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March 15, 2007

Vol 5 • No 9

The Senate on the small screen

Here's a YouTube clip of Senate debate yesterday on the bill to ban all adoptions and foster parenting by gay people.

Mansion moves

Our Insider column this week has a small squib on another misunderstanding about items at the Governor's Mansion that arose when the Huckabee family moved out.

Gov. Wuss

Beebe splits the difference. He still doesn't want foster kids going into homes of gay people, but he seems to say he's not ready to rule out adoption by gay people.

The Observer

Standard poodles are smart. Real smart. They’ll outthink you. That’s what Greg Durham, the owner of Durham Haus Working Dogs way out on Colonel Glenn Road, said Saturday. The Observer was there to see what our friend’s poodle could do and meet Durha

A straw poll

Max Brantley took the week off. In his place, Robert McCord writes about presidential politics.

Smart Talk

This week: Global warming critics; a cafe society for scientists; blood money makes a movie.

The week that was March 7-13

It was a good week for … THE RAZORBACKS AND COACH STAN HEATH. After a strong run in the Southeastern Conference tournament, the Hogs got a bid to the NCAA Tournament. This probably will be enough to save Heath’s job.

Fine dining, down by the levee

A hidden gem on Helena's Cherry Street makes wonderful use of an old building to bring a higher level of dining than one might expect in a sleepy Delta town.

Suskie rides loss to PSC chairmanship

For a losing candidate, Paul Suskie did all right. After failing to win an office with a four-year term and a $67,000 salary, he was appointed to an office with a six-year term and a $100,000 salary.

This Modern World

Visual retreat into the South

The "Oxford American Southern DVD No. 1,” a compilation of clips and short films that will premiere March 15 at the Riverdale 10 movie theater, is part Dorothea Lange, part Peg Leg Sam Jackson.

New Blood at KLRT

There are fresh hands on the news reins at KLRT Fox 16, as the station gears up to go head-to-head with Little Rock’s big three affiliates.

Making it look easy

What's cooking-Capsule reviews March 15

What's cooking: Italian House and Grill opens near Hot Springs Village; Capsule reviews: Pokey D's, Red Apple Inn

St. Paddy’s Parade

TSO without tuxes and pyro

Fans of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra touring Christmas music show have a non-seasonal chance next week to see their favorite musicians in their alter-ego project, O’2L.

Words

What time is that knifing?

Return to sender

Another miscall at the Governor’s Mansion as Gov. Mike and Janet Huckabee were packing up to go into private life: Mrs. Huckabee took a painting by Little Rock impressionist Barry Thomas that she believed to be a gift to her.

Spring forward

Spring is the time when ticks emerge to remind you that you don’t really want to share the outdoors with them. Out there is their trailer park. They’ll abide trespass by tarantula and fire ant, but not you. Try to screw them out of it the way you did the

New blood in the ARTERY

Editorial cartoon

Dorough finds his voice

From his beginnings in Cherry Hill, Bob Dorough knew music was his thing.

‘300’ and the new mythology

A film that was never intended to carry political or philosophical weight still has managed to spark boatloads of political and moral outrage — on both sides of the ideological gap.

Femininity vs. feminism

Speaking of feminism, why is it that the Amy Vanderbilt Success Program for Women is so much better represented in the thrift and used-book stores of Arkansas than in those of any other state I’ve been to? I’ve been lazily collecting these slim volumes —

Orval

Liver disease referral center created

Arkansas’ first Liver Disease Referral Center to provide comprehensive care for the most serious liver conditions is at UAMS.

Who's opaque?

Is opaque writing catching?

That Pryor-Halter thing

This will be more interesting than significant. Bill Halter is not going to beat Mark Pryor in a Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate. But the thing is that he won’t say he won’t run. Meantime, he and Pryor keep exchanging slights or perceptions th

‘Makers’ mark

The sweet Seattle rocking-chair folk of singer/songwriter Rocky Votolato sweeps through Juanita’s on Monday, March 19.

