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Exclusive: Omaha’s Lee Terry: ‘I was stunned to see Susie Buffett gets to commission USS Omaha’

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The former eight-term congressman from Omaha, Nebraska told Big League Politics he cannot believe the Navy would choose such a polarizing figure as Susan A. “Susie” Buffett to sponsor the new warship USS Omaha at Saturday’s commissioning in San Diego.

Susan A. “Susie” Buffett (CSPAN screenshot)

“I was stunned to see Susie Buffett gets to commission USS Omaha,” said former Republican congressman Lee R. Terry, who is considered a leading candidate to challenge Sen. Benjamin E. Sasse in the state’s 2020 Republican primary. “It was certainly interesting if not odd–especially how liberal she is, I would think she really disliked the military.”

At the ceremony, as ship’s company is ready to man their stations, Buffett gives the command: “Man our ship and bring her to life!” As the ship’s sponsor, Buffett is expected to maintain a relationship with ship’s company and she will be invited to all ceremonies and major events at the warship.

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Terry said anyone familiar with Omaha politics is aware the Buffett is a very partisan supporter of leftwing causes and she has not been shy about using her family’s billions to overwhelm opponents.

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“She is the most partisan and the biggest heavyweight in Omaha,” the former congressman said.

“It’s just that she is an uber-liberal and she accused me of being a racist one time just because I grew up in northwest Iowa,” he said.

“It is not just politics, it is how the schools are run in Omaha–she’s got her finger stuck in all of it,” he said. “She pushes people around.”

Lee R. Terry, a former Omaha, Neb. city councilor and congressman. (File photo)

Terry said he supports the work done by one of Buffet’s charities, Girls Incorporated of Omaha, which works with minority and at-risk girls in the city.

“Of course, the issue of abortion always comes up at Girls Inc, because she wants to make sure it is a pro-abortion program,” he said.

Another local charity of Buffett’s is what used to be called the YWCA, or the Young Women’s Christian Association in the city, which operated a women’s shelter and other support services, he said.

“Susie made it into a pro-abortion organization that helped women get abortions,” he said. “She even changed the name to Women’s Center for Advancement, because she didn’t like the word Christian in the name.”

The logo for Omaha’s Women’s Center for Advancement, supported by Susan A. “Susie” Buffett, uses a tree to suggest the “Y” in the old initials for the organization YMCA, or the Young Women’s Christian Association.

Terry said that the Navy could have done a better job choosing a woman to represent all of Omaha, instead of Buffett, like Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, who is a Republican, but not a harsh partisan like Buffett.

Stothert took office in 2013, three years before the Navy choose Buffett.

Buffett leads the Omaha, Nebraska-based Sherwood Foundation, which has become her primary vehicle for her political agenda, including the expansion of abortion.

“We support a woman’s right to self-determination about reproductive health choices,” according to Sherwood’s website. “We expect our grantees serving women and girls to ensure access and education to all health care options, including abortion.”

Buffet also sits on the board of the Susan T. Buffett Foundation, named for Susie’s mother, Warren Buffett’s first wife, after her death in 2004. The late Mrs. Buffett left the foundation $2.5 billion.

Susie Buffett is considered the driving force behind the gol, and she was the one who pushed for the foundation to hire Turkish abortion advocate Turkiz Gokgol, and American abortion advocates Judith De Sarno and Tracy Weitz.

MOBILE, Ala. (Dec. 19, 2015) Susan A. Buffett, ship’s sponsor for the littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit, Omaha (LCS 12), breaks a bottle across the ship’s bow during a christening ceremony at Austal USA shipyard here. (Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael C. Barton)

Rodney L. Edwards, a former senior aide to Stothert, told Big League Politics he could not believe the Navy picked Buffett to commission USS Omaha.

“Susie Buffet is famous for supporting liberal candidates,” he said. “She spent a lot of money when Barack Obama was first elected president and then helped turn the 2nd Congressional District blue–that was mostly funded by her with voter registration and voter turnout efforts.”

In 2014, Buffet’s efforts succeeded with the 2nd Congressional, which includes Omaha, when her candidate John B. Ashford beat Terry.

Edwards said he would have chosen Evonne Williams, who with her husband Bill runs the Nebraska Honor Flights program. Beginning in 2008, Williams and her husband have organized 11 Honor Flights that have taken 3,400 Nebraska World War II and Korea veterans to visit the memorials to those that fell in those wars.

“Somebody like Evonne would have been much more appropriate considering how she supports our military and our veterans,” he said.

 

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Rhode Island Police Targeting New Yorkers for Mandatory Coronavirus Quarantine

State police will scrutinize New Yorkers arriving in the state.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed an executive order on Thursday that establishes strict mandatory quarantine rules for those arriving in the state from nearby New York.

Anyone coming to Rhode Island in any way from New York must be quarantined,” said the governor at a press conference. “By order. Will be enforced. Enforceable by law.”

The executive order will require New Yorkers to identify themselves to state law enforcement or National Guard personnel and place themselves into self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. The Empire State is the national ground zero for the Chinese coronavirus epidemic, and Rhode Island’s government appears highly skeptical of New Yorkers fleeing from the state.

Governor Raimondo admitted that the executive order is an “an extreme measure,” but justified its implication on the basis of the coronavirus epidemic’s severity. “I don’t want anyone to panic. If anything, Rhode Islanders should breathe a sigh of relief. We are doing things to keep ourselves safe.”

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National Guard personnel are being posted at the state’s major airports, and state police are stopping passenger traffic that enters from New York. Law enforcement will follow up with New York residents that enter the state to ensure that they’re complying the law.

Raimondo established real penalties for New Yorkers that violate the self-quarantine rule, subjecting them to a maximum penalty of a $500 fine or even 90 days in prison.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo expressed his disapproval of the move, claiming it unfairly singles out New Yorkers in a time when Americans should be uniting to combat the coronavirus epidemic.

I don’t like it socially or culturally. I don’t like what it says about us as one state, one family. Also, I don’t believe it’s medically justified.

Florida, Maryland, Texas and California have enacted similar public health measures that scrutinize New Yorkers, but Rhode Island’s appears to be the most forceful to enter effect thus far.

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