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The Lincoln Journal Star has an interesting editorial today — interesting in a “fact-free” sort of way.
They are wading into the controversy about Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts’ travel costs — about a month late. Deena Winter at Watchdog has been hounding Ricketts and the State Patrol to provide details about the Governor’s out-of-state travel.
As you know, the Governor has been across Europe and Asia talking about Nebraska to potential customers of Nebraska products. But he has also headed out to various Governors’ meetings, as well as trips to New York Chicago and Pittsburgh — the last two following his family owned Chicago Cubs.
But when Deena Winter tried to get details on the cost of his travels and the associated security, the State Patrol and the Gov’s office stonewalled.
All she ever got was a summary of TOTAL State Patrol OVERTIME for 2014 and 2015 through July 15, 2015. She never received any specifics on the cost of Ricketts’ travel security, because the patrol says it doesn’t segregate that out.
So the bottom line is, neither Nebraskans, nor Winter, NOR the Lincoln Journal Star Editorial page has any idea what Ricketts’ travel is costing.
But that didn’t stop them from making a declaration on the whole thing:
Security expenses for Ricketts pale in comparison to those racked up by some other governors.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy’s security detail cost $1.1 million for his first two years in office, according to NBC News. When a security unit accompanied Texas Gov. Rick Perry to the Pacific island of Palau, it cost taxpayers more than $48,000, according to the Houston Chronicle. Security expenses skyrocket when a governor has presidential ambitions. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s security costs were about $3.3 million for the past fiscal year, according to the Associated Press.
Well, all those details about the other Governors are interesting. But there is no comparison to Nebraska…because there’s no data!
It could also be worth noting per capita expense — but again who cares if you simply don’t know the numbers.
Ricketts has said that is all going to change going forward.
It’s not real clear why the info from the past 10 months can’t be updated as well.
But can he do the Haka?
Hey speaking of sports and Governor Ricketts, did you know he played rugby at the University of Chicago?
I’m sort of assuming this was a club team or something, as opposed to an NCAA team.
That’s one of those things his campaign or his office should have at least been throwing around. I mean, I’m not saying rugby is more “manly” than say, biking…except that it is. (And don’t get me started on you bikers riding in front of me…)
Anyway, that’s the sort of thing you LIKE to hear about your Governor. He should be pushing the Wayne State team (as he is this w/e) and the G.O.A.T.S. in Omaha, and make it his “thing”.
(You know, if anyone reads this stuff…)
It’s called “H/T” in the biz…
And speaking of random occurences, if you saw the morning links, you’ll know that Don Walton of the aforementioned LJS “confirmed” that Lou Ann Linehan is considering running against fellow Republican Pat Borchers for Beau McCoy’s term-limited District 39 seat.
In some journalistic worlds, you at least credit where you got that original information, or some such.
It’ll be an interesting Nebraska GOP Founder’s Day Dinner on November 23rd (featuring Senator Marco Rubio), if Linehan attends — and gets the chance to chat with Lee Terry or Don Bacon or their supporters.
Linehan endorsed Democrat Jim Esch against Lee Terry and contributed to Brad Ashford’s campaign against Terry. And she just recently contributed to Ashford’s campaign against Don Bacon.
She won’t be the first Republican to give money to a Democrat — then again to do so in such close proximity to running for office, while a registered Republican in theory, is somewhat novel.
Linehan still lists her business — Linehan and Associates, LLC — as Fairfax, Virginia. And she was/is also a lobbyist for Washington, DC based DCI Group Public Affairs.
One would assume she would be moving back to Nebraska full-time. But then again, her old boss Chuck Hagel lived in Virginia, while representing Nebraska, so you never know. (Cheap shot alert!)
Or just in the back of the head
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