Broadway diva delight

Broadway singers Debbie Gravitte, Jan Horvath and Christiane Noll will join the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for its Pops, Live! series show “The 3 Broadway Divas” this weekend.

Amphitheater sits and waits

The annual burning question from Little Rock area outdoor music fans has become: Outside of Riverfest, will there be any shows on the river?

Fit for a president

Although planners of the Clinton Presidential Center had many uses in mind for the facility, being the best place for chamber music probably wasn’t high on the list. But the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra had long been looking for the biggest and best p

Big noise in LR's big music rooms

Chris King, who opened the Revolution Music Room last June, can’t say the past nine months have gone as planned. “Certainly we’ve had a lot of surprises on the way,” he admitted, “but long term, as in a five-year plan, we’re surprisingly on target.”

Up in the Treehouse

A tree house is where school kids go to create a world apart, where they’re in charge. The Treehouse is where 20-somethings kids go, finding a world apart from the standard musical scene. The all-ages “pirate venue” at 109 S. Cedar St. is a bohemian

Winds of change

One of the most anticipated new arts venues in Central Arkansas is finally scheduled to come online for public performances beginning March 30, when the Windsong Performing Arts Center plays host to an Arkansas Chamber Singers Concert.

Road tripping for the arts

Ready to hit the road. Here are some itineraries that will scratch your cultural itch, complete with places to stop for rest and sustenance.

Spring calendar

Here's a listing of spring music and cultural attractions in Little Rock and the rest of Arkansas.

Property rights

You hear a lot of lip service paid at the legislature to the sanctity of property rights.

Third parties

The ACLU is right, as usual. The bill to supposedly make petition requirements for third parties comply with court rulings is nothing but a higher bar to third-party candidacies.

Unholy alliance

Brummett looks at how two frequent political opponents -- Percy Malone and Bob Johnson -- and just about every other senator lined up in favor of charging working stiffs 400 percent interest on small loans.

Bud Cummins gets it

From the NY Times on Alberto Gonzales' management of the Justice Department: Former prosecutors say that in dealings with lawmakers, administration officials and others who had complaints or were pushing causes, his department took no apparent steps to ensure that its decisions were free — or at least appeared free — of political taint.

C-SPAN alert -- UPDATE II

Turn to the Senate access channel at 9:15 a.m. if you get a chance. Sen. Mark Pryor will be giving a floor speech calling for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' resignation.

Fire, then impeach

It keeps getting deeper for Alberto "The Torturer" Gonzales and his patron, G.W. Bush. Here from Murray Waas, a reporting name that might be familiar to Times readers, the lead on a subscription-only story in the National Journal:

The day the music died -- UPDATE

Bad timing. The Times' spring arts cover story this week includes a number of features on venues -- big and small -- for live music.  One was the Treehouse, a house near UAMS that staged regular shows for music appealing to a younger crowd.

Banco Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart doesn't want to get into retail banking, right? You judge.

Ixnay on cyber hunting

Pressured by a legislative proposal, the state Game and Fish Commission has announced its intention to ban computer-assisted hunting.

Beebe bashes FEMA

Care to read Gov. Mike Beebe's testimony in Washington about the inadequate federal response to the Dumas tornado?

Beebe bashes FEMA

Care to read Gov. Mike Beebe's testimony in Washington about the inadequate federal response to the Dumas tornado?

Overheard in Little Rock

"Gay is this year's black." - myspace.com tag    "I'm not a hunter, I'm a gatherer" - Rivermarket at Lunch   [Woman 1] - "I just wanna say, I don't care for Melinda [Doolittle]."

Hero this morning; goat this afternoon

That would be Sen. Mark Pryor, who voted with the Republicans in the 50-48 vote against a Democratic resolution requiring an Iraq troop withdrawal to begin in 120 days.

Do you smell what I smell?

Of course it was ol' Turdblossom who orchestrated U.S. attorneygate. But, ABC news reports, new e-mails provide more proof that Karl Rove,  political godfather of Tim Griffin, was the designer.

Safer driving -- CORRECTION

The Senate passed Sen. Jimmy Jeffress' bill today to raise the learner's permit age from 14 to 15 and ban late-night driving and cell phone use by young drivers.

New tools to fight blight

In a single block of South Johnson Street, four houses sit abandoned and boarded up, roofs and porches falling in, yards overgrown, property taxes long unpaid. It’s a prime example of the contagion of urban blight: One abandoned house, left vacant fo

The Who's on first

How many times has someone uttered the “I’d rather be lucky than good” line? People in the concert industry will tell you that Michael Marion, the Alltel Arena general manager, is good at his job — he’s got two nominations and one award as facilities mana

‘Born Yesterday’ here today

Garson Kanin’s 1940s classic American romantic comedy, “Born Yesterday,” opens a two-week run at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre on Friday, March 16.

Procedure prevents arm swelling in cancer patients

V. Suzanne Klimberg, M.D., has developed a new procedure to prevent one of the most common side effects associated with breast cancer treatment – lymphedema or swelling of the arms due to faulty drainage of the lymph nodes.

Senate amendments

The Senate picked its constitutional amendment choices yesterday. Surprise.

Cheers!

The Morning News has good news to report this morning. (And thanks to Roby Brock for the alert on this important business news.)

The lobbyists are restless

Interesting item from Roby Brock about a new House rule that prohibits the venerable practice of sending in a message to a representative while the House is in session to call the lawmaker out for a chit-chat.

The lobbyists are restless

Interesting item from Roby Brock about a new House rule that prohibits the venerable practice of sending in a message to a representative while the House is in session to call the lawmaker out for a chit-chat.

'Treehouse' owners talk about shutdown

An interview with the owners of the Treehouse, the music venue they were holding in their home up until this week, when City code enforcement and LRPD vice squad shut them down, can be heard here via KUAR.

House amendments

We mentioned earlier that a Senate committee on Thursday recommended three constitutional amendments -- one for annual sessions (and lots more per diem opportunities) and unlimited pork barreling; Steve Faris' wacky notion to enshrine hunting and fishing as constitutional rights, and a measure to clean up obsolete language.

Dig deep, but wait a few days

A letter poured in to the Arkansas Blog kindly inquiring when Rosi Smith and I would appear on KUAR during the semi-annual begathon.

Dig deep, but wait a few days

A letter poured in to the Arkansas Blog kindly inquiring when Rosi Smith and I would appear on KUAR during the semi-annual begathon.

Media notes

The e-mail in-box produces a couple of news items: Mike Huckabee will appear on Real Time with Bill Maher at 10 p.m. tonight on HBO.

Media notes

The e-mail in-box produces a couple of news items: Mike Huckabee will appear on Real Time with Bill Maher at 10 p.m. tonight on HBO.

Valerie Plame speaks -- UPDATE

This story has legs. Plame, the former CIA agent, testifies, under oath, that she was a covert operative.

Scots weigh in on the ivory bill woodpecker

Once again, after much thought, a university scientist, this one in Scotland says that was no ivory bill woodpecker that people claim to have seen in Arkansas in 2004.

No Wal-Mart bank -- yet

Citing "manufactured controversy," Wal-Mart has dropped its application to get into banking through an industrial loan corporation.

Jury's in on the judge -- UPDATE

The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission today voted 5-3 to have a full hearing on whether to punish Appeals Court Judge Wendell Griffen for speaking publicly about such matters as racial discrimination and the Bush administration handling of Hurricane Katrina.

Jury's in on the judge -- UPDATE

The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission today voted 5-3 to have a full hearing on whether to punish Appeals Court Judge Wendell Griffen for speaking publicly about such matters as racial discrimination and the Bush administration handling of Hurricane Katrina.

Running out the clock -- UPDATE

Maybe I gave Rep. John Boozman too much credit the other day for criticizing the White House use of interim appointments for U.S. attorney in Little Rock, where Karl Rove's pet, Tim Griffin, was installed.

Running out the clock -- UPDATE

Maybe I gave Rep. John Boozman too much credit the other day for criticizing the White House use of interim appointments for U.S. attorney in Little Rock, where Karl Rove's pet, Tim Griffin, was installed.

