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Hilty formally announces candidacy for council

A newcomer to Lincoln politics made it official today: Melissa Hilty announced her plans to run for Lincoln’s District 1 City Council seat, in northeast Lincoln.

Melissa Hilty

“I plan to run a spirited campaign,” Hilty said, “By running a rigorous grassroots campaign, I will try to meet every voter before Election Day.”

She’ll be running against incumbent Democrat Doug Emery — former Lincoln postmaster.

Hilty said her top three priorities are balancing the city budget without raising property taxes, reining in wasteful spending and creating jobs.

“The working people of Lincoln are hurting. We need bold leadership to move Lincoln forward. If elected, my top priority will be to work on behalf of Lincoln’s working people and not the special interests.”

Hilty currently serves as Legislative Aide to State Sen. Ken Schilz. Hilty has been a resident of Lincoln for 11 years. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in communication studies. She is a member of Lincoln Berean Church.


GOP state chairman removes Nelson bullseye from his blog

The chairman of the Nebraska Republican Party removed a Ben Nelson bullseye from his blog this week after left-wing website Bold Nebraska chastised him for having what has quickly become considered incendiary art.
Mark Fahleson, a Lincoln lawyer, gave in to Democrats’ complaints — begrudgingly. In an email to Politico, he said he removed it after gripes from Nelson supporters who are “attempting to use Saturday’s tragic events for political purposes.”
“So that we can move on from this insanity, the image was removed,” he huffed. “My resolve to boot Ben Nelson from office in 2012 remains, however.”
So there!
Perhaps the irony is that every time somebody writes about this, they publish another copy of the bullseye:

Jane Kleeb at Bold Nebraska chided Fahleson into taking the bullseye down in this post.
“Just like Sarah Palin’s poor taste in her graphic targeting of several Democratic seats with cross hairs, Mr. Fahleson clearly decided it would be okay to put a picture of Senator Nelson right in the middle of a gun target,” Kleeb wrote. “I can just hear Mr. Fahleson and several others on Twitter or on Leavenworth Street accusing me of politicizing the tragedy.”
To which the Leavenworth Street blogger promptly responded with: “Well Jane, let us help you out. We don’t want you to just hear it, we want you to read it. You are politicizing the tragedy.”
You’d think after the events of the past week, all of these people would be redoubling their efforts to knock off the partisan, divisive bickering. But no. They step it up, acting like children on a playground.
I prefer John Stewart’s take on the whole deal. (See my next post.)


Jon Stewart gets serious about the Arizona shootings

The world is truly topsy-turvy when the fake news anchor is doing the best job of putting things into perspective:
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Among the most quote-worthy things he said:

I do think it’s a worthwhile goal not to conflate our political opponents with enemies.

It would be really nice if the ramblings of crazy people didn’t in any way resemble how we actually talk to each other on TV.

You hear about crazy, but it’s rarer than you think.

If there is real solace in this, I think it’s that, for all the hyperbole and the vitriole that’s become a part of the political process, when the reality of that rhetoric — when actions match the disturbing nature of words, we haven’t lost our capacity to be horrified. And let us hope we never do.

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