I was introduced to Pete Ricketts when he was running for Senate. My neighbor worked for his father, and Ricketts stopped by and asked me to walk the parade in my town with his contingent. I asked him how he was going to help the poor. It wasn’t on his agenda so I declined. He lost to Deb Fisher.
I was worried for our state when he ran for governor, but it was justified. Congress passed a bill abolishing the death penalty over his veto. Rome’s Colosseum lit up in celebration. He then used his money to sponsor a petition to advance his desire for his return.
The prison system suffered greatly under his rule. The prisoner is housed at his 149% of capacity. During the pandemic, he battled the mayor, who was taking steps to keep people safe and keep hospitals from being overwhelmed.
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Ricketts opposed the expansion of Medicaid in the state. Under his supervision, AltEn produces ethanol from seeds covered in chemicals that contaminate wildlife and drinking water, and is located near the wells that supply the city of Lincoln with water.
He used his money to support right-wing candidates in Congress and also funded the current governor’s campaign. We need money and Pete Ricketts out of politics.