Ricketts in special session standby mode, money for NE GOP – METRO


Two key issues find Gov. Pete Ricketts unwilling to be specific.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 1:56 p.m. CDT


When asked repeatedly today if he plans to donate to Nebraska’s revamped Republican Party, Gov. Pete Ricketts wouldn’t say no, but he wouldn’t say yes.

Over the weekend, Ricketts’ control of the party was overthrown, as his party chairman was expelled and nine other Ricketts loyalists quit their party jobs.

Today, the Governor was playing waiting.

[View Gov. Ricketts comments above]

Ricketts also backed away from questions about a possible special legislative session on abortion, following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Ricketts would only say that he is still in discussion with the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.

Pro-life lawmakers would need 33 votes to pass a state law further restricting abortions. During the regular session, a so-called “bill” banning abortions once Roe v. Wade was canceled, garnering 31 votes.

This bill made no exceptions for rape or incest.

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