(Neb)-Governor Snubs Nebraska Author
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Governor Pete Ricketts has snubbed a Nebraska author whose book was chosen for statewide recognition as the "2019 One Book, One Nebraska" selection, a program that encourages Nebraskans to read and discuss one book with ties to Nebraska.
Ricketts acknowledged Monday that he refused to sign a proclamation honoring Ted Genoways and that he hasn't read the honored book, "This Blessed Earth," describing Genoways as "political activist" who has been critical of national leaders.
Ricketts, who has repeatedly praised President Trump, says he wants to sign proclamations for only those who seek to unite residents.
Genoways has written critically about Trump, the Keystone XL pipeline and Nebraska's all-GOP congressional delegation, but has also questioned Obama administration policies.
"This Blessed Earth" follows a Nebraska farm family struggling to stay afloat in the midst of shifting trade policies and climate change. Genoways also wrote a 2014 book, "The Chain," that highlights problems caused by major slaughterhouses.
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