Apropos of nothing, a quick Separated at Birth for ya…
State Senator Matt Williams of Gothenburg…and Boomer Esiason!
(Well, maybe that’s what Boomer has coming in a few years…)
The Medical marijuana bill is going to the full legislature.
Few would doubt that there may be or are medical benefits to marijuana. But many want to know, specifically, what those are.
And, hey you know what? It’s 2015! Fifteen years AFTER the Newmannium! Twenty-three years after Bill Clinton said he didn’t inhale! Forty-five years since Brewer & Shipley went “One toke over the line”.
Hey FDA, howsabout a definitive report on medical marijuana? What it can affect. How, if at all, it should be dispensed. How, if at all, the drug companies should be involved. This has been accomplished with opiates. Why not cannabis?
Because right now, as one of our esteemed commenters put it, all the medical marijuana and decriminlaization and Colorado talk is mainly about weed smokers wanting to get their buzz on without hassle. Which is fine, if that’s the discussion you want to have. But if it’s purely medical, then let’s have THAT disscussion, without the b.s. of dispenseries, and a note from your doctor, and the like.
Anyway, good luck on that Senator Garrett.
In their 100 Days story on the Governor, the OWH quotes Democrat state Senators , saying…
“He’s focused on seeking solutions to problems rather than playing politics like the former governor,” said State Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha, the chairman of the Legislature’s powerful Appropriations Committee.
“Compared to the last governor, (Ricketts) has done a lot more listening and a lot less barking,” said Omaha Sen. Burke Harr, who, like Mello, is a registered Democrat in the officially nonpartisan Legislature.
When your political opponents — and make no mistake, they are OPPONENTS — criticize you for being “too tough” or “too political”, take that as a point of pride.
When they start telling everyone how awesome you are, then you can start worrying.
Especially when things don’t seem to be going your way.
For those of you (at the OWH) who are still high-fiving yourselves about the esteemed Brad Ashford, Member of Congress, take a look at this transcript from a recent House committee hearing:
The chair is now recognize the gentleman from Nebraska, Mr. Ashford, for five minutes.
If this has been asked, I apologize I was a bit late. But the — the global strike force in Offutt, the functional component command, could you just — if you’ve already talked about that, but could you just — if you have, I’m sorry to ask it again, but could you talk about that, the Offutt Air Force Base Joint Command, functional command facility just (inaudible) future and how it — how you see it evolving.
I could ask, General, if you’d talk about that or…
…and if that — if that question is too — up too, I apologize.
Not really a…
Well, the joint functional command component at Offutt and how do you see that evolving into the future and whether it has the capability or the resources moving forward.
Unfortunately, Sir, I’ll have to get back to you for the record on that.
I don’t have anything else.
The chair now recognizes the gentleman from Oklahoma, Mr. Bridenstine, for five minutes.
I’d say Ashford’s final comments there pretty much sum things up.
If only there were someone around town who had some sort of expertise on Offutt.
You know, maybe even someone willing to run for office…
By the way, could someone remind Brad or whomever the new press person is who writes his Facebook posts, that in the House of Representatives, the bills are known as “H.R”, and not “LR”.
I guess that’s a step up from calling them “LB”.
Don Walton is his usual self in his weekly column (though maybe it’s just because of his miserable Yankees). He says, “Oh, no, the 2016 presidential race has begun and it is going to be ugly, negative and dispiriting for the next year and a half.”
Really? That’s the takeaway? Everything is awful?
Heck, it’s barely started, and I’m already enjoying it.
Just a hop and a skip over in Iowa, they’ve already had numerous events for the candidates, a few or more where multiple candidates showed. And they talk about their vision for America.
There’s a great sorting going on, particularly in the Republican party. Guys like Cruz and Paul and put themselves proudly on the right, and are talking to all the media. They are contrasting themselves with Bush and Christie and Walker and Perry and Jindal, who aim to show their accomplishments as state Executives. Others such as Rubio and Carson and Fiorina and Graham are introducing themselves. Huckabee and Santorum are re-introiducing themselves, hoping to catch fire again.
Now maybe you like some of them, or all of them or none of them.
But let’s relax with the “ugly, negative and dispiriting” talk, because it’s just not true. Or, of course, you’ve chosen not to pay attention and come up with your own narrative.
Unless of course, you’re talking about the Hillary primary, where you ride around in a mis-named van, go into Chipotle undercover and don’t take any questions from the press.
I suppose that hits all of Don’s marks.
(Which also works if you’re talking about the Yankees.)
My $.02 on the Mayor Jean Stothert and texting:
I get why they want to say text messages should be part of open records. But it might be time for things to be re-written for the modern age of communications.
Do we require every official phone call to be recorded? Should we? What about if a phone call — or a message — IS recorded? Is that the standard? Should it be?
Nowadays, text messages are the equivalent of a live conversation. Why are they treated like a letter — which an email is equivalent to?
How about this: Text messages are exempt, but who you sent one to, and any attachments are public record.
And I have no idea how those should be kept.
Someone fetch the intern to come up with a plan.
For those of you interested, there is a new episode of The Wheels Down Politics Show up, with my interview of Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. Hear it here: