IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …
The ARKANSAS SUPREME COURT. Rather than wait another 10 years or so, a narrow majority decided to review constitutionality of the legislature’s efforts to comply with the Lake View school equity ruling.
HOUSING BARGAIN. Jefferson County has the second-lowest home prices in the country, with prices under $65 a square foot for country-club area new homes. Of course, one reason for low home prices is absence of demand.
KURT KNICKREHM. After six years, he quit his job as head of state Human Services to move to the more lucrative and less headache-inducing private sector. He’ll be universally missed as a quiet, competent administrator.
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …
The STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION. Marching to Gov. Mike Huckabee’s orders, it made proposed nutritional and physical activity guidelines for junior and senior high schools mostly optional. Wouldn’t want to make them spend money on P.E. or give up addictive soda pop vending deals.
ASA HUTCHINSON. The Ethics Commission told him what the law already made clear – he can’t transfer old federal campaign money to his race for governor. The man who wanted to remove a president for trying to cover up a sex act then had the bad grace to whine about the law.
ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS. Their tuition is going up 5.5 percent. The increase will produce a sum in the range of the amount the school pumps into its losing football program.
ARKANSAS WINERIES. The legal implications of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling are coming clear. If the wineries want to ship wine, Arkansas needs a law that permits out-of-state wine shipments to Arkies. And grocery stores that sell wine can’t sell Arkansas wines only. It’s unconstitutional to give preference to in-state businesses.
ACXIOM. A major investor in the Little Rock-based data merchant made noises about a hostile takeover attempt. The hurting point was the investor’s harsh criticism of Acxiom management.
Little Rock will next week host a series of meetings on the use of technology to tackle global problems led 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.
Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) was on "Capitol View" on KARK, Channel 4, this morning, and among other things that will likely inspire you to yell at your computer screen, he said he expects someone in the legislature to file a bill to do ... something about changing the name of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.
This week, the Arkansas Times falls back on that oldest of old chestnuts: a recipe issue. Being who we are, of course, we had to put a twist on that; namely, the fact that most of the recipes you'll find in these pages are courtesy of people who have shuffled off to that great kitchen in the sky, where the Good Lord is always whipping up new things in his toque and apron, running the great mixers of genetics and time, maybe presenting the batter-dipped beaters and bowls to Jesus for a lick down.
The Arkansas Dems can lead by doing the opposite of what the national Dems did when they reelected the same leadership in charge since the equally embarrassing losses as seen in Arkansas. Electing 75-plus-year-olds is no way to embrace the youth.