From the LJS’s Don Walton in his Monday column:
“…this is a Legislature whose members are free and independent…”
“…judgments without regard to partisan dogma or party caucuses or dictates…”
“…no whips in the Nebraska Legislature…”
“…party identification doesn’t matter…”
“…the Legislature expressed its fundamental nonpartisan and institutional independence…”
Is that right?
Because longtime reader and Washington County Chair, and 1st Dist NEGOP Chairman John Orr recently whipped up some totals on issues before the Unicameral.
Here is what he came up with…
This is an interesting document to peruse.
But before you go through the whole thing, direct your eyes down to the Democrats at the bottom.
On these votes, Democrats in the legislature are nearly in LOCK STEP.
Doesn’t look that way
Partisan and dogmatic?
Well, of course.
Party ID doesn’t matter?
Ha! If the Republicans voted this way, all we would be hearing is about the “partisan, ideological Republicans” who “only vote as they’re told…”
But when the Dems go that route?
Well, they think it’s awesome!
At least Don does.
And following up on that, another line from The Don:
“Democrats continue to say privately that their relationships with the governor are collaborative, positive and friendly.”
Oh, isn’t that awesome!
How’d those votes go for the Dems??
Just as they wanted?
Maybe, just maybe, these hyper-partisan Dems should be feeling not as positive about the Republican Governor…
As a partisan put it in an email over the weekend, “The Governor can count to 33. If he doesn’t put in a little more effort on the front end of these votes, his influence on the back end is nil.”
Here is an interesting one for you Party goers:
The Douglas County Republican Party (DCRP) has a Central Committee meeting on May 26th.
Their featured speaker is…Chip Maxwell!
Apparently Chip is sticking with his plan to run for the GOP nomination for the 2nd District Congressional seat in 2016. (Did we miss the rollout?)
In any case, not everyone in the 2nd District leadership is into Chip.
Sarpy County Republican Party Chairman Jerry Anderson sent out an email to his list, and noted this about Chip:
Chip changed his Party affiliation to Nonpartisan or Independent late December 2013 and seems to have changed it back to Republican.
I don’t intend to allow him to speak at any of our Central Committee meetings as I don’t consider him to ‘really’ to be a Republican. He changed it then so that he could run as a Nonpartisan or Independent.
He is another Brad Ashford that was a Registered Republican, Independent and now a Democrat.
I believe that we should stop supporting those that change Parties to run as Republican to get elected, here in Sarpy County.
While this is essentially in response to Maxwell speaking before the DCRP, Anderson notes that he isn’t trying to wage battle with them…
I am not passing any judgement on what the DCRP does as they can certain run their Party anyway they want. I am on the State Endorsement Committee and one of the changes we came up with is that you have to be a registered Republican for 3 years before an endorsement could be given. Recommend that we adopt this requirement.
I also believe that any Congressional District 2 candidate needs to provide written statement that they will swear that they will publicly endorse the 2016 Republican Primary winner.
I was forwarded Anderson’s email from an anonymous source who feels that Anderson is going overboard, and shouldn’t be preventing a GOP candidate from speaking.
Not sure what those bylaws say — and probably don’t say — about who gets to have the final say on speakers. Though those Sarpy Countians could probably find him speaking somewhere else, if they really wanted to. Or have him personally call them, frankly.
But, as Hyman Roth said, “This is the business we’ve chosen!”
Chip could have stayed with the party.
He could have endorsed Lee Terry right after the 2014 primary.
No one made that decision for him.
And Anderson’s point about being a registered Republican for 3 years is also an interesting one — given that there are certainly political animals in Nebraska who know that it can be very difficult for Democrats to get elected.
Politics isn’t beanbag, and Chip Maxwell certainly knew that going in. If you take a tricky stance, you have to be prepared to defend it. And frankly, his universe is much broader than the Sarpy County GOP anyway.
But Anderson makes a legitimate point.
Or at least one to discuss.
I attended the Republican Party of Iowa’s Lincoln Dinner on Saturday, and let me tell you that it was the place to be if you are a Republican in America.
Every single person there had access to talk to, get a photo with and otherwise rub elbows with Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Rick Perry, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum and Donald Trump (as well as Rand Paul and George Pataki)! All within an area of about a large gymnasium (in a nice convention center).
And the candidates were willing to give you, pretty much, all the time you wanted. They hung around.
It was an Augustus Gloop at the chocolate river moment for politicos (pre-suction tube, that is). I will do my best to put you into the moment, over the next few days, after I have put together all of my media.
In the mean time, you can listen to my short interview with Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. He said a few things that should really stir things up should he gain a little more traction, particularly in Iowa.
Be sure to listen, and come back for more on the event.