We have reports of relatively brisk voting today and various Recalling.
It seems pretty clear that the Recallers did not have petitions at every polling place, from our various and sundry emails. A mistake not to pay for more Election Day coverage?
We will see.
Here is a blurry camera phone shot of one table set up. Apropos of really not much...
We have a had a few suggestions from People We Trust who think our Leavenworth Line was a little high on a couple of them. One suggested that with NE-3 split to three candidates, Adrian Smith would have a much harder time hitting the 77% mark we suggested. Maybe down about 10%. OK fine.
But we're sticking with the others, because, well, why not?
There have been more than a few suggestions that, should Tom White go down tonight, it won't be the last time he was kicked around.
Joe Jordan is suggesting that he would come back in 2012 (the year of the Great Apocalypse), since Obama voters, particularly in North O, would be more likely to surface for that election. He also suggests Congressional redistricting could help him.
And then there is talk around First National Bank that White may run for Mayor, should the Recall throw out the current Democrat.
We suppose anything is possible, but we would think that a little polling would put an end to that idea.
mentioned the other day the new book out about a fictional Senate race in Nebraska -- The Nostalgist, by Omaha Author/Attorney, Mark Kratina.
We have read the first eight chapters -- and now plan on finishing up the rest on the Kindle soon.
The story begins telling about a young lawyer having his first Senate campaign funder in Omaha, and stretches out to shape things up with the Omaha World Herald, the old incumbent Senator and --snark!-- a local blogger. (We haven't been able to ascertain whether that meant to mimic a real local blog, but we'll find out.)
In any case, Kratina gives a vivid picture of an idealist young pol making his way through the reality of statewide politics. Omahans and Nebraskans will probably get a kick out of the local settings, though it could probably be Anywhere, Midwest USA.
Now we quizzed Kratina on whether the protagonist was patterned after any young local political upstarts -- Esch and Kleeb came to mind. But he insists the character was not drawn from either, and if anything comes from his own experiences.
We look forward to finishing this book, especially with this election season fresh in our minds.
And guess what, cheapskate? YOU can read the first eight chapters just like we did FOR FREE by going to the Fedora House publishers' site and downloading the .pdf of it.
And after you've had that appetizer, go buy the real deal and get Mark to sign it.
HOW, you ask?
By getting your butt on down to The Bookworm (8702 Pacific) on Sunday, November 14th from 1-3 pm.
Tell him Street Sweeper sent you, and he will sign his name with an extra flourish (right Mark?).
Again, we don't know Mark personally at all, and we're not getting a nickel out of this. But everyone we've asked has said he is a standup guy (even if he IS a Yankee fan...), and we think you'll dig the book.
Give a hoot: Read a book.
at the email that went out from the Democrats, asking for "volunteers" for District 14 Legislature candidate Teresa Whitehead (against Republican Jim Smith).
Of course those "volunteers" would be paid $20.
Um...doesn't that make them...not volunteers?
In any case, here is a blurry camera phone shot of a couple of said union volunteers at 72nd and 370. We are told that they bolted from the corner at the crack of 1pm. Apparently they didn't volunteer to get paid overtime...
Hey, how come former Democrat Chair Steve Achelpohl isn't on the Board of Directors of "Bold Nebraska" any more?
More as it comes in -- and keep sending in your polling place reports and blurry camera phone pics! (Not so fast Bret Favre...)