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23% more, prosecutor group tells pay panel April 17, 2015 at 12:18 p.m.

Let's not forget it ALSO screwed with term limits. I was never really a fan of term limits, but changing them as a buried provision in an alleged ethics amendment was JUST as bad as the money grab!

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23% more, prosecutor group tells pay panel April 17, 2015 at 12:14 p.m.

This is why I voted against the proposal: It was a money grab by politicians of BOTH parties disguised as an ethics measure. What's worse, it allowed the legislature to unilaterally expand the money-grabbing class; the measure as passed by the people did NOT include prosecutors (only legislators, constitutional officers & judges), but hidden language in the measure allowed the 2015 Legislature to amend it to add prosecutors. As George Fisher's caricature of Casey Laman used to say, ASININE!!!

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EU raises stakes in Google battle with antitrust charges April 15, 2015 at 2:14 p.m.

I have long believed that EU "competition law" (as they call it; "antitrust" is a purely American term) violates U.S. sovereignty; this only proves it. All this huffing and puffing, and the best they can come up with is Google Shopping comes up a little too much in Google searches? Here, we call that a successful business -- a "better mousetrap", if you will. Nothing illegal there...

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Special justices appointed in gay-marriage case April 14, 2015 at 10:51 p.m.

Betty Dickey may be divorced from Jay Dickey (IIRC they were divorced while she was chief justice), but she's NOT divorced from the GOP or conservatism. Besides, right now this is just about who gets to rule in the main case; they won't vote on SSM itself unless (a) someone else leaves the main case and (b) Asa reappoints them as special justices. (If Chief Justice Hannah recuses from the main case as he should, expect Betty Dickey to be reappointed.)

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Special justices appointed in gay-marriage case April 14, 2015 at 1:46 p.m.

Well, Asa is certainly counting votes; two of the three (Dickey & Womack) are well-known Republicans, and most likely Watson is too. But then perhaps Dickey's on there to show up Chief Justice Hannah, whom I have blamed for the whole affair by failing to properly manage the Court to get the decision out by December 31, the root cause of this crisis.

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Rutledge: Current court should hear marriage case April 13, 2015 at 9:07 p.m.

Just to be clear, this second case is NOT about the outcome of the SSM case *OR* AG Rutledge's competency. Though I did not (and do not) support her politically, from my own experience at DHS I can tell you they hand out "gross misconduct" terminations (the ones with "do not re-hire") all too frequently -- including one for myself in 2009 that clearly should have been thrown out under ADA. (The grievance officer in my case ruled verbally against me at the hearing, then wrote an opinion months later citing an 8th Circuit opinion issued AFTER my hearing and based on the law BEFORE a 2008 act of Congress that effectively reversed it and declared DHS' course of action illegal. Still, it was easier for me to retire on disability than fight it in court.) Though I didn't vote for her, the people of Arkansas are not, and were not, bound by any arbitrary DHS administrative decree in selecting Ms. Rutledge as their AG.

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Rutledge: Current court should hear marriage case April 13, 2015 at 8:17 p.m.

@adaark: Who's making up procedure? Last year's court didn't bother to rule before two of its members left -- a failure I blame squarely on Chief Justice Hannah as a poor administrator, no matter how loudly he's complaining now. The only reason McCorkindale was sitting to begin with was one of the two who left in December recused; now that Hoofman's gone and Wood isn't recusing there may be NO legal basis for McCorkindale to sit on this case, no matter what his commission says. (And unlike a lot of people I'm NOT counting votes here; I'm personally opposed to SSM for religious reasons, but if I were a judge I might rule for it. I certainly don't envy the justices right now.)

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To beat storms, town pitches in to fix bridge April 12, 2015 at 9:28 a.m.

"It had a public school, a newspaper, telephone service, a barbershop, a soda fountain, and more than one hotel, as well as stores, a railroad depot, and a post office. But none of those things exist there today." Most of that is understandable, but are you saying Zinc has NO PHONES today???!!!???

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Justice perverted April 12, 2015 at 8:32 a.m.

John, the CW on Wood is she's a Mike Huckabee follower, which isn't good for the plaintiffs (and seems to be fueling a lot of the conspiracy theories). Still, I personally hold Chief Justice Hannah responsible for NOT getting the ruling out before December 31.
Despite Hannah's and Danielson's claims, there IS an issue regarding the special justice's continued service: Constitutionally, he was appointed to replace Hoofman due to his recusal; but Hoofman's term ended December 31, and Wood decided *not* to recuse from the main case. (The propriety of her decision is *NOT* currently a legal issue, no matter what activists & pundits may think.) Regardless of what Gov. Beebe's commission says, it could be argued that the special justice's term ended with Hoofman's. And if the special justice stays instead of Wood, why not Corbin instead of Wynne?

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Investigate those bridges April 11, 2015 at 5:13 p.m.

So Mike, you think this bridge was part of the massive Janie Ward coverup? Incompetence does NOT necessarily mean a criminal conspiracy, as Fahmy Malak should have proved...

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