The Omaha World Herald reporter opened his story about the evening by observing:
“Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., and Democrat Kara Eastman faced questions Monday on immigration, health care and a changing climate in front of a standing room-only crowd of more than 350 people.“ In fact, nearly 400 people signed into the 2018 OTOC Accountability Session with candidates for US Congress and OPPD at St. Leo Catholic Church.
The packed crowd of OTOC and community leaders sought commitments from OPPD Board members on four topics:
- Taking leadership in the community to increase charging stations for electric vehicles by 100 over next 3 years
- Directing Staff to be work with community groups and investors who want to establish “community solar projects”
- Reducing or reversing the 2015 increase of the basic service charge from $10.25 per month to $30 per month
- Supporting the newly proposed SD 7 setting a goal to reduce carbon emissions to a level 20% below 2010 levels by 2030.
The Accountability Session with Candidates for US Congress followed and OTOC leaders asked for commitments on the follow topics from Rep. Don Bacon and Candidate Kara Eastman:
- Naming their top three priorities for reforming our broken immigration system
- Taking a leading role in sponsoring and adopting legislation to grant permanent status to those individuals with Temporary Protected Status(TPS)
- Committing to continue the structure and funding for the federal share of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act
- Committing to continue the protections under the ACA for mental health parity and pre-existing conditions.
- Naming their top 2 strategies to reverse the effects of climate
Media coverage from Monday night: