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Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 08:46:00

'Muhammad' caricature billboards by anti-Muslim group appear in Marion County

The Baxter Bulletin has been reporting on billboards that briefly appeared in the tiny Marion County town of Summit, which depict a cartoon of a snarling man who is supposed to be the Prophet Muhammad.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 09:08:00

Tom Cotton versus everyone: Cotton casts lone vote against Iran deal

What do you get when you cross the rigid obstinacy and extremism of Sen. Ted Cruz with the inexhaustible zeal for warmongering of former Vice President Dick Cheney?

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 20:25:00

House likes whine with eggs, could mean end of Cali wine in Arkansas

Today, the House advanced to the Senate a bill that could ban California wine from being imported to Arkansas. That represents about 90 percent of all wine sold in Arkansas, a alcohol lobbyist told the AP. The bill is meant to be explicit retribution for a California law, originally approved by voters, that requires all eggs sold in California to come from hens that are able to extend their wings and turn around freely.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 07:15:00

The final days: Nuttery on display at the legislature

John Lyon takes a swing here at some of the weirdness still pending in this legislative session. It is by no means comprehensive, but it gives you a flavor.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 09:22:00

Arklahoma: More good ideas for the legislature

Oklahoma is moving to ban AP history classes because they teach too much negative stuff about the U.S. Isn't it time for Arkansas to follow suit?

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 09:45:00

Discredited historian headlines church 'Summit' in Northwest Arkansas

A blogger on religion calls down Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd for having the ofen-criticized 'historian' David Barton speak at his Summit program in Bentonville this week.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 15:51:00

Father and son turned away from "Muslim-free" Hot Springs gun range for being brown

A college student and his dad who visited a gun range over the weekend for some bonding time over target practice were told to leave after the owner grew suspicious that the pair were...Muslims! Nope, not Muslims — they just happened to not be white. Either way, though, it's rank discrimination.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 12:15:00

Lunatics run the asylum: Jonesboro edition

The Jonesboro City Council put the brakes on a $30,000 grant from a nonprofit organization because several members don't like the politics of a phlanthropist who supports the agency, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Really.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 17:34:00

Hot Springs firing range declared a "Muslim free zone" by its owner

The owner of The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Jan Morgan, announced yesterday that she is banning the presence of Muslims in her business. Her reasoning: "Why would I hand guns and ammunition to people whose religion commands them to kill me and my non-muslim patrons?" OK, let's get that lawsuit rolling.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 11:28:00

Charlie Fuqua returns, warns of Arkansas Republicans getting slimed

Former state legislator Charlie Fuqua is back, warning Republicans in a mass email that "the only people who ever get slimed are the good guys." You know, good guys like he and Jon Hubbard, whose 2012 campaigns for state legislature were derailed after the Times excerpted all sorts of really nutty things they'd written in the past.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 17:47:00

Religious zealot David Barton makes a stop in Springdale

Arkansas Repubs have come from far and wide today to Springdale to hear pretend historian David Barton make shit up. Barton earlier appeared at Ecclesia College, where he serves on the board of regents. Tonight he's at the Springdale High Performing Arts Center. You'll be able to tell the truly deranged Republicans from the rest of the pack by those who trumpet their attendance and retweet Barton's garbage.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 06:46:00

Secure Arkansas warns of UN takeover of Mountain View

Secure Arkansas warns that a plan to create a historic district in Mountain View is actually a UN plot. What will Sen. Missy Irvin say about this?

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 11:04:00

Sign of a growing Republican Party — division

There's no surer sign of the growing strength of the Republican Party than meaningful division in the ranks, both personal and political. We've seen it in the deep split in the Republican delegation on the private option Medicaid expansion. And now it's my pleasure to pass along this remarkably lucid warning from Secure Arkansas — an extreme right group — that decries the influence of money, the Koch brothers and outside organizations such as the American Legislative Exchange Council on an issue dear to Secure Arkansas, fluoridation of water.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 06:37:00

It could be worse; Ted Nugent could be campaigning for the next Arkansas governor

Arkansas is trending conservative, but at least Ted Nugent isn't yet campaigning for the next governor (see Texas) and, so far, nobody has put a Confederate flag on the Little Rock Nine memorial at the state Capitol (see Mississippi).

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013 - 10:08:00

Duck Dynasty and its constitutionally ignorant fans

Here's another one I probably should pass. But ....

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 12:55:00

Rand Paul latest politician to borrow a few good lines

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, the extremist Republican who'll headline an Arkansas Republican fund-raiser Dec. 6 in Hot Springs, is getting some unflattering attention this week for lines in his speeches that appear to come verbatim from Wikipedia.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 07:10:00

Racial controversy continues over Harrison sign

I posted this photo last night of a sign at U.S. Highways 62-65 in Harrison, a highly visible spot.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 07:00:00

Look what Arkansas's friends in Azerbaijan are up to now

Thanks to a tweet from Daily Arkansans for news from Azerbaijan:

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 18:09:00

Jason Rapert: Serves God before his constituents

[embed-1] Sen. Jason Rapert presumably won't anger the good Christians of his Senate district with a declaration that he serves God before them.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 20:55:57

Crackpots prevail: Feds rescind White River Blueway designation

It was inevitable. But AP is reporting that it's official: The federal Interior Department has rescinded the designation of the White River watershed as a "blueway," part of a voluntary federal conservation program.

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