Who could flip?

Joe Duggan at the OWH today lists some state Senators who could possibly flip their vote on the override of Governor Pete Ricketts’ veto of the Death Penalty repeal.

He lists (and some comments)…

Sen. Jerry Johnson of Wahoo
dist23 Could go either way


Sen. Mike Gloor of Grand Island
Senator Mike Gloor Past Death Penalty supporter


Sen. Brett Lindstrom of Omaha
dist18 Campaigned in support


Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue
dist03 Being targeted to flip


Sen. John Murante of Gretna
dist49Could change his mind (for a variety of reasons)


Sen. Robert Hilkemann of Omaha
dist04 Campaigned in support


and a few others…

Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala
dist47Voted “present”


Sen. Tyson Larson of O’Neill
dist40Voted “present”


Sen. Laura Ebke of Crete
dist32Could change her mind, based on input from constituents


And frankly all Senators are influenced by their constituents, though certainly at different degrees.


Now all of these, and maybe some others will get the heavy sell over the weekend and the beginning of next week.

It is assumed that Governor Ricketts will be burning up the phones, doing nonstop press interviews and personally twisting arms…

…as opposed to being out of town, or something, during the biggest issue of his entire political career (haven’t seen his schedule).

By the way, think about the difference a personal visit can have on someone. Having to give bad news face to face isn’t easy.

Or think about a personal visit to the Senator’s district by the Governor. One’s own constituents given the direct sell in town?

These are political moves one makes on an issue that is important. We’ll see, right?


On this Carl Curtis – Open Comment – Friday, and into the Memorial Day weekend, feel free to add your thoughts down below.


  1. to TexasAnnie says:

    Who gives a flying flip what Chambers does? If he tries to make them pay, there are a number of ways to shut him up and force him to actually force him to follow the rules.

  2. Anon says:

    The OWH story is just a manipulation, The officer’s death needs massaged carefully and timed, these senators have shown who they are and are not going to get it reversed. They can always fall on they have not heard from their constituents which can’t be substantiated

  3. Way Out West says:

    It’s interesting the number of “Republicans” who aren’t even listed as possible flippers. Wonder how many of them are coming up for re-election in 2016. Those are the ones I would be heavily targeting. (cough)*Al Davis*(cough)

  4. Anonymous says:

    If a politician changes his mind on an issue such as the death penalty because they’re worried about their own, personal political career, our society is doomed.

  5. In the Know says:

    Over the last 24 hours a group was formed to deal with the Override of the death penalty. If the legislature overrides the Governor, this will be on the ballot in 2016. Good luck with mail and phone calls from County Attorneys and local law enforcement targeting your districts!

  6. Anon says:

    This presupposes that the issue truly is important to the Governor.

    You’ll never ignite the passion of those in favor of the death penalty to the degree it can be done the other way.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I thought Larson and Schilz were in their second four years which usually means they don’t need to listen to anyone. The ones who actually campaigned and have statements supporting the death penalty during their campaigns should be outed in their districts, big-time. The ones who think the Catholic Church will protect them in their next election? With what means, I ask?

  8. Bob Loblaw says:

    Wouldn’t the time for the Governor to be twisting arms and targeting Senators have been before the final vote was taken? Seems now if Senators switch their votes that they will come off as spineless and easily manipulated not really being having conviction in their beliefs. Maybe some of you more astute political scientists could answer this for me.

  9. Murante's Priest says:

    Senator, if you have to change your vote it’s ok. The Church isn’t going to do anything to you if you do. Think of all the Democrats that are Catholics that have supported the killing of millions of babies. Hell Nancy Pelosi still takes communion. Don’t hide behind my robe on this.

  10. Typical politician says:

    Murante is just another typical, say whatever gets you elected, politician. Three years ago he was against repealing the death penalty. Now he is for it. He has yet to reach the Olympian quality of flip flopping that Ashford achieved long ago, but he is well on his way! Bottom line, he can’t be trusted to keep his word and he will never get my vote. He is exactly what is wrong with politics. If the GOP ever nominates him for anything, my wife & I will vote third party (or we will hold our nose and even vote Dem).

  11. Omaha Native says:

    I will start the “Never Eat at Big Fred’s Again” campaign if Murante doesn’t support the Governor.

  12. Anon says:

    Really? I’m planning on going to Big Freds this weekend BECAUSE of his vote! I guess we’ll cancel each other out.

