Gov. Pete “Gosh My Daddy’s Rich” Ricketts has been stomping around the state at taxpayers’ expense spreading conspiracy theories about President Biden’s America the Beautiful plan, which prompted The Daily Beast to call out Pete for being “wacky” this week.
But as our old friend, Esquire’s Charles Pierce, opined, Ricketts is not the chief whacko of the GOP.
Long ago, at least in Blog Time, when Michele Bachmann vacated Congress, we searched here in the shebeen for a new Padishah Emperor of The Crazy People. After a thorough accounting of various portfolios of The Stupid, we settled the crown atop the shining dome of Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). We never have felt for one second that we chose poorly, not even when Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, and Marjorie Taylor Greene descended on the House of Representatives and obviously began styling themselves as possible contenders over the past couple of years. We knew that Emperor Louie had deep reserves of lunacy that were still untapped. We have not been disappointed.
In a hearing on ways to cope with the climate crisis, Gohmert got a chance to ask questions of Jennifer Eberlien, the associate deputy chief of the National Forest Service. (The hearing also involved officials from the Bureau of Land Management.) He was curious about what strategies might be employed by the NFS and the BLM to mitigate the effects of the crisis, and he wasn’t talking about half-measures, either. Emperor Louie was thinking big.
“Is there anything that the National Forest Service, or BLM can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit or the Earth’s orbit around the sun? Obviously they would have profound effects on our climate.”
Eberlein took an obvious two-beat, probably to allow the thought balloon above her head, reading, “Thank god I’m doing this remotely” to dissipate, before telling Gohmert:
“I would have to follow up with you on that.”
The NDP has launched a “Flip that Bacon” website to target Rep. Don Bacon’s 2nd District congressional seat in 2022.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has CD2 as one of its 22 competitive House districts that are either open or held by Republicans.
“We are building a winning coalition of voters to flip the CD2 seat red to blue,” said NDP Chair Jane Kleeb. “Rep. Bacon pretends he is a moderate using all sorts of fake talking points. Bacon’s voting record reflects his true values of turning his back on assistance to small businesses and families as well as women experiencing violence. Nebraskans do not like fake bacon and we intend to keep Don accountable.”
At the bottom of the home page is a timeline slider listing Bacon’s gaffes and horrible votes and positions during his time in office.
Also, click here to download and share Flip that Bacon graphics on social media!
Speaking of the aforementioned tripe being spread by Ricketts, the NDP has launched a series of “Burgers and Beers” sessions to talk truth about the America the Beautiful plan.
See where the next meetings are or request one in your area!
“That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much. who looked for the best in others and gave and gave the best he had.”
–Robert Louis Stevenson
Please join us for the 2nd Frank LaMere Memorial on Sunday, June 20 at noon at the St. Augustine School Gym in Winnebago, Neb.
LaMere, a member of the Winnebago Nation of Nebraska and first associate chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party, died in 2019 after a brief fight with cancer, leaving a legacy of leadership on myriad social justice issues.
LaMere, 69, was a stalwart advocate of justice, standing on the front lines to protect and advocate for Indian children, addressing police brutality against Indian people, fighting against alcohol sales near the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and leading on countless other issues, including the battle against the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. He stood up to violence against those most vulnerable while bringing diverse voices to the table.
Nebraska Stonewall Dems Celebrate Pride Month!
“Happy Pride Month from the Nebraska Stonewall Democrats! We honor all of the activists and dreamers, who laid the framework for equality across generations though this work is far from over. Equity is the destination and we are all on this journey. We honor the vibrance, diversity, and profound community of our LGBTQIA2S+ family not only for this month but always.”
–Sarah Cohen Walker, Stonewall Democrats Chair
June 12: Hastings Pride
The Nebraska Democratic Party’s Women’s Caucus is taking applications through July 1 for the Helen Boosalis Inspiring Women Scholarships. The caucus will be awarding three scholarships of $500, one in each congressional district, to young Democratic women who are either entering college this fall or current college students. The caucus has introduced a non-traditional student scholarship this year for Democratic women of any age pursuing an education at any educational institution. Information and how to apply can be found here.
Applications should be sent to [email protected].
The White House announced the 30×30 proposal called America The Beautiful — putting 30 percent of the nation’s land and water in conservation status by 2030.
Unfortunately, Gov. Pete Ricketts and many in the Republican Party are using fear-mongering to spread misinformation about the plan.
He’s having so-called “Town Halls” to spread his lies.
Here’s the latest schedule. If you can, attend and call him out for his lies:
Jun 17, Gordon: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. MT
Gordon City Auditorium, 311 N. Oak St.
June 24, Pickrell: 6:45-7:45 p.m. CT
4 Generations Barn, 9438 U.S. Hwy 77.
The NDP is launching a Mobile Office project designed to help our party better communicate with and serve our communities.
The offices will allow us to provide our local parties with a comprehensive and professional kit that can be used for fairs, parades, voter registration drives, and more.
These offices are available to county parties, affiliated caucus and policy councils, and other Democratic operatives across the state.
As a grassroots initiative, the project relies on the leadership and participation of local leaders, and persons and groups looking to request a Mobile Office should be prepared to return the office or help deliver it to its next location.
A Mobile Office will contain a canopy tent for outdoor use, parade banner, table, comprehensive collection of literature, a wide range of basic tabling items, first aid kit, and optional display components upon request.
Our series of training for campaigns, led by state Sen. Carol Blood, continues.
Sign up for the next session on July 25: Crafting Your Campaign Strategy. Learn how to set your campaign goals for ultimate campaign success.
Join the NDP for a night of fun and trivia! Five rounds of trivia questions ranging from current politics, past politics, Nebraska history and so much more. Grab your team of six or if you are solo we will match you with other solo players.
When: July 8th, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The House has already passed the Equality Act, and now it’s up to the Senate to take a stand for equal rights and dignity, no matter who you love or how you identify.
Add your name here and take a stand for what’s right.
If you are interested in helping write a couple of Letters to the Editor — or even a guest op-ed — over the next year or so, please sign up here to help us support Democrats and our ideas.
We can help give you pointers and show you how to submit your letter!
Help build the NDP and become a Monthly Donor!
Some 550 Democrats ran in races across Nebraska in 2020 and had a 71 percent win rate. Many of the services we offered those candidates were bolstered by our Monthly Donors.
Welcome to the Party calls have resumed! We are excited to cover topics like, voter registration and redistricting. We also will be giving our caucuses and councils the floor to talk about their goals and how you can get involved.
The next call is June 15.
If you have suggestions for topics to cover, please email [email protected].
Get your Biden and NDP swag at the NDP/Shirts 101 store!
The store now features some terrific Jomaha/Blue Dot swag!
We leave you this week with a rendering by Drew Sheneman.
–By Kevin O’Hanlon/NDP Communications Director
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June 12: Hastings Pride
June 15: Welcome to the Party Call
June 18-19: Star City Pride Lincoln
July 8: NDP Trivia Night
July 9-10: Heartland Pride Omaha
Sept. 14: Salute to State Senators