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May 18, 2006

Vol 4 • No 18

Don't like long bus rides?

Move closer to school. It's the suggestion from a state transportation official in this look by Stephens Media at the Asa Hutchinson-induced hysteria over closure of the inefficient, inadequate Paron High School.

How low can THEY go

Washington Post poll: New lows for Republicans in Congress, Bush and incumbents of both parties.

More on Huck's DC confab

In our previous item this morning about Gov. Mike Huckabee's roundtable with national reporters yesterday in Washington, D.C., we rounded up some highs and lows from standard news reports (including an allusion to armed robbery that was a typically lame attempt at humor).

Survey says ...

Wal-Mart means higher poverty. The study -- Wal-Mart and County-Wide Poverty -- written by Stephan Goetz, a professor of agricultural and regional economics at Pennsylvania State University, and Hema Swaminathan for the International Center for Research on Women, was published in the latest issue of Social Science Quarterly.

Speaking of Wal-Mart

Responsible Wealth -- a group whose members include such rich folks as Warren Buffet and members of Bill Gates' family -- says it and Martha Burk of the National Council of Women's Organizations will be present at the Wal-Mart stockholders' meeting June 2 in Fayetteville to again ask for adoption of a resolution about gender and racial disparities in Wal-Mart stock ownership among employees.

Speaking of Wal-Mart

Responsible Wealth -- a group whose members include such rich folks as Warren Buffet and members of Bill Gates' family -- says it and Martha Burk of the National Council of Women's Organizations will be present at the Wal-Mart stockholders' meeting June 2 in Fayetteville to again ask for adoption of a resolution about gender and racial disparities in Wal-Mart stock ownership among employees.

Supreme Court choices

The Leader endorses Wendell Griffen and Donald Corbin for Supreme Court. As it happens, we noticed this solid pitch for votes from Griffen in a recent e-mail.

Halter stays on

The Supreme Court has made quick work of the appeal of a lower court ruling last week on Bill Halter's residency.

Just because

An open line.

Telephone calls

Too late to check further, but we've gotten a number of complaints about automated telephone calls today SEEMINGLY in support of Supreme Court Justice Donald Corbin.

Sneaky Hathorn

For many years I have been watching and writing about political elections in Arkansas, but I don’t think I ever saw any strategy quite as sneaky as something that Mike Hathorn tried to use last week.

Editorial cartoon May 18

None of your business?

Some people are fond of saying that government should be run like a business. You almost never hear anyone say that a business should be run like the government. But maybe that’s the problem, at least when it comes to transparency and accountability

Boobs

The Arkansas Times now recognizes what publications like Sports Illustrated, FHM and Maxim already know: Hot babes in bikinis boost circulation every time. (I would say “sells every time,” but the Times is free. What a country!)

This Modern Worlld May 18

The Observer

A caller to the office whispered into the phone. “Christmas tree. Dumped on St. Charles Boulevard. Brown.” February, done it ourselves. May, never.

Here's your local control

We in Arkansas share something fundamental with our nation’s president and vice president. They don’t pay much attention to the U.S. Constitution. We don’t pay much attention to our state Constitution.

Pulling the lever

Readers have asked about the relatively small number of election endorsements in the Times, not to mention some specific choices. The short explanation is that institutional endorsements, as consensus judgments of different people, aren’t always easily re

Election recommendations

The Arkansas Times has made these endorsements in the primary elections Tuesday, May 23. Early voting is already under way.

Opinions by Lob

My job-performance poll numbers are down — no, not as far down as his, thank the Lord — and the focus groups are recommending edgier, hard-hitting opinions as a way to get them back up. Hope these are edgy enough and hit hard enough. Am not sure I agree w

The week that was May 9-15

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … COMMERCIAL TV. The political ads have begun pouring in for the primary election. Whether this is good for voters remains to be seen.

Guest writer: Clint Reed

Clint Reed, the executive director of the Arkansas Republican Party, subs this week for Ernest Dumas, who is on vacation.

