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November 9, 2006

Vol 4 • No 43

A word of caution

As luck had it, we went to press with the print edition of the Times today before the polls closed.

Keep on dancing

I've pinched myself. It wasn't a dream.

Ark. power gain in Congress

With the transition to Democratic control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Arkansas will likely benefit from having Democrats occupying three of its four congressional seats.

The transition team

Beebe has announced the team -- poultry lobbyist Morril Harriman,  insurance lobbyist Ark Monroe, gas man Eamon Mahony, outgoing Rep. Joyce Elliott and Don Nelms, a retired car dealer with a strong environmental resume.

Greens may sue for ballot access

Green Party gubernatorial nominee Jim Lendall did not break the 3 percent vote threshold he needed to secure ballot access for the Greens for the next four years, but the party may sue for ballot access based on the performance of its other statewide candidates, all of whom got over 3 percent of the vote.

Words

One man's maxim is another man's axiom.

The Observer

This Observer isn’t the lazy type. We work hard, stay busy, give 110 percent. But that has to give somewhere, and it gives on Halloween. The Observer is a Halloween slacker.

This Modern World

The week that was Nov. 1-7

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … VOTERS. At last, the onslaught of political advertising came to an end. Also, Republican protests to the contrary, early voting appeared to proceed fairly smoothly.

Inactive ingredients

It’s neither popular nor gratifying to point out that the Green Party and independent candidates underperformed in the 2006 Arkansas elections, but it’s impossible to ignore.

Orval

Clark considering presidential bid

Now that the 2006 elections are over, Gen. Wesley Clark is turning his attention toward deciding to run for president. Sources tell the Arkansas Times that Clark has said he will make his decision within the next two months.

Trading spaces

A proposed land swap involving Gillam Park and Granite Mountain Quarries is back on the table, and the city Parks and Recreation Department wants to hear from the public at a meeting Monday, Nov. 13, at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 5100 Frazier

Now what?

The Arkansas Times goes to press Tuesday afternoon, an awkward time in an election week. You’ll receive this paper after the votes have been counted, but, at this week’s deadline, we can only guess at the results. I’m guessing that the near-universa

Bud Canada's quest

Bud Canada can now die happy. Whatever else happens as a result of the election, the state sales tax on groceries, which Canada spent a long state Senate career trying to repeal, will begin to perish this winter.

Smart Talk

This week: Interesting electioneering; a new place for Bumpers' portrait; Audubon prepares to go on the air.

Declining newspapers

Americans ought to be paying attention to what is happening to the nation’s newspapers. Fewer people, especially young ones, are buying and reading them. In the last six months, 770 newspapers lost an average of 2.8 percent of their readers.

Wail here

You supporters of Tuesday’s winners can go on about your gloating; this column is for the losers and those who cast their aspirations on the no-good sons-a-bitches. No, just joshing. But this really is the place to come to if you backed the wrong horse. J

Busted again

If Bill Clinton died in a car crash, Rush Limbaugh would joke about it, in his merry way, and win praise for his wit from Pat Robertson. On the other hand, those of us who aren’t members of the Religious Right consider it unseemly to laugh at others’ misf

Editorial cartoon

Street drinking

After reading Debra Wood’s letter last week about the problems already experienced in the River Market area, I can’t help but wonder if the best plan for attracting conventions, businesses and tourists to downtown Little Rock is to create a public drinkin

Foundation assets and gifts

Assets of the largest private, independent and community foundations in Arkansas, based on 2005 tax returns unless indicated:

A sip of Chardonnet

Elisabeth Chardonnet, the principal harpist of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, will get to stand out when the orchestra performs another Masterworks Series concert Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11-12, at Robinson Center Music Hall.

Taking art across Arkansas

The Clinton Foundation and the Thea Foundation have launched a project to make sure kids can see fine art, and see themselves as artists.

Bill Clinton: The rainmaker

The William J. Clinton Foundation had $154.8 million in the bank at the end of 2005. That’s shy by a few million of the bucks held by the Gates Foundation ($29.1 billion) or Arkansas’s home-grown Walton Foundation ($1.1 billion). But it’s got an ass

Slate conference in LR

Slate 60 conference at library It has been 10 years since the online magazine Slate began publishing the Slate 60, a list of the country’s most generous givers to charity, in a bit of advocacy journalism. Slate will celebrate that anniversary ne

Arkansas Community Foundation turns 30

At 30, the Community Foundation oversees more than 1,000 funds and more than $100 million in assets.

Greatest political hits

Brummett had to get a column out pre-election and so today's rounds up some memorable lines of the campaign season.

