That ain’t much more time.
Anecdotally, there has been word that it has been slow-going to collect the signatures. It isn’t clear if the 10% threshold of 113,416 signatures — to prevent the Death Penalty repeal from going into effect — will have a shot.
Getting signatures has apparently been a tough haul, though it could depend on who you ask. Some have had great success. But are there enough circulators? It looks like they are really depending on the County Fairs to be a hotbed of signature acquisition.
One of their issues has been that they are unable to use the new process of paying signature getters by-the-signature. Right now they are only hourly. So when the paid folks (as opposed to the volunteers) are out in front of a baseball stadium or auditorium, they aren’t exactly carnival barkers. They are waiting for YOU to come to THEM. Because, hey, they’re getting paid either way, whether their sheet is filled up or not.
Seven weeks may seem like plenty of time, but as it winds down, don’t be too surprised to hear that the organizers are antsy.
And heck, this is only the first round — we haven’t even reached the “campaign” level yet.
But this is a big deal, and it is on Governor Pete Ricketts. He demanded the reins early on.
Most agree that Nebraskans are in favor of the Death Penalty. But it is going to take some work to let them actually vote on it.
I had a very interesting conversation with former Governor Kay Orr at her home earlier in the week.
And as I noted in the comments of the last post, there were some technical difficulties in the middle of our conversation.
Yes, I made the rookie mistake of letting my SD memory card get full. If it’s any consolation, I’ve already been mocked by my 12-year-old.
So the Governor was diving into the discussion of the tax bills early in the first year of her term, when I looked down and saw that we had stopped recording. I then had to pick it back up without knowing what had been cut off (such is the recorder I have).
Anywho, it wasn’t really anything you probably haven’t heard, but a few interesting tidbits got cut out:
When Con Agra’s CEO railed in the press that he may have to move the company out of the state because of the tax situation, it was the first Governor Orr had heard about it. She said she never received a phone call or other notification before people started scrambling.
As that tax bill was worked out, she also worked with the legislature to de-couple Nebraska’s income tax process from the Federal government’s. While the plan was to make it revenue neutral, it ended up raising taxes for some people — and she got hammered on that during the reelection campaign.
But there was also a correction process where people got back the money they had paid as an increase. Except that it was paid back to them automatically.
Orr’s advisors had suggested that everyone should instead receive a paper check in the mail (like was sent out by the Feds back in the early 2000s). But the price-tag to do that was around a million bucks — so she put the brakes on it.
And, Governor Orr pointed out, that was a poor political move. Had everyone received a check in the mail from her, things may have turned out very differently.
She also noted that while some vigorously complain about the corporate tax plans that were put together, they haven’t been changed since.
And no, I didn’t dive into the whole appointment of David Karnes thing.
Heck it has been over 25 years and emotions are STILL raw on that…
Other than running into her occasionally back on the 1990 campaign trail (I was a Daub for Senate staffer), I hadn’t really spent any time with Governor Orr.
When we set up the interview, she not only invited me to her home, but gave me a fantastic tour of her photo wall.
Anyone who has been at her level gets to meet luminaries and celebs such as Henry Kissinger, Margaret Thatcher and Arnold Schwarzenegger. But some of the stories — like happening onto Barbara and George Bush as they were tending to Millie the First Dog’s new puppies — were also a kick.
She could not have been more gracious and more generous with her time — though I don’t believe she will give many more interviews like she did with me.
So, you too are lucky that you’ll get to listen.
We can wait for now to launch into a “Separated at Birth” for the new Nebraska 150 logo.
I don’t think I hate it, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make fun of it…
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