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Re: “And speaking of the Supreme Court: Here's a fine mess

I know some may have issues with Goodson. I have had concerns myself.

That said, there is no choice in this race. Goodson must be re-elected.

Sterling is a right wing, agenda driven individual from all accounts, who I'm told is lacking in the level of intelligence needed to rule on complex matters. He would, in my opinion, be a disaster if elected.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 09/26/2018 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Former Governor's School leader objects to change in nature, location of program

One note about the Family Council. If you look at the scoring recommendations, Ken Yang, who works for the Family Council and is on the committee that scored the applications, scored Hendrix much higher than Arkansas Tech. He is a Hendrix grad and a Governor School Alum.

Now, some could argue that his scoring in favor of Hendrix was slanted because he went there and attended AGS. Others might say he scored it high for Hendrix because the Family Council knew in advance what the outcome would be and they would try to avoid blowback by having their guy vote for Hendrix. Who knows.

I am sure there is some truth to the rumors that Jerry Cox and his group are upset that he has never been allowed to teach there. If you talk about critical thinking, would it not be wise to let all sides be heard on issues? Maybe they should have let Jerry present at AGS. Not as a teacher, but as a guess lecturer for a class. People are going to be exposed to views from all faiths and all walks of like at some point in their lives. What is the harm of giving a voice to an opposing view? Perhaps if they had, we wouldn't be having this conversation. On another note, the Family Council also has a member of their staff on the State Board of Education. We shall see how this works out.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 09/09/2018 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Why the heck are the Razorbacks playing Colorado State?

That is really not that hard a question to answer. Back then, the only tough opponent we had year in and year out in the SWC was Texas. Sometimes A&M would do something, but for the most part, the weak sisters of Rice, Tech, TCU, and the rest, never did give Coach Broyles the kind of competition he wanted to help Arkansas in the national rankings. It's a whole different game now that we are in the SEC. Two SEC teams are ranked in the top 5 as this is written. Half of the SEC is in the top 25. 4 out of 6 teams in the SEC West are in the top 25. We play in a conference like no other.

Also, teams back then wanted to play us because we were always ranked high back then. We just aren't today and we don't do anything for their programs by playing us.

And we will always have a much more difficult time getting ranked and staying there when we have to play Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, etc., etc., every year. Letting Missouri and A&M into the conference was a killer for us. Hurt us in recruiting. Now a kid from Texas doesn't have to leave the state to play in the SEC.

The question should be, "Do we belong in the SEC?" a conference where, at least regarding football, we will never ever really have a chance to compete for a championship. Anyone who thinks differently must be high. Probably why Arkansas is number one in Opioid addiction and not football.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 09/08/2018 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Is Jeremy Hutchinson a criminal? Or simply terminally sleazy?

Hutchinson, in the end, is no different than most all of the legislators that serve in this state. They believe in reaping the benefits from their position and title. If Hutchinson reported the 500K on his income taxes over the 5-6 years it was paid to him for legal services, I can't help but think he will not be found guilty of any crime (at least as far as that amount of money is concerned). Is it right that he could profit in that fashion? OF COURSE NOT! But, this is the same system that allowed Michael Lamoreux (sp) receive 10K a month for a whole year while he was the president of the Senate. Does anyone really believe either of these men would have been offered these retainers if they weren't in the Senate? Someone should check all of the attorneys in the legislature, including Ballinger, Garner, and whoever else, just to see where they are getting their money. Back to the point, it probably isn't against the law what these legislator lawyers are doing, but it should be. Someone should pass a bill that forbids lawyers from taking these big pay days from folks they never heard of until they were elected.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 06/11/2018 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Arkansas Teacher Retirement lands in middle of dispute over class action legal fees

Regarding the Faris/Hopkins connection, aren't they both from Hot Spring County and the Malvern area? Wasn't Hopkins the State Senator from that area when Faris was the State Rep? And then Faris followed Hopkins in the same Senate seat? Tie that to the Lamoureux connection and it all makes quite an interesting story of what comes out of our state Capitol.

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 06/01/2018 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Samantha's again wins the Arkansas Times Second Annual Margarita Fest

Was Local Lime in the competition? I find it hard to believe they got beat by someone if they were.

Posted by JohnQCitizen on 05/14/2018 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Ark. Supreme Court justice sues to block TV stations from airing 'defamatory' ads from dark money group


I don't know about the legal arguments, but I can't believe that someone, regardless of who the person is, whether it is Goodson or Hixson, doesn't have the right to defend themselves for defamation of character. These ads make it sound like she, and she alone pushed for a pay raise to exceed the Governor's salary. Heck, I doubt she even asked for a raise. In my opinion, it was probably someone like Womack who pushed for it. He was the one who pushed for legislative sessions every year when he was a Senator. Back to the Goodson ad, it is clearly false, just like the ad against Judge Hixson is clearly false. Didn't the Arkansas Bar's committee on these dark money ads label these ads as false? I know they did the Goodson ad.

I know from your previous posts that you are a longtime friend of Judge Hixson and I appreciate that. My main problem with him is he is almost as conservative as Sterling is. I was told and have seen some printed material that his wife is part of some anti-abortion group called Pre-Born, "Saving Souls and Babies." That bothers me. One of his supporters told me, "Well, that is his wife, not him." I know a lot of married couples and most every one of them tracks the positions of the other politically and morally.

As far as Goodson is concerned, I have several friends who are attorneys as well as family members who are attorneys and they all claim that Goodson's opinions have been fair and impartial as opinions go. You are a lawyer. All the personal trash and slander against Goodson aside, do you know of any case where her opinion was unfairly swayed in one direction or the other? And, as an attorney, you are, by your statement above, claiming that she filed this lawsuit for an improper purpose. At least that is what it sounds like to me. Are you calling this a frivolous law suit? Jim, I thought attorneys weren't supposed to make such negative comments against other attorneys and that that went double for judges. Is that not correct?

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Posted by JohnQCitizen on 05/14/2018 at 9:18 PM

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