Friday, January 6, 2017

GOP takes over 'nonpartisan' NE Unicameral

Every committee is now chaired by a Republican, except Laura Ebke, the new Judiciary Committe Chair, who left the GOP after Gov. Ricketts attacked her in a speech for voting to abolish the death penalty in Nebraska.
Following the 2016 legislative session, Ricketts addressed a state Republican convention, criticizing several Republican state legislators for failing to support his position on various issues, and calling for the election of more "platform Republicans" to the legislature. Ebke was one of thirteen legislators who signed a letter criticizing Ricketts for conduct that they described as placing partisanship ahead of principle. Shortly thereafter, Ebke changed her registration from the Republican to the Libertarian Party. She was thought to be the first Libertarian member of the Nebraska legislature.

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