The aftermath

Bush says he bears "some" responsibility? And now, the Hillary in 08 buzz ratchets up another notch.

More election analysis

Lots of Arkansas election analysis at Roby Brock's Talk Business blog, including voter trends in each congressional district, a rundown of results in key counties, and Brock's take on how Mike Beebe and the Democrats achieved their victories.

The tide lifted all boats

I'd missed this yesterday. Arkansas wasn't the only state to see an increase in Democratic legislative seats.

High on the Hog Heisman Hopes!

Central Arkansas Confidential is unfound rumors, rambling anecdotes and other nonsensical writings of one Mr. Ricky, who's identity, shrouded in mystery and superstition, is unknown. If you have things that need discussing, drop me a line at caconfidential@gmail.com. -I'm a good listener -People like to ask my advice -I'll have an opinion -I might make you laugh -Real identities are rarely used, unless it's the famous, then they're used, cause that's the price they pay. -If you figure out who I am, and some people will, please keep it confidential Much Luv, Mr. Ricky.

A word from the wingnuts

Perspective. It's so important.

The voting continues

There are a couple of Internet and e-mail efforts to win Arkansans some national recognition. One of them is urging votes in an ESPN poll for Razorback runningback Darren McFadden, who is in contention for college football's highest honor, the Heisman Trophy.

C.A.R.E. About Art? How About Homeless Pets?

Oh, come on, you know you do, you big ol' softie.  Having been involved in C.A.R.E.'s (Central Arkansas Rescue Effort) foster system for a number of years (hey, we all work with our strengths, and while the prospect of case-working, or screening homes, gave me the shudders, nursing pitiful critters until they were ready for "forever homes" was somehow a perfect fit for me)* , I can personally attest to the amazing amount of hard work they do, and have done, over the years.  It's a truly inspirational story, how this brainchild of one soft-hearted human has blossomed into the powerful rescue organization it is today--they even own their own mobile spay/neuter clinic now, where they provide free sterilizations for the pets of  low-income families!  So get yourself to the River Market ArtSpace Friday night, and buy some art and save some lives!  Also, if you even THINK you have a talent that could go to good use, or a temporary warm bed and warm heart for some less-fortunate furry friend, go to CARE's website and check out all the opportunities they have to offer.  You won't be sorry.  Maybe you'll even find a four-legged companion who needs YOU, for life.  Seriously, PLEASE:  Visit the website.  There are SO many ways you can help.Here's the press release about Friday's special event:River Market ArtSpace, a gallery located on President Clinton Boulevard, has honored CARE by selecting it as the beneficiary of a percentage of its sales on its next "Second Friday Art Night" -- which is this Friday, November 10, 5:00PM to 8:00PM.

A little advice for the Republican Party

At 2:30 A.M., I come up with great advice for people. Here is my advice to Clint Reed, head of the Republican Party of Arkansas.

Ed Bradley dies

CBS's excellent reporter Ed Bradley has died of leukemia at 65.He was always a pleasure to watch.

Allen to concede

AP is reporting that George Allen is about to concede the Virginia Senate race to Webb without a recount.

Simple answer

No. Neither Mayor-elect Mark Stodola nor his law firm should continue to do legal work for the Little Rock Airport Commission.

Simple arithmetic

You've heard of The Brotherhood, the ruling clique in the state Senate? Well I ran into The Otherhood today at lunch.

Meet the press

Gov.-elect Mike Beebe met the press at the Capitol today. He was on home turf, talking about legislating.

Another high-rise UPDATE

You perhaps read a squib in the D-G this morning about an invitation-only event at Loca Luna tonight to announce a luxury high-rise condo project in Riverdale.

Ronnel to lead Political Animals

Steve Ronnel in January will succeed Bob Lyford as the chairman of the Little Rock Political Animals Club.

Today's caption contest

Entries welcome. (Details on the Nancy Harris portrait here.)

Satisfaction -- Huckabee pardons Keith Richards

As promised, Rolling Stone Keith Richards got his pardon today from Gov. Mike Huckabee for a reckless driving conviction in Arkansas way back when.

JR and Henry: It's Game time

Game On The stage has been set.  Like a tragedy of Shakespearian proportions, Arkansas will walk off the field with victory or defeat in hand.  There’s no denying it: this is the biggest game in Houston Nutt’s tenure at Arkansas.  After all, the Razorbacks are 0-3 against the Volunteers when ranked in the Top 25.  But it’s only one of those losses Arkansas fans truly remember.

