Has Heath Mello already outfoxed Pete Ricketts?

Heath Mello 01As we have discussed, and other media outlets have written, there is a push for “open”, non-secret votes for members of the various legislative committees in the Nebraska Unicameral. Publicly this has been pushed by the Nebraska GOP Chairman and the Douglas County GOP Chair.

But the one who has really been hammering this in the background, is Republican Governor-elect Pete Ricketts.

Ricketts knows, or at least better know, that for a committee like Appropriations, the Chairman and committee makeup can make or break how the state Government spends in the coming years. In a session where there could be items with huge price tags — HHS reform, prison reform, Medicaid expansion — there would be “no money left” for  Ricketts’ pet item, property tax relief.


As we noted, while the “open votes” have been discussed — essentially as a way to shame Republicans into voting for Republicans (which we agree with) — others think that the plan is going nowhere in a hurry. It would have to be the FIRST thing brought up when the legislature convenes, and most say the place would collapse if that happened.

So, assuming that plan is dead, what about the makeup of the most powerful committee in the legislature – Appropriations.

Here is what the presumed make-up will be:

2nd District Caucus:
Mello/Chair (D)
Hilkemann (R)
Nordquist (D)

1st District Caucus:
Kintner (R)
Bolz (D)
Morefeld (D)

3rd District Caucus:
Watermeier (R)
Davis (R)
Stinner (R)

The Chairman will likely remain Democrat Heath Mello (of South Omaha).

Tyson Larson, who was previously on Appropriations will be (was convinced to be?) Chair of the General Affairs Committee. This allows Al Davis of Valentine to move from Judiciary to Appropriations — and does not allow one of the more conservative freshmen to be on Approps.

So you have four Democrats: Mello, Nordquist, Bolz and Morefield.

And then you have the aforementioned Al Davis, who many consider to be “moderate” at best, and a RINO at worst. Most figure he will get along very well with Chairman Mello.

And another is the new state Senator John Stinner from Scotts Bluff County. Some consider him to be a moderate as well. He is thought to be someone who would not only get along with Mello, but was actually seen eating with Mello a few weeks ago at the Lincoln Country Club (small town, eh?). Sure people are allowed to eat with whomever they want, but the timing of those particular victuals is certainly interesting.


So while on paper the committee breakup is 5-4 Republicans, in reality it is 5-4 Dems, or on a good day for them, even 6-3. And this is in a legislature that has the most Republicans in it in generations. Somehow, the minority party is now (likely) in charge of the most powerful committee.

Is this super-duper “inside baseball” stuff?
Yes, yes it is.

But this is the sort of back room haggling that will absolutely make the difference in how the state spends money and on what. There is a reason Ricketts and the GOP are pushing for open votes.

The problem is that the fox that Ricketts was hoping to keep out, is already in the coop, lining up which chickens will come and go. We will see whether farmer Ricketts can control the farm he just took over.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Disagree with the headline that Mello outfoxed Ricketts. In any other state failure to take advantage of partisan dominance by influencing committees is the domain of the legislative branch and legislative leadership (something that doesn’t exist in Nebr) not the executive. Were Republicans or conservatives to attempt to introduce accountability there would be hell to pay in the OWH and LJS editorial pages over the GOP’s disgraceful trampling of our divinely-inspired, non-partisan legislature. Not really accurate to frame this as Mello-Ricketts as its Mello-whomever should be seen as a GOP leader in the Unicam.

  2. BTO is 14% says:

    Let’s talk more about how BTO can bring the success he had as Phelps County Chair where Domina got 14% of the vote to a statewide level.

  3. Curious George says:

    Bud, as the Chair of Chairs for the NDP you were responsible for all 93 counties and Domina didn’t win a single one of them. You were also a key person on Domina’s staff weren’t you?
    It seems the main thing that killed Bob Kerrey’s campaign in 2012 was the way he went after Deb Fisher’s relationship with her neighbor. That wasn’t Nebraska Nice and the voters buried Kerrey because of it. You and IO were the ones that hammered that nail into his coffin. Are you guys related, friends, or one and the same?

  4. Anon says:

    Who cares about Domina? He was put up to lose and he didn’t care because he would get months of free advertising for his legal practice. He didn’t plan to win and he campaigned like it.

  5. wakethehellup says:

    Are you all for real?

    This isn’t about a Unicameral full of Republicans who stupidly lets Democrats run it. Nor is it about Democrats running a Unicameral against an executive branch that will be Pete Ricketts. That is what you all are arguing, right?. You all focus on this irrelevant minutia.

    The problem isn’t Mello. It isn’t Ricketts. It isn’t even the invisible voting in the Unicameral. It is the Nonpartisan Unicameral itself. A single body with zero legislative check and balance.

    Without a second house mechanism inside legislation to check (not veto later on but rather stop foolishness within the legislative process itself) to thus force Senators not to act like monsters, babies and selfish idiots, this state’s laws are forever produced by monsters, babies and selfish idiots.

    You are arguing about how the car is being driven while the damn thing is missing a full set of wheels.

    Every non-partisan house always lacks necessary principle oversight and every unicameral always lacks necessary real-world-consequence oversight.

    Nebraska is guaranteed bad government because it has a Nonpartisan Unicameral.

    Even as pundits, you come to this with the typical Nebraska blindness that says you hope empowered people will magically do the right thing without normal constraints to do so. You might as well scream at a one legged man for not being able to run when you prod him.

  6. LB 405 says:

    I must have had too much Festivus punch, but how does open voting on chair affect who serves on the committee and the political make up of the committee?

  7. Brian T. Osborn. says:

    I am being pointed out as a failure because I spoke out against Vince Powers. Whoever my anonymous critic is, they must also consider every Democratic county chair that didn’t win for a candidate a failure; that would include 93 counties for the Senate race, 92 counties for the House races, 90 counties for the Governor’s race, 93 counties for the Treasurer’s race, 93 counties for the Attorney General’s race, and 90 counties for the Auditor’s race. And what of those 20 counties where Initiative 425 failed? Are those county chairs to be considered failures as well?
    I believe my critic has opened the door for anyone that seeks the truth about the problems endemic to the Nebraska Democratic Party. Individual county chairs play a small part in it, but those with the greatest resposibility are those at the top. Look to the NDP’s lack of leadership, starting with Vince Powers.

  8. Brian T. Osborn. says:

    Why would you want to increase the costs of governing our state? A two house Legislature would entail much more bureaucracy and probably require a new state office building to house the additional support staff, along with the infrastructure (desks, chairs, phones, computers, etc.,) salaries, benefits, and all the other required, and frivolous, things that they would claim to need.
    Why do we need to consistently write new bills anyway? We could reduce the cost of government by limiting the number of bills passed each session and have only one, not two, sessions for each Legislature. They’d have to prioritize their time a lot more efficiently. All of those superfluous bills would fall by the wayside and save us a forest or two worth of trees by not having to print them up.

