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First, a Separated at Birth passed on by  loyal reader John Orr…

From Governor Ricketts’ office, Public Relations Director Taylor Gage and from NBC’s The Office, John Krasinski!

Taylor Gage - John Krasinski

(That one’s scary, yeah?)

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Speaking of the Governor, Ricketts has come out strong against the bill in the Nebraska legislature that proposes a raise to the Gas Tax.

However, that bill just passed the first of three rounds, before it would go to the Governor’s pen, by a vote of 26-10.

Annnnnd…along with various GOP members who have supported the tax increase is the think-tank founded by Ricketts, the Platte Institute.

Platte Institute Director Jim Vokal forwarded their position to Leavenworth St.

They conclude their analysis, saying…

Nebraskans also need general relief for both property and income taxes. Offsetting it with a gas tax increase will lessen the stress placed on county and general funds. A functional transportation system coupled with lower tax rates is an investment in both our infrastructure and our people, and the best way to grow our state.

Interestingly, after a Tweet on the disconnect between Platte and Ricketts, this short flurry went by:

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So we will see where all of that lands.
Platte likes the bill, but maybe doesn’t?

Senator Kitner doesn’t like the bill, and likely won’t.

The Gov seems pretty firm on it. Could any changes change his mind?

This will be a big issue to watch.

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It was noted here that former Governor Heineman Chief of Staff, Larry Bare, left…as Director of the Department of Administrative Services. Some had commented that Bare left on his own accord because he planned to “retire”.

Well, except that he JUST took a gig with the Legislature as a “senior research consultant”.

It is probably a good thing for Nebraska that arguably the person most knowledgable about state government is still working there — at least in one of the branches.

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If you didn’t listen to The Wheels Down Politics Show interview with state Senator John Murante...well, one can’t say just what sort of animal you are, but it ain’t a political animal!

In any case, you might want to take a hear, and listen to Murante’s thoughts about running for the GOP nomination for Nebraska’s 2nd District Congressional seat.

Murante didn’t say he is “in”. But he didn’t say he isn’t in.

It may not be surprising to see some Murante for Congress signs up in less than a year…

(So listen to the show already! Oh, and tell your friends. We have more good interviews coming soon!)

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Happy Passover, a blessed Good Friday and a Happy Easter to ya’ll!

14 comments

  1. Unicameral Guy says:

    Ricketts and his staff have no clout in the Legislature. He blew all of us off before he took office. no one has access to him. His Paul Landow clone Jessica runs the show. They have been absent on all of the legislation except for his standing Order no taxes. Pete will get overridden on every bill he vetoes. We have never had this weak of a governor before

  2. Lack of Trust? says:

    Ricketts has told people there isn’t any senators that he trusts to carry a bill on the floor. The ones who will speak on the floor are ineffective; the ones who could help him behind the scenes and build some coalitions don’t believe in Ricketts’ agenda. Chaos reigns in the NEGOP.

  3. Gerard Harbison says:

    I’m not in the ‘beat up on Jessica Moenning’ club. I’ve defended her mightily. But I just got a facebook post from hubby lauding Pat Buchanan, the last real Nazi on the American Right (or those tiny elements of us who will tolerate him) bewailing the fact that the Joos have 200 nukes and poor little Iran none.

    WTF?

  4. Macdaddy says:

    Ultimately, it comes down to Pete Ricketts. He really seems in way over his head. Having said that, in a revenue neutral plan, which would I rather pay? Property taxes that I can deduct from my income taxes or gas taxes that I just have to suck up? I vote for property taxes.

  5. @ St Sweeper says:

    The new style of the blog is informative and more entertaining. All of the guest writers are great. I still enjoy your posts. Can we expect to see something again from the writer “Sheridan Boulevard?”

  6. Rumor has it says:

    Rumor has it that he isn’t listening to the peeps that have been there before. Bare is gone and Lauren Kitner is there, but he hasn’t learned to listen to her. Meanwhile, the “most conservative legislature in history” isn’t exactly that and seem more liberal than even a giggling Jeremy Nordquist can fathom. This is typical growing pains, but, in the meantime, the taxpayers suffer when this Legislature will pass a gas tax and, hey, who knows, Medicaid expansion.

