Mayor Jean Stothert and the new Omaha City Council were sworn in yesterday for their new four year terms.
Brinker Harding and Vinny Palermo were the NKOTB, and provided a slight bit of intrigue for the gathered audience in the City Council chamber.
Ben Gray was re-elected Council President by a vote of 7-0, essentially finding that his tenure as President has been successful.
For VP, there was less unanimity. Chris Jerram was elected 5-2 over Aimee Melton. Melton has felt that a little bi-partisanship was due, and ran. While the votes were secret, it was generally felt that she had the support of fellow Republican Brinker Harding.
What she didn’t receive, apparently, was support from either Republican Rich Pahls or potential wildcard Democrat Vinny Palermo. Palermo reportedly would not signal to anyone how he planned to vote, but evidently sided with Jerram. Pahls…well…went his own way as well.
And FWIW, along with the other plans for the city’s growth that she outlined for the past 6 months of the campaign, Mayor Stothert also noted a call for a City Charter convention. There a proposal to align city election dates with the Presidential elections will likely be proposed.
Of course to accomplish this, the City Council will need to go along — as well as a great deal of input from citizens.
Should be an interesting discussion, all ways.
…and a turkey in every pot!
On the route to securing the leftist Democrat base in Nebraska’s 2nd District, Brad Ashford has now declared on the Twitter that he is FOR a $15 national minimum wage!
That’s right! A 16 year old at the car wash in Broken Bow and the 58 year old mother of 4 at a an office building in Manhattan deserve the same basic wage!
And the car wash owner and the building owner, in Broken Bow and Manhattan, should be on the same footing!
So, Brad’s now against the KXL Pipeline and for the $15 min wage. Any other of the leftist positions he needs to cover in order to make a full genuflection to the Democrat party?
And speaking of the KXL, Leavenworth St. has heard of a transition that will be taking place soon.
The word we’ve received is that Omaha World-Herald reporter Robynn Tysver, who has been the chief political reporter for the paper for a number of years, will be leaving that position within a few weeks or so.
We have been told that she will become a press relations (or otherwise PR rep) for …TransCanada, in Omaha. Yes, THAT TransCanada.
Whatever your feelings about whether or not Robynn had a political slant in some of her stories, she is undoubtably a very good writer and has had a very good sense of the political scene in Omaha and Nebraska.
We wish her the best in the new gig.