  9. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Another thing my critic might want to consider is that if the NDP’s county chairs are the ones to be held responsible for failures, then they should also receive all of the praise for any successes. As it stands, the county chairs have but one voice in the governance of the NDP state party; the Chair of Chairs sits on the State Executive Committee. That’s it!
    Since the supreme governing body of the NDP, its State Convention, meets only once every two years, and is universally ignored immediately following its adjournment; the State Central Committee meets once every three months, and is universally ignored immediately following its adjournment; and the State Executive Committee meets once each month, and is universally ignored following its adjournment; who does that leave? The State Chair and his appointed Executive Director are responsible for everything that happens on a statewide level. Thus my criticism of Vince Powers.
    If Vince, the SEC, and the SCC would each actually do what those above them have directed them to do, in the way of the NDP Constitution, its Platform, and the various Resolutions passed, then the responsibility for both failures and successes could be shared. It is far too easy to dump the blame on the 93 county chairs for the ineffectiveness of all those others.
    I have served at all levels of the NDP, as county chair, as an officer of the CD3 Organization, as a delegate to the State Convention, the SCC and the SEC. I have witnessed the ineptitude at all levels and have fought against it at every step of the way. I am tired of it all.
    If an average Nebraska Democrat wanted to know the context of the resolutions passed by the NDP’s various bodies, where could they be found? The janitor has alredy taken the circular file out to the dumpster. All we get to hear about is all the undeserved, self-congratulatory backslapping coming from Vince’s fundraisers.

  10. Old Timer says:

    RWP is right about faking literacy and illiteracy, but a person of average intelligence seeing Bud Pettigrew’s writing for the first time would assume it was the work of a half-wit 4th grader trying to fake illiteracy.

    The ignorance of some people is almost beyond belief.

  11. Old Timer says:

    And now for something completely different.

    To RWP (we go to the same church), BTO, IO, Ricky, Bud, Macdaddy, Vince, Sweeper and everyone else who comes here, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Ricketts promoting partisan rancor. How novel. But? He saved Holy Name Schools! Maybe this legislature wants to work together instead of choosing party sides to snipe a war that gets nothing done like what we already have on Capitol Hill. God forbid any “leader” would want to work together for we the people. Rather, some back and forth bickering and fighting of one side against the other. Yeah, that’s worked great on a national level….helped to protect the border, right? Nobody can figure out what to do except tow the party line like sheep. If this is Ricketts working behind the scene? He isn’t much of a leader before he is even in office.

  13. Patrick Borchers says:

    The practice of voting in secret for these positions violates the First Amendment. The Supreme Court has ruled that everything from executions to legislative committee meetings to sexual assault trials has to be open, unless there’s a “compelling interest” in secrecy, such as national security. I am quite confident in saying that that there is no compelling interest in hiding from the voters who votes for whom for committee chairs and speakers. And if a Senator wants to vote for someone registered from another party, by all means be my guest — I just want an explanation. What we need is for someone from the press to demand that he or she be able to inspect the ballots as they are collected or that the clerk the read the votes aloud as they are put into the hat or box or whatever they use.

  14. BTO is an outcast among the outcasted says:

    I think it’s funny that Deena Province will gossip with and manipulate BTO and get him queued to attack alleged “establishment Democrats”, yet she launched her new PAC today, Nebraska Roots, and didn’t invite BTO to be a part of it because she knows how toxic and ineffective it is.

    Poor BTO, he just wants someone to be on his side.

  15. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Merry Christmas to you too, ya worthless P.O.S. @ 12:00 AM,
    It wasn’t enough that Vince sends his anal leeches to attack me, now he’s sicking them on a person who was most probably the most effective leader from the 3rd CD in a long time. Deena resigned from her position as Chair of the 3rd CD because she was sick and tired of receiving worthless promises of help with building the 3rd CD from Vince Powers. He lied to her repeatedly.
    At this point in time I have no interest in being involved with the NDP. The majority of the delegates to the State Convention demonstrated to me that they aren’t interested in doing what it takes to be a successful political party in this state. They are content with the status quo and enjoy going to meetings with the sole purpose of listening to their own voices. They spent hours haggling over the punctuation in resolutions that were going nowhere and they pretended they were shaking the earth. Our old friend, Kyle Michaelis, proved once again how enamored he is with his own voice as he presented a lengthy, multi-pointed resolution decrying Gov. Heinemann’s desire to lead The University of Nebraska. He may as well have pissed into the proverbial fan. It was a resolution with no there … there.
    My resolution to have the party actually DO something origionally stated, “The Chair and other officers of the NDP, will support and promote the legalization of medical marijuana.” Of course, the gathered delegates couldn’t pass a resolution that actually held anyone accountable, so they had to remove the wording that made the resolution anything but ephemeral. They removed the part holding the Chair and other officers responsible, and left it to the abstract “Nebraska Democratic Party” to get the job done. In other words they rendered my resolution just as impotent as all the others.
    Actually, P.O.S., Deena’s PAC has been out there for a while. As is typical for Vince’s minions, you are a day late and a dollar short. Everyone else has known about it for quite a while, and I was invited. I don’t know right now if I’ve got the time or energy for it, just as I haven’t for Bold Nebraska. I’ve got enough on my plate. I certainly hope that Deena’s endeavor is as successful as Jane Kleeb’s has been. It is apparent that to succeed at progressive politics in this state, you must do so outside of the framework of the NDP.

  16. American Legion Disgrace says:

    I wonder what people in the America Legion think about Brian T. Osborn. I’m sure he’s displayed the same sociopathic behavior towards their leadership like he does the NDP’s.

  17. Old Timer says:

    If the folks at the NDP spent one tenth of the time they spend trying to run off one rogue county chair in Phelps County on trying to find an active volunteer to serve as county chair in one of the 40-some counties with a nominal chair, at best, they might be able to win a state wide election some time in the future. As it is, the only Democratic candidates that ever win are those who keep a safe distance from the NDP.

    The NDP screwed Dave Domina by getting him to hire Jim Rogers as his first campaign manager. It took Domina less than a week to figure out that Rogers was a dud and he dumped him on Brad Ashford as fast as he could. As soon as Ashford figured out that he actually had a chance to win in the Second District, he hired a real campaign manager and locked Rogers in a small room and limited his duties to dealing with the NDP. The new campaign manager ignored both Rogers and the NDP. No one wonders why Ashford hired Amanda McGill to run his Omaha office instead of Jim Rogers.

    One doesn’t have to wonder why the NDP folks who post here concentrate on blaming Brian Osborn for Domina’s failure. Domina got an even lower percentage of the vote in 18 other counties. The NDP failed to find anyone in those counties willing to participate so there isn’t anyone in those counties to blame. That, and the fact that the Senate race was the only one where Phelps County didn’t out perform Cherry County, where Bud Pettigrew lead the Democrats to record defeats in every race.

    Most candidates learn way too late that with friends like Vince Powers and Bud Pettigrew they don’t need enemies. Congratulations to Brad Ashford for figuring it out before it was too late.

