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Legislator drops proposal to ban California wine March 30, 2015 at 8:57 p.m.

If you wanna cut back on California wines in grocery stores, why not repeal the inane law that limits grocers to "small farm winery" wines? Let them stock ANY wine as long as they devote a few shelves to Arkansas wines. The "small farm winery" rule was originally for "native wines" till the U.S. Supreme Court ruled states couldn't keep out-of-state wines out of stores, so the Ledge allowed any winery under a certain size (bigger than any Arkansas winery) to come in; that only flooded our store shelves with ripoff wines from small wineries mostly in California. As long as there's still space for Wiederkehr, Post, etc., let's make those California ripoffs compete with some REAL wine for a change.

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'Payday' loan plan protects borrower March 27, 2015 at 12:45 p.m.

The article incorrectly says only OUT-OF-STATE banks are allowed to circumvent the 17% usury limit. Actually, ALL banks (in-state OR out-of-state) are exempt from that limit under Amendment 89, though in-state banks may be subject to a higher limit for non-credit-card loans of $2,000 or less. (Credit cards and all loans exceeding $2,000 have NO usury limit under the special rule for Arkansas banks, first set up as a Federal override by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act in 1999 and expressly continued by Amendment 89.) Still, Federal bank regulators have already subjected banks to a rule similar to what CFPB is proposing; that's what killed "rent-a-bank" payday lenders here years ago. CFPB's rule for non-bank lenders ought to kill payday predators once and for all nationwide.

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LR said to draw Dave & Buster's March 25, 2015 at 11:10 p.m.

BTW, Buster Corley's Union Station establishment was "Buster's", NOT "Corley's".

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LR said to draw Dave & Buster's March 25, 2015 at 11:08 p.m.

@DCMN: Do you really think they WON'T tear up as much land if Dave & Buster's DOESN'T go there? D&B said before the reason they never came back to LR is not enough business. Locating in a property that includes an outlet mall AND Bass Pro Shops in a state that hasn't had either (except a couple of pathetic, short-lived malls now owned by Baptist Health & Pulaski Tech) should do the trick. (And since when did YOU become an environmentalist? The Outlets at Little Rock is capitalism at its finest...)

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Groundwater usage called unsustainable March 25, 2015 at 8:31 a.m.

"The Bayou Meto project will divert Arkansas River water as a part of a process converting groundwater to surface water for irrigation": WRONG. "Groundwater" is UNDERGROUND water; "converting" it to surface water would DESTROY groundwater supplies, not conserve them. The purpose of that project (and Grand Prairie) is to divert surface water from the Arkansas (and White) to farms where it can be used for irrigation, so the farmers do NOT have to use more groundwater from their own wells.

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Legislators: Not sending amendments to '16 voters March 20, 2015 at 5:02 p.m.

DCMN, there's nothing else the Ledge can do about same-sex marriage besides make itself look stupid (as the Alabama Supreme Court did, and as Oklahoma's legislature is trying to do). It's already banned by Arkansas' law AND constitution; anything else would only mean another lawsuit for the state to lose (AND pay for the other side's attorneys).

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Funding shift rides on taxes, CATA is told March 18, 2015 at 7:31 a.m.

The Arkansas Constitution is very restrictive on WHO may ask for a property tax, and for WHAT. In my personal opinion, CATA is *NOT* constitutionally allowed to ask for a dedicated property tax, unless it's to support capital improvement bonds (with the tax expiring when the bonds are paid off). I'm not a lawyer but I'm sure a lot of lawyers will agree with me, especially Eugene Sayre who's made a career out of tying up tax increases in class actions. (A sales tax is legally easier to pull off, but if Pulaski Tech can't get one past the voters how can CATA possibly do it?)

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NCAA's shoe doesn't fit Cinderella this year March 18, 2015 at 6:38 a.m.

Cinderella's shoes were custom-fit for her by her fairy godmother, *not* the NCAA. It's *not* the NCAA's job to manufacture Cinderellas for its tourney.

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Arkansas drops SEC final to Kentucky March 15, 2015 at 3:33 p.m.

Not unexpected, but our last "meaningless" game of the year: Kentucky would have been the top overall seed even if it lost (of course they still want 40-0), and as long as we weren't completely blown off the court (and Bobby Portis didn't have a horrific season-ending injury) the Selection Committee already had our dance card drawn up. They don't call the SEC Tournament the "Kentucky Invitational" for nothing; they even won it in 1994 when Nolan won the national championship.

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Notes March 15, 2015 at 7:54 a.m.

Any specific ADG rule as to naming the river Norfork Dam is on? Though the U.S. Geological Survey recognizes "North Fork of White River" (essentially as used here) as a variant based on Baxter County historical records, its official name (as decided by the U.S. Board of Geographic Names way back in 1911) is simply "North Fork River", probably because it's so far away from the White's other named forks in Northwest Arkansas. It's also the locally preferred name in Missouri, where it's a major floating stream north of Norfork Lake; Arkansas' part of the river is limited to the lake and the short run to the White at the town of Norfork. (Some newer sources may say "Norfork River", but that is clearly improper; that essentially renames the river for the dam or town. The river is "North Fork" unabbreviated, whether of the White or a separate river.)

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