First a little Separated at Birth for your weekend…
(Likely) Republican Presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina and Republican state Senator Joni Craighead!
On April 10th, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts issued a press release saying,
I remain strongly opposed to extending state benefits to individuals who have entered our country illegally, and remain opposed to this legislation.
On April 23rd, Lt. Gov. Mike Foley was reported saying…
Foley also said Ricketts is unhappy that legislation is advancing to allow about 2,700 children of illegal immigrants to have Nebraska driver’s licenses, but the governor hasn’t decided if he’ll veto the bill.
What are we missing here?
“Strongly opposed” has turned into “unhappy”.
“Remain opposed” has turned into “maybe I’ll veto, maybe I won’t.”
Nothing has changed in the bill itself. Or how the people it would affect got into that situation. Or how they will or will not be affected if the bill were to become law (or not).
And many of the supporters haven’t changed their positions either.
For instance, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert reiterated her support of the bill a few weeks ago — but hasn’t changed her position since letting it be known in the 2013 Mayoral primary.
The Chambers of Commerce who support it aren’t submitting any new info. There are certainly reasons why one would support the bill, but it is not as if they are different than they were 9 months ago.
And Ricketts was firmly on this issue during the 2014 campaign as well.
The OWH wrote:
The Omaha businessman says he “empathizes” with the children’s plight, but believes the nation has to take a “principled approach” to immigration. That means, he said, no one should be rewarded for illegal activity — not even the children.
“Our taxpayer benefits are generated by our citizens in the state for people who are here legally, and that’s who they ought to be preserved for,” Ricketts said.
Nebraska is one of only two states that deny driver’s licenses to children who were brought into this country illegally, even though they have been granted temporary leave to stay in this country by President Barack Obama.
Ricketts said he would work to keep Nebraska as one of the holdouts, but Hassebrook said he would work to change the state’s policy.
So where is the uncertainty coming from?
And would GOP primary voters have given Ricketts the 2,175 vote edge, had he wavered on this issue back then?
It’s not certain if Ricketts is getting weak-kneed on this issue, but many would certainly be surprised to hear, at this point, that the veto threat isn’t official.
FWIW, a surprising comment hit the Leavenworth St. message boards this morning.
The last Leavenworth St. post noted endorsements by Nebraska Right to Life in the Lincoln Mayor’s race, and also mentioned Ben Sasse (unrelatedly). Some commenters were then hassling Senator Sasse for not responding to his constituent mail (something we can neither confirm nor deny).
But then Julie Schmit-Albin from Nebraska Right to Life made this comment:
As to Senator Sasse, how about a campaign meme/pledge that was made regarding pro-life issues that we knew was unachievable but it was touted among pro-life voters anyway.
Here it is:
The First 100 Days, Ben Sasse Pro-Life:
1. Pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
2. Pass the Parental Non-Discrimination Act.
3. Stop forced taxpayer funding of abortion.
4. Stop the assault on religious liberty.
5. Stop government donations to Planned Parenthood.
6. Promote adoption by loving families.
What, if any of this (except #6.) could be achieved in the first 100 days of his term? Why do campaigns insist on hyperbole? How could Senator Sasse look back on this now and think that issuing this kind of exaggerated promise was a good idea?
I have yet to hear from him or his office as to what on this list he has accomplished or is working on. That’s the problem with grandiose claims made in the heat of a campaign. Most voters will forget but there are some who will call you on it later.
Yowch! Well that’s a punch to the nuts.
You can’t blame Albin, who is laser focused on her issues, for being a bit peeved when an endorsement from her organization is so (arguably) pivotal in an election.
Campaign promises are tricky — I asked Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert very specifically about them from her election — and it is certainly worth the time to check them AFTER an election.
Sasse was on FOXNews yesterday discussing the Iran issue.
See it here:
ICYMI, an interesting story in the LJS regarding general civic involvement in Nebraska, particularly in comparison to other states.
One stat that jumped out:
Nebraska ranks in the middle or lower when it comes to voter registration (36th), voting (32nd) and talking with public officials (27th). The numbers are worst for young people, ages 18 to 24. Only 47 percent registered to vote in the 2012 election, and only 40.3 percent actually cast a ballot. The index found that the younger the person the least likely they were to contact public official.
It’s no big shock that younger people don’t vote, etc.
But Nebraska, as a whole, 36th in voter registration and 32nd in voting?
Heck, when the football team was that low, the coach was shipped cursing off to Ohio.
Are Nebraskans really going to stand for that kind of ranking?
“Through these gates pass…the greatest voters in the nation“?
How about a bipartisan PSA on that issue? (For a start…)