Well, the Legislature is ready to override a veto by Governor Ricketts on the Gas Tax.
And, not to make too big a deal of it, but they also hammered a minor apointee of his, Dr. Acierno, Esq.?
Never put it past the legislature to see how petty they can be. Poor bedside manner? Vote NO!
After stamping their feet, the Unicams made their point and gave the Gov his guy. But geez, did ANYONE see that coming?
It took little effort to find out that many of the Senators hate the guy. Did anyone from the Gov’s office take 30 seconds to find out?
And now the Gas Tax goes kerplooey?
Wierd rumblings being sent from those around that office…
Word is that Bryan Slone is definitely OUT for the #NE02 race.
That leaves Retired Gen. Don Bacon as the only for sure candidate for the GOP nomination.
We are generally expecting state Senator John Murante to make a move, but haven’t heard any confirmations just yet.
Attorney and DCRP Counsel (and former Husker QB) Garth Glissman’s name is still out there, and may be until the end of the summer.
There is definitely space for a few more candidates.
Who will step up to take on Brad?
And speaking of Brad…
One audit found that during Ashford’s time as CEO, OHA:
- Failed to properly obtain bids for contracts totaling $1.2 million in expenditures
- Allowed unauthorized staff to award contracts totaling in excess of $650,000 – sometimes without requests for proposals or invitations for bid
- Made more than $5,419 in ineligible purchases, including Halloween items, a football banquet, and cheerleading uniforms.
Just a little more digging into his background, this time around.
(And the accompanying photo cracked me up.)
Ashford is also having problems with the folks at…the Daily Kos, of all places.
Dear Brad Ashford: Leave Me Alone
I’m sorry, Brad, I do not know who you are, what state you are from, who you represent. Sometime during the 2014 election, I gave some money to you. Probably through Act Blue, probably as a result of a plea from People for the American Way, or Off the Sidelines, or some other group telling me how close your race was and how desperate your need was and how my donation could make the difference. I’m glad I did, I’m glad you won. But frankly, I don’t give a crap about politics in your state. I don’t want to hear about what you’ve been up to, I don’t care what your finance chairman told you last night, and I especially don’t want to hear how this fundraising deadline is so much more important than the last one. The truth is, I’m tired of hearing that, from you and about 20 other people and groups I have donated to in the past several years.
Geez, if you’ve lost the Daily Kos…
FWIW, Repbulican Andy Stebbing only lost by an average of 16 votes per precinct in Tuesday’s Lincoln Mayor’s race.
Of course, shaving off those votes in every precinct would have been no small task. Always reminds me of the golfer who says if he could have only knocked off one stroke per hole, he’d have the course record…
And the love-fest with Mayor Beutler continues at the LJS:
The always-thoughtful Beutler was back to city business Wednesday morning…
This is a NEWS story by Nancy Hicks. Not a column. News.
Keeping things interesting, here is Senator Ben Sasse on FOXNews:
Say what you want, Sasse is very good on his feet.