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Re: “A racial difference in Little Rock voting for mayor, 2nd District Congress

The total number of votes appear to come to a total not much more than the election last Nov. for the at large positions, which are city wide. I would suggest they check out the polling places for the under vote count. Given the increase in voter participation there might be rich pickings there for the run off. Those under voters just choose not to vote for candidates without a party identification. If they can be convinced to come back and vote the #s can be significant, would require a strong ground team just like Kurrus will have from the unions.

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Posted by Clayton J on 11/07/2018 at 9:50 AM

Re: “A racial difference in Little Rock voting for mayor, 2nd District Congress

"A new chief will be chosen by the city manager, who owes his job to the mayor."

Let's clarify something, the mayor only appoints the manager (also the chief, after the manager's recomendations) but whether they get in and stay in is up to a board vote. We have a manager presently and it is unlikely the board will vote to remove him.

The reason for this is simple, the manager is solely responsible for negotiating the police , fire and city employee contracts. Those contracts then must be approved by the board (like the manager and chief positions) and those same board members owe their positions to those same unions' support. Those unions provide monetary and ground support for their campaigns (who do you think those people are that stand outside the Krogers, churches, and polling places and hand out campaign materials).

Thus the old, "you scratch my back and I do likewise" positions between the union reps, board members, and city manager to maintain their control on their positions. All in spite of what the mayor or voters want.

And the FOP back Kurrus, why would you think they decided to do that after interviewing all the candidates before the election yesterday. I would reckon it is likely there was a wink and nod that he was most likely to maintain the old status quo (just like all those other board members did...especially the at large).

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Posted by Clayton J on 11/07/2018 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Predictions anyone? A couple of Arkansas races of interest

All I know is that Warwick Sabin is the most committed candidate. He informed me directly, about 2 years ago at neighborhood meetings, that he was going to run for mayor. He also confirmed his decision was independent of whether the mayor ran again or not, he was all in (this was in response to me stating the mayor would have more money than any candidate, from the deep pocket interests, than any mayoral race in the past). The others got in (except for Scott) only after the mayor declared the position open.

29 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Clayton J on 11/06/2018 at 8:04 AM

Re: “City hall campaign bookkeeping: a fix on mayor's race, more study needed on Ward 2

Take it from someone who is burdened with experience, Attorney Carpenter's stock answer to all questions concerning litigating the city is "You can't sue the city".......

I beg to differ, federal judge Baker says we can.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Clayton J on 11/05/2018 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Johnny Key touchy about criticism and silent on key issues about teachers and Little Rock

Key must be related to Stacy Hurst.

Whinny and anyone that disagrees with them defines that individual as "confrontational"!

24 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Clayton J on 11/02/2018 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Another damaging look at Little Rock police department, beginning but not ending with Josh Hastings case

Given representative Sabin's direct statement for strong external procedural consequences from this report it should be interesting in what his opponent Mr. Kurrus believes should be done considering that he is the one that the FOP is backing for mayor (in my past experience they and the fire union back the candidates that will generally agree to any position they take on any issue and give them the least resistant to their request for pay raises and neutrality on positions such as this).

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Posted by Clayton J on 11/02/2018 at 1:32 PM

Re: “School grades by the racial and poverty numbers; what Johnny Key won't talk about

The short version of the ED solution from as I have said before about LR crime and poverty and community involvement....

"A problem will never be resolved when, in fact, the participants involved refuse to admit there IS a problem"

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Clayton J on 11/02/2018 at 11:30 AM

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