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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The law of the land

Posted By on Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 6:05 AM

The Washington Post today draws the parallel -- with help from Gov. Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel -- between the failed fight to prevent school desegregation in Little Rock and the current uproar over health legislation.

"They tried it here in Arkansas in '57 and it didn't work," Gov. Mike Beebe (D) told reporters recently. "I think you got to tell people the truth. And if I understand the law, the truth is the federal government can't just be defied by the state governments."

... "I would be abusing my office to bring a suit that I believe to be constitutionally frivolous," McDaniel said in a telephone interview. "State budgets are tight enough right now without bringing actions that are entirely driven by political motivation rather than sound legal justification."

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