by Max Brantley
By popular demand we note that the Republican Party-financed "independent" 527 -- the Coalition for Arkanas' Future -- is touting new ads scoring Mike Beebe for voting for tax increases and for saying Arkansas's constitutional protection of private property is sufficient despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed limited private-to-private condemnations in Connecticut.
The tax record is the tax record. Beebe can make a persuasive case that the state needed the money and also that he was the architect (lamentably in our view) of a huge property tax break that was designed to quell a property tax rebellion. If he can't make that case, he shouldn't be elected. Condemnation is a bogus issue. Not a piece of property in Arkansas has been threatened on account of the Connecticut ruling and the state Constitution will be powerfully hard to override should it happen.
Speaking of ads: Kenny Mac makes a comment on an earlier blog post that's worth highlighting. It was about the A$a ads vowing that the state wouldn't hire illegal aliens on HIS watch. Is A$a suggesting that Arkansas (Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee, prop.) is hiring illegal aliens? Could he get his campaign partner to please stop?