We don't need no stinkin' third parties

That bad bill by Rep. Dan Greenberg to make it more difficult for third-party candidates to qualify for the ballot passed the House today with 66 votes.

Griffin's legal

Federal Judge G. Thomas Eisele has dismssed a petition in behalf of capital murder defendant Antoine Baker, represented by John Wesley Hall Jr., challenging the legality of a prosecution by U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin.

Court to legislators: Looking good

The special masters in the Lakeview school case have delivered an interim report to the Arkansas Supreme Court on the legislature's compliance with the order for adequate and equal public schools.

Huckabee cleared

Big surprise: wacky Jim Parsons' latest ethics complaint against former Gov. Mike Huckabee was dismissed today by the state Ethics Commission, 4-0.

Beth Ditto: "Ugly is beautiful" and more

The outspoken Beth Ditto, lead singer of the Gossip and former Searcy resident now residing in Oregon, let's it all hang out in this story from England's The Sun.

Paying back the judges

You gotta get up early for Joint Budget's personnel subcommittee and reporters aren't always around when excitement breaks out.

LRCVB -- INNOCENT!

Perhaps we exaggerate in the headline. But David Koon sat in on a meeting of the commission reviewing Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau operations and it sure sounds to me like the commissioners have found only some minor disagreemeents with past actions that have been painted by the daily newspaper as major transgressions.

Friday night lights

Sen. Mark Pryor did well on Hardball tonight. He said the attorney general lied to him about the Tim Griffin appointment.

Friday night lights

Sen. Mark Pryor did well on Hardball tonight. He said the attorney general lied to him about the Tim Griffin appointment.

And one last thought

I heard today that the Senate Rules Committee, at a hastily called meeting yesterday with no prior notice of agenda, rubber-stamped The Brotherhood's rules change for electing the president pro-tem for the 2009 session.

You Have To Love This

Possibly a Code Pink protester, cross-dressing in knockoff hot-pink Chanel, upstaging the Plame testimony:I mean, that little stunt took dedication, planning, timing, and probably a fair share of luck.  The absolute best photos of this I've seen were taken by flickr user jahat.

Define cohabitation

With a bit of humor, Brummett illustrates a few of the problems in Sen. Shawn Womack's bill to punish gay people by making it illegal for them to adopt or be foster parents.

Define cohabitation

With a bit of humor, Brummett illustrates a few of the problems in Sen. Shawn Womack's bill to punish gay people by making it illegal for them to adopt or be foster parents.

Damaged goods

Doug Thompson, in his weekly column for Stephens Media, writes about the mess the White House made in booting Bud Cummins as U.S. attorney in Little Rock to make room for Karl Rove pet Tim Griffin.

Damaged goods

Doug Thompson, in his weekly column for Stephens Media, writes about the mess the White House made in booting Bud Cummins as U.S. attorney in Little Rock to make room for Karl Rove pet Tim Griffin.

Question of the day

Stan Heath: Stay or go?

Let us not pray

The Bush administration is hellbent to promote public prayer in schools. But pray for an end to war on the sidewalk in front of the White House?

Let us not pray

The Bush administration is hellbent to promote public prayer in schools. But pray for an end to war on the sidewalk in front of the White House?

Huckabee in New Hampshire

Of all the things -- Mike Huckabee continues to get dogged, this time in New Hampshire, by questions about the taxes he increased in Arkansas.

It's all yours

Saturday night open line. Opinions welcome.

We interrupt this program for a rant

We meant to mention this story this morning. A state regulatory board director and his administrative assistant make off with a whopping $230,000 in improper expense reimbursements?

Sorry, technical problems

Several of you have noted problems with links to other blogs. The situation seems to be this: You cannot link to another Arkansas Times blog while on an Arkansas Times blog page.

Journalism review

Brummett offers his critique of some matters of Democrat-Gazette coverage -- the oddly controversial "Broyles Out" headline and Wally Hall's wildly controversial column on Houston Nutt.

