23 April 2008
Written by Key Votes
From South Carolina:
"You haven't convinced me of anything, except you desperately want this job." - State Senator John Hawkins of Spartanburg, during second-day questioning of Samuel F. Painter, a Columbia attorney and candidate for an at-large seat on the State Workers' Compensation Commission.
"You want a Cadillac road system for a Volkswagen culture, economy, and society. You want to build all these road, going nowhere." -State Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha, on a bill to use $15 million from state reserves to fund road projects around the state.
"All that has been shown by this exercise is the depth and breadth of racism in this state. Racism is the warp and woof of Nebraska." -State Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha, on a resolution that initially had apologized for slavery in Nebraska, but was changed in committee to instead express regret for slavery in Nebraska. Senator Chambers is the only Black member of the NE legislature and supported the withdrawal of the resolution by its sponsor, State Senator Dwite Pedersen.
Expressing disappointment with the inability of the conference committee on the Farm Bill so far to present a compromise version, South Dakota U.S. Senator John Thune said the legislative process has "been hijacked by urban interests."