Bill and Hillary Clinton appeared at Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's last steak fry, a big political event, and, among other remarks, Bill Clinton said Sen. Mark Pryor's race for re-election was "real close." Key: turnout.
The New York Times devotes a reporter full-time to the Clinton beat and today breaks news that Hillary Clinton is "building stamina through tough new workouts with a personal trainer and yoga." Sound like a 2016 presidential candidate to you?
Funny. Gayle Collins of the New York Times riffs this morning on how Hillary Clinton is the country's all-purpose celebrity, not to mention the cause of every bad happening in the world from Benghazi to the abduction of Nigerian girls. Coincidentally, today is a "Day of Action" for nationwide events orchestrated by the Ready for Hillary PAC, aimed at encouraging a 2016 presidential candidacy.
From Politico, an early indication of how low the Republicans are prepared to go in derailing a Hillary Clinton candidacy for president. Karl Rove — you may know him as Tim Griffin's mentor in the glory days of Florida vote caging to keep black people from voting — has gone to practicing neurology. He's injected into the public arena the utterly speculative notion that Clinton has suffered brain damage.
The Ready for Hillary PAC held a fund-raiser in North Little Rock last night, evidence of an Obama-style grassroots campaign to propel her potential 2016 presidential candidacy. My how times have changed since 1992. And 2008.
The New York Times put its gloss on the Clinton White House document dump at the Clinton Library yesterday. In short: Nothing new, but we have to make it seem like there is.You will be shocked, undoubtedly, to learn that Hillary Clinton has an aversion to media. That she was a champion of women's rights. That her staff wanted her in public more. That the health care initiative was a bummer.
Politico reports that the Clinton Presidential Library will begin releasing papers this afternoon that had been allowed to be kept secret until last year. Some 25,000 pages are to be released in the next few weeks, with about 5,000 pages coming today. Review continues on about 8,000 pages of material.
Is Hillary Clinton too old to run for president. Mike Huckabee raises the question. Also on our open line: A Democratic candidate for state treasurer and an investigation of a UA fraternity for having a racially stereotypical party on M.L. King Day.
The Washington Free Beacon, which received a lot of attention recently for mining the Diane Blair papers at the University of Arkansas for documents related to potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, hasn't had similar success with gubernatorial papers of Bill Clinton housed at an archive in downtown Little Rock connected to the Central Arkansas Library System.
Good piece in Politico from Stanford sociology professor Doug McAdam on the roots of our modern partisan divide. McAdam tells the familiar story of how the South flipped, as yellow dog Democrats in the old Confederacy abandoned the party in the wake of the Civil Rights movement.
The Fayetteville City Clerk's office has certified that enough signatures were gathered to trigger a special election on Fayetteville's new civil rights ordinance, the Fayetteville Flyer reports. The effort to force a popular vote on the ordinance, led by a Repeal 119, a church-led group, gathered 5,714 signatures. Petitioners needed 4,905; the City Clerk's office began certifying the signatures last week and stopped at the end of the day Friday once enough signatures had been validated. The ordinance to discourage discrimination in housing and employment passed in the City Council 6-2 last month. The vote came after 10 hours of discussion, with many conservatives furious because the classes of people protected included gay and transgender people.
Rep. Tom Cotton continues to take a ribbing for his recent ad attempting cover on his vote against the Farm Bill (Cotton, you'll remember, claimed that Obama "hijacked" it and turned it into a food stamp bill; factcheckers pounced). Cotton is trying to have his row crops and eat them too, claiming he supports farm subsidies while voting against them.
The owner of The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Jan Morgan, announced yesterday that she is banning the presence of Muslims in her business. Her reasoning: "Why would I hand guns and ammunition to people whose religion commands them to kill me and my non-muslim patrons?" OK, let's get that lawsuit rolling.
A bench warrant has been issued for a man named Aaron M. Lewis on one count of kidnapping in the disappearance of Beverly Carter, 51, a Crye-Leike real estate agent who disappeared after going to show a house on Thursday afternoon. With updated information as of 10:30 p.m..