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Wed Aug 4, 2021, 09:41 AM

Arkansas banned mask mandates. As schools get ready to reopen, the governor says he regrets signing

Mere months after Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill that banned local mask mandates across Arkansas, the state’s top Republican has asked lawmakers to reconsider the prohibition so school districts might require children to don face coverings when they return to classrooms this fall.

“In hindsight, I wish that it had not become law,” he said at a news conference on Tuesday.

In March, when covid-19 cases were declining, Hutchinson allowed a statewide mask mandate to expire. About a month later, he signed a bill that barred local officials from requiring face coverings.

Now, Hutchinson wants to undo that legislation. On Tuesday, he called for a special session to reevaluate the ban.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/08/04/arkansas-mask-mandate-ban-schools/

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Reply Arkansas banned mask mandates. As schools get ready to reopen, the governor says he regrets signing (Original post)
demmiblue Aug 4 OP
Haggard Celine Aug 4 #1
madaboutharry Aug 4 #2
Catherine Vincent Aug 4 #42
CrispyQ Aug 4 #3
Botany Aug 4 #8
Blues Heron Aug 4 #4
greenjar_01 Aug 4 #5
NJCher Aug 4 #38
ananda Aug 4 #6
Ocelot II Aug 4 #9
uponit7771 Aug 4 #11
LeftInTX Aug 4 #48
viva la Aug 4 #17
Ocelot II Aug 4 #18
jaxexpat Aug 4 #37
Scrivener7 Aug 4 #7
malthaussen Aug 4 #10
calimary Aug 4 #29
lagomorph777 Aug 4 #12
RockRaven Aug 4 #13
tanyev Aug 4 #14
Prof. Toru Tanaka Aug 5 #56
North Shore Chicago Aug 4 #15
Blue_true Aug 4 #49
North Shore Chicago Aug 5 #57
xmas74 Aug 4 #16
ShazzieB Aug 4 #27
Blue_true Aug 4 #50
SWBTATTReg Aug 4 #41
xmas74 Aug 4 #46
SarcasticSatyr Aug 4 #19
gratuitous Aug 4 #20
Dream Girl Aug 4 #21
irisblue Aug 4 #22
Boomerproud Aug 4 #23
llashram Aug 4 #24
calimary Aug 4 #31
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llashram Aug 6 #58
calimary Aug 6 #59
dweller Aug 4 #25
ancianita Aug 4 #26
Blue_true Aug 4 #51
Raftergirl Aug 4 #28
tavernier Aug 4 #30
calimary Aug 4 #34
Initech Aug 4 #32
The Unmitigated Gall Aug 4 #33
barbtries Aug 4 #35
bahboo Aug 4 #36
marble falls Aug 4 #39
Hulk Aug 4 #40
MoonRiver Aug 4 #43
liberal_mama Aug 4 #44
LisaL Aug 4 #47
LeftInTX Aug 4 #45
Blue_true Aug 4 #52
LeftInTX Aug 4 #53
Blue_true Aug 4 #54
Patterson Aug 4 #55

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 09:51 AM

1. Gee, who could have envisioned this happening?

Let's just cater to the whims of the most ignorant among us. Fucking Republicans are incapable of governing!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 09:55 AM

2. This really demonstrates republicans are not leaders.

They engage in knee jerk reactions without actually bothering to think of the ramifications of their “it’s about freedom” bullshit.

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 12:42 PM

42. Yep!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 09:55 AM

3. I told my husband, "When they start losing their children maybe they'll believe Covid is real."

I'm so sorry for the children of these ignorant, gullible jerks, who seem willing to sacrifice their kids to own the libs.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 10:13 AM

8. It is happening now


"Children make up more than 2,000 of the new COVID-19 cases reported in Louisiana"

https://www.fox8live.com/2021/08/02/children-make-up-more-than-2000-new-covid-19-cases-reported-louisiana/

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 09:57 AM

4. having a low IQ like pukes often do often leads to regrets

do to poor decision making. Dude should not be Governor.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 09:57 AM

5. Asa Hutchinson is not a stupid person

The fact that he boarded this crazy train is a deep humiliation. Now he can't get off.

Choo choo.

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Response to greenjar_01 (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 12:16 PM

38. I beg to differ

He's stupid.

We teachers can spot 'em. It's a look in the eyes. Years of experience in telling who catches on and who doesn't.

