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Re: “Update: Senate approves tougher ethics rules for members

Of course these gutless wonders passed it. One of their gods, Hendren, dictated they pass it. And, the only one who stood up and told the truth said the changes were just cosmetic. These crooks think they have a bunch of idiots for constituents. Well, it wasn't us who got caught with out pants down now was it. It was the governor's nephew, among others. Their disdain for the people of Arkansas is disgusting. There will be people who are so entrenched in their silly party affiliation that they will vote for these guys again, even if they are robbing them blind. But, there will be lots of us who won't. Personally, I work too hard for to pay my taxes to have these phonies steal it. Get real. We have the same bunch making the new rules that either broke the last ones, or sat silentily while their fellow legislators stole us blind. We need new rules made by new people. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Our legislature is clearly an insane asylum!

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Posted by JulieM69 on 06/19/2018 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Issue 1: An opponent issues a challenge

Tried to post this the other day but it was taken down. Mike Morton, of Muldrow, OK is the one involved in the Maggio mess. Here on the western border of AR, we know these types. Eastern OK was lawless Indian Territory. The outlaws ran right across the border and many of their descendants still live there. You can hire arsonists and murderers for very little there, still. Morton has tried to appear legitimate by buying himself a big building in downtown Ft. Smith and plastering his name on it in gaudy, gold letters. But, he is still from Muldrow and that way of life, including crooked law enforcement, bribes and other crimes is all he knows. Morton, who is a big honcho in the nursing home lobby is behind this issue. He and his fellow Okie, Bob Ballinger, who has only lived in AR a few years, want our legislature to be even more in their back pockets than they already are. The nursing homes want to take huge amounts of money to care for your most vulnerable loved ones without any accountability. This issue was co-sponsored by that icon of virtue, Jake Files, and his buddy Ballinger, who took the maximum contribution from the nursing home lobby. That is what this issue is about, not lawyers. Its going to be a little hard for Garner and all the other guys in the back pockets of the nursing home lobby to both brag about low unemployment and a thriving economy, while also trying to convince us that business is being thwarted by attorney's awards. They think we are all as stupid as those who buy everything they say hook, line and sinker. Well, Mr. Garner, we ain't all that dumb. We see through this charade. It should strike fear in all our hearts that Okies like Morton and Ballinger are trying to control our courts. It certainly scares the hell out of me!

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Posted by JulieM69 on 06/18/2018 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Chief justice urges defeat of Issue 1

This is purely and simply the nursing home lobby's baby. Michael Morton, from Muldrow, OK is one of the head honchos of that lobby. Remember him? He's the one apparently tied to the bribery scheme that landed Judge Mike Maggio in prison. His lobby owns Bob Ballinger lock,stock and barrel. Right after Ballinger accepted the maximum campaign contribution from Morton, et al, he introduced a bill to protect nursing homes from jury trials. Morton didn't pour quite enough money on that one and it failed in committee. Now, we have one proposed by the nursing home lobby and sponsored by Ballinger and that other icon of virtue, Jake Files. Morton and his sleazy group would love to dictate the Arkansas courts' rules. Then, they could treat your vulnerable loved ones any way they chose and get away with it. People in my part of the state, along the OK border, know these Okie ploys too well. Lots of these people are the direct descendants of the outlaws that ran to Indian Territory and they are still there. Its a common joke in Western Arkansas. The thoughts of someone from Eastern Oklahoma like Mike Morton and his patsy, Bob Ballinger, also an Okie, being in charge of our courts should send chills up our spines. It certainly does mine.

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Posted by JulieM69 on 06/15/2018 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Senate rolls out ethics ideas

Oh, we did have ethics rules revisions a few years ago. They were drawn by now convicted felon Jon Woods. And, now, we have the relatives and co-harts of the current crooks drawing up new ones. Sen. Jim Hendren is leading the charge. He is the nephew of the governor who allowed this corruption to proliferate under his watch, and the cousin of Jeremy Hutchinson, who has been implicated in stealing $500,000.00 from us. And yet, they expect us to believe they care about ethics. Here you go foxes, here are the keys to the henhouse. Only problem is, you've already picked us chickens clean, to the tune of millions. We need a fresh start and we are not going to get it with the same bunch of crooks we have now, especially those who are related. Don't play us for stupid. Clearly, we send the stupidest among us to Little Rock. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. We the people need a new result and the only way to get that is to VOTE THEM OUT, VOTE THEM OUT!!