  18. Meanwhile, in real news says:

    Obamacare failed once again and your tax dollars have been flushed down a toliet. Iowa’s Insurance department took a look at the books of the Democratic created creature under Obamacare called CoOportunity and lo and behold found out it was broke. Keep in mind, this was the “success” story that Obama touted because they enrolled so many people. Welp, I guess if enroll people, you actually got to pay when these people get sick. So, your tax money in the form of “loans” are all gone. By the way, looks like these loans were about about as low interest as one can get. Hundreds of millions of dollars, simply gone.

    Thanks Obama.

  19. Orwell's ghost says:

    “U.S. police struggle to uncover threats on social media.”

    Consider what all this means. You get angry and momentarily speak ill of a President, or police, or any other authority on Facebook, Twitter, etc., even as a joke. Nothing as purposefully career-suicidal as Anthony Weiner’s wiener shot, but you simply having a text or verbal conversation with a friend, and law enforcement software is instantly associating your “threat” comment with your face and identifies your racial features. If you are Black you are screwed. Even if you are something else, it is still pretty damn bad. We aren’t talking about losing privacy. We are talking a SWAT team showing up in your bedroom, you reaching to defend yourself. and getting your brains splattered all over your children because of something you texted or said in a fit of anger.

    Facial recognition and data crunching software doesn’t care about political correctness. It has zero tolerance of excuses. Software simply looks at data on perpetrators, incarcerations and arrests. And as socially uncomfortable as it may be to say aloud, Obama’s and Holder’s own FBI data results published in 2011 show White youth crime/arrests about on par with Native American youth arrests, with Asian youth arrests half that, and Black youth arrests five times higher than that of White and Native American youths. Five times higher. Software profiling is instant and not subject to our human stupidity of twisting facts to coddle this group or ignore that group or fluff some other group. This is going to be ugly.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Orwell’s ghost @ 33. You might be right. But is that bad? If human rationality keeps civilization going and representative republics require conversational citizens as voters not be stupid, perhaps Suicide by Blabbing to Artificial Intelligence is the proper next step in the evolutionary necessity of cleaning our gene pool. In this new era of instant communication, humans need to evolve a more mature ability to not say whatever pops into their mind. That may put blogging pundits out of business.

  21. Anonymous says:

    It is so strange to see BTO on here attacking men, he usually just attacks women. It’s funny to see him on here attacking Jim Rogers, the political director of one of only 3 Democratic congressional races in the nation that successfully took down an incumbent in 2014. I guess Domina really showed Rogers. By the way, congratulations to Dave Domina on his whopping 31% of the statewide vote, how can we get him to come to more SCC meetings and tell us how we should operate?

  22. Anonymous says:

    #36, this is why I’m no longer on the NDP SCC. The organization is the most dysfunctional one I’ve ever been involved with. Instead of working to build the party and win a few more elections, they resort to personal sniping that serves no purpose other than to make the sniper feel better about itself. And most of the snipes border on libelous. Reality check: The Dems did not win the CD2 House seat; Lee Terry lost it. And the current occupant has mostly been a registered Republican in recent times (at least he got the seat, unlike Kate Witek). Jim Rogers is a nice guy, but he’s a prime example of the Peter Principle. Domina and Ashcroft figured this out right away and acted quickly and decisively, unlike past NDP chairs who did the opposite.

  23. Anonymous says:

    It is disgusting to see a former NDP SCC member going around telling people that Brad Ashford did not win CD2. That is an insult to Brad Ashford, the DCCC, his staff, the NDP, and thousands of other activists and donors. Maybe Domina and other candiates could have done better in some of these western counties if someone didn’t demand we schedule a SCC meeting out in the middle of nowhere the weekend before the primary election. I guess when you’ve never been part of winning election then forcing the top Democratic activists to drive to BFE the weekend before the primary instead of campaigning for great candidates like Mel Lutches in their own neighborhoods may not seem like a bad idea.

  24. There you have it says:

    That is the typical attitude of the NDP towards the 3rd CD. Anyone that doesn’t live in Lincoln or Omaha is considered to be nothing but a nuisance and a hick. What they don’t understand is that it is impossible to win statewide offices without a candidate receiving a large number of votes in the 3rd CD. They continue to see themselves as expert political activists when they are really just political asses.
    For those that don’t know, BFE means Bum Fuq Egypt. That is what they think of every place in this state that doesn’t fall within the metropolitan areas.

  25. Anonymous says:

    #38 proves my point. NDP = most dysfunctional organization ever. And it won’t get better until they start working in the reality-based world instead of their imaginary one.

  26. Republican Colaberators says:

    Heath Melo is being actively supported by Republican State senators. So is Burke Harr. Ricketts agenda is DOA

  27. Old Timer says:

    Anonymous at 3:12 PM,

    What winning Democratic campaigns have you worked on?

    Who scheduled that SCC meeting and where is this “BFE” you refer to? I can’t find it on a Nebraska map. I assume it must be someplace close to Omaha or Lincoln since you think Domina would have done better in “some of these western counties” if it weren’t for the untimely SCC meeting held in “BFE.”

    It looks like poor Mel, the two time loser, was having name recognition problems even with his biggest supporters. It’s Mel Luetchens, L-U-E-T-C-H-E-N-S. It’s notable that with all the support the NDP could muster up for Luetchens they couldn’t pull off a win against a carpet bagger from Ohio who doesn’t even have the respect of the other 48 members of the Legislature.

    Domina lost the vast majority of the rural counties in the primary to Larry Marvin. He would probably have done much better if he’d hired Larry Marvin for his campaign and avoided Jim Rogers, Bud Pettigrew and the NDP altogether.

  28. Anonymous says:

    The problem with the NDP is that people in CD3 all think they know what is best for the whole state, meanwhile their own counties are getting less than 20% Democrat support. If I was county chair of a county that Domina got 14% or 17% in, I would quit trying to focus on how things are done statewide and try focusing on what is happening in my own county. Get your county up from 17% to 25% or 30% then you can come to SCC talking trash.

  29. There you have it says:

    Well, Anonymous from the NDP, the NDP is neck deep in the cesspool and all of you experts in the big cities just keep digging the hole deeper and deeper. The only thing you can suggest is that everyone quit looking at what you are doing.

  30. Old Timer says:

    Anonymous at 5:15 PM,

    You’re just blowing smoke. You wouldn’t listen even if those rural counties met your threshold of 25 or 30%. I know that for sure because I know you ran off two county chairs in Box Butte County where they consistently produce some of the highest percentages for Democratic candidates in the western half of the state.

    If you understood what it took to formulate a winning strategy you’d stop running down all the volunteers in western Nebraska in counties that don’t produce 25% for a particular candidate. If you want a more honest assessment of the performance of the people volunteering their time in rural Nebraska you should probably check out what percentage of Democratic voters are turning out in those rural counties. I’m willing to bet that if you run the numbers it’s very likely that a majority of the counties in rural Nebraska have a higher percentage of Democrats showing up to vote in most elections than show up to vote in Sarpy, Lancaster or Douglas Counties.

