With early voting well underway, and Election Day speeding toward us (it’s Tuesday, Nov. 2) the Arkansas Times repeats its previous endorsements and adds two new ones, both stalwart progressives — DISTRICT 29 STATE REP. JANET JOHNSON of Bryant, a school teacher, and DISTRICT 45 STATE REP. BETTY PICKETT OF CONWAY, for re-election.
n President — JOHN KERRY. How wonderful it will be to once more have a president who doesn’t smirk. Or violate civil liberties. Or shower tax cuts on the rich that the poor have to pay for. Or make up reasons to start wars that he can’t finish. Or appoint extremists to the Supreme Court. Or …
• U.S. Senate — BLANCHE LINCOLN
• U.S. House of Representatives, District 2 — VIC SNYDER
• Arkansas Supreme Court Associate Justice,
Position 4 — COLLINS KILGORE
• Constitutional Amendment 1 — FOR
• Constitutional Amendment 2 — AGAINST
• Constitutional Amendment 3 — AGAINST
• Referred Question 1 — FOR
• Pulaski County Circuit/County Clerk —
• House District 27 — DAWN CREEKMORE
• House District 29 — JANET JOHNSON
• House District 38 — DAVID JOHNSON
• House District 45 – BETTY PICKETT
• House District 46 — ROBBIE WILLS
• Senate District 32 — JIM ARGUE
• Senate District 33 — IRMA HUNTER BROWN
• Wrightsville District Court —
HERBERT T. WRIGHT JR.
• Justice of the Peace District 1 —
• Justice of the Peace District 3 —
• Little Rock Board of Directors Position 1 — JOAN ADCOCK, BILL RECTOR, KEVIN DEDNER (endorsing all three)
• North Little Rock Mayor —
PATRICK HENRY HAYS
Little Rock police responding to a disturbance call near Eighth and Sherman Streets about 12:40 a.m. killed a man with a long gun, Police Chief Kenton Buckner said in an early morning meeting with reporters.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is installing Sol Lewitt's 70-foot eye-crosser "Wall Drawing 880: Loopy Doopy," waves of complementary orange and green, on the outside of the Twentieth Century Gallery bridge. You can glimpse painters working on it from Eleven, the museum's restaurant, museum spokeswoman Beth Bobbitt said
Ted Suhl, the former operator of residential and out-patient mental health services, has lost a second bid to get a new trial on his conviction for paying bribes to influence state Human Services Department policies. Set for sentencing Thursday, Suhl faces a government request for a sentence up to almost 20 years. He argues for no more than 33 months.
We're sad to report that Doug Smith has decided to retire. Though he's been listed as an associate editor on our masthead for the last 22 years, he has in fact been the conscience of the Arkansas Times. He has written all but a handful of our unsigned editorials since we introduced an opinion page in 1992.
Last week, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel became the first elected statewide official to express support for same-sex marriage. His announcement came days before Circuit Judge Chris Piazza is expected to rule on a challenge to the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Soon after, a federal challenge of the law is expected to move forward. McDaniel has pledged to "zealously" defend the Arkansas Constitution but said he wanted the public to know where he stood.
Remarking as we were on the dreariness of this year's election campaigns, we failed to pay sufficient tribute to the NRA, one of the most unsavory and, in its predictability, dullest of the biennial participants in the passing political parade.