On today's news wrapup: Sen. Jason Rapert's resolution to endorse discrimination, Mike Huckabee's insane comparison of the drive to same-sex marriage to Nazi Germany, Mike Maggio in front of the the Ethics Commission and more.
Sen. Jason Rapert sent me a Tweet early this morning claiming that Facebook had relented and reinstated some anti-Muslim Facebook posts that had been removed for violation of the private social media company's "community standards." True or not, he still doesn't get the U.S. Constitution. /more/
Sen. Jason Rapert's anti-Muslim views have won him national attention again. His call to ban entry of Muslims to the U.S. apparently got him taken down on Facebook and the senator is NOT happy about it. /more/
Phyllis Schlafly, mother, attorney and longtime antifeminist, died recently. What Schlafly promoted was not novel or new. Men had been saying that men and women were not equal for years. However, anti-feminism, anti-women language had much more power coming from a woman who professed to be looking out for the good of all women and families. /more/
The Log Cabin Democrat in Conway reports that Judge David Laser heard arguments but made no ruling on a defense request for dismissal of the civil lawsuit against nursing home owner Michael Morton and former Republican Sen. Gilbert Baker over a $4.2 million reduction in a jury verdict by then-Judge Mike Maggio. /more/
A motion filed before the Arkansas Supreme Court asks that Justice Rhonda Wood not hear the appeal of a nursing home damage case because of the campaign contributions made to her campaign by the owner of the nursing home in the case, Michael Morton of Fort Smith. This could have implications for challenges to a proposed constitutional amendment to limit damages in nursing home cases. /more/
A petition drive has begun to encourage a demand that Sen. Jason Rapert pay for the legal fees in defending his Ten Commandments monument proposed for the state Capitol grounds. It's more work by the Satanic Temple, which has fought church-state entanglement around the country. /more/
Governor Hutchinson says a high graduation rate (ours is about the lowest) and a larger quotient of college graduates in the population are critical to economic development. Every few months there is another, but old, key to unlocking growth. /more/
As the Arkansas secretary of state moves closer to a clearance of a Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds (and a likely lawsuit), other groups are making plans to be heard, such as The Satanic Temple. /more/
The open line with some new reading: A New York Times report about a failed prison labor project in Pine Bluff and an interview with Mike Huckabee, predicting victory in November for Donald Trump. /more/
Also, the Sullivan Fortner Trio at South on Main, the Acansa Arts Festival, Gloria Browne-Marshall at UALR's Bowen School of Law, the Arkansas Times Festival of Ideas at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, Nebo Jam and Bit Brigade at Vino's.
by Stephanie Smittle, Leslie Newell Peacock and Lindsey Millar
Response to our story about rehoming and adoption has been overwhelmingly positive, with one exception. Rep. Nate Bell (R-Mena) has informed me that writing this story makes me the predator and Justin Harris the victim. I'm hellbound, apparently.
Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola expressed opposition to me yesterday to Sen. Bart Hester's bill to prevent cities from passing laws to protect LGBT people from discrimination. He didn't go as far as I would have gone.
Politico reports that Kathleen Harrington Kennedy Townsend says former Republican President George H.W. Bush is voting for Hillary Clinton for president. The article quotes a Bush spokesman as declining to confirm or deny.
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.
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.
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.