    Maybe if you’d shut up and listened you could match their performance. You’re never going to win by driving them off.

  31. Brian T. Osborn says:

    There are only two counties in this state where Democratic registration exceeds that of the Republicans and they aren’t Lancaster and Douglas. There were zero counties, including Douglas and Lancaster that won for Domina, O’Hara or Stewart. There was one county that won for Ashford – Douglas. There were two counties that won for McGill – Lancaster and Saline. There were three counties that won for Hassebrook – Thurston, Saline and Burt.

    If only I had gotten my ass out there and convinced all of these Fox News watching, Rush Limbaugh listening Republicans in Phelps County to change their registration and begin to invest their time, and especially their money, in the Nebraska Democratic Party under its current leadership, then we would have won every race in every county.

    Winning the hearts and souls of the people isn’t just about knocking on doors, making phone calls, putting up campaign signs and distributing literature. It isn’t about just how much time you buy on tv and radio or how many print ads appear in the paper. It is about having ideas and programs that people can believe in. It is about having an organization that listens to the voices of the people when they speak up, rather than one that silences all voices that disagree with the “leadership” or attack them anonymously. It is about having a party that stands for something. The NDP doesn’t defend its Platform, it doesn’t obey its own Constitution, and every single resolution I have ever heard presented at the State Convention, State Central Committee and the State Executive Committee fell on the State Chair’s deaf ears and were never acted upon. The people in those organizations should all be calling for his head!

    The leadership of the Nebraska Democratic Party doesn’t stand for a damned thing, unless you call keeping me quiet as something. And they are failing even at that.

    OK. I’ll take my “mea culpa.” It was ALL MY FAULT!

    If only I had gotten my ass out there and convinced all of these Fox News watching, Rush Limbaugh listening Republicans in Phelps County to change their registration and begin to invest their time, and especially their money, in the Nebraska Democratic Party under its current leadership, then we would have won every race in every county.

  32. Why Phelps County Performs At 14% says:

    BTO says “Winning the hearts and souls of the people isn’t just about knocking on doors, making phone calls, putting up campaign signs and distributing literature.”

    What BTO doesn’t realize is that IS exactly what wins elections. That’s exactly what people in Lincoln and Omaha are doing, and that is why Democrats are winning elections in Lincoln and Omaha. Leslie Wiseman, Charlene Ligon, and John Yoakum just put their heads down and work their tails off, that’s why they are successful. BTO was never willing to do any of the hard work, that is why nobody takes him seriously and that’s why Phelps county, a county that Ben Nelson won in 2006, is failing.

  33. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Hey, I told you already, the entire failure of the NDP is MY fault! What more do you want from me?
    But I have to disagree with the part about Omaha and Lincoln winning. The Secretary of State’s website contains FACTS. Unfortunately they don’t corroborate your analysis.
    Oh, and Ben Nelson was a Republican, despite what you fools believed.

  34. Facts says:

    Brad Ashford, Burke Harr, Patty Pansing Brooks, Matt Hansen, Adam Morfeld, Jim Cavanaugh, Bill Avery, they all just won. That’s the fact jack! Now BTO, go back to cyber-bullying 86 year old women like Marion Bahensky like you’ve been doing for years.

  35. Brian T. Osborn says:

    The successes of the candidates you listed, “Facts,” are more indicative of the results of the people in the Lancaster County Democratic Party and the Douglas County Democratic Party than they are anything the NDP office can lay claim to. But that is Vince’s way. When things go well, he’s first in line to claim victory. When things go to hell in a handbag, it is the fault of anyone but him.

    Although the Secretary of State website doesn’t give a breakdown by party in the general election, I think one could infer, from the overall turnouts, an approximation of how well Lancaster, Douglas and Sarpy counties performed, compared to the rural counties, in voter turnout. As an example:

    #14 44.73% Sarpy
    #16 45.31% Douglas
    #21 47.83% Lancaster
    #61 55.97% Phelps

  36. Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner says:

    Brad Ashford, Burke Harr, Patty Pansing Brooks, Matt Hansen, Adam Morfeld, Jim Cavanaugh, Bill Avery, they all ran for office in places where Republicans comprise less than 50% of the registered voters. That’s the math jack! Now BTO, go pound your head against a brick wall – 68% of the registered voters in Phelps County are Republicans.

  37. Brian T. Osborn says:

    If you look at the statistics nationwide, you will see that practically anywhere there is a city with a university there is a predominance of Democrats. When you look at the same statistics for rural areas, you will note that Republicans abound. So what is your point, that you are really good at picking low hanging fruit?

  38. To, To #50 says:

    You left out #34. I realize that Dubas wasn’t the quality of Democrat that Marion Bahensky is, but her seat was also a nominal loss.

  39. Brian T. Osborn says:

    There are only four counties in the entire state of Nebraska where Democrats outnumber Republicans. They are: Saline, Greeley, Dakota and Thurston. That’s the math that you always want to pretend doesn’t exist. Now go back to cyber-bullying all the rest of Nebraska’s Democratic county chairs.

  40. Brian T. Osborn says:

    OK. I checked the SoS site for voter turnout during the primary elections. Here are how those same representative counties fared back then. This is a percentage of voters that turned out compared to registered voters.

    27.94% Phelps
    25.39% Lancaster
    16.55% Douglas
    13.97% Sarpy

    Just for comparison, here is how the Republicans turned out for the primary in the same counties.
    48.37% Phelps
    41.42% Lancaster
    32.77% Douglas
    28.61% Sarpy

    It looks to me like we could ALL use a little more GOTV, but don’t be telling me that we rural county chairs don’t do diddly, because the numbers prove otherwise.

  41. Old Timer says:

    BTO, please don’t start picking on poor 86 year old Marion Bahensky again. She’s slipping and can hardly hear any more, even in her coherent moments.

    Why don’t you go after some younger women? Peg, Charlene and Carol might make good targets.

  42. Brian T. Osborn says:

    I really don’t care to “go after” anyone other than those that I believe are most responsible for the failure of the Nebraska Democratic Party as a whole. Them and the jerks that insist on carrying Vince’s polluted water here on Leavenworth Street.

  43. Virginia RWP says:

    Mary Pipher, who in my mind’s eye looks like Mr. Van Driessen in a frumpy dress, wrote a column in the NYTimes, yesterday, bewailing the tribulations of being a ‘progressive’ in Nebraska. She exemplified the delusional mindset, in saying the Dems had run their best gubernatorial and Senate candidates in a quarter century. Well yes, if by ‘best’ you mean ‘most appealing to our tiny radical base’. An anti-GMO rural populist mired in the days of William Jennings Bryan and George Norris, and a rich lawyer who took uncompromizing positions of every issue, was currently suing Nebraska taxpayers on behalf of rich famers, and had recently represented a war criminal. The only reason they didn’t lose by even more is it wasn’t worth the money or trouble to run negative ads against them.

    Meanwhiile Mary says they’ll stand by their ‘progressive ideals’ which are moar spending on schools and universities, Medicaid expansion, the death penalty, ‘immigration reform’ and locally grown food. A real batch of winning issues there.

    In Mary’s words “We have lost almost every battle. However, we have kept the Keystone XL pipeline out of our state and country for five years.”

    Yeah, real success there.

  44. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone doubt that “Old Timer” is BTO? Go ahead and add Peg, Charlene, and Carol to the list of women that BTO can’t stop harassing and bullying. What happened to BTO as a child that causes him to lash out at women so much?

  45. Interested Observer says:

    RWP, I read that this morning and had the same reaction that you did. Ultimately, the tail does NOT get to wag the dog. Especially since the tail is opposite of the actual decision making end of the dog!

  46. Anonymous says:

    Ask David Hahn’s campaign if BTO worked for them, and why he was let go. His campaign manager will tell you he was let go for simply being “too crazy.”

  47. Old Timer says:

    I’m not Brian Osborn. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that Vince’s band of half wit defenders refuse to believe that. On the positive side it’s an indication that they don’t have enough hate in their souls to include anyone else in their paranoid delusions. That said, it’s probably not a good sign that they lack enough imagination to consider the possibility that there are quite a few active and formerly active Democrats in rural Nebraska that agree with his message.

    I don’t always agree with his style but I can respect his honesty.

  48. BTO Knows Best says:

    BTO since you know so much, please name me one time an elected official has ever called you for advice? Either policy advice or political advice? Since you call yourself “Old Timer” and you know so much about how the NDP should operate, please name an elected official that will even be scene in a picture with you? Truth is, BTO has nobody he’s ever helped actually get elected.

  49. BTO Knows Best says:

    BTO since you know so much, please name me one time an elected official has ever called you for advice? Either policy advice or political advice? Since you call yourself “Old Timer” and you know so much about how the NDP should operate, please name an elected official that will even be scene in a picture with you? Truth is, BTO has nobody he’s ever helped actually get elected.

  50. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Why don’t you put YOUR name above your comment, tell us how many campaigns YOU have won, and then, once you’ve established some non-fictional credentials, come back and ask me the question again? All you have established so far is that you are capable of flinging excrement and re-cycling fiction. Are your attacks against me the only thing that makes your miserable life worth living? So sad.

  51. Anonymous says:

    Country mile, Would that be Seward Mayor and Legal Council for the Nebraska Legislature’s General Affairs Committee, Joshua Eichmeir,?

  52. Brian T. Osborn says:

    BTOKB, I do recall a time that Senator Johanns called me to discuss some issues concerning wind power. At that time I was working as a technical writer on a voluminous report for the entity that oversees the electrical power grid for the eastern half of the United States and Canada. What were you doing back then, fantasizing that were actually a “political strategist” just because you could read a script over the phone and deliver yard signs?

  53. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Oh, and if Sweeper would let me post a photo I have a relatively recent photo of myself together with David Hahn and his running mate, Steve Loschen. We’re still friends.
    God! You are pathetic!

  54. Lil Mac says:

    Unlike other creatures, because we evolved to speak words, our throat construction is such that we can choke to death on our own sputtering. Because we walk upright our pelvic structure makes birth problematic (rather like riding in an elevator with the door beneath you, a dangerously silly physical arrangement). And our vaunted cerebral excess of neurons that gives us the ability to imagine beyond ourselves, even to the point of imagining we are more than a recent experiment of nature, leaves us so spectacularly conceited that we refuse to grasp that our existence on a geologic/cosmic scale will at most be the blink of an eye.

    The lesson is, stop and smell the roses because we all will be pushing up daisies soon enough.

    Coincident to that, do please have a Happy New Year and don’t take politics too seriously. For it doesn’t even know you or I exist.

    On a parting note, and for perspective, look in the mirror and realize now many generations you embody; perhaps million or billions of lucky bastards who escaped long enough to procreate another lucky bastard, and so on, since the very beginning back when your self-replicating proto-strand of DNA first hoped to someday grow into a full-fledged bacteria. — Oh, God, Martha, our neighbors have flagellum… FLAGELLUM!… and all we can do is squirt. Life just isn’t fair!

    Happy New Year.

  55. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Great post Lil Mac. But the part of evolution that I love the most is that somewhere in that process we developed a sense of humor. I like to think that encompasses snark.

  56. Anonymous says:

    If we change the legislature to nonpartisan, how could good Republicans like John Murante agree to support Democrats like Sara Howard in exchange for their votes for his quest to be a committee chair?

  57. Anonymous says:

    A. Count how many members of the Unicameral are registered to vote as a party member.

    B. Count how members of the Unicameral are registered to vote as “non-partisan”.

    If A minus B equals a positive number, then the NE Legislature is in fact partisan. It may not be deemed officially partisan by law, but then again State Senators may officially be deemed to be unicorns. Law is only as rational and pertinent as those who enact it when they enact it.

  58. Unknonymous says:

    Most of the battles in the Legislature don’t come down to Republican or Democratic stands. They’re either about the urban rural split or an Omaha Lincoln split.

    Looking at Sweeper’s projections for membership on the Appropriations Committee, it looks like the real loser is going to be Lincoln. Bolz and Morefeld aren’t the strongest players they could have fielded for the Committee.

    The rural contingent is slightly stronger. Watermeier, a farmer, Davis, a rancher and Stinner. a banker from Scottsbluff, all three have a good understanding of the issues important to the agriculture industry.

    If Governor Ricketts number one priority is property tax relief, he couldn’t ask for a stronger supporter on the committee than Davis. He campaigned strongly to reduce the undue burden property taxes place on farmers and ranchers.

  59. Anonymous says:

    The best highlight from the Domina campaign was the September 27th World Herald story “Democratic Senate candidate Domina open to legalizing marijuana” and the picture has Domina with with a big pie-eyed grin, looking like he just got done taking a huge bong rip. For a good laugh, google it up.

  60. Anonymous says:

    How about all that “evidence” that Jon Bruning keeps on hand for prosecuting his big case agaist Colorado? Or is he more of a Big Pharma kind of guy?

  61. Not Frank LaMere says:

    If the new AG wants advice on how to handle Bruning’s case against Colorado all he needs to do is go ask the tribal government on the Pine Ridge Reservation how they dealt with Nebraska selling alcohol at Whiteclay.

  62. Anonymous says:

    Nebraska should stop all subsidies and instead give farmers tax breaks only to grow marijuana. Cover the entire state with it. Sell the entire crop on off-election years and get so rich we do away with taxes. The each November during election years light a brush fire in the upwind corner of the state.

  63. Anonymous says:

    Nebraska has plenty of alcoholic, tobacco-using elected officials and voters. But ALL Nebraskans, even the non-users, love raking in the tax dollars that all Nebraskans get from alcohol and tobacco sales killing people with drunk driving, emphysema, cirrhosis and cancer.

    Profiting from addictive killer drugs is a beloved longstanding tax industry in Nebraska.

