Tuesday Morning Links

Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 8.36.25 AMTuesday Morning Links, with commentary coming this afternoon…

4 Douglas County Board members to vote for own raises Tuesday
(This should probably be making more news…)

Buffett Takes to the Stump as Clinton Looks to Shore Up Iowa
(Note last paragraph with recent endorsement…)

Ricketts may review options with same vendor should voters keep death penalty

World-Herald editorial: Getting this refund might require more than a receipt
(Yes, this is an editorial…)

Ashford endorses Hillary Clinton in presidential race
(Probably the last time we hear about this…)

Ricketts to have knee replacement surgery this week in Chicago
(7th & 9th paragraphs…)

Come back this afternoon!



  1. Anonymous says:

    When did Vokal become the great go to sage for the media? Anyone else have any knowledge on any of this as factual or is he the only one Omaha has that blows an opinion out their whatever and call it fiscally sound?

    • Brutus says:

      Well, Open Sky could step up, except they would then have to criticize 3 Democrats who voted to increase their pay (Boyle, Rogers and Cavanaugh), and they couldn’t do that.

    • Sparkles says:

      Looks like Vokal, ALEC-lite’s CEO, has been taking notes from fiscally conservative.. Democrats.

      Vokal, from the cited article:
      “Nobody in the private sector, senior citizens, average families across the county aren’t getting 17 percent wage increases over one year and 33 percent over two,” Vokal said. “I think that modest private sector-type raises, wage increases like 2 to 3 percent on an annual basis are certainly warranted if times are good.”

      And now a quote from a Jan 14, 201 4 article in the LJS, titled “County OKs salary increases for elected officials”, here’s a quote from Lancaster County’s only Democrat Commissioner (2014):
      Commissioner Jane Raybould opposed the market-based salary increases, citing the extra burden on taxpayers. She supported an advisory committee’s salary recommendations, which included only the 2 percent and cost-of-living increases.
      However, she expressed concern that the advisory committee didn’t consider benefits that county employees receive. Those benefits are far more generous than employees in similar private positions get, she said.
      “It is disheartening that we as county officials continue to increase salaries when for the last three years we have struggled with deficits,” Raybould said. “How will this increase our deficit? How much of a burden will this be for the taxpayers?”

  2. LouAnn says:

    Where is the DCRP and NEGOP on the County Board issue? I remember back in the day we had a piece of paper we faxed out it was called a “Press Release”. Gosh that was so long ago.

  3. Sparkles says:

    The Rickett’s knee surgery article contains an interesting quote, from a prominent member of Omaha’s medical community.

    The articles states:
    “The governor said he chose to have the surgery in Chicago because the doctor there can do it on an outpatient basis, which is fairly new.”

    two sentences later the article continues..
    “Such outpatient knee replacement surgeries have been done for about a decade and are available in Nebraska, according to Dr. Kevin Garvin, professor and chairman of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.”

    Hmm.., “been done for a decade” you say. Right here in River City you say.
    Considering how quickly the medical community adopts new procedures and technologies, at a decade old, the outpatient knee procedure is downright commonplace.
    Sure could be perceived that Dr. Garvin has taken this media opportunity to call out our Governor.
    Good for him.

  4. To Lou Ann says:

    That’s right you used to be the ED of the DCRP. Do you also remember we support Republican candidates and that Brad Ashford is a Democrat?

      • LD 39 says:

        To Sweeps: I used to know a Lou Ann that supported and elected Republican candidates. The Lou Ann possibly running in LD 39 “isn’t the Lou Ann I’m looking for”

  5. Mortician says:

    It’s time to announce that the Ricketts staff is officially Brain Dead. The new election commissioner appointment is horrible. And what are his qualifications???

    “Kruse, a longtime Republican, currently works as a funeral director at Braman Mortuary in Omaha.”

    • Sparkles says:

      Former treasurer (shuffled Herbster’s money about) for Beau McCoy’s bobble-headed run at Governor,

      At least Pete is consistent. Consistently incompetent.
      Can someone say; “Heckuva job, Brownie”.

  6. bynd says:

    A “fiscally conservative Democrat”. What next, a war mongering Democrat based on Syria? Or better yet, a conservative who wants to spend more on welfare. Sparkles is a hoot!

    • Anonymous says:

      bynd, you need to let go of your preconceived notions and accept reality. Since the ’80s Democrats have been far more fiscally conservative, especially in terms of running deficits. Didn’t that famous Republican, Dick Cheney, say that deficits don’t matter anymore? His group also fought a war off the books.

      • bynd says:

        I accepted reality a long time ago. Like when people call this a red state. Pink maybe.

        They all spend money like drunken sailors. But once again, sarcasm goes over some one’s head. I would hardly call the largest most expensive welfare system in history, ACA, fiscally conservative.

        There is no such thing as a fiscal conservative in either party. And because one, for a moment, doesn’t agree with what is being proposed and votes against something, doesn’t make them a fiscal conservative.

        Reality = You can’t be a fiscal conservative until you start cutting government.

      • Sparkles says:

        “The U.S. economy not only grows faster, according to real GDP and other measures, during Democratic versus Republican presidencies, it also produces more jobs, lowers the unemployment rate, generates higher corporate profits and investment, and turns in higher stock market returns,” wrote Princeton economists Alan Blinder and Mark Watson. “Indeed, it outperforms under almost all standard macroeconomic metrics.”
        – July 30, 2014 CBS News, reporting on a study titled; ‘Presidents and the U.S. Economy: An Econometric Exploration’.
        A study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research

        Of course as has been proven time and again, facts simply don’t matter to a large subset among the right.
        They’ve spent the last two decades carefully crafting their own fact-free alternate reality, and by god, they’re going to revel in it.
        No matter the cost to the security and welfare of our nation.

  7. To 1:17p says:

    Wrong. Brian Kruse is very good choice. He has diverse experience. State treasurer’s office. Treasurer for statewide and local campaigns. Elected SID board.

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