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Garland County Attorney Joe Churchwell, Searcy attorney Paul Love, and Cumulus Media radio personality Doc Washburn, address an audience from the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol on November 19, 2016. The “Protect Families From DCFS Rally” was scheduled on short-notice following announcement that Senator Alan Clark (viewed by supporters as a hard-working champion for major DHS-DCFS reforms) is being replaced by Senator Missy Irvin as the Senate Co-Chair of the Joint Performance Review (JPR) committee. (Clark’s counterpart with the House of Representatives has been Co-Chair Representative Kim Hammer. The JPR has been involved in prolonged investigation of abuses by officials of the Department of Human Services as well as officials of the Crimes Against Children Division of the State Police for months, holding their feet to the fire requiring sworn testimony and questioning by JPR members. 

Reforms being called for include:

1. An institutional acknowledgement (within DHS-Division of Children and Family Services) of the Constitutional Rights of Arkansas Families.
2. DHS-DCFS to respect the 4th Amendment prohibition against warrantless home intrusions and seizures.
3. Miranda Warnings to parents by DCFS investigators.
4. Bodycams on child-welfare workers in their interactions with parents and children.
5. Referrals for prosecution of those who break the law by making false and malicious child-abuse claims.
6. End the use of “case confidentiality” to protect child-welfare workers who trample on civil rights and otherwise violate the law.

Videography by Clay Herrmann (www.garlandcounty.info).

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Oct 272016
 
Access Denied to Public Records

Garland County citizens who were anticipating access to public records in order to answer questions related to financial malfeasance in the County Judge’s  office, have now been denied access to public records related to “STATE OF ARKANSAS VS. KRISTI LYN GOSS” by order of Circuit Judge Marcia Hearnsberger.     Subject: FOIA Request – State […]

Oct 102016
 

Incumbent Garland County Judge, Rick Davis, and Independent Conservative County Judge Candidate, Clay Herrmann, both spoke at a candidate forum hosted by the Hot Springs LGBT Alliance on October 9, 2016. The invitation to participate in the forum was extended to all local candidates in contested races, and was moderated by former Garland County Election […]

Oct 022016
 
County Officials Urged to Circle the Wagons

by Clay Herrmann In an email sent on behalf of the county judge’s legal counsel, county officials are urged to circle the wagons in order to deny interested citizens or the press information regarding investigation of financial matters in the County Judge’s Office. Concurrent investigations have been initiated by the Office of Legislative Audit, Prosecuting Attorney […]

Oct 012016
 
So Others May Live

by Clay Herrmann 1962 Air Force Academy graduate and CH-3C “Jolly Green” pilot, Captain Jerry Singleton, had only been in Southeast Asia a month when his search, rescue, and recovery craft was shot down in North Vietnam. He had been assigned to the 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron based at Udorn Royal Thai AFB, and […]

Dr. Mike Hernandez on 4.4-mill Property Tax Increase Proposal

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Sep 082016
 
Dr. Mike Hernandez on 4.4-mill Property Tax Increase Proposal

Dr. Mike Hernandez, Superintendent of Hot Springs School District, was guest presenter for the Garland County TEA Party on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at the Hibachi Sushi Buffet in Hot Springs. It was unusual in that Dr. Hernandez is leading the campaign to raise the millage rate 4.4 mills for a range of facility renovations […]

Doyle Webb at HSV TEA Party

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Sep 082016
 
Doyle Webb at HSV TEA Party

Arkansas Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb was featured speaker for the monthly luncheon program of Hot Springs Village TEA Party at Charlie’s Pizza Pub on September 6, 2016. He was asked to talk to the audience about issues that currently especially concern him as Arkansas’ Republican Party Chairman, and afterward to take questions from the […]

County Judge Challenger Offers Reward

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Sep 032016
 
County Judge Challenger Offers Reward

The reward has not been claimed yet! Come on people! How hard could it be? There is a long line of Garland County Judges previous to the incumbent to reference. They were ALL Democrats, ALL members of the major political party generally most associated with growing the size of government, increasing taxes and fees, and […]

