The midweek open line; Tom Cotton is still lying | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The midweek open line; Tom Cotton is still lying

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Three down, two to go. The line is open. Final thoughts:

* THE SOUTH HAS RISEN AGAIN: A couple of articles in Salon of note, with similar themes. One is an interview with a liberal economist who thinks the Tea Party has deposed the ruling elite in Washington and is set to avenge the South's loss of the Civil War. Then there's David Sirota with an article, "Right-wing coup: Deluded secessionists have already won." Who needs to secede when a small minority of the populace can dictate actions of the House and Senate and, thus, the country?

* TOM COTTON'S PANTS ARE STILL ON FIRE: Another independent fact-checker ranks a Tom Cotton claim as "false" — this one about the lack of privacy in online health marketplaces. And this is kind of funny: An Arkansas Democratic Party quiz on who said it, Too Extreme Tom Cotton or Wackjob Allen West? Spoiler alert: Cotton's as bad as West.

* VOTER SUPPRESSION RULES GET APPROVAL: Rules for the new voter ID law, a national Republican strategy to suppress the vote of Democratically inclined voter segments, were approved by the majority-Republican Legislative Council today. A lawsuit challenging the law is very close to the filing point. The ACLU and the Arkansas Public Law Center, a group in which I participate, are cooperating on the legal challenge.

* STAY SOUGHT IN FEDERAL MAYFLOWER SPILL LAWSUIT: Because the government shutdown has caused furloughs of lawyers, the government is seeking a delay in the lawsuit with the state of Arkansas over the Exxon Mobil pipeline spill of tar sands in Mayflower.

* THE HON. STEVE WOMACK HAS HAD ENOUGH: Turns out Rep. Steve Womack was acting as speaker when Rep. Allen Grayson began a stemwinder on the low state of Congress, including a reference to an opinion poll that found the public rated Congress lower than hemorrhoids, toenail fungus and dog poop. Womack cut him off. I think Grayson had a point. You can watch it on video here.

* LAYOFFS COMING: Gov. Mike Beebe put out word today that federally funded state workers can expect furloughs soon because of the federal budge crisis created by House Republicans. Send thank you notes to Tom, Tim and Rick. 

Tags: , , ,


Favorite

Comments (19)

Showing 1-19 of 19

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-19 of 19

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Jerry Dhonau, former Gazette editorial page editor, dies at 83

    Jerry Dhonau, a retired newspaperman whose career included reporting on the Little Rock school crisis and being editorial page editor of the Arkansas Gazette when it closed in 1991, has died. Ernest Dumas provides his colleague’s obituary.
    • Aug 18, 2018
  • DHS confirms it's withholding personnel records on Leslie Rutledge

    Chris Burks, the lawyer in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking personnel records of Attorney General Leslie Rutledge when she was a staff lawyer at the Department of Human Services, says DHS confirms the existence of records that have not been released in previous examinations of her record there.
    • Aug 18, 2018
  • Death reported in Malvern prison

    The Correction Department is reporting what it calls an apparent suicide Thursday evening in the Ouachita River Correction unit in Malvern.
    • Aug 18, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017
  • ADEQ denies C&H Hog Farm permit

    The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has denied a new permit for the C&H Hog Farms' concentrated animal feeding operation near Mount Judea (Newton County). This is a big and somewhat surprising victory for critics who have viewed C&H's large-scale pig farm and the pig waste it generates as an existential threat to the Buffalo National River.
    • Jan 10, 2018
  • Tom Cotton's influence on Trump's new security chief

    U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton is getting credit for pushing President Donald Trump to select Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser, Politico reports.
    • Feb 21, 2017

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: An open line

    • 1958 we had a group of student from Turkey and they were hostile to Any…

    • on August 18, 2018
  • Re: An open line

    • My roommate and fellow history student told me about the Turks he fought with in…

    • on August 18, 2018
  • Re: An open line

    • There weren't a whole of lot of Turkish fighters in the Korean War, but there…

    • on August 18, 2018

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation