First, ICYMI, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has her first TV ad out of the campaign season. See it here:
For you slackers who can’t/won’t watch, here’s the transcript:
Since day one, your safety has been my top priority. You expect results.
Chief Schmaderer and I worked together to put more police officers on the street than ever before. And shootings that threaten our community have fallen to the lowest level in a decade.
We are seeing results and we are not done yet.
I am committed to protecting your safety.
I’m Jean Stothert. I’m proud of our progress and excited about our future!
The “crime” ad hits the biggest issue that any mayor faces: public safety. More on the ad, and the latest news from that race below.
The quaking news these days seems to be about whether or not Senator Deb Fischer and NE02 Rep Don Bacon will be having Town Halls during this Congressional break. (Unclear on why not Sasse, Fort and Smith, but nonetheless…)
One can argue about whether or not a Town Hall is even merited when it’s a gang of rabble rousers who seem hell-bent on reliving a vote about a cabinet member.
(Let me go Allen Iverson here: we’re talking about a vote about a CABINET MEMBER. Not a bill. A cabinet member.)
In any case, here are the calm souls that wanted to confront Senator Fischer in Lincoln:
Ah, but they weren’t ALL costumed anarchists. There were a number of seasoned citizens re-living the 60’s as well.
And some seemed a little confused. For instance, when a VERY polite young law-enforcement officer informed the mob that Elvis…er, Senator Fischer…had LEFT the building and that there were business there trying to get on with their day and please move along what did they do?
Here’s the video (sorry about the autoplay…):
And that protest to the wall of politician-less building bore a very similar resemblance to this protest:
Deb Fischer, in the mean time, pointed out that she does the vast majority of her Town Halls in August. That is the common time for most Members of Congress to do them. In the mean time, they’re meeting and speaking to groups that were scheduled (likely) months ago.
But that’s not good enough for some. For instance the OWH’s Matt Hansen points out ALL the Town Halls that Ben Nelson did before ObamaCare, back in 2009.
Which is nice.
But he didn’t mention the period AFTER the ObamaCare vote in August 2011. (And oh by the way, the pizza shop incident also took place AFTER the ObamaCare vote, in January 2010.)
During the 2011 August recess, then-Senator Mike Johanns did around 20 Town Halls across the state.
Hansen didn’t note how many Nelson did during the 2011 August break:
Which isn’t to say that detractors shouldn’t be allowed to protest, or that they can’t give Members heat for not doing Town Halls right now. You have the right to stand in right in front of the courthouse with a REALLY cool sign made with magic markers and poster board paid for by George Soros, and DEMAND that Donald Trump hear you out in your backyard at NOON this coming Sunday!
Rock on, brother and/or sister.
Oh, and by the way News Media: WHEN Bacon and Fischer and all the others DO the Town Halls demanded, please do count the number of Betsy Rioters who are satisfied with the answers they get and will concede that the elected representative is properly “doing their job.” Take a count, will you? Use any numbering system you’d like.
You’ll probably note you didn’t have to remove your pen cap.
Along with the latest ad, the Omaha Mayor’s race is moving right along with points and counterpoints and all the like.
Mayor Stothert gave her State of the City last Friday, noting her achievements over the past four years, and presenting her goals for the coming year.
So Heath Mello, not to be outdone, stood in front of the ConAgra sign downtown and gave his “People’s State of the City” address. And no he did NOT don a Chairman Mao outfit to go along with the title of his speech, though it would have been funny.
Instead, Mello proposed a 5th police precinct, just like Mayor Stothert did.
And he proposed police body-cameras, just like Mayor Stothert did.
And his big-deal proposal as High-Tech-Heath was putting the “city’s checkbook” online! WooHoo!
And then the Mayor pointed out in her speech that this was a brand new feature on the city’s updated website.
Heath then took to the social media sites and took credit for the Mayor’s new online checkbook since, he (ha ha!) had been suggesting it in his campaign for Mayor for months! “Imitation is the best form flattery,” chortled Heath!
Well…except that this plan had been paid for by the city .
Oh yeah! How can you prove THAT!
Well, by noting the receipt that it was paid to Oracle by the city in November 2015.
And then Mello began deleting comments on his campaign Facebook page.
And blocking people on Twitter for pointing this fact out.
Local campaign politics are always fun to watch.
“Omaha” State Senator Ernie Chambers, on the Unicameral floor, as quoted by the Lincoln Journal-Star’s Zach Pluhacek:
“I speak panther. You all speak mouse. …I speak the language of the solitary dweller, like the mountain lion. You all speak the language of the lemming.”
As noted in the responses to Pluhacek, it would seem Chambers should be sporting this scent: