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    Another few words from Judge Wendell Griffen growing from the controversy over the sale of Black Lives Matter T-shirts at the state black history museum — removed by the administration and restored after protests from Griffen and others stirred by a story in the Arkansas Times:
    • Mar 13, 2016
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Re: “Rutledge joins legal fight for Trump travel ban

Which of these duties does this action fulfill?
Act 131 of 1911 laid out four general responsibilities of the attorney general's office: 1) to give opinions to state officers and agencies upon any constitutional or other legal question that may concern the official action of said officers; 2) to defend the interest of the state in federal court and representing all state officers, boards, and commissions in litigation involving the interests of the state; 3) to furnish any board or commission an opinion as to the validity of the title on any land they seek to purchase; and 4) to make a biennial report to the governor and the Arkansas General Assembly on all transactions of the attorney generals office."

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Posted by sayno2pharma on 06/08/2017 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Voters defeat Little Rock School District tax extension

For the first time in more than 35 years of voting, my husband and I voted against a millage increase today. Our granddaughter, who we are rearing after the murder of our daughter and who has several developmental challenges, has blossomed since we moved her to the LRSD in the 1st grade so she could receive intensive individualized educational interventions and occupational, physical, and speech therapies which were not available through our small, rural, well-funded, high-scoring public school in south central Arkansas. Despite our eternal gratitude for these interventions. or perhaps because of them, we were not able to support additional funding for the corporatists who have infiltrated the LRSD, usurping the duly-elected school board and silencing the voices of parents and teachers alike. We will vote to tax ourselves to whatever extent can be shown to be necessary when we once again have a "public" school district. #Resist

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Posted by sayno2pharma on 05/09/2017 at 9:43 PM

Re: “House moves to set stage for impeachment of Judge Wendell Griffen over death penalty protest

Will Judge Wilkins face similar censure and threats of impeachment?…

Posted by sayno2pharma on 05/03/2017 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Lucie's Place work for LGBT young people gets lift from Daughters of Charity

We are so glad to see Lucie's Place thriving! The passion and determination that Penelope has for their organization is inspiring. They have never given up, even in the face of tremendous adversity, and that tenacity is really paying off. In addition to being affiliated with those seeking to improve conditions for people without permanent housing in the Little Rock area for the past 10 years, I have worked on and off with the Daughters of Charity for almost 2 decades through partnerships with the network of nonprofits for which I work. The good sisters always put people first, as it should be. To quote a great teacher: "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."

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Posted by sayno2pharma on 03/14/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “An open letter to state Sen. Jason Rapert

In years past, to the youngsters I knew, I oft touted Conway as the "Arkansas town I would move to if I were a young person or family just getting started." I was impressed by its diversity and growth; its seeming openness and accepting culture. Then along came the Tea Partiers and their evil political spawns, such as His Most (Self-)Exhalted Reverend-ish Stanley Rapert. Now I tell young folks to move there only if they have the grit to run him and his kind out of town on a rail.

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Posted by sayno2pharma on 03/06/2017 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorializes against death penalty

Having recently endured the trial of the man who kidnapped and murdered our daughter, we can attest to the fact that "having the death penalty on the table" caused several delays in getting to trial. Due to the State having executed people like Ricky Ray Rector in the past, a publicly-committed murder captured on video tape in front of numerous witnesses took almost 2 years to get to trial. The State paid for several mental evaluations; his attorney paid for a couple more. All experts agreed he was malingering and not incompetent at all. In the end, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole and a 40-year concurrent sentence for kidnapping Sam. He laughed on he way out of the courtroom, grinning for the cameras. His mother professed prayers had been answered. His attorney praised the jury for applying Christian forgiveness and allowing his mother the chance to visit him in prison. The death penalty was not imposed, in the opinion of the prosecutor, because the murderer was not a "hardened criminal;" having no prior felonies on his record. Apparently, data shows juries are more likely to send people with convictions fro prior violence to death more often than those who murder as the final act of domestic violence, as my daughter's murder was. Capital punishment is a challenging issue for our nation.

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Posted by sayno2pharma on 04/08/2016 at 11:15 AM

Re: “The ballad of Fred and Yoko

What an amazing life and lonely death. I work with others to provide outreach and assistance to people in the LR/NLR area who do not have homes. The people we serve are a diverse group of people with a wide variety of experiences, hopes, and challenges, as is true for all of us. There are never enough resources to provide the comprehensive health, housing, and supportive services needed but some progress has been made locally in recent years including a day resource center, veterans' center, and other expanded services and improved efforts. Fred Norman's story should, indeed, be read from every pulpit, at every civic group luncheon, by every provider of services to vulnerable people. We, as a society, must acknowledge our failures as well as our successes. The notes he sent show just how badly we failed Fred Norman. May he rest in peace.

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Posted by sayno2pharma on 03/30/2016 at 8:49 PM

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    • on June 25, 2017
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