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Re: “Complaint: Legislature unfair in lottery review

"It was oversold from the start as a huge boost to college going...," Max writes. Some of us opposed the Arkansas lottery from the beginning, not for any religious views, but beccause it was to fund what was reasonable government expense to meet a valid need of the public, not by a fair, progressive tax levy, but by government operation and promotion of a business subject to abuse and exploitation and in competition with other forms of entertainment by private business companies which pay taxes, not collect them.

And, yes cbb, as someone once said, "Laws are made by the rich for the poor to obey." Moreover, the lottery is an ingenious variation on Leona Helmsley's rule: "We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes." (I am aware that not everyone paying this pseudo-tax is "little." Some are just bored and some have an addiction.)

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Posted by Snapback on 10/25/2014 at 10:00 AM

Re: “But what about political jingles? Garcia tries one against 'Dennis the Menace'

As Diogenes suggested, jimgles seem very memorable, if they are simple and straightforward -- not long, argumentative, and/or negative. They also help name-recognition, if they mention the candidate's name. At my age, I could remember "Pin a rose on me/ 'cause I'm proud to be/ from North Little Rock", but I could not recall the name Rosamond. (I was thinking Casey Laman must have had a campaign pin with a rose on it!) That was back in the days when some people in Little Rock referred to North Little Rock as "dog town." I thought that a candidate who wanted a constituency who could and should be proud of their town would probably make a good mayor. I still feel that way, as I still live in South Argenta.

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Posted by Snapback on 10/20/2014 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Open line, plus some Huckstering

CBB, when I read "All that wind yesterday and today..." I thought your 6:12 PM post was about the debates among Arkansas candidates for Congress, but when you concluded that "this looks like a much lower, smaller nut season," I understood that you were talking about pecans (as in Karo-pecan pie).

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Posted by Snapback on 10/14/2014 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Mitt Romney's bold campaign promise, achieved by...President Obama

And yet Mark Pryor and others dare not take the fight to the Republicans who are running, all across the nation, against Obama. On MSNBC"s "Morning Joe" this morning there was a long segment in which the MSNBC reporter asked Pryor if Obama was doing enough abut the Ebola virus. He responded, "Uh-uh-uh-uh..." and managed to say that he did not have the latest figures, but, etc., etc. The point seemed to be that, in much of the nation, nothing Obama has done could be said by Democrats to be good.

And then there was this in the NYT this morining:

"When Mr. Obama entered the campaign fray last week, he did so by returning to the unconditional embrace of his own hometown, in a blue state where the incumbent Democratic senator faces scant opposition and the Democratic governor is running in part on his support for the Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday, the president attended private fund-raisers in Manhattan, to be followed by similar events in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Arkansas it is not.

"As November nears, Mr. Obama and his loyalists are being forced to reconcile that it is not only Democrats in conservative-leaning states, like Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas, who are avoiding him. The president who became the first Democrat since Franklin D. Roosevelt to twice win a majority of the vote is flying in politically restricted airspace."…

I think what we are seeing is a gutless response to a propoganda campaign by a coalition of racists and economic facists.

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Posted by Snapback on 10/08/2014 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Clarke Tucker slimed by anonymous mailer

"...if you choose, donate to his campaign."

I suppose all bloggers know this, but, just in case: Every taxpayer can claim a $50 CREDIT on his/her Arkansas income tax (that's $100 for a couple filing jointly) for a donation to any candidate for a state or local office (NOT a national office). In effect, you can donate to a candidate for state, county, or local office of your choice instead of paying it in taxes when you file your State return for 2014!

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Posted by Snapback on 10/02/2014 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Mark Pryor, fiscal conservative?

I'm reminded of what Harry Truman said:

"I’ve seen it happen time after time. When the Democratic candidate allows himself to be put on the defensive and starts apologizing for the New Deal and the fair Deal, and says he really doesn’t believe in them, he is sure to lose. The people don’t want a phony Democrat. If it’s a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat."

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Posted by Snapback on 10/01/2014 at 8:54 PM

Re: “KATV's new owner takes D.C. station on right turn

I was going to ask if any other bloggers remembered Nicholson's endorsement of George W. Bush, and I see I needn't have worried. Maybe this alert is sort of like a warning that the Republican nominee selected to run against Mark Pryor this year could do more damage than the one they ran against Blanche Lincoln.

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Posted by Snapback on 09/17/2014 at 10:05 AM

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