Asa: Dull.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 09:58 AM

6. I knew it! When their children start dropping...

Reeps start caring.

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Response to ananda (Reply #6)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 10:22 AM

9. Nobody complained about the polio vaccine because kids were getting polio.

At first, covid was mostly killing old people, and who cares about old people? Now that kids are getting sick maybe the GOPers will care a little more - though those kids are already born instead of fetal, so maybe not.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 10:26 AM

11. Ah !! Thx for this info, I've been asking MAGA I know why they didn't fight against polio its becaus

... they were kids

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #11)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 10:04 PM

48. Polio vaccine is required for school attendance

MAGATs complain because "they can"

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 10:57 AM

17. Oh, I think they don't care about kids really

But they know it looks bad.

Notice how passive Asa makes it... like the legislation just happened like a tornado. Not HIS fault.

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Response to viva la (Reply #17)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 10:58 AM

18. But maybe if they find it politically expedient to pretend to care about kids

they might do something.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #18)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 12:14 PM

37. It will be fun to watch these desperados try to put this cat back in the bag.

"Scratches for all", catchy motto.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 10:09 AM

7. Dumbass

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 10:22 AM

10. When your brains are in your ass, all you have is hindsight. n/t

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #10)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 11:49 AM

29. Gracious Sakes that's a good one!!

DAAAAAAAAAAYUM, malthaussen!

“When your brains are in your ass, all you have is hindsight.”

Gotta remember that one!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 10:38 AM

12. So the "Party of Life" deliberately decided to murder children,

But now they're having second thoughts?

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 10:47 AM

13. Child-killer now wants to avoid accountability for his child-killing by pretending he opposes

the law with his signature on it.

When irresponsible and immoral ghouls like this turd engage in reactionary political virtue-signalling that interferes with public health policies formulated by experts, people get killed -- in an entirely predictable manner.

Kids are going to die because of this law, and he's going to say it's not his fault because he called for the law to be overturned (after signing the damn thing for personal gain).

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 10:51 AM

14. And the winner of this week's Profiles in Cowardice award...

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Response to tanyev (Reply #14)

Thu Aug 5, 2021, 12:10 AM

56. "Profiles in Cowardice"- I like that one.


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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 10:52 AM

15. Rescinding this

will give more fire to 'smokey eyes.'

Watch her with glee in her voice if this undoing goes through.

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Response to North Shore Chicago (Reply #15)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 10:53 PM

49. How is that? She is not running against him, he is term limited. nt

Last edited Fri Aug 6, 2021, 08:22 PM - Edit history (1)

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #49)

Thu Aug 5, 2021, 06:33 AM

57. Her future ads running for Gov.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 10:55 AM

16. And just to the north in Missouri

The governor has doubled down on never issuing any public health mandates and trying to take all power away from local health departments. The Attorney General in Missouri is issuing lawsuits against any Missouri city or county that issues a mask order.

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Response to xmas74 (Reply #16)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 11:47 AM

27. I just don't understand this obsession of GQP governors with FORBIDDING local mask mandates.

It's one thing to refuse to enact a statewide mask mandate, but going to such lengths to prevent local governments, school systems, etc. from making decisions for their own localities seems like a whole extrw level of crazy, as well as an unnecessary power grab.

Of course, I don't understand much of anything about the way these red state governors have responded (or failed to respond) to the pandemic, but this particular aspect baffles me almost more than anything else. There's something so perverse about it. It's like these governors are saying, "I'm not just going to PASSIVELY stand by and let the people of my state infect each other with a deadly disease; I'm also going to ACTIVELY make damned sure nobody else can stop them from doing it. WTAF?

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Response to ShazzieB (Reply #27)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 10:57 PM

50. They believe in local control (state's rights, Feds stay out of state schools) until they don't.

The blatant hypocrisy is what stand out to me. Their voters reward that type of nonsense.

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Response to xmas74 (Reply #16)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 12:40 PM

41. I guarantee you that these efforts will fail. Everywhere I go (I'm in STL CITY MO), everyone is ...

wearing masks/all retail outlets/bars/etc. are requiring masks...

governor 'worthless' parson of Missouri is as partisan as one can get, and I wish that one day, the worthless efforts that these people spearheaded in zero efforts to stifle the spread of Covid will result in murder charges against everyone of these thugs or at least a class action lawsuit be enacted against everyone of these republican thugs.

