Tonight’s open line includes news Hillary Rodham Clinton posted on Twitter today, the death Friday night of her brother, Tony Rodham. He was born in 1954. A cause hasn’t been disclosed.

Tony Rodham attended the University of Arkansas for a time. He’d held a variety of jobs, including associations with political campaigns and other activities that led to a number of controversies.



Also noted: Funeral arrangements were announced today for Linda F. Collins (as the funeral home identified her; she’d been known in her political career as  Linda Collins-Smith, but was divorced last fall from retired Judge Philip Smith). She was found dead at her home near Pocahontas earlier this week and the suspected homicide remains under investigation. The obituary at Fears Funeral Home suggested memorials to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. It noted her career:

Linda accomplished much good during her lifetime.  She was a former Arkansas State Representative and former Arkansas State Senator.  In addition, she was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.  She was a member of the following organizations:  Gun Owners of America, Arkansas Hospitality Association, National Federation of Independent Business, Arkansas Chamber of Commerce, Randolph County Arkansas Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Arkansas Lodging Association, Lower Mississippi Delta Development Council, and the Arkansas Federation of Republican Women.  Linda was also proud to be the founder of the Randolph County Tourism Association and a supporter of the Patriots of Act 746, in Arkansas.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Sutton Free Will Baptist Church in Pocahontas. A visitation is scheduled at the church from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 14.


CORRECTION: My original post confused the name by which the late senator was identified by the funeral home It is Linda Collins, not Linda Smith.