Craps. Blackjack. Slots. Pai Gow.
All could be coming to Omaha.
And Grand Island, Hastings, Columbus and South Sioux City.
And they group that is pushing it says 58% of Nebraskans want it.
The expanded gambling petition is set to hit the streets with $1M to get the required signatures to put the issue on the November 2016 ballot.
And they won’t have to get their sigs in 90 days.
The details of that, according to the OWH:
To put a proposed state law change on the ballot requires the signatures of at least 7 percent of the state’s registered voters, or about 79,700, be submitted and verified. A constitutional amendment requires signatures of 10 percent of voters, or about 113,900.
In both instances, signatures would be required from at least 5 percent of the registered voters from 38 of the state’s 93 counties.
The Keep the Money in Nebraska effort would have until July 2016 to collect the required signatures, and it has already hired a professional firm to do the work.
By contrast, the successful signature drive to place a referendum on the death penalty on the 2016 ballot faced a 90-day deadline, and more than 166,000 signatures were collected.
So they have until July of next year to get their signatures, and the organizers — including former state Senator Scott Lautenbaugh — don’t think they will have any problem getting the sigs.
(Not only will they have more time, but they should also be able to pay their signature getters by-the-signature, as opposed to by-the-hour. This would, in theory, make for a more invested and aggressive signature getter.)
Their push is to “keep the money in Nebraska” that is going to out-of-state casinos.
And, presumably to Nebraska Indian Casinos.
Room for 6 more?
Expanded gambling has been a hard-sell in the past. Plenty of big names against it, including the Governor.
But it will be an interesting issue, when there are a number of big-ones on the ballot next November — President, Congress, Death Penalty, and now (potentially) Casinos.
There’s always lots of voter apathy.
But wouldn’t you WANT to take a crack at that ballot?
Assuming the polling is close on any of those issues, I’ll just make a guess that the 2016 General Election could be one of the highest turnouts in a long time.
As I’m writing this, John Boehner has stated he will resign as Speaker of the House.
(Back when I was working in the Senate, and Boehner was Majority Leader under Gingrich. I was giving my sister a tour of the Capitol and Gingrich and Boehner were giving a mini-press conference, sporting casual-Friday attire. My sister, not that into politics, remarked that Boehner, sporting a polo and khakis, cut a much better jib than the somewhat disheveled Gingrich. But I digress…)
The names on the block?
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Former Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan. (Acutally he JUST said, “No dice.”)
Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Dallas (a Tea-Party favorite).
And remember, this was supposed to be Eric Cantor’s job…
Rep. Adrian Smith’s office, for one, has said he is waiting to find out all the candidates before putting his support behind anyone.
And no word if Brad Ashford will switch parties to vote for the new Speaker.
Senator Deb Fischer’s E-Warranty Act was signed into law by the President last night. The new law, “modernizes warranty requirements and allow manufacturers to save paper and printing costs by posting warranties online.”
Now this seems like such a small, common-sense thing to go through. Of course that kind of stuff should just be online, and not in a jumble of paper in a box that no one has ever read.
But this is exactly the kind of thing we ask for from Congress. Actually cut some red-tape and make the laws more modern and efficient for business.
And Senator Fischer is diving in and actually getting it done.
And to conclude on a lighter — and sports related — note…
Hall of Fame Quarterback Fran Tarkenton Tweeted earlier today…
So far I’m impressed with @marcorubio. Knowledgeable, articulate, reasoned, and a mature, thoughtful thinker. I look forward to seeing more.
And so I think we can all agree that The Donald’s soon Tweet NEEDS to be something of the order of…
Wouldn’t want Fran’s support. Lost 3 Super Bowls. I’ll take Tom Brady who has WON 4. #Champion
Mind you, this Tweet hasn’t happened yet.
Have a great weekend and Go Huskers!