The Nebraskans for the Death Penalty folks came out with a new website and new web video yesterday. See it here:
But I will confess that upon reading the website name, I was slightly confused. And then Brent Martin at the Nebraska Radio Network confirmed my thoughts with this headline:
(Phew. Glad I wasn’t the only one…)
Here is State Treasurer, Don Stenberg, putting it succinctly:
So, in effect, you need to repeal the repeal. So, if you favor the death penalty you’ll want to vote to repeal LB 268.
So if you don’t want the death penalty to be repealed, you will vote to repeal the repeal, thereby reinstating the repealed penalty.
So go to VoteRepeal.com.
(Quick, which side are they on?!)
Here is the way the wording will appear on the ballot:
So you can see why the pro-Death Penalty folks are using the term “Repeal” in their appeals.
Now if we can only get our hands on the butterfly ballot…
And still on appealing to the repeal of the repellent ordeal, Attorney General Doug Peterson called out the study on the death penalty cost by Creighton professor Ernie Goss as “misleading.”
“It is misleading for this report to conclude that, on an annual basis, having the death penalty costs an amount that far exceeds the total annual budgets of both the Nebraska attorney general’s office and the state public defender’s office combined,” he said.
“Nebraska voters are entitled to accurate Nebraska figures as they determine whether to keep the death penalty in Nebraska.”
It is certainly an interesting argument from Goss, especially basing many of those numbers on data from other states.
My suspicion is that Goss numbers probably capture more data than the state’s analysis did, but it also seems very likely that he overestimated to make a point.
It does always come back, however, to the adage of, “Look how expensive it is for you when we try to block what you’re doing!”
That’s UNICAMERAL air you’re breathing!
State Senator Bill Krist is taking his knife out on Senator Bill Kintner. He is threatening him every which way, if Kintner doesn’t resign, to take away…
His parking spot
Which is the biggest wuss move the Legislature could come up with.
Look, if they think Kintner’s actions were bad enough (and there is plenty to argue that they were) then they should try to kick him out by impeachment or expulsion.
If they are not willing to do that, or don’t have the votes, then tough luck.
Either he is fit to serve, or he’s not.
Taking away his office and parking spot?
Well that is a vindictive move of someone who clearly does not have either the spine or the power to do what they SAY they are supposed to do.
“All those things are provided by the Legislature for senators in good standing,” Krist said Tuesday. “And from my perspective, that’s a question right now.”
If Krist doesn’t think Kintner is in “good standing”, then he shouldn’t be a Senator. And if not, then he should be kicked out. But taking his office and his staff is punishing the constituents of the district, not Kintner.
Maybe this is just an idle threat to scare Kintner into leaving. But if it is not, then there may be other Senators whose actions are not “consistent with the standards of this Legislature”.
And then things get very interesting.