It is high comedy when the Democrats in the Nebraska Legislature whine and moan about the “new partisanship” in the Unicameral.
Wait, what? I thought the Unicameral didn’t have parties? How do we know they’re Democrats?
Bob Krist, who had his bottom handed to him (family blog here) on the Executive Board vote is the latest to cite the “black day” in the Legislature because Republicans took all but one committee chair.
This Tweet summed it up:
— Capitol Beat NE (@CapitolBeatNE) January 6, 2017
Well, here’s some news Senator: Nebraskans were tired of voting for Republicans and having Democrats be put in charge. Because to most, party does mean something. Nebraskans saw the Legislature abolish the death penalty and promptly voted it right back in. Nebraskans saw the RINOs vote contrary to their districts and voted them out.
Welcome to voters and their representatives giving State Senators a clue.
Of course the really comical part is that Democrats in the Legislature vote as a block on nearly ALL of the right/left issues. But as soon as Republicans vote with those they agree with politically in this political body, “Oh my! The partisanship!”
Cry me a river.
The Omaha Mayor’s race is officially gearing up with former State Senator Heath Mello challenging Mayor Jean Stothert to seven debates across Omaha, one in each city council district.
Why Mello thinks only 7 is sufficient when there were way more than that last time is unknown. Or why he didn’t invite the other announced Mayoral candidate, Taylor Royal, who has turned in exactly as many signatures to put his name on the ballot as Mello has, also a head-scratcher.
Then there’s the issue of “transparency” that Mello has been so fond of for about 4 weeks. After demanding “transparency” from the Mayor, who has responded to the Nebraska Democrats’ records request with over 2,400 documents from the city, Mello hid from a demand by the Stothert campaign for HIS records as a State Senator.
Specifically, Mello responded to the the Stothert campaign (in the 3rd quarter of the Nebraska – Tennessee Music City Bowl so as to duck away from the press) saying he DECLINED the request:
“This is consistent normal practice of other Legislative members who have received similar requests including former State Senators Deb Fischer and John Nelson.”
But when asked Thursday, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer specifically called out Mello’s statement. In a call with reporters Senator Fischer said:
“I don’t know where Mr. Mello got his information from, but he’s wrong. The request (made to Fischer by the Nebraska Democrats in 2012) was for my calendar, my schedules. We printed those off and we mailed them to the Nebraska Democrat Party, and heard nothing about it again. I haven’t talked to Heath for the last four years since I left the Legislature, so I don’t know where he got that information. But it’s wrong.”
Ball’s in your court Heath.
Any other excuses for hiding your records?
Holy moley the Omaha World-Herald went after Senator Ben Sasse today. In an editorial they attacked Sasse for quitting the Senate Agriculture Committee and joining the Senate Armed Services Committee instead.
Beyond the fact that Nebraska is already represented on Armed Services by fellow Nebraska Republican Deb Fischer, Sasse left the Ag Committee, which has seated a Nebraskan since the 1970s.
“Sasse’s decision ends that tradition, and it’s troubling.”
On that note, North Omahan, via Bellevue, State Senator Ernie Chambers is now on the Legislature’s Ag Committee.
Congratulations to new Congressman Don Bacon – NE02.
And Leavenworth St.’s founder Jerry Kratochvil, a/k/a Street Sweeper, has a new Twitter account: @JerryKrat. Follow him for all things in the local zeitgeist.