"We hope to do well here in Arkansas," presidential hopeful Ted Cruz told Roby Brock of Talk Business in an interview while he was in town this weekend.
Sitting down with Brock in Little Rock, Cruz hammed and sighed and dramatically paused his way through his talking points in his oleaginous style. Arkansans are tired of Washington dealmakers, Cruz said, and he's the only one with a proven record of leading the fight against Obamacare, amnesty, and the Second Amendment. Cruz is fighting a cold and it's impressive that he is able to sustain his performative riffs even under the weather.
Brock asked Cruz if he needed to win Texas (he does), but Cruz declined to predict a victory.
Brock is one of the best interviewers in Arkansas, but on policy and politics, Cruz didn't say a single word that isn't part of his normal stump speech/media availability routine.
"My guess is that coming out of Super Tuesday, Donald and I will be far and away the major delegate leaders and that will tee this up to be effectively a two-person race," Cruz said. He added, "If Marco comes out of Super Tuesday winning very, very few delegates, becomes hard [for him] to stay in the race without winning any states. To date, he has not won any states."
Cruz also revealed that he loves video games. Brock asked where he was going to lunch today in Arkansas but Cruz said he'd be on the road. Boring. Cruz said his favorite movie is "The Princess Bride." Okay, that's awesome.
Cruz was droppin' his g's for most of the interview but started slippin[g] into using the full suffix toward the end.
Sen. Tom Cotton, cordial to a fault, appeared before a capacity crowd at the 2,200 seat Pat Walker Performing Arts Center at Springdale High tonight to a mixed chorus of clapping and boos. Other than polite applause when he introduced his mom and dad and a still moment as he led the crowd in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance — his night didn't get much better from there. /more/
If you think about it, no wonder Donald Trump prefers the imaginative stylings of Fox News to the presidential daily briefing. He's pretty much the network's target demographic: a daffy old-timer with time on his hands. /more/
President Donald Trump continued his attack on the media at a rally in Florida Saturday, but his own reporting of facts continued to be fractured, with reference to a non-existent incident in Sweden. /more/
The Atlantic reports — and we know this in Arkansas already — that Trump resistance exists and seems to be gaining momentum in red states. It's not only those dreaded "coastal elites" with concerns about the direction of the country. /more/
A group of citizens held a demonstration of sorts today at Sen. Tom Cotton's office in Little Rock to protest his support of Betsy DeVos, recently confirmed by the senate as the federal Secretary of Education. The group presented a check to "buy Senator Cotton's vote," a reference to the financial backing that DeVos and her family have provided to Cotton's campaigns.
An op-ed in today's New York Time by Katha Pollitt says what I've been struggling to say about the reaction to the attack on women's reproductive rights launched by means of the undercover videos made by anti-abortion activists.
A reporter for Politifact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking organization, sent a reporter to Africa to see where money given to the Clinton Foundation has been put to work. He found tangible results.
Little Rock attorney and blogger Matt Campbell, whose knack for deep research brought down Mark Darr, Mike Maggio and Dexter Suggs, now has his sights trained on another worthy target. Today, he filed a 113-page ethics complaint against state Treasurer Dennis Milligan that includes 14 separate allegations.
Sheila Kennedy, a professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founder of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd., will give the June Freeman lecture tonight at the Arkansas Arts Center, part of the Architecture + Design Network series at the Arkansas Arts Center.
A former mental health agency director has won a default judgment worth $358,000 over a claim for unpaid retirement pay and Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson is apparently to blame for failure to respond to pleadings in the case.
Sen. Tom Cotton, cordial to a fault, appeared before a capacity crowd at the 2,200 seat Pat Walker Performing Arts Center at Springdale High tonight to a mixed chorus of clapping and boos. Other than polite applause when he introduced his mom and dad and a still moment as he led the crowd in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance — his night didn't get much better from there.