I’m not going to try to boil these down other than to say that politics in Helena-West Helena and Crittenden County do beat all. It’s enough to make people pack up and leave those bedraggled territories. Wait. Thousands have.

* HELENA-WEST HELENA: Here, the account is about pay raises for pals with dubious backgrounds in city government.

* CRITTENDEN COUNTY: Here, the story is about (free registration reqd.) Democratic Committee drama and fears of a potential meltdown of election operation as a result.

Makes Bryant look positively placid.