'Stranger than Fiction' reviewed

Dana Stevens, Slate.comThis role is for Will Ferrell what the lead in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was for Jim Carrey: a chance to dial back the comic shtick and play a quiet, reserved schlemiel who blossoms under the tutelage of a kooky sweetheart.

'Babel' reviewed

Carina Chocano, L.A. TimesThe beauty of this film is in its lapidary details, which sparkle with feeling and surprise.

'A Good Year' reviewed

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment WeeklyIn the tepid romantic comedy/travel brochure A Good Year, Crowe plays Hugh Grant — well, he plays one of those taken-for-Granted foppish Brits who start off insufferably cocky but end up redeemably charming through a series of delightfully self-deprecating comeuppances.

First Haggard, now this

"Kids on Fire" the controversial evangelical camp featured in the documentary Jesus Camp is closing its door.  Here's the story.  

The religious voter

Wall Street Journal article today suggests Democrats made strides with evangelical voters. More than in 2004, Democrats this year attracted voters moved by faith, and not just frustration.

LR Schools in turmoil

It has begun. The John Walker takeover of the LR School District.

TV highlights, Nov. 9

COOL HAND LUKE (1967); CELEBRITY PARANORMAL PROJECT; FRONTLINE: A HIDDEN LIFE.

Gallery walking weekend

An art installation that uses bed linens to offer political commentary will be on exhibit Friday, Nov. 10, at the Arts Scene and Gallery Market, 201 Maple St., North Little Rock. The gallery will open at 5 p.m. and the Itinerant Locals will play at 8 p.m.

Asti's “moral outrage”

Bill Asti, a Little Rock architect and the former chairman of the board of directors of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute, had finally had enough.

Pinnacle of satire

Bawdy, quick-witted, and unrelentingly hilarious, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” is possibly the funniest movie ever made.

Yearning for Yorn

Pete Yorn, having never played in Arkansas before, understands that the regular music fan in the Capital City might not know what to expect from a typical Yorn show.

Pockets burning?

It’s another hefty week in the world of local shopping, with Santa and Talbots Woman and Brookstone at Park Plaza.

What's cooking/Capsule review, Nov. 9

What's cooking: So Restaurant; Cafe Caliente; Cheeburger, Cheeburger Update: Scallions

Bruce James Calls the Hogs, Nov. 9

Arkansas has everything to play for — we’re at home, it’s a big televised game.

A Sugarcult high

Is the winter weather getting you down? Have no fear, Sugarcult is here.

Imagine a great restaurant

Imagine immediately deserves to be counted among the top 10 restaurants in Little Rock.

Running silent

Individual giving announced this year in Arkansas seems scarce in comparison to last year. But the reason for that may be the silent capital campaign being conducted by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Chamber group welcomes Chinese pianist

Tao Lin, founder of the Berlin Piano Quintet, will perform for the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Arkansas at the movies

The New York Times today reviews Joey Lauren Adams' "Come Early Morning," filmed here and starring Ashley Judd.

The electronic machines must go

Check this outrage in a Florida race for Congress lost by the Democrat by a tiny margin, almost certainly because of malfunctioning electronic voting machines.

The electronic machines must go

Check this outrage in a Florida race for Congress lost by the Democrat by a tiny margin, almost certainly because of malfunctioning electronic voting machines.

Janet, we have a problem

Mike Huckabee's got a problem. Despite at least a year of hard campaigning in Iowa and numerous other states, it's becoming obvious that most people have never really heard of him.ABC News' website has an unscientific poll on potential GOP presidential candidates, and Huckabee's listed among the possible selections.The only problem is that the poll identifies him as an Arizona Republican.It's hard to tell you exactly how to get to the site because there's no direct link, but try this link.

The great revulsion

Paul Krugman gets his wish When movement conservatism took it over, the Republican Party ceased to be the party of Dwight Eisenhower and became the party of Karl Rove.

The new Riviera

We mentioned last night the announcement that the Riviera high-rise apartment building in Riverdale had been purchased for a $25 million redevelopment as 68 luxury condos by Blue Cube Development.

The House is caucusing -- UPDATE

The state House of Representatives is organizing today. A note from an interested observer (translation: lobbyist) says Dan Greenberg, the newbie Republican from Little Rock, drew seniority no. 100.

County by County election results

County by County Election Results - the extended entry

Huckabees registered for gifts

Gov. Mike Huckabee and his wife, Janet, apparently are registered for home furnishing gifts at Target and Dillard’s department stores as they prepare to leave the Governor’s Mansion and move into a house (below) they recently purchased in North Little Rock.

