Free Hugs!

The Senate voted 87-0 to pass the Defend Trade Secrets Act, and Senator Ben Sasse decided to hug it out with his peeps:

That’s Sasse with Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.).

Apparently some Tweeter wasn’t down with the embraces, and called them (all?) “oathbreakers“. (Anyone with an idea of what this means either in context of the vote or the hug, please respond.)

Sasse decided to take said Tweeter (a self-described “23 year old anarcho-Political Scientist”) head-on and responded:

And I think the answer to Senator Sasse is that Michael Corleone clearly answered the question on this:

 

ABBA

Lots of action in the Unicameral yesterday.

Senator Beau McCoy’s Winner Take All advanced, even after Senator Ernie Chambers threatened to shut the place down if the vote proceeded.

Chambers practicing the “taking my ball and going home” method of legislation.

And Senator Bob Krist magically appeared after briefly appearing on a milk carton prior to the vote. He then chastised everyone who suggested that he was hiding, because he was totally NOT hiding! Totally! Not!

Mmmhmm.

 

All Plates Matter

Senator Tommy Garrett pushed along his idea for a “Choose Life” license plate, but a filibuster was threatened and Senator Chambers piled on by filing amendments proposing a number of other plates:

  • Black Lives Matter
  • Love Your Mother
  • Ban Meat
  • Ban Genetically Modified Organisms
  • Legalize It

But with the pending filibuster, Garrett responded:

“We took to transportation and telecommunications committee, and it came out with a 8-0 vote. But there have been some amendments which kind of undermine support. Due to the late hour of the session, I request unanimous consent to bracket…”

Now, look at the Lincoln Journal Star’s headline:

‘Choose Life’ license plate bill pulled after opponent pitches ‘Black Lives Matter’ plates

Well, the bill was pulled. And it occurred at a time after that amendment was filed.

But the headline would, of course, have you believe that the racist Senator Garrett was against the BLM plates, and thus pulled his Choose Life plate rather than admit that black lives, do indeed matter. Because he is pro-life and racist.

Sure you can read into the first few paragraphs of the story to see that this wasn’t the least bit true, and a tweeter from the “real media outlet” admitted to former Senator Scott Lautenbaugh that the bill was pulled based on the filibuster.

But hey, why should the LJS bother with such technicalities when they can blast the Pro-Life community as being racists thugs!

 

Badgered

With the Wisconsin primary vote today, most polls say Ted Cruz will win Badger, much as he did Hawkeye, Lone Star and Sooner.

And some analysts (wishfully?) say this will be the end of Donald Trump, based on the open convention.

And interesting read in the Washington Post features Josh Putnam, the founder of Frontloading HQ (FHQ, for short), “a site that tracks the presidential primary calendar and all that comes with it.

Putnam notes that whether Trump, or in theory Cruz, gets to 1,237 delegates to secure the nomination will absolutely depend on…California. Which has its primary vote in June.

Which means…the May 14th Nebraska GOP primary will be on the agenda for the candidates.

Will they show? Will it be a deal? Will they all just go to Portland instead (for Oregon’s primary on the same day)?

Well, in any case, if you read on in Putnam’s analysis, here is what he predicts WOULD happen at an open convention:

If Trump fails to get to 1,237: It will take two ballots (and perhaps just one) to choose Ted Cruz as the Republican nominee. Trump has done well at the allocation game. Cruz, though, is off to a good start in the delegate selection game. If he has more loyal delegates — those that would stick with him even after they become unbound — then he likely has sufficient power over the Convention Rules Committee to either change the rules to unbind the delegates or to just wait out an inconclusive first ballot for a clarifying second ballot vote.

Whoa.

That hasn’t been stated in many other places. With all of the talk of Open! and Paul Ryan! or maybe someone else!, there hasn’t been much talk of the actual organizing going on by Cruz.

You can read the whole thing, but the gist is that, like in North Dakota, Cruz has worked the ground to make sure that he has an advantage with the personal delegates.

As for Nebraska, keep in mind that currently, Nebraska delegates at the convention in Cleveland would be bound to the Nebraska primary winner on the first TWO ballots. So if Cruz wins Nebraska, he doesn’t have to worry about anyone going rogue on the 2nd ballot, where he could win.

And, FWIW, when writers mention Nebraska, they seem to think Cruz will take Cornhusker. Though, there doesn’t seem to much of any polling on it.

Feel free to chime in here.