Orval May 18

Clubbing on University

City Hall is buzzing about plans for a night club in the sagging, nearly defunct University Mall, once a premier retail center.

Smart Talk

This week: Crunching Arkansas voter numbers; beautiful Mount Ida; lobbying comes before hurricane relief.

Words

“As expected, ‘Bad Twin’ is chalk full of cheeky references to the prime-time juggernaut, including several mentions of the 17th-century philosopher John Locke … ” Susan Van Dusen asks “Doesn’t the writer mean to say ‘chock-full’ instead of ‘chalk-ful

Mumps update

The Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health (DOH), is confirming seven (7) cases of mumps: two cases in White County and one case each in Little River, Clark, Pulaski, Drew and Lonoke Counties.

Homegrown songwriters return

If you can’t get to Nashville, the good news is that several native Arkansans bring Nashville and a version of its singer-songwriter haven, the Bluebird Cafe, here.

More from the new Arkansas encyclopedia

When the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture launched, it had approximately 700 entries. New entries are being added each week. Among them are several of the “official state” icons. Did you know that Arkansas has an official state soil?

Humor in the Bible? Lancaster's take

There are no jokes in the Bible. You could argue that it’s all one big Joke but that would be discourteous. It is plainly not God’s Word because any deity with the wit to create human beings would not long suffer so unrelievedly witless and tedious a

Also at Sticky Fingerz

Will Hoge drops into Sticky Fingerz a lot, and there’s definitely a following for him locally; people really dig his red-blooded Springsteen/Petty-type rock. This visit, he’ll have copies of his new album, “The Man Who Killed Love.” The show starts at 9 p

Abortion ban -- UPDATE

Republican candidates clearly think abortion is hot again. Now it's Doug Matayo, following Asa, pounding the drum.

The man from Hope

Sigh, Brummett is right about Huckabee as a national presidential contender -- "the field is so dreadful Huckabee is no weaker than any and stronger than some."

Conservative revolt

An interesting story in Pennsylvania, where conservative Republicans turned out more moderate Republicans in legislative races.

Dirty trick

  Supreme Court Justice Donald Corbin said his campaign has nothing to do with pre-recorded calls that have been flooding phones all over Arkansas with messages seemingly supportive of him.

Randy Travis to return to Immanuel

Pollstar lists a Sept. 14 concert date for country music star Randy Travis at Little Rock's Immanuel Baptist Church.

Illegitimate

In case you hadn't noticed, this week's print edition of the Times includes commentary from Clint Reed, executive director of the Arkansas Republican Party, on the Beebe campaign.

That's all folks -- UPDATE

With the return of leaves, the official ivory-billed woodpecker search season is over in the Big Woods of Arkansas.

LR native wins TV's 'Top Model'

Danielle Evans from Little Rock last night won the sixth edition of UPN's America's Next Top Model competition.

When all else is failing ...

... you beat up on gay people. So here come the Republicans.

Sad

KTHV reports that former weekend anchor Win Noble was arrested on a third-degree domestic battery charge.

One toke over the line

News release: Longtime Little Rock based political activist Glen Schwarz will formally announce as a Green Party candidate for the Arkansas District 2 U.S. Congressional seat currently held by Congressman Vic Snyder, at the Green Party State Meeting, being held at the Clinton Community Center, Saturday May 20, at 12noon.

Then and now

The Democratic Party of Arkansas continues to highlight past words and deeds of Asa Hutchinson (as when he said the U.S. need not build a fence to control its southern border) and current events (fence-building bonanza in the making for the usual suspect contractors).

Then and now

The Democratic Party of Arkansas continues to highlight past words and deeds of Asa Hutchinson (as when he said the U.S. need not build a fence to control its southern border) and current events (fence-building bonanza in the making for the usual suspect contractors).

More noise -- UPDATE

How silly has the campaign become? Consider the Republican Party, which has requested an advisory ethics opinion whether current Tim Wooldridge advertising amounts to an in-kind contribution to the Mike Beebe for Governor campaign.

