Get your thank-you notes from Jeremy Gillam here! GOP fund-raiser | Arkansas Blog

Monday, July 31, 2017

Get your thank-you notes from Jeremy Gillam here! GOP fund-raiser

Posted By on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 1:13 PM

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Give $5,000 a year to the House Republican Caucus and you, too, can own a genuine, autographed (not autopen, I hope) thank-you letter from House Speaker Jeremy Gillam. Also a photo with the speaker (six-person limit). And dinner every year with the speaker. (Just don't pick up his dinner tab if you are a lobbyist or employ one, because that wouldn't be legal. Of course who but a lobbyist or somebody who employs one would want to commit to $5,000 in annual payola to a legislative caucus?)

The House Caucus seems to put more value in Speaker Gillam than, say, the Republican State Committee. Saturday, it adopted a resolution objecting to a rule change engineered by Gillam that ended seniority as an element in House committee assignments and made the speaker the dictator. The resolution called for a return to the seniority system. Gillam said his way is better in getting members on committees to which they are best suited. He told the Democrat-Gazette:  "Democracy should have a little bit more forethought going into it than a random draw out of a bowl."

Putting $5,000 into the bowl is what you call forethought.

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