Back in May, things looked pretty clear what was happening down in Lincoln. It was The Wild West.
Winner Take All was quashed over Governor Pete Rickett’s wishes.
The Legislature passed a new Gas Tax over the Governor.
The Legislature gave driver’s licenses to illegal aliens defying the Governor.
The Legislature repealed the Death Penalty over the Governor’s veto.
It made national news.
It made INTERnational news.
It happened in RED Nebraska!
And the Governor has been raked over the coals about it. By local, state and national publications.
Some blame it on the Governor’s lack of attention to details.
Others say it just shows how independent the Nebraska Unicameral can be.
But in any case, the State Senators of the Nebraska Legislature stepped up to show that they can run the show the way they want…in 2015 anyway.
Well, the Governor — backed by a few State Senators — fought back on the Death Penalty vote. And that may prove to be flipped by the voters.
But then can Governor Ricketts get them to APPLY the Death Penalty and carry it out, with a new supply of drugs?
Could be another fight.
But the members of the Legislature flexed their muscles in 2015, and made some big changes.
And that makes them the 2015 Leavenworth St. Nebraska Politicians of the Year.
Senator Deb Fischer gets the Honorable Mention for the 2015 PotY, for flexing her muscles as a legislator.
A former State Senator, this U.S. Senator started making waves early on in 2015 with a spot in the Republican leadership team. She made many appearances on the national talk shows on issues such Transportation and the Iran Deal — as a member of the Armed Services Committee.
And then it was on the Transportation Bill, where she took a lead and got significant provisions on national issues as well as Nebraska issues.
Fischer has had a focus on transportation going back to her days in the Legislature. She continued that in D.C., and showed that she is truly a work-horse of a legislator, and can get things done, even in a divided government.
And we look forward to watching her into 2016.
Separateds at Births
And a look back at those members of the Unicameral who made it into the Separated at Birth list over 2015…
Tommy Garrett and Sean Connery
Tommy & Mrs. Garrett (circa 1980s?) and Don & Mrs. Bacon (today)
Bob Hilkemann and eHarmony’s Neil Clark Warren
Matt Williams and Boomer Esiason
Les Seiler and former Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert
Kate Sullivan and Reba McEntire
Joni Craighead and Carly Fiorina
Bill Kintner and the Man Show guy
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See you next year!