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  •  TPers are using a loophole to force a 3/4 vote for (3+ / 0-)

    the budget. Even with gerrymandering and bigotry against an black president it's hard to see how so many people vote Arkansas GOP. It's about as intelligent a leg. ploy as last year's U. S. House trying to hold the country ransom on the ACA.

    •  It is actually more of a "feature" of the (0+ / 0-)

      Arkansas Constitution, rather than a loophole:

      39. State expenses - Limitation - Exceptions.
      § 3. Excepting monies raised or collected for educational purposes, highway purposes, to pay
      Confederate pensions and the just debts of the State, the General Assembly is hereby prohibited
      from appropriating or expending more than the sum of Two and One-Half Million Dollars for all
      purposes, for any fiscal year; provided the limit herein fixed may be exceeded by the votes of
      three-fourths of the members elected to each House of the General Assembly.
      Article 5, Section 39, Arkansas Constitution

      With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

      by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 12:07:15 PM PST

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      •  $2.5M in what year was that clause written... (1+ / 0-)
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        how much in today's $

        "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

        by JackND on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 12:27:37 PM PST

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      •  Maybe it's time to edit this portion (1+ / 0-)
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        of the Arkansas Constitution. Confederate pensions are surely completely paid out, so some of those funds could be diverted to medical stuff.

        Do I get to eyeroll here, or is there some habit that keeps that Confederate pension language there that is actually legitimate?

        Darling, you didn't use canned salmon, did you?

        by JrCrone on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 07:41:30 PM PST

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