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Arkansas Supreme Court race forecast: Mud, money

Voter reaction to attack ads still unclear, professor says

By John Moritz

This article was published May 24, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson and David Sterling

This fall's Arkansas Supreme Court runoff will include a candidate favored by Washington, D.C.-based groups that spent more than $1 million on TV ads on the race.

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skeptic1 says... May 24, 2018 at 9:16 a.m.

A pox on both houses, this is a very sad commentary on our highest courts.

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drs01 says... May 24, 2018 at 10:08 a.m.

Character should decide the next Supreme. One candidate had a long standing (or bedding) affair with what turned out to be her wealthy lawyer second husband. He showered her with gifts and trips. His business and his associates could have cases before the Supreme Court. Also he has considerable influence over his new wife. We've already seen the scope and depth of that influence when the judge husband of one of his employees made a ruling favoring Mrs. Goodson. Is this mud, or just exposing TRUTH? There are enough flies around to suggest a stink.
The only criticism I've read/heard about the other candidate is he's an NRA member;and he's a strong family man. He has no judge experience. Logic and character should decide this election, if only we had enough voters who could.

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Bocepheus says... May 24, 2018 at 10:11 a.m.

80% of the Arkansas Bar Association are liberal Democrats. They are preserving their swamp of trial lawyer/local judge, good ole boy network by backing Goodson and running interference for her. The majority of Arkansas voters are conservative, but people like Hilliard want to silence their voice with a disgusting, phony, holier than thou attitude. Ask yourself if Republicans could get a fair shake in Chris Piazza’s court in Little Rock? Or Doug Martin’s court in Fayetteville?

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GeneralMac says... May 24, 2018 at 10:19 a.m.

..." No one really knows where Hixson's votes will go "..

THAT will be the deciding factor as neither Goodson nor Sterling got close to a majority.

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GeneralMac says... May 24, 2018 at 10:31 a.m.

Years back the political power belonged to white men.
Many times there was corruption.

Liberals would state........." if only we elected women"........" if only we elected minotities"..........."if only we elected gays,lesbians and trannies "

All of the above have now been elected and all we have learned is that sleaze and corruption can contaminate all the mentioned above once elected.

"if only we elected" was a phrase that never solved the problem of sleaze or corruption.

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TimberTopper says... May 24, 2018 at 10:54 a.m.

01, you might want to check out the elected officials that got the kickbacks from the college, and see if they were NRA members, and strong family men, and men of good logic and character, prior to getting caught stealing, before you decide as well. Bet they were pillars of the community, as well as walking at the foot of the cross, some would say.

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RBear says... May 24, 2018 at 11:34 a.m.

drs do you even know what the purpose of the Supreme Court is in Arkansas? It's an appellate court. One of the best sources I got to help educate you on the differences came from the State of Indiana. "Appellate courts focus on questions of law, NOT on questions of facts like the trial courts. The appellate judges want to know whether the law was applied accurately."
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That simple point shows why Sterling's lack of experience should be a red flag with voters regarding the AR Supreme Court. Sterling would walk onto that bench with no real clue on the process or how he should be looking at cases that end up in the AR Supreme Court. It makes him the absolute worst candidate for this job. The ONLY way he ended up in the runoff was due to the dark money ads, because his legal credentials pretty much turned him into a last place finisher.
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Do I like Goodson? Heck no, but Hixson was battling negative ads and an incumbent. Goodson is the lesser of the two.

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