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Judge rules Arkansas AG must face queries in ballot-bid lawsuit

By John Lynch

This article was originally published May 16, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated May 16, 2018 at 5:05 p.m.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is shown in this 2016 file photo.

Judge Wendell Griffen is shown in this file photo.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge must submit to questioning under oath about her ballot-initiative review process, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled Tuesday.

Judge Wendell Griffen is shown in this file photo.

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Inquirer51 says... May 16, 2018 at 5:44 a.m.

Ms. Rutledge, you wouldn't let your personal beliefs or feelings affect your judgment about whether you should approve those 62 ballot initiatives, would you?

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smmlv3 says... May 16, 2018 at 7:45 a.m.

Judge Griffin needs to retire before his decision-making ability gets worse. Who in their right mind would pull the attention-grabbing antics this man has? Judge Griffin, please retire before you embarrass yourself any more.

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KnuckleBall says... May 16, 2018 at 8:18 a.m.

The Wanna Be AG needs to go....!!!! She is a disgrace to the office.

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TimberTopper says... May 16, 2018 at 8:33 a.m.

Under Oath no less!

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Whippersnapper says... May 16, 2018 at 8:48 a.m.

Yeah, no. You can't haul an Attorney General (or Governor, or Secretary of State, or legislator) into court and require them to tell you why they made the decisions they made. Agree or disagree as you may with the decisions, this is not how a government functions. The exception is if you have proof beforehand that they were bribed.

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mrcharles says... May 16, 2018 at 9:18 a.m.

Wish the ADG would for once use a photo of her not looking like she just set on a frog.

As an agenda and biased driven AG some day perhaps when the joy of motherhood is upon her she may serve the people instead of her overlords.

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Arkie2017 says... May 16, 2018 at 11:08 a.m.

How convenient that these people do NOT have to answer to those they are supposed to be serving about how they conduct their business and/or make decisions that affect those you swore an oath to serve. In my humble opinion, certain government positions should NOT be political period and the Attorney General is one of them as well as Secretary of State because they have such a far reaching impact on the citizens of their States. When one Party has such dominant control, it is unhealthy for a democracy, not that we have much of one left in this country. If the powerful elites don't want us to have something, they use our AG or SOS to prevent the people from getting what we want and that's what's happening on the Federal level as well. One Party ruling everything is destroying this country yet that's exactly what the Republican's agenda has been for over 40 years and what one of their Speaker's of the House was kicked out of office for doing, name of Tom DeLay. All the things that used to be illegal in this country have now been made legal so it's easier to corrupt "legally" from Supreme Court on down. So, Rutledge needs to own up to why she's finding fault with ballot initiatives that apparently some special interests don't like. Well tough, if we can't get them to do something legislatively, then damn it, it's the will of the people which is what a democracy is.

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RBear says... May 16, 2018 at 12:22 p.m.

I read through AG Rutledge's rejection of Couch's minimum wage ballot measure and quite frankly, there is no way he'll ever get past her minutiae in dealing with the measure. The state supreme court gave Rutledge the power to essentially reject anything she wants and then use trivial points to justify the rejection. What we have is a no-win situation for Arkansas voters who must get past a political entities to put forth ballot measures.
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I agree with Judge Griffen in seeking to understand what process Rutledge uses and determine if it is consistent and fair when approving or rejecting ballot measures. Quite frankly, the only ballot measures that will ever pass her desk are ones that are so simplistic that they really don't accomplish anything. In 18 months, she has rejected so many ballot measures that there does not seem to be any standard for approval.

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gagewatcher says... May 16, 2018 at 8:53 p.m.

mrcharles in polite company it is not good manners to comment negatively on someone's appearance

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