Legislators on move for 2012 elections | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Legislators on move for 2012 elections

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 8:59 AM

ON THE MOVE: Jane English.
  • ON THE MOVE: Jane English.
Democrats are grumbling that a couple of Republicans, thrown curves by lines of new legislative districts shaped by Democrats, are moving out of current districts to prepare to run in 2012. They're off-base on one.

Rep. David Sanders’ West Little Rock district was redrawn, putting his old home in a new majority-minority district. He’s moved. He notes, however, that his new Chenal-area home is still in his old district, so he can run again for that same district. He’s also weighing a Senate run, but his new home is in that district.

Republican Rep. Jane English of North Little Rock is another matter. She wants to run for Senate next year for term-limited Mary Anne Salmon’s seat. Not an inch of English’s current House district is in that Senate district, though only a short distance separates the districts. She’s already moved from her home on Forest Glade to the Foothills Apartments in the Senate district while looking for a new house. So she is no longer a resident of the House district she represents. Candidates must establish residency in a district a year before they run, according to the Arkansas Constitution, but it is silent on changes of residency after election.

Does English’s move complicate her current representation of a district in which she no longer lives? English thinks not. She said the House is the judge of members' qualifications and if Democrats want to make an issue of her current residency, they’ll have an opportunity in the coming fiscal session. But English notes, rightly, that they do so at some peril. Over the years, many legislators have maintained residences in places different than the districts they represent. She alluded specifically to a former Delta-area Democrat who was a resident of Little Rock, where his children were schooled, while claiming residency back "home."

“I’m out in my district all the time, regardless of where my bed is,” English said.

UPDATE: Here's a recent court case in which the Supreme Court said the House judged members' qualifications in the case of a challenge of a Republican legislator, Jim Magnus, who moved out of his Little Rock district. If you read it, you'll find some interesting language in which the court said it might have had to consider the case differently if the legislator had cast a deciding vote on legislation.

Tags: , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Police identify three dead in Birchwood

    Police still have not release details about the apparent slaying Sunday of two children and suicide of the man who killed them on Birchwood Drive in West Little Rock. But the court record of a man who gave the address of the home where the dead were found indicates past episodes of domestic violence.
    • Aug 21, 2017
  • University of Texas removes Confederate statues

    Confederate statuary was removed overnight from a prominent spot on the University of Texas campus because they symbolize white supremacy and neo-Nazism, the university president said.
    • Aug 21, 2017
  • Eclipse day. Woodstock?

    I was amused by the excitement of a NASA scientist over today's eclipse, as reported by CNN.
    • Aug 21, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Lynchings hidden in the history of the Hot Springs Confederate monument

    Hot Springs twice erupted into the kind of violence that has its roots in the issues left unresolved by the Civil War, and both times, it happened right where that monument to Confederate soldiers stands today.
  • Take yourself there: Mavis Staples coming to LR for Central High performance

    Gospel and R&B singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples, who has been inspiring fans with gospel-inflected freedom songs like "I'll Take You There" and "March Up Freedom's Highway" and the poignant "Oh What a Feeling" will come to Little Rock for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High.
  • Klan's president

    Everything that Donald Trump does — make that everything that he says — is calculated to thrill his lustiest disciples. But he is discovering that what was brilliant for a politician is a miscalculation for a president, because it deepens the chasm between him and most Americans.
  • On Charlottesville

    Watching the Charlottesville spectacle from halfway across the country, I confess that my first instinct was to raillery. Vanilla ISIS, somebody called this mob of would-be Nazis. A parade of love-deprived nerds marching bravely out of their parents' basements carrying tiki torches from Home Depot.

Most Viewed

  • Eclipse day. Woodstock?

    I was amused by the excitement of a NASA scientist over today's eclipse, as reported by CNN.
  • University of Texas removes Confederate statues

    Confederate statuary was removed overnight from a prominent spot on the University of Texas campus because they symbolize white supremacy and neo-Nazism, the university president said.
  • Open line and Civil War update

    More Confederacy defenders were on hand in Bentonville against imagined threats to a one of hte Confederate statues put up long after the Civil War to spin a narrative about the noble Lost Cause.
  • Police still withholding identification on three dead in Birchwood

    Police still have not release details about the apparent slaying Sunday of two children and suicide of the man who killed them on Birchwood Drive in West Little Rock. But the court record of a man who gave the address of the home where the dead were found indicates past episodes of domestic violence.
  • Three dead in WLR

    Three dead in suspected double murder-suicide in West Little Rock.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

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