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Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013 - 20:58:00

House Republicans continue to force shutdown

Economic terrorists Tiny Tim Griffin and Too Extreme Tom Cotton continue their harmful ways. The House continues to insist on holding the economy hostage unless their demands to repeal the law of the land are met.

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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 18:37:00

KATV: Hastings jury split 11-1 for acquittal

KATV tonight aired an interview with Kenneth Norman, a juror in last week's manslaughter trial of former cop Josh Hastings for the fatal shooting of Bobby Moore III, 15, during his response to a car burglary at an apartment complex last year.

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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 17:44:00

The four-man scramble open line

The line is open. I'll close with more from the file of Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, facing an Ethics Commission and Legislative Audit review for spending of both official and campaign money since his election in 2010.

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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 16:53:00

A flurry of filings in marriage equality case

A number of filings in Pulaski Circuit Court today in the lawsuit in which a lengthy list of plantiffs are seeking to strike down statutory and constitutional bars to same-sex marriage and equal treatment of same-sex couples married in other states.

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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 16:41:00

In memory of James Street, hero of Arkansas football's worst defeat

James Street was found dead, of an apparent heart attack, in his house in Austin, Texas, this morning. He was 65, according to the calendar, but for fans of both the Razorbacks and the Longhorns, he will always be 21, and he’ll always be dropping back on fourth-and-three, deep in the fourth quarter, to fling a prayer of a pass in the greatest college football game ever played.

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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 16:27:00

American Legislative Exchange Council on losing end of Texas battle on open records

Something of a pleasant surprise: The Republican attorney general of Texas has rejected an effort by the American Legislative Exchange Council to declare itself exempt from open records law.

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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 15:20:00

Will Arkansas advertise Obamacare despite vote today?

I reported earlier that a Tea Party insurrection had carried a Legislative Council vote in opposition to spending $4.5 million to advertise the availability of new insurance options under the Affordable Care Act, whether through the Medicaid expansion or health exchanges.

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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 13:48:00

Senate rejects House Republican extortion 54-46

The U.S. Senate has voted 54-46 to resist House Republicans' effort to repeal Obamacare by holding the U.S. budget hostage.

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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 11:23:00

Psst. In case you missed it, the U.S. has some new health insurance options available

A legislative committee will squabble today on whether Arkansas should spend $4 million in federal money to advertise the Arkansas hybrid of Obamacare authorized by the 2013 legislature.

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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 11:01:00

Hook 'em Hogs: Texas big factor in growth at University of Arkansas

Recent events at the University of Arkansas have left even some devoted followers of the UA grumbling.

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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 06:46:00

Justice Department targets vote suppression laws

The New York Times reports today that the U.S. Justice Department will sue to challenge new North Carolina legislation aimed at suppressing the vote of Democratic-friendly voting blocs.

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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 06:40:00

Tar sands foul Canadian lake

When reading a news article this morning, I naturally thought of Tiny Tim Griffin, the Big Oil champion, and his burning desire to move Canadian tar sands through the U.S. via a new pipeline that will cross sensitive aqufiers in a broad swath of the central United States.

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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 06:28:00

CNN poll: Republicans would get blame for shutdown

Sadly, public opinion accounts for a lot, not the democratic process. Fully informed voters wouldn't be nearly so upset about the new health care law if not for the hysterical, heavily financed campaign run against it for three years or more.

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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 06:07:00

NFL exports football — but more important, the tailgate — to England

[embed-1] Today's late note: It may not be the golf course at War Memorial Park, but the New York Times has a good feature on the effort to create a tailgating experience at the Vikings-Steelers game at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 16:24:00

The Sunday line: GOP takes U.S. hostage; school reform thoughts

The Sunday line is open. Could somebody put in a word somewhere to bring fall?

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Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 08:02:00

Ethics Commission presented with lengthy particulars on Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's spending

Matt Campbell of the Blue Hog Report is doing all he can do to help the state Ethics Commission do its job.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 07:41:00

Legislative Audit holds itself above the law; defense lawyer sees problems

In Fayetteville Saturday, I ran into Chuck Banks,  criminal defense attorney for former Treasurer Martha Shoffner, and congratulated him on a victory for the Freedom of Information Act in successfully suing Legislative Audit to give up some of the working papers on its Republican-ordered investigation of Shoffner's investment practices.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 07:18:00

Arkansas Republicans vote against sick people, for government shutdown

Don't be confused. U.S. Reps. Tom Cotton, Tim Griffin, Rick Crawford and Steve Womack sent two indelible messages yesterday:

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 16:19:00

Saturday night fights open line

Here's a place to post.  The House hostage  crisis and rainy Razorback football might call for comment.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 13:50:00

Extremist House Republicans to try the 'delay' ploy on Obamacare

So now the battle plan is in place. Indications are that House Republicans will vote for the Senate budget only if it s amended to "delay" implementation of the Affordable Care Act for a year.

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