Over the weekend the NYT had a story about the Nebraska Death Penalty repeal and the effort to get it reinstated.
All the usual stuff, with a few interesting quotes:
Former State Senator Danielle Conrad, now Nebraska ACLU Director…
“The petition is kind of a head scratcher from our perspective. These petitions all offer false promises. Even if proponents are successful with procuring signatures and successful with procuring ballot access and successful at the polls in November 2016, that still gets us no closer to carrying out executions in Nebraska.”
What gets you no closer to carrying out executions is repealing the Death Penalty. Reinstating it DOES get you closer.
But do more things need to happen here?
Yes, yes they do.
Because if the supporters don’t set out at least a course or plan for what would happen if it is reinstated, there WILL be people who will believe there is no reason to sign or vote.
Those people are absolutely out there, and it is an issue that needs a response from those in charge.
From current Republican State Senator Colby Coash:
“It makes me worry. How many times is he (Governor Pete Ricketts) going to try to reverse one branch of government’s decision that he couldn’t get reversed through a veto? Is he just going to write another big check and try to get it reversed that way?”
Wow. Well, if Colby didn’t already burn his bridges with the Governor, there is a giant “F-You!” screamed from the other side of the chasm.
Apparently not only does Coash not like Ricketts’ Death Penalty position, he just thinks he’s a demon on every issue.
Big shocker, though, that the Anti- forces keep harping on this — since it is easy. As has been noted here before, once Governor Ricketts took charge of the program, instead of broadening the base of support, he put it all squarely on his shoulders. That’s certainly one way to operate — but it opens him up to all of the criticism behind it.
In the mean time, as the article notes, thankfully there are still volunteers out there who believe that Nebraskans should have the opportunity to vote on the issue.
This one is all about how because Rep. Jeff Fortenberry hasn’t come out against the Iran nuclear deal, he is “measured and thoughtful.”
So…that would make Nebraska’s two Senators, 3rd District Congressman and 2nd District GOP candidate…rash and close-minded, according to Don, right?
All of them have made fact based, specific arguments against the Iran deal. But you see, they haven’t sided with Don’s opinion, so…NO THOUGHTFULNESS FOR YOU!
Just to put this in perspective, Don also notes…
“Electric baseball season at mid-summer.”
Oh look! Don’s Yankees are in first place!
Well gosh, that DOES make is electric!
You see how that works?
(In the mean time… clap-clap-clapclapclap, LET’S-GO-ROY-ALS!)
OK, got it.
Leavenworth St. readers are NOT into World Emoji Day.
They are not into trying to figure out what certain Emojis are.
And they’re not into guessing games involving Emojis.
(There’s probably more to it as well, but we can at least nail those points down…)
Well, from Friday’s little game, here are your answers to what I came up with for Nebraska politician Emojis.
(We will continue the game to the bottom of the page, where you can see what the meaning is behind each Emoji…)
Pete Ricketts: ©
Deb Fischer: 🎣👆
Ben Sasse: 🚐
Dave Heineman: ⌛️
Ben Nelson: 🌽👢
Mike Johanns: 🍴
Lee Terry: 🏡
Jeff Fortenberry: 🐊
Adrian Smith: 🚜
Tom Osborne: 😇
Hal Daub: 🎫
Mike Fahey: ⚾️
Jean Stothert: 🙋
Jim Suttle: 🌊
Bob Kerrey: 🌉
Chris Beutler: 💈
Kay Orr: 🚣☝️
OK, and now the meaning behind each of those…
Pete Ricketts: © = that’s meant to be a Chicago Cubs symbol, for the family owned team
Deb Fischer: 🎣👆 = “fisher” + 1st female senator
Ben Sasse: 🚐 = the “Ben-ebago”
Dave Heineman: ⌛️ = hourglass for the longest serving Gov
Ben Nelson: 🌽👢 = that ear and boot would represent the Cornhusker Kickback
Mike Johanns: 🍴 = eatin’ irons for the Ag secretary
Lee Terry: 🏡 = an Emoji of a nice house
Jeff Fortenberry: 🐊 = an alligator for the born and bred Louisianan
Adrian Smith: 🚜 = a tractor for the 3rd Dis rep
Tom Osborne: 😇 = some see him as a saint
Hal Daub: 🎫 = a ticket to all the events at the CenturyLink Center he championed
Mike Fahey: ⚾️ = a baseball for the stadium on his namesake street
Jean Stothert: 🙋 = the first female Mayor of Omaha
Jim Suttle: 🌊 = Mayor during the historic floods
Bob Kerrey: 🌉 = a very difficult to discern emoji of a bridge
Chris Beutler: 💈 = that’s a barber-pole, very similar to his street art
Kay Orr: 🚣☝️= an “oar” and the first female Governor in the state and first female GOP Governor in the country
See, wasn’t that fun?
There may be some later updates for you about some of the “fun” at the Gretna Days Parade. Stay tuned…