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  1. Observer Hosts Fest Booth

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    July 6, 2014 by Steve Winkler

    The Washington County Observer will continue its tradition of keeping south Washington County residents informed about the local political scene by sponsoring a booth at this year’s annual West Fest event. The booth will be made available to candidates and ballot issues at the state, county and municipal level. There is no charge for individuals or groups to display literature, pamphlets and flyers. The Observer will display a West Fork ward map along with copies of two upcoming ballot initiatives. One to dissolve the Water Commission and bring it into city elective control and the other to establish Ward Elections in West Fork which would provide that aldermen are elected by the people living in their ward rather than the current city-wide aldermen elections. Copies of the ordinances for both issues will be available for citizen review. West Fest is September 13-14. Come have some fun and stop by our booth. Here are some photos of past West Fests: This could be the future of West Fest:

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  2. The Politics of Nostalgia

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    February 14, 2013 by wcobserver

    Observation Post by Steve Winkler The Politics of Nostalgia                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Every town has a past, not every town has a future. West Fork may not have a website or digital storage of public records, but by golly, we have social media in town. Last fall a facebook page appeared called West Fork Politics. Used as a vehicle for candidates for office and as a discussion forum for issues the group grew to over 150 members, most of whom were spectators. The dozen or so active commentators act as both entertainers for the majority and occasionally provide something …

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  3. State Capitol Week in Review, Oct. 19, 2012

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    October 25, 2012 by Sue Madison

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Sue Madison October 19, 2012 LITTLE ROCK –  The Senate and House Education Committees recommended an increase in public school funding of between 1.8 percent and 2.5 percent, which would be sufficient for school districts to provide a constitutionally adequate education to Arkansas students. The legislature will use the recommendation when writing budgets for the next two fiscal years.  Based on the experience of the past few years, schools can expect an increase of close to 2 percent.  A 1.8 percent increase would amount to $56.6 million.  A 2.5 percent increase would be $78.4 million.

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  4. Tax for Public Transit

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    May 3, 2012 by Matthew Jones

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    One of the most widely talked about ballot proposals on the ballot this May, is the 1/4 percent sales tax increase to raise funds for public transportation in Washington County. The tax increase comes from the Washington Quorum court to the voters. This incentive to raise funds for public transit began with a cooperation with Benton County, but Benton County later pulled out and Washington County decided to move forward with the project. Reasons to vote for the tax increase: The main purpose of the tax increase is to raise funds. As voters we want to receive services from the government, but we do not want our government to go into debt and to be fiscally responsible and to pay for what they spend. Proponents would say that public transit is a much needed service for NWA and that it helps the handicapped and elderly, mostly of Washington County, who cannot drive or get around other ways. Reasons to vote against the tax increase: It is a tax increase. No one really wants to pay more money to the government. People are budgeting anyways and why give more money away to the government. Also, the tax increase they propose would …

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  5. Political Spectrum: Open Mic, Commentators Choice — A View From the Left

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    April 23, 2012 by Richard Drake

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    There is a wonderful scene in “The Manchurian Candidate” (the original and still the best version with Frank Sinatra) in which the character played by James Gregory can’t quite figure out how many Communists there are in the State Department. After all, he has to give a speech that day, “proving” that there are, after all. As his wife Angela Lansbury (in a magnificent role so far removed from her bland “Murder She Wrote” character) harries him, his eye falls upon the Heinz Ketchup, advertising its “57 Varieties” on the bottle. “There are 57 Communists in the State Department!” he cries aloud later that day, waving a piece of paper before TV cameras, thus becoming just one more player in Angela Lansbury’s communist plot. Yes, there were communists; he just didn’t know where to look. Today, of course, the number has jumped from 57 to 80, and they are not in the State Department but in Congress, and Ted Nugent defender Florida Congressman Allen West is the only man brave enough to speak truth-to-power. Clarifying his remarks, the good senator said he meant the folks in the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Progressives, Communists, it’s all the same, isn’t it? Really? After …

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  6. Political Spectrum: Open Mic, Commentators Choice — A View From the Right

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    April 23, 2012 by Mike Landry

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    I collect quotes. Every once in awhile I’ll lift something from online or copy something from a book or magazine and put it in my file of quotes. But the files are getting full and need exposure to daylight. I’m going to clean them out. Want to join me in taking a look at the following? “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.” — Hitler’s propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels. “Literally millions of Americans have had enough. They’re organizing, they’re studying the Constitution and the Federalis Papers, they’re reading history and case law, they’re showing up at rallies and meetings, and a slew of conservative candidates are throwing their hats into the ring.” — Garry Hubbell, Aspen Weekly Times. “Show me the man, and I’ll find you the crime.” — Soviet secret police chief Lavrenti Berea. “I love Arkansas. It’s the backbone of the nation, and it all starts with letting people be who they are.” — Ben Stein. “While it is the view of many scientists, including this one, that research behind the global warming scare has and continues to suffer from a lack of integrity, it is nonetheless true that think tanks, …

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  7. Who are OUR judges?

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    April 13, 2012 by Matthew Jones

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    If most of you are like me, you know who is running for president. You most likely know who is running for the major positions in your community, but what about those people who don’t have party affiliations, officially? Who really knows who the judges that are running in your district really are? Well I hope that this little bit of information makes your job on May 22nd a little easier. Washington County is in Judicial District 4, along with Madison County. This is for the circuit court, the lowest of the of the three courts in the state court system. (The Court of Appeals and the Arkansas Supreme Court are the higher two types of courts.) There are currently two seats open on this circuit, Division 4 and Division 6. For Division 4 you have three new candidates vying for your votes, while in Division 6 you an incumbent judge versus a newcomer. In Division 6, there is incumbent Judge Mark Lindsay. According to his re-election page on Facebook, he has served on the circuit court bench since March 2000. Also, he was in private law practice for 21 years and was Judge of the West Fork Municipal Court for 15 years.  He went …

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