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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 19:15:40

Pryor will split with Boozman on contraception vote

Three cheers for U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor. He apparently will not be spooked by the Republican claque into voting for a terrible bill to give employers leeway to deny any sort of medical service they find objectionable.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 17:10:39

The midweek line

Lobbyists invite me to a fund-raiser for Sen. Missy Irvin.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 16:46:31

Pipe bomb found at Family Services Agency

KTHV reports that a pipe bomb was found at the Family Services Agency office on Broadway in North Little Rock.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 14:58:58

Final shot planned at halting unearned truck tax break

Does anybody but insiders care about the truck sales tax break and efforts to repeal it since the truck lobby didn't earn it? If so, here's the last ditch effort to do it.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 13:15:54

UPDATE: The foreclosure legislation

Sen. Michael Lamoureux tells me that the legislation that was written to bail out out-of-state mortgage lenders and service companies doing business in Arkansas without proper registration is going back to Joint Budget for possible amendments.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 12:48:35

Prosecutor Ellington plans 1st District race

This just in from Mariah Hatta, a political consultant and former director of the Arkansas Democratic Party.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 12:35:50

UPDATE: Effort to revive truck tax repeal fails in Senate

The entry of the city and county lobbies into the fray over the moribund legislation to repeal a $4 million sales tax break for truckers has changed dynamics of the debate.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 11:44:37

Jay Martin out, Herb Rule in for Dems in 2nd District

Jay Martin has just told me he will NOT seek the Democratic nomination for 2nd District Congress.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 10:25:27

Obama's stimulus worked

Recommended reading in New York Times. The evidence mounts that the Obama stimulus package helped the U.S. economy.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 10:11:03

Democrats aim again for a piece of Northwest Arkansas

Yessie Hernandez, a Democrat, will file for state House of Representatives today for District 89, around Springdale.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 09:31:52

Who owns Arkansas congressmen? A: The usual suspects

MapLight is a nonprofit research organization that tracks the influence of money in politics. That's heavy lifting.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 06:41:13

Bailing out the big banks

I continue to receive mail from lawyers in disbelief that a fiscal session of the Arkansas legislature will be used to bail out big banks (HB 1147) that failed to register to do business in Arkansas and now, on account of a bankruptcy judge's ruling, can't get title insurance on non-judicially foreclosed property.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 06:35:56

Grades mean more than college test scores, study finds

This is a story about a study in New York, but I think it has relevance here.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 06:25:02

Little Rock's government at work — sigh

Two things about last night's City Board meeting: * BID PREFERENCES: It does questionable benefit to the city to pay 3 percent more on city contracts to a company headquartered in the city if most or all of that company's employees go home to Bryant, Cabot, Sheridan and Lonoke every night.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 16:41:25

Tuesday topics — foreclosures, fights, beer

News roundup: foreclosure relief for out-of-state banks, Jermain Taylor, Rep. Josh Johnston

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 15:46:34

Group objects to rules on religion in state-funded daycare

Americans United for the Separation for Church and State has formally responded to rules proposed by the Arkansas Department of Human Services on religious practices in pre-schools operated with tax money from the Arkansas Better Chance program.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 15:26:27

Appeals court reinstates race claim against Lee County schools

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has set aside the ruling of a district judge who drastically reduced a race discrimination verdict in favor of a white woman who said she was fired from a financial job in the Lee County School District on account of race.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 14:48:37

Repeal of truck tax break isn't dead yet

The repeal of the unearned sales tax break on truck rigs, which I've belabored here at some length, ain't dead yet, though it remains on advanced life support.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 13:48:44

Arkansas judgeship caught in Republicans' holdup

Glenn Sugameli, staff attorney for Judging the Environment, Defenders of Environment, updates me periodically on progress of federal judicial nominations.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 13:20:37

Complaint: Secy. of state lacks required Spanish voting forms

Secretary of State Mark Martin hadn't even taken office yet before there was a question about whether he'd follow federal law as it applied to Latino voters.

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