    Most of you will drink on New Years Eve. All of you profit by selling smoked cancer. Then you hypocritically bitch about even medical marijuana.

    There is such a thing as closed-angle glaucoma leaving one suddenly within moments permanently blind. A bitter epiphany to be sure. But that is apparently what it takes for some people to open their eyes.

  64. Brian T. Osborn says:

    There is a plethora of medical conditions whose effects can be ameliorated by judicious use of medical marijuana. Among them: muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis – nausea from cancer chemotherapy – poor appetite and weight loss caused by chronic illness, such as HIV, or nerve pain – seizure disorders – Crohn’s disease – headaches – and the aforementioned glaucoma.

    I have a couple of friends that could benefit from its use; one has MS, the other Parkinson’s. The VA has me on a prescription drug in an attempt at keeping glaucoma at bay.

    Two of the major reasons marijuana remains illegal are the drug companies and the alcohol industry. Marijuana is already a legal drug in all states, it is approved by the FDA only in the form of very expensive, corporate produced, pharmaceuticals – Marinol (dronabinol) and Cesamet (nabilone.) The big pharmaceutical companies don’t want to lose their exorbitant profits to a homegrown remedy. The distillers don’t want people to have an alternative to their product for modifying mood and increasing sociability. They could lose some of the vast profits they attain from marketing their beverages if people begin to prefer using what they can grow in their own backyards.

    Twenty three states and the District of Columbia have already legalized medical marijuana; those states are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Several other states have CBD-Specific laws which allow the use of marijuana that is high in cannabidiol (CBD,) one of the medically useful components, but low in the high inducing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC.) Those states are: Utah, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. Nebraska, as always, has a “wait and see” attitude. We’re always dragging our feet into the future. Maybe that is why our best and brightest seem to leave the state for more progressive opportunities.

    As I have stated before, the legally elected delegates from all 93 counties to the “supreme governing body of the NDP,” its State Convention, voted UNANIMOUSLY in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. The NDP’s Chair, Vince Powers, has done absolutely diddly squat to “promote and support” what he was directed to do by his bosses. He needs to be fired.

    This is an issue that the NEGOP should take up. It would probably have a lot more support from its constituents than it might think. It would probably receive universal support from Nebraska’s Independents and Libertarians. It might even sway some Democrats.

    As for recreation marijuana? It might be time to legalize that too. I would think that fiscal conservatives would see the benefits of legalizing marijuana even for recreational uses. The crime rate in Colorado went down while its tax revenue went way up. They aren’t spending millions on enforcing a law that has little effect, they are saving millions by eliminating the arrests, trials and incarceration of people that really are doing less harm to society than tobacco and alcohol users do.

    Jon Bruning is, once again, grandstanding to assuage his own ego, but Nebraska’s taxpayers are the ones that continue to fund his habit of tilting at windmills. How many millions will his current battle with Colorado cost us? It is an expensive fight that he is destined to lose.

    Nebraska should also be looking into legalizing industrial hemp. Congress has already given us the right to do so. It was in the Ag Bill that they passed in this last session. Hemp is a product that uses less water, fewer chemicals and has a variety of uses that make it a very profitable plant. Nebraska could institute legislation that not only allows the production of hemp, it could lead the way in promoting industries that convert it into commercially viable products.

  65. A Swerve Into the Ditch says:

    BTO really swerved into the ditch on the above post. Please show me ONE, even one, aliment that the FDA has approved the use of marijuana. Yet everyone seems to have a friend who really needs it for runny noses, coughs, erectile dysfunction, canker sores, whatever. It is all a fraudulent attempt to get marijuana made legal so dope heads can get stoned and drive while stoned with no consequences.

  66. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Knee-jerk Reactionist above,
    Did you bother to look up dronabinol and nabilone, as I posted above? They are both FDA approved pharmaceuticals that are derived from the marijuana plant. Of course, for you to do so would mean that you would have to actually do some work, and it would require you to have an open mind. We all know how difficult that would be for you. And please prove your assertion about getting stoned and driving. No, Faux News reports are not corroborating evidence.

  67. Brian T. Osborn says:


    Don’t take my word on it. Here is the American Medical Association’s stand on medical marijuana:

    (Sorry for the cut and paste job, Sweeper, but it is the only way)

    AMA Policy: Medical Marijuana

    (1) Our AMA calls for further adequate and well-controlled studies of marijuana and related cannabinoids in patients who have serious conditions for which preclinical, anecdotal, or controlled evidence suggests possible efficacy and the application of such results to the understanding and treatment of disease.

    (2) Our AMA urges that marijuana’s status as a federal Schedule I controlled substance be reviewed with the goal of facilitating the conduct of clinical research and development of cannabinoid-based medicines, and alternate delivery methods. This should not be viewed as an endorsement of state-based medical cannabis programs, the legalization of marijuana, or that scientific evidence on the therapeutic use of cannabis meets the current standards for a prescription drug product. (New HOD Policy)

    (3) Our AMA urges the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to implement administrative procedures to facilitate grant applications and the conduct of well-designed clinical research into the medical utility of marijuana. This effort should include: a) disseminating specific information for researchers on the development of safeguards for marijuana clinical research protocols and the development of a model informed consent on marijuana for institutional review board evaluation; b) sufficient funding to support such clinical research and access for qualified investigators to adequate supplies of marijuana for clinical research purposes; c) confirming that marijuana of various and consistent strengths and/or placebo will be supplied by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to investigators registered with the Drug Enforcement Agency who are conducting bona fide clinical research studies that receive Food and Drug Administration approval, regardless of whether or not the NIH is the primary source of grant support.

    (4) Our AMA believes that effective patient care requires the free and unfettered exchange of information on treatment alternatives and that discussion of these alternatives between physicians and patients should not subject either party to criminal sanctions. (CSA Rep. 10, I-97; Modified: CSA Rep. 6, A-01)

  68. Brian T. Osborn says:

    I underwent some surgery at the VA facility in Omaha this past summer. The care I received was excellent and Nebraska should be proud of the way it cares for its veterans.
    I did suffer some post operatic problems and I received Hydrocodone and Morphine to combat the pain associated with it. These are not Schedule 1 drugs despite both being highly addictive. I would have preferred to use a more natural pain relieving substance, such as medical marijuana, but the VA cannot prescribe it, not even in Colorado, because of the DEA says that it has no currently accepted medical treatment use.
    The FDA in their report, FDA and Marijuana (those who want the facts can Google it,) states, “…the FDA supports those in the medical research community who intend to study marijuana.”

  69. Brian T. Osborn says:

    So, take the word of a coward that hides behind a phony name, or take the word of the American Medical Association and that of the Federal Drug Administration.

  70. Anonymous says:

    #94, Ignorance is a terrible disease, prevalent among a large portion of Nebraskans. Especially those that post drivel here. It’s why my daughter, who’s attending Stanford, will not permanently return to this state. California, or some other progressive, non-ignorant state will get her future, substantial tax dollars.

