Last week Leavenworth St. posted information received that there were irregularities in the signature petition verification process for the expanded gambling initiative.
The thought, by some, was that those verifying signatures — the county Election Commissioner offices — were using a different standard for these petitions, as opposed to those for the recent death penalty petition drive.
As it turns out, no, they weren’t.
The Election Commissioners, such as Douglas County’s Brian Kruse, Sarpy County’s Wayne Bena and Lancaster County’s Dave Shively were simply hard at work doing their jobs.
It turns out that the PETITIONS themselves were a shambles.
The signature petition drive for expanded gambling came up a solid 40,000 signatures short — only getting 66% of what they needed.
That’s the $1.3 Million question that Ho-Chunk Inc. head Lance Morgan is asking, after spending that much to try for a huge new stake in Nebraska.
And the response that is generally understood is that Morgan’s million dollar question should have been more like a $3-4 Million question, if he wanted to guarantee success.
Consider a few things about the process:
First, they did not have an issue that grabbed people’s hearts and minds, that was going to garner volunteers and walk-in signatures. That’s what happened with the death penalty petition. People were asking for petition sheets and driving to get people to sign. Does ANYONE feel that way about expanded gambling? Well, maybe those who DON’T want it.
So if there was no real volunteer effort, it was going to need serious cash behind it. And the million bucks wasn’t going to do it, for more reasons.
Note that they because of various court fights, they did not start getting signatures until late in the fall. This was after the county and state fairs. After the Nebraska football season started. And then into the freezing cold months.
That means a signature gatherer would need to stand out in the cold and hope to get some folks coming into the DMV or where ever.
And then when the warm weather finally came, the sigs had to be in BEFORE all the fairs and parades started.
And speaking of those court cases, if you DID want to sign a petition? You had to sign THREE times. There were three issues being put on the ballot, so imagine signature-getter standing there with the clip board. They have to, by law, read the description, get a signature and address (and date!), read a description, more writing, read a description, finish up the writing.
In the mean time, 10 other potential signers have already walked by. Or gawd forbid there’s a line to sign. (And again, who is that much into it to wait in a line?) So you would need, arguably, three times as many signature-getters to achieve what one would do in a regular initiative process.
And then one can look at the different methods of hiring and training and methods and costs. But the bottom line is, they needed more cash to hire more people to get more GOOD signatures.
And then that they reportedly told the Secretary of State that they had around 130K signatures, when it ended up being 119K didn’t help. And then there is the MAJOR problem of internal verification, before submitting them, that looks to have happened.
People who work these types of campaigns will likely look at this effort for future initiatives. It is unlikely that the casinos will make this type of mistake again.
Not The Onion…
Ah, the Lincoln Journal-Star.
Just after Leavenworth St. was taking the OWH editorial page to task, there was this one in the LJS:
Ohmygosh! What did Mach do? Was he found in a steam bath with Trump and Putin? Did he spit some gold-plated Trump water at a newsman? Did he and Trump LITERALLY split a baby? What???
No, it turns out that the LJS just does NOT like the fact that Mach was a delegate at the GOP Convention in Cleveland.
Of course, keep in mind that that means Mach was a delegate in Lancaster County. And then Mach was a delegate at the state GOP convention. And then Mach was one of the many that went to Cleveland.
But because Mach is on the radio, and has been president and CEO of the Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) which lobbies the city council, etc…well…being a delegate…who voted for DONALD TRUMP!…well that’s just beyond the pale!
Get a load of this witless palaver:
But when Mach picked up his credentials to walk into the Quickens Loans Arena in Cleveland to vote and cheer for Donald Trump, he crossed a line.
Does Mach really have the best interest of the city at heart? Or is he part of a partisan scheme to make Democrats look bad regardless?
OMG LJS your eyes are a creamy brown color.
Please read the comments at the end of the editorial to see how readers immediately called the LJS out for this new ridiculous standard.
Because we of course know that they are simply a water-carrying system for the Democrat party and all that it envisions. Between their writers (not all, mind you) and editorialists, their bent to the side of the “Progressives” is laughable.
But let us just use their own new standard.
Let’s look at one Jane Kleeb, the new CHAIR of the state Democrats.
I guess Leavenworth St. must have missed the LJS’s foreboding editorial about “when Jane Kleeb walked into Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Arena…” and how they could no longer trust a word she said after endorsing…HILLARY!
Because OF COURSE they didn’t write any such thing!
Instead, they QUOTED Jane in her latest harangue on the Keystone pipeline, hammering TransCanada.
Strangely enough, the LJS did NOT note that she is the head of the state Democrats, was at the Convention, and that anything she says just might — MIGHT — have a political tilt to it.
Strangely enough, not a word!
The lack of self-awareness is not surprising, but it is always a sight to be seen, nonetheless.
You seldom disappoint!
Carl Curtis Open-Comment Friday!
Well, since it is Friday, the Leavenworth St. comments board will open up to all of you dying to talk about whatever you want to talk about. (You know, unlike every other day…)
The saga of Senator Kintner ain’t going away anytime soon.
The DEA still keeps marijuana on the same level as heroin and crank.
And Donald and Hillary keep at it.
She has mounds of evidence against her, FBI investigations, and a history of shady dealing and profiting off of her government jobs.
And he says bad things that causes the media’s dresses to go flying over their heads.
I’ve said to others, and have seen it repeated in the Twitterverse, that you get the feeling that if Trump just said nothing for two weeks other than “I will make America great again and she has said she’ll raise your taxes” that he would jump ahead of her in the polls.
Then again, the press would likely just note that Trump must be off eating babies, hottubbing with Putin and choking down more goldwater — all the while ignoring the thousand dollar bills falling out of Hillary’s speech-coat…
The how and the why!
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