Huckabees registered for gifts

Gov. Mike Huckabee and his wife, Janet, apparently are registered for home furnishing gifts at Target and Dillard’s department stores as they prepare to leave the Governor’s Mansion and move into a house (below) they recently purchased in North Little Rock.

'Come Early Morning' reviewed

Stephen Holden, NY Times “Come Early Morning” is Ms. Adams’s filmmaking debut. She knows how these people speak and has a finely tuned awareness of their relationship to an environment where beer flows like water and the houses have cheap furniture and aluminum siding.

LA Times "Buzzmeter"

Here's the latest from the Buzzmeter.  As I've stated before, the math doesn't make much sense.  Unfortunately, I don't have the time today to compile an accurate accounting of the rankings.  Maybe Armchair critic will . . .Lot's of movement, however.Best Picture1.  The Queen2.  Babel3.  The Departed4.  Dreamgirls5.  VolverBest Actor1.  Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland2.  Peter O'Toole, Venus3.  Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness4.  Leonardo DiCaprio, Blood Diamond/The Departed5.  Ryan Gosling, Half NelsonBest Actress1.  Helen Mirren, The Queen2.  Penelope Cruz, Volver3.  Cate Blanchett, The Good German4.  Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal5.  Maryl Streep, The Devil Wears PradaBest Supporting Actor1.  Jack Nicholson, The Departed2.  Michael Sheen.

Oscarwatch.com predictions forum

Here are their rankings:Picture 1. The Departed- 41 2.

You Have The Right To Remain Silent

Now that the election is over, I can get back to the whole inspiration I had to begin this blog in  the first place– writing about any legal topic that interests me that day.

Open line

It's been one of those days. Sometimes, we can't blog as often as we want.

Open line

It's been one of those days. Sometimes, we can't blog as often as we want.

Out of the park

I enjoyed the Weekend Theater’s production of “Take Me Out” even more than the one I saw on Broadway.

Runnin' On Empty

I've been trying hard to keep up with the whole NABLOPOMO spirit, but tonight?  I got nothing.  Too tired, too worn out from a week down with Stupid Mystery Fever (hey, if the doctors can't identify it, I get to name it whatever I want, right?).  So, I tell you what:  You can either head over to my house, where I'm complaining about the obviously tampered-with results of the SpongeBob SquarePants Top 100 Episodes countdown (YES, my life has come to this), OR, you can do yourself a favor and go make the acquaintence of Matthew Baldwin at Defective Yeti, instead.  Laugh and learn along with him as he reads and reports his way through an adventure with the great American novel, Moby Dick, during the month of November, and treat yourself to some gut-busting moments as you eavesdrop on him in various social situations via his "Conversations" archive.  It's priceless stuff, I'm telling you.So there, even though I had nothing of my own to give, I still gave.  That's just how I roll.

Dear GOP: Shape up, people

Democrats have a party

Arkansas Democrats will celebrate election victories with a party -- why do I think Jason Willett is responsible for the name, the "Arkansas Blue Ball" -- at 8 p.m.

One last grab for Mike Huckabee

Stephens Media follows up our exclusive on the gift registries at Dillard's and Target soliciting housewarming gifts for Mike and Janet Huckabee.

One last grab for Mike Huckabee

Stephens Media follows up our exclusive on the gift registries at Dillard's and Target soliciting housewarming gifts for Mike and Janet Huckabee.

Vote count blunder

I'm with Doug Thompson. Something is wrong with the vote tabulating in Benton County.

Vote count blunder

I'm with Doug Thompson. Something is wrong with the vote tabulating in Benton County.

How to fix state GOP

Brummett todays surveys the Republican election debacle and offers a solution: Here’s my advice: Look outside Northwest Arkansas for your candidates.

The power of the purse

While Republicans are doing their strategery, they might consider whether a woman should lead them.

Arkansas in the art world

The Washington Post has a much deeper account than the article in the D-G this morning on a Thomas Eakins' masterpiece that Alice Walton may land for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville (in conjunction with the Natonal Gallery of Art), if Philadelphia art lovers can't match the $68 million purchase offer to keep it in town. Here's the Smithsonian photo of "The Gross Clinic," a depiction of an early surgery now on display at a Philadelphia med school.

God gap narrows

Yet another poll shows that a growing number of voters believe that church folk may vote Democratic.

G's new spot

Gennifer Flowers' nightclub act in New Orleans must be going stale (er). Thanks to a reader for this squib from the Las Vegas Review-Journal that says she's trading dirty jokes for cash somewhere way down the food chain in casinoland.

