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Statewide 'wet' initiative turns in enough signatures

Minimum wage hike initiative also turns in signatures

Posted: July 7, 2014 - 10:10am

Let Arkansas Decide, the committee behind the statewide “wet” ballot initiative, has turned in almost 85,000 signatures. To put the constitutional amendment that would end “dry” counties in Arkansas to the voters on the November ballot, at least 78,133 of the signatures have to be verified. 

Today is also the signature deadline for Our Community, Our Dollars, the group behind an initiative to give voters in Faulkner, Craighead and Saline counties a “wet” option. In its most recent state ethics commission filing, Our Community, Our Dollars reported $625,000 in contributions in May, almost all of which was from Walmart.

About 24,800 signatures need to be verified to put Faulkner County’s “dry” status up for review by the voters in November. Natalie Ghidotti, a spokesperson for Our Community, Our Dollars, said an announcement can be expected later today. 

They Win, You Lose, a pro-“dry” committee has been taking steps to challenge the validity of signatures, as well as discouraging people from signing petitions. This has included taking pictures of unattended canvassers’ tables and signature sheets to challenge the veracity of the canvassers’ sworn statement that all signatures were gathered in their presence.

They Win, You Lose took in $5250 from M.F. Dillard, the committee’s chairwoman and a political consultant for the Conway County Legal Beverages Association, in May. 

The Give Arkansas a Raise Now committee also turned in signatures for its initiative to raise the state's minimum wage from $6.25 to $7.50, $8 and $8.50 over the next three years.

The Our Community, Our Dollars committee and the Arkansans for Compassionate Care committee (medical marijuana) have until 5 p.m. today to turn in their signatures. 

UPDATE: Arkansans for Compassionate Care have conceded that they will not have enough signatures to put their initiative on the November ballot.

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mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 07/07/14 - 11:29 am
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I have a question about

I have a question about minimum if someone can help me. When would the state minimum of 6.25 be used over the federal min of 7.25?

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 07/07/14 - 03:31 pm
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Thank you Joe. That is

Thank you Joe. That is definitely some rough reading for a Guy graduate

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 07/07/14 - 08:35 pm
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Mike

lucky you i had to go to CHS and i for sure had no clue.

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 07/07/14 - 11:30 am
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Also

If the local wet initiative fails to make the ballot or is defeated in the election, would the state wide initiative apply if is make the ballot and passes?

Joe Lamb
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Joe Lamb 07/07/14 - 11:51 am
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Yes

Yes

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 07/08/14 - 11:48 am
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Darn Joe

that puts my boot legging business in double jeopardy.

David
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David 07/07/14 - 12:47 pm
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Beautiful

Wonderful photo accompanying this article. "Let every true lover salute his sweetheart....Let's drink!"

ucantbserious
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ucantbserious 07/07/14 - 02:33 pm
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Joe

Has anyone heard a status report from the people who put this legalization of marijuana ballot initiative together?

http://thecabin.net/news/local/2014-06-05/mcdaniel-approves-marijuana-ba...

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 07/08/14 - 05:56 am
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Heard this morning they only

Heard this morning they only got 80% of the signatures required. They said they will try again in '16

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