No one ever accused the Arkansas legislature of having good taste.
Among more substantive hijinks, the House yesterday rejected a measure to authorize two new statues to represent the state the U.S. Capitol, honoring civil rights icon Daisy Bates and country music legend Johnny Cash.
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The statues would replace the current statues that depict Uriah Rose and James P. Clarke.
Bates has overwhelming support but the House was divided on Cash, with some Republicans expressing a preference for Sam Walton.
Rep. Doug House complained, “Mr. Cash is a great musician … but the drugs, the alcohol, the women, that kind of thing … no, I can’t hold him up to my children as a model.”
The bill initially passed 54-21, but then failed by one vote — 50-21 — after a procedural move that forced legislators to be in their seats for the vote.