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Re: “Voters favor on-premise alcohol sales in Jacksonville, Sherwood

Doigotta, you missed the top half of the count changing. The earlier vote total was 42 for, 38 against; the final count was 42 for, 43 against. The last five ballots counted from that area were all "no" votes, so the Bayou Meto area remains dry.

The whole deal with "defunct" districts is why they're dry now: In 1954 Gray Township, then most of Jacksonville, voted itself dry; after a boundary change that added Gravel Ridge (now part of Sherwood), it did so again in 1956 before being merged into Hill Township with everything north of the river. The Bayou Meto area was a precinct when it voted dry in 1984; the precinct boundaries have since changed. Though those townships & precincts no longer exist, under Arkansas' wacky wet-dry laws their dry votes still counted until recent legislation allowed the old districts to be reconstructed so they could agree to restaurant liquor sales. (Packaged beer & liquor are still banned in those areas.)

As far as needing a spacebar to see your quotes, you probably are configured in Windows for an "International" keyboard instead of the standard U.S. keyboard. With the "International" keyboard, the quote keys can be used to add accent marks to characters; for "", you tap a single quote (') and then "e". To get an actual quote mark, however, you must press the spacebar after the quote key. (Fixing this varies by Windows version.)

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Posted by RBBrittain on 11/15/2017 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Your chance to comment on higher speed limits

I think there's a bigger problem here: Act 1097 is NOT written the way it was advertised, especially for non-controlled access highways (i.e., anything other than freeways and certain near-freeways like Pine Bluff's Martha Mitchell "Expressway"). Act 1097 actually repealed the Highway Commission's authority to set speed limits on non-freeway state highways in favor of inflexible numbers set by the legislature: 30 mph in "urban districts"; elsewhere 65 mph for cars, 50 mph for trucks, and 30 mph for trucks over 64,000 pounds or with overlimit permits. While it gives cars more leeway, even Peter Miller can't possibly expect big rigs to travel THAT slow on rural highways! IMO this will likely require a special session of the legislature to fix, much like when they screwed up the marriage laws some years back.

Posted by RBBrittain on 11/11/2017 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Tennessee withdraws from DACA lawsuit as immigrants and local leaders urge Arkansas to do same

UALR (I refuse to accept the chancellor's "UA Little Rock" rebranding) doesn't have a "board of trustees" of its own; the UA (system) Board of Trustees fulfills that role. UALR does, however, have a Board of Visitors to advise the UA Board of Trustees on matters relating to UALR. The article needs to be corrected to either UA Board of Trustees or UALR Board of Visitors.

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Posted by RBBrittain on 09/02/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “When Johnny Reb comes marching to Hot Springs

The four non-seceding slave states were Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland & Delaware; West Virginia joined them after it seceded from Virginia. The two extra stars on the flag were for competing Confederate governments in Missouri & Kentucky.

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Posted by RBBrittain on 08/19/2017 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Arkansas alone has supplied voter data to Trump. What data? Mark Martin's own illustrates

Would you please verify whether or not your labeling "P" as "paper" vs. "E" as "electronic" in Mark Martin's record is correct? From my knowledge of Arkansas voting procedures, it's more likely that "P" stands for "precinct" or "in person" (i.e., at a regular precinct or voting center on Election Day) while "E" stands for "early voting". That's especially true since Martin shifted from "P" to "E" in 2010, the same year he first ran for secretary of state; more than likely he voted in person in 2008 and has early-voted since. (Washington County has historically used paper ballots on Election Day, though that could have changed when it went to voting centers.)

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Posted by RBBrittain on 07/08/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Arkansas alone has supplied voter data to Trump. What data? Mark Martin's own illustrates

Sandra Mason: Though the commission asked for SSN digits, AFAIK *no* state is willing to disclose them -- not even Kansas, whose secretary of state heads the commission. (The only ID number in Mark Martin's record is a unique ID assigned by his office to every registered voter.) As far as how you voted, the database has the dates of elections and which party's primary you voted in, but NOT your actual votes; those are kept at county level only and are guaranteed private by Arkansas Constitution, Amendments 50 & 81. Yes, Martin sent only public information; the real problem is how much of it is public and available to ANY buffoon (orange-haired or not) who wants to put it on the Internet.

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Posted by RBBrittain on 07/08/2017 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Trump's voter data haul draws increasing resistance

Razorblade, that form of the question is only slightly inaccurate; it should be which primary you want to VOTE in, and it doesn't affect your actual registration. And no, Little Rock poll workers do NOT automatically hand out Dem ballots; they've been asking the proper question far longer than many other counties. (Some of us can remember when most counties -- but not Pulaski -- DID automatically hand out Dem ballots, because the county GOP was too weak to pay for polling places in each precinct; thank goodness state-funded primaries ended that.)

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Posted by RBBrittain on 07/03/2017 at 6:49 PM

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