First a little breaking-news Separated at Birth for you — inspired by Dan Moser’s Tweet that maybe Trump’s campaign manager wouldn’t be having so many problems if he didn’t resemble one of the Delta Tau-hating Omegas from Animal House…
Corey Lewandowski and Neidermeyer!
And now, we dance!
Yesterday the Medicaid expansion bill was shot down in the Nebraska Legislature. But not without the support of 50 or so blacked-out supporters from Nebraska Appleseed. They flanked the halls of the 2nd floor Rotunda, holding signs with numbers and somesuch.
And they immediately caught the attention/ire of another frequent protester at the capitol — Nebraska Right to Life’s Julie Schmidt-Albin.
Well, when the NRLers hit the capitol, the rules are put very specifically to THEM. No signs inside the capitol. No STICKERS. And no DEMONSTRATING.
This is specifically different from the lobbying that goes on in the halls, discussing issues with Senators, etc. Even if there is a press conference in the area, those watching aren’t supposed to be holding a demonstration while they’re there.
But, as Schmidt-Albin points out to Leavenworth St., it depends on who you are:
“I can guarantee you they wouldn’t let 5,000 pro-lifers into the Rotunda with signs and banners on a cold Saturday in January. We would be met at the doors by Capitol Security.”
Here is what is noted in the rules:
Demonstrations/Picketing – All demonstrations must be non-disruptive and peaceful in nature. All such activities are restricted to public sidewalks, the East and West Terraces and the lower North Terrace. Demonstrations and demonstrators shall not block or restrict access to any public entry or exit to the State Capitol and Grounds at any time. All corridors, stairways and aisles shall be kept open and no activity that could disrupt the normal order of State business will be allowed.
Here is the Appleseed group from yesterday:
As Schmit-Albin notes:
“If that wasn’t a “demonstration” by Nebraska Appleseed I don’t know what it was. From what I have seen in previous instances, today’s demonstration clearly stretched the boundaries of what has been allowed in the past.”
Curious to see how security would act if a bunch of Right to Lifers stood blocking the threshold of the legislative chamber.
Kid Rock Revolution
It is not clear how much this would cost — and the guess is it wouldn’t be free — but here is an actual bill filed by State Senator Ken Haar:
LR603 – Interim study to examine the issues faced by residents of mobile home communities.
The study committee shall examine the following:
(1) Demographic information related to rates of income and poverty, employment, age, and the health of such residents;
(2) Methods of addressing such health risks;
(3) Methods of providing access to shelters and safe rooms during inclement weather; and
(4) Such other issues as are necessary for a complete examination of this matter.
This doesn’t seem to be a priority bill…yet!
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a game of baseball the Unicameral including specifically (but not exclusively) being injured by: thrown or broken bats; thrown or batted balls.
Things got a bit testy in the Unicameral as well!
Apparently Senator Bill Kintner got a bit frustrated about a vote on his priority bill.
Two versions of the story:
1) Kintner threw his glasses across his desk.
2) Kintner “chucked a pen over his shoulder in the direction of a fellow Senator who had voted against his priority bill,” as reported on the Twitter by Lincoln Journal-Star reporter Zach Pluhacek.
The chair at the time, Senator Bill Krist, then warned if it happened again, he would have the Sergeant at Arms remove the person. Krist did not mention Kintner by name.
Kintner took to the Twitters himself to contest Pluhacek’s reporting, noting that he never had a pen in his hand and never threw anything at anyone.
Pluhacek noted Kinter’s version of events, though asked Kintner whether this meant Krist was “lying”. He also Tweeted that there were multiple things “thrown in the chamber”.
Of course the chair is familiar with this sort of thing — such as when someone “chucks” files across his desk when his bill is passed over. Maybe personally familiar.
Nebraskans are lucky there isn’t a bi-cameral legislature…
We will have so much winning
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