POSTED: Aug 31, 2010, 06:13 PM
Posted In: , Education, Dave Heineman, Health
Heineman’s been treating Nebraska’s education groups like a bully at recess. And if our grade school teachers taught us anything, it’s that you have to stand up to bullies.
We’re taking that advice. The Nebraska Board of Education recently decided to consider a resolution condemning the health care law at their next meeting. That’s the anithesis of standing up to a bully, and we’ll be saying so at that meeting.
CONTINUE: Stand Up to the Bully »
POSTED: Aug 31, 2010, 11:35 AM
Posted In: , Cartoon
For those of you who were wondering where Neal's promised Monday cartoon went yesterday, do not fret. We wanted to give you time to digest our weekend blogs so you could fully appreciate Neal's work. We still plan on saving every other Monday for him.
CONTINUE: Neal Obermeyer Cartoon: It's Complicated »
POSTED: Aug 28, 2010, 11:45 AM
Posted In: , Environment, Energy, Elected Officials, TransCanada Pipeline, Dave Heineman, Mike Johanns, Ben Nelson, Tony Fulton, Action
Update, 8/30/2010: Heineman remains silent, but TransCanada has now withdrawn their threatening letters. This is GREAT news and was reported by Paul Hammel with the Omaha World Herald. Every activist and landowner who has taken action should pat yourself on the back for this progress!
CONTINUE: Heineman Allows TransCanada to Bully Nebraska Landowners »
POSTED: Aug 27, 2010, 05:41 PM
Posted In: , Education, Elected Officials, Kids, Dave Heineman, Health
Looks like Governor Heineman is taking a page out of the same bully handbook that TransCanada used on landowners earlier this month.
Except Heineman isn’t bullying Nebraska landowners, he's bullying education groups.
CONTINUE: Heineman, the Political Playground Bully »
POSTED: Aug 27, 2010, 03:42 PM
Posted In: , Elected Officials, GOP, Mike Johanns, Health, Wall Street Reform, Education
My dad was a cool guy in an old fashioned sort of way. A moderate Republican (do they even exist anymore?), he often commented on political matters of the day with some cute little phrase. One of his favorites was, “Why that’s enough to make a preacher cuss.” I always got a chuckle out of it because I knew my pastors would never cuss, no sir, not those guys.
Ironically, I grew up to be a preacher which has altered my view of what preachers will and won’t do. To be perfectly honest, we’re as human as the next guy with all of the faults and hiccups to boot. But my dad, much more astute than I can ever hope to be, probably wouldn’t have been surprised at the expletive floating around in my brain as I read Sunday’s Lincoln Journal Star article about Senator Mike Johanns’ comments on “bipartisanship.”
CONTINUE: It's Enough to Make a Preacher Cuss »
POSTED: Aug 27, 2010, 03:12 PM
Posted In: , Elections, Action, Voter Registration
You can register to vote and change your address with the www.RocktheVote.com online tool.
Do it right now. Today. Don't wait until 2012!
CONTINUE: Register to Vote, Don't Wait Until 2012 »
POSTED: Aug 27, 2010, 11:09 AM
Posted In: , Roundup
The walking dead will take over downtown Lincoln this weekend while Beck fans will swarm the Lincoln Memorial. We’ll let you make your own comparisons there. Here’s your Roundup:
Get Crackin’: The salmonella egg outbreak is getting a lot of people riled up about food safety, particularly the media. The LJS editorial board is taking a firm position on the food safety bill that has been stalled in the Senate (Nelson is a co-sponsor, Johanns is not). Their message: pass it already. View Here
CONTINUE: Bold Roundup »
POSTED: Aug 25, 2010, 08:39 PM
Posted In: , Local Food, Family Farms
A few years back I was researching the latest numbers available regarding livestock concentration. Problem was, the best report (done by the University of Missouri) to track the continued consolidation of the packer industry was nowhere to be found. So naturally some calls of concern were made, and what I learned was quite alarming. The livestock sector had become so concentrated that it was now impossible to collect accurate data showing how much consolidation was actually occurring!
As of the last University of Missouri report by Mary Hendrickson and Bill Heffernan, released in April 2007, four beef packers controlled 83.5% of the market. They are Tyson, Cargill, Swift & Co. and National Beef Packing Co. The pork industry tells a similar story with an estimated 66% concentration ratio split between Smithfield Foods, Tyson, Swift & Co. and Cargill.
CONTINUE: Protecting Family Farms »
POSTED: Aug 25, 2010, 12:08 PM
Posted In: , Elected Officials, Wimp Wednesday, Tim Gay
This week’s wimp shut families out of a legislative hearing about child welfare happening today at 1pm. Senator Tim Gay, head of the Health and Human Services committee, has only scheduled five speakers to testify about an interim study on privatizing the state’s child welfare system.
CONTINUE: Wimp Wednesday »
POSTED: Aug 24, 2010, 03:00 PM
Posted In: , Elections, Elected Officials, Lee Terry, Tom White
Incumbent Rep. Lee Terry took the first swing in the election against Tom White for Nebraska’s Congressional seat that covers Omaha and the surrounding areas. As a 12-year incumbent who promised only to serve 6 years, you would think Terry wouldn’t have to take the first swing... but Terry knows he is in trouble so he had to hit the airwaves first.
The new commercial raises more than a few issues we have with incumbent Rep. Terry. Maybe his consultants thought this would be voters’ reaction...
CONTINUE: Lee Terry Meows »