Not Exactly Matewan

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Some sort of brouhaha at a health care roundtable organized by Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) at a hospital in Omaha this morning. SEIU claims Johanns’ staff called the police on the union even though the union was invited to participate. We talked to Johanns’ office and they tell us nothing of the sort happened: that hospital security moved union protesters across the street, that the senator’s staff had nothing to do with it, and that union representatives and other reform advocates invited by Johanns participated in the roundtable as planned.

Late Update: Worth noting that the SEIU state director, Jane Kleeb, who is complaining about what happened this morning, is married to Johann’s Democratic opponent from the 2008 campaign, Scott Kleeb.

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David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.
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