The battle for Medicaid Expansion in this year’s legislative session is over, with the Nays overcoming the Ayes, 28-20 (well, nay-ing the concept, in any case).
To read an extensive list about how awesome the proposed bill was, please read the OWH’s Martha Stoddard’s report.
Looking for the WINNING, opposition’s view on that bill in Martha’s story?
Well, tough luck for you. None in this one.
For the other side, you can look at the LJS’s Don Walton’s story, which does a nice job of pulling the more “colorful” statements from the floor debate.
Rest in Peace Jerry Anderson.
Jerry Anderson was the Chair of the Sarpy County Republican Party. He was an Air Force veteran. He loved his city, his state and his country and believed staying involved at all levels was his duty.
He passed away yesterday.
But Anderson never lost his gumption in life.
You may recall that just a few months ago, he took to the internets to express his displeasure at Chip Maxwell’s candidacy for the 2nd District Congressional seat. Anderson sent out an email blast stating that he was going to prevent Maxwell from speaking to the Sarpy GOP (he was still angry about Chip’s brief independent candidacy against Lee Terry in 2014).
Not to harp on Chip, mind you, but just to note that Anderson believed in what he believed in, and he was going to let everyone know it.
Here is one of many tributes to Anderson on the internets today — this from Chuck Isom:
Shortly after we moved back, I took Ana (then probably about 4) with me to a GOP event.
Jerry was there and as soon as I arrived he cornered me about some issue (I honestly don’t remember what) that we differed on. I explained where I was coming from and we agreed to disagree.
A few minutes later I had to run back to my car and asked the folks I was with to watch Ana. When I came back, he had found a juice box for her from somewhere, was holding her hand and explaining to some other activists my position and why he thought I had some good points.
There are just too few people in this world who can be rock-ribbed in their beliefs while acknowledging that other arguments might have merit. The fact that he loved all children like his own grandchildren just makes his loss sting that much more.
Rest in Peace Jerry, and thank you for your service, many times over.
Yeah, that’s right…
And just to round out the “Semi-Automatic” coverage, Governor Pete Ricketts said he agreed 100% with a caller who said State Senator Ernie Chambers was “prejudiced” and his comment “as bad as a terroristic threat from an average citizen.”
Ricketts stopped short of calling for Chambers’ resignation — as he did for state Board of Education member Pat McPherson.
Instead, Ricketts suggested the Legislature should vote to “censure” Chambers.
Somewhere, Chambers is yelling, “Let ’em!”
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