Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle continues his sell on higher taxes.
The latest plan is to “raise the city portion of the property tax rate by 9 percent, boost the wheel tax by $23 per vehicle, and add a new 4 percent tax on restaurant food.”
And while Suttle is taking the battle to citizens at various spots around Omaha, others are fighting back on the airwaves.
Dave Nabity leads the “Omaha Alliance for the Private Sector” against the proposed tax increases.
The OAPS (“oh-pss”? “oh-aps”? oh well...), has produced this spot coming to a television near you. (We got our sticky fingers on it, and put it up on the Leavenworth Street YouTube site.) See it here:
Brief and to the point, with a call-out to the Councilmen. Of course, Democrat Chris Jerram has already called for a wheel-tax for commuters. So add that to the fun.
It will be interesting to see where this leads.
And speaking of Hizzoner, here is a little ditty about Mayor Suttle from Matt & Ben at “Twister 93.3”.
A riff on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” -- though we’re a little unclear on how this song fits Twister’s demographics.
(You can download this yourself from their iTunes page.)
Calling all Democrats...again.
Looks like Mike “Goober” Meister (hey, he ASKED us to call him that) is looking for a #2 on his ticket.
Seems he has until September 1st to find a Democrat -- ANY Democrat -- to join his team as the Lieutenant Governor candidate to take on Dave Heineman in November.
And really, if you’re a Dem with ambitions, why the heck not? You get your name out there. You meet the Elks clubs. You go to the Husker games. And if lightning hits you four or five times, you get an uncertain job in state government.
What’s not to like?
So step it up Dems! Get yourself a #2 already.
Oh, and BYOSsS (Seersucker Suit).
And kids, while we tough our way through the dog days of August,...just remember that while football season is a good two months away, Labor Day is less than 30.
And what happens on Labor Day?
The REAL start of the campaign season.
Fasten your seatbelts. (Especially those of you in NE-2.)