As you may know, many have suggested to Kintner that he not only resign, but resign BEFORE September 1st. Why? Because if he is out by September 1, the ballot would be opened up for a vote, and anyone who wants to get their name on would have “time” to collect signatures to have that done.
(Of course, note that the deadline for 1,300 signatures is September 1st, no matter what — and one can’t start collecting until the seat is offically open. So good luck with that…)
But here’s a quirk:
Let’s say Kintner resigns AFTER September 1st, but BEFORE September 9th. Then, the open seat would be on the ballot, but without any candidates listed. So a candidate could then only win by write-in vote.
Think what kind of chaos that could potentially be. Sure a well known person could step up and get their name on the airwaves and internets. But equally, a simply ORGANIZED person could potentially do the same, and get in by whatever plurality could win it.
Of course, the Legislature or Governor could take the issue out of Kintner’s hands if they could call a special session and expel Kintner within the next 7 (to 14) days.
A week’s pretty tight though, eh?
If only they had seen this coming.
By, say, a year.
If you’re not a Lincolnite, you probably haven’t been following the budget standoff in the Star City between the Republican controlled City Council and the Democrat Mayor.
Much of it comes down to whether the Council has “the right to pass a tax rate lower than required by the mayor’s budget.”
There are legal implications for that, and possibly a court fight.
So in the middle of all this, the LJS editorializes on who is really at fault. The clear answer?
KLIN’s Coby Mach.
The LJS describes Mach as a “Republican Party operative” who is stirring up his listeners to “egg on” the Council in their fight. Wow, the power that Mach has during his Drive Time radio show!
And he must REALLY be making the big bucks being employed by the Nebraska GOP!
(Oh, he’s not?)
By the COUNTY GOP!
Uh…well…he was a Republican delegate, so he MUST be controlled by the GOP, yeah?
But here’s how the LJS concludes their editorial:
In the city of Lincoln, a fast-growing political affiliation is nonpartisan. Last we checked on active voters in the Capital City, there were 64,646 Republicans, 60,942 Democrats, 1,254 Libertarians and 34,228 nonpartisans.
In other words, about one in five active voters in Lincoln is registered nonpartisan.
When the conversation turns to government, those are the folks we want to sit with at Saturday morning coffee, see on the next bar stool and chat with on the church steps after services. May their numbers continue to grow.
So instead of the 80% of voters who have core beliefs and the backbone to actually choose their party, the LSJ pretends to waiver with the 20% who can’t make a decision (and oh by the way, don’t get to vote in the partisan primaries).
And of course, the hilarious part is the LJS trying to pretend that THEY’RE independent, when they’ve been rock-solid SHILLS for the Democrats for years.
So, nonpartisans, know that when the LJS sidles up net to you at the bar for that chat their dying to have, there’s a great chance they’re going to suggest that YOU pay the bill.
Oh, and hey, speaking of the LJS, funny that they haven’t come forward on this story:
Oil companies pumped cash into Clinton Fndtn while successfully lobbying Clinton to approve huge tar sands pipeline https://t.co/bPpQdNHVR4
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) August 24, 2016
Of course, in order to successfully cover this story they’d have to…
1) Waive their Democrat bias towards Hillary
2) Pretend that Hillary wasn’t pro-Pipeline before getting hammered on it
3) Waive their declaration against political party leadership and interview Democrat Chair, Jane Kleeb, while she pretends to be an “independent” observer
And then, Jane is in an conflicted place herself.
On the one hand, she hates pipelines. And she was a Bernie Bro during the election — going so far as to have her people flex their muscles, (it’s been said) at the convention to get her spot as chair.
But on the other she IS trying to get Hillary into the White House (in theory, anyway).
What are the LJS and Jane to do???
Maybe they can call into Coby Mach’s show and plead their case…
Leavenworth St. has received word from the Don Bacon for Congress campaign that retired Brigadier General Bacon has accepted offers to two debate — one from KMTV and the OWH and the other from 1290 KKAR.
No word yet on whether Democrat Brad Ashford has or will accept these offers to talk directly to the voters of the 2nd District.
We know Brad likes to show up unannounced on sidewalks to deny he is a Democrat who votes for Nancy Pelosi and Co-Chairs Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Hopefully he will show up on the air to smooth through all of his positions.
Likin’ Leavenworth St.
Because THAT’s how you keep up with the talk of Nebraska politics.