News from the locally produced TV show by televangelist Happy Caldwell. In an interview with Sen. Jason Rapert about the 10 Commandments monument for the Capitol, Rapert says the monument is complete and ready for installation.
He said it could happen in a couple of months. He said the American History and Heritage Foundation, created to raise money for the project, had raised $24,000 — enough for the monument and money left over for continued fund-raisingt to commmission more such monuments elsewhere in Arkansas.
Rapert continues his assertion that this about honoring the foundation of law, not religion. But he also makes it clear that legislative approval is required for monument placement at the Capitol and you get the clear idea that Buddhists, Hindus, atheists, Muslims or whoever wouldn't meet much success in getting approval for their brand of faith.
Several groups have vowed a lawsuit when the installation moves forward — a decision under control of Secretary of State Mark Martin.
Who incorporated the nonprofit foundation? None other than Travis Story, the Fayetteville lawyer who's been leading fights around the state to preserve legal discrimination against gay people. Oh, excuse. To preserve the religious right to not hire, providing housing to or provide services to gay people. And other sinners, presumably.
Sen. Jason Rapert has apparently given up — unsurprisingly, given lack of support from anybody else — on his effort to force the renaming of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock. /more/
Sen. Jason Rapert, the bullying preacher of Conway, continues his wild assault on reason by filing today his promised bill to force the renaming of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. /more/
The chamber of horrors known as the Arkansas legislature rolls on. Latest installment: A "freedom of conscience" bill for health care providers from Sens. Jason Rapert and Linda Collins-Smith and Rep. Brandt Smith. /more/
Sen. Jonathan Dismang ran into opposition but still passed his bill to add UAMS, the State Hospital and college athletic events and venues as exceptions to legislation signed yesterday to expand where qualified concealed carry permit holders may take weapons. The NRA will fight the changes in the House.
An op-ed in today's New York Time by Katha Pollitt says what I've been struggling to say about the reaction to the attack on women's reproductive rights launched by means of the undercover videos made by anti-abortion activists.
Hog fans just can't quit blaming the refs for the NCAA men's basketball tournament loss to North Carolina. Now the Arkansas Senate has gotten in on the act, with this resolution introduced by Democratic Sen. Keith Ingram and getting bipartisan co-sponsorship from that brutish and short sandlot roundball player, Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson.
IndieWire breaks news long whispered downtown — a more ambitious successor to the Little Rock Film Festival is in the works, with backing from writer/director Jeff Nichols, a Little Rock native. His "Loving" has won wide acclaim recently.