In defense of Fartblossom

Paul Burka, senior editor of Texas Monthly and a long-time Karl Rove-watcher, was interviewed this week on NPR regarding the implications of the Republican repudiation at the polls.The interviewer asked if this meant Rove was finished as the White House's brains.No, Burka replied.

New York Times Article on Partial Birth Abortion and the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court ( SCOTUS ) will hear a case on partial birth abortion, ruling on a law passed by congress that is almost identical to a law struck down in 2000 because there was no exception made for a woman's health.           This will be a very good measuring stick as to how the new justices will vote and whether they will be activist judges and go against precedent or stick to precedent.

In the neighborhood

E-mail from the Downtown Neighborhood Association indicates the politically active group: 1) Supports the petition circulating to go to seven ward-only city board seats and to give the mayor veto power.

Justify My Love

Click.For more, come see me at home.

Hey, hey, ho, ho

Arkansas to a major bowl. Career game for Marcus Monk, right?

Gifts solicited for Gov. Huckabee

Gov. Mike Huckabee and his wife, Janet, are registered for home furnishing gifts at Target and Dillard’s department stores as they prepare to leave the Governor’s Mansion and move into a house they recently purchased in North Little Rock.

Pippen rejoins Jordan, metaphorically

It’s important for you to know that the state’s leading poultry industry lobbyist will be the chief of staff to the new governor. Actually, Morril Harriman resigned from the top position at the Arkansas Poultry Federation at midnight election night. He

Brummett approves

Mike Beebe has tapped Morril Harriman, his friend and the state's leading poultry lobbyist, to be his chief of staff.

Brummett approves

Mike Beebe has tapped Morril Harriman, his friend and the state's leading poultry lobbyist, to be his chief of staff.

Boomtown, NW Ark.

The Morning News has an interesting business feature on NW Ark.'s growing play for luxury retailers.

Protecting the trademark

The NY Times has an interesting article with local resonance. It's about the University of Alabama suing an artist who sells paintings depicting famous moments in Alabama football.

Let the race begin -- UPDATE

Here's a 1,000-person poll on 2008 presidential prospects. On the Republican side, McCain (28), Giuliani (22) and Rice (13) are the leaders, with Gov. Mike Huckabee way down the list with a 1.

Benton County snafu

  It's becoming clearer that I've been right from the start. No way the retabulation of Benton County votes is an accurate tally.

The Mind of Matt: Movies, music, more

My being out of the country for 10 days meant no Matt Smith, since I couldn't get the codes to traveling Matt to posting here on his own before I left.

Death row inmates' pages on MySpace draws criticism

Reading about murderer Heath Stocks' clemency request irritated me. For every murderer the Governor has assisted with clemency, there are probably fifty people with long drug sentences that are far more deserving of a reduced sentence.

Jesus Camp Closed- Kids Forced To Take 3 Hour Bus Ride To Speak In Tongues Somewhere Else

Anyone catch that documentary, "Jesus Camp" ?   If you were planning on sending your little ones there next summer, they are just out of luck.

Fat cats

Some generous ones will be in town today and tomorrow. The Slate 60 conference begins tonight at the Clinton Library, sponsored by the on-line magazine, the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton School for Public Service.

The boys from 'Borat'

If you've seen 'Borat' then you probably asked yourself, as I did, what the hell those frat dudes were thinking talking they way they did on camera (not that it's excusable talk that way off camera either, but I'm just sayin').  Well, turns out they think they were duped into making those statements by Mr. Baron Cohen and his crew and they've filed suit in Los Angeles.

More on Joey Lauren Adams

in the L.A. Times about writing Come Early Morning and moving out of Los Angeles.  She now lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

Steven Soderberg's 'The Good German'

In today's New York Times.

New York Times Magazine: The Movie Issue

today.  Pick one up or check it out online. 

Jack Palance died

Friday.  He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for City Slickers. 

Penelope Cruz on NPR

listen to the interview here.

Philip Noyce on "The Treatment"

the excellent radio program hosted by film critic Elvis Mitchell.  It's on KUAR every sunday at 10:30 a.m.  The interviews are taped on Wednesdays and are available from "The Treatment" website at http://www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/tt.  Here's the interview with Noyce, the director of Catch a Fire.

Entertainment Weekly's Holiday Movie Preview

Here.

'Casino Royale' hits theatres Friday

Early reviews from the trades are strong.  It stars Daniel Craig as Bond as well as Judi Dench and Jefferey Wright.  From Variety: For once, there is truth in advertising: The credits proclaim Daniel Craig as "Ian Fleming's James Bond 007," and Craig comes closer to the author's original conception of this exceptionally long-lived male fantasy figure than anyone since early Sean Connery.

