While breakfasts for other delegations across Philadelphia have turned into fairly loud affairs that indicate some of the lingering unrest among Sanders delegates, things have been peaceful at the combined Arkansas/New Mexico breakfasts.
Former President Bill Clinton will soak up most of the attention Tuesday night but there will be another Arkansan taking the stage: Dustin Parsons, a fifth-grade teacher from Pine Haven Elementary in Bauxite.
Some election night odds and ends, from the failure of opinion polling in Michigan, to race-based voting in the South to the lobby money Bernie Sanders is receiving. Also: Marco Rubio's disappearing act as an alternative to Donald Trump.
Despite Donald Trump's disavowal of the Ku Klux Klan at last night's Republican debate, the current national director of the Knights of the KKK, Thomas Robb, said that Trump is the best choice for president. "As far as I’m concerned, Donald Trump is the pick of the litter," Robb told me by telephone today.
Hog fans just can't quit blaming the refs for the NCAA men's basketball tournament loss to North Carolina. Now the Arkansas Senate has gotten in on the act, with this resolution introduced by Democratic Sen. Keith Ingram and getting bipartisan co-sponsorship from that brutish and short sandlot roundball player, Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson.
IndieWire breaks news long whispered downtown — a more ambitious successor to the Little Rock Film Festival is in the works, with backing from writer/director Jeff Nichols, a Little Rock native. His "Loving" has won wide acclaim recently.
A Senate committee has again rejected Sen. Joyce Elliott's bill — modeled after a suggestion in court proceedings by the attorney general's office — to provide equal treatment of same-sex married couples in issuance of birth certificates.
KARK reports that police shot a man in an alley behind Ernie Biggs on Clinton Avenue in the River Market district about 2 a.m. today. His condition was not known, but initial reports said he was in surgery. UPDATE: The shooting was fatal.