BREAKING: Trump will pick Pence for VP.
Straight outta Omaha
A couple of stories of interest outta the OWH today.
First, there is Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert’s announcement of a plan for street repair. This was a contentious issue, it seemed, for at least a few days.
Omaha Steaks’ Bruce Simon had filed a lawsuit. The OWH reported that he was hopping mad about the plan for resurfacing side streets, or the cost thereof. It seemed to be a big deal.
As a matter of fact, it was SUCH a big deal that State Senator — and much-rumored Mayoral candidate to-be — Heath Mello took to The Facebook to declare that HE had taken “responsibility” (he even looked the word up in the dictionary, to make it official) for fixing roads.
He cited a bill that he pushed through the legislature to help roads, and THAT was his clear marker that HE was going to be the road-fixing Mayor.
Then a funny thing happened.
Mayor Stothert made the announcement about the street repair plan that she’s been working on for months.
And she called Bruce Simon to explain it to him.
And, (whoops Senator Mello!) Simon dropped his lawsuit!
And said “he’s happy with the new plan.”
Here, let him tell it:
“What Mayor Stothert has done is taken a very fair, measured approach to getting this done and doing it in a way that won’t bankrupt the city and still is a really, really fair approach.”
So there ya go.
While Senator Mello was demagoguing the issue to help his nascent Mayoral campaign, the Mayor let him and everyone else in on her PLAN.
Maybe the “responsible” thing for Senator Mello would have been to ask around first.
Harshing your mellow
It is certainly interesting that the 36 year old Mello thinks he has the breadth of experience and knowledge to be the Mayor of Omaha.
His current gig is “Community Affairs and Development Specialist at Metropolitan Community College”. He has been a staffer for elected officials. And he has been in the Legislature.
Not bad experience mind you, but not exactly the level of past Mayors. Mayor Stothert was on the City Council and local school board before being elected. So was Jim Suttle, who was also an engineer. Mike Fahey had years in business. Hal Daub has seemingly done everything. P.J. Morgan was in real estate.
Maybe Mello is still planning on a City Council run to help him make that leap to Mayor. But a jump right to the Mayor’s office for the the 36 year old certainly seems…interesting. (If not hasty.)
Another interesting article on the home page of the OWH is the meeting that took place about the increasing costs of ObamaCare.
The Nebraska Healthcare Alliance’s National Healthcare and Insurance Reform summit at UNO focused on the Health Insurance Tax or HIT that will be re-implemented (it has been delayed by Congressional action) in 2017 if Congress doesn’t take new action.
HIT is a multi-billion dollar tax imposed on health insurance premiums for low and middle class workers, seniors, businesses, as well as Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. HIT hammers those who can least afford it. The $100 Billion tax will be assessed on insurance companies, who will then be forced to pass it along to consumers.
Just another hidden feature of ObamaCare that needs to be eliminated. (And you wonder how many more of those there are…)
The GOP Convention Rules Committee meets in Cleveland today, with Nebraska delegates Joyce Simmons and J.L. Spray representing Nebraska.
The letters are still flying with the Kendal Unruh “unbinding” plan to free all delegates to “vote their conscience”. There was word a few days ago that they had 28 delegates on the Rules Committee to submit a “minority report” to the full body for a vote, but that waits to be seen.
And if you’ve listened to The Wheels Down Politics Show podcasts with both J. L. Spray and Platform Committee member Brian Buescher, you’ll know that their views on the success of such a vote are low. (You’ll have to listen to the pods for their reasoning.)
FWIW, #NeverTrumper Erick Erickson today released HIS idea for who the convention should pick after they dump Trump: President Scott Walker and Vice President Ted Cruz. The first guy and the last guy out of the Primaries.
Ya gotta have a dream, I guess.
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