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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 15:20:00

Griffen files federal civil rights lawsuit over Good Friday vigil punishment

Calling what happened to the product of "a lynch mob mentality" and the result of a weekend of conspiratorial conversations between members of the Arkansas State Supreme Court, firebrand Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen held a press conference today to announce the filing of a federal civil rights lawsuit over being stripped of his ability to hear cases related to the death penalty, following a Good Friday vigil in which Griffen lay on a cot in front of the Governor's mansion.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 08:50:00

Students rally at LR Central High in support of DACA recipients

Little Rock Central High School students held a pre-class protest this morning at the corner of Park Street and Daisy Bates in support of classmates who benefited from the Obama  Administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA shields undocumented immigrants brought to the country prior to their 16th birthday, and allows them to have work permits. On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the federal government would stop considering new DACA applications, and the program would be suspended entirely in six months, opening up almost 800,000 DACA recipients for deportation.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 14:19:00

Site plan approved for Satanic Temple monument; public comment, legislative approval hurdles yet to be cleared

During a short meeting this morning near the Arkansas State Capitol, a three-member subcommittee of the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission deemed a monument site plan submitted by the Satanic Temple sufficient to move forward to a public comment phase; part of an effort to decide whether the group will be allowed to install a large statue of the goat-headed pagan god Baphomet on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 09:53:00

Millions march in massive show of resistance to Trump

The Women's Marches yesterday were massive, one of the largest protests in the nation's history.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 14:34:00

Actor George Takei takes on Trump

Actor George Takei, whose family was incarcerated in a Japanese internment camp in Rohwer, Ark. (Desha County) during World War II, took to Twitter today in response to Donald Trump's earlier Tweet in which the president-elect  said those who burn the American flag should "perhaps" lose their citizenship or be jailed. No matter what side of the fence you're on, Takei's 27 little words should ring in the heart of every patriotic American who cares about the First Amendment.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 20:26:00

'Black Lives Matter' tees pulled from gift shop at Mosaic Templars

The interim director of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock told the Arkansas Blog earlier today that she had been asked to pull t-shirts bearing the slogan "Black Lives Matter" from the museum's gift shop by Department of Arkansas Heritage deputy director Rebecca Burkes.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 16:18:00

VIDEO: Protester forcibly removed from last night's Trump rally in LR

Several videos and accounts have emerged today from protesters at last night's Trump rally at Barton Coliseum, including the video which shows a gaggle of Pulaski County Sheriff's deputies, black-clad officers, and a man in a dark suit forcibly removing a protester identified online as Nathan Fields from the building. The video ends soon after the man in the suit shoves Fields into a mulch-filled planter, with the man who pushed Fields then himself pushed away by another officer in a vest marked "POLICE."

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 13:54:00

Funny or Die creates commercial for Indiana tourism

The website funnyordie.com has helpfully created a commercial to promote Indiana tourism in the "Religious Freedom" era. Take heed, Arkansas.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 14:46:00

Occupy LR demonstrators acquitted on arrest in demonstration

The wheels of justice grind slowly .... .... but it's exceedingly fine news to learn from lawyer David Couch of a signal victory in Little Rock District Court for Caitlin Lott and Greg Deckelman.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 06:04:14

Hundreds at Capitol vigil for Trayvon Martin case

Hundreds of people turned out at the Arkansas Capitol Monday for a vigil sponsored by the Arkansas Black Legislative Caucus as a response to the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 06:59:00

More Republican resistance to 1st Amendment

I've observed before that it's not enough for Republican to prevail on legislative votes, they also want to silence critics.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 11:32:43

Federal security objects to Occupy LR demonstration

Jennifer Pierce reports that federal security officers objected to a small Occupy Little Rock demonstration on the sidewalk outside the federal courthouse at Capitol and Broadway last night.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 09:54:42

Charges dropped against occupiers

Prosecutor drops charges against Occupy Little Rock four arrested for trespass last May.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 10:18:07

Satire website links Crystal Bridges to Walmart Black Friday protest

Seen this? Looks like high-tech pranksters have used the good name of Crystal Bridges, the Alice Walton-backed museum in Bentonville, to a union protest of Walmart employment practices in a Black Friday event that has drawn a court effort by the retailer to shut it down.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 13:44:00

Arkie claims he punched Iranian during UN demonstration

Gregory Nelson of Fayetteville, with an Arkansas flag decal sewn on his vest, is drawing headlines in New York today for saying he punched an Iranian official in the stomach during an anti-Iran demonstration in the city after a speech by Iran's president to the UN.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 12:01:27

Occupy LR 4 turn down plea deal; trial rescheduled

A trial was scheduled in district court today on a trial of four people arrested when they refused to leave the Occupy Little Rock camp downtown when the city moved to clear it May 16.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 06:18:40

NLR endorses amendment against Citizens United ruling

Robert Nunn sent me a note that says the North Little Rock City Council last night, led by Mayor Pat Hays, endorsed the resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to override the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United that gave personhood to corporations.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012 - 11:18:58

Occupy Little Rock at Capitol and Broadway

Occupy Little Rock is linking up with a cross-country Occupy caravan for an action at Capitol and Broadway, beginning about 11:15 a.m.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 09:00:00

Mayor Stodola clears petitioners at Riverfest

Mayor Mark Stodola has responded to my e-mail last night about threats to arrest petitioners on city streets outside the Riverfest grounds.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 06:05:33

Riverfest — the 1st Amendment under siege

In the event you missed it, a variety of people carrying petitions to address their government were warned last night by Little Rock police that they would be arrested if they not only attempted to gather signatures but even talked to anyone about their petitions on the streets blocked off around the Riverfest grounds along the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock.

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