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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 17:14:00

NRA ad goes after the gay vote for Tom Cotton; UPDATE: NRA says it is not theirs

An NRA ad promoting Tom Cotton has appeared on Grinder, a mobile app that facilities sexual hookups by gay men. What the????

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 16:05:00

Open line, news headlines, a gun battle and an endorsement

The day ends with an open line, video news roundup, a gun battle and an endorsement for Mike Ross.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 15:43:41

Arkansas helped dramatically by Obamacare

Check this map. Red is good. It signifies the places helped the most by expanded health insurance coverage under Obamacare. Hardly anybody did better than Arkansas.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 15:23:00

Lafayette County treasurer pleads to theft

Keesha Rose, 37, pleaded guilty in Texarkana today to federal charges that she stole almost a quarter of a million dollars from Lafayette County.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 14:55:28

Pulaski JP candidate has domestic battery conviction

Jesse Macom-Teague of North Little Rock, a Republican candidate for justice of the peace District 15 on the Pulaski County Quorum Court, was convicted in February 2009 of third-degree domestic battery, a misdemeanor.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 13:56:00

Mark Pryor runs to the middle; gets punished for it

Sen. Mark Pryor's effort to strike a moderate tone in an interview about Washington ends up with his being pigeonholed as a Harry Reid man. It's more complicated than that, but not in the Twittersphere.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 13:22:00

Blue Hog: Rapert finance report doesn't mention UCA fund-raiser

Blue Hog Report says Sen. Jason Rapert's latest campaign finance report doesn't include expenses or revenue from the "Family, Faith and Freedom" show at UCA last week featuring Ricky Skaggs and representatives of the hate group, Family Research Council. And those aren't his only ethics law shortcomings.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 11:37:00

Uber ordinance takes shape; opposition, too

Events are moving quickly as the Little Rock City Board works on an ordinance to allow ride-sharing companies such as Uber to operate in Little Rock. The taxi industry is fighting back.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 11:08:00

Municipal League details insurance for Little Rock city employees

Don Zimmerman, director of the Arkansas Municipal League, has sent me a copy of his letter to Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore answering questions related to the municipal league became the health insurance provider for city employees.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:15:00

'Crosscheck' voter system turns up Leslie Rutledge as possible double voter

Here's that Al-Jazeera report on the manifest flaws in a voter cross-check voter system being pushed by the right-wing Republican secretary of state in Kansas. Supposedly a sophisticated multi-state crosscheck program to identify people who've voted fraudulently in multiple states, it produces many errors and seems ikely to result in huge voter purges disproportionately affecting Asian, black and Latino voters. But .. it does turn up Republican candidate Leslie Rutledge as a potential double voter.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 09:39:00

Republican senator continues push to privatize Arkansas prison unit

It was a bad idea when it was tried and failed in Arkansas before and it's a bad idea now, but a Republican state senator appears intent on outsourcing Arkansas correctional work to an outside corporation.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 09:26:00

NFS: Mike Ross' latest

Mike Ross' latest TV says he's not for sale to outside interests trying to buy the Arkansas governor's race. Yes, Ross — though he outraised Republican Asa Hutchinson by a couple of million dollars — could be on the overall losing end of the money battle thanks to Republican ally spending for Hutchinson.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 07:20:00

Democrats call on Tom Cotton to repudiate supporter's ads

The National Organization for Marriage, a conservative group that opposes marriage equality, has a Super PAC (dark money) that has bought $200,000 in TV ads for the final days of important U.S. Senate races in North Carolina and Arkansas. The Arkansas Democratic Party says the Arkansas version of the ad hits a new low in using film of an Arkansas college student lured into a video by the discredited undercover filmmaker James O'Keefe.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 06:54:00

Special prosecutor to review Jefferson County clerk probe

√The Pine Bluff Commercial reports that a special prosecutor will be appointed to review the State Police investigation of Jefferson County Clerk Patricia Royal Johnson, who's unopposed for re-election next week.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 06:48:00

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette pads circulation with free papers

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette continues to expand free offerings of its various products to pad circulation and vehicles for advertising revenue.

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