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Re: “What happened to the Little Rock Film Festival?

"The festival is healthier than it's ever been in terms of staff and funding," Brent Renaud said. "We've probably increased sponsorship every year, increased the number of films every year — and we would have done the exact same thing this year. There's nothing that happened, we have no debt, we don't have any major issues."

Asked whether or not the two had considered hiring a new staff person or pursued institutional backing to take over these responsibilities, Brent said, "That requires us raising all the funds to pay that particular person. It's just not something we could do."

Do those two quotes seem at odds to anyone else? Maybe it's not something that they WANTED to do, but it certainly sounds like that's something that they COULD do.

Regardless, this sounds like a lot of the blame belongs to CALS, but there's also some blame for not structuring a non-profit in a way that it could be managed effectively and raise funds with a community filled voting board. That's how you raise money--not by taking your ball and going home because it's hard work running a non-profit film festival.

This is a huge blow to the community and two people are shutting it down because they can't handle it and refuse to hand the reins to someone who can. The Renauds are control freaks and this is a "founderitis" case study for anyone who plans to successfully build a non-profit. It's not rocket science. It's event planning. In the first year the Bentonville Film Festival launched into the top tier of film festivals. Little Rock was never there. They were on track at one point, but to grow any longer would require vision and hard work, even more than additional funds. It's sad. If they cared about their community they would have been willing to loosen their grip on the festival instead of choking it to death.

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Posted by Hooookay on 10/02/2015 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Arkansas Ethics Commission to probe Leslie Rutledge's ad coordination. It's big.

PS: Oh, I guess the 14 months as Lonoke County Prosecutor and her short tenure at DHS (where she mishandled at least 3 cases according to e-mails from her supervisor gathered from a limited release of information) make up the sum of her courtroom experience.

My little sister's friend who passed the bar a couple of years ago and has been practicing since has a better resume and experience than Leslie. Maybe she should run!

I guess when firms won't hire you, running for elected office is the best bet. Bonus: the term means that, if elected, this would be one of the longest-held positions in Leslie's career!

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Posted by JAE on 10/27/2014 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Arkansas Ethics Commission to probe Leslie Rutledge's ad coordination. It's big.

@LF I appreciate you shilling for the campaign (I wonder what your connection is), but the level of cognitive dissonance you're displaying is astounding.

9 jobs in 13 years is terrible. Anyone with hiring experience can tell you that it's a HUGE red flag. It's certainly not a plus, as you seem to be suggesting.

Yes, alleged voter fraud is just an allegation. On its own it's probably meaningless. When compounded with everything else, it all adds up. She wants to run for elected office but can't even manage her own voter registration--that certainly speaks volumes.

When the Ethics committee probes coordination between a candidate and a PAC, that's certainly related to campaign finances despite your spinning top semantics.

Your ad hominem Clinton-bashing aside, the emails were inappropriate by any reasonable standard. I didn't bring up the racist forwards, either. Let's not forget that doozy.

PAC money is true.

If Rutledge has nothing to hide in her DHS file, why won't she release it? Again, if it was improperly adjusted after her termination, why has no one lost their job? Falsification of documents is a firing offense.

Clerking is not the legal experience we're talking about here. Is that what you're referring to? If not, would you specifically tell me what her trial experience is beyond case research?

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Posted by JAE on 10/27/2014 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Flying DD takes off

Flying DD's is out of business.

I guess I wasn't the only one.

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Posted by JAE on 10/24/2014 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Arkansas Ethics Commission to probe Leslie Rutledge's ad coordination. It's big.


9 jobs in 13 yrs - true

alleged voter fraud - true

AR Ethics committee investigation into campaign finances - true

Lewd emails - True (just FYI, when a middle-aged woman refers to her "cougar cave" in a conversation about a younger man, it's lewd by any reasonable standard in a work environment.

$2M in PAC money (Candidate B condemned this in the primary) - true

not eligible for rehire for gross misconduct and won't tell why - keeps saying it was adjusted after she left, doesn't say that it was incorrectly changed or that the person who did it was reprimanded/fired. Who cares if it was changed? Was it incorrect? If not, why won't she disclose the circumstances of her leaving?

no actual experience in courtroom or plan for position - true

no relevant endorsements - true

running on general promises and attack ads on opponent - true

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Posted by JAE on 10/24/2014 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Hot Dog Mike announces closure

Soooo, here's the thing:

Store front hot dog joints work (See Chicago's "Hot Dougs" or LA's "Pinks" for a couple of the more famous ones) but, and I can't stress this enough, ONLY IF THERE IS A REASON TO GO THERE.

I think HDM was great for Little Rock and he brought a lot of attention to what has become a thriving food truck scene, but if you're not making your own products or coming up with unique ways to serve them and actively setting yourself apart, there's no reason to exist.

When a cheesedog from the Kum N Go tastes better than what you're serving, it's no wonder the place went under. I mean, Rally's has hot dogs, y'all. At the end of the day a fedora is not enough flair to prop up glorified ballpark franks.

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Posted by JAE on 02/03/2014 at 4:30 PM


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