Once again, this will be Leavenworth St.’s open discussion Friday, in honor of Reagan Republican Senator Carl Curtis.
Feel free to toss out your thoughts on conservatives, or otherwise!
At least one new name needs to be added to our list of potential #NE02 GOP candidates for 2016: Josh Weir.
Weir is an Omaha criminal defense attorney, and a big supporter of Governor Ricketts. He has also written a few lengthy comments here on Leavenworth St., to get an idea of his positions on topics of the day.
**UPDATE at 4:30pm**
On social media, a Weir family member says that any run by Josh is “news to them.”
**UPDATE at 9:15pm**
I want to apologize to Josh Weir and his family, as I got my wires crossed on my information. I have NOT heard that he is running for Congress, and for now we can leave it at that.
We have a little more news on expansion/contraction of the list of potential candidates in #NE02, but we will leave that for this coming Monday.
Be sure to check back.
Legislative Bill 350, which would reduce the valuation of ag land for tax purposes from the current 75 percent of actual value to 65 percent, failed to make it out of the Legislature’s Revenue Committee.
This item was a major priority for Governor Ricketts, and yet this early in his admin, has already been stymied.
As we noted before, we have heard complaints that the Governor and his staff are not working issues — there is no administration presence in the rotunda with the rest of the lobby. There has even been word that they are not allowed to “lobby” in the rotunda. The rotunda is where legislative work happens.
So tere is nobody driving a legislative agenda from the corner office?
And this from what is supposed to be one of the most conservative legislature’s in Nebraska history?
We hope the Governor and his team start playing offense as these bills start really coming down the line — death penalty, medicaid expansion, gas tax, etc.
So far they’ve been rolled on Voter ID, Winner Take All, now LB 350. At what point do they get aggressive on something other than a staffer who can work in the Governor’s office while still having private clients?
The EPA has some new proposals for regulations regarding…ozone.
You can take a look and see how some of this could seriously affect Nebraska business and jobs.
Republican Lincoln Mayoral candidate Andy Stebbing (who was interviewed on The Wheels Down Politics Show recently) is keeping shoulder to shoulder in fundraising with 2-term (going for a 3rd!) incumbent Democrat Chris Beutler.
Stebbing has COH of $103K to Beutler’s $143K, where there is an estimate that the campaigns will spend around $500K each for the race.
Stebbing has a reputation and history as Lancaster County Treasurer of expanding services, reducing costs and making the office more responsive and succesful for the citizens of Lancaster County.
Beutler put in a giant column and some bitchin’ bike lanes in Lincoln.
Right on cue, the LJS comes out with an editorial criticizing the open letter from Sen Tom Cotton and 46 other Republican Senators — including Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse — to the Iranian mullahs.
The LJS calls the letter, “unwise”.
And while they harken back to other times when Democrats injected themselves into Republican foreign policy, no where does the (unknown!) editorial writer discuss any problems with the President’s actual policy towards Iran and suggestions that he would go around the Senate with any “executive action” as opposed to a treaty.
Without even addressing those issues, the LJS makes just another hollow and weak statement, but again tells readers how much everyone hates Congress.
Ah, for the halcyon days when everyone LOVED the legislative branch!
Be sure to listen to the podcasts from The Wheels Down Politics show! I try to keep them commute or work-out length, so they are perfect for downloading to your phone from iTunes.
I think you will especially enjoy the 2-parter from the Presidential Iowa Ag Summit last week.
Have a great weekend!