A few items to wrap up for the weekend...
From the LJS:
Heineman signs ban on texting while driving.
Check us if we're wrong, but don't we now need a ban on the Governor signing bills while driving?
What did he have, one hand on the wheel and a grande mochachino between his legs while autographing that legislation on the dashboard?
The Unicameral passed the recent fetal-pain abortion bill the other day, making national news. It would seem that this is almost certain to hit the U.S. Supreme Court.
A few interesting notes: the vote was 44-5.
The five voting Nay:
Danielle Nantkes Conrad (Lincoln - Dist. 46)
Tanya Cook (Omaha - 13)
Brenda Council (Omaha - 11)
Ken Haar (Lincoln - 21)
Amanda McGill (Lincoln - 26)
And then Democrat Governor candidate Mark Lakers also called out the Governor, apparently, for signing this law. Is there another way to read the Lakers comments in the Sioux City Journal?
Lakers said he believes the state will spend millions defending lawsuits over abortion and health care reform.The article doesn't otherwise spell out Lakers position, but it would seem that he is against this bill that overwhelmingly passed the legislature, no?
In similar news, Nebraska Right to Life gave their endorsement to Governor Heineman in the upcoming election. They said his support for the recent abortion bills outweigh the issues on the illegal immigrant bills.
On the other hand, NRTL gave a lifetime ban to Senator Ben Nelson, after his support for the national Health Care legislation. Nelson had said that he was happy that the language in the bill was good enough that no taxpayer money would be used for abortions.
Then again, Nelson also probably figured that the new law wouldn't shut down his and his staff's health care coverage, and that they hadn't screwed up the language regarding pre-existing conditions.
But, whatever. Hope and change. Right?
An alert reader wanted us to note the Nebraska Democratic Party's lambasting of Koch Industries for contributing to, among other things, the Tea Party movement, Lee Terry and the evil George W. Bush.
They spend several paragraphs arguing that Koch is an evil polluter which is trying to buy influence in government.
Except they left out one particular recipient of lots of Koch money;
Senator E. Benjamin Nelson.
Turns out Nelson has taken over thirty grand from Koch in the past five years. There are plenty of lefties who hate him for it.
But hey Nebraska Dems, thanks for the input. Good lookin' research on your guy there.
In case you missed it, the OWH reports the fund raising numbers for the 2nd District Congressional race. Pretty clear that Terry's primary opponent will not be running any serious media.
Tom White seems to be raising some money to "get his message out".
Of course, his message of "I support the Obama/Pelosi health care bill" would seem to be, ehhhhhhh, a difficult sell to the voters in the 2nd. But hey, rock on, and all that.
For the time being we are waiting to give our analysis of the GOP Nebraska State Treasurer primary. However, we're not sure that it will have changed much from the way we looked at it a few months back.
More at a later date.