It’s D-Day in the House for Beebe’s Cigarette Tax

Holy crap this is going to be close.

Gov. Mike Beebe’s 56-cent increase in the cigarette tax comes up in the House today. The action begins a 1:30 p.m. If you can’t get a seat at the Ledge (did Tolbert camp out last night to get in first?), you can watch the madness unfold on Comcast’s Channel 18 in Little Rock.

The question this morning: Do the Democrats have the votes? Democratic Rep. Steve Harrelson says yes. House Speaker Robbie Wills says hell yes. Blogger Jason Tolbert, meanwhile, names names, saying these are the swing votes.

But here’s what seems to be the conventional wisdom of the moment: If it passes, it passes with 75 votes — the exact number required to get a two-thirds majority.

It’s gonna be a squeaker. Smoke ’em if you got ’em.


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