The week that was May 17-23 


The ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE. It sued Gov. Huckabee to make public the investigation of a Parole Board member, Larry Zeno, who later resigned. Why the secrecy? The governor may be covering himself for not acting earlier on this political appointee. Zeno caused a smell more than a year ago by leaving a prison inmate with the impression that Zeno was looking for a good deal on a diamond ring in return for his clemency recommendation. If he gave cause for further concern, it doesn’t reflect too well on the man who gave him a second chance.

CHURCH POLITICS. Ronnie Floyd, the pastor of giant Baptist churches in Springdale and Rogers, is making a run for president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

“RESPECT.” Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton told the New York Post that was one of the top songs among 1,000 or so on the iPod a guy named Bill gave her for her birthday.

TRAFFIC CONGESTION. The state Highway and Transportation Department rolled out a $70 million plan for fixing the Interstate 430-630 intersection. If we’re lucky, it’ll be finished before Armageddon.


SUPREME COURT JUSTICE DONALD CORBIN. Somebody — not him, he insists — is making automated phone calls that seem to back his bid for re-election. But the phone calls are a terrible bother and many of those who get them are vowing to vote for whoever is running against Corbin.

TALL PEOPLE. Add to the various woes with newfangled voting machines a potential problem that turned up in Pulaski County. Because of an optical illusion, tall people may cast votes on the wrong line on the touch-screen machines now going into service.

THE HUCKSTER. The governor still refuses to provide the Arkansas Times with the same press services he provides others in the media. Eight months until a new governor and counting.



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