There is a rumor floating around like a kite in a hurricane that says one of Governor Pete Ricketts’ top personal kitchen cabinet members is on their way out.
The Mill is not really certain if it is amicable or pressured or voluntary or not. And, of course, The Mill hasn’t definitively confirmed any of it (and it could all change in a heartbeat…). (And Deena Winter tweeted that she has been told that all is still in flux…)
As these things go, this would be somewhat of a big deal that could have implications for the Governor and others down the road.
Watch this space, and, more than likely, see the newsies for the official scoop.
Doing the Dems work for them
As you saw in the morning update, State Senators Beau McCoy and Heath Mello were going at it on the Twitter over Medicaid expansion.
This comes on the heels of State Senator John McCollister proposing Medicaid expansion in Nebraska, and Mello piggybacking on it.
But McCoy jumped on the idea immediately — and serendipitously, concurred with a Wall Street Journal story this morning under the headline, “Medicaid Expansion Is Proving to Be a Bad Bargain for States– New ObamaCare enrollees and costs have exceeded estimates and threaten to swamp budgets.”
(And here’s a follow-up by National Review, that is not behind a paywall.)
Without diving into the hairiness of the proposal and countercharges, let’s just say that the concept will not plow through the legislature without some heavy pushback.
And any Senator — or citizen — who has an interest in this should be put on notice about how things operated in the last session when the Dems had an idea or two with a few “Republicans” joining them.
And on that note, there’s the Larry David-level comedic stylings of the LJS’s Don Walton who calls McCollister a, “conservative Republican.”
He’s the “conservative” who voted for an increase in the gas tax, against Winner-Take-All, for DREAMer driver’s licenses, for the gas tax, for repealing mandatory sentences, and for repealing the death penalty, to name but a few.
One can’t control how he registers with the party — though Don is constantly telling us how the Unicameral is non-partisan anyway, so it’s unclear why he yanks out this label. But enough with the pretense that someone with McCollister’s voting record can be called a “conservative”.
I guess we will see if Republican leaders will be able to withstand this one.
Top Ten List
From late last week, Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford made the national news again.
He is STILL atop (alphabetically, at least) Roll Call’s Top 10 most vulnerable members list.
Though Ashford has been making a stand-up effort to portray himself as an even-keeled Democrapublican, he got rid of any pretense of that by voting for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker.
Shame. Ashford could have stepped up his “non-partisan” game. Instead he just keeps playing Democrat ball in Washington.
Dumplings and Kraut today…
On the eve of the Republican debate in Milwaukee, National Review’s Charles Krauthammer has a great column on how the GOP essentially stepped on their own…applause lines in the aftermath of the CNBC debacle.
The CNBC debate was a gift for the GOP, so unadorned a demonstration of liberal condescension, hostility, and arrogance that the rest of the media — their ideological cover exposed — were forced to denounce and ridicule their ham-handed colleagues.
What happened then? Instead of quitting while they were ahead, the Republicans plunged into a week of meetings and statements, whining and complaining, bouncing around a series of demands, including control of the kind of questions that may or may not be asked at future debates.
CNBC produced the best night of the entire campaign season for the GOP. And yet some Republicans were determined to turn it into another theater of their civil war against the GOP “establishment.”
Now with the debate moderated by FOX, it will be interesting to see who can step up their game, beyond complaining about the media.
And consider as well that there are now only 8 on the main stage, with Christie and Huckabee relegated to the undercard — and Lindsey and Pataki kicked out altogether!
We can talk more about it tomorrow, but you can whet your whistle here today as well.
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