Tuesday, December 27, 2005

nebraska in the news

mother jones has an article about my favorite nebraska state legislator, ernie chambers. in spite of his questionable taste in dogs (see the picture), he's a great guy. who knew you could find a democrat in nebraska?

When Ernie Chambers returns to work this January, it will be with the knowledge that he isn’t long for the world, at least the world of the Nebraska Legislature, where he has served for 35 years, longer than any other member, current or past. Five years ago, Nebraskans passed a constitutional amendment calling for term limits. Unless the law is overturned, Chambers will be tossed out of office at the end of 2008. With his departure, the unicameral body (Nebraska is home to the nation’s sole one-house legislature) will lose more than institutional memory, because Chambers is distinctive, to start with, and does not attempt to blend in. He wears sweatshirts and jeans amid a forest of suits and ties; his gray beard contrasts with the clean chins of most of his brethren. He’s been described as “left of San Francisco” in a state that for decades has been tightly tucked under the blanket of conservative Republicanism. And, also, he’s black, the lone African American in the Legislature.


Anonymous Mom said...

Ernie is one of a kind--the conscience of the Unicameral. I will miss him when he is gone.

5:06 PM  
Blogger wally said...

the democrat in the nebraska should do something about it. ha!

poor ernie.

6:15 PM  

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