Find out more →

Get unlimited access. Become a digital member!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hurry sundown and the open line

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 4:01 PM

pinnaclebychuckharalson.jpg

I have to leave early for some errands. I'll try to check back. But I leave you above with the sun setting over Pinnacle Mountain and a pair of kayakers, thanks to Chuck Haralson of the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department. Other thoughts:

* ALEC MOVES INTO ZONING: The Koch-backed American Legislative Exchange Council is moving along with other extremist lobbies into the business of tearing down zoning and other land-use rules, this article in Atlantic speculates. No need to speculate. The Kochite Americans for Prosperity chapter in Arkansas, along with ALEC acolytes in the legislature and other fellow extremist travelers, have been thumping this drum in Arkansas for a good while. The most vigorous current manifestation is the fight to prevent rules that protect the Lake Maumelle water supply. Failed legislation aimed at that is certain to be reborn in some fashion as part of the ALEC/Koch/AFP agenda in the 2013 legislative session. Fair warning of what the Republican majority could bring.

eensyweensy.jpg
  • KAIT
* NEWS YOU CAN USE: The rise of crowd-sourced news, particularly in community websites sponsored by TV stations, has opened new vistas in news coverage.

Community reporters cover a broad range of topics, from the tough scrutiny I've seen of Republican Mayor Dabbs in Bryant to, ta da, the news today that a Poughkeepsie woman found a tarantula in a bowl in her kitchen cabinet when she went to make a pie. She took it outside, but the scare slowed down her pie-making. Courtesy of KAIT-8.

* BECAUSE SOMEONE ASKED: Republicans, stung by recent reporting on Republican use this year of the dubious tactic of donating excess campaign funds from one treasury-fat legislative candidate to a candidate more in need, have been madly looking for Democrats to play the "they-do-it-too" card. (Democrats have done it in years past and it's a shady practice, clearly violating the spirit and maybe the letter of ethics law that prohibits personal use of campaign money, whoever does it.) A lobbyist looking to curry favor with Repubs slipped them an invite to a fund-raiser at Doe's today for Sen. Robert Thompson. Repubs madly set to Twittering, sure they'd caught somebody in the act of doing what they've already done. Thompson says no:

I had a fundraiser today, but I discouraged legislators from donating from their campaign accounts. A few legislators attended and made contributions, but they told me it was from personal funds and not from their campaign accounts. I don't believe I've received any funds from campaign accounts.

* HEAT DEATH: 40/29 reports the death from heat exposure of a man working Sunday for a contractor at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

* YES, CONSERVATIVES HAVE TAKEN OVER THE SUPREME COURT: Great chart from Mother Jones.

* POKER LADY STANDS PAT: I mentioned over the weekend that Nancy Todd, who's attempting to put a casino gambling amendment on the ballot, had not filed reports on spending on that campaign. She sent a brief note promising to get back to me Monday, but seemed to indicate she saw her effort to date as not yet qualifying for disclosure. State rules clearly say expenses in qualifying a measure must be reported. She didn't call me Monday and hasn't responded to my e-mail today. I checked with the state Ethics Commission. Director Graham Sloan, though not venturing an opinion on whether Todd's committee had spent the $500 at which reporting is required, said a member of Todd's committee had been told of the rule last week and the Todd representative had indicated that the committee had not yet received or spent $500. Paid canvassers are at work. Website work has been done. A camper is being used to go to spots where people congregate to obtain signatures. Count me skeptical.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Speaking of...

  • Monkey business from Americans for Prosperity

    September 29, 2014
    Stay classy, Americans for Prosperity. /more/
  • Legislative review of disabled-care reform will be delayed until next year

    September 25, 2014
    The Community First Choice Option, which would provide home/community-based care for thousands of families with developmentally disabled children, has become a legislative lightning rod. The head of the Department of Human Services told the Public Health committee today that his department will wait until 2015 to request approval for the CFCO. Some advocates think that lessens its chances of passing considerably. /more/
  • Arkansas GOP congressional delegation sends letter to state Insurance Commissioner, gets facts wrong

    September 23, 2014
    Congressmen Rick Crawford,Tim Griffin, Steve Womack and Tom Cotton sent a letter today to Arkansas Insurance Department (AID) Commissioner Jay Bradford asking for details on 2015 rates on the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace, the Obamacare-created health insurance exchange. Apparently, the Arkansas congressional delegation is getting their (misleading) information from Americans for Prosperity. They claim that a wave of cancellations is coming this fall in Arkansas because of Obamacare and that consumers therefore need to begin to shop for alternatives for 2015 on the Marketplace. In fact, no plans have been cancelled due to Obamacare non-compliance in Arkansas. And no one will be kicked off their plan due to Obamacare non-compliance this fall. Apparently unbeknownst to the Arkansas Congressional delegation, AID decided back in March to take advantage of a change in federal rules and allow insurance carriers to continue to offer non-compliant plans in the state through October of 2016 (which means consumers can keep their plans through the fall of 2017). All of the state's major carriers have told AID they plan to continue to offer these non-compliant plans to consumers who currently have them. /more/
  • Parents of disabled children to sue state over eight-year waiting list for home care waivers