  71. Old Timer says:

    Shame on you BTO. If you’d been dutifully watching the activities of the Legislature on NET-2 last year instead of running around flogging old, fat and senile ladies; half-wit children in the NDP office; and very important people like Bud Pettigrew and Vince Powers, you’d know that LB1001, sponsored by Norm Wallman, passed and was signed by the Governor. LB1001 legalized growing industrial hemp in Nebraska.

  72. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Sorry, Old Timer, but to be effective we’d have to claim every farm in Nebraska is a “post-secondary institution.” It is a step in the right direction, but once again our Legislature is dragging its knuckles. LB1001 doesn’t open hemp up to full scale cultivation on the same level as corn, soybeans and wheat. It should have, but it doesn’t.

    If “A Swerve Into the Ditch” were really concerned about dope heads driving stoned with no consequences, then he/she should be more concerned about the prescription drugs that doctors write for them. Imagine how many of the drivers coming at you at a combined speed of 150 mph on I-80 are buzzed out of their gourds on anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, weight loss pills, cold medicines, sleeping pills, etc. They ignore the warnings about driving or handling heavy equipment, and many have exacerbated the problem by stopping by their favorite watering hole for a couple of beers on their way home from work. What they are doing is LEGAL!

    A pot smoking hippie will be at home, eating Oreos and watching TV.

  73. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Sorry again, Sweeper, for doing an extensive cut and paste job here on Leavenworth Street, but the following is, I feel, a very good representative example of why I support the medical marijuana issue as fervently as I do. The author was Gustin L. Reichbach, a justice of the New York State Supreme Court in Brooklyn. He died less than two months after writing the article.
    … … …
    A Judge’s Plea for Pot – 2012-05-17 – New York Times

    Three and a half years ago, on my 62nd birthday, doctors discovered a mass on my pancreas. It turned out to be Stage 3 pancreatic cancer. I was told I would be dead in four to six months. Today I am in that rare coterie of people who have survived this long with the disease. But I did not foresee that after having dedicated myself for 40 years to a life of the law, including more than two decades as a New York State judge, my quest for ameliorative and palliative care would lead me to marijuana. My survival has demanded an enormous price, including months of chemotherapy, radiation hell and brutal surgery. Inhaled marijuana is the only medicine that gives me some relief from nausea, stimulates my appetite, and makes it easier to fall asleep. The oral synthetic substitute, Marinol, prescribed by my doctors, was useless. Rather than watch the agony of my suffering, friends have chosen, at some personal risk, to provide the substance. I find a few puffs of marijuana before dinner gives me ammunition in the battle to eat. A few more puffs at bedtime permits desperately needed sleep. This is not a law-and-order issue; it is a medical and a human rights issue. Being treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I am receiving the absolute gold standard of medical care. But doctors cannot be expected to do what the law prohibits, even when they know it is in the best interests of their patients. When palliative care is understood as a fundamental human and medical right, marijuana for medical use should be beyond controversy.
    … … …

    I ask every single one of Sweeper’s readers this question, “If your mother, father, sister, brother, wife, child, lover or friend were sick and suffering, would you not give them whatever it took to alleviate the pain, or the symptoms, they were experiencing? Given the choice between expensive prescription drugs that have extensive deleterious side effects (Hell, listen to any of the tv ads for them!) or a naturally occurring plant that can be free and has the side of effect of increased hunger … which would you choose, and why?

    As for the question of morality concerning pot, recognizing that many of you are Christians, I give you the definitive word from the mouth of God Himself, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” (Genesis 1, 29)

    I can’t wait for “A Swerve Into the Ditch” to argue with THAT guy!

  74. Wishful Thinking says:

    Hopefully BTO won’t be able to scrape together $30 for gas money for the 2016 NDP convention. The break from him in 2012 was nice.

  75. To Wishful Thinking says:

    Don’t worry about BTO finding the $30 to get to the 2016 state convention. I’m sure Lisa Hannah, Marion Bahensky and Deb Quirk will all chip in $10 so they can continue to pretend he hurt their delicate feelers. Their wounds seem to be the only thing they have to offer.

  76. Coach Ron Brown says:

    Well, just a note to the L St reader bunch after my last game as a Husker coach!
    Looks like good old G O D let me down on this one and his will be done I’m gone outta here.
    No matter; I can move onto my ministry and convert people over to the righteous,
    Damn I knew we should have called Ameer’s number on those last plays but golly we thought we’d use him on a decoy.
    Man I am pretty surprised we all got canned tell you the truth.
    God and his son Jesus must have some awesome plans for us down the road.
    And I knew I was right about those gays wanting to get married anyway.
    If I go I have it on good authority that the new guy from Oregon would not turn his back on prayer circles and bible study before class in the morning.
    But God damn! Whoops I let BO’s influence get the better of me; I mean gosh darn, my ears sure did hurt when that wacko Pelini was in charge.
    Anyway all the L St readers are invited to join my ministry and make donations right away.
    Time to move on.

    Coach Ron Brown

  77. Unemployed In Holdrege says:

    Why doesn’t BTO just borrow some gas money from all the mafia chieftains he’s been bragging about being connected to? Come on BTO, tell us all how you were in the Air Force in Sicily and all your mafia connections.

  78. Homeless in Colorado says:

    There are a lot more of us since Colorado fell for the BTO crap and “legalized” weed. Ah yes, that’s just what Nebraska needs….a bunch of new homeless people who moved here just because we made it legal to be a dope head in Nebraska. Yep, that’s what we want. Perhaps the legislature could have BTO come and testify at a hearing on legalizing weed, and then when it becomes legal, the legislature could use the business incentive laws to take money from hard-working, taxpaying, and sober citizens to fund the production and marketing of dope right here in Nebraska. Ah yes, that’s what we need. As for anon at 2:12, perhaps it would be best if your daughter stays in California.

  79. TexasAnnie says:

    Greetings Y’ALL! Hope your holiday travels and parties were as grand as mine.

    I see a few new posts have been presented since my absence. I haven’t time to read the comments, but I can see by this post that y’all aren’t considering the subject at hand anyway. Sooo…here’s my message of importance: Y’all should take care of those unable to care for themselves (i.e. developmental disabilities). Why not make 2015 the banner year to finally close out those waiting lists for services? If there’s not enough tax revenue for that, and, property tax relief, and more “economic development,” here’s a solution—> Put graduating high schoolers on waiting lists to enter postsecondary institutions!!!

  80. Anonymous says:

    As for anon at 2:12, perhaps it would be best if your daughter stays in California.
    Yes, she’d rather her taxes go to and benefit rational people who can think and not just blindly follow ideology. Since I’m sure that she’ll pay in far more in taxes than she’ll receive back from the government, this has the added benefit of increasing your taxes in the long run.

  81. Tonic & Tonic says:

    I skimmed some of the drivel that these dems who have taken over the Lst. comment section wrote and all I can do is shake my head in disbelief.

    One of the commenters was correct in noting that DCRP is not the most dysfunctional organization in the state. Good to know.

