Ricketts Redo and more — #NebDems News

You think there will be a noticeable change when Republican Gov.-elect Jim Pillen takes over in January for departing GOP Gov. Pete Ricketts?

Rub a lamp and make a wish.

Prepare for Ricketts Reign of Error 2.0

To wit, the Omaha World-Herald reported this week that Pillen announced he would retain three more cabinet members from the administration of Ricketts in addition to the five announced earlier.

Among them was Jim Macy, who will continue in his role as the director of the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy and who “oversaw” the state’s handling of the environmental crisis stemming from the AltEn plant at Mead, where the now-closed ethanol plant produced pesticide-laden corn waste. The plant’s operations have been blamed for illness and widespread contamination, according to the World-Herald.

Last year, The Guardian quoted a Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy employee who said officials at AltEn were “hard-working people trying to make a living.”

That prompted a question from a World-Herald reader in a letter to the editor:

OK, fine, but then who is watching out for all the hard-working people trying to make a living who are not involved in the release of harmful chemicals?

Ricketts and Pillen haven’t exactly been gushing with responses to that.

A waste pile at Mead. Photograph: Judy Wu-Smart


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From now until our big win on December 6th we will have phone bank events that welcome amazing volunteers and special groups across the U.S. + abroad!

A few things to keep in mind when you attend this phone bank: – Don’t worry if you’ve never done something like this before. We’ll provide a phone script and a list of voters to call. You’ll need a phone and a laptop computer or tablet to make calls.



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  • Dec. 17 — Virtual after SCC meeting
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Various dates: Phone Bank to call voters in Georgia to support Rev. Warnock for Senate

Dec. 6: Welcome to the Party Call

Dec. 13: Cocoa, Cookies, and Conversations

Dec. 14: Cocoa, Cookies, and Conversations

Dec. 17: Cocoa, Cookies, and Conversations

Dec. 19: Cocoa, Cookies, and Conversations

Jan. 4: Nebraska Legislature Convenes

April 4: City of Lincoln Primary

May 2: City of Lincoln General Election

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