Morning report: Tim Griffin defends oil spiller; help for immigrants | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Morning report: Tim Griffin defends oil spiller; help for immigrants

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 6:18 AM

The morning report:

* SUPPORT FOR IMMIGRANTS: The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce has annouced it supports Sen. Joyce Elliott's legislation to allow in-state tuition for children of immigrants who lack legal status. The chamber joins Gov. Mike Beebe, a previous opponent of the proposal. The bill covers students who are Arkansas high school graduates who have spent at least three years in Arkansas schools. Republican opposition to the plan has been great enough, to date, to stymie the measure, which has failed in previous sessions.

* TINY TIM GRIFFIN: Of course he is an apologist for Exxon Mobil in the pipeline spill in Mayflower and he continues to exaggerate to the point of nearly criminal dishonesty about the jobs to be created by the Keystone XL pipeline he's shamelessly flogging for his financial patrons like the Koch brothers. 20,000 jobs in construction? Right. He also lies in saying Keystone will reduce dependency in the U.S. on foreign oil. The pipeline will ship Canadian petroleum to China.

* MORE PIPELINE NEWS: Happily, many anti-Tim Griffins are at work. These include the Tar Sands Blockade, which isn't as sanguine as Tiny Tim about pushing asphalt sludge diluted with dangerous chemicals through pipelines that run under residential subdivisions. In this post, the blockade reports unhappily about how Exxon Mobil is attempting to close the disaster scene to the wrong kinds of people. Like environmental activists. Points to Attorney General Dustin McDaniel for reacting sharply to Exxon's assertion that this really isn't a big deal. It's pretty big to those dislocated families and sick people in Mayflower.

* PLEASE, SHUT THE HUCK UP: Of course Mike Huckabee will peddle anything to build audience among the wackjobs that he attracts. Such as an Obama plan to seize guns to install a Nazi-style dictatorship. Shameful.

* BREAD AND CIRCUSES: Great story about a seemingly out-of-control football program at Auburn University. Something tells me fact situations there are not unique in the SEC and beyond.

* SHADES OF NICK, BEEBE AND MORRIL; Just like the bad old days, the special language subcommittee of Joint Budget can be a legal authority all to itself. I read in Democrat-Gazette that Sen. Johnny Key used it to achieve what the normal commitee system wouldn't provide, an enormous financial windfall to the scam known as virtual charter schooling. This is a highly profitable endeavor for private business by which money equivalent to state support for brick-and-mortar real schools is shipped to a private agency that provides assistance to home schoolers as if they have gyms, cafeterias, buses and full curicula like real schools. Thanks to Key's sleight-of-hand in special language, legislation is now alive to ship this windfall to the private agency in an amount equivalent to state support for 2,500 students in real schools, compared with the current limit of 500. This is a $12 million windfall for the sellers of this crapola, not so much to students themselves.

* WALMART WOES: The Arkansas retailer getting unflattering attention today in the New York Times.

Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer and grocer, has cut so many employees that it no longer has enough workers to stock its shelves properly, according to some employees and industry analysts. Internal notes from a March meeting of top Walmart managers show the company grappling with low customer confidence in its produce and poor quality. “Lose Trust,” reads one note, “Don’t have items they are looking for — can’t find it.”

On a strictly personal note, I was happy about Walmart's arrival with a neighborhood market near my house because it's on my way home from work and handy for a fill-in stop. Kroger ruined the neighborhood outlet I once shopped at regularly, but Edwards, farther away, has proved a more than adequate substitute for weekly shopping. But the Walmart has been a disappointment, particularly in the understocked and often tired produce and meat departments.

Tags: , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (30)

Showing 1-30 of 30

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-30 of 30

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Turkeys rescued in Yellville enjoy their Thanksgiving

    Farm Sanctuary, an animal protection organization, sends word that four turkeys rescued from the Yellville Turkey Trot after the annual drops from buildings and an airplane will enjoy Thanksgiving in friendlier places
    • Nov 23, 2017
  • The New Orleans charter school 'miracle'? It's a ruse

    The New Orleans Tribune has a devastating piece of editorial commentary, based on local reporting and test scores, that lays bare the depiction of the charterization of New Orleans public schools 12 years ago as a miracle of the "reform" movement.
    • Nov 23, 2017
  • More criticism of UA proposal to change tenure policy

    Reason is among the latest to offer critical commentary of a proposal from University of Arkansas System lawyers to change the tenure policy so that a lack of collegiality could be used as a justification for firing a tenured professor.
    • Nov 23, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Judge anticipates punishment of lawyers in Fort Smith class action case

    Federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith issued a 32-page ruling yesterday indicating he contemplates punishment of 16 lawyers who moved a class action lawsuit against an insurance company out of his court to a state court in Polk County after a settlement had been worked out.
    • Apr 15, 2016
  • Arkansas Supreme Court refuses to rehear invalidation of marijuana act

    The Arkansas Supreme Court today denied a request to rehear its decision invalidating Issue 7, the medical marijuana initiated act.
    • Nov 3, 2016
  • The LR chamber does the public's business. Is it accountable? Blue Hog on the case.

    Matt Campbell, lawyer and Blue Hog Report blogger, has sent a Freedom of Information Act request to Jay Chessir, director of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Mayor Mark Stodola related to the publicity stunt yesterday  built around withdrawing from the mayor's rash pronouncement that the city would seek an Amazon HQ2 project even though the city  didn't meet the company's criteria.
    • Oct 20, 2017

Most Recent Comments



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