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KARK reporter shares email from viewer who called him a 'disgrace to Arkansas' May 23, 2016 at 5:59 p.m.

I wonder if this is the idiot who complained to KARK last year about the NBC peacock going rainbow colors for gay rights (it's always been rainbow colors since it was first created in 1955 to sell color TV).

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Arkansas governor's son arrested in Alabama May 23, 2016 at 4:32 p.m.

When I first saw the email, I thought surely it was the Alabama governor's son; the politicians over there seem to be under all kinds of charges. But no, it's Asa!'s boy. Maybe he'll blame the same small-town drag queen Roy Moore blamed for his second downfall; then she'll be the next Alabama governor for sure...

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Cotton doesn't rule out Trump-Cotton May 23, 2016 at 7:16 a.m.

This sounds too much like you're promoting Trump-Cotton, Mr. Hussman. Still, they're going down...

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Judge: Little Rock attorney learns, or city loses May 21, 2016 at 8:10 a.m.

I hope the Arkansas Supreme Court blocks this order, orders repayment of the fine, and refers Judge Fox to the JJDC for sanctions. He has NO BUSINESS dictating the staffing decisions of the Little Rock city attorney's office, especially when there is a far more plausible explanation for the acts he alleged to be "unprofessional": Austin fell ill (apparently around the same time the case grew in complexity), but Judge Fox himself REFUSED to accommodate her by denying her "repetitive motions"; a wrongly denied motion SHOULD be repeated! Not to mention, of course, that the fine by definition comes NOT from Carpenter's or Austin's pockets, but from those of the city's TAXPAYERS -- a fact that should ALWAYS be reflected on by a judge BEFORE issuing monetary sanctions against ANY government-sector attorney.
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Full disclosure: I am not a lawyer, but I grew up around a bunch of them. Though I have had personal dealings in the past with both Carpenter and Judge Fox, this is NOT a personal reflection on either of them. I also make NO judgment about the merits of the underlying case, except to say that default judgments have been used in the past as sanctions for EGREGIOUS misconduct by defendant's attorney. However, at most this is just a managerial issue between Carpenter and the City Manager, NOT egregious misconduct; there is NO evidence of Carpenter ordering Austin to badger the court with frivolous motions as Judge Fox claims. Not to mention, of course, that any default judgment against the city would once again be paid by TAXPAYERS.

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Hutchinson holds off on bathroom bills May 20, 2016 at 1:12 p.m.

Translation: He needed Democratic votes to pass his special session agenda, especially the highway bill and the private-option fix; if he had put up a bathroom bill as well, many Democrats would have turned against him. Besides, the biggest bathroom-bill proponent was private-option opponent Missy Irvin. Not to mention the bathroom bills to see the light of day so far are poorly drafted; Asa wants the bill to be "right" even though it's wrong. "If loving you is wrong, I don't wanna be right..."

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4 days of gunfire leave Arkansas city on edge May 20, 2016 at 12:59 p.m.

More like Little Pine Bluff (or Little Detroit if Pine Bluff hadn't already claimed that). But then it's pretty bad when even Osceola pays entry-level cops more than Blytheville does.

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Arkansas lawmakers advance sexual-indecency law's fix May 20, 2016 at 12:52 p.m.

Jackabbott, how would you define "pervert" under such a law? Fact is, it would be far more effective in terms of ACTUAL perverts to ban preachers, or coaches, or even politicians (especially GOP) from bathrooms than trans people. (Hint: You're sharing these comments with one. Don't worry; you're fine. ;) )

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House votes to ban Confederate flags on VA cemetery flagpoles May 19, 2016 at 12:32 p.m.

What about VA cemeteries with Confederate soldiers, like our own Little Rock National Cemetery which absorbed the once-separate Confederate Cemetery next door for expansion? (It's now officially the Confederate Section, but is surrounded by Union graves on all sides.) Ordinarily I'm not a fan of Confederate flags, but what about veterans who died for the Lost Cause?

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City Council decides against grant to turn Arkansas bridge into pedestrian crossing May 17, 2016 at 9:10 p.m.

The article says this is one of three Hedrick bridges on the White River, but AFAIK that count would include the demolished Augusta bridge. Other than Newport & Clarendon, all the current highway bridges over the White below Cotter are of 1960's or later vintage, and the Cotter Bridge (arguably AHTD's most historic bridge) wasn't designed by Hedrick. Perhaps Hedrick designed a bridge in Missouri or Northwest Arkansas?

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City Council decides against grant to turn Arkansas bridge into pedestrian crossing May 17, 2016 at 8:59 p.m.

Is the city too dejected because it didn't win last year? It will likely be the last of the major Hedrick bridges, especially the "triplet" bridges of similar design & construction: The US 64 bridge at Augusta has already been demolished, and despite preservationists' efforts the US 79 bridge at Clarendon is likely to go for environmental reasons after it's replaced. Newport was the only one of the "triplets" with a reasonable chance of survival, but without this grant it may be as doomed as Clarendon.

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