Catching up with P. Martin and others

Friday was a hectic day for me as I escaped to northwest Arkansas for a true Arkansas pleasure: a Razorback home football game in November.  The game lived up to my expectations, but it meant that I didn't post much of the commentary in the Dem-Gaz on Friday.  Lot's happening in the world of new releases.  My friend Sam caught a Friday afternoon screening of Babel and he enjoyed it, I think.  Philip Martin caught up with Will Ferrell, and in addition to Babel, weighed in on Stranger than Fiction, This Film is Not Yet Rated and A Good Year.

You know you have a crummy car radio ...

... when a thief rifles your street-parked fishing car and takes only the 50 or 75 cents in the ashtray and leaves the radio.

And now for something completely different - a few photos

I'm no photographer, but I liked how my photos turned out today from when I went sailing on Lake Maumelle.

McFadden for the Heisman?

After the show that Arkansas tailback/sometimes-shotgun-quarterback Darren McFadden put on Saturday night against Tennessee, there are a lot of folks in the Razorback star's corner for him to be considered for college football's ultimate individual prize, the Heisman Trophy.

Here's an idea

Congressional oversight of the Pentagon. With Democrats in charge, it's possible, writes Brummett.

The new media

A little self-promotion in the name of another illustration of the power of new media.

The new media

A little self-promotion in the name of another illustration of the power of new media.

More on 'Casino Royale'

Anthony Lane, New Yorker . . . This means that the sight of Pierce Brosnan driving an invisible car, though bound to dismay every Bond-revering adult, was catnip to the larger constituency of teen-age boys, who were comfortable with a film that felt like a video game.

Christian Bale

in the L.A. Times.

Cozy with conservatives

Given this year's results, it might be better not to be among the speakers at this conference.

New at Park Plaza

Park Plaza today announced the long-rumored new big tenant for the first level of the shopping center.

The new Democrats

Are winning Democrats conservatives, liberals, populists or some combination? The better question is how they will govern.

Arkansas News of the Weird

Well, while waiting in-line for the movies yesterday, I was reading the "News of the Weird" on my cell phone, which is really addictive, this news in the palm of your hand thing.  Anywho, there was a story about the mayor's race in Waldenburg, AR, population 80.

Hillcrest district proposal

A draft plan has been completed for a so-called overlay district to guide future development in the Hillcrest neighborhood.

In depth: Faulkner Co.

One story of the 2006 elections in Arkansas is the top-to-bottom success of Democratic candidates in predominantly Republican counties.

A Huckabite gone

As our readers had predicted, Bruce Campbell, director of the Department of Rural Services, has hit the door to make way for a Beebe appointee.

Shop till you drop

Arkansas Business has an interesting piece on that new Parisian store out west.

On 'Marie Antionette'

By Daniel Mendelsohn in The New York Review of Books.

Memo to Andy Mayberry

Andy Griffith sues Andy Griffith The star of “The Andy Griffith Show,” who portrayed the sheriff of the fictional town of Mayberry, has sued a Wisconsin man who unsuccessfully ran for the Grant County post after legally changing his name to Andrew Jackson Griffith.

News the Zoo can use

Some big gifts to LR Zoo are going to be announced tomorrow. Says a release:

JR and Henry: Seriously?

J.R. and Henry: Seriously? Luck doesn’t strike twice.

GOP doings

Over at the Arkansas Family blog, our loyal opponents are moving on and looking ahead, such as to the future of the Arkansas Republican Party.

Talking charity

KUAR has coverage of Bill Clinton's speech at the Slate 60 philanthropy conference today. This link doesn't have the soundbite, but we heard Clinton saying it's impossible for a country to kill or occupy ALL your adversaries so diplomacy made sense.

Bloody Benton County

I can't explain the technical details, but my correspondent in Benton County says the election coordinator came up with a third set of vote totals in last Tuesday's election.

Bloody Benton County

I can't explain the technical details, but my correspondent in Benton County says the election coordinator came up with a third set of vote totals in last Tuesday's election.

Giftgate: The record

Stung by recent accounts of the latest demonstration of Mike Hucakbee's affection for freebies -- "wedding" registry entries to solicit housewarming gifts for the governor and his wife after he leaves office next month -- Team Huckabee has gone to lawyering again.

Advice for Gov. Beebe

Brummett urges Mike Beebe to over-deliver. In short, don't let the greedy Senate Brotherhood squander the surplus on pork.

