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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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?
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.
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,.
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.
Last week, Rep. Josh Miller, a Republican legislator from Heber Springs, spoke against the private option Medicaid expansion last week. He invoked FDR's New Deal — a "hand up," he said, not a "handout."
Scott Ellington, the prosecuting attorney for Arkansas's Second Judicial District, said in a recent interview that, "There are no ongoing investigations by governmental investigative authorities" concerning the West Memphis Three case. Ellington may be the only person on the planet who believes there is "closure" in my case.