**UPDATE at 4:30pm**
Kintner STILL won’t resign.
Read his letter to the Executive Board, here:
Well…this will be loads of fun to watch.
Both the OWH and the LJS reported on the story of former state Senator LeRoy Louden ratting out Legislative candidate, retired Col. Tom Brewer, for living in a converted machine shed in Gordon, Nebraska.
Problem is, apparently Brewer listed a home in Murdock, Nebraska as his residence on the candidate filing.
But this is a rich story. So let’s dig deeper.
First of all, the LJS reported — though the OWH did not — that “a section of state law states that challenges or objections need to be made within seven days after the candidate filing deadline.” However, the State Constitution “requires that a candidate for the Legislature must reside within the district for at least one year prior to election.”
The OWH goes on to list various litigation over the issue in past years that seem to indicate that if a candidate’s intention or actions indicate they live in the district, then that works.
But…those aren’t even the most interesting details!
First: Brewer’s machine shed contains — contains! — a “log home”, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. THREE bathrooms! And he calls it his “man-cave!”
(The mind boggles! Full bathrooms? Half-baths? Tubs? Urinals?)
In any case, Brewer noted that the Lincoln home that he had was what he owned while on active duty in the military. Voters in the district probably consider this pretty reasonable. Oh, and probably not intentional by Brewer’s opponents to point out that Brewer was on ACTIVE military duty.
Did we mention that Brewer beat state Senator Al Davis in the primary 54-45%?
Now on to Senator Davis’s abode.
In Lincoln. (Which isn’t out in the Sandhills district, mind you.)
Ah, but Senator Davis claims it is just his Legislative home! While he is in the Unicameral! Lots of Senators do this!
And the assessed value of Davis’s little Lincoln chateau?
Half a million bucks! In Lincoln! For his “other” house!
Well, the LJS noted last year that “Davis and his wife, Dottie, bought a house outside Lincoln in 2012 and spend most of their days there.”
Davis, who used to be a Democrat, now considers himself a “moderate Republican.” He voted for the death-penalty repeal, for the increase in the gas tax and for drivers licenses for DREAMers.
It is almost as if he should be fundraising in Omaha…
Hurting the environment
A few weeks back the Lincoln Journal-Star wrote a feisty editorial about how Coby Mach, longtime leader of the Lincoln Independent Business Association and host of KLIN’s Drive Time Lincoln could not be a reasonable or unbiased thought-holder on things about Lincoln, because he was simply a stooge of the Republican Party!
Well, because Mach was a delegate to the Republican convention in Cleveland! Sure most people consider that simply an extension of one’s own political views. You’re a member of the party, and by being a delegate you get to promote your views up to the local, state and national levels.
But the LJS feels that no, that pretty much makes you Karl Rove! Nay, Donald Trump!
OK, noted LJS.
So then we mosey on over to the article they printed about Jane Kleeb.
You know Jane, of the Hastings Kleebs. Midwest prairie woman. Member of FFA. All of her clothes are pretty much either denim or gingham.
(Wait, not so much? Oh well, whatever…)
Well the story goes on and on about the “Woman who killed Keystone XL“. And they talk about how her new group is guns a’blazin’ after the latest pipeline coming from the North Dakota (which, by the way, is in America) and going across the great plains to Illinois.
And she is against it, and fighting it, and blocking things — and jobs and natural resources.
(See, Energy Secretary Moniz — the guy who looks like a cross between Ernest Borgnine and George Washington — recently said that fracking has been great for the environment.)
But no where in this story does it mention that Mrs. Kleeb is also the CHAIR OF THE NEBRASKA DEMOCRAT PARTY.
Not a delegate, mind you. The CHAIR. The person in charge. The person whose duty it is to further the goals of the party and espouse them to all — policy be damned.
The LJS, after excoriating Mach for being a delegate, can’t find it on their keyboard to maybe add an update using the works “Top State Democrat” in reference to Jane Kleeb.
Well, keep on keepin’ on there, LJS.
Because we would all get whiplash if you started being balanced and reasonable on these types of issues…
Calling Carl Curtis
And after the previous Friday Links, and a week of 20,000 more emails, Mexican vacations, great walls and footballs, we will call this a Carl Curtis Open-Comment Friday, and open it up to the commenters.
Have a great weekend, be safe on the carnival rides and…finallly!…GO HUSKERS!