Max Brantley 
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Updated on September 27, 2012 at 1:34 PM

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Re: “Burge's Turkeys and Hams

Smoked meat is the draw here, but they also make great fried catfish and fried fruit pies. The menu is huge. But this is the single best thing in the place: Containers of smoked turkey salad. You can pretend there's only a touch of mayo along with the ground up turkey and seasoning. It's healthy, see?

Posted by Max Brantley on 07/09/2010 at 1:47 PM

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Re: “Democratic Party of Arkansas denounces Asa Hutchinson's termination of Planned Parenthood Medicaid contract

The Democrats did the right thing. Sadly, it is just what Republicans wanted. There is clearly a national GOP strategy to destroy family planning and Democrats to boot by using the cover of the smear campaign on tissue research to make anyone who works for, supports or uses legal medical services of PP a murderer, to use the libel favored by the likes of Rapert and Ballinger. It is time for the mostly silent majority in favor of reproductive and women's rights to stand up and be counted.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Max Brantley on 08/15/2015 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Hutchinson prepared to challenge feds, says he is "standing up for Arkansas values"

Asa doesn't stand for my values or those of many others. Faubus lives again. If the Feds jerk Medicaid that should solve the private option debate.

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Posted by Max Brantley on 08/14/2015 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Planned Parenthood responds to state's termination of Medicaid contract

Meet religious discrimination and the echo chamber of ultraright politics. Many people support the significant medical services provided by Planned Parenthood through Medicaid. Abortion is not covered. Many people support allowing women to choose their doctors and services. Many people support medical research. Many people support abortion rights, protected by law in the U.S. for now. I do. Asa may speak for his values. He presumes far too much and likely breaks the law to say his values are Arkansas values unilaterally.

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Posted by Max Brantley on 08/14/2015 at 6:27 PM

Re: “State bid for unclaimed bonds includes interesting players

Doigotta,

To be precise: Gazillions.

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Posted by Max Brantley on 08/08/2015 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Jon Woods: Poster boy for term limits

Poison,

I am about to conclude you are dishonest. I posted the link to the Nov. 5 item earlier. It's not a column, but a blog post about election outcomes. The proposal was a winner because, yes, it did pass. You selectively quote the parts you like and not the parts in which I reiterated my own opposition to the measure. I've said repeatedly, as my many links above illustrate, that Sabin was a key player in the legislation. But Woods came with the bad additions. Had they not been added, Sabin's original ethics measure would have been DOA. Woods is the heavy in this scenario. His additions drew my opposition, from the first. And his ethically challenged behavior is another factor in putting a heavier burden on him. Did Sabin arrange the Mullenix money laundering through the Republican Party so lobbyists could wine and dine in private with legislators and King Jeremy and Prince Jonathan. I think not. You like Woods, just say so. I see little to defend, unlike Warwick who did push for such things as an earned income tax credit for working poor; protection of abortion rights;sexual equality and lots more that Woods opposes.

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Posted by Max Brantley on 08/07/2015 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Jon Woods: Poster boy for term limits

Nobody said he was blind. I wrote at the time (read links) that he went along with Woods' plan as a means of getting the part he favored on the ballot. Remember: Better pay for legislators and an end to term limits are also generally progressive aims. Republicans opposed these things only so long as they were in the minority. Nobody said Sabin doesn't defend the result or claim sponsorship. It's me who doesn't defend it and I pointed out the problems the day the agreed-on deal was filed. I just contend that it wouldn't have happened without Woods' intervention.

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Posted by Max Brantley on 08/07/2015 at 12:36 PM

Re: “In death, more indignities for gay Baxter County man, this time from Texas

Belatedly, for Norma:

I use the term "so-called Christian" facetiously. I use it when people who bray about their religiosity behave in ways at variance with fundamental teachings of their proclaimed faith -- think the Great Commandment, the Good Samaritan, the Golden Rule, the Beatitudes and so forth. Use of the term is analagous, in other words, to "hypocrite." Saying one thing. Doing another. It is not intended as a deeper commentary on religion -- real or unreal.

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Posted by Max Brantley on 08/07/2015 at 11:02 AM

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