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Sen. Mike Groene

Sen. Mike Groene

District 42

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Home District Column 11/16/2016
November 17th, 2016

The election is over, the people have spoken.  Lincoln County as Legislative District 42 went 77% for Trump and 18% for Clinton.

Middle class Americans revolted against the party system.  Democrats got tired of the influence on the Clintons by Wall Street’s idle rich. The middle class working Democrat preferred Bernie Sander’s grassroots progressivism. When the party denied them their choice they stayed home, voted third party, or voted for Trump.  On the Republican side, the revolution took place in the primaries themselves. Working class citizens, who for years had stayed away from the voting booth, found their champion in Trump.  They went to the courthouses across America, registered as a Republican and they voted; they rejected the influence of the international corporations and old New England money. They rejected the establishment of the Party. Both sides rejected a vindictive, prejudiced National Press that has forgotten its free speech duty within the fabric of a free society to supply America with unbiased information. Americans wanted their jobs back and they want the sovereignty of their country defended; those, to me, seem to be reasonable requests.

America is still a grand experiment in a mix of democracy and a republic form of Government (the Electoral College).

Lincoln County also voted 71% to retain the death penalty. The vote reflected a common sense perspective on justice. We don’t live in a Utopian paradise and until Christ comes back, we never will on this earth. We must make the best of it that we can. Defending civilization and the innocent is part of our duty and is why I believe a large majority of voters decided the death penalty will remain an option for justice in Nebraska.

The outcome of the State’s Legislature races moved the body towards fiscal conservatism. Five incumbents were defeated; of them, four were senators who voted to eliminate the death penalty. In all of their districts the death penalty was retained by wide margins.  The lesson is, in representative Government, if you want to be reelected it is wise to have your votes reflect your constituents’ views.  All told, next year, there will be 17 new senators.  Term limits and a motivated electorate may just help move the Legislature in a new direction. Next year there will be a new Speaker of the Legislature and all of the 16 committee chairman positions that are elected by the Legislature’s 49 senators, could be in play. (We have decided to run for the Chairmanship of the Education Committee. I will explain my motivation to seek the position in a future column.) Nebraska is about to get a Legislature full of citizen representatives. We are looking forward to the upcoming session.

We are planning a town hall meeting next Monday night November 21st, starting at 5:30 pm at the University of Nebraska Research Center’s new conference room in North Platte.  We don’t plan on giving a speech, just bring your questions and concerns and we will give you straight and honest answers.

Please do not hesitate to contact my office mgroene@leg.ne.gov or 402-471-2729 with any comments, questions, or concerns.

Sen. Mike Groene

District 42
Room #1107
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2729
Email: mgroene@leg.ne.gov
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