  7. Anonymous says:

    You seem to want the governor to visibly weigh in on all legislation with clout. Some might say that would dilute his clout. Now that he has weighed in on the gas tax you say he has no clout. You look at all this in the obvious, in the direct, as if strategy doesn’t exist.

    We understand your heartburn. Jessica has all of us Moaning too. But only he has the gubernatorial view. For us to know what is actually going on we need to see beyond the obvious or else see it in retrospect.

    If you expect a governor to act directly and have visible impact on something as far beyond his executive powers as is an entire legislature, especially one that is not partisan and has no second branch oversight, then you childishly expect our leaders to behave with the guileless non-strategy of a child.

    In policymaking among disparate interests, very little that is direct has any real weight. The seemingly direct pontifications of Ernie Chambers’ race card are but powerless bluster with a façade of weight afforded only by those who think straight ahead like you. Real power is oblique and stems from ulterior motives which form strategy that cannot be seen.

    If Ricketts has strategy he doesn’t want the unicameral to see, it sure as hell isn’t going to work if bloggers here can see it.

    The dumbest thing any pundit can do is to assume people with power are stupid. If they are stupid, they are more threat to themselves. But if you are wrong and they are using strategy beyond your view, you will fall victim to, or be a beneficiary of, that strategy, while having no say in it.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Some here seem to want the governor to visibly weigh in on all legislation with clout. Some might say that would dilute his clout. Now that he has weighed in on the gas tax you say he has no clout. You look at all this in the obvious, in the direct, as if strategy doesn’t exist.

    We understand your heartburn. Jessica has all of us Moaning too. But only he has the gubernatorial view. For us to know what is actually going on we need to see beyond the obvious or else see it in retrospect.

    If you expect a governor to act directly and have visible impact on something as far beyond his executive powers as is an entire legislature, especially one that is not partisan and has no second branch oversight, then you childishly expect our leaders to behave with the guileless non-strategy of a child.

    In policymaking among disparate interests, very little that is direct has any real weight. The seemingly direct pontifications of Ernie Chambers’ race card are but powerless bluster with a façade of weight afforded only by those who think straight ahead like you. Real power is oblique and stems from ulterior motives which form strategy that cannot be seen.

    If Ricketts has strategy he doesn’t want the unicameral to see, it sure as hell isn’t going to work if bloggers here can see it.

    The dumbest thing any pundit can do is to assume people with power are stupid. If they are stupid, they are more threat to themselves. But if you are wrong and they are using strategy beyond your view, you will fall victim to, or be a beneficiary of, that strategy, while having no say in it.

  9. Braska says:

    UGh, you seem to want the governor to visibly weigh in on all legislation with clout. Some might say that would dilute his clout. Now that he has weighed in on the gas tax you say he has no clout. You look at all this in the obvious, in the direct, as if strategy doesn’t exist.

    We understand your heartburn. Jessica has all of us Moaning too. But only he has the gubernatorial view. For us to know what is actually going on we need to see beyond the obvious or else see it in retrospect.

    If you expect a governor to act directly and have visible impact on something as far beyond his executive powers as is an entire legislature, especially one that is not partisan and has no second branch oversight, then you childishly expect our leaders to behave with the guileless non-strategy of a child.

    In policymaking among disparate interests, very little that is direct has any real weight. The seemingly direct pontifications of Ernie Chambers’ race card are but powerless bluster with a façade of weight afforded only by those who think straight ahead like you. Real power is oblique and stems from ulterior motives which form strategy that cannot be seen.

    If Ricketts has strategy he doesn’t want the unicameral to see, it sure as hell isn’t going to work if bloggers here can see it.

    The dumbest thing any pundit can do is to assume people with power are stupid. If they are stupid, they are more threat to themselves. But if you are wrong and they are using strategy beyond your view, you will fall victim to, or be a beneficiary of, that strategy, while having no say in it.

  10. Anonymous says:

    But if you knew that I knew that you knew that I knew that you knew that I put iocane powder in YOUR drink, clearly I’d have the advantage, but secretly, so I’d know that you knew that I’d know that. But like the poor strategist you are you didn’t know that. So clearly I have the advantage AGAIN. So THERE!

  11. Macdaddy says:

    Senator Ebke said nobody from the governor’s office contacted her before the WTA vote. Was the Governor using mental telepathy to get his point across? Maybe he’d like to try something more visible next time.

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