To start your week, here is a quick SAB for your consideration…
New 25-year-old GOP candidate for the Nebraska 2nd District Congressional seat, Dirk Arneson and Star Wars, The Force Awakens, new bad guy, Adam Driver!
Because it is not the desire of this website to mimic the local papers that bury their corrections on page 16-B, at the bottom, Leavenworth St. would like to clarify something from a post last week.
Apparently there was some confusion about the activities of State Senator Mike Groene as he gathered signature petitions for the Death Penalty repeal vote.
Senator Groene wanted to specifically note that he did NOT gather signatures “going after” State Senators Laura Ebke or Mark Kolterman. The way it was phrased, there was some confusion, and that was not the way it was meant.
Senator Groene also wanted to make it clear that he was up front with any other Senators who live in his area and voted for the Death Penalty repeal, if he was collecting signatures in their districts. He did not however, go to neighboring Senator Matt Williams’ hometown and collect sigs, “targeting” him.
What DID he do?
Wellllll, you will have to listen to my podcast interview with State Senator Groene on The Wheels Down Politics Show!
We talk about the signature petition process, how he collected his sigs, his experience doing it, and his feelings on the Death Penalty itself.
We also talk about his background and how he got involved in politics. And a little about the groups he started, the Western Nebraska Taxpayers Association and the Platte Institute.
And straight talker Groene also tells, straight up, who he supports for President and why.
Come here tomorrow to hear the pod!
And as far as bringing up topics to cover, the LJS — and particularly Don Walton in his Monday column — is the Giving Tree that keeps on giving.
Especially if you’re a “progressive”.
Today, The Don noted…
Under Nebraska’s state constitution, voters have a right to overrule the Legislature even though that may run counter to the concept of representative government.
On the one hand he is correct that for say, Congress, this doesn’t happen.
But then again, it’s not part of the U.S. Constitution.
There ARE other methods for individuals in states to take things into their own hands. (Colorado, for one, is showing that.)
But this “counter” concept of democracy IS part of Nebraska’s state constitution.
And has been for a while now.
So not sure why Don is waving the red light to put on the brakes.
Oh, wait. We are sure.
Because did anyone read something like this from Don on, say, the Minimum Wage vote?
It was all about “the second house” and such, yeah?
But now, on the Death Penalty repeal it’s, “Well, maybe Nebraskans will come to their senses! Like the legislature did! We Nebraskans don’t rush into things!”
Interesting how Don quotes two other petitions that DIDN’T pass — as opposed to ones that did.
But he’s just an impartial viewer folks!
Speaking of the Nebraska 2nd District race, today Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders endorsed Don Bacon for Congress.
While Sanders isn’t in the 2nd anymore (well, not sure about her house, but the City Hall anyway) she has first-hand knowledge of Offutt, where Bacon spent many years.
And if Bacon doesn’t ultimately succeed in this bid, it would seem he could become the Supreme Leader of Sarpy County, with the endorsements he is racking up there.
Check back here tomorrow morning for The Wheels Down Politics Show podcast!