The Keith County Republican Party has censured Sen. Ben Sasse for what the organization called his “flagrant disrespect shown to the people of Nebraska and President Donald J. Trump.”
The group announced its decision in a media release and stated it will present the censure to the GOP State Central Committee meeting scheduled for Feb. 27. That meeting, originally set for last Saturday, was postponed because of weather.
Keith County GOP delegates will present signatures from a change.org petition requesting that Sasse resign.
According to the press release, the online petition has garnered about 13,000 signatures in the past two weeks.
Republicans in several other counties have passed similar resolutions.
In a video response Feb. 4, Sasse said in part: "Let's be clear: The anger in this state party has never been about me violating principle or abandoning conservative policy -- I'm one of the most conservative voters in the Senate -- the anger's always been simply about me not bending the knee to … one guy."
A separate bill would repeal the sales tax on the use and consumption of residential water. "This is for the people," Sen. Justin Wayne said. "You can buy water from the store and not get taxed, but you get taxed for it at home."
Gage County officials said a plan from Sen. Myron Dorn of Adams to appropriate $4 million in state funds toward paying a $28.1 million judgment would help the county shed a heavy tax burden on its citizens.