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Re: “The line is open. Kill no mockingbirds.

No one can feel good about Pryor's chances on Tuesday. Polls in the last few days show a significant enough deficits, I cannot see his overcoming them, even with large GOTV success (which I doubt). Feedback I received on Hutchison's visit at today's UAPB game in PB was he was well received, and I'd have to think it also bodes well for Cotton among the minority constituency (he won't receive 50% of the vote, but even something like 10 to 15% of the vote will be devastating). Tori Hunter's endorsement of Hutchinson, like it or not, hurt Ross and will have carryover for other Republicans. I've heard other African-American leaders (mostly pastors) have endorsed Hutchinson, Cotton, and other Republicans. Again, even if only a small percentage of this constituency chance sides, it's not good for Democrats.

With the poll deficits (I've seen as high as 7.0% for Pryor and 7.6% for Ross with the lowest of 2-3% for both), Tuesday's outcome looks to be a foregone conclusion in these two race (by far, the most important in my opinion). Over the years, when my candidate was down 2-3% on the last weekend of a campaign, I've often convinced myself the deficits were manageable. I'd convince myself the polls were wrong or the GOTV would fix the problem. I cant think of one race where that happened. My gal or guy always lost. The hay is in the barn pretty much on the last weekend of a campaign. And with Cotton and Hutchinson with 7.0%+ advantages the last weekend, I cannot see how Pryor or Ross win. In fact, I called the two times with friends after spending an hour with today's latest polls. Certainly, I could be wrong, but I don't see it.

All that said...I'm moving on to the Boozman re-election in 2016. He's a backbencher, and I just hate having out-of-the-loop Senators and Congressmen who usually are told how to vote rather than having autonomy (sorry, Pryor is one, too). I think Boozman is beatable largely because I don't think he's a good politician. Therefore, I have two questions for the group: 1) Who do you think aspires to run against him on the Democrat side? 2) Who do you think is the best candidate?

I expect maybe a couple Democrats to win the non-Governor constitutional offices (Burkhalter and Steel), and maybe they'll run for Governor. I'm of the opinion the Senate job is much more important than Governor, so I'm not as concerned. But, if you want to proffer a name or two there, go ahead.

For the record, I expect the four Congressional seats for Arkansas to go Republican. If you have thoughts on 2016 Democrat candidates for those seats, suggest away.

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Posted by LifeIsGreat on 11/01/2014 at 10:41 PM

Re: “LR City Board likely to defer Uber ordinance

I travel a 2-3 times around the USA and Canada. My experience has been that generally wherever I go, the cab itself is usually fairly clean and in working order. And the ability to use a credit card is key. The five biggest problem I have with cabs are all driver-related though. Three quarters of the time, I have the following issues (in descending order by frequency): 1) the driver's language skills make it difficult to communicate, (2) the driver has body odor, 3) the driver talks too much, 4) the driver expresses unhappiness with my pulling out a credit card, or 5) the driver has the window down or keeps the cab too hot or cold. Occasionally, I'll the driver will take a circuitous route which adds to the fare. It's not very often I end up with a cab driver that's a good one.

I understand it's a crap job, so I rarely make a fuss about it, and I always tip 20%.

I always thought it would be great if I knew if I were going to get a good driver. Of course, cab companies would never create a mechanism for their customers to provide feedback for potential customers or for customers to have the ability to check their drivers out.

Uber, Lyft and the other apps provide their customers the ability to limit their drivers to those with good reputations. Who wouldn't love that other than the cab companies who simply want warm bodies behind the wheels! Uber, Lyft, and the others provide service in a lot of locations where cabs aren't plentiful (See Fayetteville). They provide their customers an easy modern way to arrange transportation, and they save passengers money. There are, no doubt, other benefits.

Municipalities trying to suppress these modern, customer-friendly companies are solely trying to protect cab companies. Nothing else. And it certainly isn't about safety and insurance.

Municipalities should turn this around on the cab companies and tell them to modernize or else. I doubt, however, Yellow Cab in NYC, Montreal, Chicago or anywhere else has any intention to do so. No, their owners will transfer (in various ways) money to politicians to entice their protection.

Uber and the like aren't perfect (i.e. supposed inadequate remuneration to drivers, potentionally insufficient insurance in some locations, lots of drivers using Prius's, etc.). But, their owners are trying to be innovative in the provision of passenger transportation service. Apart from making credit card payment possible, one would be hard pressed to name a fairly recent taxi industry innovation.

Governments should be working to figure out how to get these new companies providing service in their municipalities like background checks, insurance requirements, and environmentally safe car requirements. And sure, some protection of "stinky driver" cab companies may be warranted.

I'd love for my company to get governmental protection the way cab companies do. It's just a shame these new, innovative companies getting nothing but the stiff arm from governments when they try to come in to a market to provide a new and needed service.

I now have a policy with friends where they cannot longer provide me gas money when I take them somewhere. I'd hate to get a ticket. But, then again, it would be fun fighting it!

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Posted by LifeIsGreat on 11/01/2014 at 9:54 PM

 

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