The joint Judiciary committee today discussed capital punishment and the controversy over allowing staff members in public schools to carry firearms. For unrelated reasons, key witnesses were not present to provide testimony, so the conversation was short. But Senate Chair Jeremy Hutchinson (R – Benton) suggested that the General Assembly address both issues by crafting statutory changes during the upcoming 2014 fiscal session. Add these to the growing list of substantive topics that the legislature may tackle during February’s abbreviated session (which is supposed to only concern budgetary issues): various details of the private option, concomitant complications to tax policy, a fix for the public teachers’ insurance system, and modifications to parole.
What this involves, Duncan, is several things. It involves you, it involves Davy Carter...[Johnny] Allison and [Randy] Sims, who are Mr. Carter's employers. They're holding a fundraiser for me, and so, they're gonna be advised of Mr. Carter's actions. And, are you going to explain or let Davy explain to his wife? ... You're affecting Davy's life and three kids, you're affecting potentially his job. ... You got to think about other people. If it's just Duncan's life, that's one thing. There are other people's lives here, it's not gonna be good. You know that Randy Sims and Johnny Allison are throwing a fundraiser for me.
“I see a lot of people every day who are disgusted with Republicans and Democrats alike and are looking for an alternative. We feel that the Green Party is no longer the alternative but the necessary element,” [Green Party of Arkansas Treasurer Mark] Jenkins said.
Libertarian Party of Arkansas Chairman Jessica Paxton said her party also has benefited from “politicians acting like immature children, not getting any work done,” which has caused people to move to the Libertarian Party.
Bill had more confidence in u than what u showed me. Not fair with the facts at all. And I will follow up with my attorney about your comments cause I want all legal matters resolved including the one with the TV station, have a good night
I will put my hand on a Bible. They'll say I am trying to blackmail him out of the race or I tried to blackmail him out of the race. Absolutely not.
Tennille added that the legislation also does nothing to ensure that all of the tax credit goes to job-creating projects versus in the pockets of the QCDEs.
“The best we’ve been able to determine looking at this program and similar programs across the country, somewhere between 25% and 30% of the value of the tax credits make it to the end-project company. That means 70% of the value of the tax credit is going someplace else. Where? I’m not sure anyone is completely sure,” he said.
He also said he will continue advocating for tightening the rules and regulations associated with the new markets tax credits.
“Look, my fondest hope is that this does everything everyone says it should do and create a minimum 32 new companies employing a few hundred people and say this has been a resounding success, let’s do it again. But there are a lot of questions here. And I just want to make sure that everyone needs to be watching this thing closely because there’s a lot of money at risk. One of the things to remember is the premium tax credit is ultimately the money ends up in general revenue. We are taking money that normally would go to schools and prisons and sick people and colleges and universities and gambling it,” which Tennille said would amount to a $96.28 million gamble.
The party leaders pushing for changes want to replace state caucuses and conventions, like the one that nominated Mr. Cuccinelli, with a more open primary system that they believe will draw a broader cross-section of Republicans and produce more moderate candidates.
Similar pushes are already underway in other states, including Montana and Utah, and last week Mitt Romney said Republicans should consider how to overhaul their presidential nominating process to attract a wider range of voters. He suggested that states holding open primaries be rewarded with more delegates to the party’s national convention.
While the discussion may appear arcane, it reflects a fierce struggle for power between the activist, often Tea Party-dominated wing of the Republican Party — whose members tend to be devoted to showing up and organizing at events like party conventions — and the more mainstream wing, which is frustrated by its inability to rein in the extremist elements and by the fact that its message is not resonating with more voters.
U.S. Senator Mark Pryor this week said he will hold a U.S. Department of Defense nominee until Arkansas State University receives the justification for the Army’s abrupt decision to shutter its Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Program.
“Despite our repeated requests, the Army has yet to provide its justification for closing ASU’s ROTC Program,” Pryor said. “This lack of information is completely unacceptable. I refuse to release this nominee until the Army fulfills its promise and provides a reasonable explanation for its decision. This is a successful program, and I will fight tooth and nail to keep it open.”
In October, the Army announced that ASU’s ROTC program would be discontinued at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Following the announcement, Senators Pryor and Boozman, along with Representative Crawford demanded justification from U.S. Army officials. Despite the Army’s commitment to turn over data and materials, the delegation has yet to receive any information. This week, Pryor placed a hold on the Army’s nomination of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness to ensure ASU receives the answers it deserves.
The research super PAC American Bridge has made a string of hires from within Clintonland for an offshoot project called “Correct the Record,” an effort whose goal is protecting potential 2016 Democratic candidates - with Hillary Clinton chief among them.
The group, which was launched in the 2012 cycle by Clinton ally and Media Matters founder David Brock, has hired from within Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and is getting financial support from two longtime Clinton donors, officials with the group told POLITICO.
Friends - my apologies for not letting most of you know in advance of this announcement but I wanted to shoot you all a quick note and let you know that I've taken a new position with Correct the Record, a new effort to push back against negative misinformation aimed at potential 2016 presidential candidates. I'm very excited about the mission and the opportunity to work with an extraordinary team.I have a message to call Wright today. I think I can guess the subject.
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