McDaniel Embarrasses Halter
Secretary of State Dustin McDaniel announced that he was rejecting Lt. Governor Bill Halter's ballot measure to bring a lottery to Arkansas. McDaniel said the proposal did not adequately define what a lottery was. Ouch.
McDaniel did not have to do that. He could have called Halter on the phone and privately asked Halter to touch up the proposal. Or, and maybe this was what the problem was, Halter should have run it by McDaniel in advance to OK the language before he officially submitted it. Neither happened.
It seems there is significant tension between the rest of the Democrats in state government and Bill Halter. Is it resentment at the way he swooped in-state and bought the office? Is it allies of Pryor seeking to marginalize a man (Halter) that some have suggested could mount a primary challenge from the left to Pryor for his U.S. Senate seat? Stay tuned.