Complaint Filed with AG

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Jul 132016
 

In the place on the online Arkansas Attorney General Attorney Consumer Complaint Form that asks a complainant to “Please explain the circumstances surrounding your complaint”, the following was entered: Arkansas FOIA Violations INFORMATION vs REGULATION Presentation to QC Committee (YouTube video) https://youtu.be/a-cLA7vT9Xs Complainant was told to take down www.garlandcounty.info website. 0:34 – 4:59 (https://youtu.be/a-cLA7vT9Xs) In […]

Conditional Offer

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Jul 012016
 

Letter To Editor (and notice to Garland County Judge Rick Davis, Garland County Republican Party, & Garland County Election Commission) Subject: Conditional Offer To Withdraw From Garland County Judge Race Date: 6/30/2016 Garland County Judge Rick Davis and the Garland County Republican Committee and Party can be spared the expenditure of thousands of dollars, as well as […]

GED Graduation at GC Detention Center

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Jun 302016
 
GED Graduation at GC Detention Center

by Clay Herrmann Six members of the The “Class of 2016 B” donned caps and gowns for their GED (General Educational Development) graduation on June 28, 2016 at the Garland County Detention Center. The honored graduates were Calob Mills, Juan, Santiago, Dokotah Gautreaux, Maria Lamb, Larry Moore, and Day Watson. Eligibility for graduation required that […]

Military Veterans in GC Detention Center

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Jun 242016
 
Military Veterans in GC Detention Center

An interview with military veterans in the Garland County Detention Center was accommodated by Sheriff Mike McCormick on June 23, 2016. Jock McGregor and Jerry Neal of Hot Springs Daily (www.hotspringsdaily.com) sat down with some of the resident military veterans and discussed the facilities pioneering programs with some of the prior-military service personnel currently confined […]

Term Limits, Constables, & Loco Bonita Ranch

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May 042016
 

Tim Jacob  – 2016 Term Limits Petition “The way they gain real power is by attaching themselves to long-term incumbents …” (Tim Jacob speaking of lobbyists and bureaucratic organizations) Tim Jacob addressed the Hot Springs Village TEA Party on May 3, 2016 regarding the current term limit petition applicable to Arkansas legislators. If successful the measure will […]

HSV Town Hall – U.S. Senator Tom Cotton

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Apr 022016
 
HSV Town Hall - U.S. Senator Tom Cotton

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton appeared before a receptive audience at a Town Hall Meeting at the Coronado Community Center in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas on April 1, 2016. Senator Cotton spoke at some length about the “threat of Islamic terrorism” and the threat of the “Islamic State”, before addressing a number of other subjects. The […]

Meet Your Election Commission Chairman!

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Mar 172016
 
Meet Your Election Commission Chairman!

Hot Springs Daily did a video interview with Garland County Election Commission Chairman, Gene Haley, on March 16, 2016. Chairman Haley addressed a number of topics including: An after the Primary Election report. The deadline and the process for an independent or 3rd party candidate to get on the Arkansas ballot for the November 8th […]

Garland County Quorum Court Approves June Special Election

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Mar 152016
 
Garland County Quorum Court Approves June Special Election

by Clay Herrmann In an 11 to 2 vote at the March 14, 2016 meeting of the Garland County legislature, the Quorum Court approved presiding County Judge Rick Davis’ call for a Special Election to be held on June 28, 2016 for a 0.625% county sales tax, to pay off bonds to be issued “in […]

5/8% Sales Tax for MLK Bypass – Committee Hearing & Vote

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Mar 032016
 
5/8% Sales Tax for MLK Bypass - Committee Hearing & Vote

by Clay Herrmann The Public Health, Welfare & Safety Committee of the Garland County Quorum Court met on February 29, 2016. The major issue under consideration was County Judge Rick Davis’ proposal for another “temporary” 5/8% sales tax, this time to raise approximately fifty million dollars. Approximately thirty million would be for cost-sharing with the […]