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Arkansas AG, prodded by court, OKs ballot pitches

Wage, redistricting, casino proposals given green light

By John Moritz

This article was originally published May 24, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated May 24, 2018 at 12:25 p.m.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge talks about the school safety commission as Governor Asa Hutchinson looks on in this file photo.

Attorney David Couch is shown in this photo.

An ultimatum issued by the Arkansas Supreme Court on Wednesday spurred Attorney General Leslie Rutledge to again begin endorsing citizen-driven proposals for the 2018 ballot.

Attorney David Couch is shown in this photo.

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RBear says... May 24, 2018 at 6:20 a.m.

Glad this finally happened. It took the AR Supreme Court to force Rutledge to act on this, which clearly shows she was intentionally dragging her feet. Yes, there may be litigation but the fact she extended this out is why some may not make the ballot. She knew she was putting the ballot measures in peril which is why she relented at such a late hour.
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I'll definitely be looking for the minimum wage petition to sign.

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woowhoo says... May 24, 2018 at 6:47 a.m.

Koch brothers wouldn't tell her what to do so we had to wait for our courts to do it!

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WGT says... May 24, 2018 at 7:18 a.m.

Republicans are obstructionist. They are redundant, petty, childish. It is time for the good people to take to task the long overdue trip to the back of the woodshed for a real talking to. Vote these horrible excuses of self perceived righteousness out of office. Wake up. Grow up.

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RBBrittain says... May 24, 2018 at 9:14 a.m.

The 2016 Supreme Court rulings were merely AG Rutledge's excuse for her obstructionism, as proven by her going back to the originally proposed ballot title for the minimum wage proposal (same as the 2014 voter-approved minimum wage proposal except for the numbers). David Couch's attempts to meet her absurd demands, such as reciting the minimum wage law's definitions of "employer" and "employee" (which the proposal doesn't change), only made the ballot titles worse.
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I disagree with the basis for the 2016 ruling, but the issue there was Federal law blocking the sports wagering language in the casino proposal -- and that's no longer an issue because the U.S. Supreme Court just struck down that law. (Both 2018 casino proposals expressly permit sports wagering.) I have a problem with both proposals naming specific licensees, though I'm not as offended by the Driving Arkansas Forward proposal as it names Oaklawn & Southland (by name in the ballot title, by reference to the laws governing them in the text) and allows a competitive process for the other two; the people aren't told who's behind the four LLCs named in the other proposal (why the 2016 proposal SHOULD have been struck down).

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drs01 says... May 24, 2018 at 10:40 a.m.

None of these ballot measures are worth the ink I'd waste signing their petitions.

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RBear says... May 24, 2018 at 11:12 a.m.

drs so don't sign them. There. Simple solution to your apathy.

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mrcharles says... May 24, 2018 at 11:18 a.m.

nothing like repugnants to do what is necessary to keep people from voting, from this stuff to their nation wide plans to do what is necessary to keep people from voting, by just making it harder. In Pennsylvania the cat was let out of the bag when a stupid gop indicated Yes, we want to stifle the vote.

the of the people, by the people , for the people was redefined by the SCOTUS to replace breathing people with man made people [corporations] . It is business and the captains of industry who are the new temple priest, as they have a direct line with higher powers.... the zillionaries.

drs01 surely made a great argument for being FOR THE ballot measures, its dislike means they have merit.

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JPRoland says... May 24, 2018 at 1:39 p.m.

Thank goodness. Ms. Rutledge was basically making big decisions for our state by circumventing citizens like you and me. That's a dangerously powerful position for her to be in! Dangerous for us as Arkansasans as Ms. Rutledge consistently denies us the right to vote on issues and we are simply at her mercy. Our governor needs to monitor the AG very closely.

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