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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

Re: “Supreme Court again delays ruling on Arkansas gay-parent birth certificate case

Max, it seems to me you're oversimplifying how the Supreme Court operates. At this phase, they're still deciding whether or not to even accept the appeal; it's not likely to be an actual "ruling" just yet. Even if they accept it (not certain), it will be months -- possibly up to a year, maybe more (unlikely) -- before there's a final ruling.

Posted by RBBrittain on 06/12/2017 at 5:20 PM

Re: “UT-Fayetteville? Woo.

When I was on The Hill (in the latter years of the SWC), the buzzphrase of the day was "Beat the rush, hate Texas early". My, how times have changed...

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Posted by RBBrittain on 05/01/2017 at 10:22 PM

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