Also a good week for Arkansas Republicans, drinkers, taking the law into one's own hands and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. It was a bad week for Medicaid in Arkansas now, Medicaid in Arkansas tomorrow, people in pain and the Pulaski County Assessor's Office.
Nationally, the election turned out well. Both the victory of Barack Obama and the defeat of Mitt Romney are reasons to rejoice, and Democrats retained control of the Senate, where they can block the worst of the Republican schemes to shake down the lower and middle classes for the benefit of the upper.
Will Reconstruction ever cease to be the frame of reference for recording the advance of history in this part of Dixie, as in "Arkansas Republicans claimed majority control of the House on Thursday for the first time since Reconstruction ... "?
Mitt Romney was far from being the only Republican thinker "shell-shocked" by his defeat. So was the author of this elegant communication I'd received after a column predicting that the 2012 election would mark the end of Richard Nixon's "Southern strategy."
Also 'The Invisible War' at the Argenta Community Theater, Dr. Dog at Revolution, Junior Brown at Revolution, 607 and Bear Colony at Revolution, Timothy K. Moore at Pyramid Art, Bianca Phillips at the Green Corner Store and 'An Evening with Jeff Nichols' at Trinity United Methodist Church.
A couple of weeks ago, I hinted that the time to prognosticate about Arkansas's 2014 football season was inescapably here, and that such forecasting would be a comprehensive examination over the remainder of summer.
The tween-pop Elvis is coming to Verizon for what is guaranteed to be the most frenzied concert Little Rock sees all year. Now, the Biebs has gotten more than his fair share of criticism since his astronomical ascent from YouTube scrubbery to international megafame, but we're not interested in calling out the omnipresent young pup for his fortunes, deserved or otherwise.
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."
Pam Hobbs, mother of Steve Branch, one of three eight-year-olds killed in the 1993 West Memphis slayings that became the West Memphis 3 case, says new information unearthed in a new documentary, "West of Memphis," has persuaded her to call for the state of Arkansas to reopen the case.