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Report details hang-ups in Little Rock city attorney's office April 21, 2018 at 2:21 p.m.

Question: How many of you who keep complaining about LR city politics actually LIVE there? I used to (Warwick Sabin was once my state representative, as was current LR Director Kathy Webb), but I moved to Jacksonville in 2016. I suspect a lot of you complainers don't live in LR anymore, so like me your opinion of the city carries less weight than those CURRENTLY living there. Perhaps you should defer to them once in awhile?

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Lawmakers call for removal of Pulaski County judge after second death-penalty protest April 18, 2018 at 10:12 p.m.

@Machiavelli: I'm sure the legislators in the decisions you quote were NOT conspiring to deny the First Amendment rights of a judge. Notice the court in Judge Griffen's case continued the case against individual Supreme Court justices even as it dismissed his case against the Court itself. That court could easily do the same against individual legislators conspiring to deny Judge Griffen his rights, especially Sens. Garner & Ballinger.
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You guys wanting to impeach Judge Griffen because he publicly states his opinion against the death penalty would have had a field day with the late George Howard Jr. when he was the first African American justice appointed to the Arkansas Supreme Court before he went to the Federal bench. He was so strongly against the death penalty that he regularly wrote opinions against it while on the Court. (I know that because fellow Justice Conley Byrd Sr. -- who I grew up just down the gravel road from in Redfield, and gave me my first taste of the law even though I didn't go to law school till decades later -- wrote the Court's opinions in death-penalty cases that would have gone to Justice Howard if not for his dissents against the death penalty.) If you think Judge Griffen's actions are prejudicial, then Justice Howard's dissents roughly 40 years ago were even MORE prejudicial. Judge Griffen did NOT rule on any cases outside the Governor's Mansion; he merely stated his personal opposition to the death penalty. If he acts improperly in death penalty cases, the Supreme Court can reprimand him for that; but removing him merely for speaking his mind is unconstitutional.

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Lawmakers call for removal of Pulaski County judge after second death-penalty protest April 18, 2018 at 1:33 p.m.

I'm pretty sure it takes a majority of the House to impeach *and* 2/3rds of the Senate to convict & remove an officer under the Arkansas Constitution, just like the U.S. Constitution. (It's arguable whether or not a special session must be called to do it.) Garner & Ballinger are just itching to add 135 more losing defendants to Judge Griffen's lawsuit. The judicial oath of office does NOT include a waiver of First Amendment rights!

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Committee pushing casino measure files suit against Arkansas attorney general April 17, 2018 at 10:23 p.m.

And to show just how picky Rutledge is getting, one of the reasons she objected to this ballot title is that she thinks it should disclose whether or not Oaklawn & Southland are ASSURED of opening casinos under the proposal. That's one of the pickiest things I've ever heard of, and not just because we all know the Cella & Jacobs families will go thru with it (as if they aren't essentially casinos already).

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Committee pushing casino measure files suit against Arkansas attorney general April 17, 2018 at 10:13 p.m.

I don't like casino proposals, but AG Rutledge has allowed only ONE petition to go forward this election cycle -- a term-limits proposal that cleared her office way back in October 2016. Contrary to her claim, the Arkansas Supreme Court has actually been letting up on picky ballot-title challenges in recent years, though 2016 was a particularly bad year. Rutledge has become an obstacle to democracy, perhaps because she's afraid someone will sneak something like medical marijuana past the voters again. She needs to be voted out in November.

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UA Board's War Memorial decision is upon us April 17, 2018 at 11:09 a.m.

@TravisBickle: That would be too close to the Dave & Buster's near Bass Pro. So would anywhere else in the state other than NWA.

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UA Board's War Memorial decision is upon us April 17, 2018 at 11:06 a.m.

I believe UA & ASU should play every year in WMS, but alternate between them as the official home team, with Arkansas claiming it in years when Texas A&M is the home team in the Southwest Classic, and A-State when Jerry's World is home to Arkansas. That satisfies the NCAA rule that only one game away from campus be treated as "home" every year, while still anchoring the Hogs in Central Arkansas (and yes, the Red Wolves too), yet leaving the Hogs free to move all other home games to Fayetteville. Also have UCA & UAPB play there every year as an anchor for our state's FCS schools, and to avoid the wasteful step (IMO) of UALR starting a football team.

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Amazon delivers via USPS April 16, 2018 at 8:25 a.m.

I should add that JakeTidmore is absolutely right: The *SOLE* reason USPS has been losing money the last decade is the obligation to prefund health benefits 75 years in advance, imposed by a GOP Congress under George W. Bush -- something NO OTHER EMPLOYER (private OR public) is required to do. Ironically, that same law *ALSO* requires USPS to at least break even on all special contracts with shippers -- including Amazon. Not to mention Trump keeps bringing sales tax issues with Amazon, even though in 2017 Amazon started voluntarily collecting sales tax in every state that has one (including Arkansas); they don't collect on most "marketplace" purchases, but in most states that obligation belongs to the individual seller instead of Amazon.

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Amazon delivers via USPS April 16, 2018 at 8:16 a.m.

Amazon actually does more than this article gives it credit for: Instead of delivering to "one of 20 Postal Service distribution centers across the country" (probably Memphis for us), in many places where USPS does last-mile delivery for Amazon (including Arkansas) the pallets are delivered directly to your local post office Monday thru Saturday just before your carrier goes out for delivery. (Sunday deliveries are done more centrally, but in this area still from a USPS facility in Little Rock. Amazon also uses non-USPS last-mile couriers where available, including presumably in DC.) But even that isn't exclusive to Amazon; UPS, FedEx & DHL all have special subsidiaries (known as "zone-skipping consolidators" because they bypass the USPS "zone" system for packages) which pick up packages from shippers nationwide and deliver them to your post office for last-mile delivery. The only difference between them & Amazon is that Amazon is big enough to arrange for it all itself, so they can offer 2-day and even 1-day delivery this way.

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REX NELSON: The ol' college try April 16, 2018 at 7:22 a.m.

Getting rid of the stupid 25 mph speed limit on University by UALR would help. So would UALR agreeing to move its fence along University so the city can widen it to six lanes; that refusal has antagonized the city AND businesses across the street because it forces the city to condemn their property to do any widening, even though it's the OTHER side of University that needs to be widened!

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