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Re: “The Chamber's anti-gas-tax pitch

Max- It is very odd that Nelson and his group (who are not a one man operation as you suggested. He is backed by the AR municipal League, and many Mayors and other officials throughout the state.) did not list a single county inside the Shale play from the 15 required counties, that must contain a certain amount from each of the 15 counties; to qualify for the ballot. If Nelson's accusations against the industry on our state were true, wouldn't he have been able to receive an overwhelming amount of petition signatures from these areas. However, since not a single county in the shale play was listed, isn't it obvious that his accusations are false, and the industry is obviously repairing roads and contributing to these areas. Faulkner county was listed, I must note, but I believe it borders the shale area (please correct me if I'm wrong here) and is not directly outlined in the area. I do find this hard to believe however, as most officials and economic development groups in Conway are on the opposing side of Nelson's proposal. I've heard there may be a county that is short of the required signatures, and I would assume that it would be here. On another note, I look forward to hearing you present two sides to a story one day. Your personal opinionated journalism is very unprofessional, and misleading to the citizens of Arkansas. Everyone should be entitled to their own opinion, but shouldn't journalist present facts based on statistics, data, and personal testimonies, and not just the author of the articles personal opinion. Come on man, give us both sides to a story.

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Posted by Lance on 07/11/2012 at 12:27 PM

Re: “The Tuesday line

And I'm a democrat who would usually sway the other direction on agendas like these. However, I have seen the facts, and take the anti-tax side of this proposal due to the economic crisis it would cause our state to have.

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Posted by Lance on 06/21/2012 at 10:49 AM

Re: “The Tuesday line

The statistics are everywhere Verla- in the paper for one. The new economic study done at the UofA by economist who have no agenda for either group. The Perryman study as well. you could argue his study is paid for by the gas companies, but the recent UofA study was done with no agenda at hand. What stats are you getting, or are you only reading Max's blogs.

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Posted by Lance on 06/21/2012 at 10:45 AM

Re: “The Tuesday line

Verla- My real problem is that a severance tax is a step in thousands of Arkansans loosing their jobs. This is backed up by statistical data, when the tax proponents have no data studies or evidence at all of any of their reported findings. Simple as that. It is not a step in the right direction, and it won't even make the ballot apparently, so my direction is the right direction.

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Posted by Lance on 06/21/2012 at 10:06 AM

Re: “The Tuesday line

Regarding the gas tax: of course Nelson says it's not one of his people. Unfortunately, as Mr. Hargraves noted, " there have been numerous instances of this happening, backed up by evidence. This is obviously another Nelson lie. If this happened once, you would think that his campaign team would not be letting anyone outsied of their known team members take petitions out of their headquarters. Fact: AJAE backs up all of their statements and findings with visual or statistical evidence. FICTION: Anything the proponents of the gas tax increase state. They have no evidence or statistical data. Only the word of Mr. Nelson, and Max Brantley's horrible journalism. His blogs illustrate that he believes anything out of Sheffields mouth, and that is all he needs to inform readers as a source. This has been going on for months now, and it is VERY clear that the anti-tax group has actual statistics, evidence and data regarding their comments and views. The pro-tax group just says: "Mr. Nelson said so, so it must be true". I would expect a professional in journalism to illustrate these facts, but that is not Max's way.

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Posted by Lance on 06/20/2012 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Wanted: Video of canvassing thugs

Max you are ridiculous. Your articles no longer give both sides of any story. Every blog you write is intended to harass the Markham Group and make them look bad. If you even have the slightest thought that the MG MIGHT be involved in a campaign, you automatically take the other sides issue. Regarding the severance tax: you have repeatedly illustrated misleading info about Mr. Zook, and Arkansans for Jobs and affordable energy. Their group has showed multiple studies, data, and visual evidence against all claims that the proponents of the gas tax and Mr. Nelson say are happening. Nelson's group has shown no evidence, and you blog as if his word is all you need. Where is the evidence? Where is your professionalism? Your views are one-sided and intended to hurt a group who you have a personal vendetta against. You write nothing anymore that illustrates your opinion is what best for our state. I have followed your blogs for over a year, thinking that you would finally drop your personal hatred for the MG, and start writing articles that show evidence of what is best for our state. However, you have not and you are clearly on the wrong side, as every measure your against, ends up on the winning ballot. You should be ashamed of your journalistic professionalism over the last year, and I hope that most Arkansans will realize your stupidity, which I believe they have, or the issues you support would be gaining momentum or passing in elections.

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Posted by Lance on 06/19/2012 at 2:33 PM


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