Blue Hog Report 2014: The best of times, the worst of times | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Blue Hog Report 2014: The best of times, the worst of times

Posted By on Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 11:19 AM

click to enlarge screen_shot_2015-01-01_at_11.15.44_am.png

Blue Hog Report,
the investigative blog of Little Rock lawyer Matt Campbell, had a heckuva year in 2014. His work was pivotal in forcing the resignation from office of Lt. Gov. Mark Darr and driving Circuit Judge Mike Maggio not only out of a race for Appeals Court but off the bench forever.

Today, he looks back on other investigative thrusts and notes some loose ends. The bottom line is that despite his best efforts, a number of the candidates he targeted won elections anyway. 

Among the highlights:

* THE NAKED FORT SMITH POLICE: Blue Hog makes a good case for credit that his reporting ended a Fort Smith vice squad practice of getting naked, digitally penetrating suspected prostitutes and receiving hand jobs as techniques to make prostitution arrests. 

* ATTORNEY GENERAL LESLIE RUTLEDGE: Yes, she was elected (though by the smallest margin of all the statewide Republican office winners) despite reporting on a variety of issues related to her experience, her work at DHS and her coordination with an outside election group on TV advertising. Campbell's complaint on the coordinated TV ad (she appeared in an ad paid for by someone else who doesn't report contributors) is a watershed event for the state Ethics Commission. It will find a violation and prohibit the practice in the future or we will have seen the end of any meaningful disclosure laws for political campaigns in Arkansas.

* SEN. JASON RAPERT: In his classic fashion, Blue Hog piles absolute command of the intricacies of the law to support his report that Rapert was guilty of multiple violations of campaign finance law in a fund-raising concert he held at UCA. He demolishes sketchy reporting by the Log Cabin Democrat in the process (it was under immense pressure from Rapert). It also holds Rapert consultant Ted Thomas up to a highly unflattering light for his defense of Rapert's shoddy reporting. This is important because of continuing rumors that Thomas will be tapped by Asa Hutchinson as head of the state Finance and Administration Department. Until now, it has been rigorously nonpartisan and perhaps the most accessible and accountable agency of state government. Thomas' record as a highly partisan campaign operative who doesn't readily make himself available to questions will require a dramatic change if he is to fill Richard Weiss' shoes.

* BEEBECARE: Yes, Blue Hog rains on Democrats, too. Here he recounts his belief that a $200 million contract awarded by the Beebe administration as part of the Medicaid expansion was set up to go to a pre-determined winner.

That Republican sweep? More for Blue Hog to check out. It's not over until he says it's over.


Tags: , , , , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (10)

Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Who you gonna trust? Not GOP politicans on health care

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson keeps insisting that the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal will be great for Arkansas. Evidence keeps mounting that it will strike the state (meaning Arkansas human beings) a devasting blow.
    • Sep 21, 2017
  • Death reported of Robert Johnston, former legislator and homeless advocate

    In a cruel coincidence, a new development in the city's ongoing struggle with how to deal with the homeless came the day of news of the unexpected death of Robert Johnston,  a tireless advocate for the homeless in a long career of public service.
    • Sep 21, 2017
  • Alternate homeless feeding plan falls apart

    A plan to establish a volunteer effort to feed homeless in the far southeastern corner of the city, well removed from downtown, has fallen apart as was inevitable.
    • Sep 21, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Super Bowl line

    Over to you.
    • Feb 7, 2016
  • Rep. Mary Bentley's website now supports gay rights

    Somebody has cybersquatted on Republican Rep. Mary Bentley's website, replacing her messaging with a call for equal rights for LGBTQ people.
    • Jul 18, 2017
  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Shared

  • ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

    Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

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