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Posted by JulieM69 on 06/14/2018 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Another call for a Hutchinson resignation; Democrat seeks more from governor on ethics

Well, who's in bed with whom is really getting difficult to discern. Linda Collins-Smith, of what bathroom we use fame, is now excoriating the governor's nephew. Who would have thunk it? Bryan King, though very conservative, at least tried to get the crooks exposed, but was shut down in committees chaired by Bob Ballinger. And, we are supposed to believe that 99% of these guys are honest. Really? Then why did 100% of them not speak up? This is a small group of 135 who live in dormitories on the capital grounds. They know everything about each other but none of them said anything. I say all of them are complicit either by their participation or their silence. The Hutchinson/Hendren family has a long history of questionable activities. Tim, the Baptist preacher fornicator who had to resign; his nephew, Jim Hendren who apparently adopted Uncle Tim's bad habits; Jeremy, Tim's son, not indicted but implicated in the biggest scam of our lifetimes, and the governor's poor son who can't stay sober. And, none of them noticed any of this. Or, like so many who blind themselves and compartmentalize their morality, they think this behavior is justified. I belong to no party and think both of them are antiquated and counterproductive. We had better climb out of our little boxes of asses and elephants and open our eyes. It is up to us the voters to clean up the cesspool that is our legislature by voting the current turds out. So, I say, we get rid of all the spineless twits in our legislature who care nothing for we the people and are only interested in self-promotion and enrichment. VOTE THEM OUT, VOTE THEM OUT!!

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Posted by JulieM69 on 06/12/2018 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Lobbyist's plea deal says GIF funds were steered to Teach for America by senator accused of taking bribes

Come on guys, if Henderson is connected to Cranford, you can't defend him any more than you can Hutchinson. Party has nothing to do with this. This is color blind, party neutral corruption and it all needs to stop. As a long time Independent, I am really tired of the extremes of both ends never admitting wrongdoing. Wrong is wrong, no matter the flavor. The really sad thing here is that we won't have a choice for governor who has not been connected to Cranford. Who is his boss I want to know? Did he really plan all of this by himself? His tentacles are everywhere. Has to be more to that story. Or, maybe paranoia is setting in. If so, its justifiable at this point. This putrid corruption is exposed daily. My friend says the feds will have to rent a tent if they are going to stay here long enough to clean up our state house. "Tent for rent; No charge to feds cleaning up Arkansas garbage".

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Posted by JulieM69 on 06/09/2018 at 9:02 AM

Re: “The bribery scandal and the silence of the Hutchinson administration

No Max, the governor is mute on all of this. This corruption went on under his watch and he says nothing. He didn't notice that his nephew went to the World Series on Cranford's dime? He didn't notice that his nephew was Cranford's divorce attorney? He had nothing to do with Jeremy suddenly deciding not to run again after his client, Cranford, was charged with murder-for-hire? How stupid does the governor think we are? I hear that many in the legislature had suspected Jeremy was dirty for years, but not his uncle? He is depending on those voters who pledge allegiance to their party to such a degree that anything the candidate does is ignored. The governor supported people in this past primary he knew had connections to shady deals, like Bob Ballinger and Ecclesia. But, that's OK because Asa wanted sycophant Ballinger in office to do whatever he was instructed. And, the party lemmings went along because all they care about is self-promotion. The people matter nothing to these types. Its all about their silly politcal club. Until we begin to put our nation and out state above our personal ambitions and prejudices, nothing is going to change. The feds say they will continue this investigation until everyone involved in public corruption is caught. I certainly hope so, since I am sure there are many more grifters in our legislature. So, Asa, you can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time. Your plastic smile and trivial platitudes just won't cut it any more. Let the purge of the pig sty that is our legislature continue!

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Posted by JulieM69 on 06/08/2018 at 10:35 AM

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