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LRU graduate, retired Pharmaceutical Operations Manager, taught Chemistry/Physics at Bigelow, current raise vegetables and sheep in eastern Faulkner County

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Updated on January 12, 2012 at 9:50 PM

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Re: “The Friday line and video wrapup

Michigan, like other Republican-controlled states, decided to initiate a drug testing program for welfare receipents. They did, however, start with a pilot program of 422 clients and found -0-. Huffington Post reports:

Drug testing welfare recipients is not a new concept, and many have denounced it as a practice that enforces stereotypes that poor people are drug addicts or are using government money to buy illegal substances. Yet, outcomes of similar programs across the nation have yielded results similar to those in Michigan. Taxpayers in Maine, Tennessee and Mississippi have covered the costs of drug testing recipients only to find that these suspicions are misguided.

An analysis by Think Progress discovered that nationwide in 2015, states spent almost $1 million on programs like Michigans Substance Use Disorder Pilot, and almost all of them found less than 0.4 percent of recipients were guilty of the behavior lawmakers feared.

The results in various regions suggest there isnt a correlation between drug use and being on government assistance. Its not yet clear whether Michigan which spent only $700 on the pilot program will continue the practice.

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Posted by couldn't be better on 12/02/2016 at 9:32 PM

Re: “The Friday line and video wrapup

Good job, Brooke.

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Posted by couldn't be better on 12/02/2016 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Bills filed to end 'fair dismissal' process for teachers in takeover districts and principals statewide

Vanessa, it sounds like the School Boards haven't done their jobs of evaluating people so they want to just practice "plantation politics". I am glad I got out and since I taught Chemistry and Physics and at least 2 of us retired the same year and there were no in-state graduates certified in science with a Physics endorsement, I guess they had to scramble or full-time sub with a waiver.

The pay is lousy for someone with a degree in te area they are teaching and the administrative part is a joke and theer is a real good reason why people leave the profession, 50% within their first 3 years and few are taking the course work to be an admninistrator.

I remember Mr Simon stating when the legislature met every 2 years that it took the two years between sessions to implement what they would come up with just in time to have someone change it again.

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Posted by couldn't be better on 12/02/2016 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Bill introduced to strip state funds from hypothetical 'sanctuary cities' in Arkansas

You can tell by reading the detail that it is far to complicated for the small mind of Stubblefield to come up with. Just another piece of ALEC hater legislation by red state legislatures who don't have the good sense to actually discuss something rationally and come up with their own legislation. I am surprised that this idiot and Mayberry didn't enter an ALEC piece to eliminate 50% of their jobs as a waste of good money.

I guess next is to repeal all Constitutional rights except amendment #2 which has been mis-read by SCOTUS for years. The actual intent is in the first 12 words at the request of the SC delegation worried about a slave revolt (slaves outnumbered whites at least 4:1). The part that Charlie Collins and others cite are actually how you are to accomplish the words in the first part.

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Posted by couldn't be better on 12/02/2016 at 3:42 PM

Re: “What we should and shouldn't take away from November's jobs report

The issue is with the manufacturing and industrial segments as the government hasn't created new jobs in years except for those associated with meeting the ACA requirements and those may be the first major job slump under the Trump administration if Ryan goes through with his plan that would kill the ACA and replace it in a few years (which means never with this group of cheap SOBs in the GOP). They should also drop their own golden health insurance to show some empathy with the 20 million people they are going to screw and Trump better have an explanation for those in the Trump Rapture. That will probably get their attention like "facts" have failed to do.

BTW, the GOP way to full employment is always a war with someone to create contractor jobs to replace damaged and destroyed military equipment.

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Posted by couldn't be better on 12/02/2016 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Advocates for the disabled object to Capitol gates

You would have thought that a group actually doing their job and responsible for the upkeep and access to the Capitol would know the law and not have to be reminded of it, again and again.

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Posted by couldn't be better on 12/02/2016 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to head Trump's defense department

Mattis' nickname is "Mad Dog" and he is also a conspiracy theoriest. So you have 2 conspiracy theory advocates (Trump and Mattis) and one who originates conspiracy theories in the White House. This could make that search for those invisible WMDs a cakewalk compared to what these nuts can do. That WMD lie by Cheney and his puppet George W cost 3000 American lives for oil. How did that work out? Oh, it still hasn't.

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Posted by couldn't be better on 12/02/2016 at 7:43 AM

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