    I’d like to add that I am quite fascinated with the democrat obsession over fox news. That’s seemingly their most popular rebuttal, “Oh, but you wouldn’t know anything because all you do is watch fox news!!!”. I pride myself on being one of CD2’s farthest right constituents and can honestly type that I haven’t watched a single second of Fox news, nor have I visited their website, in many moons (I made a reference to an old Indian phrase, I must be racist).

    Please dems, tell me, should I start yelping about MSNBC every time you make an argument that I don’t like?

  82. Tonic & Tonic says:

    BTO, WTF do you know? All you do is watch MSNBC all day waiting for them to tell you what to think!

    Hey, this is kinda fun!

  83. La Cosa BTOstra says:

    I guess that’s how big mafia guys like BTO operate, sitting in front of a computer cyber-bullting 86 year old women.

    Hey BTO what do you think real mafia guys think of people like you who show so much contempt for women?

  84. WARNING says:

    Republicans, take note. What you are seeing on this thread is the result of the Democratic Party insisting on gender balance for party positions and allowing extra representation on the Executive Committee through special “minority” Caucus seats.

    No one seems to be able to give an example of what BTO did or said to this deeply wounded “86 year old woman,” but it has become a battle cry for some members of the Women’s Caucus.

    Gender balance means some people get a protected seat at the table when they aren’t qualified to hold the position. The end result is that any time one of the protected incompetents is challenged for any reason they start screaming that Mr. X, Y or Z doesn’t treat women right. They aren’t willing to debate their opinions and ideas in the open. As members of a special class they feel they should go unchallenged in all things.

    The Women’s Caucus and gender balance in the NDP is a perfect example of affirmative action at it’s worst.

  85. Anonymous says:

    I’m just going to throw this out there real quick: Cyber bullying is a bullshit term made up by the litigation happy class who really just needed another reason to bitch.
    Bullying on the playground is near impossible to ignore as it can easily escalate to wedgies.
    Workplace bullying… well it doesn’t happen all that frequently but I suppose it would be a tough situation if one were genuinely concerned for his or her own safety.

    Cyber bullying on the other hand has got to be the most ridiculous thing I’ve read on the Lst comment section. Nobody forces the “victim” to open emails or view facebook comments etc etc etc… In fact, nobody is forcing the “victim” to even participate in the use of the social media where “cyber bullying” takes place. If you don’t like something, then stop participating in the forum where it takes place.

    I remember during the Omaha mayoral race when the anonymous anti-jean account tweeted some pretty cruel/graphic stuff (another example of dems being good to women and standing against cyber bullying if there were such a thing). A Republican friend of mine mentioned filing charges and alleging cyber rape. I wanted to smack him.

  86. Anonymous says:

    I’d like to amend my previous post. Where I wrote, “If you don’t like something, then stop participating in the forum where it takes place” what I was really getting at was that the “victim” should simply ignore the words typed on the screen. Nobody is going to give you a wedgie or smack you around for ignoring the hurtful comment/email/message/tweet. And unlike democrats, if you ignore bullies, they will go away.

  87. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Tonic, I only get what my rabbit ears pick up. I have neither sattelite or cable. Nice try though. Hope you are having fun playing with yourself.

  88. Question says:

    Is it still cyber bullying when an elderly woman passes around emails she has edited to make them look much worse and refuses to reveal the emails she sent that provoked the “abusive” edited responses?

    I’d call it outright fraud designed to generate undeserved sympathy.

  89. Anonymous says:

    It’s never cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is not a real thing. But if those emails she circulates are in fact edited, why doesn’t the accused produce the originals?

  90. Licoln Police Bulletin says:

    Please be on the look out for a Homeless 60 year old white male, with black and grey hair, approximately 5’9″ in height wearing an Army Ranger Jacket and Red Husker Hoodie. He was last seen trying to break in to the new NU President’s mansion and screaming “this is my home”. The man may be armed and was last seen pushing a shopping cart full of his belongings and a bag of Golf Clubs.

  91. BTOlio Iglesias says:

    To all the women I’ve cyberbullied before….
    who I maliciosly attacked on the NDP SCC floor…
    I’m glad they came along…
    I dedicate this blog….
    to all the women I’ve harrassed and intimidated before!

  92. TexasAnnie says:

    THANX Anonymous contributor at 2:16! Be assured that your advice falls on deaf ears to whatever extent YOU, yourself, have failed to hear the agony of those pitiful, disabled beings neglected by YOUR indifference. I saw them virtually daily while living among “you all.” I wish I could forget the images of those unkept, twisted bodies. I wish I could take comfort in knowing they have warm clothes to wear, quality food to eat, and a truly guaranteed ‘constitutional guarantee’ of a public education. But alas, until my memory fails, I am destined to suffer this experience of the hearts of Nebraskans…

  93. Brian T. Osborn says:

    If I truly were a mafioso, parts of your body would already have been found scattered around your home town, and the rest of you fed to the pigs, while you were still alive.

  94. BTOlio Iglesias says:

    Yeah, we know you aren’t in the mafia, you are just a lonely guy who spent years bragging about having mafia connections since you thought it would impress people. Also, you have an unusual hatred towards women.

  95. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Having lived in Sicily doesn’t make one a Mafioso any more than having lived in Mississippi makes one a member of the KKK. Get your hand out of your pants and get a life.

  96. Brian T. Osborn says:

    It was a lame attempt at humor, similar to the crap my stalker has been posting about me. I appologize, Annie. But, then again, you know how much I hate women. (sarcasm intended)

  97. TexasAnnie says:

    The participants here often spend so much effort denigrating one another, one should hardly consider the use of Y’ALL offensive. Yet as you can see, that’s the criticism I get.

    I don’t recall your efforts from my time there but then it was before Leavenworth St. came on line. I understand that you were a Democrat. There were two Democrats, Deb and Deb, who did try to help the wards of the state with disability. I wonder what became of them… Do you know of whom I speak?

  98. Brian T. Osborn says:

    Deb Quirk was, at one time, the Chair of the NDP. She is currently the Associate Chair of the NDP 3rd CD. We’ve had a rocky history, with good reason, but I’m hoping that she has since seen that many of the problems come from those in Lincoln and Omaha and that she will now fight for what is right for the 3rd District.
    The other might have been Deb McGee. She’s been active for many years.

  99. Anonymous says:

    Oh Goody a blog taken over by BTO and some clown allegedly from Texas. Clear back someone said Bill Avery won. What did he win? He was termed out.

  100. Lincoln Police Bulletin says:

    Update: The Homeless man we reported on earlier, is now showing up to Lincoln Corporate Offices and demanding he be placed on their Board. He was last seen hitchhiking on Hwy 6 with a sign saying “FREMONT or BUST”

  101. Anonymous says:

    Why would they do that? I’m sure that they are mostly more mature than you have shown yourself to be, what with all of your anonymous cyber bullying of him for a couple of weeks now. He’s a pain in the ass but you are a bigger one.

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