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Arkansas Supreme Court justice files suit to block TV ads, says election attacks false

By John Moritz

This article was published May 15, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

Justice Courtney Goodson

Faced with a blitz of negative 30-second television spots leading up to next week's Arkansas Supreme Court election, incumbent Justice Courtney Goodson filed suit on Monday against several state TV stations in hopes that a judge would yank the ads off the airwaves.

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malice06220956 says... May 15, 2018 at 7:20 a.m.

Someone is spending a great deal of money to destroy this woman. I even get hit with them on YouTube. Rumor has it her ex husband is pushing this group to smear her. Follow the money.

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jaywills says... May 15, 2018 at 8:03 a.m.

Always nice to find a friendly judge:

reason(dot)com/volokh/2018/05/14/arkansas-judge-issues-temporary-restrain

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mrcharles says... May 15, 2018 at 8:09 a.m.

Money money , oh the God of this nation.

The sinner and the sin, walking side by side. Mere mortals don't stand a chance yet they in their easily manipulated fears are to blame. The Russians, the vandals, the Goths will not destroy us, but huge piles of U S GRANTS!

LONG LIVE SHELDON ADELSON.

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hah406 says... May 15, 2018 at 8:12 a.m.

I don't care for Goodson, but these ads by the so called Judicial Crisis Network are outrageous. Especially the one against Hixson. He followed the letter of the law in that ruling. Who would want a judge that would do otherwise?

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BigA says... May 15, 2018 at 8:13 a.m.

Wow... a judge wants the media to stop spreading false information... HA!! The media once accused me of killing a man... who turned out to be alive. It was all "false". My son was accused of kidnapping, among other things... again NOT true; My brother accused of growing POT on his very large farm. They ruined his name... he lost his job as a physician... again NOT true. I guess what goes around comes around sooner or later; and prefer seeing the 1st amendment protected by the judge, whose law suite certainly lost my vote. I see where one of the other judges running against her is now getting hit with similar adds. The judge only need deny the accusations and perhaps explain why she is being attacked. There were reasonable explainations for each event I listed above. Every individual has social media at their disposal... the judge should consider using her right to speak against her accusers, rather than do all this whinning.

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skeptic1 says... May 15, 2018 at 8:22 a.m.

Has no one noticed the sleazy adds her campaign consulting company has been airing against Hixon? How short the memory of the readers here, do you not remember her husband's sweetheart deals she oversaw, the cases she refused to recuse on despite her connections to the parties, and the dark money that put her in office last go around? She is a GOP hack just like all who surround her, her crying foul with her muddy shoe on the other foot now is beyond the pale.

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WhododueDiligence says... May 15, 2018 at 8:48 a.m.

malice0622, that rumor seems doubtful. It's more likely that, as usual, someone is spending a great deal of money to get their candidate elected. As usual, wealthy extremists with an extremist national agenda are spending obscene gobs of money in many states to try to elect candidates who share their extremist beliefs and extremist goals. Unfortunately all too often these vicious, fear-and-hate mongering, character-assassination attack ads are successful in achieving big donors' extremist political goals.
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So in every election cycle we continue to see super-wealthy political extremists from other states using extremely dishonest tactics in their extreme desire to get what they want all across the USA. And unfortunately since Citizens United (a sleazily farcical name for a sleazily divisive electioneering organization) it's now harder to follow the money. The same sleazy donors who fund vicious and misleading attack ads are the same sleazy extremists who sleazily lobbied US Supreme Court members before they voted 5-4 in favor of sleazy Citizens (dis)United which makes big gobs of sleazy dark money harder to trace because the sleazy extremist donors would much prefer that We the People don't know who they are.

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GeneralMac says... May 15, 2018 at 8:52 a.m.

After reading the ads, Goodson will NOT be getting my vote .

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Arkie2017 says... May 15, 2018 at 9:26 a.m.

These ads are disgusting. If people believe that crap they are seriously brainwashed. Any outside, special interest group that spends that kind of money on very expensive mailing and back to back TV ads during prime time on all the networks is doing it because she won't side with their special corporate interests with regards to class action lawsuits. One of the cards sent out had an excerpt from this paper that she (heaven forbid) actually sided with the plaintiffs in class actions. That was my 2nd clue that this attack was to be ignored. None of these special interests spend that kind of money to protect the interests of the people, but of themselves and their greedy corporate interests, especially with regards to tort reform. How dare she accept money from trial lawyers and not them, this message says to me. How dare she defy us, we need a "conservative" that shares Arkansas values. Really? What are the values you believe Arkansans have? Certainly not ones that would screw us over because that's the message these people are sending and if people buy into this crap you are telling them you too can be bought for a few pieces of silver. GET THE DAMNED DIRTY MONEY OUT OF OUR ELECTIONS. And btw I voted FOR HER BECAUSE OF YOUR ADS.

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Packman says... May 15, 2018 at 10:22 a.m.

If the ads are true what difference does it make if they are funded by "dark money"? If the message is true, it's nonsense to attack the messenger.

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