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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 08:22:00

More criticism of Little Rock police no-knock drug raids

Radley Balko of the Washington Post has written at length about the legal issues underlying whether Little Rock police have been acting constitutionally in no-knock drug raids (never mind that they have often come up empty-handed, relied on a liar and disproportionately busted black people.)

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Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 08:04:00

Judicial election watchdog blasts ads targeting Justice Courtney Goodson

A volunteer group established to police campaigns for judicial elections is blasting a Republican group's advertising aimed at supporting David Sterling's attempt to unseat Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 07:46:00

Clarke Tucker to French Hill: Where is the decency?

Speaking of campaign advertising: Clarke Tucker, the Democratic candidate for 2nd District Congress, has issued his toughest TV yet against Republican incumbent Rep. French Hill.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 07:38:00

San Francisco Giants respond to owner's contribution to racist ad for French HIll

The San Francisco Giants baseball team has issued a statement distancing itself from owner Charles Johnson's contribution to a racist ad running on black radio stations in Arkansas in support of Republican Rep. French Hill.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 07:27:00

Truth in state contracting an issue in $342 million computer deal

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Andy Davis reported today on a huge piece of state business I'd been following — A $342 million seven-year contract the Human Services Department has decided to award to Deloitte Consulting to manage Medicaid and other welfare benefit enrollment over seven years. The cost, after post-award negotiations, is about $95 million higher than Deloitte's original bid.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 16:15:00

The Greedy on Issue 1 Edition

Max and Lindsey talk about the nixing of Issue 1 from ballots, the removal of another 4,000 from Medicaid rolls because of a new work requirement rule and new reporting on Little Rock police abuse and bad behavior.

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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 13:37:00

TGIF: News roundup, open line

The week-ending news roundup and open line.

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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 12:14:00

Rich white people fund PAC behind racist attack ads supporting French Hill UPDATE

More reporting on the people contributing to Black Americans for the President's Agenda, which is running racist ads in Little Rock in support of Republican Rep. French Hill. The money isn't coming from black Americans, but wealthy conservative Republicans such as an owner of the San Francisco Giants. GOP feeling heat, files ethics complaint on ad.

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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 11:34:00

Another made-up Republican attack: The Saline County socialists are coming to take your business

The latest in bogus Republican political attacks comes from Saline County, where Steve Lux, chairman of the county Republican Committee, has sent a letter warning members of the Benton-Bryant Chamber of Commerce that a progressive group working to elect Democrats in the county is allied with a socialist group that wants nothing less than "the elimination of private business." This is, of course, nonsense.

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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 10:43:00

Term limits amendment is dead, Arkansas Supreme Court rules

A new term limits proposal will not make the fall ballot, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled today in a split decision.

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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 09:17:00

New episode of Out in Arkansas: 'T & A Talk'

Out in Arkansas’s hosts Traci Berry and Angie Bowen talk about all the things...winter rescue, being kind...you know, all the things. Thank you for listening!

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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 09:11:00

Unemployment rate continues drop to new low

The Arkansas unemployment rate in September was 3.5 percent, down from 3.6 percent the month before. It's a historic low.

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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 08:06:00

Trump cheers criminal assault on reporter

Did I miss coverage of this in the morning paper? Donald Trump, at a rally in Montana, praised Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte's criminal assault on a news reporter to raucous cheers. None dare call them a mob.

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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 07:49:00

French Hill and the truth: He flunks four-way test

Amid a spate of dishonest advertising in support of his re-election campaign, Republican Rep. French Hill led the downtown Rotary Club this week in recitation of Rotary's four-way test. The Hill campaign is failing it.

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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 07:48:00

Former candidate/wife of current Monticello candidate charged in murder plot

Seark Today has an intriguing story though lacking in all the details just yet about a murder conspiracy involving a former political candidate:

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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 07:11:00

And speaking of education politics: Rally for schools set this weekend

Speaking of politics and education: The Arkansas Public Policy Panel sent word of a public school rally Saturday at the Capitol backed by the Arkansas Education Association. It's a warmup for the 2019 legislative session.

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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 07:03:00

A price tag on Alice Walton's contributions to school choice

Mercedes Schneider, a public school advocate and blogger in Louisiana, decided to do a 50-state check on billionaire Alice Walton's spending on education politics. A 50-state check turned up more than $17 million in spending on her voucher/charter/public school dollar control agenda.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 16:51:20

UPDATE: City attorney pulls back from seeking candidate disqualification

Valerie Tatum apparently will be disqualified from the race for Ward 2 Little Rock City Board because her residence is in a different ward.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 16:42:35

The slime gets deep in the race for 2nd District UPDATE

Whoa. A conservative group claiming to be representative of black people supporting Donald Trump has bought radio advertising on black-oriented stations in Little Rock to help Republican Rep. French Hill.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 15:36:00

Feds get four guilty pleas in multi-million-dollar prescription drug kickback scheme

The U.S. attorney in Little Rock has announced four guilty pleas in a kickback scheme involving drug prescriptions covered by TRICARE, the military health insurer.

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