Lincoln Mayoral candidate, and Lancaster County Treasurer, Andy Stebbing has a new radio ad out.
Hear it here:
This tells the story of Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler sweeping whistleblower retaliation under the rug. It was featured in this LJS story.
It notes that instead of addressing the retaliation head on, Beutler, “chose to focus on the future.”
“Focus on Election Day” may be more accurate.
But we’re sure that Beutler will be up front about everything else.
Stebbing has a release out today noting that…
“In the days leading up to the Lincoln General Election the Andy Stebbing for Mayor Campaign learned that the city was intentionally delaying until after the election release of the 2014 Police and Fire Pension Fund Report showing Lincoln taxpayers owe millions of additional dollars.”
The Stebbing campaign had to make a FOIA request, then eventually crowbar the report out of Lincoln City Hall that…
“…outlined the condition of the pension funds showing that the city’s unfunded pension liability has jumped from just over 65 million dollars to over 88 million dollars, an increase of over 23 million dollars in just one year. This increase was in spite of the fact that the fund had generated above average returns on investments for the year.”
Well, if no one had said anything, or if the Stebbing campaign had just waited for the report in the mail, it would have likely showed up sometime…oh…next Wednesday.
FYI, Lincoln elections are this coming Tuesday.
Governor Pete Ricketts staked out his position on medical marijuana the other day. If you read the entire release, you will find it well thought out, well explained and very well written.
It gets to the nub of the issue for those who don’t support expanding availability of marijuana for medicinal purposes: It is not approved by the FDA. And in those places where it has been approved for a sort of general distribution with a doctor’s note, it’s all wink-and-nod and Bob’s-your-uncle and here’s your dope.
Now, some like state Senator Tommy Garrett don’t dig that. They say there’s plenty of proof that marijuana is an acceptable and safe drug for many maladies.
And he may be right. But the groups that the United States uses — namely the FDA — to make a decision about such things do NOT agree with Garrett. At least not yet.
I have noted on Leavenworth St. in the past that I don’t understand what the hell is taking the FDA so long to make a definitive statement on this. Some note that they HAVE been definitive. But there is still much hemming and hawing that “more studies” are needed. How we can be pretty clear about opiates, how they’re going to be used and what the restrictions are, yet we haven’t cleared that up with pot. (I’m sure a certain Chemistry Prof will dive in on that point.)
In the mean time, Ricketts made a responsible decision, based on the the facts and based on the way we handle drugs.
Governor Ricketts also announced the candidates for Director of NEBRASKA Department of Roads.
Two guys from Kansas and a dude from Vermont.
This seems to be in-line with the other new state Directors:
Dept. of Corrections, Scott Frakes of Washington
Department of Health and Human Services, Courtney Phillips of Louisiana
Department of Economic Development, Brenda Hicks-Sorensen of Wisconsin
Hey, it’s not like every person in Nebraska State Government has to be from Beemer and Yutan.
But it is a bit curious that for all these major positions, there are, apparently, ZERO qualified peeps in the Cornhusker State.
Maybe the Gov needs to start a walk-on program.
Senator Ben Sasse put out another one of his “on the road” videos, with his daughter as videographer, on the way to the airport.
See it here:
In the video, Senator Sasse asks four questions of the President…
1) Didn’t we decide we wouldn’t tolerate state sponsors of terrorism?
2) Why change 36 years of bipartisan policy consensus that prohibited Iran’s nuclear weapons?
3) What is the administration’s best case scenario for a nuclear Iran?
4) What really happens if we lift the sanctions and Iran cheats?
…and provides thoughts and commentary on each.
These videos that Sasse has been doing since the early days of the election are good. He obviously doesn’t have any notes and he comes across as informed and sincere.
I hate to get the Senator in Dutch with the Missus…but holy cow!
We gotta encourage the good Senator to KEEP HIS EYES ON THE ROAD:
No more distracted driving!
Someone from the staff get the Senator a Go-Pro to mount on the dash, or heck…DRIVE HIM!
(Otherwise, very nice vid.)