News of an increase in bauxite mining employment in Arkansas — once a very big deal in Saline County — is balanced in the wrong direction by closure of a long-standing Arkansas enterprise, the SeaArk boat plant in Monticello.
It's Tuesday and your on. Close-outs:
* HE LIKES MIKE: Columnist Mark Shields writes warmly of Mike Huckabee and recounts how Huckabee thinks he could beat Barack Obama in 2012, if only he could survive the Republican primary first.
The national non-profit Feeding America, with support from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and The Nielsen Company, recently released an interactive map of food insecurity — a lack of or limited access to adequate nutrition — across the country.
It was a good week for The Arkansas Arts Center, The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, geeks and those interested in the WM3 case. It was a bad week for the environment and freedom of information.
Elsewhere on this week's editorial page, you'll learn that the editorial board of the Arkansas Times decided after some debate to support the full penny worth of sales tax being sought by Little Rock City Hall. I'm not likely to go so far, though I understand the sentiment for the full penny.
With approximately 20 seconds left on the tape, Circuit Judge David Laser, addressing his daughter Laura, who was in court, seems to say: "Laura, he's serious. Soury says he thinks he can get Mom a short one-on-one with Johnny in Santa Fe."
Listening to vinyl has long since gone past the point of being perceived as a quirky, Wes-Andersonian retro affectation. The good old LP is on its way to once again being the primary physical format for music.
This morning, rapper T.I. was released from the federal clink in Forrest City. He's out one month early after being sentenced to 11 months in prison in October for breaking his probation after he was arrested in L.A. on drug charges.
Good article in Rolling Stone on a subject near and dear to the heart of 2nd District U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin:
As the nation gears up for the 2012 presidential election, Republican officials have launched an unprecedented, centrally coordinated campaign to suppress the elements of the Democratic vote that elected Barack Obama in 2008.
Get your spooky pants on! Two of the stars behind A&E's hit paranormal "reality" show "Paranormal State" are coming to Little Rock's Robinson Center September 12 to screen the new documentary "American Ghosthunter" (watch the trailer above).
The Green Party, its lawsuit for automatic ballot access denied in federal court despite strong performances for a number of offices in 2010, has announced the beginning of another petition drive to win a ballot slot for the party.
Carnivores who live in Hillcrest or anywhere even relatively close, this is the best news you'll hear all day: Former Boulevard chef Brandon Brown plans to open Hillcrest Artisan Meat — HAM for short — by Nov. 1 at 2807 Kavanaugh next to Kroger and the U.S. Post Office.
Recent discussions about federal money for a Broadway Bridge replacement and to support Arkansas interstate highway reconstruction come to mind in this article about questions of whether Republicans in Congress will stand in the way of the highway bill.
A pie worthy of summer, the Pineapple Delight at Red Oak Fillin Station will take you back to a great Sunday-go-to-meeting sensation in the days when the Southern dish of ambrosia was the king of the sweets table.
State Rep. John Walker, who carries community clout however much the white business establishment may resent it, is distributing a letter announcing his opposition to the Little Rock proposal to raise the half-cent sales tax by 200 percent.
Sad report this morning from the Pulaski County sheriff's office:
On September 3rd at about 06:00 p.m., Pulsar County Sheriff's deputies responded to 2408 Roderweis (north eastern Pulaski County) in reference to a domestic disturbance with a report of shots fired.
Their money is negligible against the corporate money that has been poured into the city campaign to raise the sales tax by 200 percent so City Hall spending can increase by 26 percent annually, but opponents have gotten some printed material together, as the photo of a campaign worker sent by organizer Jim Lynch shows.
Remember the little mini-flap the other day in which the Arkansas Democratic Party used the Internet to dig up a Harvard op-ed written 13 years ago by Republican congressional candidate Tom Cotton in which he blasted the educational benefits of the Internet.
Beware of promoters bearing taxpayer subsidies for private business. No, I'm not talking (except contextually) about the $38 million economic development slush fund that the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce demanded be included in the 200 percent sales tax increase facing Little Rock voters Sept. 10.
Since Arkansas — at the behest of Walmart, other retailers and local government — joined in the movement to legislate a means to assess sales taxes on Internet sales, the Amazon war to overturn a similar law in California should be of interest.
Talking Points Memo takes a long look today at developments in the surge of Republican legislative efforts to pass Vote ID laws transparently intended to suppress votes among Democratic constituencies.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen is distributing a letter outlining his reasons for opposing the proposed Little Rock sales tax increase — a penny increase to produce almost $50 million a year — to be voted on Sept. 13.
The Koch boys front group, Americans for Prosperity, and their local media mouthpiece, Dave Elswick are touting a Little Rock visit by right-wing provocateur James O'Keefe, whose dishonestly edited hit video led to the unraveling of ACORN and whose subsequent sneak videos, among others, won him a federal court conviction and national embarrassment for a "seduction" planned for a TV reporter.
Ernest Dumas once again contributes a column to good to delay until print publication. It's a simple list of questions about which of the recent presidents (back to Carter) created the most debt, cut taxes the most, oversaw the biggest government spending, etc. You can guess where this is heading and guess, too, that facts don't matter to the 'baggers and other Repubs.
Good article in this week's Arkansas Business by Mark Friedman about the arrival in Arkansas of so-called Internet cafes where the big revenue appears to be produced not by Internet access but by playing casino-style video games.
KARK meterologist Brett Cummins was questioned by police and released yesterday in what appears to be either a drowning or drug overdose death in Maumelle in which the victim was found in a bathtub with a dog collar around his neck.
The Arkansas Public Policy Panel, a statewide progressive group, has released a report analyzing state inspection records of natural gas drilling and production sites that are compiled by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. The report shows that violations of the state’s environmental regulations are frequent, that companies operating in the Fayetteville Shale are not following their own best management practices and that ADEQ is doing little to make sure corrective actions are taken by the violators.