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Re: “Attorney general approves form of medical marijuana initiative

This isn't the same Arkansans for Compassionate care group from the 2012 drive? The memo seems to indicate it is. What's with the new org. title cited here?

Posted by jbwoodmansee on 08/07/2013 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Monday night: The millionaire line

PLEASE explain to me how in the hell Will Bond could be viewed as having "good political instincts," sir. Seriously...in what conceivable way? He's presiding over one of the darkest periods for the party in generations, despite the groundswell of support the party has seen nationally. The previous party chair (the block-headed fella that looked like "American Dad") was ran out of dodge despite being immeasurably more effective during his tenure there, no? At least we were actively recruiting worthy candidates for and had actual strategies for success prior to campaign season.

There are some very capable within the state party -- we just need to see a flushing of some of the old guard more worried about self-preservation and more of these folks assuming the top leadership positions. Personally, I can't wait until Mike Beebe's reign of personal glorification is over so we can hit the reset button on this thing.

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Posted by jbwoodmansee on 02/05/2013 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Beebe forms unholy alliance with Jason Rapert

I've said it many times, but it's worth repeating again today -- Mike Beebe's overall popularity completely belies the apathy of so many active Democrats in this state. Half of us actually want to show how proud we are of our party in a time of so much progress on so many of the important issues we've long been fighting for nationally...while the other half is apparently content on letting our state turn into another GOP-wingnut version of Kansas as they wait on the black guy to finish out his presidency, hope for Hillary to the ticket in four years, and then decide to get serious again with effective messaging on policy debates, pushing important reforms, and fielding electable candidates that can help others down-ticket. It's been pretty insulting, at times, to be honest. Too much is at stake and the state party needs to demand more from the governor and others.

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Posted by jbwoodmansee on 01/29/2013 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Debate special

Non-partisan hat on? My guy fell into most of the pitfalls that incumbents always try to avoid, clearly rattled early on about how Mittens totally changed the way his m.o. when he came to talking about taxes and how he defends against the standard (and factual, from his proposed policies) "cutting taxes on the rich" attack. His newly discovered "man o' the middle class" was a stark departure from the "don't attack success" line usedthe past a year and half, right? Unbelievable.

Gekko was actually so uber-confident that he came off as very bullying early on, but he did manage to temper it. The president's negative body language and reactions weren't quite as drastic as what we saw with Bush in '04 in the first one v. Kerry, but there were a lot of similarities. He was stuck on talking points quite a bit and I have to say I was completely shocked that he didn't hit harder on Romneycare. For months we've waited for the moment where he would school him on his signature issue and achievement -- not to mention its nearly identical implementation under Gov. Romney in Massachusetts -- and he just didn't deliver like we all expected.

I can't deny we had an off night here. Uncharacteristic for the usually eloquent and energized president, but not uncharacteristic for other incumbents in that first debate.

Fortunately, the facts are still are our side and Round 2 comes soon.

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Posted by jbwoodmansee on 10/03/2012 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Following the corporate money; some improvement, but then there's ALEC

Readers interested in this topic should catch Bill Moyers' program on PBS this weekend: "The United States of ALEC"

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Posted by jbwoodmansee on 09/27/2012 at 11:01 AM

Re: “'Moocher' states, including Arkansas, back Romney

Who knew that today's Koch-brand Republicans could push the party so far off the right-wing reservation that they could actually make Bush policies seem (GULP) moderate? They all do remember their side supported policies like the earned income and child tax credits just a few years ago, right? Taking the standard "next-in-line" approach to picking presidential nominees definitely wasn't the smart play for their party -- let alone the "Irresponsible 47%" and the rest o' America.

I wonder if that Gary Johnson is seeing an uptick in traffic today? ;)

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Posted by jbwoodmansee on 09/18/2012 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Legislators debate religion in publicly financed pre-school

Nothing wrong with loving Jesus. Believe it or not, some of us "elitist liberals" still do. PLENTY wrong with this "anti-government" hypocrite blatantly violating the Constitution as he spews *his* version of morality to poor kids -- to the tune of a yearly $900k of our tax dime. So, on that note . . .
God bless you, Matt Campbell, and your letter to D.C. that got the ball rolling. I'm sure Harris will always keep you in his prayers.

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Posted by jbwoodmansee on 09/18/2012 at 12:41 AM

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