By J.L. Schmidt
Statehouse Correspondent Nebraska Press Association 

Voter ID bill highlights rift in the party in power


The voter ID measure, a solution in search of a problem, has been thankfully watered down in legislative action that clearly indicates the wheels on the Republican juggernaut are wobbly, if not ready to come off.

Turns out the chief opponent to the bill and an amendment that came from the Government Committee was Republican Sen. Julie Slama, who was the poster child for a ballot initiative that got the topic before lawmakers. The initiative was largely funded by recent-Governor Pete Ricketts' mother. Slama was a Ricketts' appointee to the officially nonpartisan Legislature.

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