So that’s what bipartisanship looks like.

One lone Democrat— clearly a bit reluctantly— joining three Republicans on the Omaha City Council to make sure downtown’s multi-million dollar makeover stays on track.

The council voted 4-3 today approving Republican Mayor Jean Stothert’s plans to move the downtown library a few blocks away into an Old Market fixer upper.


Stothert calling the vote a key step allowing the city to "proceed on schedule" with Mutual of Omaha’s plans to build a new corporate headquarters downtown and transform the city’s skyline.

[View various comments from City Council members above]

Council President Pete Festersen, the key Democratic swing vote, is often mentioned as a potential candidate for mayor in 2025.