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March 10, 2011

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LIBA endorses Beutler

by Deena Winter

The Lincoln Independent Business Association Political Action Committee has voted to endorse Chris Beutler for re-election as mayor of Lincoln.

“Mayor Beutler received the LIBA PAC endorsement because he has worked tirelessly on several LIBA issues and succeeded in making Lincoln a better place to live and raise a family,” said Mark Schorr, LIBA PAC Chair. “LIBA has long advocated for an audit advisory board, staffing reductions, cuts to StarTran, a reduction in the 200 percent city employee retirement match, an increase in funding for the south beltway and reform of the Commission of Industrial Relations. Our report card shows Mayor Beutler has accomplished
all of these goals to varying degrees.”

LIBA credited Beutler with creating the city’s Audit Advisory Board, cutting StarTran and reducing city staffing by 120 full-time equivalents.

“Mayor Beutler is the first mayor to work at, and successfully reduce,
the 200 percent employee retirement match,” LIBA said in a press release. “Under his leadership, the city provided funding for, and purchased, south beltway right-of-way. While these issues are important, the mayor has also helped to tackle one of LIBA’s largest priorities, significant reform
to the CIR.

LIBA said his greatest accomplishment is “perhaps” his leadership and advocacy for a new arena — and bringing numerous groups together to support it and maximize local labor and suppliers.

“Because of these and other successes, we believe Mayor Beutler is ready to lead the city another four years,” the press release said.

The LIBA PAC endorses candidates who promote free enterprise, a healthy business environment, reduced government spending, and low taxes for the citizens of Lincoln.

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15 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jeffrey Poley
    Mar 10 2011

    Deena:

    Chris is Lucky Attilla the Hun isn’t running for mayor or LIBA would have endorsed the Hun.

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  2. Roger Yant
    Mar 10 2011

    Oh riiiiight. I guess no one brought up that when Beutler took office in 2007 the city debt was $1 million, and today four years later we are in debt $6.3 million. You bet ya LIBA (a little Palin lingo there)did you overlook that one? I can’t believe they are basing this decision on lowering the amount of matching money (LIBA did you notice that the mayors pay and matching funds did not get cut?) and the arena. The CIR, well it’s election season time dah! He was the mayor who ushered the state fair out of town, by not fighting to keep it here in town, along with the council. He has been part of the team pushing the Antelope Valley project, how much have we spent on that one LIBA? The Arena and so much more. Does anyone at LIBA know how much the city owes in outstanding bonds, close to $1 billion. The city keeps spending, LIBA keeps supporting the power brokers.

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  3. Jon Duhon
    Mar 10 2011

    Roger, get over it. LIBA endorsed Beutler because he’s a pragmatist and has been very successful. LIBA is more concerned about actual performance and effective management than tired old political rhetoric.

    Reply
  4. in the real
    Mar 10 2011

    So, how does LIBA know Tammy Buffington would not make better changes for there cause if giving the chance?

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    • ej
      Mar 11 2011

      Did you see her performance in the first debate? ‘Nuff said.

      Reply
  5. Jane H Kinsey
    Mar 10 2011

    LIBA is chicken! Too many members are of the 2015 Vision and they have to follow the line. Actually, their statement of support puts a positive spin on Beutler’s performance and doesn’t mention his failings. Too bad he doesn’t have some
    rich, powerful opponent to show them.

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  6. Roger Yant
    Mar 10 2011

    John, where has he been so successful? Buying the Experian building for $6 million, oh right, now we have to spend $10 million to fix it up and move there. Getting the arena passed? You call that success? Tom Osborn got that done, Beutler did very little, and we shall see on that in the future. What about getting the city $5.3 million more in debt, remember in 2007 our debt was $1 million, now $6.3 million. Ya, I call that a real good job John. There is so much more. Keep voting for these people and soon we can fight the big battle on how to get ourselves out of this mess.
    One thing I can truly say John is,( I know that is not your name) is Jane and I do use our real names, and we are not afraid to speak out. Cowards use fake names.

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    • ej
      Mar 11 2011

      Beutler didn’t usher out the State Fair. Lack of interest ushered out the State Fair. If you truly think that “Beutler did very little” in getting the arena passed, then either you’re like one of those guys living under a rock in the new GEICO commercial or you value your credibility so little that you’ll make any statement to further your agenda.

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    • Roger C
      Mar 12 2011

      Do you ever wonder why nobody voted for you for Mayor, or have you come to grips with that? Just fyi, your name-calling doesn’t portray you in any better of a light.

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  7. in the real
    Mar 10 2011

    Yes, Jane, then they try to convince everyone that the people voted for it, but they don’t tell how the ballets were left on a car roof and drove down North 27th Street, blowing them all over. But NO FEAR-they were all found and accounted for ??? About a 6 second blup on news.

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    • Gene
      Mar 11 2011

      I’m sure every single one of those ballots was a no vote too.

      Reply
  8. Terry Gill
    Mar 11 2011

    Roger, are you the one everyone calls “Roger Rant” because you go to community events and pontificate your bizarre ideas with no real undestanding of city planning or urban development?

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  9. J. Brown
    Mar 11 2011

    This life long Democrat will not vote for Beutler. I cannot afford his spending ways, and by the way I’m a member of LIBA, I”m sorry to say. The arena is going to be a money pit and moving the state fair was a bad idea. Mark my words. I am so happy for you that cannot see the the forest for the trees. Your personal attacks are not welcome here. What have you done for the city, EJ,Jon and Gene? I would be willing to put a Buffington sign in my store window to show her my support, I already have one for Ms. Winters.

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  10. longtime Startran rider
    Mar 13 2011

    As a long-time Startran rider Beutler will not be getting my vote. Bus service should be considered a essential city service like fire, ambulance, and police protection and we should have a grid system with more frequent trips. To those who say the buses run empty have never ridden the #44 O ST Shuttle during peak times; it is packed. Also, going with the city services analogy, chances are your house will never burn down BUT wouldn’t you like the fire dept. around just in case it or your neighbor’s house does? In the bus analogy your neighbor is everyone who is blind, elderly, disabled, wants to make the right choice for the environment, too young to drive or simply too poor to afford a vehicle.

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  11. Lance
    Aug 11 2011

    Thanks LIBA. Are you going to help me pay the super-cool, shinny new enormous wheel tax and property tax? No, really… are you?

    Reply

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