Memories of Cotton Plant

The New York Times on Sunday offers a first chapter from new books. This week it's from Gayle Wald's, "Shout, Sister, Shout: The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe."

Clinton DIDN'T do it, too

The Democrat-Gazette today broke its long silence on the burgeoning revelations of U.S. attorneygate that soon should claim another heckuva Bush hack, Alberto "The Torturer:" Gonzales.

Clinton DIDN'T do it, too

The Democrat-Gazette today broke its long silence on the burgeoning revelations of U.S. attorneygate that soon should claim another heckuva Bush hack, Alberto "The Torturer:" Gonzales.

Smell's good, too

I confess I didn't delve deeply into the sports pages this morning, beyond the headline on the Broyles-Heath meeting.

Leahy won't play nice

The senator from Vermont (link fixed) says he intends to subpoena White House aides. For now, the White House says it will fight Leahy's efforts to get Tim Griffin's rabbi and Bush's brain, Karl "Turdblossom" Rove, under oath on attorneygate. Talk about a perjury trap.

In unison: Clinton didn't do it, too

Brummett explains in more detail why the "Clinton did it" defense of Bush's U.S. attorneygate is erroneous.

Scopes Umpteen

Creationists are making another run to insinuate their religion into the classroom, this time in Rogers.

Scopes Umpteen

Creationists are making another run to insinuate their religion into the classroom, this time in Rogers.

Democracy in LR

As Little Rock debates changes in city government -- mostly about an expansion of mayoral powers -- activist Jim Lynch offers an analysis of another large problem with city government, the at-large election of a controlling bloc of city directors.

Democracy in LR

As Little Rock debates changes in city government -- mostly about an expansion of mayoral powers -- activist Jim Lynch offers an analysis of another large problem with city government, the at-large election of a controlling bloc of city directors.

Page one 'news'

A credulous Florida newspaper reporter drinks Democrat-Gazette publisher Walter Hussman's Kool-Aid and that's good enough for Page One in the Monday Democrat-Gazette.

Page one 'news'

A credulous Florida newspaper reporter drinks Democrat-Gazette publisher Walter Hussman's Kool-Aid and that's good enough for Page One in the Monday Democrat-Gazette.

The final days

Brummett Blog predicts a couple of big issues in the legislature's final days -- first a push from business to spend some of the surplus on seed money (AKA corporate welfare) for technology-based companies and, less troubling, special pay for science, math and technology teachers.

The case of the sexy psychologist

While the Dem-Gaz was scanning the globe for articles supporting the publisher's pet projects, it was overlooking the important work of one of the state's high courts -- the Arkansas Court of Appeals.

Celebrate St. Joseph's Day

Someone forwarded a note UALR law prof John DiPippa is circulating today. Today is St. Joseph’s Day.

Arkie on board

Bob Nash, who followed Bill Clinton to Washington and has since been in community development financing, has joined the Hillary Clinton campaign as deputy campaign manager.

Arkie on board

Bob Nash, who followed Bill Clinton to Washington and has since been in community development financing, has joined the Hillary Clinton campaign as deputy campaign manager.

Daltrey's throat problems lead to more Who postponements

We're holding our breath and crossing our fingers, but it appears that Roger Daltrey's throat problems due to bronchitis may encroach on this week's Who concert at Alltel Arena.

The Who -- a question mark

Our Little Rocking blog has an update on a rash of cancellations by The Who, scheduled here Thursday, on account of Roger Daltrey's throat problem.

Follow the money

Now there's a trail of tainted money to the White House knitted up in the firing of U.S. attorneys.

Dumbing things down

We happen to think the legislative push to encourage high schoolers to concurrently enroll in local college courses for credit will detract from the effort to increase participation in tougher Advanced Placement courses.

Greasing the skids

Shawn Womack legislation to help Mike Huckabee's jet service provider, the Lord's Ranch, and other residential mental health facilities make zillions more in government reimbursements came out of committee this morning.

All the news isn't bad

Sen. Shawn Womack failed again today to get the emergency clause attached to his bill to prevent gay people from adopting or fostering children, even blood relatives.

