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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

High-dollar dinner tonight for select legislators among many free spreads

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 8:34 AM

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The free lobby swill tonight (on a busy day chock full of freebies) includes some of the priciest vittles in town. Mullenix and Associates will be treating members of the House Judiciary Committee tonight at Arthur's, the steakhouse on Chenal Parkway.

The Mullenix lobbying firm is one of the busiest and one of those most devoted to the theory that a well-fed and well-watered legislator is a friendly legislator. Its clients:

AACET
Absolute Care Management Corporation
Altria Client Services,
ANC Foundation
AR Blue Cross Blue Shield
AR Realtors Association
Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators
Arkansas Medical Society
Arkansas Self-Insurers Association
Big River Steel
Blue Oak AR
Cisco Systems
ECON
GTL Americas
Henry M. Adkins Printing
Insurance Auto Auctions
Johnson Controls
Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
MAXIMUS
McDonald's Corporation
MCNA Health Care Holdings
Oaklawn Jockey Club
Plains Pipeline
Rave Mobile Safety
Rural AR Telephone Systems
SAP Public Services
Sky Capital Group
Superior Senior Care
Title Source
Wilson & Associates

Here's House Judiciary's agenda Thursday.

More free grazing and watering opportunities today:

Breakfast: UAMS is serving it at the Capitol Hill building.

Lunch:  Arkansas Association for Continuing and Adult Education (AACAE); Arkansas Association for Administrators of Adult Education (AAAAE); and Adult Education Advisory Council are serving at Capitol Hill Building.

Lunch: The floating lunch game traditionally hosted by the nursing home lobby continues at the Capitol Square apartments.

Cocktail hours: Quapaw Quarter Association and Preserve Arkansas are pouring at Curran Hall.

More cocktail hours: Lost 40 Brewery, with your host the Legacy Spine and Neurological Specialists.

Your memory is correct. Voters in 2014 voted overwhelmingly in favor of a constitutional amendment to prohibit lobby-paid wining and dining. Legislators promptly invented loopholes. They included an extension of term limits and a 300 percent pay raise in the bargain.

Feel duped? You should.

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