From the Arkansas Statehouse...

Manifesto.

In General Business on 12 January 2009 at 4:36 pm

A spectre is haunting Arkansas — the spectre of the 2009 General Assembly. The Legislative Beat is here to shed light on this spectre.

Like the commission that has been proposed to run the new state lottery, the Legislative Beat will be quasi-independent. It will receive support from the Arkansas Times, to which its author will occasionally contribute reporting.

The purpose of the Legislative Beat is twofold. It will report day-to-day from the General Assembly; i.e., it will provide news. It will also analyze policies and proposals debated in the session.

Readers will notice that the design of the Legislative Beat is sparse. That is so as to emphasize words. Video will not appear on the blog. Photos, if they appear, will be few.

Frequently articles will continue on another page, along with comments. The entirety of such articles, including this one, can be accessed by clicking the red button below.

It is my hope that this blog will have a participatory function for those with an interest in the business of the legislature. Though I do not want to encourage hasty rants and raves, and will censor comments I interpret as such, I invite feedback from those who wish to engage the issues I write about here.

Readers are also invited to send in tips and comments via email to john@arktimes.com.

Now let us delve into the world of colorful and sometimes corruptible characters whose ideas, aspirations, and persons make up the Arkansas Legislature.

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