IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …
GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE. He said in Iowa that he was indeed considering a run for president. OK, he should have said this first in Arkansas. But we applaud his ambition. We also look forward to 2008 campaign excitement — reporters in the Capital Hotel bar, unearthing of past scandals, etc.
HUCKABEE, AGAIN. He separated himself from tax-cut hawks in Iowa by saying that Hurricane Katrina and the war made this a bad time to talk about further federal tax cuts. Will Republicans embrace moderation?
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …
The (allegedly) football-playing HOGS. USC 70. Arkansas 17.
LITTLE ROCK CITY HALL. Did city officials really threaten to start condemnation proceedings against an East End woman who has so far resisted offers to sell her home on East Eighth to make way for a new campus for Lion World Services for the Blind? Stay out of it, City Hall. Let the market decide. How badly do the developers want her land? How much will she take?
ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE BEEBE. With his gubernatorial opponent Asa Hutchinson demagoguing eminent domain virtually nonstop (better than to talk about Hutchinson’s work at Homeland Security), Beebe didn’t need the city of Little Rock to create a potential martyr in the person of the elderly widow woman who wants to hang onto her house.
GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE. He announced a giant bond issue election for college and interstate highway construction Dec. 13 but one little detail was missing — how many hundreds of millions of bonds will be issued. He also made it sound as if it would be cost-free to taxpayers. Not true. The issue would extend the life of current bonds and cost taxpayers hundreds of millions more. There is no free lunch.
DON BINGHAM. No, despite what a spokesman for the governor said, the administrator of the Governor’s Mansion did NOT take bids before giving $3,500 worth of Mansion catering work to his children. Not that bids would have made the family dealing proper.
The Guardian is one of many worldwide publications focusing on Arkansas's plan to execute eight men in 10 days, here with comments from a former executioner on the toll killing other humans takes on those who carry out the death penalty.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled today that he had no choice based on a past Arkansas Supreme Court decision but to dismiss a lawsuit by Death Row inmates seeking to challenge the constitutionality of the state's lethal injection process.But the judge did so unhappily with sharp criticism of the Arkansas Supreme Court for failing to address critical points raised in the lawsuit.