Bloody Benton County

Here's the full rundown on the vote-counting disaster in Benton County, a third and entirely different set of numbers that again alter some outcomes.

Black helicopter crowd

Lest you doubt there are some seriously disturbed -- and potentially dangerous -- folks up in the hills and hollers of the Ozarks, take a gander at this story about a court appearance by a "Militia commander" arrested for possession of machine guns.

Black helicopter crowd

Lest you doubt there are some seriously disturbed -- and potentially dangerous -- folks up in the hills and hollers of the Ozarks, take a gander at this story about a court appearance by a "Militia commander" arrested for possession of machine guns.

Tom O'Neil speculates on 'Globe' frontrunners

HFPA voters are "absolutely crazy" about Babel, The Queen and The Departed, says Tom O'Neil of the LA Times.  O'Neil states that the final two Best Drama nominations will come from Bobby, Flags of Our Fathers or World Trade Center.  While the HFPA had not yet seen Blood Diamond or The Good Shepard, they have seen The Pursuit of Happyness.  Thumbs way up for Will Smith, O'Neil says, but not for the film.  In the Best Musical/Comedy category Dreamgirls, Little Miss Sunshine, The Devil Wears Prada and Borat all appear to be locks for nominations.  The fifth slot will go to Thank You for Smoking, Stranger than Fiction or a surprise.

'Bobby': A labor or love

Here's a PBS story on the making of Bobby with Emilio Estevez, the film's director.

NLR rate shock

Our Dogtownius is not the only blog looking after things in North Little Rock. Argenta News and Blog is a serious effort to follow government doings on the northside, his latest about the bait-and-switch by Mayor Patrick Henry Hays to buffer the coming shock of a giant wholesale electric rate increase.

Shooting from (for?) a quiver

Jim Bob Duggar's clan rates a mention in this Newsweek article about the “quiverfull” movement, "a small but growing conservative Protestant group that eschews all forms of birth control and believes that family planning is exclusively God’s domain."

Shooting from (for?) a quiver

Jim Bob Duggar's clan rates a mention in this Newsweek article about the “quiverfull” movement, "a small but growing conservative Protestant group that eschews all forms of birth control and believes that family planning is exclusively God’s domain."

UPDATE: The whiner-in-chief

Gov. Mike Huckabee is heard from -- petulantly, of course (and sorry, I forgot the link originally) -- on his family's gift grab.(Several people have remarked how much fun cartoonist George Fisher would have had with this story.

UPDATE: The whiner-in-chief

Gov. Mike Huckabee is heard from -- petulantly, of course (and sorry, I forgot the link originally) -- on his family's gift grab.(Several people have remarked how much fun cartoonist George Fisher would have had with this story.

Gift to the Zoo

That big gift to the Little Rock Zoo we mentioned yesterday is $775,000 from the Laura P. Nichols Foundation, details on the jump.

Emmitt or Mario? It had better be Emmitt

If you are spammed to death like I am daily, you've probably gotten these "Dancing With the Stars" deals about tonight's big showdown between Mario whatshisname from "Saved by the Bell" and former NFL running back great Emmitt Smith, with the subject line "Mario or Emmitt."

Emmitt or Mario? It had better be Emmitt

If you are spammed to death like I am daily, you've probably gotten these "Dancing With the Stars" deals about tonight's big showdown between Mario whatshisname from "Saved by the Bell" and former NFL running back great Emmitt Smith, with the subject line "Mario or Emmitt."

The Mind of Matt: Phoenix and NASCAR

Matt's really racing with the big boys this week: What a wonderful weekend for sports in America’s sixth largest city.

Extraordinary pianist in town

If you're up for some really good piano, young star Tao Lin will be in town to perform for the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock tonight.

Late headlines -- UPDATE

We put out a paper, or whatever Gov. Huckabee wants to call it, on Tuesdays, so blogging has to take backseat at times.

Leadership split

I don't have a dog in this hunt, but it's interesting to read that House Democrats from Arkansas are split on the leadership race between Steny Hoyer and John Murtha, mainly that Mike Ross and Marion Berry are split (Vic Snyder joins Ross) in a mild debate over which candidate is the moderate.

Count the votes -- again

The Democratic Party of Arkansas will ask for a partial recount of Benton County ballots.

Fancy football

Because of citizen outcry, Rogers has scrapped talk of using taxpayer money to build private skyboxes on the new high school football stadium.

Airline merger

U.S. Airways proposes merger with Delta. Good riddance to Delta, based on my experience of service, plane comfort and usefulness of frequent flier miles.

Huckabee Makes National News, Lord Help Us.

Huckabee Gift Registry makes the Yahoo! front page!  Great, more wonderful publicity for Arkansas, and he wants to run for President...

But wait, there are more gifts for Mike Huckabee

We've been promising more news about gift-receiving by Gov. and Mrs. Mike Huckabee. It's now on the web, an early post from this week's Insider column in the Arkansas Times.

But wait, there are more gifts for Mike Huckabee

We've been promising more news about gift-receiving by Gov. and Mrs. Mike Huckabee. It's now on the web, an early post from this week's Insider column in the Arkansas Times.

National media weigh in on Huckabee

Here's one perspective on the Huckabee saga, from The New Republic magazine's blog: It's the kind of slightly tacky stunt that normally earns you ... well, a mention in the local press, the occasional snicker around the state capital, maybe some tut-tutting from the odd goo-goo type.

Seger tickets go on sale Dec. 9

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band are coming to town Feb. 10 in the first big show of 2007 at Alltel Arena.

Ax the food tax

As several readers reported earlier, Rep. Horace Hardwick (R.-Waltonville), has filed a bill to phase out the state sales tax on food by July 1, 2010 but retain  local sales taxes.

Friendly skies

We meant to mention earlier, in noting our Insider item on the big china-and-crystal gift to Janet Huckabee, another amusing item there.

Halter names Oliver

Rising Lt. Gov. Bill Halter has announced that former Democratic chair Ron Oliver of North Little Rock will be his chief of staff.

Ethics loopholes

I've been mulling Gimmegate -- in which Janet Huckabee has allowed the nonprofit Governor's Mansion Association to give her maybe $10,000 worth of dishes, not to mention untold numbers of "wedding" shower presents.

C-Span after dark

From the NYTimes: Senator Joseph I. Lieberman strode into a Democratic caucus gathering like he owned the place or, at the very least, like someone who is a flight risk and could leave at any minute, taking the Democrats’ new majority with him.

Maybe I should give him some thicker skin

I have lots of Republican friends, although many of them are not so prpud lately of their party affiliation.

Huckathon

Gov. Mike Huckabee was on Arkansans Asks on AETN tonight. You've heard and read most of what he said before.

Sports controversy

Late-breaking sports news: UCA boss Lu Hardin has decided to drop men's soccer as an intercollegiate support, though the team has been successful on the field.

Nature Cites Work of UAMS, ACHRI Pain Expert

Observing the response to painful medical procedures by premature infants illustrates a need to provide more pain relief, according to a pain expert at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Instit

UAMS to Transfer Arkansas CARES to Methodist Children’s Home

Arkansas CARES, a successful residential substance abuse treatment program for mothers, will be transferred Jan. 1, 2007, from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to the Methodist Children’s Home.

Madame Faberge’ event benefits St. Joseph’s Mercy Lodge

Guests recently celebrated an evening with Madame Faberge’, the Faberge’ family’s sole heir and great granddaughter of legendary Russian jewelry craftsman Peter Carl Faberge’.

St. Joseph’s celebrates opening of Mission Pain Medicine Consultants clinic

St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center celebrated the recent opening of the Mission Pain Medicine Consultants clinic with an Oct. 26 open house, dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony.

UAMS, ACHRI Researchers Discover How Soy-Based Diets Protect Against Hardening of the Arteries

Soy-based diets protect against hardening of the arteries by interrupting its early development, according to University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researchers at the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center (ACNC) housed at the Arkansas Children

Holiday Shopping Tips From WRMC

During the holiday season, parents and caregivers should keep an especially close eye on gifts they buy for children.

Ray Pelton Leadership Award presentation highlights St. Joseph’s awards banquet

St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center recently held its annual Service Awards Banquet at Oaklawn Jockey Club.

UAMS’ David Lipschitz, M.D., Ph.D., To Lecture on America’s Medicare Crisis

David Lipschitz, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), will offer a public lecture on upcoming changes in the Medicare system on November 18.

Alcoa Foundation presents St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Foundation with grant

The Alcoa Foundation recently presented the Mercy Health Foundation at St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center with a $5,000 “community investment” grant on behalf of the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center.

UAMS to Transfer Arkansas CARES to Methodist Children’s Home

Arkansas CARES, a successful residential substance abuse treatment program for mothers, will be transferred Jan. 1, 2007, from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to the Methodist Children’s Home.

St. Joseph’s Volunteer Auxiliary receives multiple honors at state convention

The Volunteer Auxiliary at St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center recently received multiple honors at the annual Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association (AHAA) convention in Little Rock.
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