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #41)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 05:04 PM

46. My local health board is full of anti maskers

In Warrensburg so we won't have a mask mandate.

If you know anyone sending a kid to University of Central Missouri let them know there will never be a mask mandate, social distancing doesn't exist and we have a 21% vaccination rate. Supposedly masks and social distancing hurts businesses. I personally think parents pulling their students out of the local university for safety issues will hurt the local economy far more.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 11:09 AM

19. DeathSantis threatened to pull funding for schools that required masks ..

He does not care how many people in Florida die.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 11:10 AM

20. Pandering is easy Asa

Governing responsibly isn't. But you know that.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 11:11 AM

21. I canned my mind! Can I get the vaccine before I get intubated?

 

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 11:12 AM

22. Noodle spine Hutchinson is allowing his voters and citizens to die due to his cowardice

stop voting in Republicans

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 11:16 AM

23. Woulda Coulda Shoulda.

the politics of the libertarian right.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 11:28 AM

24. he regrets?

his probable murdering of schoolchildren, their classmates, their parents, and teachers with D-variant is unconscionable. But his Party leader and probable hero trump could murder 600,000plus Americans with lies about Covid-19, so par for the course.

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Response to llashram (Reply #24)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 11:53 AM

31. I guess that's the "new 'pro-life'" schtick, 'eh?

They’re the “pro-life” party alright.



“Pro-life” my ass.

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Response to calimary (Reply #31)

Fri Aug 6, 2021, 01:14 PM

58. +

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Response to llashram (Reply #58)

Fri Aug 6, 2021, 01:29 PM

59. I'm determined to hang that highly-selective "pro-life" canard around the necks of the idiots

at every possible opportunity.

"Pro-life" my ass.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 11:34 AM

25. Fine example of

He fucked around, and now is finding out …


✌🏻

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 11:36 AM

26. Unwise governors should lose their jobs. Fuck his apology. Vote his & statehouse idiot asses out.

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Response to ancianita (Reply #26)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 11:02 PM

51. Present day Arkansas voters reward knuckleheads like him.

The last decent Governor there was Bill Clinton.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 11:48 AM

28. Not wearing masks is what their

constituents want. He could mandate it and they still won’t wear them.

I say let the bodies pile up and maybe that be what gets these morons to get the vaccine.

That is the only way to end the pandemic.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 11:52 AM

30. When You Wish Upon a Liar

(pronounced Lar with the Arkansas twang)

Moral of the story: When you wish upon Trump, you too will rue the day.

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Response to tavernier (Reply #30)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 12:01 PM

34. Who was it who said "everything trump touches dies"?

Rick Wilson - “recovering” republi-CON and author of a book with that title.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 11:57 AM

32. What could possibly go wrong?

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 12:00 PM

33. You placed partisanship and love of Trump

Over the lives of children. History will record and judge you, Mr. Hutchinson. You offered the children’s lives in sacrifice to a fascist charlatan. Burn in hell, you trumptard fuck.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 12:11 PM

35. so stupid.

and so REPUBLICAN!

jeez it drives me apeshit.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 12:12 PM

36. well then, try to fit it...actually LEAD....ya piece of shit...

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 12:35 PM

39. Regrets don't make it. Executive order, call a special session - show some concrete contrition.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 12:38 PM

40. The grinning moron...

Arkansas has some great folks, some beautiful country....but some absolutely WORTHLESS representation in government.
Voters...get your collective heads out of your ass.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 12:46 PM

43. Shows that even a Puke can learn!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 01:48 PM

44. Maybe he should have known this was going to happen!

He doesn't seem too smart.

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Response to liberal_mama (Reply #44)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 05:08 PM

47. There is no "maybe' about it.

NT

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 01:51 PM

45. Hutchinson can write an Executive Order to suspend it

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #45)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 11:08 PM

52. He is too chickenshit.

Like republican US Senators, supporting stuff that they know is wrong and then hammer it in private.

Doing the right thing takes guts, the republican these days with the most guts is Liz Cheney, which says a lot in itself.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #52)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 11:19 PM

53. Like Susan Collin's: "He's concerned"...but won't do anything...

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #53)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 11:21 PM

54. Yep. nt

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 4, 2021, 11:35 PM

55. This is Trent Garner's bill. Call him at 870-818-9219.

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