Monday, March 18, 2013

Back in Arkansas

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Well, I'm back in Arkansas, operating on some time zone other than Central Daylight Time. Noted:

* VOTE SUPPRESSION: The Republican voter ID bill, part of a national strategy to suppress votes among core Democratic constituencies, should get routine Senate approval today of a minor House amendment. The question again of whether a law that addresses a constitutional provision requires a two-thirds vote might arise and again be overridden by the Republican majority. That debate shouldn't obscure the core constitutional question of whether the legislation unconstitutionally abridges vote protection enshrined in the document, as Ernie Dumas has written. It will join the long list of constitutionally questionable acts in court.

* SPEAKING OF LEGISLATION; Anybody else struck by the torrent of bill filings by the Republican majority. You know, the majority that favors less government intrusion in personal lives?

* PICKING ON COTTON: U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton got still more national air time yesterday with an appearance on CNN in which he lauded the "just and noble" war in Iraq. Crooks and Liars notes that some think the adventure in Iraq, based on Bush Administration representations, wasn't perhaps quite so noble.

* BEWARE SCHOOL VOUCHERS: Arkansas legislators are spoiling to pass bills to funnel public dollars into private schools. Various means have been proposed, including one scheme by which taxpayers could direct their tax payments to private school scholarships. This is bad governance on a number of grounds. (How about a bill to let me funnel my tax dollars into health services for women?) But a leading problem is the example of other states, where public money has gone to heavily fund church schools offering some dubious academics. To wit (though it isn't funny):

"Voucher schools in Louisiana and Indiana are using a “U.S. History” textbook in their eighth grade classes that teaches that the “hippies” of the 1960s were draft dodgers who were rude, didn’t bathe, and worshipped Satan."

Tags: ,

Favorite

Speaking of Voter ID, Tom Cotton

Comments (71)

Showing 1-50 of 71

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-50 of 71

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • The debate eve open line

    The Sunday open lines includes some rumination, not happy, about tomorrow night's presidential debate.
    • Sep 25, 2016
  • Ethics Commission begins investigation of Rep. Mike Holcomb

    The state Ethics Commission last week informed a complainant she'd raised sufficient questions about campaign finance filings by Republican Rep. Mike Holcomb to initiate an investigation.
    • Sep 25, 2016
  • Drug companies fight medical marijuana

    Disclosure about financing of the anti-medical marijuana campaign in Arkansas is so far lacking, but it's no secret what's happened in other states — pharmaceutical companies have worked to defeat medical marijuana laws because they create (safer) competition.
    • Sep 25, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Arkansas lawyers file class action against Walmart, others, over herbal products: UPDATE

    Lawyers in Little Rock and Fayetteville have filed federal suit in the Western District against Walmart, Target and Walgreens stores for selling herbal products that an investigation in New York discovered contained little or n one of the ingredients advertised on the bottle.
    • Feb 5, 2015
  • NLR high forfeits 2013-14 varsity wins

    North Little Rock High School is forfeiting all of last year's varsity wins in football and boys basketball — a state championship trophy — because an ineligible player participated.
    • Feb 5, 2015
  • Eureka Springs City Council passes civil rights ordinance, sets stage for potential lawsuit

    The Eureka Springs City Council last night suspended the rules and hurriedly passed a civil rights ordinance that extends anti-discrimination protection to gay people in employment, housing and public accommodations. It sets up a potential legal challenge if the legislature completes passage of a law aimed at preserving legal discrimination against gay people.
    • Feb 10, 2015

Most Shared

  • Who's harming women?

    Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is an Arkansas Republican. Thus, like the governor and the Republican-majority legislature, she intends to do everything she can to deny women comprehensive medical care, particularly abortion.
  • New normal

    No two presidential candidates since polling began have run up negatives as massive as those of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who yet won their parties' nominations easily. "What gives?" may be the biggest political mystery in history.
  • Additional rape charges filed against Conway doctor

    Special Prosecutor Jason Barrett has added 11 more victims to two others alleging rape by Dr. Robert Rook of Conway.
  • Big Dam Bridge 100 brings big damn complaint about celebrity rider Hincapie

    The Big Dam Bridge 100 is this weekend and one dedicated biker isn't happy about a celebrity rider, admitted doper George Hincapie.

Most Viewed

  • The debate eve open line

    The Sunday open lines includes some rumination, not happy, about tomorrow night's presidential debate.
  • Drug companies fight medical marijuana

    Disclosure about financing of the anti-medical marijuana campaign in Arkansas is so far lacking, but it's no secret what's happened in other states — pharmaceutical companies have worked to defeat medical marijuana laws because they create (safer) competition.

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: The debate eve open line

    • RC, the quote was from "2010: The Year We Make Contact" but that's neither here…

    • on September 26, 2016
  • Re: The boys on the tracks are back

    • I Basically think we all don't have to face all these deceit and lies from…

    • on September 25, 2016
  • Re: The debate eve open line

    • Olphart - i miss PanAm. I had a reservation for the PanAm moon shuttle from…

    • on September 25, 2016

Blogroll

 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation