I regret to say I'll be unable to attend. I hope to be in Budapest that day. But reports from the club will be welcome. As a Hutchinson supporter noted, the charter school/voucher crowd should swell the ranks for the former Florida governor. And they have fat wallets, if not glowing results from the Bush school experiment.
The first big task for the Health Reform Legislative Task Force, the task force pushed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to examine alternatives to the private option, is hiring a consultant. The task force met today and examined and discussed six proposals, narrowing the list down to four candidates . /more/
Mike Huckabee’s coming run for president, turmoil in state Treasurer Dennis “donuts, lies and videotape” Milligan's office, Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s love of task forces and bicycles in Little Rock — all covered on this week's edition. /more/
A notice from Arkansas Community Organizations indicates the continuing ferment in the Little Rock School District over the state takeover and the lack, so far, of much action by the state in the intervening three months to begin a turnaround in schools in need of assistance. /more/
John Lyon of the Arkansas News Bureau continues to press Treasurer Dennis Milligan with accumulating evidence of high aide Jason Brady's campaign work for Milligan while he was employed by the nonprofit American Cancer Society, which discourages political activities by its employees. /more/
Gov. Asa Hutchinson is speaking this morning to his task force created to come up with some political cover for keeping the benefits of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion or otherwise pull a health care ranbit out of a hat that can cover a quarter-million Arkansans at no cost to the state. /more/
The same-sex marriage debate boils down to the simplest of alternatives for the U.S. Supreme Court — extend equal rights or validate discrimination, the latter of which the Arkansas governor, attorney general and legislature favor. /more/
Dallas Morning News has comprehensive coverage on the shooting of two men outside a Muhammad cartoon contest held in a Garland, Texas, public school building. The FBI reportedly has confirmed that one of the men killed was Elton Simpson of Arizona, who'd previously been investigated for terrorism ties.
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.