Don Walton or the LJS hates it when Republicans vote in lock-step.
It’s a bad thing. George Washington hated it! George Norris hated!
George Foreman…has yet to weigh in.
Oh but if Democrats vote in lock step vote after vote after vote after vote after vote?
Mehhhhh… that’s just Democrats being Democrats.
Nothing to see here.
So in his long list of people who are good because they don’t stay with their party, he cites…Ben Nelson.
Hmm. Now, if ONLY there were an example of a a time where Ben Nelson voted party above all things. A vote that was STRICTLY on party lines. Where the Democrats jammed a bill through with zero support from Republicans.
A vote where it was alleged that Ben Nelson essentially accepted a bribe in order to vote on an issue that changed fundamental systems in the country.
Ya see, if Democrats do it, Don can’t even be bothered to cite the example.
Mankind was my business
AP’s Grant Schulte writes about how Pete Ricketts, a businessman, is arguably running the state counter to the wishes of the business community.
While this may be true, it seems that isn’t what people are looking for when they seek a business person in charge of government.
Instead the usual theme is that they want the government bring business practices to state government.
While the business community may want their concerns to be first on the Governor’s list, by the nature of the office, that will not always be the prevailing thought.
Shulte was going for a little different gist in his article, to be sure. But what he didn’t hit were Governor Ricketts’ moves like hiring Felix Davidson as COO, Brenda Hicks-Sorensen as Economic Development Director and Sharon Pettid as Human Resources director — all of whom were fired or moved out of those highly-paid and publicized positions in 2015.
Whether government can be run “like a business” is a concept that looks to be ever evolving.
No medical marijuana petition…this year
The plan for a signature petition for medical marijuana apparently was retired for the year, after organizers cited the cost of getting signatures as a primary reason.
State Senator Tommy Garrett was quoted by the AP saying that it could cost around $1M to get signatures together.
Garrett plans to try legislatively again next year, which could, in theory be more successful — or less — depending on new studies or analyses of other states’ plans.
As the science on this improves, one would think a plan will come out sooner than later.
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