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Re: “Circuit judge facing review for failure to pay federal income taxes

Our elected officials are supposed to set the standard for our communities. As elected officials go, Judges should be higher than the rest. I know there has been talk of appointing Supreme Court Justices, but perhaps we need to appoint all our judges, because it appears that the ones we have been electing are falling way short. Maggio; the Judge from Wynne, the Judge from Eureka, and now McAllister, to name just a few. I would say we deserve better, but then again, these are the candidates that we the people elected.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 06/13/2017 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Ethics campaigner explores race for 2nd District Congress

The Democrats look like they will have several qualified candidates running for French Hill's seat. I keep hearing several names of people considering this race. This is going to be an interesting primary season. I hope more Democrats will run for the other races like Governor and Attorney General.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 05/31/2017 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Bible and bathrooms covered in late bills.

Screen name taken is correct.

While the Bible Resolution is silly and a waste of our legislature's time and money, it has no legal effect. A resolution isn't codified in the Arkansas Code. Just cause the House supports making the Bible the state book, doesn't make it so.

The bathroom bill not only is silly and a waste of time, but probably will be challenged legally and will cost our state thousands of dollars that would be better spent on education or roads.

Very sad, the state of our state.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 03/07/2017 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Milligan aide: "Gay jokes are back on ya bunch of homos!"

Sadly, this should come as no surprise. The Third Reich came to power in much the same way, persecuting others to make themselves feel superior. Some of you may believe me to be melodramatic when I say this but believe me, we are quickly becoming a fascist state and nation.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 01/22/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Republican coup in North Carolina

We will have gone over a year one member short on our supreme court because of politics.

That is why I am very concerned about the possibility of our state moving towards an appointment system of appellate judges. At least with elections of judges, you know that the courts will always be properly staffed. I would hate to see our state go the same way as the feds, gridlocked all the time with nothing getting done. I am afraid we are headed that way.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 12/16/2016 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Rebel flag controversy leads to resignation of long-time Fort Smith athletic director

A friend of mine told me that McCutcheon is going to be president of the Bar Association? Surely this can't be true. Plainjim, can you or any of the other lawyers on the blog answer this question?

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 05/24/2016 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Circuit Judge Dan Kemp says he never asked Hinkle for money, did nothing wrong

For better or worse, blogs don't seem to rise to the same level of journalistic scrutiny as the New York Times. That said, there was nothing libelous, potentially or otherwise, regarding Cambell's blog comments. Kemp is a public figure. His record is open to inspection and questioning as is any other public official. Even if he did not ask his friend for money (which is still in question), there also is still the question of why he even heard a case involving such a close personal friend in the first place?

It is the appearance of impropriety that judges are required to avoid. Campbell raised a fair question. Has Kemp explained that aspect of Campbell's complaint? I know he has said he didn't ask his friend for money, but, again, why did he even hear his close friends case in the first place? One could argue that if he had followed the rules, he wouldn't even be in this predicament.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 02/28/2016 at 11:38 AM

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