Favorite

Best worst 

Jason Rapert's crusades are AT readers' pick for best misuse of taxpayer funds.

DEEP THOUGHTS: State Sen. Jason Rapert ponders the next unconstitutional piece of legislation he will introduce.
  • DEEP THOUGHTS: State Sen. Jason Rapert ponders the next unconstitutional piece of legislation he will introduce.

You know, if you tied us to a chair and beat us with a rubber hose, we'd have to admit eventually that we kind of admire Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway). Not for his troglodyte views, or his constant status as Team Baptistaliban MVP. Not for his persistent martyr complex or talent for fire-and-brimstone hyperbole. No, it's really more the way a researcher in some triple-hermetically-sealed lab at the Centers for Disease Control might admire the Ebola virus: as a life form that seemingly exists solely to extend the depth of human confusion and misery, and is pretty damn good at it. When readers voted Rapert their pick for Best Misuse of Taxpayer Funds, they weren't just being facetious. He really is costing all of us money. Take the Rapert-championed ban that forbids abortion after 12 weeks of gestation. With the recent award of court costs to plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging the ban — $27,060 in attorney fees and $1,375 in costs — and federal Judge Susan Webber Wright's earlier order that the state pay $69,000 in fees and costs for predictably losing the case in district court, Rapert is getting close to costing the taxpayers of Arkansas $100,000 on that boondoggle alone. That's enough to hire a couple of teachers, which appear to be sorely needed in Rapert's district. Will Rapert (abetted by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge) insist the fight for the 12-week ban go on, along with his unwavering support for the Ten Commandments "monument" on the state Capitol lawn, and his bugling for the state's county clerks to resist LGBT marriage to the bitter end? Does a bear shit in the woods? When God is purportedly telling a guy like Rapert that he's right, winning is worth any amount of worldly treasure — especially if it comes from somebody else's pocket.

Favorite

Speaking of Jason Rapert

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by David Koon

Readers also liked…

  • The two faces of Mike Huckabee

    Medicaid expander, Obamacare opponent. Man from Hope, mansion in Florida. Child health proponent, Duggar apologist.
    • Jun 4, 2015
  • The ballad of Fred and Yoko

    How one of the world's foremost Beatles collectors died homeless on the streets of Little Rock.
    • Mar 31, 2016
  • Separate and unequal

    Sue Cowan Morris won the battle to equalize pay of black and white teachers. It cost her her job.
    • Jun 11, 2015

Most Shared

  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders to be deputy White House press secretary

    Donald Trump announced additional White House staff today, notably including Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy assistant to the president and principal deputy press secretary.
  • Legislation filed for $10 million school voucher program

    The legislation to vastly expand transfer of state tax dollars to private schools came before the school choice day event I mentioned earlier.
  • Pork and more

    Some notes on disparate topics before I take a vacation break.
  • Trumpeting

    When President-elect Trump announced he would, in a few days, force Congress to enact comprehensive health insurance for everyone, poor or rich, that would provide better and cheaper care than they've ever gotten, you had to wonder whether this guy is a miracle worker or a fool.
  • Putin and Trump

    Here's a thought exercise: What do you suppose would happen if Russian strongman Vladimir Putin decided to clarify remarks he reportedly made about Donald Trump during the election campaign?

Latest in Cover Stories

  • Plant of the year

    The legalization of medical marijuana was Arkansas's most significant news of 2016.
    • Jan 19, 2017
  • Profile of a plant

    What science does and doesn't tell us about the health benefits of cannabis.
    • Jan 19, 2017
  • Other lights

    Honorable mentions for 2016 Arkansan of the Year, with plenty of solid contenders for the crown.
    • Jan 19, 2017
  • More »

Visit Arkansas

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Jack Pearadin and Doug Nelsen found a 1.73-carat diamond after nearly a year of searching the park's field.

Event Calendar

« »

January

S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31  

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation