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Re: “Origins of Little Rock's city manager plan

On the origins of right to work in Arkansas, see https://www.lawcha.org/2017/01/12/origins-…

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Posted by Pierce on 03/06/2019 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Tom Cotton catches flak for socialism crack

Give Tom Cotton a break. He is a man of principle. He believes that federal spending should only go to help the well off and rich, like those in Belle Vista who tried to run their community on the cheap and now need $40 million from Washington to avert disaster.

23 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Pierce on 02/10/2019 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Charter schools and the damage to real public schools

Up in Fayetteville, the threat of charter schools has forced the school board to devote more resources to the children of the upper middle-class and to take away resources from programs that serve at risk students. Just last month, the school board decided that the best way to spend almost $1 million was to build a student parking lot to cater to those kids who are too good to ride buses and are wealthy enough to have cars. The school's fear losing this demographic to charters is driving policy.

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Posted by Pierce on 02/09/2019 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Universities rethinking ties to Saudi Arabia, but all quiet in Arkansas

In the 1992 presidential election, the Saudis got behind the reelection campaign of George H. W. Bush. When Clinton won the election, the Saudis tried to get on his good side by, among other things, endowing a Middle East Studies Program at his home state's flagship institution. This endowment is just that--an endowment that provides program support. The Saudis have no say in how the endowment interest is spent. I would urge everyone to take a look at the programming and faculty at UA Middle East program before casting them as Saudi tools.

Plainjim, putting quotation marks around scholars to describe the faculty is just plain reckless and anti-intellectual. Take the time to look at their profiles on line before disparaging them. It is really easy to do if you aspire to more than cheap shots--https://fulbright.uark.edu/area-studies/mi… BTW: I am more than happy to take your bet--what are the stakes? Put your money out there.

Posted by Pierce on 11/01/2018 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Supreme Court denies casino amendment challenges; reverses voter ID decision

Jim Youngdahl who wrote the constitutional amendment abolishing the poll tax and creating the registration system is now rolling over in his grave. He took precautions to ensure that conservatives could not rollback voting rights but could never have imagined that the Supreme Court would ignore the plain words of the text.

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Posted by Pierce on 10/11/2018 at 10:41 AM

Re: “A question for French Hill

French Hill and his friends like to invoke Nancy Pelosi in their battle with Clarke Tucker, but the question that I have is "Will French Hill support Kevin McCarthy for Speaker if Hill wins and the GOP keeps control of the House?" McCarthy was caught on tape saying, "There's two people that I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump" and then agreed to cover up the issue for partisan reasons (WaPo 5/17/17). I am not the biggest fan of Pelosi but what has she done that even comes close to such unpatriotic and corrupt behavior?

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Posted by Pierce on 08/20/2018 at 8:26 AM

Re: “The college-going rate in Arkansas is declining. Anyone who says otherwise needs remedial math.

I am sure that the causes of this dip are many, but the increasing disparagement of the state's universities that we are hearing from conservatives has to be near the top of the list. They talk like the professors and administrators at these universities are threats to the state's citizens. Look at what happened when Arkansas Tech tried to spread a little health information or at the debate concerning guns on campuses. This constant denigration of higher education--both an expression of legislators' personal anxieties and part of an effort to lower spending to allow tax cuts for the wealthy--is taking its toll. Anti-intellectualism has never served the state well.

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Posted by Pierce on 07/27/2018 at 11:09 AM

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