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    Even when blockbuster decisions are not being handed down almost daily by the U.S. Supreme Court, rules of procedure passed down by Arkansas's top court typically gain little attention.
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Re: “Arkansas legislature, take note: North Carolina losing business thanks to bathroom bill

You know, CBB makes a good point about states being reorganized to fit the demographics of the populace. As a lifelong resident of Northwest Arkansas (with the exception of 12 years when I lived elsewhere, including 10 years in Little Rock), I always felt that we should have been part of Missouri. I grew up listening to KWTO (Keep Watching the Ozarks radio in Springfield, Missouri). For instance, my great-great grandfather joined the Union army, rather than the Confederate one, because he could have cared less about rich plantation owners keeping their slaves.He was trying to scratch a living out of a barren, hillside farm, so he had nothing in common with the privileged class of the South, which, of course, the Civil War was fought to protect. There are other factors that weight in favor of us folks in the Northwest corner of the state being part of Missouri. The terrain is more similar; many of the people in Missouri are hillbillies, as I and many other people in Northwest Arkansas are, and the natives of Northwest Arkansas are more inclined to be "show me" people, like Missourians are, than are people in the rest of the state. You could also make the argument that people in the Southwest corner of the state should be Texicans, and the people in Fort Baptist should have been Oklahomans. I don't know how the boundaries could have been drawn, but there are definitely different cultures at work in Arkansas

Posted by plainjim on 07/22/2016 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Donald Trump immediately returns to crazy mode, peddles conspiracy theory that Ted Cruz's dad involved in JFK assassination

Marc, give it up. You get on a liberal blog with ridiculous claims and expect us to believe you. You are what is called a troll, and no one pays any attention to trolls.

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Posted by plainjim on 07/22/2016 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Open Line

Fortunately, mountaingirl, it will not be on the record for HHW's pet. Quarantine after a bite is a civil matter, to insure the dog does not have rabies, and sop the dog will not have a criminal record. Now, in Arkansas, the second bite makes him or her a vicious animal, and then it becomes bad.

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Posted by plainjim on 07/22/2016 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Ethics Commission dismisses complaint against Gov. Asa Hutchinson

Our idol, Mike Beebe, routinely appeared at political events to endorse people he wanted to be elected to office. Every other Democratic governor in my lifetime did the same thing. The state statute was adopted to stop bureaucrats from politicking on government time, so as to guarantee that they wouldn't lose their jobs, and so as to protect these bureaucrats from vindictive elected officials. It is poorly written, and should have exempted elected officials such as the governor, attorney general, etc. I think this is probably one of the least onerous things that our governor has done.

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Posted by plainjim on 07/22/2016 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Open Line

Yes, Vanessa, good luck. People tell me that hip surgery is not nearly as bad as knee surgery. I hope, like mountaingirl, that it ends your pain. Mountaingirl, overly friendly dogs must be watched at all times.

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Posted by plainjim on 07/22/2016 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Hillary Clinton veepstakes

Cory Booker would be my choice, but that would mean losing him in the Senate.

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Posted by plainjim on 07/22/2016 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Rep. Bob Ballinger faces home foreclosure for fifth time

Hindsville Hindenburg is an apt description, Krazo. He is a completely incompetent lawyer, so I don't think he makes much money from practicing law. I know a lawyer is not supposed to talk about another lawyer that way, but I am retired now, so I say what I believe, because I have never subscribed to the Arkansas Bar Association mantra of never saying anything bad about another lawyer. i guess I am kinda of an outlaw in that regard. I don't know anyone in the profession who thinks he is a competent lawyer. I don't know what he will do when he is term-limited out, but I suppose the governor will give him a Leslie Rutledge kind of job until he can run for something else.

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Posted by plainjim on 07/21/2016 at 6:36 PM

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