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JOHN BRUMMETT: Stories of the night

By John Brummett

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

Editor's note: This is a revised and updated version of a column first published online-only Wednesday.

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TimberTopper says... May 24, 2018 at 6:28 a.m.

John, a good read, however the haters will be here in mass.

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WhododueDiligence says... May 24, 2018 at 6:58 a.m.

Good. In mass they'll have to be quiet and listen except when they sing a hymn of praise.

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RBear says... May 24, 2018 at 7:17 a.m.

TT yep, they were yesterday. This recast of the Wednesday column will just pull them out en masse. Don't need to add much over the Tucker article today or my comments yesterday, other than to say that Democrats in the 2nd will need to show they are ready to take this district back by amping up voter turnout. As someone said (not sure if it was John or someone else), Tucker needs strong Pulaski showing and a good surrounding county vote to bleed off Hill's advantage there.
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The problem is that Democrats aren't the best at GOTV these days. They don't have the advantage of right wing pastors using their pulpits to coerce the good Christians to vote. One advantage could be to mobilize the three colleges (UALR, UCA, Hendrix) in the district to vote. Tucker appeals strongly to a young voter, much more than Hill who probably has to have someone do his tweeting for him.
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Just to give an idea of his effectiveness, Hill has sponsored only 16 bills in the 115th with only the LRCHS boundary bill becoming law. In most cases, his bills get only one co-sponsor. Granted, the majority are in the banking industry but he's a banker. In fact, most are designed to benefit the banking industry and not the consumer. So, my guess is those bills were written by banking lobbyists and "handed" to him which is often the practice in DC.
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So, it will be interesting to see if the right wingers can actually provide more information on what exciting things Hill is doing in Congress for the 2nd. You're probably going to hear more about Pelosi since they really can't come up with much in support of Hill. That was the case yesterday. It was all about CA-12 and none about AR-2. You have to wonder if they would prefer to live in CA-12 based on how much they bring it up. I'm sure I can find them a good deal on an apartment in the SOMA District. (Hopefully, my LGBT friends will get a chuckle out of that comment.)

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mozarky2 says... May 24, 2018 at 7:43 a.m.

Those grass-roots populist passion voters have all switched to President Trump, never to return again.

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mozarky2 says... May 24, 2018 at 7:55 a.m.

South of Market has become a horrible place what with all the public defecation, discarded needles everywhere...not for me, thank you.
Sounds to me like you'd be right at home there, RB.
San Francisco has certainly changed for the worse since I lived there...

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RBear says... May 24, 2018 at 8:08 a.m.

moz that's changed since some serious gentrification. Take a "drive" down some of the streets with Google Maps and you might be surprised. That's happening in a lot of urban centers.

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PopMom says... May 24, 2018 at 9:46 a.m.

Anybody who is against Trump needs to start working hard for Clarke Tucker NOW. Our only chance is for Democrats to take back the House, and it is possible that we will do so. Clarke has attracted national news media from the New York Times. There is just something about him that is likeable and wholesome. Go sign up to volunteer for him now. I have. Participate in a fundraiser and plan to work in GOTV efforts. Start canvassing or volunteer to have a house party for him. It is time to get busy!

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drs01 says... May 24, 2018 at 10:21 a.m.

West LR hard-core, bull headed, elitist may find it hard to convince folks in Faulkner, White, and Saline counties to vote for this frail lawyer whose KOD is the Washington DC "establishment" support him as does the NY Times. He does have more money than the last two failed candidates who ran against Hill. But can he garner the Pulaski County black vote than supported both the last two candidates (AA women)? I viewed the election results as rather lackluster. Tucker got the 17,000 Pulaski votes, 74% of his total, and not much outside his little corner of the district.

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GeneralMac says... May 24, 2018 at 11:08 a.m.

Typical John Brummett column when he tries to make a point and can only do so by DELIBERATELY omitting info.

" Year of the woman " ?........." You could say that "

He then goes on to "prove" his point that (2) women won races in the 100 member House of Representatives.

He deliberately remains silent that a woman INCUMBENT ........LOST.....her election in the 35 member Arkansas Senate.

James Sturch.........5,299
Linda Collins-Smith..4,726

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GeneralMac says... May 24, 2018 at 11:11 a.m.

RBear talks about his "LGBT friends"

I doubt you have any that aren't LGBT .

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