Heath Mello told a group of coffee-drinkers today that he is forming a “think-tank” to…well…think about stuff, apparently.
No name or anything, else, but observers said it sounds like a re-tread of Adam Morfeld’s “Blue Bench” — to get Democrats to run for office.
…or maybe just a vehicle for Mello’s next venture…
And no word yet on ANY Democrats willing to run for Governor or U.S. Senate.
Just because he said it…
Ann Ferlic Ashford was having none of the criticism for her husband Brad deciding to run for Nebraska’s 2nd District Congressional seat — a gig she had also expressed interest in .
Ann took to the Twitters to rail against commenters (such as moi) for suggesting that Ashford, “got pushback from people saying it would be sexist if he ran instead of his wife.”
Ann ranted, “Because a few wrote it online, it must be true? I’m so tired of people fanning false rhetoric in an effort to create
#FakeNews“. (That’s pronounced, “hashtag fake news“, for you oldsters.)
But see, here comes the funny part:
It was BRAD who said that to the Wall Street Journal:
AKA, “Stop quoting my husband!”
And Ann is also angry that people think she got (politically) shoved aside by her husband’s (political) ambition.
Then again, she was listed in several national stories about her possible intention to run for Congress — then she doesn’t even bother to issue a statement that she’s not running.
Hey look, the Ashfords can do whatever it is they do. Just don’t blame the rest of us for reporting on their ham-handed efforts to pretend they’re all progressive and Democratty for the party leftists.
It will be fun to watch Brad run as far as he can to the left in the Primary, then try to tack back the other way if he makes it to the General.
It’s like the man says: We need a compass, not a weathervane.
The hard work
Senator Deb Fischer met with Ivanka Trump today to discuss the Senator’s Strong Families Act.
“It’s so important to have Ivanka Trump use her platform to shine a light on the challenges working families face. I look forward to continuing to work with her on a way forward with policy solutions that can make a difference.”
Fischer and Senator Angus King (I-Maine) reintroduced the Strong Families Act in February. The bill would create a tax credit to incentivize businesses to offer up to 12 weeks of paid family leave per year. The leave would be separate from other vacation or sick leave, would be available to both male and female workers, and could be taken on an hourly basis. Employers would receive a nonrefundable tax credit equal to 25 percent of what they pay employees during their leave. Senator Rubio is a cosponsor of the bill. Fischer and King introduced versions of this bill the past two Congresses.