Tuesday talk | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tuesday talk

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 5:15 PM

The line is open.

* REDISTRICTING: First hearing on legislative redistricting at Jonesboro tonight. As expected, GOP stocked the audience with shills to advance its pre-hearing talking point news release that the effort is partisan. Of course it is. Secretary of State Mark Martin's effort is entirely partisan, but the Republican happens to be outvoted by two Democrats, Gov. Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. GOP called the turnout a "nice crowd." Their own photo on Twitter looked like about 35 to 40 people, most of them from the Tea Party demographic — old white folks who generally prove angry. This is another over-hyped issue, of extreme interest to the parties and incumbent legislators and wannabe candidates, but of decidedly less interest to those in the 100 House districts. Most people couldn't come within hundreds of acres of drawing their House district if asked to do so. The districts need to be within acceptable variations on populations; they should give consideration where possible to natural barriers and the like. After that, party politics will play a strong role. It's a political system. If the Republicans hold two Board of Apportionment seats 10 years from now, the Democrats willl raise the same fuss the Republicans are raising now. If the Arkansas GOP were to follow the Texas pattern, all vestiges of fairness would go out the window.

* DEMOCRATIC PICKUP: Early reports are that the Democrat will pick up that heavily Republican seat in New York. Let's talk Medicare in Arkansas next year. But who will oppose Tim Griffin and Rick Crawford, who voted to end Medicare and cut millionaires' taxes, among other votes agaiinst the public interest? Somebody?

Sign up for the Daily Update email

Comments (36)

Showing 1-36 of 36

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-36 of 36

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Where's the outrage?

    Am I the only person, apart from federal prosecutors, outraged about the criminal enterprise that inveigled itself into a privileged position as an Arkansas taxpayer-financed human services provider to the tune, today, of $43 million a year?
    • Jun 21, 2018
  • Where's the outrage?

    • Jun 21, 2018
  • Rutledge opponent hits her socializing with corporate interests

    Mike Lee, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, has criticized Attorney General Leslie Rutledge over recent reports of her participation at private meetings where corporate interests make big contributions to a political group she heads for access to state legal officers.
    • Jun 21, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Viewed

  • Proposed child holding site in Arkansas 5 miles from WWII Japanese-American internment camp

    One big difference between Rohwer and today: The parents kept at Rohwer in World War II weren't separated from their children.
  • Hucakbee interviews Trump

    In an interview with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee that aired last night on TBN, President Trump calls the reporting on how thin the nuclear agreement with North Korea is "treasonous" and suggests that the U.S. should stop providing aid to Honduras and other countries where immigrants are fleeing unspeakable violence in search of a better life.

Most Recent Comments



© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation