Thursday, July 19, 2012

Thursday night line

Posted By on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Another webcast day draws to a close. Final thoughts:

* CORRECTION ON GAME AND FISH COMMISSION EMPLOYEE SURVEY: I made an error in reporting yesterday about the employee morale survey at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. All copies of the survey results — given to the press and members of the Game and Fish Commission — had been redacted by the private Virginia firm that did the survey to remove names of employees who made comments and also names of employees they commented about. I had indicated erroneously that commissioners received unredacted copies of the report. Employees had been promised anonymity to participate in the survey. The agency's lawyers have made the further determination — based in part on attorney general opinions — that comments in such surveys about job peformance may be protected under exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act. Several in the press and some commission critics have challenged that interpretation and threatened a lawsuit. Neither the commission nor its private law firm has a copy of unredacted comments. The law firm has requested an unredacted version from the contractor, but he has not responded. Commission spokesmen told me today that this information has been requested so that it will be in the hands of the agency's law firm if a successful lawsuit is filed to uncover that information though they still believe the information should remain confidential both by law and the agreement with employees. Under state legal precedent, information that otherwise might be public information can't be reached by suing the private party that has it, only by suing the public agency. A public agency cannot avoid disclosure by shipping public information off to a private party.

* WOO PIG SOOIE: Tight end Hunter Henry of Pulaski Academy has committed to play for the Razorbacks.

* STOP GOVERNMENT FUNDING OF BOY SCOUTS: The Secular Coalition for America has put together a long list of the financial ways in which taxpayers support Boy Scouts, which have reaffirmed their policy of discriminating against gay kids. The Coalition says the government shouldn't support discriminatory organizations. Amen. And speaking of DISCRIMINATION: If the traffic hazard the chain created on Markham Street wasn't enough, Chick-Fil-A's outspoken discrimination against gay people is another good reason not to patronize them.

* ANOTHER GOOD REASON FOR COPS NOT TO GET INTO THE DRONE BUSINESS: GPS hijacking. Who knew, says NLR cops.

Tags:

Favorite

Speaking of Arkansas Game And Fish Commission

Comments (57)

Showing 1-50 of 57

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-50 of 57

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • A foggy open line and preparation for King-Lee Day

    The line is open. Perhaps you're reading in preparation for the King-Lee holiday tomorrow. One book is currently sold out, thanks to Donald Trump.
    • Jan 15, 2017
  • An angle on collecting sales tax from Amazon, other online sales

    The president of the Arkansas Restaurant Association says there is a way to make sure a sales tax is collected from on-line retailers, most recently adopted in Louisiaa. He's working on the idea in Arkansas.
    • Jan 15, 2017
  • LR City Hall agenda: Sales taxes

    The Little Rock City Board of Directors has  scheduled a vote on a resolution asking for a meeting with the Arkansas congressional delegation about federal legislation to allow cities to recapture sales tax revenue lost to Internet sales.
    • Jan 15, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • UPDATE: Retired Arkansas Arts Center director Townsend Wolfe dies at 81

    Townsend Durant Wolfe, III, retired director and chief curator of the Arkansas Arts Center, has died at 81.
  • Subpoenas identify names of federal interest in kickback probe

    The Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District today provided me with the subpoena it received from federal investigators in a probe that led to former Republican Rep. Micah Neal's guilty plea to taking kickbacks from money he guided to a nonprofit agency and a private college in Springdale, apparently Ecclesia College.
  • Human Services says it's eliminated Medicaid application backlog

    The state Human Services Department has informed Gov. Asa Hutchinson that it has all but eliminated a backlog in applications for Medicaid coverage.
  • Praising Asa

    Let us now praise the governor for a starkly moderate record, at least in comparison with other red-state executives.
  • Glass houses

    Having gotten a deep security briefing and probably a confidential glimpse of our own vast cyberspying operation, Donald Trump is no longer pretty sure that the Kremlin didn't hack Democratic computers or employ other tactics to help his election.

Visit Arkansas

Indian Rock House at Fairfield Bay

Indian Rock House at Fairfield Bay

Winter is the perfect time to explore the natural stone shelters where native Arkansans once lived

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation