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Ross, Hutchinson to square off in televised debate September 12, 2014 at 11:46 p.m.

@HenryP: You don't think Asa! had an expense account when HE was in Congress??? :p

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Oral arguments set over alcohol sales measure September 11, 2014 at 9:45 p.m.

@APML: When was the last time the issue actually MADE the ballot in your county? The legislature, at the urging of county-line liquor-store owners, has raised the signature level for wet-dry elections FAR higher than almost ANY other kind of petition in this state. Many dry counties haven't revisited the issue since the days of the poll tax! That's one of the big reasons why wet-dry has become SUCH a joke that it NEEDS TO GO...

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State alcohol vote's foes take fight to top September 6, 2014 at 8:56 a.m.

Though there may be some legal questions as to the full impact of the amendment, IMO this challenge is meritless. First, Amendment 7 has always provided that "laws may be enacted to facilitate its operation"; the law extending "election law deadlines" that fall on Saturdays, Sundays & legal holidays falls squarely under that, so it clearly applies to Amendment 7's own deadlines. (The copy of that law in Amendment 51 may not be appropriate or even relevant to Amendment 7, but that doesn't affect the main statute's validity as to Amendment 7.) And the claim about overruling the law on schools & churches (as well as one about banning local liquor-by-the-drink elections, cited in the complaint but NOT in this article) is so much like the claim raised in 2008 that the lottery amendment would legalize casinos, which basically got a "so what" from the Supreme Court, that it's clearly doomed. Ballot titles do NOT have to disclose EVERY possible legal argument concerning the measure, just a description of what it does that voters can quickly & readily understand; this one clearly does.

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Murphy gets OK for LR gas station September 5, 2014 at 6:52 p.m.

@KMS: You want ANOTHER light next to your vacant land? Perhaps you work for one of the competing gas stations who are riling up neighborhoods to protect their OWN profits by keeping out low-cost competitors like Murphy & Mapco?

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Hutchinson, Cotton to support minimum wage jump September 5, 2014 at 6:35 p.m.

TomN is right: Compared to the $15/hr those out-of-state union organizers wanted yesterday (I say let them drive right on to Memphis, or Seattle or wherever -- just don't hang around here), $8.50/hr is, dare I say, CONSERVATIVE??? It's a calculated political move for Hutchinson & Cotton: They won't lose as many votes from those on the far right who oppose ANY minimum wage as they would if they had opposed the initiative and let Ross & Pryor use that as a weapon. (After all, the current $6.25/hr level was proposed by Mike Huckabee to undercut a voter initiative that would have actually set it 10c/hr lower -- but even WORSE for conservatives would have indexed the minimum wage to inflation.)

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Simmons completes Delta Trust purchase September 2, 2014 at 6:40 p.m.

Shouldn't this have been completed *before* French Hill (former Delta Trust CEO) announced for Congress???

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Bid to end dry counties in Arkansas to hit ballot August 30, 2014 at 1:25 a.m.

Latest disclosures from the Ethics Commission website: The proponents are currently funded by a grocery chain (Brookshire's, $50K) and convenience stores (Casey's, EZ Mart, Kum & Go and Mapco, $10K each), but their expenditures far outstrip their revenue; they still haven't disclosed their REAL backer (almost certainly Walmart). However, the opponents so far are 100% funded by the Arkansas Beverage Retailers Association; I'm sure that's NOT just water, Coke, Pepsi or even Red Bull. ;)

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Bid to end dry counties in Arkansas to hit ballot August 30, 2014 at 1:01 a.m.

The wet-dry laws have become so hypocritical that they make no sense anymore. First of all, while localities in wet counties can vote dry, those in dry counties CANNOT vote wet; Barling learned that the hard way two years ago. (Due to a quirk in state law, Fort Smith is wet but the rest of Sebastian County, including Barling, is treated as a dry *COUNTY*.) Second, it takes an extraordinary number of signatures just to call a wet-dry election anymore -- 38% of *all* registered voters in the county, far more than ordinary county initiatives (just 15% of the vote for circuit clerk in the last election); wet-dry petitions in Craighead, Faulkner & Saline counties combined require almost as many signatures as this statewide petition (no wonder only Saline succeeded). Third, since townships & precincts can vote dry and then change their boundaries, there's dry areas in WET counties, like parts of Sherwood & Jacksonville, that cannot go wet without risking making other parts of the community dry if it fails. (NLR's Park Hill was in a similar mess but got a special act of the legislature to fix it.) Fourth, all but two dry counties in AR (Cleburne & Howard) have neighboring wet counties (including two that border an OK county claimed to be "dry", but by AR standards *ALL* OK counties are wet); the evils of liquor can be easily obtained by crossing the correct county line. (The opposition to the Craighead & Faulkner wet-dry petitions was almost entirely funded by liquor stores in neighboring counties.) And worst of all, look at all the "private clubs" in restaurants that serve liquor EVEN IN DRY COUNTIES! Wet-dry is a zombie that needs to be destroyed so that the ENTIRE STATE can properly focus on the good AND bad aspects of alcohol...

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Arkansas QB's vehicle burned in possible arson August 26, 2014 at 2:11 a.m.

I wasn't trying to attack him personally; I know there's a lot of loopholes in NCAA rules (which is why some of them are so stupid to begin with). I was pointing out his ride was SO obvious that a "hater" used it to target him, even to the extent of attacking someone else's vehicle of the same make & model earlier that evening. If you change the make from Chevy to Cadillac, that Avalanche suddenly becomes a flavor of Escalade; that might be a little too much for sickos trying to blame him personally for the Hogs' woes.

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It's 4th-and-1 from the get-go August 25, 2014 at 12:45 p.m.

It would be nice if the Hogs wrecked the Gus Bus. Still, I kinda doubt it...

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