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  1. Filing List of Candidates

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    February 24, 2012 by Matthew Jones

    Filing date has arrived and are available for viewing at http://www.nwaonline.com/2012filings/ There can be found there a list of the candidates that have filed for State and House seats for the legislature. The site will be updated every day until filing is done. Filing closes next Thursday at noon.  

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  2. New Fiscal Session, New Rules

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    February 17, 2012 by Matthew Jones

    This week, the Arkansas State Legislature began its second special fiscal session, which was approved in 2008 by a referred amendment to the people of Arkansas. The session is designed to be a time when the legislature can focus on budgets and changes to the budgets to adjust to the needs of their constituents. This being since Arkansas is one of a handful of states whose legislature meets only every other year. However, new rules around how certain members of the legislature raise money for elections and primaries change the nature of the political landscape in Arkansas. While there are no new rules on when senators can raise funds, members of the House cannot raise any money during the fiscal session. Meanwhile their opponents can raise funds, if they are not members of the House. Such is the case of Rep. Tim Summers, R-Harrison, who is running for the new Senate District 1 seat and cannot raise funds due to the fact that he is a member of the house. Sen. Bill Pritchard, R-Elkins, one of the two Republicans running for the District 7 Senate seat, currently held by Sen. Sue Madison, D-Fayetteville, has decided to hold of fundraising until …

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  3. Fewer Juveniles in Jail, More Funds for Elderly Research

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    September 28, 2011 by Sue Madison

    Last year 481 juveniles were committed to state custody in a secure detention facility. That is down from the previous year, when 531 youths were committed to a detention facility and significantly lower than the year before, when 636 youths were committed.

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  4. Conservative Framing Doesn’t Make Sense

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    August 26, 2011 by wcobserver

    So-called Conservatives are very good at inventing story-lines, names, and slogans. They provide simple explanations for those who prefer simple answers. Nowhere is this truer than with economic issues.

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  5. New Criteria for Academic Distress

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    August 25, 2011 by Sue Madison

    Several members of the state Board of Education suggested newer and tougher standards for determining whether an Arkansas school district should be classified as being in academic distress.

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  6. Sales Tax Holiday Coming Up

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    July 30, 2011 by Sue Madison

    By Senator Sue Madison (D) District 7 LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas shoppers can enjoy the state’s first sales tax holiday the weekend of August 6 and 7, when retail stores will not charge sales taxes on purchases of school supplies and articles of clothing costing less than $100. Accessories under $50 also will be exempt from the sales tax. Shoes, boots and sandals will also be exempt if they cost less than $100. The sales tax holiday is a result of Act 757, enacted earlier this year by the legislature. Although it was labeled a “back to school” tax holiday, it will benefit all consumers who buy clothes and accessories. No sales taxes at all will be collected, neither state nor local sales taxes. That means shoppers will pay what the sticker price indicates for clothing, accessories and school supplies. Clothing that will be exempt from the sales tax includes footware, diapers, wedding apparel, gloves, aprons, hats, neckties and even rubber pants. Exempt accessories include jewelry, cosmetics, briefcases, watches, wigs, hair notions, umbrellas and non-prescription sunglasses. Exempt school supplies include binders, paper, notebooks, markers, pencils, rulers and protractors. It is a long list of items that common sense dictates are …

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  7. Political Spectrum: Military bases on foreign soil

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    July 28, 2011 by wcobserver

    This column highlights the range of political thought in our society by presenting commentary from various ideological perspectives. Occasionally we ask a question of two commentators and print their answers, side by side. We also invite commentators to submit an essay on any topic that promotes their political philosophy. We publish these essays as “Voice from the Left” and “Voice from the​ Right.” The perspective from the Left will be presented by John Gray of Greenland who is a self- described “Social Democrat.”  ANSWER: NO! EXPLANATION: 1000 is even higher than the 850 bases documented by Chalmers Johnson in his excellent series of books, Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire, and Nemesis. But, considering the number of “black sites” in the U.S.A. and elsewhere, detailed in Blank Spots on the Map, by Trevor Paglen, which number in the hundreds, even that 1000 number may be a bit low. Unless we are aiming to control the world with a global military empire, there is no reasonable explanation why we should spend more on warring than on all other responsibilities combined. The “on-budget” part of the military consumes approximately 60% of our entire annual budget. These off-budget black sites, off-budget wars, and off-budget …

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