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.
Ted Suhl was sentenced this morning by federal Judge Billy Roy Wilson on four counts of attempting to bribe a state official to help his mental health business supported by Medicaid money. He received 84 months and a $200,000 fine and is to report to prison in early January. He will appeal.
Blogger Russ Racop raises an interesting question, as he sometimes does, about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' gift of free tickets for North Little Rock cops to attend a Dallas Cowboy football game.
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.
Union Pacific's No. 844 steam locomotive made its way through the North Little Rock train yard on Oct. 24. The 907,980 pound train was the last steam locomotive made for Union Pacific and is amid a 1,200 mile journey that will end in Cheyenne, Wyo. on Oct. 31. This is the first multi-state excursion for the locomotive since completion of a three yearlong restoration.