Seen this? Looks like high-tech pranksters have used the good name of Crystal Bridges, the Alice Walton-backed museum in Bentonville, to a union protest of Walmart employment practices in a Black Friday event that has drawn a court effort by the retailer to shut it down.
Gregory Nelson of Fayetteville, with an Arkansas flag decal sewn on his vest, is drawing headlines in New York today for saying he punched an Iranian official in the stomach during an anti-Iran demonstration in the city after a speech by Iran's president to the UN.
Robert Nunn sent me a note that says the North Little Rock City Council last night, led by Mayor Pat Hays, endorsed the resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to override the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United that gave personhood to corporations.
In the event you missed it, a variety of people carrying petitions to address their government were warned last night by Little Rock police that they would be arrested if they not only attempted to gather signatures but even talked to anyone about their petitions on the streets blocked off around the Riverfest grounds along the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock.
Leslie Newell Peacock is covering today's meeting of the Little Rock Technology Park Authority. Members of the authority have now voluntarily filed financial interest statements and they eventually will be available on-line.
Speaking of the boot-on-neck of Little Rock city government:
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen — speaking as a neighborhood pastor, not a judge — has sent me a statement he said he read last night to the Little Rock Board of Directors opposing spending of sales tax money on condemnation of residential property to builld the Little Rock Technology Park to attract private business.
Update from the Occupy Little Rock front:
As expected, city officials said any private property owner who'd agreed to provide spot for relocation of the Occupy Little Rock would face zoning problems if they accommodated tents.
Last week, Rep. Josh Miller, a Republican legislator from Heber Springs, spoke against the private option Medicaid expansion last week. He invoked FDR's New Deal — a "hand up," he said, not a "handout."
Scott Ellington, the prosecuting attorney for Arkansas's Second Judicial District, said in a recent interview that, "There are no ongoing investigations by governmental investigative authorities" concerning the West Memphis Three case. Ellington may be the only person on the planet who believes there is "closure" in my case.