ENTERS PLEA: Tim Ballard, who’s been suspended as principal of the Abundant Life high school in Sherwood, pleaded not guilty in Sherwood Municipal Court this week to sexually assaulting a former student. His case will go to circuit court. The case drew wide attention because officials of the school, sponsored by a Baptist church, told police they’d had previous complaints of misconduct by Ballard as far back as 11 years ago. It’s unclear if church or school officials reported or acted on past complaints.
Members of the Rodney Block Collective at the Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner of the Arkansas Democratic Party, including Little Rock trumpeter and band leader Block (right), crowd in for a photo with former president.
Politico reports that Kathleen Harrington Kennedy Townsend says former Republican President George H.W. Bush is voting for Hillary Clinton for president. The article quotes a Bush spokesman as declining to confirm or deny.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is an Arkansas Republican. Thus, like the governor and the Republican-majority legislature, she intends to do everything she can to deny women comprehensive medical care, particularly abortion.
No two presidential candidates since polling began have run up negatives as massive as those of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who yet won their parties' nominations easily. "What gives?" may be the biggest political mystery in history.