 

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25 comments

  1. Stuff Jane Kleeb says (when not attacking Brad Ashford) says:

    “I would love to see Senator Scott Kleeb and Senator Ben Sasse working together. I think the two of them are very similar — on different ideological terms, of course — in their belief to fix Washington.”

  2. From a certain POV says:

    Isn’t a Republican senator proposing to change how the electoral college awards votes from Nebraska after Obama scored a single EC vote in the 2008 election a way of taking the ball and going home, too?

    • POV,
      WTA was passed by the Democrats in 1991 with the specific, partisan purpose of trying to pick off one Electoral Vote — likely in the 2nd District — for the Democrats. The legislature attempted to repeal it several times BEFORE 2008, including one time where Gov. Ben Nelson vetoed the legislation.
      This is putting the law back to the way it was supposed to be.
      -Ed.

      • buck turgidson says:

        Ben Nelson vetoed Winner Take All TWICE before 2008 – in 1995 and 1997.

        The district apportionment method was originally introduced by Dianna Schimek, a former Democrat National Commiteewoman.

        Dave Sund’s twitter meltdown following the vote last night was soooooo good.

  3. Just a voter says:

    How did this dude ever get elected to the Senate? (what a weirdo)

    Do we Nebraskans become little more that a state full of mindless drones on Election Day? Sure seems that way.

  4. The Grundle King says:

    Lest anybody thought Speaker Hadley had managed to reinforce his spine after his stern little finger-wagging at Sen. Chambers, allow me to put that silly notion to rest. He remains firmly seated in the cephalopod class of organisms.

    “Speaker of the Legislature Galen Hadley says he’s frustrated by the increased number of filibusters this year to try to block legislation, but no one person is to blame. He says he’s concerned about what it means for the future of the Legislature.”

  5. Anonymous says:

    RNC Chairman Priebus says the GOP nominee may be Kasich and GOP voters can sit down and shut up. — Do you think GOP voters will hang him or do the boiling oil? Either way he is apparently liberal so make sure you compost him afterwards.

    The GOP Chairman being Liberal? Its seems so. Because Kasich supports Common Core, amnesty, raising taxes on oil and gas, and was the only one of five GOP governors initially running who expanded Obamacare in his state; in Kasich’s case over the will of his own GOP-led state general assembly.

    Kasich is the least “Republican” of the original 17 candidates and yet that is what the GOP Chairman likes. Go figure.

    It is as if GOP leaders think that if only Romney had been more liberal he’d have beaten Obama.

    • The Grundle King says:

      We get it…you prefer a blowhard in Trump, who talks tough when it comes to conservative matters, but has a history that is about as liberal as they come.

  6. Anon says:

    Every Speaker has to learn how to give and take with Chambers to get anything done and break the logjams. Some do it better than others. Hadley is not winning any awards in this category.

    • The Grundle King says:

      I agree that Hadley is not winning any awards here, but I disagree that anybody needs to give Chambers anything. He’s one man, and it’s the speaker’s job to stand up to him.

  7. Unisham says:

    Hadley only has himself to blame. Filibuster time allotted is up to his discretion. He doesn’t need to let Ernie take four hours on Select File to filibuster each bill. Cut it to 15 minutes and move on. He cut filibuster time on General File from 8 hours to 6 I think. That is still not helpful. This is one of the biggest clusters at the end of Session that I can remember.

  8. Sparkles says:

    It’s stunning to watch the devolution of the Republican party.
    Almost inconceivable that a race for the office of POTUS could come down to a choice between the likes of Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.

    There’s only one way something so.. debauched, so primitive could end.
    Amid the scorching heat and humidity of a late July Cleveland afternoon, the Republican convention is going to conclude in a makeshift, open air hut set up in the parking lot behind Quicken Loans Arena.
    In the hut, enveloped by a cacophonous frenzy of the most elite of GOP mega donors, will be a small, rickety table. Seated directly across from one another at that small table will be excreTED and the Tufted Talking Yam, sweat pouring from their brows, an old 38 revolver resting on the table between them and Charles Koch slapping each of them in the face, screaming, Mau! – Mau! – Mau!!.

      • Sparkles says:

        Sweeper went with Pacino and the Kiss of Death scene from The Godfather II.

        I went with De Niro and Walken in the Russian roulette scene from Deer Hunter.

        Mau! – Mau! – Mau!!.

  9. anon says:

    Wisconsin just saved the Republic, though Cruz’s only attraction is that he’s not Trump. Same for Sanders – he’s not Clinton. Not a very good recommendation, but enough to keep the United States from being a self-destructive laughingstock.

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