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Re: “What the Governor's Mansion flap says about the GOP era

Just to add to the irony of all this partisan nonsense, the chairman of the committee for the governor's mansion when it was built (who raised much of the money and kept the project on target) was one of the few dyed in the wool Republicans in Arkansas in the late 1940's and early 1950's. His name was Clyde Lowry and he was President of both the Chamber of Commerce and the former Community Chest in a day when civic responsibility was part of being a business leader. He led the initiative to build the mansion knowing that it would likely be occupied by Democrats for his lifetime. There was a time, long long ago, when party lines were about personal political viewpoint and not about demonizing the "other side" because for most (not all) there was just one side. Arkansas' side.

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Posted by presrevrob on 06/22/2016 at 9:34 PM

Re: “The ballad of Fred and Yoko

A well told story. What a gift to have such wonderful long-form journalism in our local weekly paper. Thanks for this and thanks to the Times for the investment in this kind of real journalism.

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Posted by presrevrob on 03/31/2016 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Big cases looming for Supreme Court, with vacant seat after Justice Antonin Scalia's death

One thing I believe the article gets wrong is saying that the court will be without a full bench "for nearly a year." It will likely be two years before any case of true relevance is heard and decided. Consider- 11 months left in Obama's term. His successor does not have the power to forward a name to the Senate until after taking the oath at noon on January 20. Even if the name is already known, the nomination is not real until that day. Then the Senate will have to give at least a pretense of a hearing. Even if a Republican gets elected and the senate stays in Republican hands, they will have to go through the motions of a nomination process which will take at least a month and perhaps two. But even if the process takes just a month, that new justice will not take the bench until mid to late February 2017. That leaves just four months of the term and on controversial cases, that justice will have to hear oral arguments. The likely scenario is that decisions that are 4-4 in conference from now until the time a successor is named will be held over. That means it could be fall 2017 before some cases are heard and 2018 before they are decided. All because the Senate wants to wait to have a new president just in case it is a president of their own party. That would represent the most blatant abuse of judicial nominations since Johnson tried to make his buddy Abe Fortas CJ. Everyone has a role here: the President is constitutionally required to name a justice (not on any time table but it is his job), the Senate must advise and either consent or not, the public must vote against any senator who refuses to do their constitutional duty. Voting NO is just fine. But refusing to do your job is an abdication of your role as a legislator and is grounds for being voted out of office.

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Posted by presrevrob on 02/14/2016 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Retired Chief Justice Jim Hannah dies

I had the pleasure to serve as Jim's pastor for three years and offer the invocation at his last swearing in on the bench. He was a man of deep honor, honesty, virtue, and commitment to the law. He was not perfect, none of us are. He was, however, an unusual man in modern Arkansas politics; a public servant who sought to do what his conscience and the law said was right. I will miss him personally and our state will miss his strong voice for justice and right. Well done, good and faithful servant.

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Posted by presrevrob on 01/15/2016 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Go Hogs. To Fayetteville? Pondering War Memorial's future.

I grew up going to LR games and it was always a great experience. I am fine with all games being in Fayetteville. In thinking run, I think it is a mistake. NWA feels that it is the epicenter of the state and in boom times that is right. But in bust times they fall very hard. Just ask a developer who had any work going around 2008. Little Rock does neither. It stays steady through larger economic ups and downs. The population likes its football. Perhaps not at the prices NWA folks are willing to pay, but we like it. And we are not all UA grads. There are plenty of Hog fans who never went to UA. If the Hogs move, it is only a matter of time until either ASU moves games to LR to build the market or UALR adds football. Hey, we already have a stadium, right? Neither is going to be a powerhouse, but in a small state they can draw enough recruits to make us like Mississippi. With the notable exception of last year, when were MSU, Ole Miss, or Southern Miss. Real contenders? States like OK, TX, GA, FLA can afford I state recruiting competition because they have prolific prep football at home. Arkansas does not have that kind of depth in prep ball so competition is not the friend of the present sole power program. Immsuremthet a cost benefit analysis has been done and my concerns are misplaced in an economic sense. But for sheer competitive sport, I vote to have one team the state can rally around.

But if UA does abandon LR...Go Red Wolves!

Posted by presrevrob on 09/24/2015 at 12:21 AM

Re: “Attorney general believes local civil rights laws contrary to state law

I have yet to hear a persuasive argument on how this does not violate Romer v. Evans. It is not exactly on point, but given the selective enforcement obvious in the opinion, it is clearly an act aimed at GLBTQ people. Romer made clear that such laws are violative of the Equal Protection clause.

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Posted by presrevrob on 09/01/2015 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Arkansas company peddling white supremacist flags brags that profits are growing

Well, I had a pretty big order I was planning to have them bid but now I guess my business goes elsewhere.

It is more than a little shameful that those flags are sold out of that particular building.

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Posted by presrevrob on 08/18/2015 at 5:22 PM

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