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The Hunter Biden problem

Jonathan Chait, writing for New York, is right. Hunter Biden is a problem if his father wins the Democratic presidential nomination, in addition to the convenient red herring he's provided Republicans fighting Donald Trump's impeachment.

Plant board weeds out stricter regs on dicamba, leaves May date in place

Farmers happy; those opposed to use of the chemical past mid-April are not.

State Board adds consideration of high school zones to agenda

The State Board of Education, at the request of chairwoman Diane Zook, has added to its Thursday monthly meeting agenda consideration of Little Rock School District high school zones. I think that can fairly be read as a sign that Zook will push for the State Board to direct Education Secretary Johnny Key, who acts as the LRSD school board while the district is in state takeover, to ignore the recommendations of the LRSD administration and order the district to expand Pinnacle View High School in Northwest Little Rock to grades 9-12 next year and add a full complement of extracurricular offerings. 
Several thousand LRSD supporters gathered at Central High School on Oct. 9 to protest the state’s treatment of the school district.

A sister-schools program could help make the LRSD more equitable

There is a big idea education-policy idea that you will find just under the surface of every discussion about the Little Rock School District. It is the concept of educational equity.
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Today's news: From Washington to LRAFB

The video news roundup includes Trump fake news, LRAFB, casino lawsuit and LRSD.

UPDATE: LRAFB says no Saudis currently in training there

UPDATE: LRAFB currently has no Sauid students in training in its large flight training program.

Dark money in the race for Arkansas Supreme Court

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law has issued a new report on the influence of money in judicial races, with plenty of attention to dark money spending in 2018 on a race for Arkansas Supreme Court.

Mississippi casino operator makes its case for Pope County permit

Though it's not yet clear when Circuit Judge Tim Fox will ever hear the lawsuit by Gulfside Casino Partnership claiming it has a valid application to open a casino in Pope county, Gulfside has laid out its legal argument in a filing Tuesday.
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Washington Post shines light on dying democracy

The Washington Post's journalism continues to outshine the both-siderism that seems to mark so much of New York Times coverage of late.

LR school advisory board member Michael Mason addresses criticism

Michael Mason, a member of the Little Rock School District Community Advisory Board, which provides recommendations on the state-controlled district, has written an open letter in response to criticism of his votes on school attendance zones at a meeting last week.
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Teacher of the Year Stacey McAdoo on equity tour of LRSD

Stacey McAdoo, the 2019 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, participated last week in Grassroots Arkansas's equity bus tour of two middle schools in the Little Rock School District, Cloverdale in Southwest Little Rock south of I-30 and Pinnacle View in Northwest Little Rock on Highway 10. She shared her reflections on her blog.

Rutledge joins another assault on the environment

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is at it again, supporting a giant energy company against environmental interests in a project miles away from Arkansas.
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Chad Morris hired at Auburn

Chad Morris, the fired Hog football coach, has a new job as offensive coordinator for Gus Malzahn at Auburn.

Today's news: Impeachment articles for the lying liars

Today's news: Of course Donald Trump is guilty. Of course he's lying about it.

Judge Fox cuts short fired Little Rock officer's appeal hearing

Circuit Judge Tim Fox surprised a crowd gathered today for Charles Starks' appeal of his firing as a Little Rock police officer for the fatal shooting of Bradley Blackshire by canceling most planned testimony and announcing he'd rule on the Civil Service Commission record and briefs.

Oklahoma and a new deal with Indian casinos

Interesting reading from Oklahoma, where the governor believes a 15-year compact with Indian tribes to operate casinos comes to an end this year. The tribes differ with the governor's interpretation of the law.

Democrats announce two articles of impeachment

House Democrats today released two articles of impeachment of Donald Trump, for abusing the power of his office and obstructing Congress in its investigation of his extortion of Ukraine.

Look who's helping Alan Clark

Look who's helping Sen. Alan Clark raise campaign cash: a visitor from Florida.

Report details federal money wasted on defunct charter schools, including in Arkansas

The Washington Post provides a summary of a new report detailing some half-billion dollars in federal money wasted on charter schools that never opened or were shut down, including in Arkansas.

Judge denies attorney fees for Pope County in casino case

Circuit Judge Bill Pearson of Russellville today denied at a hearing today the request from Pope County Judge Ben Cross and the Pope County Quorum Court for attorney fees in the suit that sought to enforce a county ordinance requiring a vote before the Quorum Court could endorse a casino application.
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