by Max Brantley
All politics don't happen under the Capitol dome, though outside events sometimes affect matters within.
For example, the Regnat Populus ethics proposal was approved as to form last week and another petition drive is planned to curb corporate contributions and lobbyist freebies. This could influence ethics legislation in the current legislative session.
Also in the mill:
* MEDICAL MARIJUANA: A new petition will be submitted for a medical marijuana initiated act this week, attorney David Couch says. It will eliminate the "grow-your-own" provision that many believe might have spelled the relatively narrow defeat of the initiative on the 2012 ballot.
* MARRIAGE EQUALITY: A constitutional amendment will be submitted for form approval this week to repeal the state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. A news conference is scheduled Thursday, according to a Facebook post by the Arkansas Initiative for Marriage Equality.