**UPDATE at 2:10pm **
Ben Gray elected Council President and Chris Jerram elected VP.
Today (Tuesday) the Omaha City Council votes for its President.
The City Council President has the authority to unilaterally change days of garbage pickup, un-dig certain filled potholes, AND reverse the direction of the middle lane of Dodge Street, at will.
OK, the Council President has pretty limited responsibilities. He or she is the face of the Council, and is expected to work with the Mayor on issues before the city.
Which is ironic, considering that just a few weeks ago, City Councilman Ben Gray sent out the following email to his fellow Council-members:
As your vice president you should know I will NOT be attending any more meetings with this Mayor.
And according to the OWH:
“Gray eventually stopped attending biweekly meetings with Stothert and Council President Pete Festersen.”
This is the same guy who has within the past week been trying to “mend fences” with Mayor Jean Stothert — so that he can get the votes to become City Council President.
You know, the same Mayor who he called a racist.
See, Gray has had his undies bunched because the Mayor decided that an individual from Gray’s district isn’t doing the job that he was contracted by the city to do.
And said guy is African-American so…voila! Stothert is a racist!
Fast forward to a few weeks later, and Gray wants to be the Council President.
And, whoops!, he has lost support from one of his fellow Democrats. BUT, he can get a Republican on his side — which maybe or maybe not comes with the caveat that he try to mend fences with the Mayor.
Note that in today’s OWH, while the Mayor didn’t thumb her nose at the guy who less than a month ago called her a racist and said he’d never meet with her again — she did note,
“I thought it was curious to me why right before the City Council election there was an email to me offering to make amends.”
And, the OWH notes,
“…(Gray) acknowledged, though, that his new positive attitude (to meet with the Mayor) was only a few hours old.”
So THIS is the guy that Pete Festersen, Chris Jerram — and let’s go ahead and get this out there — potentially Republican Rich Pahls think should be the face of the City Council to work with the Mayor?
Gray thinks Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is racist.
Gray declared he would never meet with the Mayor again, and stopped going to meetings with her.
And then when a political position is open, Gray suddenly changes his mind.
Really? That’s your guy?
The vote, which (for now) pits Franklin Thompson — and Democrat Garry Gernandt as the vice president — against Gray, comes later today.
Caught this one in a story by Lincoln’s 10/11 regarding the Death Penalty petition peeps.
The interviewed Stacy Anderson of “Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty” (by the way, note that “Alternatives” is plural. All they’ve put out there is “life”. Are there some other “alternatives” out there we don’t know about?)
In any case, she doesn’t believe that a majority of Nebraskans want the Death Penalty…because she has heard from hundreds of her supporters that they don’t want it.
But it’s funny because Leavenworth St. recently got some numbers that said 99% of Nebraskans polled like Indian food. 99%! It seems pretty clear from those polling numbers that Indian food is the way to go almost every time.
Of course the polling universe used was people at an Indian restaurant, (one guy got dragged there by his office-mates and only ate the bread). But still.
By the way, note again a recent poll that showed 62% of likely voters in Nebraska opposed replacing the Death Penalty with Life without Parole.
And the Lincoln Journal-Star is full-throated in their support for the repeal and defeat of the ballot initiative.
And they want to see some national money come in to “educate” the voters on this.
See here, Simpleton Nebraskan, accoding to the LJS, most of you have “never thought much about the death penalty“.
Ohhhhhhh, but the LJS has!
And they think it’s bad!
And once you’ve been to the Re-Education Camp — er, been “educated” — why you’ll think just like them.
Until then — and until the national money starts pouring in — you stupes will stay “un-educated”.