Readers note

We're having some technical problems with the blog today. These include slow posting of comments and inability to access some comment threads.

Gettin' Out: Thursday with the Munks

I previously said 8 p.m., but do you really want to get at a party right when it starts?

Late night

Sorry, we've been away. Meant to leave an open line.

Can anything funny come out of Nazareth?

The entry on “humor” in “The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible” cites the story of Samson as an example. “By combining two translations … of Samson’s exulting cry after the jawbone incident (Judges 15:16), we can sense something of the flavor of the m

Fancy fairytale footwork

The Arkansas Festival Ballet’s performance of “Snow White,” the young group’s first full-length production of a ballet, was entertaining, professional and at times endearingly comical.

Influenza Pandemic Summit to Discuss Plans for County Preparedness

The current status of Arkansas’ pandemic influenza planning will be discussed at the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health (DOH), Regional Pandemic Influenza Summit on May 19 at the U of A Monticello Gibson University Center

Baby, oh baby

As the old saw goes, a child can change your life in ways you never dreamed. For no one is this more true than those who live on the fringes of society. These people are explored to bleak but brilliant effect in the new film “L’Enfant (The Child),” openin

Everything you need to know, in 30 seconds

With the May 23 primary election less than a week away, polls indicate that many likely voters remain undecided about Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general. That means television advertising may prove pivotal, and so the 3

Will Hoge on the brink

Listening to Will Hoge’s older music or his most recent work on “The Man Who Killed Love,” you have to wonder at just which moment the Nashville Southern soul rocker suddenly will become a household name.

Juanita’s has A Change of Pace

Screamo-core band A Change of Pace headlines an all ages show at Juanita’s on Thursday, May 18, with Spoken, the Classic Crime, Run Kid Run and It’s Like Love. The music starts at 8 p.m.; cover is $10.

TV highlights May 18-23

BEHIND THE DA VINCI CODE 8 p.m. Friday, May 19 The History Channel (Comcast Ch. 70) A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) INDEPENDENT LENS: THE DEVIL’S MINER 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 AETN (C

Vindaloo and papri chat, too

Kabab and Curry, the new Indian restaurant at the Market Place that offers both Southern and Northern specialties, is a bustling, non-fancy narrow storefront, decked out in 1950s-style red vinyl chairs and chrome tables.

Pass the baklava

Weekend roundup includes Greek Food Festival and gospel with Kirk Franklin.

UAMS, ACHRI Researcher Affirms Fetal Pain Findings

LITTLE ROCK – Available scientific evidence on brain development demonstrates that fetuses feel pain as early as the second trimester, says a leading expert in pain research from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the Arkansas Chil

3 women, lots of photos

Rita Henry, Adrienne Taylor and Nancy Nolan, old friends and well-known Little Rock photographers, up offer their work for comparison in “3 Women/3 Ways” at Gallery 26, 2601 Kavanaugh. The show opens with a reception from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 2

Baby, oh baby

As the old saw goes, a child can change your life in ways you never dreamed. For no one is this more true than those who live on the fringes of society. These people are explored to bleak but brilliant effect in the new film “L’Enfant (The Child),” openin

What's cooking/Capsule reviews

What's cooking: Rocky's Pub, The Imagine Capsule reviews: Gusano's Pizzeria, Super Taquieria

Lucky 13

While we’re not much on recounting the news from our own dugout around here, one recent dust-up involving the Arkansas Times bears repeating — at least the influential journo-mag Editor and Publisher thinks so.

Fancy fairytale footwork

The Arkansas Festival Ballet’s performance of “Snow White,” the young group’s first full-length production of a ballet, was entertaining, professional and at times endearingly comical.

Austin, Stripling and all that jazz

Patti Austin and Byron Stripling have been singing and playing the best of jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong for fans worldwide, and the duo will perform their show with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in two concerts this weekend.

