Favorite

Premium tickets 

Ticket scalping is illegal in Arkansas, but it occurs. There was a busy eBay market in tickets to last week's sold-out Razorback-LSU game at War Memorial Stadium. A pair on the 50-yard-line went for $235 each the day before. Vendors also worked the fringes of the tailgating crowd, seeking and selling tickets, with prices quoted in the $150 to $250 range for the tickets, which had a $65 face value. Some sold items of nominal value, with tickets thrown in, as a scalping avoidance device. A sign on one truck read: "Two Cokes for sale — $16,000. 16 game tickets included." We didn't inquire if the offer was serious. As usual, prices dropped rapidly as kickoff approached. We have reports that several tickets were sold at face value right at game time. Police were at work, too. Undercover Little Rock cops made three scalping busts.


Thank-you note gone awry

The Southern Poverty Law Center gave House Speaker Robbie Wills a little unwanted publicity last week. Wills, who lost a race for Congress this year, sent form letters to all state political candidates — congratulations for winners and attaboys for losers. And we mean ALL candidates. He even wrote white supremacist Billy Roper, who piled up all of 49 votes as a write-in candidate for governor.

"It takes a special person to put their name on the ballot, and it says a lot about you that you had so many willing to help you with your campaign," Wills' letter reads. "You should be very proud of your campaign and you have my admiration and respect for making the effort. ... I hope you will consider running for office again in the future."

Roper touted the letter on his White Revolution website, which is apparently where the discrimination-fighting SPLC picked up on it.

Wills said in response to criticism that he treated all candidates equally and the letter constituted no endorsement of Roper or his ideas. Said Wills:

"He was a candidate and thus received a letter. The fact is anyone can run for office — no matter how crazy — and that's what makes America great. I was just trying to be nice but, as it usually happens when I do that, no good deed goes unpunished."


Tracking hate

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which caused a little discomfort for House Speaker Robbie Wills (see adjacent item), also made headlines last week for officially declaring that the Family Research Council, a leading promoter of conservative political causes, was a hate group on account of its anti-gay speech. Council leaders have suggested imprisonment of gays, among other things, and have cast gays as more likely to commit sex crimes.

There's a local angle. James Dobson, the right-wing preacher, established the Family Research Council. He also helped establish the Arkansas Family Council. It is actively anti-gay, also, and is listed on the national Family Research Council's website as an allied organization. The Arkansas group is independent financially and legally, however, if not in spirit.

Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

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 Smart Talk

  • Better than Texas

    Arkansas's tax system is slightly more friendly to the poorest people, but only slightly.
    • Aug 24, 2011
  • Small-school champions

    Two Arkansas congressmen are among the 14 sponsors of a bill that would "correct" a provision of the federal school-funding formula they say favors large school districts over small districts.
    • Aug 24, 2011
  • Bipartisan race

    The rise of Republicanism in Arkansas has brought a rare two-party race to the state Senate in Southeast Arkansas, traditionally a Democratic stronghold.
    • Aug 24, 2011
  • 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

  • Re: Profile of a plant

    • I have been diagnosed with COPD for over 7 years. A couple of months ago…

    • on January 19, 2017
  • Re: Profile of a plant

    • There is plenty of studies out there, which fill in the holes in this story…

    • on January 19, 2017
  • Re: Plant of the year

    • The only dope I see in this is that Kleiman, talking about things he is…

    • on January 19, 2017
 

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