ICYMI: Arkansas Pipeliners and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge Update Fox & Friends on Biden’s Job Killing Keystone Pipeline OrderFri, Apr 16, 2021
LITTLE ROCK - Last week Fox & Friends co-host Carley Shimkus met with Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and pipeline workers in Bald Knob, Arkansas, a town known as the “Pipeliner Capital of the World.” Rutledge filed a lawsuit against the administration after Biden ceremoniously revoked the Keystone Pipeline permit back in January stating environmental concerns and an abundance of ‘green jobs’ available to those employed in the oil and gas industry. The lawsuit, signed by 20 attorneys general, argues that killing the Keystone Pipeline permit is unconstitutional.
“For the last three months these Arkansans have been unable to secure green energy jobs as promised by President Biden because they do not exist,” said Attorney General Rutledge. ”With the swipe of a pen, Biden eliminated the Keystone Pipeline permit, and he did so without proper authority. We’re simply asking the court to revoke the cancellation and to allow the pipeline to move forward until Congress makes that decision so Arkansans can get back to work.”
Those left unemployed by Biden’s January order, after he revoked the multi-billion dollar permit and effectively killed 11,000 American jobs, say that Biden abandoned blue collar workers.
- One Arkansas Pipeliner tells Fox News, “I’ll look [Biden] dead in his eyes and tell him there are no green jobs.” “I’ve looked for them green jobs” and instead “I started a trucking company because there are no green jobs.”
- Another pipeliner is quoted saying, “If I’m not working, I’m barely scraping by. I’ve got two kids I’m trying to support. If I’m not working, what am I supposed to do?”
- A group of pipeliner women from Arkansas share similar sentiments as they discuss their families’ hardships. One woman states, "[her] entire family is unemployed now” while another mentions “we’ll lose everything we have [everything] that we’ve worked our entire lives for.”
Here’s more from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge:
Fox & Friends First: When will Biden find jobs for laid-off Keystone Pipeline workers? The Legality of Revoking the Pipeline
Attorney General Rutledge Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Review Arkansas Law Barring Abortion Based on Down SyndromeTue, Apr 13, 2021
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a petition for a writ of certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals that held the Constitution guarantees a right to selective abortion of children with Down syndrome. In January, the Eighth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s order that blocked Arkansas’s law prohibiting abortions that are performed solely on the basis of Down syndrome. Attorney General Rutledge’s petition asks the Supreme Court to reverse the Eighth Circuit.
“The Constitution does not require Arkansas to permit discrimination-by-abortion against Americans with Down syndrome,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Through my personal friendships, I know that while individuals with Down syndrome may have an extra chromosome, they also have extra love and joy they share unconditionally, and I will not stand by while God’s gifts are exterminated as has been done in other countries.”
In 2019, Arkansas lawmakers passed Act 619, the Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act. It prohibits a practitioner from performing an abortion if the woman is seeking the abortion “solely on the basis of” a diagnosis of Down syndrome or any other reason to believe the child has Down syndrome.
Shortly before Act 619 took effect, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and O’Melveny & Myers, an international law firm based in California, sued to block it and other laws. The federal district court in Little Rock took their side and ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to selectively abort children with Down syndrome.
The Eighth Circuit affirmed, because it felt bound by prior decisions that have misinterpreted the Supreme Court’s precedent. Although the Eighth Circuit ultimately ruled against Arkansas, two of the three judges agreed with Arkansas that the Constitution does not guarantee a right to discriminatory, selective abortions. These two judges asked the Supreme Court to correct its precedent.
The case is called Rutledge v. Little Rock Family Planning Services, No. 20-1434. For a copy of the petition, click here.
Rutledge Continues to Defend Arkansans Crushed by President Biden’s Cancellation of the Keystone PipelineWed, Apr 7, 2021
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge stood proudly today showing her continued support for Arkansas pipeliners and welders, who lost their jobs when President Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline permit. President Biden signed Executive Order 13990 on his first day in office, destroying hundreds of Arkansans’ good-paying jobs and jeopardizing the financial stability of countless families during a pandemic. In March, Rutledge and 20 other states sued the Biden Administration. The lawsuit explains the administration’s unilateral action crippled America’s economy, hurt consumers, displaced workers, increased our dependence on foreign energy resources, and ultimately harmed the environment. The complaint also explains that President Biden failed to consult with the states before taking an action that will have far-reaching consequences and sets a dangerous precedent that prioritizes leftists’ agenda over America’s economy.
