Although overshadowed by the Ron Paul drama, the platform adopted by Republicans at their state GOP convention earlier this month includes support for moving from a nonpartisan Legislature to a two-party Legislature.
GOP chairman Mark Fahleson said that’s been in the platform for at least eight years. Why? He believes many Republicans have concluded the nonpartisan Legislature is a façade. The Nebraska Legislature is partisan, he said.
And the Democrats realize that, as evidenced by their “caucusing and plotting ways to undermine Governor Heineman’s agenda,” Fahleson said.
“Pretending there are no party labels inside the rotunda only benefits the Democrats,” he said via email. “If the Democrats were required to list their party affiliation on the ballot, their membership in the Legislature would dwindle even farther, since the vast majority of Nebraskans do not support the Nebraska Democratic Party’s agenda of higher taxes and a more expansive and costly government.”
The state Democratic Party’s chairman-elect, Vince Powers, said that pretty much sums up how Republicans look at everything through a political lens.
“It’s unfortunate that they view everything out of this fierce partisanship,” he said. “They want to be able to exercise complete control over members of their party who are in the Legislature. … Look how good that’s working out for the country. They want to bring Washington, D.C., gridlock partisanship to Lincoln Nebraska. Bad idea.”