It was a good week for health care, women's right and other Democratic ideals 

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HEALTH CARE, WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND OTHER DEMOCRATIC IDEALS. Barack Obama was elected to a second term in the White House, turning back a Republican who vowed to revoke the Affordable Care Act, defund Planned Parenthood and move the country closer to a plutocracy.

ARKANSAS REPUBLICANS. They are now in the majority in the Arkansas legislature.

DRINKERS. Voters in Benton, Sharp and Madison counties voted to allow the sale of alcohol and Springdale voted to allow booze to be sold on Sunday.

TAKING THE LAW INTO ONE'S OWN HANDS. An unidentified bystander fired away at fleeing robbers at a Little Rock bank Monday, hitting, fortunately, only the bumper of a car he thought was the getaway car. It wasn't. Police were able to arrest the robbers without the help of Trigger.

CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART. The Bentonville museum celebrated its first anniversary by releasing attendance figures since Nov. 11, 2011: 600,000.

It was a bad week for ...

MEDICAID IN ARKANSAS NOW. It appears state revenues will fall short of existing needs for Medicaid support by about $140 million.

MEDICAID IN ARKANSAS TOMORROW. The new Ayn Randian legislature is likely to spurn new federal dollars to expand Medicaid.

PEOPLE IN PAIN. Voters rejected a ballot measure that would have legalized medical marijuana in the state, but only by a 51 percent to 49 percent margin.

THE PULASKI COUNTY ASSESSOR'S OFFICE. The county Board of Equalization lowered the office's appraised real-estate values by $2 billion, lowering the values of 5,052 properties and making other corrections. The $2 billion was more than half the rise in values determined by the office. For many homeowners, this would be in the "good week for" category.


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