LaTonya Laird Austin, a Little Rock lawyer, said today that she intends to challenge incumbent Circuit Judge Alice Gray for the 12th Division seat Gray has held since 1993.
Austin, 39, a Little Rock Central, University of Arkansas and UALR Law grad, has been a deputy prosecutor and public defender, had a solo law practice and is currently a deputy Little Rock city attorney.
Judicial filing is next week, with nonpartisan elections March 1.
The sad plight of tenants of the Alexander Apartments on Col. Glenn Road has drawn help from Legal Aid and others and their intervention won a temporary order from a judge to delay their forced removal from apartments until a hearing next Tuesday. /more/
The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission today released a letter it had sent to Pulaski Circuit Judge Alice Gray cautioning her in a complaint brought by her colleague, Circuit Judge Mackie Pierce. /more/
Not that it will do much good, but Times columnist Ernest Dumas this week provides some useful Founding Father history, plus a little bit of Bible, for how wrong-headed Mike Huckabee, Asa Hutchinson, the Republican legislature and others are in using government to enforce their religious views.
A series of speakers, beginning with Sen. Joyce Elliott, denounced what they saw as a hidden agenda favoring charter schools at the state Department of Education and asked the state Board of Education for return of local control.
Little Rock will next week host a series of meetings on the use of technology to tackle global problems led by Club de Madrid — a coalition of more than 100 former democratic former presidents and prime ministers from around the world — and the P80 Group, a coalition of large public pension and sovereign wealth funds founded by Prince Charles to combat climate change.
Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) was on "Capitol View" on KARK, Channel 4, this morning, and among other things that will likely inspire you to yell at your computer screen, he said he expects someone in the legislature to file a bill to do ... something about changing the name of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.