Little Rock: Very Dangerous, But Very PC!

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Two reports have come out recently about the Little Rock Police Department (LRPD). One came from LawStreetMedia.com, which said that Arkansas is the most dangerous small city in America; the other came from the left-wing Human Rights Campaign, which gave Little Rock low marks for LGQBT friendliness. It was revealing (in a bad way) which report the Little Rock Police Department seemed most eager to respond to. The LRPD held a press conference yesterday announcing their new “transgender … [Read more...]

Liberals Freak Out Over GOP Victories In 2014

Private Option (Morpheus)

What was the most overwrought liberal reaction to the 2014 Republican midterm victories in Arkansas? An article yesterday by Monica Potts in The Daily Beast probably wins first prize. Her analysis goes something like this: Republicans won a lot of elections in Arkansas last week. Therefore, the “private option” might be in trouble. Therefore, Arkansas no longer believes in compassion. From The Daily Beast: What does it mean for the people of the state? Arkansas has continually ranked as … [Read more...]

O’Care Architect: “Lack Of Transparency” Reason Law Passed

Obamacare (Lack of Transparency)

A new video of Jonathan Gruber, one of Obamacare’s architects, surfaced Sunday in which he said a “lack of transparency” and the “stupidity of the American voter” were big assets in getting Obamacare passed into law. Bad laws passing due to a “lack of transparency” is one big reason why we’re big proponents of the Freedom of Information Act and open government. Unfortunately, for an example of bad laws passing due to a “lack of transparency,” Arkansans only have to go back to last … [Read more...]

Arkansas 39th in Business Tax Climate

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A central issue facing the legislature and Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson in 2015: will they be able to lower the tax burden on Arkansans? According to a recent study by the Tax Foundation, Arkansas ranks 39th in business tax climate: The absence of a major tax is a common factor among many of the top ten states. Property taxes and unemployment insurance taxes are levied in every state, but there are several states that do without one or more of the major taxes: the corporate tax, the individual … [Read more...]

PO State Budgeting Will Meet Harsh Reality in 2017

PO Budgeting (2017)

We wrote yesterday about the decreasing likelihood of funding for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in Arkansas (the private option) making it through the legislature in 2015. A quote in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today from pro-private option state Sen. Jonathan Dismang suggests that he agrees. Dismang said: In its current form, I don’t believe there is any way it survives. As we mentioned yesterday, Governor-elect Hutchinson and next year’s new crop of legislators will soon have to … [Read more...]

The State Supreme Court’s (Literally) Peculiar Decision

Voter ID (Peculiar)

Late yesterday afternoon, our state’s Supreme Court struck down the voter ID law that the Arkansas General Assembly passed last year. It is, in many respects, a very unusual decision. In Martin v. Kohls, a majority of Justices determined that Act 595 of 2013 would add an additional (and impermissible) requirement to vote: Act 595’s added requirement of providing a proof of identity as a prerequisite to voting runs afoul of article 3, section 1, of the Arkansas Constitution. Section 1 of … [Read more...]

The Bowen Gym: Not Just Indefensible, But Also Illegal!

Bowen Gym - Legal Training

You might recall our earlier coverage when Attorney General Dustin McDaniel "donated" $100,000 of your money to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law – to subsidize what appears likely to be a sickness-causing fitness center. (The gym, containing seven fitness machines, lacks any shower facilities or any other way for patrons to clean themselves; because of limited shower facilities in the basement, it is only usable by about two law students at any given time, assuming … [Read more...]

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...]