Welcome to your honorary Carl Curtis Open Comment Friday!
Many commenters think EVERY day on Leavenworth St. is a day to opine about whatever they want (but they would be mistaken). But have at it today!
(And follow the rules…)
Well, Governor Pete Ricketts honeymoon isn’t so much over, as the bedroom door has been slammed and Pete is sleeping on the couch, while his clothes are being dumped onto the front lawn.
The Legislature passed their Gas Tax increase safely over his veto on Thursday.
Up next, drivers licenses for DREAMers, with Death Penalty repeal and medical marijuana all steaming ahead.
But it is worth noting that the legislature thinks they can really get along with the Governor, he is a super nice guy and a good listener.
For those of you keeping track, here are the Legislature’s Republicans who voted to override the Governor’s veto, and increase how much you pay in taxes:
Roy Baker (Lincoln)
Kathy Campbell (Lincoln)
Colby Coash (Lincoln)
Al Davis (Hyannis)
Curt Friesen (Henderson)
Mike Gloor (GI)
Galen Hadley (Kearney)
Dan Hughes (Venango)
Jerry Johnson ( Wahoo)
Mark Kolterman (Seward)
Bob Krist (Omaha)
John Kuehn (Heartwell)
Brett Lindstrom (Omaha)
John McCollister (Omaha)
Jim Scheer (Norfolk)
Paul Schumacher (Columbus)
Les Seiler (Hastings)
Jim Smith (Papillion)
John Stinner (Gering)
Matt Williams (Lexington)
Now you can watch them down the road, and see if there are any repercussions from their vote(s).
It was noted here the other day that the Nebraska prisons — particularly in Tecumseh — have an employee retention problem (which may or may not have contributed to the prison riot in Tecumseh).
A reader noted that one of the big problems in this area is the Nebraska Public Employees Union.
“They prevented the prison administration from moving to a scheduling system more favorable for employees that would help with recruitment and retention.”
Nebraska U.S. Senator Deb Fischer voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016.
“The NDAA fully funds STRATCOM’s operations and increases funding in support of its mission. It also includes the $21 million requested by the Air Force for a new dormitory at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. I’m proud to support this year’s proposal and will continue to ensure the brave men and women of our armed services have the tools they need to protect the United States and ensure our strength leads to peace at home and abroad.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to former Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey and his family, upon the death of his son Pat.
On a personal note, Pat was a high school classmate of mine and a friend way back when.
He had an infectious smile for everyone he met and was a guy everyone liked. His family should know that Pat’s former classmates have found a place (something that Facebook is good for) to gather and share their love for Pat.
Requiescat in pace.