St. Bernard's appoints cancer liaison

A.H. (Buck) Rusher, Jonesboro surgeon, has received a three-year appointment as cancer liaison physician for the cancer program at St. Bernards Medical Center.

The money rolls in

Looks like the state surplus will be even larger than predicted.

Da Vinci Code bombs

NY Times (just one of many critics that have arrived at similarly unimpressed conclusions): So I certainly can't support any calls for boycotting or protesting this busy, trivial, inoffensive film.

Play ball

Springdale preps for a sales tax vote to build a $46 million minor league baseball park.

Elvis in LR

KUAR's Arkansongs feature by Stephen Koch today is outstanding. It's built around a never-broadcast interview with Elvis by a local radio station during an LR stop in 1956, plus a fine concert recording, complete with squealing fans, of "Hound Dog."

Arkansans? Si

You hardly needed to ask, but, yes, Sens. Pryor and Lincoln joined the Republicans in whipping up the anti-Hispanic frenzy by voting for the English-as-national-language measure approved by the Senate yesterday.

Arkansans? Si

You hardly needed to ask, but, yes, Sens. Pryor and Lincoln joined the Republicans in whipping up the anti-Hispanic frenzy by voting for the English-as-national-language measure approved by the Senate yesterday.

Creative financing -- UPDATE

Earlier, we reported on how people with multiple corporate entities can make a mockery of campaign finance limitations by maxing out in contributions to political candidates through their various corporate properties.

Creative financing -- UPDATE

Earlier, we reported on how people with multiple corporate entities can make a mockery of campaign finance limitations by maxing out in contributions to political candidates through their various corporate properties.

Parole Board probe -- On ice

Why is the governor's office refusing to release the state parole board's internal investigation of a matter relating to the recently resigned parole board member Larry Zeno?

Parole Board probe -- On ice

Why is the governor's office refusing to release the state parole board's internal investigation of a matter relating to the recently resigned parole board member Larry Zeno?

Review: Great music show at Old State House

I'm sure I'd heard it mentioned before, and probably seem the name linked with the song in print, but until last night I never associated native Arkansan Donny Lowery with the Alabama hit song "Old Flame."

Wes Clark Jr. speaks out

Wes Clark Jr., son of the former presidential candidate, didn't hold back in a radio interview with the Young Turks.

New LR C of C chief

From the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce: The Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the promotion of Jay Chesshir as the new President and CEO of the 2,750-member organization.  Chesshir, who has held this position in an interim capacity, will replace Paul Harvel who now leads the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas. 

Tyson transition

A Tyson is no longer CEO of Tyson Foods.

Tyson transition

A Tyson is no longer CEO of Tyson Foods.

Benton County politics

A Blog reader in Benton County responds to our call for community journalists to chronicle the passing scene.

Tall voters at disadvantage?

Pulaski County election officials yesterday took a touch-screen voting machine out of operation at the Laman Library precinct in North Little Rock because some voters complained it was registering the wrong selections.

'Da Vinci Code': Critics may pan it, but audiences swarm it

All "The Da Vinci Code" needs now is for the pope to decry that "if you go see dis film, you vil go to hell."

No Chicks?

We thought Little Rock (or, of course, more specifically North Little Rock and Alltel Arena) was a natural stopping-over spot for the Dixie Chicks tour, since the girls have drawn incredible turnouts both times in the 21st century at Alltel.

Gettin' Out: Friday, with Will Hoge and more

This is out a little late, but you still have a couple of hours to suit up, step out and get out: R&B queen Ramona Smith at The Afterthought tonight.

Unbelievable ...

... but there's a video clip with this link to prove it. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (Republican, of course) said on the floor of the house last night that a family of four making $40,000 a year DOESN'T PAY TAXES so they should quit beefing about the negliglible tax cuts his party has proposed for people in that income range.

Unbelievable ...

... but there's a video clip with this link to prove it. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (Republican, of course) said on the floor of the house last night that a family of four making $40,000 a year DOESN'T PAY TAXES so they should quit beefing about the negliglible tax cuts his party has proposed for people in that income range.

