With early voting well underway, and Election Day speeding toward us (it’s Tuesday, Nov. 2) the Arkansas Times repeats its previous endorsements and adds two new ones, both stalwart progressives — DISTRICT 29 STATE REP. JANET JOHNSON of Bryant, a school teacher, and DISTRICT 45 STATE REP. BETTY PICKETT OF CONWAY, for re-election.
n President — JOHN KERRY. How wonderful it will be to once more have a president who doesn’t smirk. Or violate civil liberties. Or shower tax cuts on the rich that the poor have to pay for. Or make up reasons to start wars that he can’t finish. Or appoint extremists to the Supreme Court. Or …
• U.S. Senate — BLANCHE LINCOLN
• U.S. House of Representatives, District 2 — VIC SNYDER
• Arkansas Supreme Court Associate Justice,
Position 4 — COLLINS KILGORE
• Constitutional Amendment 1 — FOR
• Constitutional Amendment 2 — AGAINST
• Constitutional Amendment 3 — AGAINST
• Referred Question 1 — FOR
• Pulaski County Circuit/County Clerk —
• House District 27 — DAWN CREEKMORE
• House District 29 — JANET JOHNSON
• House District 38 — DAVID JOHNSON
• House District 45 – BETTY PICKETT
• House District 46 — ROBBIE WILLS
• Senate District 32 — JIM ARGUE
• Senate District 33 — IRMA HUNTER BROWN
• Wrightsville District Court —
HERBERT T. WRIGHT JR.
• Justice of the Peace District 1 —
• Justice of the Peace District 3 —
• Little Rock Board of Directors Position 1 — JOAN ADCOCK, BILL RECTOR, KEVIN DEDNER (endorsing all three)
• North Little Rock Mayor —
PATRICK HENRY HAYS
Hog fans just can't quit blaming the refs for the NCAA men's basketball tournament loss to North Carolina. Now the Arkansas Senate has gotten in on the act, with this resolution introduced by Democratic Sen. Keith Ingram and getting bipartisan co-sponsorship from that brutish and short sandlot roundball player, Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled today that he had no choice based on a past Arkansas Supreme Court decision but to dismiss a lawsuit by Death Row inmates seeking to challenge the constitutionality of the state's lethal injection process.But the judge did so unhappily with sharp criticism of the Arkansas Supreme Court for failing to address critical points raised in the lawsuit.
We're sad to report that Doug Smith has decided to retire. Though he's been listed as an associate editor on our masthead for the last 22 years, he has in fact been the conscience of the Arkansas Times. He has written all but a handful of our unsigned editorials since we introduced an opinion page in 1992.
Last week, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel became the first elected statewide official to express support for same-sex marriage. His announcement came days before Circuit Judge Chris Piazza is expected to rule on a challenge to the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Soon after, a federal challenge of the law is expected to move forward. McDaniel has pledged to "zealously" defend the Arkansas Constitution but said he wanted the public to know where he stood.
Remarking as we were on the dreariness of this year's election campaigns, we failed to pay sufficient tribute to the NRA, one of the most unsavory and, in its predictability, dullest of the biennial participants in the passing political parade.