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Nelson calls Robak questions expected
By Steve Smith
Gov. Ben Nelson said Wednesday
he wasn’t surprised by the questions
raised about his appointment of Kim
Robak as Nebraska’s 35th lieutenant
Nor was he surprised by where the
questions have come from.
“I’m not trying to raise an ulterior
motive, but it seems that all of the
questions about this appointment are
coming from the other side of the
political aisle,” Nelson told reporters
at his weekly press conference.
Nelson announced Sept. 14 that he
would appoint Robak, his chief of
staff, to succeed Maxine Moul, who
will vacate the position in October to
become director of the Nebraska De
partment of Economic Development.
But questions arose three days lat
er about Nelson’s constitutional pow
er to make the changes,
j State Sen. LaVon Crosby asked
j Attorney General Don Stenberg late
last week for an opinion to clarify
what she termed “ambiguities” in the
Crosby said she thought Nelson
could appoint Robak without confir
mation from the Nebraska Legisla
ture, but in a Sept. 17 press release she
said she wanted to clarify the ques
“It is my intention to continue this
review ... to help me in seeing what
should be done, if anything, to clear
up the murkiness of the (Nebraska
Constitution’s) passages and give the
governor a clear direction on how to
appoint when a vacancy occurs,”
A 1979 amendment to Article IV,
Section 11 of the Nebraska Constitu
tion doesn’tsay gubernatorial appoint
ments need the legislature’s approv
The amendment, which was pro
posed by then-Sen. J.B. Murphy of
South Sioux City, states the governor
can appoint successors to elected state
offices that are vacated.
But Article IV, Section 10 says the
governor must appoint “all persons
whose offices are established by the
Constitution,” with the Legislature’s
Nelson said legislative approval
wasn’t sought in 1981 when Republi
can Gov. Charles Thone appointed
top aide Kay Orr as state treasurer.
The same held true for the appoint
ment of Bob Spire, who was named
attorney general by former Gov. Bob
“There was no question about
(those appointments), ’ Nelson said.
Nelson said he would oppose any
legislation requiring the Legislature’s
approval of future gubernatorial ap
“I ’d oppose it,” Nelson said. “(This
appointment) is a separation-of-pow
ers issue. There shouldn’t be any par
tisanship on this.”
For the time being, Nelson said he
was pleased Robak’s name was in the
media so often. If the current level of
media coverage continued, he said,
the new lieutenant governor would
“soon be a household name” across
“The more times I see Kim Robak’s
name in the paper and on the news, the
better," he said.
Nelson said the reasons for the
appointment he gave last week were
“valid enough for making the switch. ”
Nelson said reaction to Robak’s
appointment in the media and among
state government officials had been
strong, assuring him that Robak would
be supported by the Legislature if the
issue came to a vote.
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make less than their parents.”
As a result, Harris said, people
look out only for themselves.
Elizabeth Carranza-Rodriguez, a
consultant for the Office of Multi
cultural Affairs, said the majority, in
particular, could become more afraid
in the future as minorities make up a
greater percentage of the population.
“As the numbers increase, at times
people will feel threatened,” she said.
“Ignorance is not bliss; it’s very scary.”
Part of tire solution lies in diverse
tor of ethnic minority programs for
the UNL Office for Student Involve
“Friendship is what we’re miss
ing ” she said.
Even though this generation talks
about diversity more than previous
generations, Ray said, it doesn’t seem
to result in actions or changes in atti
r - ■
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point of complacen
cy. I think thla gener
ation Is not ready to
put up the type of
effort that was put up
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chancellor for student
“It looks veiy bleak to me unless
we begin to establ ish stronger lines of
communication,” she said.
Harris said to stave off future frag
mentation, this generation must unite
around the common cause of improv
ing society for everyone, not just indi
“If America is still worrying about
race problems, we’ re not going to lose
as individual people,” he said. We’re
going to lose as a country.”
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