Partisanship comes to Arkansas | Arkansas Blog

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Partisanship comes to Arkansas

Posted By on Sun, Apr 3, 2011 at 7:52 AM

Gov. Mike Beebe remarked on partisanship in the House as the legislature completed most of its work Friday.

Well, sure. The House is close to evenly split on partisan lines. Republicans on the state level are no different than those on the national level. They have a defined agenda and party discipline is absolute. Democrats, in contrast, are all over the map. See: congressional redistricting.

Partisanship? You ain't seen nothing like you'll see if the Republicans do take majority control in 2012. Senator Teague, don't invest in too much equipment for that Senate president seat. There will be a do-over. The Family Council will be riding high. Just about everybody will be able to mail it in, so predictable will be the votes. And if a minority tries to block an appropriation to score an ideological point, they may call in the NRA to put down the rebellion.

PS: Brummett explains why the Beebe administration was right and the Republican minority wrong on health care legislation. As if facts matter.

PPS: Of particular note this session was the failure of the Religious Right to advance punitive legislation on abortion rights and the lottery. And, for once, no legislation was passed to beat up on homosexuals. The legislature even passed anti-bullying legislation that specifically took into account harassment based on sexual orientation. This is the kind of thing the Family Council loves to call a "special right." Meaning: gay people deserve whatever ill treatment they get.

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (11)

Showing 1-11 of 11

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-11 of 11

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • In Little Rock, Marco Rubio sells American exceptionalism

    This is Rubio's axiomatic answer to Donald Trump's insistence that he and he alone will Make America Great Again: America is the greatest, always has been.
    • Feb 22, 2016
  • UPDATE: Hutchinson moves to cover himself on cut to War Memorial Stadium

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson apparently felt the burn from KARK's exclusive Tuesday night on his plans to cut state support of War Memorial Stadium in half beginning July 1, 2018. He has a so-far secret plan to make the stadium self-sustaining. We bet that doesn't include state support.
    • Oct 20, 2016
  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Shared

  • ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

    Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



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