A few links with that coffee…
Two out of Three?
Don Walton of the LJS points out that it is unlikely that Nebraska’s apportionment in the House of Representatives will be shrunk from 3 to 2, based on census estimates.
In case you weren’t watching, this is a pretty big deal.
It was sort of assumed — maybe just pessimistically — that this would be the likely result, and end up matching the 3rd and 1st District reps in a showdown.
Don points out that it wouldn’t necessarily have pitted Jeff Fortenberry against Adrian Smith, but that seemed to be the CV. But Don notes something I hadn’t really considered:
Would redistricting attempt to create one urban House seat and one rural seat? Or would it place Lincoln and Omaha in separate districts counter-balanced by rural areas?
It obviously would be easier to bury Lincoln than Omaha in a rural-dominated district.
It would be interesting to see some of the scenarios. One could imagine a crazy gerrymandered district, I suppose. But in general, I don’t think you’d find many “greater Nebraska” residents who would want to be lumped in with Omaha.
I always have to remind my Omaha friends that many west of Lincoln think of Omaha as a combo of inner Detroit, mixed with the Bronx and a dusting of Gomorrah.
I know! Fax everyone!
The Don also credits the Governor and Speaker for their idea of mailing postcards to everyone to let them know of any property tax discounts they may be receiving.
As I stated before, while this is a hefty expense — $200K? — it is a shrewd political move, likely. The expense will get buried (probably) and people get notified that the government is “giving” them money.
In the past, Nebraska government officials decided against sending this type of notification — based on the expense — and paid politically.
All that being said…postcards? Really?
It’s the Year 2000 or thereabouts. Is that really the only way to let people know about their taxes? The email system doesn’t work? The Twitters and Facebooks and the rest of the internets?
I don’t know about you, but I want almost NOTHING to come to me by mail. I don’t want a printed receipt, a printed ticket or anything else sitting on my desk, in my wallet or frankly making me walk to the mailbox. (It’s not just laziness. The dog insists on making every trip, which then turns into an extended bathroom break…)
Granted in 1980, maybe that was the only way, but nowadays? Two hundred clams DOES seem like a waste of money when there could and should be better, cheaper methods for this sort of notification.
You’ll wish you’d been there.
As noted before, The Donald is on his way to Council Bluffs (if the weather doesn’t keep him away).
His “sexism” feud with Hillary has cranked up a few notches, and he just posted this on the Twitter:
If Hillary thinks she can unleash her husband, with his terrible record of women abuse, while playing the women’s card on me, she’s wrong!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2015
It will be interesting to see if he just unloads on Hillary the whole time, and ignores the rest of the GOP field. That would be very Trump-like — looking past the initial Primary sale, into the General.
Unless he has another big rally in store this week, this could be the one that the newsies talk about over the New Year.
Doors open at 4:30pm at Council Bluffs’ Mid America Center. (Main event at 6:30pm.)
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