Saturday plans?

The weather suggests outdoor activities on Saturday. But we thought we'd mention a couple of events on the morning calendar: 10 a.m. -- South Park and DaisyBates Drive.

Open line

Fire away. No pre-recorded harassing calls, please.

Mid-term madness

The good news in the Washington Post is that many more incumbent Republican congressional seats, previously thought safe, are now considered in play this year on account of Bush's drag on the ticket.

The Religious Left

The Washington Post says the Religious Left is back. Let us pray it's so.

Booming Northwest

Yesterday, a baseball stadium for Springdale. Today, a privately financed sports and entertainment arena seating 9,000 for Bentonville.

Official secrets -- UPDATE

We heard a sound bite from the governor today on KUAR (no link). He said the matter of the resigned parole board member, Larry Zeno after a parole board investigation was "closed" and he had no intention of releasing the report on the matter.

Official secrets -- UPDATE

We heard a sound bite from the governor today on KUAR (no link). He said the matter of the resigned parole board member, Larry Zeno after a parole board investigation was "closed" and he had no intention of releasing the report on the matter.

Gettin' Out, Saturday.

GET UP! Sorry, y’all….I was having a Nurse Ratchett moment, and you probably won’t be reading this until later.

Talk is cheap

Gov. Huckabee is still talking about tax rebates, though not really doing anything about it, the easiest course.

Wooldridge and hanging

Brummett gives Tim Wooldridge a chance to explain -- as if you could and Wooldridge doesn't succeed -- his bill to provide for public hangings.

Judicial races

Doug Thompson of Stephens Media has some interesting thoughts on races for state Supreme Court and their potential impact on the Lake View school finance decision.

Election day

Thanks to the Blog reader who reminded me of Saturday voting. I had the courthouse staff to myself about 2 p.m. and was persuaded by Election Commissioner Kent Walker to give the touch screen machine a try, after first requesting a paper ballot.

Election day

Thanks to the Blog reader who reminded me of Saturday voting. I had the courthouse staff to myself about 2 p.m. and was persuaded by Election Commissioner Kent Walker to give the touch screen machine a try, after first requesting a paper ballot.

Around town

Times photographer Brian Chilson was on hand today for groundbreaking the new Central High Museum visitors center, which it's hoped will be open in September 2007 for the 50th anniversary of the school crisis.

Begin again

Saturday night special. Another open line.

Begin again

Saturday night special. Another open line.

All in the family

None are so brilliant as those with whom we agree. Today, it's Brummett.

Paris-New York-Rogers

Sephora, the ritzy perfume store, is opening its first Arkansas store in a new Rogers shopping center, the Morning News reports.

Paris-New York-Rogers

Sephora, the ritzy perfume store, is opening its first Arkansas store in a new Rogers shopping center, the Morning News reports.

Not much. You?

Slow day. Grocery shopping.

Bush's straddle

Brummett thinks Bush has chosen the only practical course on immigration -- tougher border security combined with a simultaneous plan by which immigrant workers can gain legal status.When Brummett and Ted Kenndy are with you, who can be against you?

Cold cash

Doesn't look so hot for U.S. Rep. William Jefferson (D.-La.), according to detailed account in NY Times.

What, no gay marriage?

Washington Post's lead story today is the Bush middterm strategy: Confronting the worst poll numbers seen in the West Wing since his father went down to defeat, President Bush and his team are focusing on the fall midterm elections as the best chance to salvage his presidency and are building a campaign strategy around tax cuts, immigration and national security.

The Huckabee sanction

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Sports Column: JR and Henry spot a con game

J.R. and Henry: So Dark the Con of Man This weekend, "The DaVinci Code" arrived on the big screen.

Save this date

Jult 6, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will be coming to Arkansas for the Republican Party's Governor's Dinner.

Save this date

Jult 6, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will be coming to Arkansas for the Republican Party's Governor's Dinner.

