It was a good week for separation of church and state 

It was a good week for...

SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. Belatedly, the Arkansas Board of Education approved without dissent a proposed rule that would prevent use of state money to pay for religion in the Arkansas Better Chance program that provides tax money to pre-schools. Two Republican legislators, state Rep. Justin Harris and state Sen. Johnny Key, operate for-profit programs with tax money that have included Bible instruction and other religious trappings. Key has said his program has ended use of Bible verses. Harris has tried to say his religious indoctrination occurs outside the school day, though his operation is almost wholly funded — building and staff — by tax money. A Facebook post from Harris indicates hope that the legislature will override agency administrative rules, something that exceeds its authority technically, but which can happen in the review process.

MAIN STREET IN LITTLE ROCK. The city of Little Rock announced at a news conference its receipt of a $900,000 federal grant — to be matched by more than $600,000 in city money — for a project in the 100-500 blocks of Main Street to test managing water runoff with "porous pavers, tree wells, rain gardens and other water filtration practices."

DR. JAY BARTH. Gov. Beebe tapped the distinguished professor of politics and chair of the politics and international relations department at Hendrix to fill a seat on the state Board of Education. Barth also contributes a weekly column to the Times and arktimes.com.

It was a bad week for...

KEN ADEN. The longshot Democratic candidate for 3rd District Congress — buffeted recently by reporting on his exaggeration of his Army record — dropped out of the race against incumbent Republican Rep. Steve Womack, saying he didn't want to harm the Democratic effort and that he wanted to spend more time with family. Election rules prevent Democrats for fielding another candidate. The Green Party has nominated Rebekah Kennedy to oppose Womack. David Pangrac is the Libertarian candidate.

ETHICS REFORM. The effort to get the Campaign Finance and Lobbying Act on the 2012 ballot fell short. Organizers' efforts to gather signatures began late. Those working to gather signatures could be mobilized again and be better informed. We know from Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's alarm and the grumbling corporate community that corporate Arkansas fears the people and loves how cheap it is to buy the Arkansas legislature. Or might there be elected representatives who'll put their names on the line in the legislature for ethics reform?



Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Eligible voters removed from rolls

    Arkansas Times reporters contacted election officials around the state to see how they had handled flawed felon data from the secretary of state. Responses varied dramatically.
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • Real Republicans don't do pre-K

    Also, drifting away from trump, Hudson's downfall at ASU and more.
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • Asa on pre-K

    • Aug 17, 2016

Most Shared

  • World leaders set to meet in Little Rock on resource access and sustainable development

    Next week a series of meetings on the use of technology to tackle global problems will be held in Little Rock by Club de Madrid — a coalition of more than 100 former democratic former presidents and prime ministers from around the world — and the P80 Group, a coalition of large public pension and sovereign wealth funds founded by Prince Charles to combat climate change. The conference will discuss deploying existing technologies to increase access to food, water, energy, clean environment, and medical care.
  • Tomb to table: a Christmas feast offered by the residents of Mount Holly and other folk

    Plus, recipes from the Times staff.
  • Rapert compares Bill Clinton to Orval Faubus

    Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway)  was on "Capitol View" on KARK, Channel 4, this morning, and among other things that will likely inspire you to yell at your computer screen, he said he expects someone in the legislature to file a bill to do ... something about changing the name of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.
  • Fake news

    So fed up was young Edgar Welch of Salisbury, N.C., that Hillary Clinton was getting away with running a child-sex ring that he grabbed a couple of guns last Sunday, drove 360 miles to the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C., where Clinton was supposed to be holding the kids as sex slaves, and fired his AR-15 into the floor to clear the joint of pizza cravers and conduct his own investigation of the pedophilia syndicate of the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state.
  • Reality TV prez

    There is almost nothing real about "reality TV." All but the dullest viewers understand that the dramatic twists and turns on shows like "The Bachelor" or "Celebrity Apprentice" are scripted in advance. More or less like professional wrestling, Donald Trump's previous claim to fame.

Latest in The Week That Was

Visit Arkansas

View Trumpeter Swans in Heber Springs

View Trumpeter Swans in Heber Springs

Magness Lake, in Heber Springs, is a magnet for swans

Event Calendar

« »


  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 Viewed

Most Recent Comments


© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation