I was at the state revenue office in Springdale getting a driver-license renewal. I saw a framed poster on the wall promoting the sale of the "Choose Life" license plate. There was only one other such poster on the wall in the entire place, one promoting the sale of so-called wildlife plates that benefit the Game and Fish Commission and the hunting industry.
Occupy Little Rock spokesman Greg Deckelman was arrested along with three others last Wednesday when they refused to leave the parking lot at Fourth and Ferry Streets that had been home to the Occupy Little Rock camp before their camping permit from the city had expired. Deckelman has said he'll file a civil rights lawsuit.
The death of former City Attorney Brett Blakney of Clinton May 4 for lack of transportation to a major trauma center played out against a history of legal battles in Clinton and Van Buren County over ambulance service.
Hours before primary election day, an e-mail began circulating in the business community with an attached flyer urging people not to sign petitions for an initiated act to strengthen Arkansas ethics law.
"Rick Santorum has now said openly that he doesn't believe in the separation of church and state. He doesn't believe, in other words, that Americans should have the freedom to pick their own religion or to have no religion at all, and as president, he'll try to put a stop to it, the hell with the First Amendment."
You can appreciate Mitt Romney's dilemma. The economy is supposed to be the win-or-lose issue in the presidential election, and your advantage is that voters tend to forget fairly soon how the bad times started and instead blame the man who inherited them. But how do you avoid triggering inconvenient memories?
Corporations are people too, and people get their feelings hurt. What's more, the richer they are these days, the more sensitive they seem to be. It's reminiscent of that Hans Christian Anderson story of the "Princess and the Pea." You know, where the tender young virgin is so delicate that a single pea hidden under seven feather mattresses keeps her awake all night. That's how the prince satisfies himself that she's a real aristocrat.
Also Ty Segall and White Fence at White Water, Epiphany at Revolution, Diggy Simmons at Barton, The Holy Shakes at Maxine's, Flow Rider at Magic Springs and the Little Rock Film Festival Opening Night at Argenta Community Arts.
Former Bro. Gov. Mike Huckabee returns to Little Rock on Friday to serve as the keynote speaker at an extremist evangelical conference at the Statehouse Convention Center. Pastors from Iowa and South Carolina plan to meet with Huckabee to talk about him running for president in 2016
Ernie Dumas provides next week's column early this week and it's a good accompaniment to news that Sen. Harry Reid says the Senate won't bail out the runaway radical U.S. House with a stopgap farm spending bill.
Juanita's, the venerable Tex-Mex restaurant and music venue, is leaving the South Main Street location it's called home since 1986 for the River Market and the former home of Bill St., 614 President Clinton Ave.