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  • No, there is a not a "bailout" for the Arkansas private option

    Apparently if you call something a “bailout,” people won’t like it! This is the approach taken in a piece on the private option posted earlier last week at Forbes, the third article Forbes has published in the last month or so criticizing the Arkansas plan. We take a look at some of their insinuations, and where things actually stand on the policy and politics of the private option.
    • May 19, 2014
  • Does Dustin McDaniel have duty to defend ban on same-sex marriage?

    Early this week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had a message for folks in Dustin McDaniel's position. Holder called on the nation's state attorneys general to consider taking up the cause of marriage equality by refusing to defend their states' laws that block same-sex couples from access to marriage.
    • Feb 27, 2014
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Re: “Lake View mandate on school funding 'probably' still stands despite sovereign immunity ruling, lawmakers told

The constitutional language is "The State of Arkansas shall never be made defendant in any of her courts." So, it says nothing about plaintiffs.

Posted by Benji Hardy on 04/27/2018 at 10:38 AM

Re: “If DACA ends, this 2016 Parkview graduate will lose her dream job in May

@bigdambridge --
If the Dreamers you know (who have become citizens) have had experiences to the contrary, I'd like to know about it.

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Posted by Benji Hardy on 09/14/2017 at 5:40 PM

Re: “If DACA ends, this 2016 Parkview graduate will lose her dream job in May

@bigdambridge: Thank you for the question.

There is literally no way for most Dreamers to become citizens or legal permanent residents unless they marry someone who is a citizen or an LPR, or unless they happen to fall into one of a few esoteric categories (such as being a victim of domestic violence).

Some Dreamers may be lucky enough to have an immediate family member who is here legally. That can open a doorway to legal residency and eventual citizenship, because law allows for certain family members of citizens/LPRs to apply for green card status.

So, there are paths to citizenship for some undocumented people -- but for someone in Ms. Delgado's position, none of them are open. To get legal residency in the U.S., the law says she must return to Guatemala and file an application. The wait time would be years, if not a decade or more.

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Posted by Benji Hardy on 09/14/2017 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Trump nominates Christopher Caldwell to be Delta Regional Authority co-chair

@mountaingirl -- To be fair, I picked that photo, because it was the only one that showed up online that we had clear permission to use. If Chris Caldwell can send me a different photo, I'd be happy to swap it out.

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Posted by Benji Hardy on 09/13/2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Kids in isolation: locked away in Alexander

@Libby -- Thank you for reading! David Ramsey was the author of this story, though, not me.

Posted by Benji Hardy on 09/10/2017 at 2:25 PM
Posted by Benji Hardy on 09/08/2017 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Hall High students protest decision to end DACA

Actually, whatever I was saying, I said it pretty poorly -- so it's honestly my own fault if it wasn't comprehensible. Oh well.

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Posted by Benji Hardy on 09/08/2017 at 12:22 PM

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