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Re: “Rebel flag controversy leads to resignation of long-time Fort Smith athletic director

A friend of mine told me that McCutcheon is going to be president of the Bar Association? Surely this can't be true. Plainjim, can you or any of the other lawyers on the blog answer this question?

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 05/24/2016 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Circuit Judge Dan Kemp says he never asked Hinkle for money, did nothing wrong

For better or worse, blogs don't seem to rise to the same level of journalistic scrutiny as the New York Times. That said, there was nothing libelous, potentially or otherwise, regarding Cambell's blog comments. Kemp is a public figure. His record is open to inspection and questioning as is any other public official. Even if he did not ask his friend for money (which is still in question), there also is still the question of why he even heard a case involving such a close personal friend in the first place?

It is the appearance of impropriety that judges are required to avoid. Campbell raised a fair question. Has Kemp explained that aspect of Campbell's complaint? I know he has said he didn't ask his friend for money, but, again, why did he even hear his close friends case in the first place? One could argue that if he had followed the rules, he wouldn't even be in this predicament.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 02/28/2016 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Another NRA endorsement for Arkansas Supreme Court: Shawn Womack

I don't know what to make of these supreme court races. I have never seen the NRA get involved in these races before. Someone mentioned this weeks ago, but by accepting the endorsement of the radical NRA, are you not saying what your position is on gun issues? Man, this whole election season is so disgusting. Thanks Republicans for bringing national, hate-filled, hyper partisan elections to Arkansas.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 02/27/2016 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Outside money coming to Supreme Court race

I posted on Thursday that I believed this would happen. Again, it will be interesting to see how the candidates respond to the dark money ads. As I posted two days ago, Citizen's United is one of the worst decision's the Supreme Court ever handed down. Another horrible decision of course was when the U.S. Supreme Court stole the election from Al Gore by denying voters in Florida the right to have their votes counted. And if I remember my civics correctly, the U.S. Supreme Court is appointed, is it not? Can't think of two worse decisions.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 02/06/2016 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Poll: Arkansas Supreme Court races close

Look for these numbers to change as the dark money starts pouring in to our state. It started with Tim Cullen and it will continue.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 02/06/2016 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Big spending in judicial races

In 2014, about a half million dollars of Dark Money was spent against Tim Cullen in his race for the Supreme Court. No accountability on who or where the money came from. Even more disturbing was the fact that Cullen's opponent didn't denounce the ads. Everyone expects to see a bunch of ads attacking Justice Goodson based on the Democrat-Gazette articles from last week. Will be interesting to see how her opponent, Judge Kemp handles the dark money ads. I hope all judicial candidates (Goodson, Kemp, Mason, and Womack) will denounce these dark money ads. Citizens United was the worst decision the Supreme Court ever handed down in my opinion.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 02/04/2016 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Why we should not elect judges: Chief justice edition

I still believe electing Judges is better than having them appointed. As someone pointed out earlier, do you really want the General Assembly picking our judges for us. They appear to be controlled by special interests. I fear it would be much easier for the Wal-Marts, the Tysons, and the Chamber to get their people in positions of power through the appointment process. There is no perfect way I guess, but I would prefer to leave it in the hands of the voters. What we need is campaign reform.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 01/16/2016 at 12:13 PM

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