DECLINE TO SIGN – Nebraskans for Public Safety
In this Sarpy Outlook interview Retired Judge Ronald E. Reagan discusses Nebraskans for Public Safety with Peg O'Dea Lippert. ''Decline to Sign'' is the theme of this service organization put together to educate voters regarding the broken death penalty system in Nebraska, pointing out the risk to innocent lives, it having no deterrent value and the endless cost of appeals.
Producer/Director Charlene Ligon, Content Director Peg O’Dea Lippert, Videography Charlene Ligon
Since the July 4 holiday is approaching, I’ve been reflecting on the Founding Fathers and their monumental contributions to this great country. That made me begin to think about the right wing Republican claim that the Founding Fathers would be Tea Party conservatives in the 21st century.
I can tell you from my historical research that claim is flatly wrong and is quite frankly an insult to the Founding Fathers. I don’t think those great men would want to… Continue reading
Currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) is a case that could potentially blow up the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and cause more than 6 million people to lose their health insurance policies. A group of radical right wing libertarians have filed a challenge to the ACA based upon an alleged drafting error in the law. These radicals claim that subsidies for the purchase of health insurance are only legal in the 16 states that have set up their… Continue reading
New Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts recently finished a legislative session that some Republican insiders (justifiably) termed an “embarrassing start.” Two prominent Republican lobbyists who spoke to me on background were both highly critical of Ricketts’ handling of the legislative session. One lobbyist said the Senators perceived Ricketts’ approach as “heavy handed” and another told me that the Ricketts Administration only got engaged with the Unicameral very late in the session.
Ricketts’ failed legislative session isn’t the only thing that has called into… Continue reading
One of the common talking points on the right is that Barack Obama is the “worst President in history.” (This talking point is rather ironic in light of the fact that many of the people saying it voted for George W. Bush two times.) Just who are the worst Presidents in American history? What made them so bad? How does President Obama’s record compare to their records?
Franklin Pierce is widely considered to be one of the worst Presidents because he signed… Continue reading
The conventional wisdom in January was that – due to Ricketts’ election and GOP gains in the unicameral – right wing Republicans were going to dominate the 2015 legislative session and do to Nebraska what they did to Kansas. However, in that very same month, a well placed source at the Capitol told me that some of the Republicans elected in 2014 were more moderate than expected and we might be in for a pleasant surprise in the Unicameral.
As it turned… Continue reading
In recent days, Ramadi has fallen to ISIS even though the so-called “elite” Iraqi army units defending this city greatly outnumbered the attacking forces. Needless to say, the GOP went into it’s tired “full outrage” mode and blamed the recent setbacks and the rise of ISIS on President Obama. The message from the GOP appears to be that the U.S. should have maintained U.S. ground troops in Iraq on an indefinite basis and should even send American ground troops back… Continue reading
On May 12, an Amtrak train crashed in Philadelphia killing eight people and injuring over 200. After this tragic accident, a furious blame game broke out in Washington with the Republicans denying responsibility even though they had voted to cut funding for Amtrak for many years before the crash. Instead, the Republicans chose to blame the train’s engineer since the train was traveling more than 100 mph around a curve that was supposed to be taken at only 50 mph.… Continue reading
This week, the President traveled to Nike headquarters, welcomed entrepreneurs to the White House, sat down for a discussion on poverty in America, and took important steps to eliminate any ambiguity around the reforms that the Affordable Care Act calls for. The First Lady also had a busy week, which included delivering a powerful commencement address at Tuskegee University–the only university in America to be designated as a National Historic Site.
Find out more about the past week in our latest weekly… Continue reading
This is what a successful presidency looks like!
In 6 years under President Barack Obama, we have made incredible progress as a country. The President saved the auto industry; brought our dependence on foreign oil and domestic emissions to historic lows; and stopped health insurance costs from ballooning out of control. Often in the face of incredible obstruction, the President has continued to fight for us and lead us forward.