Stephens reorganization

UPDATE: Note that the Capital Hotel and Stephens Building were omitted from the original news release [posted here, now updated, and are a part of the Stephens holdings staying with Warren Stephens.

Stephens reorganization

UPDATE: Note that the Capital Hotel and Stephens Building were omitted from the original news release [posted here, now updated, and are a part of the Stephens holdings staying with Warren Stephens.

Cracker's Lowery to work with Lucero

News from the band Cracker's website: Guitarist/frontman/founder David Lowery will be working with Lucero in the studio.

Celebrating 10 years in the River Market

2006 marks the 10th anniversary of the River Market, and the city and the facility plans a 10-week promotion of the anniversary with a Big Downtown Thursday-type kickoff event on June 8.

Daly on the book circuit

John Daly lunches at Hooters with a NY Times columnist and you couldn't ask for a better book plug.

Natalie Maines: Fergit, hell!

Natalie Maines, according to the Washington Post's "Names and Faces," told Time Magazine that though she apologized to President Bush for ripping him a couple of years ago, she takes it all back now.

T for Texas

Roby Brock reads Japanese newspapers so you don't have to. He suggests this doesn't boe well for Ark. assembly plant hopes, but who knows?

Tech talk

UALR is very happy today about the addition of a high-powered administrator expected to build on the campus' focus on building programs for technology students and the new economy.

Party mix

What's on Hillary Clinton's iPod? Well, "Respect" by Aretha Franklin is at the top.

The issue is joined

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has sued Gov. Mike Huckabee and the state Parole Board in circuit court over his office's refusal to release information about Larry Zeno's resignation from the Parole Board following an investigation of his conduct.

Second front

Add another organization to the Republican network working to elect Asa Hutchinson this year. It's the Coalition for Arkansas Future, a so-called 527 group that describes itself as a "grassroots" group working on conservative issues and to elect conservative candidates.

Sports, anyone?

If you haven't been checking in on Jim Harris' Little Rocking Blog you should. We're growing fonder of JR and Henry, his twice-weekly sports columnists, who are dissing Houston Dale something fierce today.

Ka-ching

Looks like another judge has signed off on machine gambling at Oaklawn and Southland.

McCain-Huckabee vs. Hillary-Clark?

Everywhere I go in Arkansas, people remark that surely Mike Huckabee cannot be serious about running for president.

Delta Dental hires

Ed Choate, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Arkansas, announced today that Tim Carney, formerly of Great West Healthcare in Denver, CO, has been hired as the new vice president of marketing and Chris Pyle, former speechwriter and policy advisor to Gov

TV highlights May 25-30

SUPERGROUP 10 p.m. Sunday, May 28 VH1 (Comcast Ch. 56) NOVA: THE BOLDEST HOAX 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 30 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) RESCUE ME 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 30 FX (Comcast Ch. 59)

St. Joseph's offers house call service

Gwen E. Hart, MNSc, APRN, BC, GNP, a nurse practitioner who has worked for Mission Clinical Services at St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center since March of 2002, recently started making non-emergency house calls for the Mercy Medical Clinic physicians.

Shut up, he said

For election day, Brummett revisits one of the races for state Supreme Court and confesses an uneasy vote for Wendell Griffen over Paul Danielson, ultimately echoing our sentiment that, just because the First Amendment allows Griffen to speak robustly, doesn't mean he must.

The state of the union -- UPDATE

Will the NY Times, and everyone else, get over kibitzing the marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton?

The state of the union -- UPDATE

Will the NY Times, and everyone else, get over kibitzing the marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton?

Education fight

Jay Greene, the Walton-financed teacher union hater who's been brought into the University of Arkansas to promote conservative education dogma, is at the heart of a big debate in education research circles.

Campaigning for evangelicals

Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post talks about opportunities for Democrats to reach evangelicals, about a quarter of the vote.

