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For states' rights

Must undo Obama’s overreach

By John Boozman Special to the Democrat-Gazette

This article was published March 11, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.

If the 2016 presidential election taught us anything, it is that the American people are tired of the status quo in Washington and are ready for change.

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JakeTidmore says... March 11, 2017 at 2:57 a.m.

Actually, Mr Boozman, we're ready for congressmen who will show up at town halls and face their constituents instead of hiding behind phone call screens.
Instead of bloviating about states rights, let's instead talk about citizens rights to have a face-to-face meeting with their representatives in congress, to speak out their feelings about some of the upcoming legislation, to demand answers and explanations, and to voice concerns over issues that affect our lives.
Don't you dare talk to us about any kind of rights when you ignore the most basic of our rights to hold you accountable in a public forum. It is hard to believe were supposedly a nation that is free and brave when cowards such as you are chosen as one of our leaders.
You, certainly, are not brave, and your absence hinders our freedom.

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TimberTopper says... March 11, 2017 at 4:36 a.m.

You know this article is really strange, in a way. He talks about States Rights, and property owners rights, and uses the electric power line in his example. But, he fails to mention all the property owners rights regarding pipelines, that are pushed aside and swept under a rug, then the pipeline goes ahead a gets government approval. Seems he's in bed with one side and not the other. Maybe he's thinking about his political party's take on the subject, or who's going to help fund his next campaign. Boozman, in life, you are a failure. You believe in nothing but helping John Boozman, the coward!

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BoudinMan says... March 11, 2017 at 6:22 a.m.

I could not get past the lie in his opening line. The American people did not give the short-fingered vulgarian a majority victory. To make the statement true, the word "some" would have to be inserted into the sentence.

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23cal says... March 11, 2017 at 8:20 a.m.

John Boozman: I hear Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going to crack down on the states whose laws allow marijuana. What about those "states rights", since you are so concerned about states rights?

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PopulistMom says... March 11, 2017 at 9:45 a.m.

After a few weeks of Trump and his clowns, the American people are again ready for a change in the status quo. In fact, the Republicans were not given a mandate, and yet, they want to cram extreme conservatism down our throats. The far right only wants state rights when it is convenient for them. What about the states who want laws which are more liberal? What happens when the feds allow some states such as West Virginia to dump their coal dust into rivers which terminate in Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay? A pox on the houses of all the far right extremists who want to cut taxes for the rich, end healthcare for the poor, and allow corporations to pollute at will. They sit back in their offices while they screw the poor and the minorities. Come out and face the public!

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carpenterretired says... March 11, 2017 at 10:03 p.m.

Boozman must be a tad slow with math as 2,860,000 more Americans voted for Hillary than Trump.

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ARMNAR says... March 11, 2017 at 11:27 p.m.

"States' rights."

Talk about a dog whistle aimed at, well...you know.

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BirdDogsRock says... March 12, 2017 at 11:50 a.m.

Ditto to 23's observation about Boozman inconsistency in trashing states' rights regarding voter-approved marijuana legalization.
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I wonder if the Arkansas delegation's vocal disapproval of energy transmission in this case has to do with the energy originating from sources that are not fossil fuels. Republicans seem determined to stop at nothing to get oil pipelines approved and built, but are pretending to stand tall against electric transmission lines carrying renewable wind energy. I readily admit that all forms of energy have pros and cons, but the playing field remains tilted steeply against alternative forms of energy. In this case I detect the odor of Republican institutional bias for fossil fuels.

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