Dr. Suggs and I met with the AG and others in August to discuss in very general terms the possibility of a settlement. We left with the understanding that a specific written proposal would be considered in good faith. I talked individually with board members who said what they have said many times before publicly and privately - they believed that a reasonable settlement would be in the best interest of LRSD students. I met with Dr. Suggs and Kelsey Bailey in September to discuss a settlement proposal which Dr. Suggs had prepared and the work Mr. Bailey had done to show that LRSD could make the proposal we made and remain financially stable during and after the proposed seven year transition if the proposal were accepted. I called or met with board members individually to talk generally about a proposal which did not include continued State funding of magnet schools or limitations on charter schools. I did not ask for any commitments and asked them not to discuss this with each other until we had a substantive response from the AG to consider at a public meeting. I sent the proposal to the AG on September 27. There has been no substantive response. The proposal does not require continued State support for magnet schools or interdistrict transfers, although the recent change in the school choice law would allow interdistrict transfers to magnet and other schools. There is no restriction on charter schools in the proposal. Previous efforts to settle this case have been unsuccessful primarily because the parties have been unable to resolve magnet and charter school issues.
Dear Congressman Griffin:
You and others in Congress have refused to pass stand-alone legislation (a "Continuing Resolution") to provide funding for the U.S. government unless the legislation removes funding for the Affordable Care Act that Congress enacted and President Obama signed into law in 2010. Head Start programs, efforts to provide shelter and counseling for victims of domestic abuse and violence, and numerous other governmental measures that would prevent vulnerable people from exposure to unnecessary suffering and hardship are shuttered. Moreover, federal employees and others whose livelihoods depend on programs and services funded by the federal government now fmd themselves burdened by costs and inconveniences directly related to the government shutdown you and others in Congress have orchestrated.
I denounced your conduct during my sermon at New Millennium Church on October 13,2013. Like the prophet Jeremiah said of the rulers of his time and place, your actions are "appalling and horrible." You are holding vulnerable people in Central Arkansas and elsewhere across the United States hostage to anxiety and causing them to suffer needless pain. This is oppressive, cruel, hypocritical, and wicked. Shame on you for treating vulnerable people this way!
"A lot of what you see in the House, you see some Republicans, not all, I don't want to say this about the entire Republican Party, some Republicans, quite honestly, they’re acting childish about a lot of this," Pryor said. "They almost want to shut down. They want to see us break the debt ceiling, things like that, very irresponsible. I don't think that's where most of the Republicans are, but they're allowing that smaller group to drive the train. And that's one of the real problems we have in Washington."
"So I think we'll get an agreement today in the Senate," he continued. "I'm not saying we can pass it today because there's logistics about drafting and getting it to the floor and the procedural things we'll have to do. But my guess is, this is just guess, but my guess is we'll pass something in the Senate tomorrow. Get it over to the House as quickly as possible. Hopefully they'll pass it shortly thereafter."
“Folks here know Mark as someone who always puts Arkansas first,” Pryor campaign manager Jeff Weaver said in a statement, “and voters next year will have a clear choice between Congressman Cotton’s narrow, reckless agenda and Mark’s record as a responsible and reliable voice for Arkansas families.”UPDATE: Cotton favored the National Journal with his numbers. He raised $1.0657 million in the quarter, for $2.2 million for the year, and has $1.8 million on hand. The Arkansas GOP trumpeted Cotton's outraising Pryor, if only by $23,000 or so. (UPDATE II: Since it's over bragging rights, the full figure of net contributions, less refunds, was $1.035 million for Pryor and $1.0657 for Cotton, or a difference around $3,000.)
“We have recently moved into a statistical dead heat with our likely Republican opponent, and I am humbled by the continued support from all across Arkansas that has given us another record-breaking fundraising quarter,” said Ross. “Arkansans are tired of the politics that divide us, and they want commonsense, bipartisan leadership. As governor, I will unite this state to improve education, create more good-paying jobs and cut taxes for working families – all in a fiscally responsible way that continues to balance the state’s budget.”
When the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago issued a critical 2007 ruling defending the constitutionality of Voter ID laws, Judge Richard Posner authored the decision.
The arguments Judge Posner made for upholding Indiana's Voter ID law framed out some of the essential underpinnings for the 2008 determination of the US Supreme Court — in the case of Crawford v. Marion County Election Board — that has since served as a justification for the enactment of ever harsher laws in states across the country.
... So it should count for something that Judge Posner now says that he was mistaken in his 2007 decision.
Indeed, the judge's rethink ought to inspire a national rethink — about not just Voter ID laws but the broader issue of voter rights.
“The standard of warm, safe, and dry is far too low to set the bar for determining adequacy,” Hutchinson says. “The state needs to assess and redevelop minimum facilities needs for today’s students in the age of technology. All students deserve equitable opportunities to learn—opportunities to enter college or a career on a level playing field with their peers.”
“It is my understanding that nearly 700 state employees have already been furloughed as a direct result of the federal budget crisis and thousands more are expected to be furloughed should federal shutdown continue. I believe it is our duty to see that employees in Arkansas are treated fairly and guaranteed the same back pay options as federal employees.”
As the furloughed employees are paid with federal funds through federal programs, we will have to wait and see what officials in Washington do whenever the shutdown ends. We have to abide by federal law on these positions and personnel. Obviously we hope the federal government will make these employees whole after denying them pay through no fault of their own.
State employees paid with Arkansas funds have not been furloughed as a result of the federal shutdown.
Attendees reportedly included Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Steve King (R-IA), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Raúl R. Labrador (R-ID), Steve Southerland II (R-FL), Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Justin Amash (R-MI).
The deal poised to emerge from the Senate will face a big hurdle in the House, with Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) staring down a conservative caucus adamant about gutting some part of the health care law. Cruz's influence over those conservatives has prompted Democrats to scrutinize Boehner's influence. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said earlier this month that the speaker has "become a puppet — with Ted Cruz pulling the strings."
Cruz declined to say Monday whether he'd try to block the pending Senate deal.
"I want to wait and see what the details are," he said.
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