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Re: “Another plug for Little Rock

This lady better hope the law hasn't changed regarding her rights. I was told the legislature passed a bill this session that no longer allowed you to sue a business for failure to provide the public adequate security.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 04/07/2019 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Democracy under attack: Petition killer headed to ballot

Call your legislator and tell them to vote against this horrible bill. It takes a two thirds vote for it to pass. Which means you only have to get 34 people to vote no or take a walk. The phone number for the House is 501-682-6211 and the number for the Senate is 501-682-2902. Don't let the Chamber take away the people's rights!

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 04/03/2019 at 12:02 AM

Re: “Tenant protection bill appears dead, terminally weakened by landlord amendments

I own rental property. Unlike the Realtor's Association, of which I am not a member, I was hopeful that this bill would move forward. I suppose this means this issue will come back in two years. Not sure how many times this type of legislation has come up before, but from what is clear, there is no bill that the Realtor's Association will ever support. Looks like we will be hearing about this again next session.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 03/19/2019 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Why 'National School Lunch money' is so important to poor kids in Arkansas

Let me begin by saying that I do not agree with Senator Clark's solution to a problem.

That said, I will applaud Senator Clark for pointing out a problem, that before he filed his bill, we haven't heard anyone else talking about. If they have, they haven't been getting any coverage. Instead of giving tax cuts to the rich, maybe we should be putting that money towards pre-k as someone suggested. Bolster these kids up, not take away from them. But again, I am glad we are talking about this real problem, which needs to be addressed, instead of abortion bills, religious conscious bills, Bible monuments BS, like most other republicans are putting forth, etc. Cause whether you agree with his solution or not (I don't), this is the kind of problem our legislature should be working to fix. Not that other crap.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 02/21/2019 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Senate votes to strip local building control

I have a good friend who works over at the Capitol. He was telling me about the legislation being filed this year and he told me there are basically three types of bills that get filed:

1. Bills that are self serving by benefitting the legislator or a personal acquaintance of that legislator.
2. Bills that push a socially conservative agenda, and
3. Bills that benefit the rich, the powerful, and special interests.

In short, all the bills being filed are self serving bills that do nothing but help legislators get re-elected. None of them help the average working people of Arkansas. Very sad.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 02/07/2019 at 8:51 AM

Re: “The Arkansas swamp: Jeff Wardlaw and nursing home magnates edition

People, there is much more going on by the Nursing Home Industry and the state capitol than this little story. This is just the tip of the iceberg. When is the media going to start covering Governor Hutchinson's streamlining of state government? I promise you, this plan by the governor is more than just being about cutting waste in government. It is about protecting powerful business interests like the nursing home owners.

First, someone should ask Asa whether he or any of his family members (Asa III), have any business dealings with any nursing home owners/operators.

Second, ask the governor why longtime counsel for the office of long term care (OLTC), Frank Goebell was fired last week? Word on the street is that Carol Shockley, the head of OLTC, is next.

Third, word is that the nursing home industry basically wrote the reorg plan for the governor for DHS, OLTC, etc. Someone should ask the governor whether are not this reorganization will affect how inspections of nursing homes are conducted or how nursing homes report data to the state. I am here to tell you, Morton was telling the truth last month when he said he wasn't coming back for tort reform at the ballot. That is because he and the other nursing home owners are getting their protection by gutting the watchdog group that inspects them. If there is no data regarding how poorly they perform, who can go after them?

Fourth, why are agencies stonewalling legitimate FOIA requests on some of these issues? Where is the transparency?

I am here to tell you, this is much bigger than just Wardlaw. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 01/27/2019 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Arkansas patient illustrates dangers of medical tourism

The problem is that many employers in America have insurance policies for their employees that won't cover preventative procedures like a lap band or a balloon for weight loss. They may cover full bariatric surgery which is much more expensive than the lap band and requires the patient to be out on their back and out of work for a much longer period of time. Meanwhile, issues like diabetes, and heart related health concerns continue to be a problem because the health industrial complex would prefer people to be fat and diabetic, thus needing more diabetes and heart medications and procedures than a healthy population would. And our president is saying we need a wall for national security. A secure nation is a healthy nation. The health of the American people is much more of a pressing concern than the wall ever will be. Sorry for the rant, but we need more health care reform, not less.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 01/25/2019 at 9:20 AM

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