The AP’s Grant Schulte is reporting that Nebraskans for the Death Penalty WILL likely get the signatures needed to put reinstatement of the Death Penalty on the Nebraska ballot in November of 2016.
He quotes NE4DP’s spokesman Chris Peterson saying,
“… it has gone well. We’re cautiously optimistic that we’re going to be successful.”
If this were a Monday Night Football game back in the 80’s, Dandy Don Meredith would be singing, “Turn out the lights! The party’s over…”
Considering how tight-lipped Peterson has been on any numbers over the past weeks, this is the first indication he has given, and it is unlikely that he’s say this is they still had major efforts needed.
Further, Don Walton is speculating in his weekly column that NE4DP will get not only the 5% needed to put it on the ballot, but the 10% they need stop the Death Penalty from being repealed in the interim. (He is getting that info from SOMEwhere…)
Walton’s question is whether they will try to execute someone in the mean time. Interesting question.
So if they do have it on the ballot, the real campaign for the General Election vote to reinstate the Death Penalty, will be over a YEAR away.
There is a decent chance the campaign for that will be head and shoulders over the Presidential vote in Nebraska.
The Koch Brothers had a retreat recently, and invited a select few elected officials to be speakers.
Sixteen, to be exact.
And one of those 16 was Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse.
The whole list:
The governors —
Wisconsin’s Scott Walker
Indiana’s Mike Pence
Illinois’ Bruce Rauner
Texas’ Greg Abbott
Arizona’s Doug Ducey
South Carolina’s Nikki Haley
North Carolina’s Pat McCrory
The senators —
Colorado’s Cory Gardner
Utah’s Mike Lee
Nebraska’s Ben Sasse
Alaska’s Dan Sullivan
Florida’s Marco Rubio
Texas’ Ted Cruz
The congressmen —
Ohio’s Jim Jordan, who chairs the House Freedom Caucus
Wisconsin’s Sean Duffy
Michigan’s Justin Amash
In addition to the elected officials, the crowd heard from presidential candidate Carly Fiorina earlier Saturday and will hear from former Florida governor Jeb Bush on Sunday.
The gang spoke to about 450 donors at a California resort.
The LJS has a short iinterview with former Governor Dave Heineman — one of the first and few that he has given since leaving the McMansion back in January.
Nothing really breaking. Per usual, he doesn’t comment on Governor Ricketts at all noting, “You can only have one governor at a time.”
The main interesting note:
He called a return to elected office “unlikely” for him.
However, he said, “I don’t want to ever say never.”
By the way, a Terry Brandstad situation (of coming back) is not a likely thing.