Another Case Shows Need For Right-To-Record Law

Filming Cops (Sebastian County)

Another law enforcement agency was in the news recently after it paid the cost for attempting to restrict the right of citizens to film law enforcement. After a Sebastian County Sheriff’s Deputy agreed to accept a $40,000 judgement against himself for, apparently, arresting a citizen who was filming cops executing a search warrant, the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office decided it needed to remind its employees about a little ol’ thing called the Constitution. From Arkansas News: Following … [Read more...]

Media swings and misses on Rutledge e-mail non-story

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Some eager journalists thought they’d gotten a major scoop yesterday after the state Department of Human Services (DHS) released the emails of attorney general candidate Leslie Rutledge that she wrote during her 14 months as a DHS lawyer. One of the e-mails released contained this bombshell: A pregnant woman, no matter what age, should have the right to an abortion without parental notification anyway — we shouldn't allow wacko religious parents to force a young woman to carry to term a … [Read more...]

The Latest on the Bowen Sweat Lodge

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You might recall our previous coverage of the Bowen Law School fitness center fiasco, which was generously funded by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel with money that almost certainly could have been put to better use. Bowen spent the bulk of McDaniel’s gift on shiny, new, and very expensive aerobic exercise machines. We’ve been skeptical that the resultant Bowen fitness center would see much use, because there are no showers on the 6th floor, where the fitness center is located. Maybe the 5th … [Read more...]

House Speaker More Loyal to Obamacare than Political Party

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In the course of tweeting the finer points of the Miss America pageant Sunday night, Speaker of the House (and alleged Republican) Davy Carter apparently thought it would be a good time to endorse James McLean, a Democrat, in his race against Republican candidate, Linda Collins-Smith. I e-mailed Carter to see if this was an official endorsement, but I never heard back from him. Carter’s statement is one of many examples that show how private option architects are becoming increasingly … [Read more...]

Arkansas’ Republican Future

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Fred Barnes just published a fascinating article in the Weekly Standard about the collapse of the Democratic Party in Arkansas. He visited Arkansas last week and interviewed (and quoted) a lot of smart, perceptive people. He also talked to me. One interesting thing about Barnes’s piece is that it lets the facts speak for themselves. He draws attention to the timeline of the erosion and disappearance of our state legislature’s Democratic majority, which began two years after President Obama … [Read more...]

Arkansas Needs More Accountability for Executive Sessions

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We’ve previously written about ways Arkansas’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) could be improved. A story in today’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette shows the need for more accountability in government bodies’ executive sessions, which are currently exempt from public scrutiny under Arkansas’s FOIA. From the article: Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Hunter has issued a letter of admonishment and caution to Jefferson County Election Commission Chairman Ted Davis, ruling that Davis … [Read more...]

1.) Dump More People On Medicaid 2.) Brag About Cost Savings 3.) Repeat

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Governor Mike Beebe, and other private option advocates, would have you believe that everything is going swell for the program -- especially after the prices for the 2015 exchange policies showed a slight net decrease. One Republican backer of the private option recently told the Arkansas Times: This is good news. These are early indications of what our costs will be in 2015 for the private option and these are lower than what we anticipated, both in our planning and what was approved in the … [Read more...]

Misusers of Taxpayer Dollars Get Light Punishment

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A new report by the Division of Legislative Audit was released today which shows a troubling trend of many elected officials and government employees misusing taxpayer dollars and receiving no greater punishment than a “warning letter” from prosecutors. From the report: Criminal charges were filed in 33 of 246 matters referred to the Prosecuting Attorney. Fourteen cases are pending in court, one case was acquitted or dismissed, and the remaining 18 cases...a conviction was obtained and … [Read more...]