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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

An open line: And, do little things matter in governor's race?

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* THE LAW OF LITTLE THINGS: Talk Business columnist Michael Cook, a Democratic campaign consultant, got a first look at a Democratic Governor's Association ad hitting Republican Asa Hutchinson for claiming illegal tax credits for four years. He calls it the Law of Little Things, where a relatively small, but easily understood, thing can make a big political difference. Story line as he sees it: Asa cheated on taxes, lied when he got caught. It's close enough to true for politics. Hutchinson filled out a form swearing a house was his principal residence when it was not. When first asked about it, he said he got the credit automatically, which wasn't true. I'm still not sure this has the legs Democrats think it has. Asa has now paid up, more than required. People hate the tax man. Don't get me wrong. I think the episode reflects poorly on Hutchinson's credibility. But I think he looks worse for opposition to a minimum wage increase, opposition to expanded pre-K education, a cockamamie income tax revision that shatters progressivity, opposition to equal treatment of gays and women in employment and more.


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