“With the stroke of a pen, the Biden-Harris Administration eliminated real income for Arkansans and instead gave them an imaginary idea and a future promise of green energy jobs that don’t yet exist,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Just like I did with the Obama Administration, I will stop acts of unlawful federal overreach and political nonsense that has a real and harmful impact on Arkansans."
In February, fourteen attorneys general advised President Biden in a letter that their states were reviewing available legal options to protect their citizens and interests. Since the over-reaching Executive Order was signed, Attorney General Rutledge worked diligently to help Arkansans who have been directly impacted by the Biden Administration’s energy policy.
Rutledge Announces Arrest of a Central Arkansas Man for Cyber Crimes Against ChildrenTue, Apr 6, 2021
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the arrest of a Central Arkansas man for crimes related to distributing or viewing child pornography.
Nathan Williams, 55, was arrested on Thursday, April 1, 2021, in North Little Rock by Special Agents with the Cyber Crimes Division of the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office and officers with the Austin Police Department. The arrest warrant, signed by Cabot District Court Judge Clint McGue, resulted from the examination of Williams’s phone which contained numerous images of child sexual exploitation material.
Williams was arrested on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.
Williams is being held in Lonoke County Jail on $100,000 bond. The Attorney General’s Office will turn over its investigative file to Lonoke County Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Graham.
Rutledge Announces Arrest of Former City of Dermott Employee for Theft at Water Department, First Service BankFri, Apr 2, 2021
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the arrest of former City of Dermott employee Shamia Jefferson. As a Dermott City Hall secretary, Jefferson was in a position of trust, having full and complete access to money paid to the City of Dermott by residents for their water and sewer bills. A 2016 Legislative Audit discovered discrepancies in approximately 100 deposits. Banking records from two financial institutions and documents from the city water department were analyzed indicating numerous unrecorded checks had been deposited to conceal missing cash. The total amount of funds missing was $15,594.00.
Jefferson left her job at the City of Dermott and was employed as a bank teller at First Service Bank from August 2018 to August 2019. An additional investigation and audit was conducted regarding missing money from First Service Bank. As a result, Jefferson was found to have taken money from her cash drawer and falsified a cash transaction ticket.
After extensive and thorough investigations, agents with the Public Integrity Division of the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office sought and received a warrant of arrest for Jefferson. She was arrested and charged with two counts of Theft of Property, a class (C) Felony. Jefferson was also charged with one count of Falsifying a Business Record, a class (A) Misdemeanor. Jefferson turned herself in to authorities in Chicot County on Thursday, April 1.
Attorney General Rutledge Leads 13-State Coalition Suing President Biden to Protect State Tax CutsThu, Apr 1, 2021
Says, ‘Biden, Harris, and Pelosi don’t have the right to control Arkansas’s tax laws’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge co-led a 13-state, bipartisan coalition in filing a lawsuit Wednesday to protect the well-established authority of states to lower taxes for their citizens. The lawsuit argues that the federal government cannot force states to relinquish control of their taxing authority in return for much-needed economic aid related to COVID-19. The tax mandate provision in the latest COVID-19 spending bill bars states from lowering taxes in exchange for relief funds. The lawsuit explains this is one of the most egregious federal power grabs in the nation’s history.
“President Biden’s latest COVID spending bill blocks our state from reducing Arkansans’ tax burden,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Biden, Harris and Pelosi don’t have the right to control Arkansas’s tax laws and the Constitution does not allow such blatant federal overreach.”
The complaint argues that the tax mandate provision could be used to claw back a share of Arkansas’s stimulus allotment. This creates an impermissible chilling effect on state lawmakers’ willingness to reduce the tax burdens on their citizens.
Before filing this lawsuit, members of the coalition asked U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to confirm the legislation would not strip states of their taxing authority. However, her response did not place any limits on the vague provision – uncertainty that she admits exists in referring to the ambiguity as a “thorny” issue in testimony to Congress.
Attorneys general filed the lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Treasury, Secretary Yellen and the Department’s Acting Inspector General Richard K. Delmar, who would be responsible for seeking any potential claw back of federal funds.
The lawsuit attacks this unconstitutional exercise of federal power as violating the 10th Amendment, particularly the conditional spending doctrine and the anti-commandeering doctrine.
The attorneys general seek a court order that prohibits enforcement of the federal tax mandate and declares it unconstitutional.
Arkansas co-led the coalition with West Virginia and Alabama with support from Alaska, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah.