Rep. Nate Bell still firing at Republican Party | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Rep. Nate Bell still firing at Republican Party

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 7:45 AM

click to enlarge REP. NATE BELL: Firing back into the party he left.
  • REP. NATE BELL: Firing back into the party he left.
Rep. Nate Bell, who bolted the Republican Party after splitting with the party on moving the 2016 presidential primary election, still has plenty to say about Republican affairs, including a longer time in office for the GOP party chair.

He's been lighting up Twitter with objections to party rules and procedures, notably a proposed rule change that he says will extend the term limits of the state party chairman, currently Doyle Webb, from eight to 12 years. (It's a paid job, in the $90,000 range I seem to recall.)

Bell commented:

8 years in office is good enough for the POTUS but not for an @ARGOP chair. Proposed rule adds 50% to term. 

More time for Doyle Webb is in keeping with the general movement of the Republican Party, which, when in the minority, lobbied long and hard for term limits. Once in the majority, Republicans led by Sen. Jon Woods, schemed to extend term limits, now a whopping 16 years in a single chamber, enough to accrue massive power. Woods also orchestrated a huge pay increase, a loosening of a rule aimed at restricting lobbyist wining and dining and in a laughably named "ethics reform" bill in the last session stripped out an amendment that would have prevented stacking of lobbyist money to throw wingdings for powerful legislative leaders.

What's the old cliche about power and corruption?

Nate Bell gets it. You'll find comments from him on Twitter on other party maters as well.




Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

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…

  • Jason Rapert vs. Wikipedia

    Sen. Jason Rapert against the world: Wikipedia edition.
    • Jan 23, 2016
  • 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
  • Another Republican miracle-working governor

    Great piece in Washington Post on the budget crisis in Louisiana. Big tax cuts and corporate welfare will do that to a state, particularly to a state whose previous governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, refused to join the Obamacare-funded Medicaid expansion. There's a lesson there for Arkansas.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Shared

  • Take yourself there: Mavis Staples coming to LR for Central High performance

    Gospel and R&B singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples, who has been inspiring fans with gospel-inflected freedom songs like "I'll Take You There" and "March Up Freedom's Highway" and the poignant "Oh What a Feeling" will come to Little Rock for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High.
  • Klan's president

    Everything that Donald Trump does — make that everything that he says — is calculated to thrill his lustiest disciples. But he is discovering that what was brilliant for a politician is a miscalculation for a president, because it deepens the chasm between him and most Americans.
  • On Charlottesville

    Watching the Charlottesville spectacle from halfway across the country, I confess that my first instinct was to raillery. Vanilla ISIS, somebody called this mob of would-be Nazis. A parade of love-deprived nerds marching bravely out of their parents' basements carrying tiki torches from Home Depot.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

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