State Senator Ernie Chambers has introduced an assisted suicide bill in the legislature, and it will be interesting to see what kind of support it gets.
Apparently the supporters of this type of bill don’t like the “assisted suicide” moniker. But whether you call it “Patient Choice at End of Life“, “death with dignity” or anything else, everyone should at least know what they’re talking about.
The number of “safeguards” required in this legislation certainly makes it a bigger hill to climb for anyone considering ending their life. Though one would think that in these circumstances, the capacity issue would be a big one nonetheless.
In the past, any suggestion for this type of legislation has been fought by the Right to Life folks, various churches and others.
On the other side, writers such as Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) have written compelling pieces on why terminal patients — especially those in pain — should have the right to assisted suicide. (Adams’ was entitled “I Hope My Father Dies Soon“.)
If I had to guess, I’d think Chambers may have a hard time getting 25 or 30 or 33 votes on this. But, as he chip-chipped away at the death penalty vote, this could be another swing on this issue.
A few leftovers from the DCRP’s Elephant Remembers dinner…
Though you already read it here on Monday, Lou Anne Linehan made it semi-official that she will run for Beau McCoy’s West Omaha/Elkhorn seat in the Legislature, at this point anyway against Republican Pat Borchers. Her candidacy was announced at the dinner.
Thought she won’t have to announce her party registration on this nonpartisan ballot, it will be interesting to see how hard she pushes any Republican bona fides. Linehan has a close connection with former Obama Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and she was a supporter of Democrat Rep. Brad Ashford against Lee Terry. AND she has supported Ashford monetarily for the 2016 race.
Whether this become a Ricketts-heavy race will wait to be seen, but it looks like Ricketts guy Chris Peterson will be running the show for Linehan.
This will be a fun one to watch.
Shout it out loud!
Also, at the event, candidates were announced to the crowd.
And a number of people mentioned that they felt Don Bacon and Chip Maxwell got about equal applause from those in attendance.
(But, it should be noted, that on the cover of the program — honoring former Governor Kay Orr — was photo of her and Bacon…)
Now this “yell-poll” is about as unscientific as it comes, but we will see this shaking out in the coming months.
Maxwell has gotten a little notice from the recent poll out between him and Bacon.
Though the December 2015 numbers aren’t there yet, Bacon had raised around over $200K as of OCTOBER, with cash-on-hand around $150K.
Maxwell on the other hand, through all of 2015 has raised only about $20K…and is $8 grand in the hole right now. [Update, 1/24/16: The Maxwell camp has contacted Leavenworth St. to say that the FEC numbers are wrong, and that they actually have $2K COH and that the FEC page should be updated soon.]
One would think he’s waving the recent poll to anyone thinking about contributing to his camp.
He drinks a shot of ethanol every morning….
For those of you having fun keeping track, Ted Cruz now has both Iowa Governor Terry Branstad AND Senator Chuck Grassley against him on the ethanol issue.
You never know how Iowegians are going to tilt on these things, but just at the point when Cruz was gaining some mo for the caucuses, the two top Republicans in the state come out against him.
Question: If Trump wins Iowa AND New Hampshire, is he unstoppable in the GOP Primary?
And can Hillary stop him?
And what effect would the inevitable third party candidate have?
(Very interested to hear from those of you who think, Yes-No-None)
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