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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 20:06:00

Arkansas starts talking about how to address climate change

Earlier this month, the EPA announced a proposed rule that will require a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions produced by power plants, phased in over the coming decades. The feds are setting goals (which will be tailored to individual states), but it’s up to the states themselves to come up with plans that address those targets. On Wednesday morning, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) held a public meeting to solicit preliminary input from stakeholders including utility companies, environmental groups and consumer advocates. Finally, Arkansas is starting to talk about thinking about how to address climate change.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 15:57:00

The open line and an open question on the special session

An open line poses a lingering question for the special session: Can Oaklawn stop a lottery expansion? Plus, bad news for lottery performance and former Arkansas State Police Director John Bailey is named director of the Union Rescue Mission.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 15:51:00

Today in Arkansas: Oaklawn lobbying hard against expansion of lottery

On today's program: Lobbyists for Oaklawn are pressing state legislators to support a bill that would keep the state lottery from adding video monitor gambling. Johnny Rhoda, the 2nd District chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party, resigned after saying Hillary Clinton wouldn't be well received as a political candidate in Arkansas and would probably be shot at the state line. There are several more judges for Jason Rapert to add to his list of those unfit for the bench. And more.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 15:18:00

Gambling fight unsettled as special session nears

Proponents of a bill to prevent the Arkansas lottery from expanding into video lottery games at multiple outlets haven't given up trying to prove to Gov. Mike Beebe that they have sufficient votes to pass the measure without controversy.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 15:12:00

Urgent: Bentonville short of money. Send them cash for broadband

Bentonville needs help for school broadband? Bentonville? Home of the charter-school financing Waltons and football facilities worthy of a good college?

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 14:34:00

Tea Party meltdown in Mississippi Senate loss

Great story on the Tea Party meltdown over Sen. Thad Cochran's survival in the Mississippi runoff thanks to significant support from black voters, who typically vote Democratic.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 12:56:00

Johnny Rhoda, who remarked that Hillary would be shot in Arkansas, resigns from Arkansas Republican Party position

Johnny Rhoda, the 2nd District Republican chairman, has resigned his party position after his widely quoted remark that Hillary Clinton would "probably get shot at the state line" if she ran for president. Except for Tim Griffin, no party leaders denounced the remark. Chair Doyle Webb merely called it a "distraction."

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 11:43:00

The rules: Hillary book tour stop in Little Rock

Walmart has announced the rules for Hillary Clinton's book tour stop Friday in Little Rock. One signed book per customer.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 11:36:00

More judges for Rapert to impeach: Marriage bans struck down in Indiana and Utah

Same-sex marriage bans were struck down today in Indiana and Utah, on the same ground Judge Chris Piazza cited in striking down the Arkansas law. Jason Rapert is going to be a busy man recalling and/or impeaching all these judicial activists.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 11:01:00

Couple of killings today in the metro area

Reports filtering in via Twitter of a couple of unrelated homicides in the Little Rock area today.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 10:38:00

U.S. Supreme Court bars cell phone searches in arrests

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that police can't search cellphones for information without a warrant.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 10:28:00

More un-lobbying for a state broadband network

FASTERArkansas continues its lobbying push for a change in state law to allow public schools to tap into an existing state broadband network. Fine. But could we get this group to register like everybody else who lobbies for law changes?

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 09:58:00

Hillary Clinton and the 39-year-old rape case

The prosecutor in the 1975 rape case in which Hillary Clinton represented the accused rapist says she didn't want to defend the man and tried to get out of the appointment. But she did her duty, as ethics demanded, when she couldn't get released.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 09:27:00

Mike Ross: The education governor

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross goes after education in his latest campaign thrust, an ad that includes a note that Republican Asa Hutchinson has opposed his idea to expand pre-K schooling.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 09:23:00

UPDATE: Ted Olson with some advice for Ted Cruz (and Jason Rapert)

Ted Olson, the Republican lawyer who won the case to kill California's Prop. 8 against same-sex marriage, has some reaction to Ted Cruz's remarks about judicial activism in marriage cases. Please copy to Jason Rapert and friends,.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 07:16:00

A historic House meeting will separate sheep and goats on gambling

Some history of the building where the Arkansas House must meet next week, along with some modern day tussling on gambling.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 07:05:00

Silence of the Republicans on Hillary 'would be shot' gaffe

A high-ranking Arkansas Republican — nominally a church pastor — told a national reporter that Hillary Clinton probably would be shot at the state line if she ran for president. He says it wasn't meant to be threatening, but it was terminally stupid. And, with tiny exceptions, Republicans haven't moved to disavow the rhetoric or remove the man from his party post.

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