    September 22, 2014
    Frustrated with the legislature's apparent reluctance to move forward with the Community First Choice Option (CFCO), a group of some 50 parents are filing a lawsuit against the state that alleges Arkansas's failure to provide home- and community-based care options for developmentally disabled children is in violation of the US Supreme Court's landmark Olmstead decision. /more/
  • Google ends support of ALEC

    September 22, 2014
    Google has joined the long list of major corporations planning to end financial support for the American Legislative Exchange Council, an organization much beloved by Republican state legislators for their subsidized junkets from which they bring back cookie-cutter legislation on the wish list of people like the Koch brothers. /more/
  • Disability rights activists target Americans for Prosperity's offices in LR

    September 17, 2014
    The disability rights activists who yesterday staged civil disobedience actions at the Little Rock offices of gubernatorial candidates Asa Hutchinson and Mike Ross are today going after Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the influential political nonprofit primarily funded by the Koch brothers. /more/
  • Community care for the old and disabled: Koch-heads say no!

    August 28, 2014
    A new federal program to support home care for the disabled and infirm is getting a spirited hearing at the legislature today. The Kochs and their legislative acolytes don't like it. Costs money. /more/
  • Inside the Koch retreat: Tom Cotton and fat cats' mutual admiration society

    August 27, 2014
    Remember the Koch retreat at a fancy California resort that caused Tom Cotton to miss the Pink Tomato Festival in Warren. Shades of Mitt Romney. A tape of the proceedings has emerged. And it includes rich praise for Tom Cotton, particularly his votes against the interests of Arkansas farmers. /more/
  • Democrats ramp up field operation to hang onto Arkansas

    August 24, 2014
    Molly Ball writes in The Atlantic about the massive operation by the Democratic Party to turn out the vote in November to save U.S. Senator Mark Pryor's seat and perhaps propel some more Democrats to victory elsewhere on the ball. /more/
  • Add Microsoft to companies that have cut support for ALEC

    August 21, 2014
    Microsoft has joined other major corporations in ending financial support for the American Legislative Exchange Council. /more/
  • More »

Comments (44)

Showing 1-44 of 44

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-44 of 44

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Beverly Carter's body found in shallow grave on Highway 5 in northern Pulaski County

    The Pulaski sheriff's office reported early this morning that the body of Beverly Carter, the real estate agent apparently abducted while showing a home near Scott Thursday evening, had been found in a shallow grave near Cabot. The charges against Arron Lewis, her suspected abductor, have been upgraded to capital murder.
    • Sep 30, 2014
  • Mark Pryor is a consensus builder; attorney general talk proves it

    The fact that Sen. Mark Pryor is even mentioned as a potential nominee for attorney general is solid proof — as evidenced by right-wing news sources — that he's the candidate in the race this year who offers some promise of being a bipartisan consensus builder.
    • Sep 25, 2014
  • More »

Most Shared

  • How the South became dead red

    Good piece in Politico from Stanford sociology professor Doug McAdam on the roots of our modern partisan divide. McAdam tells the familiar story of how the South flipped, as yellow dog Democrats in the old Confederacy abandoned the party in the wake of the Civil Rights movement.
  • Fact-checkers unaninmous: Tom Cotton is a liar

    Tom Cotton has hit the fact-checking trifecta: All three major fact-checking operations says his ad blaming his vote against the farm bill on President Obama is dishonest.
  • Bill Clinton sounds caution on charter schools

    A singular voice, former president Bill Clinton, sounded a note of caution about charter schools in a speech in New York yesterday and thank goodness.
  • Hot Springs firing range declared a "Muslim free zone" by its owner

    The owner of The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Jan Morgan, announced yesterday that she is banning the presence of Muslims in her business. Her reasoning: "Why would I hand guns and ammunition to people whose religion commands them to kill me and my non-muslim patrons?" OK, let's get that lawsuit rolling.
  • Police: NLR real estate agent missing after showing house in Scott

    The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department is currently searching for a North Little Rock real estate agent whose husband reported her missing after she apparently disappeared while showing a house in Scott.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2014 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation