Airport expansion, empty lots and Little Rock's fading East End.
Vol 37 • No 2
Jason Tolbert reports on the effort by candidates for non-partisan offices in Saline County to add "Republican" to their names on the election ballot.
"Making Pictures," ALA show tonight.
We've long known that deficits only count for Republicans when they occur under Democratic administrations.
A fire heavily damaged a house at Lee and Van Buren in Hillcrest early this morning.
Lucinda Williams is set to play a last-minute show this Sunday at George's Majestic
Police today arrested a man driving a stolen car believed to have been involved in the rash of church burglaries Sunday night.
Many thanks to blog reader any*mouse who alerted me to news out of South Carolina about some costumed entertainment staged for the National Federation of Republican Women meeting in Charleston, S.C., where the war of northern aggression began and where old times have clearly not been forgotten.
The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has added Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell to its list of America's Most Crooked Candidates.
The Saline Courier tweets that a candidate for Bryant mayor has lost her goofy court bid to have "Republican" as part of her name on the ballot for the non-partisan office.
Talk about a pre-emptive strike. On news that the AFL-CIO is sending out mailers to its members around the country urging support for Democratic congressional candidates, including Joyce Elliott in Arkansas's 2nd District, the Arkansas Republican Party has issued a news release blasting the mailer though it apparently hasn't seen it.
Here's an interesting announcement of a news conference by an environmental group, the Natural Resources Defense Council, about the hot summer.
Anything good to report?
Photos of construction at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville.
When you're competing against the clock for the Grand Prize, you may not win, but at least you're entitled to your previous winnings.
Cowboy Mouth, Deborah Norville, Hwy. 5, Maya Blue, "Evita," Red Collar and more.
We took a look at followthemoney.org for spending by the wealthy businessmen leading charter school promotion in Arkansas.
I'm thinking I might want to get in on some of this book-burning business. I've got a lot of books. Too many books.
It is a shame that a state as rich in natural resources as Arkansas has to succumb to the will of a few powerful industries.
Twitter is so last year. Justin.tv, a live-streaming smartphone app, allows users to broadcast instantly from anywhere.
It's not everyone's cup of tea, but if all you're expecting is keister-kicking ladies delivering shotgun blasts to zombie noggins, you'll probably have a good time.
The Observer has developed a new obsession of late: searching for videos tagged "Arkansas" on Youtube. You'd be surprised what folks out there in the hinterlands can get up to in just a week.
A jury recently acquitted two men and a corporation of obscenity charges for selling sexually explicit videos at the Adult World store in Widener.
You can't feel good about the season if the Razorbacks stumble to the finish line on Saturday. Arkansas can and should beat Georgia, but it would help me sleep at night if they'd do so with some authority.
Harlem, Afiara String Quartet, Murder by Death/Samantha Crain, Root Cafe's 'Dinner and a Movie,' Japanther, Hot Springs Jazz Fest and The Small Ponds.
On "Boardwalk Empire."
Good week: Main Street music, college enrollment, reality TV, slimy politics, LRSD. Bad week: Rep. John Boozman, Mike Huckabee, Chihuahuas.
Lewis Curtis, Lulav's executive chef, will face the fires of Hades when he appears on Fox's reality cooking show, "Hell's Kitchen," this fall.
Ho-Hum, Big Boss Line, many more reunite for Vino's 20th anniversary celebration on Saturday.
Neighborhood presses city to rebuild Leisure Center.
Massengills' portraits, 'Three for a Dime.'
One advantage Clinton holds in analyzing political mistakes is that he probably has made them, perhaps famously.
Frontier Diner a traditional roadside place to dine and dash.
In the fight to extend Bush tax cuts, some Democrats just go on and join the Republicans rather than correct them. It's easier, at least in Arkansas.
Little Rock's choice
AFIARA STRING QUARTET7:30 p.m., St. Mark's Episcopal Church. $10-$25.
HARLEM9:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $5.
MURDER BY DEATH / SAMANTHA CRAIN8 p.m., Downtown Music. $14.
A Mason-Dixon poll finds it 51-34 for John Boozman over Sen. Blanche Lincoln. Only 51?
A raft of new polling in recent days ratifies the Republican Party's obvious advantage in 2010 at every level.
Nate Silver's political analysis gives Mike Beebe a 96 percent likelihood of being re-elected governor.
The Florida federal judge hearing the challenge of the health care law is a bear slayer and taxidermist with mounted critters in his courtroom.
A Democrat-Gazette story this morning says the count at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is now 658 vehicles and 613 employees.
It was inevitable. With growing strength comes growing potential for division.
Have the Bush tax cuts been great, or what? The percentage in poverty in the U.S. is now 1 in 7, the highest rate since 1994.
The Hope School District has spent $540,000 in federal stimulus money to install surveillance cameras in most classrooms — special ed is among some exempted areas.
At the Heights Gallery.
Some 60 North Arkansas artists are opening their studios this weekend.
Gov. Mike Beebe filled two judicial vacancies today. He appointed Susan Hickey of El Dorado to succeed the late Circuit Judge Carol Anthony.
Police beat news from Saline County: The woman in a charge of a program intended to provide court advocates for abused and neglected children has been accused of diverting money from the program to run a gambling house masquerading as a charity bingo game.
Sen. Mitch McConnell said small businesses making more than $250,000 in profits per year were "hardest hit by the recession."
Taken from inside Big Whiskey's in the River Market a few hours ago.
The state Game and Fish Commission has announced it killed 15 red and fallow deer being kept illegally in White County to remove any chance they might carry a disease that could spread to native deer.
Today's edition of "Whistling Past the Graveyard," by Blanche Lincoln's campaign manager Steve Patterson.
J. Peter Sartain, the former bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock, has been named archbishop of Seattle.
Entergy taketh away after a recent rate reduction. Or at least a bit of it.
Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola confirms that Michael Drake, who has directed the office of sustainability for North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays and worked on federal grant programs, has been hired for $100,000 a year to be the city's chief services officer to oversee efforts to enlist volunteers and other organizations in providing local services.
The line is open. I'm outta here.
Does anyone really have a plain name for a barbecue restaurant? And how far would you travel, just to check out one with a weird name?
New poll shows Arkansans feel closer to Republicans than Democrats in national elections, but still slightly lean Democratic in state and local elections.
The University of Arkansas is planning to build an outdoor monument to Silas Hunt, the first black to attend the UA Law School.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette apparently favors candidates it supports with early viewing of endorsement editorials. Or it did for Charlie Wood, candidate for re-election to the Pulaski County School Board.
The Blue Arkansas blog will have a live blogging sessions with Joyce Elliott, the Democratic candidate for 2nd District Congress, at 2 p.m. today.
Some more development is necessary on this before I provide more details, but I received an interesting e-mail last night from a former North Little Rock resident who said he was married last month in Buenos Aires under Argentina's new law allowing people of the same sex to marry.
ROOT CAFE'S DINNER AND A MOVIE6:30 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church. $15.
JAPANTHER8 p.m., Low Key Arts, Hot Springs. $5.
The U of A will commission an artist to sculpt a memorial to Silas Hunt.
Barry Thomas, Rene Hein, Lynn Sudderth and more.
A news release announces a bakery and a wine bar are to open in the Tuf-Nut Shops at Third and River Market Avenue, a little more commerce for the nearby condo dwellers.
Whatever else happens, Chad Causey won't lose the race for 1st District Congress on account of gun nuts.
Badly needing a change of subject from his poor tax bookkeeping, Repubican gubernatorial candidate Jim Keet will have a news conference this morning to talk about the state car fleet and raise questions about whether some car use is in violation of Amendment 70, which stripped elected officials of their public relations account and limited compensation to statutorily fixed salaries.
That great family value, fear and loathing, is on display today at the so-called Values Summit.
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Former Arkansan Edward Pope married Ruben Tanoira in Buenos Aires on Aug. 20. Pope may be the first American man to marry in Argentina after Argentina reformed its marriage laws July 14 to allow people of the same sex to marry.
FRIDAY 9/17 The Children's Theatre opens its stage adaptation of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," 7 p.m., $10-$14.
Oh, why not broaden the debate begun by Republican candidate Jim Keet and GOP chairman Doyle "Where there's a will there's a" Webb about free cars for constitutional officers.
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has announced settlement of a lawsuit against the Marble Falls sewer improvement district whose leaky sewer system has threatened a Buffalo River tributary with pollution.
You can ask anyone who grew up spending weekends at Vino's: It's easy to get nostalgic about Seventh and Chester.
Gallery 26 brings three photographers together for the fourth time when it opens "95% in the Moment" tomorrow.
A naturalization ceremony at the Clinton Library today was as uplifting as ever. Smiling faces.
A little news from the world of radio. Neal Gladner, whose radio experience includes stints as general manager of KARN and the Arkansas Radio Network, will start work Oct. 1 as general manager of Crain Media, which has three stations in Little Rock, three in Searcy and one in Conway.
A good report by Jason Tolbert, with plenty of video, from a joint appearance before the Pulaski Bar today by 2nd District congressional candidates Joyce Elliott and Tim Griffin.
This is interesting. The Elliott campaign says Tim Griffin has done a 180 on the Fair Tax, the punishing 30 percent sales tax that would be a gift to billionaires, a devastating lick to the poor and middle class.
The Friday open line begins.
Shocking: Mason-Dixon polling for Stephens Media shows President Obama is viewed unfavorably by 55 percent of Arkansans.
This New York Times story requires some further study. It says, to deal with actuarial shortfalls caused by plummeting investment values, state pension funds around the country have been cutting pension benefits expected to be paid for people not yet fired and booking the savings now to shore up the perceived soundness of the retirement systems.
New reporting in the Democrat-Gazette today says there are now no candidates for one federal judgeship in the western district of Arkansas.
How about this? Christine O'Donnell, the Tea Party candidate for U.S. Senate in Delaware, has dabbled in witchcraft and it's all on tape from many appearances on Bill Maher's show.
David Koon has begun a weekly project of rounding up video of interest to Arkansas on YouTube.
It'd be wrong not say a word of farewell to my friend, neighbor and fellow political traveler Charlie Johnston, the retired savings and loan executive who died this week at 84.
Better starting bringing it Beebe. Jim Keet has a rap video up on Facebook.
Work by Jon Shannon Rogers.
It's clean. Start writing.
How about that. Pulaski County School Board member Charlie Wood himself wrote the editorial that was posted for a time on his Facebook page last week and which was described as the Democrat-Gazette's endorsement of his candidacy, though not yet published.
It appears they're having a hard time finding a home for the decommissioned aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy.
Contrary to reports yesterday, I've received indications from two sources that the federal review process has been continuing for Susan Hickey of El Dorado, the long-time clerk to federal Judge Harry Barnes, as a candidate for nomination to succeed him as a federal district judge.
President Clinton recently said that voters were suffering from amnesia, but it looks like the pundits have a case of it themselves.
BP's well is dead. That's good news.
THE SMALL PONDS7 p.m., White Water Tavern. Steadily, Travis Hill is turning his Little Rock label Last Chance Records into a national player.
A new Talk Business poll has it 56-29, John Boozman over Blanche Lincoln. The poll also sampled some issues.
Can the White House exploit Tea Party successes by making them a sign that the Republican Party is being taken over by extremists?
Paul Krugman explains why the Republican Party and some Democrats are pushing so hard to keep the angry and mewling rich people from having to pay 3 to 4 percent more on income taxes: You see, the rich are different from you and me: they have more influence.
In light of the vigorous discussion here the other day about the continuation of Rebel flag-waving, a Rebel mascot and other Old South trappings at Highland High School in North Arkansas, you might be interested in the New York Times' story on the last year of the Col. Reb mascot (much like a plantation-era figure used by Highland.)
To the caller who reported seeing former Arkansas First Lady Janet Huckabee standing alongside Interstate 30 near an accident this morning, your eyes did not deceive you. State Police say she caused the multiple-car crash.
Many headlines this morning on the official finding that the recession, which began in December 2007, ended in June 2009 and the economy, though not back to normal, is recovering.
The Tuf-Nut Shops, on the corner of River Market Avenue and Third Street, is getting two new tenants on November 1.
If the news bubble ever bursts, Times associate editor Gerard Matthews will be prepared. He and his buddies have started a cake making operation (for friends only so far) that I think has legs.
Former former U.S. attorneys are talking about the Bush political purge of the Justice Department during their tenures.
Republicans are pulling out the old "small business" card to fight an end to Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy — generally people with TAXABLE income (after deductions) of more than $250,000.
Heifer Village hosting show by artists from around the world.
This week's mystery artist works in 3 dimensions.
It's growing a little wearisome. * More debate debates: Republican Jim Keet complains that Gov. Mike Beebe won't agree to an additional TV debate on a network affiliate beyond the debate already scheduled on AETN.
Paul Charlton, one of the ousted U.S. attorneys who spoke at the UALR Bowen School of Law this afternoon, had more to say about second congressional district candidate Tim Griffin's role in the scandal than did Bud Cummins, a lot more. Character matters and Griffin lacks it.
Possibly because of our warm coverage of the Insane Clown Posse in the past, I get PR packets from Psychopathic Records fairly regularly.
Saturday night, even the steeliest of regular show-goers were crammed towards the front of the stage,dancing and singing—nope— screaming along for the entirety of Ho-Hum's set.
Put your comments here. Or not.
More evidence for that big book, "Men Are Sorry." From the New York Times: Men say they will vote for the Republican candidate rather than the Democratic candidate in their districts by a margin of 45 percent to 32 percent.
Always Be Converting your enemies. That ABC of politics worked well for Bill Clinton and he's still at it.
Some critical school elections today. In Little Rock, the future of Superintendent Linda Watson could be on the line in the contest between incumbent Micheal Daugherty, who supports Watson, and Michael Nellums, the Mills High principal who is being supported by people who think Watson should be in her last year as superintendent.
If the Republicans have their way, and force a single vote on extension of all Bush tax cuts — rather than a separate vote on continuing the economically useless bonanza for the wealthy — they'll have Blue Dog Democrats to thank, Talking Points Memo notes.
The Red Oak Fillin Station near Carpenter Dam is something else — not quite full-scale restaurant, not quite convenient store. But tasty, nonetheless.
The U.S. Senate votes about 1 p.m. today on whether to break a filibuster on a defense bill including repeal of don't-ask-don't-tell not to mention the Dream Act to give undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship through the military or college.
Arkansas's unemployment rate rose from 7.4 in July to 7.5 percent in August, the state reports.
The Beebe campaign touts new per capita income figures that put Arkansas at 44th in 2009, highest evuh.
Looks like Susan Collins will stymie at least for today efforts to end the ban on open gay military service.
The polling couldn't be clearer. American people want to keep the middle class tax cuts but make the wealthy pay a little more.
Vanderbilt University has released results of the first scientific assessment of merit pay — or bonuses to teachers based on students' performance. Student performance was unaffected.
The UA-designed home in Pettaway Park is the subject.
Associate Justice Donald Corbin of the Arkansas Supreme Court has left the hospital after removal of a portion of his lung where a cancerous tumor was found.
Do you like puns? How bout rapid fire clip-videos meant to represent Arkansas? If you answered yes twice, you're in luck. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra put together the video above to welcome new music director Philip Mann, who makes his debut as conductor next weekend at Robinson Music Hall.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln calls John Boozman a liar. He's feeling a little heat from attacks on his record in support of privatizing Social Security and sponsoring a 30 percent national sales tax.
Thanks to an Arkansas Business heads-up: Dan O'Byrne, chief executive officer of the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, has been chosen to head the tourism and convention effort in Jacksonville, Fla. That would appear to be a step up, not to mention a step away from an agency with growing revenue that is under steady pressure for bailout help from the beleaguered city government.
The Tuesday line is open. I'll be back later with school election results.
Here are results from early voting in the contested races for seats on the Little Rock and Pulaski County School Boards.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and 20 other attorney generals, fresh off getting Craiglist to shut down its on-line advertising categories for sexual services, has written another Internet-based classified service, Backpage.com, to shut down its "adult services" section.
Little Rock School Board member Micheal Daugherty, defeated by Michael Nellums last night in a bid for re-election, sent an e-mail response to reporters early this morning.
Rep. John Boozman, who hopes to succeed Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the Senate, said he would have opposed the military spending bill Tuesday because of amendments paving the way for gays to serve openly in the military and to open citizenship to certain immigrants.
On the trail of multiple reports about Arkansas job cutbacks in an industry near and dear.
Know him? Police are circulating this photo of Branten Lavell Smith, 23, of Conway, a suspect in a Sept. 13 strong-armed robbery in the 2700 block of Kavanaugh.
There's a Cheech and Chong bit in here somewhere. From the LRPD: At 11:50 p.m. last night (9-21-2010), Officers responded to 7520 N. Chicot Rd. to assist the fire department on a structure fire.
The Iconoclast is all over the latest un-American activity in Benton County. It's an effort afoot in Bella Vista to ban the construction of mosques there and to ban the practice of Sharia law.
A Florida appeals court has ruled that state's gay adoption ban is unconstitutional. It's a state ruling with no application in Arkansas, where an appeal pends of a lower court ruling striking down an Arkansas law aimed at gays but banning adoptions and foster parenting by all unmarried couples.
Ask anyone who's been around Little Rock for a while where to go for breakfast, and chances are they'll send you to the Ozark Country Restaurant. Kat Robinson goes to see whether it's stood the test of time.
Reuters says its latest polling shows John Boozman up a mere 14 points over Blanche Lincoln, 53-39.
From yesterday's "Ellen." Definitely stick around for the dancing.