Inukchuk wrote:...and the residents of Omaha voted this guy in? Yikes.
For 37 years.
Nebraska voted in term limits in 2000 specifically because we had finally had enough of this guy. His entire career has been built on thumbing his nose at the rest of the state. North Omaha is about the only enclave of Blacks in the state, and they’ve been using the ballot box vote for Chambers as their way to stick it to the White Man. Chambers has had a career of opposition, opposing such heinous things as a bill preserving the right to hunt in the state, and another bill requiring farmers to control ground squirrels on their property.
His only proposed legislation that I can remember was a bill to allow athletes at Nebraska to be paid as state employees (which would have DQ’d the University from NCAA competition – bright, Ernie!), another bill requesting that Omaha’s school districts be segregated (not making that up) and… that’s about it. Can’t remember any more.
Not so good for a 37-year career, huh?
Basically, Chambers’ whole goal as a state senator was to piss off as many people as possible. He is best known for his days-long filibustering in attempts to stymie bills for obscure and often pointless reasons. He’s also quite well known for wearing a t-shirt and jeans, or jeans and a sweatshirt with the arms cut off, to the legislative floor, and holding court for hours on end with his filibustering. The clothes I’m fine with – you don’t have to wear a suit to be a legislator – and his oratory skills are very, very good. But the problem with all of it is that he basically does all of it to piss people off.
I’m cool with opposing injustice. I’m cool with the whole Gandhi mentality. But come on, man – this is Nebraska, not Alabama or Mississippi of the 1960s. It’s not like he’s on the forefront of the Civil Rights movement. Never has been, never will be.
Dan Lambskin wrote:i think Nebraska is the new Florida
I LOLed at this. We certainly have our share of crazy here.