Word on the street is that former Alaska Governor, and Vice Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin will endorse Donald Trump today or tomorrow.
The Ted Cruz peeps aren’t too happy about it, complaining that Trump isn’t the sort of “conservative” that Palin has endorsed in the past.
But it made one wonder where THIS politician (the one in the middle) will turn.
Well, not really.
We know Senator Sasse ain’t a Trump guy.
There’s probably a 99% of so chance he’s a Cruz guy.
(And Iowa Governor Terry Branstad just said, “it would be a mistake for Iowa to support” Ted Cruz. Mrrrawar!
Once again, legislation on the edge!
Democrat Heath Mello and Left Wing Republicans Kathy Campbell and ohn McCollister introduced a Medicaid expansion plan at the Capitol today.
Governor Pete Ricketts has expressed his opposition to Medicaid expansion numerous times recently.
So where does it stand politically?
Answer: Teetering on the edge!
Any proposed legislation would require 33 votes to break a (assumed) filibuster in the Unicameral.
There are 49 Senators…
…Therefore, if 17 Senators do not support the Medicaid expansion plan, and sustain the filibuster, it’s a no-go.
Well, after the Mello-Campbell-McCollister gig, a different set of Senators came forward, to OPPOSE the bill. And in their ranks they had…
And they said they have 4 more on their side.
That’s (more math…) 19!
So, they have to hold on to most all of them.
And the Medicaid Expansionists need to turn 3 of them.
And the battle of Whose Will is Stronger begins.
At least they’re consistent…
And just because, it is worth looking at the LJS’s Don Walton’s political column from yesterday.
As he is wont to do, once again The Don pointed to a number of votes from the 2015 legislative session to note how “independent” the legislature is.
But you know what Don never notes? The Democrats of the Legislature aren’t the least bit “independent”. As a matter of fact, they must take their marching orders directly from the the Democrat State Chair, or from Heath Mello, or from some other fat-cat Democrat in a smoky back room.
Because they march in lock step on nearly every issue, just like the band director told them to. No variation. No independent thought.
Boy, sure doesn’t seem to be what George Norris had in mind when he proposed that “non-partisan” body.
But the party Dems gotta be happy that they have good little drones…
If we can put Joe Biden on the moon…
And then, looking for the Congressional Republicans to get all clappy whenever President Obama speaks, Walton asks why Republicans couldn’t support the idea of Joe Biden curing cancer! Do Republicans LIKE cancer?????
Well, part of it is because of the inherent idiocy of the “proposal”, which is using a word that does not apply.
Does anyone think that Joe Biden is going to march down to the National Institute of Health and start peering into beakers and ordering blood samples and the like?
OK, let’s back up. Let’s say the President DID propose Biden do this…in the first year of his first term. Well, if nothing else, it might sound like Joe had a mission for the next four years, and we could measure getting Congressional approvals and funding and yadda yadda.
But in the final 12 months of his LAST term? That’s the time to focus on “cancer”, eh?
And oh by the way, WHICH “cancer” is it we are talking about? As NRO’s Kevin Williamson points out, that is a very generic term for a number of different illnesses.
“Cancer” refers to a category of diseases, one that contains hundreds of different maladies. Some of those have a great deal in common with one another, many do not. Spindle-cell breast cancer really isn’t very much at all like Hodgkin’s lymphoma; the former presents a very difficult course of treatment with a poor outlook, while the latter is so effectively treated (90 percent survival rate) that it is sometimes described as “curable,” though physicians tend to shy away from the use of that word.
That is almost like suggesting that Joe Biden is going to go out there and cure “illness”.
But ain’t it like a Democrat to suggest something sweeping, pretty much impossible, in a dumb amount of short time…and then complain when everyone else doesn’t get on board since the GOAL is so awesome.
Not everything is the “moon landing”.
(Which didn’t happen in 12 months either…)
McCoy in the chair
The Council of State Governments announced that Nebraska State Senator Beau McCoy will serve as the 2016 National Chair.
The CSG, the nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government, champions excellence in governance to advance the common good.
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