Transparency or punishment? You decide.

The Nebraska Legislature has decided to keep secret ballot elections for officers and committee chairs in spite of the protestations of some lawmakers who said it’s all about transparency. I am glad.

Now that the dust has settled on the rules vote weeks ago and a number of op-ed pieces have appeared across the state, I’d like to call this what it is. Arguments for transparency are a red herring. It’s all about vindictiveness.

Listen to the speeches, the divisive rhetoric, the plaintiff cry from Republicans who didn’t get their way in the great nonpartisan experience we call the Nebraska Unicameral. Remember, Republicans outnumber Democrats 32 to 17 in the legislative body which is supposed to operate free of partisan restraints.

 

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