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Monday, June 1, 2009

Still hazy after all these words

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office has again rejected as unclear and ambiguous the Republican straw man ballot issue that would make any but secret ballot union votes unconstitutional in Arkansas. Actually, the measure would apply to all kinds of votes for all sorts of things as written, one of the problems as written.

Moreover, it would likely infringe on the supremacy of federal law in the matter of labor relations. None of that matters to the Gilbert Bakers et. al. who are pumping this nonsense. It's an election year hot-button in a right to work state from a party that doesn't have much else to work with -- except racial animosity toward the president and the usual stuff about gays and abortion.

Here's the text of McDaniel's evaluation.

And here's more political mush from the sponsors of this nonsense:

Statement from Clint Reed, Advisor to Save our Secret Ballot – Arkansas
“Voters in this state overwhelmingly support the right to vote by secret ballot.   The proposed popular name is clear, and any attempt to state otherwise is pure political.  While the labor unions are lobbying Senators Lincoln and Pryor for their vote in support of the federal ‘card-check’ legislation, it unfortunately appears they also have the ear of General McDaniel.   We will continue to work diligently to ensure that voters have the right to vote by secret ballot in Arkansas.”  

Er, Clinton, "voters" do have a secret ballot.

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