  13. Anon says:

    They could have handed this to voters, which would have taken Ernie out of the picture, but they decided to give you 33 dollars the the gas tax. Answering to 48 others is easier than 39,000. Now with Ernie and his sheep can turn their attention to term limits next session

  14. To 11:29 says:

    Pitchforks and nooses? Good one, you holier-than-thou Keith Olbermann wannabe. Like one senator said on the floor this week, the liberal elites in this state are so soft and lily-white that the only reality they are exposed to is what they see on reality TV.

    I want to thank the leftists in this state, including those calling themselves Republicans, for awakening a sleeping giant.

    See you in 2016.

  15. The Eye Ball says:

    Where is the concern about DACA? Shouldn’t the governor be focusing on it and vetoing it? Guess not. Everyone here apparently is happy with a broken death penalty system.

  16. Murante = Untrustworthy says:

    I voted for Murante before. He has a long way to go before I will ever vote for him again. We hired him to do what he said he would do. Instead, he and the rest of them are working to repeal the death penalty. Of course, he might still change his mind if he thinks it politically expedient.

  17. People can change their minds says:

    For all those attacking, elected officials can change their minds about important issues – just like the rest of us. The only bad thing is if they are consistently jumping back and forth on an issue. That is true flip flopping.

  18. Part timer? says:

    Someone needs to tell Ricketts that being Governor is a full time job. Where the hell has he been? Why is he MIA this weekend?

    At this rate we would have been better with anyone but Ricketts.

  19. Lying bunch of whores says:

    “A deceitful tongue loveth not truth: and a slippery mouth worketh ruin. ” -Proverbs 26:28

  20. How Hilkemann and Lindstrom pull it off says:

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  21. Anonymous says:

    3000 murders and only 3 executions. Nebraska didn’t have a death penalty even when it has a death penalty.

  22. KHDS says:

    1. This death penalty repeal is an embarrasment to the entire state. How could this happen when it has 70% support with voters?

    Face it. Ernie runs the Unicam and he duped or tricked them.

    2. Where is Bob Krist on this? Not a flip vote? Dumb. Career is ruined.

    3. Big Fred’s sucks. And it always has. It only sucks less than Mama’s.

  23. Big Fred's is awesome says:

    I will never vote for Murante as he is a flip flopper. However, I have no problem spending money at his restaurant. Big Fred’s is awesome. Still, it is really dumb that people who disagree with his vote feel the need to drag his restaurant into it – give me a break. They do a good job there. He is a lousy public official, but at least give him credit. He has a nice restaurant.

  24. The Eye Ball says:

    Why do conservatives insist on taking each other down? How about focusing on Democrats who want to abolish the death penalty but have constituents who clearly favor it? You can bet the Democrats are going to play the same counter strategy.

  25. TexasAnnie says:

    Open Comment: We got our cannabis oil for seizures through our legislature.
    Next stop, governor’s desk!

  26. To: The Eye Ball says:

    Duh! Conservatives expect the democrats to lie to them. They don’t expect it from supposed conservatives like Lindstrom, Murante, Garrett, etc…

  27. Unbelievable says:

    The democrats are exploiting the death of Officer Orozco to lobby for gun control, while the republicans are exploiting her death for the death penalty. Disgusting.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Ricketts says the death penalty is “an important tool for public safety and public policy.”
    That’s why NE hasn’t executed anyone since 1997 and one death row inmate has been there for 30+ years.
    Seems to me that the only real tool is Ricketts himself.
    After Nebraska police and prosecutors convicted and then imprisoned SIX innocent people in Beatrice for decades before pardoning them in 2008 after DNA identified someone else, after the Cass County Sheriff’s Department and the Nebraska State Patrol extracted a coerced and false confession from Matt Livers (implicating himself and another innocent man, Nick Sampson) in the murder of Wayne and Sharmon Stock, who were actually killed by a pair of teenagers from Wisconsin, and after Douglas County Sheriff’s Office crime scene investigator David Kofoed went to jail for felony evidence tampering in 2010 and is strongly suspected of tampering with evidence in at least two other homicide investigations — after all that, you’d think that even the lynch mob at Leavenworth St. would deduce that maybe what we need more is a three-strikes-and-you’re-out rule for corrupt and/or inept Nebraska cops and prosecutors.
    If police want to deter murderers, they could try solving more cases. In Nebraska 20% of murders are never solved and the perps not only are not executed, they aren’t punished at all.
    If you repeatedly drive recklessly, your license is revoked.
    The Unicameral was right in revoking Nebraska’s license to kill.

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