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ARKANSAS GOVERNOR'S DEBATE: Hutchinson, rivals key on teacher pay

By Doug Thompson

This article was published June 30, 2018 at 5:30 a.m.

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson greets gubernatorial challengers Jared Henderson (center), the Democratic candidate, and Libertarian candidate Mark West before the start of their debate Friday during the Arkansas Press Association convention in Eureka Springs.

EUREKA SPRINGS -- The minimum starting salary for a teacher should be raised from $31,800 to $36,000*, and his administration will commit to that if he is re-elected, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday during his first debate with rival candidates.

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RBear says... June 30, 2018 at 7:18 a.m.

Hutchinson makes a promise to teachers to avoid being upstaged by Henderson. However, his constant push for tax cuts has left the state in a position unable to fulfill the promise made yesterday. In fact, when faced with the issues by Henderson he shifts to the center on several points.
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Hutchinson has put himself in a place between an overly conservative legislature and a public that desperately needs stronger leadership in education and economic development. The state lags with children, ranking next to last in the nation regarding children at risk. Income growth lagged the nation at only 2.5% compared with 4-5% of neighboring states. There are growth areas of NWA and central AR, but the rest of the state is suffering.
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On a positive note, Hutchinson's computer coding initiative with schools could help prepare the state for future growth, but that is at least a decade to come and the jobs in this state may not be there by that time. In other words, unless changes are made soon we will experience a bleed of our best and brightest to states with better economic opportunity.
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Jared Henderson has a plan for innovation and growth in our state and could help put it on the right track. He has experience, coming from years working at NASA and one of the nation's leading consulting firms. He also understands the needs of the economically challenged areas of the state.
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What will hold him back will be the social issues of the state, which places greater value on discrimination and choice rather than improving the economic and educational levels of the state. "I'd prefer to be poor and dumb as long as we keep the gays in the closet and deny women their right to choice."

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dunk7474 says... June 30, 2018 at 10:02 a.m.

Asa came in third in this debate. He really doesn't get it. Anyone would be better,

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GeneralMac says... June 30, 2018 at 10:05 a.m.

RBear calls "discrimination" kicking a man wearing a dress out of womens' rest room.

Amazing that gays are so concerned about the " rights" of perverts but don't give a rat's arse that young girls might feel uncomfortable with grown men in their rest rooms.

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RBear says... June 30, 2018 at 10:12 a.m.

fake offers false hypotheticals right wingers like to use as scare tactics. When LGBT rights were first discussed, the same right wingers said that society would degrade as a result of it. It didn't and those states who have embraced LGBT rights are doing quite well now, especially economically. When same-sex marriage was legalized, right wingers said the families would be dysfunctional. They are no more dysfunctional than "traditional" families are. I know several same-sex couples who are active members of their churches, raising well-balanced families.
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Now, they try to falsely project that trans rights will endanger "little girls." The facts prove otherwise. In fact, there are more cases of pedophilia in schools and churches by heterosexuals than anything. Yet the level of outrage over trans individuals is FAR GREATER than anything regarding that issue. A crime is a crime and protecting the rights of trans individuals will not increase the crime rate any more than any of the other false hypotheticals from decades past.

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GeneralMac says... June 30, 2018 at 10:13 a.m.

"constant push for tax cuts"

The PowerBall drawing for tonight is the 2nd SMALLEST possible.
Yet, if a person in Arkansas won they would pay $900,000 more in STATE income tax than a person living in Missouri.

You liberals should be asking how Missouri gets by on a much lower STATE income tax rate.

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RBear says... June 30, 2018 at 10:23 a.m.

fake if you're so bothered by that, then move to MO. I'm sure there are plenty of racists up there. We won't mind if you move.

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GeneralMac says... June 30, 2018 at 10:29 a.m.

A shame Planned Parenthood operates like an auto salvage yard selling parts.

What next?

A ...." You Pull the Parts".....human salvage yard?

How can the pro-abortion politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Clarke Tucker defend Planned Parenthood's salvage yard ?

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GeneralMac says... June 30, 2018 at 10:31 a.m.

Why are they even having a Governor's debate?

The PRIMARY election between Jan Morgan and Asa Hutchinson was the REAL governor election.

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RBear says... June 30, 2018 at 10:56 a.m.

And your racist candidate lost that election fake, so why are you even in discussion?

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TimberTopper says... June 30, 2018 at 10:57 a.m.

fake, if you'll take the time to find out, you will probably find that if MO would tax the lottery money less than AR would, chances are they are taxing something or some things at a much higher rate. Does the truth about anything concern you?

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