Stuff From Around Arkansas, July 22

Smoked Out: On third anniversary of state ban on smoking in restaurants, anti-smoking zealots call for strengthening of the law, presumably to include rounding up smokers and housing them in re-education camps in remote corner of Newton County. (Arkansas News Bureau)

Screwed: Alabama Republican Congressional candidate goes tens of thousands of dollars into the red due to expenses from Mike Huckabee endorsement. I don’t think it’s supposed to work that way, is it? (The Hill)

Eyes on Ernie: Blogger Jason Tolbert has video of embattled Arkansas lottery boss Ernie Passailaigue turning on the charm with reporters at Little Rock lunch. And by “turning on the charm” I mean “getting testy and defensive,” of course. Or will a new legislative report requested by GOP Rep. Jonathan Dismang exonerate Ernie P.’s free-spending ways? (The Tolbert Report)

Dipsticks: GOP Rep. Allen Kerr is looking into phenomenon of “double-dipping” elected officials, a hopelessly corrupt practice explained nicely here. (The Arkansas Times)

Holding Out for a Hero: Blogger Zack Stovall evaluates the “Ricky Randoms” crowding into the 2010 U.S. Senate race on the GOP side. (Unfamous First Words)

The Living Dead:
Zombies! In Rogers! Oh, it’s just a movie shoot…OR IS IT?!? (Benton County Daily Record)

Clock-Watcher: Here’s columnist David Sanders checking in on Democratic Rep. Mike Ross’s efforts to slow down the runaway train of health care reform. That’s probably a very good idea. (Arkansas News Bureau)

I Read the News Today, Oh Boy: Another poll from multimedia impresario Roby Brock, today looking at where Arkansans get their news. If you work in the newspaper business, don’t even click on this link. Just weep quietly for a few minutes and then go fill out that law school application you’ve been keeping stashed in your desk. (Talk Business)

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  • From K. Ryan James Blog (click on website listed here):

    Arkansas’s Pryor votes against concealed carry before voting for it

    Posted by Ryan on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 12:41 pm.

    Just minutes ago, the Senate held a roll call vote on the concealed carry amendment to the 2010 defense funding bill.

    Arkansas two Democrat Senators, Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, split their vote with Lincoln – up for re-election in 2010 – casting an “aye” vote.

    But, right before the president pro temp announced the result, Mr. Pryor went back to the clerk and changed off “no” to “aye”.

    The Thune amendment ended up with 58 votes for and 39 opposed, meaning it failed.

    Failed with 58 votes?



    A report from the AP shows that there may have be some strategery at play with the votes of both Mrs. Lincoln and Mr. Pryor:

    Under an agreement of Senate leaders, 60 votes were needed to pass the measure, an amendment to a defense spending bill, and the outcome was uncertain. But the gun rights lobby, putting together Republicans and pro-gun Democrats from rural states, has a strong winning record in recent years.

    As far as I can tell, Sen. Lincoln had to vote yes or else suffer the wrath of 2nd Amendment voters in 2010. Sen. Pryor was her cover by his initial no vote in case it got to 60. However, since it was going to be 57 at the time the vote was about to be gaveled, Mr. Pryor went back to change his vote to yes.

    I’m thinking that some folks in the press world may want to call up our state’s senators and ask about the vote today, and ask Mr. Pryor why he voted against concealed carry before he voted for it.

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