IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …
BARE-KNUCKLE POLITICS. Cabot Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh announced he’d be a Republican candidate for 1st District Congress, a seat now held by Democrat Marion Berry. Stumbaugh talks tall, an ex-cop in the Tommy Robinson mold.
SEGREGATION. Jacksonville prepared to open separate middle schools for boys and girls, the first same-sex public schools in Arkansas.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK MAYOR PAT HAYS. Voters ratified his proposal to raise the sales tax a penny to build a new baseball park for the Arkansas Travelers downtown. Everybody wins, particularly Little Rock. The team’s saved, downtown gets another attraction, North Little Rock voters pay and War Memorial park land will soon be free for new uses.
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …
PORK. A raft of state pork barrel projects were put on hold after Pulaski Circuit Judge Willard Proctor said Mike Wilson of Jacksonville had a decent chance of winning a lawsuit challenging general improvement fund projects as unconstitutional local legislation.
DWAYNE DOBBINS. The North Little Rock representative resigned his House seat after entering a negotiated plea to a charge that he’d fondled a teen’s breasts. (Dobbins claimed later that he was innocent. The judge should haul him back to court, set the wrist-slap plea deal aside, and set Dobbins for trial.)
GITTING AND GOING. The Git-N-Go convenience store chain pulled out of Altheimer, Grady, Humnoke and Wabbaseka, leaving those communities without gas pumps. The owner cited employee thefts among other cost factors in ending the operations.
LONOKE POLICE CHIEF JAY CAMPBELL. He was suspended amid an investigation of allegations that he used state prisoners to repair his boat and work on a sidewalk to his swimming pool and that a state prisoner housed at the city jail, as the Democrat-Gazette put it, “had sexual contact with a citizen.”
Next week a series of meetings on the use of technology to tackle global problems will be held in Little Rock by Club de Madrid — a coalition of more than 100 former democratic former presidents and prime ministers from around the world — and the P80 Group, a coalition of large public pension and sovereign wealth funds founded by Prince Charles to combat climate change. The conference will discuss deploying existing technologies to increase access to food, water, energy, clean environment, and medical care.
So fed up was young Edgar Welch of Salisbury, N.C., that Hillary Clinton was getting away with running a child-sex ring that he grabbed a couple of guns last Sunday, drove 360 miles to the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C., where Clinton was supposed to be holding the kids as sex slaves, and fired his AR-15 into the floor to clear the joint of pizza cravers and conduct his own investigation of the pedophilia syndicate of the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state.
There is almost nothing real about "reality TV." All but the dullest viewers understand that the dramatic twists and turns on shows like "The Bachelor" or "Celebrity Apprentice" are scripted in advance. More or less like professional wrestling, Donald Trump's previous claim to fame.