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Re: “Frank Scott to take control of police chief hiring and other powers at City Hall

The chamber has no control over an ordinance calling for a special election (aside from their control over half of the BODs), once passed it is called for and must be completed in a specific amount of time by the statute. Then what follows the chamber and other powers to be do have some control over, as is the case in all elections. Yet considering the voting base that Mayor Scott has carried with him into city hall (given they are not inclined to see a black mayor, thus their insertion of Kurrus into the election), he carries a lot of momentum into the election. Now, in the end, that is the point to this whole thing, the BOD and powers never let it get to an election because they know no matter how much time and money they spend opposing it, they will likely lose in the end.

Now as for transitioning to a mayoral/council form of government after winning the election, that process is clearly spelled out in the statute. It does spell out 2 things pretty clearly, that the city manager and city attorney turn into simple mayoral staffing and due to his mayoral function of voting in tied votes there must be an even # of wards. Thus it is very likely that ALL the new wards will have to call for new elections, likely at the next November election date, which is what prevents the BODs from voting for such an ordinance. But then, isn't that how democracy works?

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Posted by Clayton J on 01/15/2019 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Frank Scott to take control of police chief hiring and other powers at City Hall

I'd rather the citizens of Little Rock be given the choice to make it official...mayor/council form of government (in other words no at-large). Sounds like time the new CEO mayor gives the city attorney the job of crafting an ordinance calling for a special election to determine if LR should go in that full mayor/council direction and offer it to the board for their approval. Then we can find out if the board believes in democracy or if that is just for the powers to be in city hall and not for the little people (or residents of LR).

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Posted by Clayton J on 01/14/2019 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Frank Scott Jr. promises 'new day', draws large crowd in Little Rock mayoral inauguration ceremony

I was one of the residents in that audience and while, yes, it was mostly minority (would remind the readers that LR is a majority minority city) there was still a healthy presence of white residents spread throughout the audience.

In Fact, I would say it was fairly representative of the electorate that elected Mr Scott as our new mayor. I have spoken with Kurrus supporters and I get the real feeling they are not ready to accept the legitimacy of Mayor Scott's election. I would warn them that they need to study the polling place numbers before adopting that position. While they may have some issues with his methods they sure cannot argue or dispute the results.

After a quick study of the polling place numbers it is clear this mayor did something no previous candidate has ever been able to accomplish. All polling places total # of votes are fairly similar, unlike that in past elections with the standard white candidate. In those cases the total voting numbers for places south of 630 would be much smaller than those north of 630. Yet, even more significant, the numbers clearly explain why Mr Kurrus' campaign was doomed from the start, his ground game failed miserably south of 630 while that of Mr. Scott's did just what it needed to do to win (as I suggested to him he take a look at a couple weeks before the runoff). They first insured they would get out most of that 25000 vote base they had in the general but went after the white vote north of 630 and the polling numbers show it worked. The numbers show that while he lost most northern polling places he still carried 15 to 30% of the total voters. Yet in the case of the southern places, he won all polling locations by a 90% margin, which left Mr Kurrus with a piddly 2 to 10% of the voters south of 630 (whose total numbers, as stated earlier, were very similar to that north of 630). So, as many of us in the trenches have been saying for years that if the voters in the south of LR would just come out and vote then there was no way they could loose and our new mayor took that to heart and accomplished it for the first time, I just have to say....good job and congratulations.

Now comes the hard part, the campaign is over and now comes the time in which he and his LR majority (much of which is the minorities living in the south of the city) must govern. We will see if they have a better path than the past minority white administrations. If not, then complaints of inequality will likely fall on deaf ears in the future, just hope they realize this and am wishing them and Mayor Scott the best of luck and a successful administration.

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Posted by Clayton J on 01/02/2019 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Another bad headline on crime in Little Rock

And those numbers are for the metroplex but most of those incidents are in Little Rock. Given that the #s for just Little Rock are MUCH higher, which makes the Little Rock city limits the most dangerous of the entire metroplex. But according to city hall and the residents of the west we do not have a crime problem. Their cure for the last several decades just ignore the problem (don't talk about it), stick your head in the sand and it will go away on its own.

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Posted by Clayton J on 12/14/2018 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Frank Scott Jr. elected mayor of Little Rock, topping Baker Kurrus in runoff

As I said, "plowing through an island or reef"....or running through a freighter is just what happens to something that thinks they can bring the carrier to an immediate stop, it doesn't happen...the carrier just continues on and runs right over them (its all about momentum) just like the AR Highway Dept. will do to anyone oe anything trying to stop the 30 gulch project.

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Posted by Clayton J on 12/05/2018 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Frank Scott Jr. elected mayor of Little Rock, topping Baker Kurrus in runoff

I am sure Mayor elect Scott is well aware of the disdain most of LR have for the gulch project. Yet as a past member of the commission he is also burdened with the knowledge of how the AR Highway Dept. works and how trying to stop this project would take about as much force as it would to bring an aircraft carrier to an immediate stop. And that is very unlikely to happen, with or without his protest (and Mr. Sabin and Kurrus knew that too).

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Posted by Clayton J on 12/05/2018 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Frank Scott Jr. elected mayor of Little Rock, topping Baker Kurrus in runoff

And be able to admit that the city manager/at-large form of government is CLEARLY not working and MUST be changed (not just leave it up to whatever the public forum wants).

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Posted by Clayton J on 12/05/2018 at 7:36 AM

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