcome. Awkward!

  79. TexasAnnie says:

    No constitutional expertise required by anything I wrote. All one needs is a rudimentary understanding of rhetoric (classical rhetoric, that is). Read your constitution folks! It’s instructive.

  80. Anonymous says:

    @Chris Scott- ummm still clueless…….but to be expected…..but you go on ahead and keep up the great insider gig you have going……heehe

  81. RWP says:

    The educational mandate itself is not transferred, nor relieved of the legislature (i.e. the “responsibility” of the Unicam) as ELABORATED in Art. III, Sec. 30.

    Once again; the mandate is executed by the creation of a set of school districts, under the administrative supervision of the Board and Department of Education.

    This duty includes funding, hence my originally stated opinion that it is state monies which should be funding public education in Nebraska, rather than the property tax, which set RWP off on his semantic tangent as long ago as May 12, 7:45am.

    No doubt you do. However, the Constitution quite clearly does not say this, even as it lays out other funds that must be used exclusively for free public education.

  82. RWP says:

    All one needs is a rudimentary understanding of rhetoric (classical rhetoric, that is).

    This is why lawyers generally have a BA in classical rhetoric rather than a law degree.

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