Week is out and line is open, folks. Max was out so I filled in on the daily video roundup.
ALCOHOL SALES INITIATIVE: David Couch, attorney for Let Arkansas Decide, which is seeking a statewide vote on a constitutional amendment to legalize retail alcohol sales in all 75 counties, said that he turned in 41,492 more signatures today, bringing the total to 126,461:
Dexter Suggs, the Little Rock school superintendent, denies Blue Hog's report that he plagiarized his doctoral dissertation. Blue Hog and another lawyer who's researched Suggs record say it will be interesting to watch him defend his position. /more/
Blue Hog Report beat me to the punch on another of Deathstar Sen. Bart Hester's seemingly unlimited supply of bad legislation. He writes about Hester's effort to limit use of public records — nursing home inspections — in advertising. /more/
The Justin Harris scandal, Tom Cotton in the spotlight, a bill that would allow private charter school operators to take over schools in academic distress, highlights and lowlights from the General Assembly’s bill filing deadline and the persistence of Judge Wendell Griffen — all covered on this week's podcast. /more/
A reader from Northwest Arkansas passes along this series of screenshots from a Facebook exchange with Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin about the adoption and "rehoming" of two young girls adopted by Rep. Justin Harris. Martin said that people who judge the Harrises' action are being "hypocritical." As for our story on the case, Martin called the Arkansas Times "the worst most vile source of information I have ever seen in my life." /more/
Sen. Jason "Dr. Strangelove" Rapert defends his nuclear option for dealing with Middle East terrorism. Any criticism of him is only due to liberal misrepresentation, he says, not his own plain language. /more/
ASHDOWN — Tim Howard’s trial in 1999 for the murders of his friends Brian and Shannon Day took three days, from opening statement to death sentence. Thursday was day-four of Howard’s retrial and, after introducing more than 200 items of evidence, prosecutors are still at least a day away from concluding their case.
Something's up. The State Board of Education has announced a special meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 5. The lone agenda item concerns a request for a waiver of state law regarding the Little Rock School District.