Jerram decided that while Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is out of town, would be a a GREAT time to try to push through a new tax system in Omaha.
This may spark memories of the days back in the 90’s when Councilman Lording Lo tried to push through a union agreement while serving as acting mayor while actual Mayor Hal Daub was out of town.
Back then it was seen as a goofy move by Lo, though it could be forgiven to a small extent that at least Lo’s heart was in the right place: he wasn’t just trying to score cheap political points.
Not the case with Jerram.
His only goal is to try to embarrass the Mayor — though of course, while she’s out of town, instead of to her face. And isn’t it funny that Jerram did not try to affect and change the tax structure for 2017…back when the Council was debating and passing the budget!
Of course, now there’s a question as to whether such a move would even be legal. But that never really mattered to Jerram.
This is all simply a ploy to help his buddy Heath Mello improve his chances against the Mayor with a 60% approval rating by the citizens of Omaha.
This isn’t the first from Jerram, and won’t be the last.
And since this didn’t work, he can always go back to modeling t-shirts.
Ashford and Gitmo
Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford is a piece of work.
Most people that know him will tell you that Brad is a nice enough guy. But his attempt to pretend he’s a Republican while he votes like a Democrats borders on shameless.
Ashford has an ad out saying that he “supports” keeping the Guantanamo Bay detention camp open.
Only problem, ASHFORD VOTED TO CLOSE GITMO! Three times!
(H.R. 1735, H.R. 2596 and H.R. 2685.)
Here, let the NRCC tell it in their latest ad…
This is the Brad Ashford who is Hillary Clinton’s Nebraska Co-Chair, but won’t come to her rally in Omaha. And he tells constituents that he will be from whatever party they want him to be.
But actually voting to close Gitmo, then saying he wants to keep it open is beyond simply trying to play both sides.
Back to Omaha politics, the OWH confirms that Franklin Thompson will not run for re-election to the City Council next year. Thompson had been saying for some time that he was unlikely to run, and this makes it pretty official.
As Leavenworth St. had noted a few months back, Chairman of the Omaha Planning Board, Brinker Harding is looking very seriously at running — and this could likely guarantee it.
Also looking at that seat, reportedly, is Millard School Board member Mike Pate.
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