First, a quick SAB for a couple in the news…
Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, and Omaha City Council member, Aimee Melton.
(This one is based more on head-tilt and lipstick shade than anything else, but still…)
The aforementioned Aimee Melton has signed on, along with Bob Evnen of Lincoln and Judy Glassburner of Geneva to head up the Death Penalty Repeal-Repeal (as it were).
Though political observers will note that the actual peeps heading things up are Chris Peterson and…an unidentified “person close to the governor”.
Hmm, wonder who that could be???
Could it be one of Peterson’s partners who also has an official gig in state government?
(Sort of surprising that Joe Duggan at the OWH couldn’t at least note Peterson’s past work with the Governor when wondering out loud, “whether the governor was involved”.)
And no word on just what Senator Beau McCoy’s involvement will be, but it is the understanding here that the Governor and his minions will be taking the full lead on this and it will live or die by their actions.
The vote of the Unicameral has of course been garnering interesting national attention.
Jonah Goldberg wrote today about the intellectual dishonesty of the “expense” argument by the anti-Death Penalty forces, particularly in Nebraska.
But then John Oliver, who is a generally amusing and clever Brit on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” show, also took jabs at Nebraska, and especially its Governor.
See it here:
Mostly a number of cheap shots.
(The square states in the Midwest! Who can tell them apart!)
(Look at the funny-looking bald Governor! A thumb! A shaved-owl! A boiled-egg with teeth!)
And he says Ricketts “found the murder drugs”.
So you’re of course getting a typical slanted view from the Limey*.
But Ricketts will likely continue to receive ridicule about the purchase of the Indian drugs, as it is unclear how that ever looked like a great idea.
And Oliver does have one clever line:
“‘My words cannot express how appalled I am..’
Words cannot express? Why don’t you try, it’s a written public statement!”
In any case, gird yourselves Nebraskans for the hammering from the literati from either coast as they try to shame you fly-over staters for the gall to think you can re-instate the Death Penalty.
It will be coming hard and heavy.
*Originally I, Jerry Kratochvil (in case there’s any confusion about who is writing this) had written “Limey-Poofter”. Unbeknownst to me that term has apparently taken a harsher meaning from when P.J. O’Rourke used it back in the day. Now it’s apparently a gay-insult, that is the worst of the worst to use. Apologies all around to any who were offended. In the future I’ll be sure to consult my shelf-set of Urban Dictionaries before knocking the Arseholes who don’t know murder from capital punishment.
And speaking of criticism. The OWH wrote an editorial about the Death Penalty repeal. They talk about the “second house” of Nebraska government speaking up.
Which would be an interesting voice for the OWH to listen to, except…
“Comments have been disabled”
Heaven forbid a counter voice pop-up on an editorial page…
So back to the OWH and the other above referenced Omaha official, Mayor Jean Stothert.
The issue of the Mayor’s text messages and the route it is all taking is interesting.
One thing that was noticeable is some of the language used in the OWH’s article about …the OWH.
They quote OWH Executive Editor Mike Reilly who says, “The ruling affirms that…”
Whoa! Hold on there cowboy.
This isn’t a “ruling”. The AG’s office doesn’t “rule” on anything. This was a “disposition”…with no binding legal effect. Which is why City Attorney Paul Kratz chose to ignore it.
Now…the effect of the City’s actions DOES matter. Since the City has chosen to (arguably) not comply with the AG’s “order” (which is strange to call it an “order” as it can be ignored), then the OWH’s editor can now either file suit against the city or tell the AG to do so.
It is an interesting statute they are operating under here, and frankly puts the AG’s office in a strange position.
In any case, as some have pointed out, try to explain in a 30 second ad why the state is suing Omaha. Mayor Stothert’s decision regarding what to and what not to release makes it all awkward, at the minimum.
Maybe it won’t turn out to be a big deal, but it’s an unusual talking point at least.
By the way, the Mayor’s issue surrounds text messages, emails and voice mails — and probably not faxes. But the headline sounded better that way and…you get it.