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Re: “Fast facts about Issue No. 1 and its current status

Here's the whole text. It's pretty simple. They put a cap on the value of your abused loved one's life Secs. 1& 2, and, the crooked legislature takes over our courts, Sec. 3. https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/elections/Issue_1_for_Website.pdf
I feel certain, at the behest of the nursing home lobby, doctors and big business, they will count on the people not understanding this. Some won't, but lots will. Spread the word. This is just big business telling the little guy when and for how much he can sue them, when they kill Grandma. Then, if they choose, they will tell you how to settle her estate.

Posted by JulieM on 09/24/2018 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Special master finds term limits signatures insufficient

I see, so the Chamber of Thieves is going to rob us of the opportunity to get rid of the crooks in our legislature via term limits. That is, if the AR Supreme Court goes along with those who would deprive us of our right to vote on the issue. I can tell all involved, with the corruption we see on a weekly basis, if you deny we the people the right to vote on this issue, it will not be forgotten. Just to remind the justices, you are elected too. If you deny us this right, you will appear to have caved in, once again, to big business interests rather than protecting the people of Arkansas. In this toxic environment, I don't think I would want to be in the justices' shoes if they do that. This is just another attempt to prevent citizen-initiated proposals. After all, we are only the people who pay all the legislators and judges salaries, what do we matter? And, we surely aren't intelligent enough to understand the machinations of our corrupt legislature, so why should we be given a voice? I say, let's show them why. We can vote all the corrupt legislators out, and the justices as well. It appears they are all in bed together anyway and their offspring are corruption and cronyism. Time for the voters of Arkansas to flex our muscles. VOTE THEM OUT, VOTE THEM OUT!!

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Posted by JulieM on 09/24/2018 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Fast facts about Issue No. 1 and its current status

Issue 1 is the baby of nursing home owner Mike Morton, of former judge now jailbird, Maggio fame, foisted on the people of Arkansas by his puppet, Bob Ballinger and his fellow crooks in our legislature. Doctors are behind it because they want to be protected from their mistakes by preventing their patients from even being able to sue, once the crooked legislature takes over our courts. Big business and their representatives at the Chamber of Thieves, back it for the same reasons. This has nothing to do with "tort reform". That is just the pretty packaging for a bomb big business is planting in our state. If they are successful, not only will the crooks in our legislature be able to put a price on your elderly loved one's life, they will be able to interject themselves into any court proceeding they choose. Do you want Ballinger, et al, deciding the fate of your estate? If the AR Supreme Court, and the judges beholding to these same businesses, don't have the guts to do what is right, not only for we the people, but for their own authority, then we voters must make sure everyone understands how onerous this takeover attempt is. Not only do we need to vote this down, we need to rid our legislature of these people who are so obviously on the take to big business.

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Posted by JulieM on 09/24/2018 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Joe Jett opponent jumps on news of legislator's loan to benefactor

And, after accepting the "loan" and appointing Jett to the position he coveted, Gillam "forgot" to disclose the loan. The wording regarding reporting such loans is plain. But, somehow, Gillam, who now lobbies for UCA, couldn't read and understand it. As a small business owner for 40+ years, I can tell you, when you have to go to individuals rather than a bank for a loan, your business is in real trouble. Perhaps Gillam couldn't get a loan due to tax liens against his business. Maybe he took an idea from Mickey Gates' playbook. Don't pay your taxes because you think you are so special you don't have to. Gates is now suffering the consequences. One problem I see in our legislature is the number of broke people involved in all the illegal schemes. Hutchinson, Woods, Shelton, Paris were all broke. Gillam was broke. Ballinger and Lamoureux didn't make it as attorneys. Crooks are drawn to financially strapped people because they know they are easy targets. Yes, our legislators are part-time, but they make a full time, median income wage for our state. I contend that it is not successful people who run for these positions out of a sense of public service, it is people who are so broke they need the money. Perhaps, a steep cut in pay for our part-time legislators is needed. Pay them minimum wage, like most part-time workers receive. Then, maybe, we might get candidates who actually give a damn about we the people. Not people like Woods, who clearly stated his goal, while in office, was to get out of debt!

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Posted by JulieM on 09/24/2018 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Voter ID law before the Arkansas Supreme Court

Thanks, Razor, but I have all that. I did my research, with very little help from any state or county government agency. My question is, why burden people who have voted legitimately for their entire lives because of the unfounded paranoia of a few people? If you think there's a boogey-man behind every bush who is trying to overtake our country via voting, there are meds to help that problem.

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Posted by JulieM on 09/21/2018 at 6:47 AM

Re: “Voter ID law before the Arkansas Supreme Court

So, here's my personal story. My mother, who is white and 87, no longer drives. So, she has no current photo ID. Starting with the primary, I began asking my county clerk, as dictated by the Secretary of State's office, to provide all the paperwork and clarify the ID needed for my mother to vote absentee, since she cannot stand in a long line. The county clerk's office was not sure, since the law was being appealed. Now, with the November election looming, I have obtained the current requirements, subject to the above appeal. Luckily, now, we have what is required, unless it changes before the election. However, next year, I will have to take my disabled mother to the DMV and get a generic photo ID. My mother has voted in every election in my lifetime. And, now, when it is most difficult for her, she has to go through this because someone has a wild hair that people who shouldn't are voting. There has been no credible evidence of widespread voter fraud in any state that has undertaken to investigate the issue. This thinly veiled prejudice is not working out like the bigots who authored in envisioned, at least in my case. And, I suspect, in many other disabled and elderly people's cases. I wonder if the Arkansas legislators who passed this have noticed the color of the hair of many of the people who vote? It's gray. So, no matter the color of the skin, you are cutting off your nose to spite your face. For God's sake, I am far more worried about the crooks in our legislature who sponsored this bill and how much they have stolen from us than I am the non-existent boogey-men who they think are voting. Just another way to try to deflect our attention away from their crimes. VOTE THEM OUT, VOTE THEM OUT!

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Posted by JulieM on 09/20/2018 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Supreme Court sheds some light on dark political money

Wow, Max, this is big. We have Roberts to thank for allowing unlimited contributions by corporate interests, and, with his ruling, continuing to protect the identity of the donors. To have the full court reject his ruling shows that Roberts is out of step on this issue. What I wonder is, how well spent is this dark money? Personally, I mute most political ads on TV, as do a majority of folks, I think. But, I especially ignore the ones that are so blatantly skewed or just outright false. I would be interested to know how much actual effect they are having on people's decisions. I think it is probably less than the underhanded groups who formulate these smear campaigns think. Right now, in our state, I am sick of all back room, back-slapping, good-ole-boy network schemes. I say, show your colors and we the people will decide whether you are credible or not.

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Posted by JulieM on 09/19/2018 at 3:09 PM

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