Welcome to you Carl Curtis Open Comment Friday!
Feel free to dive into the Comments Section regarding your favorite issue!
Feel free to make it your own (as you usually do).
But there are a few other items today as well…
What will be the end result of the petition drive and subsequent vote to reinstate the Death Penalty in Nebraska?
Could it mean…more petitions?
It has been suggested that one of the results of the initiative petition vote will be more activism. While both sides of the Death Penalty debate will organize — and many think the pro-Death Penalty side will be victorious — many think the ANTI side will rally more of their peeps who will activate themselves for their candidates and on OTHER issues.
Cases in point…
Leavenworth St. has learned that there may (MAY) be at least two more petition processes in the works.
One is regarding expanded gambling.
Regarding Horse Racing, in particular, there was this snippet in the LJS regarding the annual (single) horse race in Lincoln this year:
Last year, the Nebraska Supreme Court threw out a ballot measure that would have let Nebraska residents vote on whether to allow the machines because it included a second question about redistributing revenue from bets. The state Constitution requires ballot issues to contain only a single subject.
“We’re going to take steps to make sure that doesn’t happen again,” Omaha Exposition and Racing Board President Bob Moser Jr. said.
Not clear what those “steps” may be, but this is certainly interesting. There have been rumors that a gambling petition could also include casinos, but none of that has been confirmed.
Hopefully more on this in the coming days.
The second issue that looks very likely to be on the horizon is an initiative petition on Medical Marijuana.
Nebraska Families 4 Medical Cannabis filed a “Statement of Organization of a Political Committee” with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission yesterday. This isn’t just your regular NORML group, though the petition would likely be the same.
The difference on this one though, looks like they are more than just the average Phish concert crowd, and there are rumors (again) that they will have a PAID effort to get signatures for the issue. From the NORML site:
To add a new section 31 in existing Article III
“By July 1, 2017, the State of Nebraska shall implement and enact laws allowing the private noncommerical growing, possession, consumption, and distribution of cannabis, also known as marijuana, for any patient with a debilitating medical condition as determined by a licensed Nebraska physician.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to conflict with laws prohibiting persons from engaging in conduct that endangers others.
If any provision of this section or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, that invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this section that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this section are severable.”
When contacted (via their Facebook page) they responded…
“We are a group of parents, families, and individuals who care for loved ones suffering on a daily basis from debilitating illnesses such as cancer, MS, Parkinson’s epilepsy, Crohn’s, fibromylagia, PTSD, schizophrenia, chronic pain, etc.
We support and are active in educating and advocating for legal and safe access to cannabis as a compassionate medical option.
If you are interested in learning more about our organization, please contact Shelley Gillen by private facebook message (Shelley Kimnach Gillen). Thank you!”
No word yet on who their main funding source could be, but the NADC filing would seem to be a place on which to keep one’s eye.
And again, should the Hillary juggernaut get derailed, one would THINK that the Joe Biden express would take to the tracks, no?
And we all know who Joe Biden’s best bud is, yeah?
Not saying that Biden-Hagel is any sort of certainty, but it is an INTERESTING idea, no?
Q: What does Hagel list as his home state?