Sounding the Alarmsby Ryan Anderson
* Speaking of sounding the alarms (warning: weak segue ahead): the state corporate farming ban is officially dead. Quote state AG/prospective Senate candidate Jon Bruning of the Supreme Court's decision:
We can’t forget – the family farm built this state and made it what it is today. I’m confident that the strength and character of our rural residents will keep Nebraska strong even without I-300.The character and resilience of rural Nebraska is strong indeed: strong enough, I believe, to overcome this setback even if all options for appeal are exhausted. Already the Center for Rural Affairs has announced plans to bring this fight to the Unicameral, where state senators have the option of modifying the bill to meet judicial demands.
But as this site noted in January, another option exists. It's time for Congress to step up and preserve the rights of states' to protect family farming. The courts have done their job, now it's time for our elected representatives to do theirs.
First, however, we must do ours. This fight is too important to leave to the lawyers and lobbyists. The Attorney General's thrown in the towel, now it's up to us to throw down the gauntlet. This is a rare opportunity for our representatives to prove their dedication to those small town, family farm values outside of their stump speeches and soundbites. It's a rare chance to prove who really cares and who doesn't... our last chance to save that "rural strength and character" that has distinguished Nebraska and her politics. We can't let this pass us by.