Well, President Trump launched our week with the idea of trying to unconstitutionally extend his term by two years Sunday, tweeting that “they have stolen two years of my (our) presidency (Collusion Delusion) that we will never be able to get back,” adding, “The Witch Hunt is over but we will never forget.”
The Weekly reported that this preposterous proposition was suggested in Trump’s retweet of evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr.’s proposal that Trump is owed “reparations,” specifically “2 yrs added to his 1st term as pay back for time stolen by this corrupt failed coup.”
This, of course, alarmed many folks.
But The Weekly noted that “other people were more sanguine.”
“If there were the remotest chance he were serious, and had power to put his words into effect, I might be concerned,” said Michael W. McConnell, director of the Stanford Constitutional Law Center. “But he is not serious, and he could not do anything about it even if he were serious.”
Democrats made a strong showing in Tuesday’s City of Lincoln election, retaining control of the Mayor’s office plus keeping — and likely expanding — their majority on the City Council.
In the race for Mayor, Democrat Leirion Gaylor Baird beat Republican Cyndi Lamm by a 54 -45 percent margin.
“Voters resoundingly embraced Leiron Gaylor Baird’s long service to the community and her progressive vision for the city of Lincoln,” said NDP Chair Jane Kleeb. “And voters wisely rejected Cyndi Lamm’s reckless pro-Trump agenda and hurtful rhetoric.”
In the races for City Council, Democrat James Michael Bowers won the seat that was held by Lamm, who did not seek re-election in order to run for mayor. In other council races, Democratic incumbent Jane Raybould and newcomer Tammy Ward also won.
The City Council, which had a 4-3 majority of Democrats heading into the election, will pick the successor to fill Gaylor Baird’s at-large council seat until the 2021 election.That likely will give the Democrats a 5-2 majority.
In races for the Lincoln Public Schools Board of Education, Democrats Annie Mumgaard and Bob Rauner also won.
Congrats to all!
It was great to see former U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford go home from the hospital after being treated for a backup of fluid that was caused by blood clots in his lungs.
Here’s to a full recovery!
The NDP has approved its 2020 Delegate Selection Plan (DSP) to send delegates to the Democratic National National Convention in Milwaukee, July 13-16, 2020.
The NDP worked with partners across the state and from every community to create a process where every Nebraskan had a chance to be heard as we gear up for 2020.
To ensure fairness and inclusivity in the process of finalizing the DSP, the NDP opened up the draft of the plan for public comment during the 30-day comment period, which ended April 19.
The plan was then revised and approved by the NDP State Executive Committee for submission to the Democratic National Committee for review and approval.
A reminder, those wanting to attend the NDP’s State Central Committee Meeting and Trainings June 28-30 in Scottsbluff are urged to book hotel rooms now, as the rates will be going up.
In the churning caldron of chaos that is our nation’s capital, some have been hesitant to use the “I” word regarding Trump, Esquire scribe Charles Pierce was not shy about it.
“If you believe …we are already in a constitutional crisis, which we are, people should be using the word impeachment loudly and proudly. They should beat on that gong until everyone down at Camp Runamuck goes deaf. Even if they never begin an inquiry, let alone fashion articles of impeachment and vote on them, the word should be echoing down the National Mall from now until such time as the government is cleansed of the current mold and rot, if it ever is. We won’t know how permanent the damage is until somebody else tries to run a democratic republic in this country again.”
We leave this week with some words and a cartoon my the Washington Post’s Ann Telnaes:
Looks like Leona Helmsley isn’t alone. According to a New York Times article, Donald Trump managed to avoid paying taxes for eight years between 1985 and 1994:
–By Kevin O’Hanlon/NDP Communications Director
June 8: Blue Bench Training: Mobilizing at Community Events
June 28-30: SCC Meeting and Trainings in Scottsbluff