The word ’round the Capitol in Lincoln is that there are approximately 20 or so state Senators so far who would vote in favor of holding a Special Session of the Legislature to address the Senator Bill Kintner cybersex extortion scandal.
They need 33 to call the session.
Apparently state Senator Bob Krist and his bud Senator — nay, Mayoral candidate! — Heath Mello are itching to jump into the mosh pit.
Or, Governor Pete Ricketts could convene the Legislature by proclamation. And the word is that he is inclined to do that — though he may wait for Senators to decide on their own.
But this is a risky venue for Ricketts. Because at this point, we pretty much know everything about the scandal…involving Kintner. The State Patrol has reported times and dates and emails and threats and confessions and pretty much all of your scandal info short of a car chase.
But one issue is still out there:
What did Pete Ricketts know and when did he know it?
All indications are that Governor Ricketts had all of the pertinent info — offically or not — less than a week after the dirty deeds were done. That was August of 2015.
And after that, with Ricketts having — at minimum — a very good idea of what took place in the Boston hotel room and afterwards, he still kept dates with Kintner. He still showed Kintner his support. And Ricketts even put Kintner on his slate of delegates for the 2016 GOP Convention in Cleveland.
This is a hairy situation for all involved.
Many in the Unicameral — not just the Governor — will be asked what they knew and when they knew it. And then they will be sitting there while their fellow Senators cluck their tongues at them.
There is only one real answer to all of this.
It is unclear however if all of the parties know how to get there.
Speaking of Heath Mello, he was on KFAB yesterday with Gary Sadlemyer.
He had a few interesting lines…and Sadlemyer didn’t really let him get away with much.
Mello said he wants Omaha to be a “city of the future”.
And Sadlemyer drolly responded that he didn’t know what that meant.
Mello scrambled a bit and talked about biomedical research and technical education. And Sadlemyer immediately shifted to the issue of how Futurama would get built: raising taxes.
And here is where Mello’s experience in politics helped him: he wouldn’t answer the question.
But Mello did note that he is “a young father” and that he is in office “at a VERY young age”.
Yet, it isn’t exactly clear why Mello wants to emphasize his relative youth and inexperience for the job of the City’s top executive.
Wayne Bena: anagram for “Ya, new bean!”
Douglas and Sarpy County Election Commissioners Brian Kruse and Wayne Bena held a presser earlier today, noting an information card they are sending out, as well as some pertinent upcoming dates:
September 1, 2016: Deadline to file for office by petition.
That means that, per the above conversation, if Bill Kintner resigns before 9/1, applicants could still file to get on the November ballot. After that, too late.
But Kruse and Bena also hit a few other notes:
They’re sending a mailing to all registered voters in Douglas and Sarpy, which includes an early-voting ballot application. They’ve made it pretty easy — including taking a photo of the application and emailing it back to the election office. (Saves you for whatever a stamp costs these days.)
And to cut any confusion, while Kruse suggested a “selfie” of the ballot application, one does not actually have to include their face in the photo back to the commissioners.
Vote early, vote often!
Where it’s at
‘Cause that’s where it’s at.