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Re: “I-30 widening document ready for review next week

You wanna talk about negative impacts on neighborhoods? Anything other than 30 Crossing as proposed -- probably even the "no build" option required in every environmental study -- would have a negative impact on the Hanger Hill neighborhood east of I-30. I believe ARDOT has backed off on its original plan to close the 15th Street exit on I-630, but NOT providing adequate capacity on I-30 will force even MORE traffic into Hanger Hill than there is now. And one of the alternatives proposed by "boulevard" backers would actually reroute I-30 thru Hanger Hill and almost completely destroy it!

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Posted by RBBrittain on 06/07/2018 at 12:24 PM

Re: “I-30 widening document ready for review next week

Correct the last paragraph: "Meanwhile, organizations like the Arkansas Times continue to attack necessary freeway construction based on nebulous 'Field of Dreams'-derived theories about the causes of congestion -- it's being built BECAUSE they came, NOT the other way around -- and the NIMBY wishes of downtown promoters."

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Posted by RBBrittain on 06/07/2018 at 12:19 PM

Re: “UCA hires Jeremy Gillam as lobbyist

Arkansas Constitution, Article 5, Section 10: "No Senator or Representative shall, during the term for which he shall have been elected, be appointed or elected to any civil office under this State." I'm almost certain his accepting this job prior to the end of his term in January is unconstitutional in spite of his resignation.

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Posted by RBBrittain on 06/06/2018 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Jan Morgan offers gun giveaway for campaign cash (UPDATES)

Amendment 84 is an exception to the original Constitution's anti-lottery clause, which was rewritten by Amendment 87 to add the state lottery as another exception. ANY contest where you MUST pay to enter AND the winner is chosen randomly, such as this, is an illegal lottery unless it's authorized bingo, raffles, or the state lottery. (The typical sweepstakes has a "no purchase necessary" entry method for that very reason. Oaklawn & Southland's original businesses are OK because the winners are decided by the races; "electronic games of skill" stretch credulity, but are deemed by law to have an element of skill and not pure chance.)

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Posted by RBBrittain on 04/30/2018 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Judge blocks Voter ID law with primaries set for next month

Razorblade, they will just go back to the forms they used last time. You're only supporting the state's attempted but failed "hurry-up offense" motions claiming the judge had to decide before the first military & overseas ballots were mailed out, which only delayed the ruling and cost taxpayers money by forcing the judge to hire a lawyer to defend herself before the Supreme Court.

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Posted by RBBrittain on 04/26/2018 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Residency disputes in House races: GOP seeks to remove Morgan Wiles from ballot, Democrats seek to remove Rep. Marcus Richmond

If you read carefully, it seems BOTH sides are trying to argue that only an owned home can be a "residence". That implies land ownership as a qualification to vote or hold office. Are we seeing more voter suppression schemes besides just voter ID & gerrymandering, and from the left as well as the right?

Posted by RBBrittain on 04/21/2018 at 1:36 PM

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

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