I was at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser Thursday night, and a wise woman told me that we as a community need to prioritize the upcoming Lincoln City Elections. She is absolutely correct. The primary election is April 4, 2017; the General Election is May 2, 2017. It is our first opportunity since the Presidential election to voice our preferences for elected officials, and we need to take advantage of that opportunity!
There are three at large seats open on the Lincoln City Council. Four Democrats, three Republicans, and one Independent are running for election. I encourage each and every one of you to do your own research on these candidates and make your own decisions.
I will tell you that I am supporting Leirion Gaylor Baird and Bennie Shobe, that includes giving them financial support as well as committing to vote for them. I am still doing my research to determine who the third candidate is that I will be voting for.
Democrat Leirion Gaylor Baird is an incumbent on the City Council. She has proven to be a strong advocate for Lincoln, and she is intelligent and steady. Check out her website and the Journal Star article about her.
Democrat Bennie Shobe is a community activist and says he will represent working people in Lincoln. Bennie is also a strong supporter of human rights, and that is very important to me. Check out his website and the Journal Star article about him.
Two City Council candidates’ forums were held last week, and there is an excellent article about them here. “Candidates were asked if they would support or advocate for Planned Parenthood to be listed as a resource on the city’s webpage regarding domestic violence and sexual assault, and if they would take proactive measures to help Planned Parenthood become part of the sexual assault-response team.” Shobe, Braatz, and Independent Deb Andrews all supported working with Planned Parenthood on domestic-assault issues. Gaylor Baird “supports including Planned Parenthood on a list of agencies but suggested there should be a statement on the website that this is not an endorsement of a particular viewpoint because of the controversy.” Supporting Planned Parenthood is very important to me, and these answers will help me decide the third candidate I will be voting for.
I encourage each of you to do your own research and decide who you support. If you have the means, support those candidates with financial donations. And most importantly, go VOTE on April 4!
Monday is the beginning of the Senate hearings on Judge Neil Gorsuch. For my thoughts on the Republican campaign to get him approved and on Judge Gorsuch, check out my previous post I Don’t Care What Jane Thinks!.
On Day 49 of the legislative session, the Nebraska Unicameral finally adopted their permanent rules for the session. The rules remain as they have for several years – it takes 33 votes to invoke cloture. This is a huge win for Senator Ernie Chambers and the progressives in the Legislature. Kudos to Senator Chambers’ tenacity in making this happen. More information is found in the Omaha World Herald article.
A big weekend for the Husker Softball and Baseball teams. After rough starts to the season, both teams went 3-0. Beautiful spring-like weather was an extra perk. Go Big Red!