Monday, February 07, 2005

Vote for Best and Worst Legislators

How come the Democrat-Gazette can correctly pick the best restaurants, but their best legislators are actually the worst (and vice versa)?

The Lady and I were dining in Leo's Greek Castle on Kavanaugh when I noted the Democrat-Gazette's "Best" awards on the wall. "Best Greek Restaurant in Central Arkansas" was the award. For one rare occasion, I concurred with the Democrat-Gazette. "So why could they pick restaurants but not legislators?" I asked The Lady.

She slightly arched one eyebrow. "That's easy" she said....

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13 Comments:

Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

"The restaurants are picked by a vote of the people." she said, "The legislators are picked by one person on the editorial staff of the Democrat-Gazette".

Of course! There it was. Tastes vary. Perceptions and desires are different. Some people might not even like Greek Food. How could such a person presume to pick the best Greek place for the rest of us?

Just as no one person had the experience and perception to select the best restaurants for three million people, so no one person could pick the best legislators. Some people dislike Greek food, others dislike conservative ideals. How can they pick the best legislators for the rest of us?

We here at Arkansas Watch have determined that you the readers could do a better job than us. We want to know who you consider the best (and worst) legislators in the state. A brief comment about why would be nice as well.

Our goal is to produce a best and worst legislator list that is superior to that of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A modest goal to be sure- since theirs is so awful, but we are a young media outlet. So please feel free to let us know your comments.....

9:35 PM, February 07, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BEST; Denny Altes

WORST; All Lawyers

4:41 AM, February 08, 2005  
Blogger Mark West said...

Best: Jim Holt

Worst: That Elliott lady who has a problem with parental consent on teenage abortions.

6:13 AM, February 08, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best: Bill Stovall, conservative,inclusive,shrewd,trustworthy, understands the common man

Worst: Jim Argue,liberal, elitist,dictatorial, untrustworthy; and Jodie Mahony, the same

6:58 AM, February 08, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I am a reader as well as a contributor, so I get to vote too I guess...

Best: Senator Jim Holt (Springdale):

Voted against every tax increase put before him(except for one beer tax that he later voted to remove). 100% pro-life voting record. Straight A's from the NRA. Lone senate sponsor of the bill demanding financial transparancy in political parties (that uncovered a lot of irregularities in his own party). Willing to take a stand on issues the people beleive in but that most don't have the guts to touch, like activist judges and illegal immigration.

Best: Representative Bob Adams (Sheridan).

A Democrat who has a record more conservative than most Republicans. He also gets along well with people from both sides of the isle. Family values: lead sponsor of the bill to prevent homosexuals from adopting children (which the courts are now trying to impose on us).

Worst: Representative Shirley Borhauer (Bella Vista)

How can a Republican from conservative Benton County get re-elected with her record? I think at the midpoint of her career she had NEVER VOTED AGAINST ANY TAX INCREASE put before her. She would not sign on to a resolution supporting marriage as the union of one man and one woman. She has been completely ineffective as a legislator. Has only been a rubber stamp for lobbyists and the Gov's big-government ideas.

Worst: Representative Jodie Mahony (El Dorado)

This man is the worst because he IS effective at what he wants to do- impose socialism. As a disclaimer, I ran against him once in another life. I don't think has colored my view though, as I am voting him worst for some of the same reasons I was compelled to run agaisnt him. 100% pro-abortion, including partial birth abortion (but to show how sneaky he is, he once ran a bill called a "ban" but had loopholes so big even Arkansas Right to Life was against it).

He has been behind every failed school reform since Hillary's stupid Basic Skills Test fiasco. His fingerprints are all over this flawed facilities study too. The man even got a D from the NRA for goodness sakes.

9:27 AM, February 08, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best: Jim Holt- he's willing to take on unpopular issues
and the resulting unpopularity, again, and again...

Worst: Whoever the Democrat-Gazette endorses

5:58 PM, February 08, 2005  
Blogger terrymcdermott said...

Best: Jim Holt

Worst: Jimmy Jeffress

8:31 PM, February 08, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a communist can only love a communist.....I'm no communist, so Jim Holt gets my vote for the best legislator. He is definately not afraid of upsetting the left.

5:09 AM, February 10, 2005  
Blogger celtie said...

Best: Jim Holt, easily

Worst: Jody Mahoney. Has been ever since we battled him over home schooling legislation in the mid-80's, and the liberal can't change his spots.

5:38 AM, February 10, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Very good folks, but I want to make clear- before the rush of cotes comes from our email list, that you are allowed to vote for more than one person for best and worst. Your moderator led by example by nominating two best and two worst.

The Democrat-Gazette has ten best and ten worst. If Kane Webb gets to vote for 10 and 10 and no one else gets any votes (in their list), then it is fine for each of you to nominate more than one legislator for best and worst. What would NOT be OK is voting for the same person multiple times, but voting for multiple persons one time each IS OK. OK?

6:23 AM, February 10, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best: Senator Gilbert Baker. Commonsense. Seems to get along both sides of the aisle.

Worst: the NEA-lady -- she is only pro-public school and against notifying parents of teenage abortion

8:23 PM, February 13, 2005  
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