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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 15:53:00

There will be oil and an open line

Slow and improving day. The line is open.

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Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 09:51:00

Rainy days and Sundays

Hmmm. Late and not much to bring at this point, either: * HAPPY EASTER: I did join a good crowd beneath the River Market pavilions for Pulaski Methodist's sunrise service this morning and did get to give a good hug to Swann Kohler, my old friend who got the ball rolling 25 years ago.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 17:11:00

Live, it's Saturday night

The line is open. We finish up with the threat of pipeline companies taking your property; a thanks to President Obamacare for private option Medicaid expansion, and a tour of Little Rock's neglected streets.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 06:50:00

Gun nuttery: We ain't done yet

I couldn't begin to catalogue all the steps taken by the Arkansas legislature to combat a problem that doesn't exist.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 06:08:00

Speaker Carter gets touchy on senator's outburst

The Arkansas legislature faces a six-day week next week because of the need for extended meetings to complete action on pending business before the currently scheduled end of the session April 19.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 05:15:13

School vouchers don't work

You just have to follow Diane Ravitch if you live in this land of Stepford legislators who accept pronouncements from the Billionaire Boys Club school reform lobby as holy writ.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013 - 19:24:00

I bet Tim Griffin did hustle out to the pipeline oil spill

I think it's worth a separate bit of attention to the pipeline break and crude oil spill, which apparently followed an explosion.

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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 17:16:00

The fences-make-bad-neighbors open line

Dead around here. Then I remembered, it's kind of sort of a holiday.

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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 17:13:00

The Good God Friday Edition

Prop 8 and DOMA and the Arkansas General Assembly and Sen. Mark Pryor shameful responses where, the fight over voter ID, media criticism of the Democrat-Gazette, the morality of Republican tax cuts, Big River Steel, new numbers on expansion and the latest on the potential merger between UAMS and St. Vincent — all covered on this week's edition.

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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 16:43:00

Expand-o-meter: chances of expansion keep jumping up

Today’s chances of passing expansion: 85%Last week’s chances: 82%See here for previous entries on the Expand-o-Meter

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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 15:50:00

DHS's controversial theory: private option $100s of millions cheaper than Medicaid expansion

Two big headlines from the DHS release of actuarial findings on expansion options yesterday. They project that 1) The "private option" saves $670 million to the state bottom line over ten years.

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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 15:25:00

Conservatives continue to sound positive about "private option"

Nate Bell, Charlie Collins, David Sanders, Medicaid expansion, private option

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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 10:33:18

Big government: Now the Republicans like it UPDATE

There's some self-back-patting on Twitter this morning about the Republican idea introduced by Sen. David Sanders to put an office of Medicaid inspector general in the governor's office.

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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 10:22:00

Arkansas jobless rate unchanged in February

The Arkansas unemployment rate in February held steady at 7.2 percent. Details here.

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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 10:19:00

Republicans don't want poor people to vote

When they say it (voter ID, whatever) isn't about race or poor people .... Check this out.

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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 09:33:04

Who's a lobbyist

I got a note last night from Steve Patterson, former aide to former U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, objecting mildly to my calling her a lobbyist in an item about Sen. Mark Pryor's comments on gay rights.

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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 09:27:00

Contractor chosen for Robinson Center renovation

CDI Contractors of Little Rock, in partnership with the Hunt Construction group, has been chosen by the Little Rock Advertising and Promotion Commission to handle the expansion and renovation of the Robinson Center and its music hall.

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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 07:34:00

Prospects good for steel mill subsidies

Sounds like this turkey is cooked. Direct support by House Speaker Davy Carter and slightly qualified support by Senate President Michael Lamoureux would make it appear Gov. Mike Beebe is going to get his big state subsidy to help a startup steel mill operation in Mississippi County, despite stout opposition from an existing competitor that cranked up here without such millions in taxpayer help.

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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 07:27:00

Family values: Health coverage for UAMS now and the future

I was copied on an e-mail being circulated at UAMS. It is building support for a resolution before the Academic Senate at UAMS for partner benefits in health insurance for the University of Arkansas System.

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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 07:11:00

Group presses city on street work

Arkansas Community Organizations has scheduled a tour Saturday of the parts of town where need is greatest for the street work promised by the city's massive sales tax increase.

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