The Washington Post Wonkblog points out this morning that there's a reason that Republicans might be squeamish about taking on the Confederate flag. Republicans are twice as likely to have positive reactions to the flag (and half as likely to have a negative reaction). /more/
The president takes to social media to make gun control argument in the wake of the Charleston church massacre. Obama also gave props to Mitt Romney for calling on South Carolina to take down the Confederate flag, but the GOP presidential contenders are dodging the question. /more/
At least one Republican lawmaker in South Carolina is calling for the Confederate flag to come down. But as recent history in the Arkansas legislature reminds us, many politicians are still — in 2015 — too squeamish to challenge neo-Confederates. /more/
The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that they are launching an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse, sexual harassment by what the DOJ terms "multiple members" of the staff at the Arkansas Department of Correction's McPherson Womens Unit in Newport. The investigation will also reportedly look into the treatment of transgender prisoners there. /more/
Cabot District Judge Joe O'Bryan, arrested last Friday night for an alleged drunken assault on his girlfriend, should be suspended from the bench while his misdemeanor case is pending, the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission decided today. The Commission also confirmed an ongoing investigation against another district judge over using criminal defendants for personal work.
Perhaps U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin might want to reconsider his earlier decision not to include Republican Rep. Loy Mauch on the list of Republican candidates he'd asked not to use his campaign contributions, having read some of what they'd written.
Ernest Dumas writes about the difficulties faced by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in matching the achievements of Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, even though he, like the majority of the legislature is a Republican. In short, Hutchinson needs Obamacare money, though his party rests on a foundation that hates Obamacare.
A two-week cruise from Vancouver to Alaska was nicely timed for the August heat wave. It dipped into the 40s during my visit to the Hubbard Glacier, loudly "calving" with mighty booms of cracking ice. Here's a brief politically tinged travelogue.
If one were of a low and suspicious nature regarding the New York Times' historically inept Washington Bureau, one might suspect yet another example of the "Clinton Rules" — that is, a shaky allegation unsupported by facts.
Planned Parenthood has issued an extensive rebuttal to undercover videos by an anti-abortion group elaborating with some specifics on its allegations from the first that the videos — including some described as "full" videos — were edited to be misleading.
The website BuzzFeed has devoted a serious amount of digital acreage to the recent Miss Gay Arkansas pageant, seemingly an oddity in this rural state except that this pageant has a long history and the first Miss Gay America was from Arkansas.
Outlets of Little Rock, the shopping center nearing completion by the Bass Pro Shops at Otter Creek, continues to roll out additions to the list of retailers. Today's announcement says outlets of Brooks Brothers, Asics, G.H. Bass and Levi will be opening, the first for those brands in Arkansas.