Told you so

Yesterday's nomination of Magistrate Robert Shepherd of El Dorado to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to fill the seat that will be vacated by the retiring Judge Buzz Arnold wasn't a bolt out of the blue for Arkansas Blog readers.

Told you so

Yesterday's nomination of Magistrate Robert Shepherd of El Dorado to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to fill the seat that will be vacated by the retiring Judge Buzz Arnold wasn't a bolt out of the blue for Arkansas Blog readers.

Gettin' Out: Tuesday

They’re beginning to be our favorite eclectic reggae band (with love and respect to One Stone, of course).

It is to laugh

The Washington Post's political blogger got a sit-down with The Huckster when he took the taxpayers' plane to Washington to enhance his run for president.

It is to laugh

The Washington Post's political blogger got a sit-down with The Huckster when he took the taxpayers' plane to Washington to enhance his run for president.

Election day

A couple of reports here make it sound like turnout is anemic. Not surprising really.

Election day

A couple of reports here make it sound like turnout is anemic. Not surprising really.

Baby born to Singleton, Snyder

Rev. Betsy Singleton gave birth this morning to a nine-pound, seven-ounce baby boy. Everyone is healthy and doing well, including Singleton's husband, U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder.

Speaking of evangelicals

Books-a-Million says megapastor Joel Osteen will be in North Little Rock to sign copies of his latest book, "Your Best Life Now," at noon Friday, June 9 (sorry typed that date wrong originally), at the store in Lakewood Village.

Joiner named CEO at Rose Law Firm

Stephen Joiner today was named CEO of the Rose Law Firm, replacing Ron Clark, who recently became general counsel for Stephens Group.

Paron update

A hearing set today on a lawsuit challenging the closure of rural Paron High School was postponed, for those of you hanging on this issue.

Paron update

A hearing set today on a lawsuit challenging the closure of rural Paron High School was postponed, for those of you hanging on this issue.

ELECTIONS: The machinery

Jiim Lagrone, the Republican candidate for secretary of state, called today to say his campaign had been hearing about election machine/procedure problems.

ELECTIONS: Legislature, Supreme Court, other

Here's where we can talk tonight about legislative races -- including the barn-burner House race in central Little Rock -- and anything else, from constable on up.

ELECTIONS: Lt. gov.

Here's the string for the ever popular races for lieutenant governor. Can money buy the Democratic nomination?

ELECTIONS: Attorney general

Comment here on the Democratic primary race for attorney general. Who's the next Ray Thornton-Jim Guy Tucker-Bill Clinton-Mike Beebe?

Point of personal privilege

He was known in only a small circle -- except perhaps by those who read his once-frequent letters to the editor -- but a friend of progressive policy has died.

Gift announced to UAMS

J. Thomas May of Pine Bluff was honored today in a ceremony at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) for a gift of more than $1 million given in his name by Little Rock couple William E. “Bill” and Margaret Clark.

The morning after

We awake to find, with some relief, a political world not much different from where we left it before we called it quits last night.

Let the fireworks renew

Might as well have a separate thread on the Dem. lt. gov. runoff, just for the zanies.

Singleton, Snyder name son

Rev. Betsy Singleton and U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder have decided on a name for their son, who was born yesterday: Charles Pennington "Penn" Snyder.

Wasting no time -- UPDATE III

The Arkansas Republican Party wastes no time in putting election night vote count problems at the feet of Secretary of State Charlie Daniels, including some Pulaski County uncertainty over the outcome of a primary race between Republicans that will decide (there are no Democratic candidates) a state House seat in Maumelle.

Gettin' Out: Wednesday

It's AmyB, checking in to give you all the wherewithal for hump day, with Riverfest looming around the corner:

Ian Cohen wins Rep's Comedy Playwrighting Award

The third Kaufman and Hart Prize for New American Comedy has gone to Ian Cohen for his work, "Bertrand Priest."

Sports Column: Really bad baseball

J.R. and Henry: On Baseball and Being a Fan of a Really Bad Team We thought sitting through the first half of the Arkansas Travelers season was tough.
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