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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Hump day freebies are plentiful for legislature

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 10:23 AM

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Sorry. I got behind on posting today's free food and drink for legislators, supplied at "scheduled events" so named to avoid Amendment 94's ban on freebies for legislators. They are nothing but free slop, no more or less. They are also open to the public under the Constitution.

Today's troughs:

BREAKFAST: 7:30- 9 a.m., Capitol Cafeteria private dining room, March of Dimes.

BREAKFAST: 7:30-9:30, Capitol Hill building, National Conference of State Legislators (publicly paid dues finance this group).

LUNCH: 11:30-1 p.m., Room 309, for the Senate and Senate staff by Pastor Joel Holmes and the staff of the First Pentecostal Church of North Little Rock. UPDATE: The lunch included prime rib and shrimp.

LUNCH: 11:30-1, Capitol Hill building, Arkansas Pest Management Association. (Could they spray the legislators maybe?)

LUNCH: 11:30-1:30, Capitol Square Apts. #13, Arkansas Health Care Association,. The nursing home lobby provides this free feed almost daily.

DRINKS: 4-6 p.m., Capitol Square Apartments, # 13, Arkansas Health Care Association. Same old nursing home deal. Appears only on Senate calendar. So maybe this is only a scheduled Senate activity.

DRINKS: 5-7 p.m., Capitol Square Apts. #4, "Choo Choo Room." This is the party by Mike Mitchell and his other law firm lobbyists for:

Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association
Arkansas Hospital Association
Arkansas Medical Society
Arkansas Pharmacists Association
Arkansas Podiatric Medical Association
Arkansas State Dental Association
Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas
Pfizer, Inc.
Arkansas Community Colleges

DINNER: 5:30, Brave New Restaurant for Senate Education Committee  by Arkansas Learns, the Walton-financed charter school lobby that hopes to be fresh off passage of bills to enble privatization of public schools and allowing a charter school advocate, Johnny Key, to become state Education director despite a lack of required education and experience.

DINNER: 6 p.m., Copper Grill, for Senate and House Transportation Committees by the Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association.

DRINKS AND DINNER: 6-10 p.m., Bevis Farm, 124 Sweetwater, North Little Rock, "Country Caucus." This regular affair is paid for by a publicly financed group, Arkansas N.A.H.R.O, the organization of local housing authorities.

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