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Skipping no crime

Truants need not be locked up

By Tom Masseau and Naomi Smoot Special to the Democrat-Gazette

This article was published June 18, 2016 at 2:27 a.m.

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., alone stands in the way of an opportunity for our country to stop the socially and financially costly practice of incarcerating children for skipping school and running away from home. These behaviors, known as status offenses, are petitioned as a Family in Need of Services case in Arkansas and are illegal only because the youth has not yet reached 18.

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WGT says... June 18, 2016 at 6:37 a.m.

Cotton is worthless. He's like that character, Sheldon; he is too stupid to know he's smart enough to know better. Vote him out as soon as possible. Don't need the bugger.

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BOLTAR says... June 18, 2016 at 6:42 a.m.

I consider Cotton a sadist whose greatest pleasure lies in making others suffer.

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LR1955 says... June 18, 2016 at 8:18 a.m.

During the last election cycle, I had a 'vote incumbents out' mindset...except for Pryor.
Cotton is about as freaky as Ted Cruz. How the hell did he make it this far ?

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DoubleBlind says... June 18, 2016 at 9:46 a.m.

How completely unsurprising that TC once again stands as the lone obstructionist. I'm convinced it's not mere grandstanding; I think it's pathological. Here's the # at his Springdale office: Phone: (479) 751-0879 and his DC office: (202) 224-2353. Does anyone know his mobile phone#, his personal email or his parents #? Please publish so we can send a sh*t tsunami his way. Oh, and don't forget to vote for anyone but him on the next go round.

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cliffcarson says... June 18, 2016 at 1:22 p.m.

Cotton showed his disdain for the public during his campaign. Yet many Arkansans who hated Obama voted for Cotton and along with his Republican friends he got in. And keep in mind that the VCO is the perfect tool for Judges who send Juveniles to Privately owned detention facilities.
Cotton is a smear on Arkansas. I am proud to say I didn't vote for him.

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carpenterretired says... June 18, 2016 at 10:03 p.m.

Hey guys young Tom has told and told you that he is the wise one who knows more than anyone, but you just do not listen.

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