Secretary of State Mark Martin on trip to Ghana | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Secretary of State Mark Martin on trip to Ghana

Posted By on Sat, Mar 14, 2015 at 7:32 AM

click to enlarge MARTIN GREETS VISITORS: With Ghana delegation in August in Arkansas.
  • MARTIN GREETS VISITORS: With Ghana delegation in August in Arkansas.

Secretary of State Mark Martin announced on Twitter late last night that he'd be off today on a two-week trip to Ghana. He'd met with officials from Ghana in August. He is said to be working to establish a Sister Cities relationship between Arkansas and the Volta region of Ghana.

Martin provided no office release on the trip, but a link to a story from the Ghana News Agency, which said six people from Arkansas would be on the trip, including Martin and deputy Joseph Wood. It didn't say whether the trip was paid by Martin or by Ghana or private sources. I"ve asked Martin's office.

Martin's office  serves as the official repository for various records, oversees elections and cares for the Capitol and grounds. It has no specific duties related to economic development but Martin has made several junkets during his tenure.

The legislature is meeting in Little Rock during the two-week absence.

The article said:

Arkansas is said to be the food basket of the United States. It is the largest producer of rice, broilers and turkeys and among the top three for cotton, pullets and aquaculture-catfish.

The partnership is therefore expected to position the Volta Region to make maximum use of its land and water resources to improve agricultural production and create jobs.

A note on Amendment 94, the new "ethics" law approved by voters in November. It placed some new rules on accepting gifts from lobbyists and those who employ lobbyists. But it provided this exception, an exception I've been wondering about when it comes to the junkets that legislators are fond of taking each year:

(vi) Payments by regional or national organizations for travel to regional or national conferences at which the State of Arkansas is requested to be represented by a person or persons elected or appointed to an office under subsection (a) of this section;

Better to have Martin in Ghana than spouting off on Facebook about anti-Christian socialists.

UPDATE: Martin's office says the Sisters Cities Organization is paying for the trip. It says Martin and Wood were the only office employees to make the trip. The office wouldn't identify others on the junket.

Tags: , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (17)

Showing 1-17 of 17

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-17 of 17

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • A response to police arrests becomes a tutorial on race, class and policing in Little Rock

    John Walker, the 79-year-old civil rights lawyer, and his associate, Omavi Shukur, 29, a young lawyer devoted to criminal justice reform, talked to press this afternoon about their arrests Monday by Little Rock police for supposedly obstructing governmental operations in observing and attempting to film a routine police traffic stop. It was a tutorial on sharp views of race, class and governance in Little Rock.
    • Sep 29, 2016
  • Little Rock housing study finds linkage between respiratory-related hospital stays and property code violations

    People hospitalized for a respiratory-related illness at UAMS were twice as likely to rent a property that at some point has been issued a mold-related violation notice from Little Rock's Code Enforcement Division when compared to a control population adjusted for demographic differences.
    • May 2, 2018
  • Donald Trump declares war on Hillary Clinton's marriage

    Donald Trump gave a remarkable interview to the New York Times yesterday in which he declared open season on the marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton's past infidelity. Seems like a loser, but I've been wrong before.
    • Oct 1, 2016

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

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