Tables turned

Literature and movies are full of this familiar script -- the bully who cries like a baby when someone he's oppressed plants a punch right in the middle of his taunting face.

Update on The Who from Pete Townshend

In his latest blog entry, Pete said, "Today, lacking any further medical update on Roger's condition other than he was at first feeling worse, then a little better, Bill Curbishley (the Who's manager) has, with my full support, cancelled the next show in San Antonio.

GOP leadership

The Arkansas Republican Party has a new executive director, Karen Ray, a Mississippian who has been working in the Bush administration and who has had some campaign experience in Arkansas, particularly the voter turnout effort in Central Arkansas in 2004.

Baseball feeeeeeeeeeeeever

I'm not sure I've been this excited about a baseball season since I was a kid.

Attorneygate document dump

A new batch of documents has begun flooding in to congressional committees. Among them:  a note from Alberto the Torturer himself saying an aide hadn't been correct (i.e., truthful) in sworn testimony about the ouster of Bud Cummins to install Karl Rove stooge Tim Griffin.

Scanning the blogs

...while looking for signs of the attorneygate document dump, I see I missed some good stuff on the Brummett Blog today after my first check this morning.

Tomorrow's column today

And speaking of Brummett, here's his Tuesday column on the plan, backed by Gov. Beebe and sponsored by Death Star Bob Johnson, to create a state-financed venture capital fund to encourage high-tech jobs.

Hit the accelerator, group says

For two decades, per capita income in Arkansas has languished at three-fourths of the national average. True, our cost of living tends to be less. But it’s generally accepted that, as economies go, bigger is better. More people, more money, more taxp

The coy lt. gov.

Another interview with Bill Halter, another refusal to discuss his political future. In this one, politics prof Jay Barth says the talk at least helps Halter's profile.

The lying liars

More on the attorneygate document dump. 1) Here's to laugh: Patrick Fitzgerald was near the top of the Bush admin. list of poor performers.

From the documents

Previous posts and comments have noted that, in new material released Monday by the Justice Department, internal documents indicate some reluctance to have former U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins testify before Congress because he might answer questions in ways conflicting with various public statements by the Justice Department, plus allow Congress to delve into the reasons why Tim Griffin got the job, his qualifications and whether he was an active participant (duh) in the plan to install him without a confirmation proces.

Tim's Law

The Senate today approved the bill removing the White House's ability to appoint U.S. attorneys for indefinite periods without Senate confirmation.

Hospital report

Sen. Shawn Womack was admitted to UAMS this morning after feeling dizzy and showing a high blood-pressure reading.

Hospital report

Sen. Shawn Womack was admitted to UAMS this morning after feeling dizzy and showing a high blood-pressure reading.

P.C. Warriors

Hendrix College kept the name Warriors for its athletic teams but did away with Native American imagery in 2001, as most other colleges have done (Arkansas State University is a particularly bull-headed exception; you'd think they had a winning image to protect or something.)

Correction

In case you wondered: I got the day wrong last week. The Supreme Court budget will be in the Joint Budget personnel committee Wednesday morning.

Who's Townshend says show decision coming soon

Pete Townshend is blogging and keeping us hopeful Who fans up to date on whether the band will be able to play Thursday's show at Alltel Arena.

Suffer the animals

The Senate today passed Sue Madison's bill, SB 777, to stiffen penalties for mistreatment of dogs, cats and horses by making it a felony.

Suffer the animals

The Senate today passed Sue Madison's bill, SB 777, to stiffen penalties for mistreatment of dogs, cats and horses by making it a felony.

Layoffs at Acxiom

Arkansas Business reports a jump in layoffs at Little Rock-based Acxiom, though the company isn't providing specific numbers.

Take it away

I'm going to check Mark Pryor on Hardball, whose earlier appearance at 4 should repeat at 6.

On more important topics

I'm encouraged to link to a Hog board that is carrying details of Houston Nutt's telephone records (Definition of dumb: to leave a paper trail on a publicly paid cell phone open to the FOI).

Katrina fallout

Blanco hangs it up in Louisiana. Will Breaux run?

Editorial cartoon

Questions?

U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin, the Karl Rove acolyte whose aim for a political career in Arkansas led to Bud Cummins' firing, which led to, well, you know, will be on AETN's "Unconventional Wisdom" with Warwick Sabin and David Sanders at 6:30 p.m.

Carving the pork

I see Rep. Chris Thyer has determined that 542 bills asking for a collective $2.7 billion qualify for pork barrel spending under his interpretation of the Arkansas Constitution.

The agenda

Lest you misunderstand the agenda of the Walton education "reform" program at their university in Fayetteville, here's a snippet from a NY Times article that should help (about paying for schooling for disabled children):

The day at the Capitol

Among other tidbits to watch at the Capitol today: I've heard that Rep. Jim Medley has had his fun with the state Supreme Court and its budget will be approved this morning without further harassment.

The day at the Capitol

Among other tidbits to watch at the Capitol today: I've heard that Rep. Jim Medley has had his fun with the state Supreme Court and its budget will be approved this morning without further harassment.

The Who?

Pete Townshend's blog says it's looking good for The Who Thursday at Alltel.

50 years after

UALR today released another in its series of surveys on racial attitudes in the Little Rock area.

Issues for today...

Well, I want to do a television blog, but I have no time, and I don't know how to use templates, so that takes about three hours to write and construct, so we'll see... here's some stuff on my mind right now... this would probably be easier if I just emailed Belinda...

Beebe weighs in

About time. Gov. Mike Beebe steps out publicly on something with a tinge of controversy.

Beebe weighs in

About time. Gov. Mike Beebe steps out publicly on something with a tinge of controversy.

Gay adoption -- UPDATE

Credit where due. We've been less than impressed by Gov. Beebe's timidity on the gay adoption bill.

Son of the P.R. fund

When voters approved Amendment 70 to increase elected officials' pay, the amendment made it clear that extra payments would not be allowed and the campaign for the amendment made it clear that it would be end of public relations funds and other subterfuges to increase pay for elected officials without technically increasing their pay.

Son of the P.R. fund

When voters approved Amendment 70 to increase elected officials' pay, the amendment made it clear that extra payments would not be allowed and the campaign for the amendment made it clear that it would be end of public relations funds and other subterfuges to increase pay for elected officials without technically increasing their pay.

Who are you, who, who, who, who?

This morning, everything looked good for the Who concert at Alltel Arena on Thursday. Pete Townshend said on his blog that lead singer Roger Daltrey was apparently well again after fighting bronchitis and throat problems.

Who are you, who, who, who, who?

This morning, everything looked good for the Who concert at Alltel Arena on Thursday. Pete Townshend said on his blog that lead singer Roger Daltrey was apparently well again after fighting bronchitis and throat problems.

Former Magic 105 jock Michael P has passed

The "Pontiff of Rock 'n' Roll," Michael P. Langley, who worked at Magic 105 for many years, died last night at his home in Louisiana.

The Who update

Oops. A turn for the worse.

Dose of Dumas

Ernie Dumas is sunning himself on the shores of Alabama this week, thus publisher Alan Leveritt's ode to gardening in his accustomed spot.

More bad news: Luther Ingram died

Luther Ingram, whose hit "If Lovin' You Is Wrong (I don't want to Be Right)" is one of the R&B classics, died in St. Louis on Monday.

Ticket scalping

Some get to do it, but some don't?  How's that a good idea? Nobody asked, but I think it's time to give up on scalping laws and let the market work, including, yes, at Hog games.

The amendments

We quit for the day, but Roby Brock did not. He's got the news on the joint committee effort to choose three constitutional amendments for the 2008 ballot.

Bu(i)l session maximum

Interesting story here about a coming book from historian Taylor Branch, FOB, from some 80 taped sessions of White House chats with Bill Clinton during the course of his presidency.

The (Who) show must go on!

Pete says it's happening. Roger may not be full speed, especially for those later shows at OKC and Fort Lauderdale a few days from now, but who cares about them.
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