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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Sunday, December 31, 2006 - 18:05:48

Slouching toward 2007

I've been dogging it today, in part to do some cooking. But the world grinds on.  U.S. military deaths have reached 3,000 in Ira (Iraqi deaths are in the tens of thousands).

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Sunday, December 31, 2006 - 18:05:48

Slouching toward 2007

I've been dogging it today, in part to do some cooking. U.S. military deaths have reached 3,000 in Ira (Iraqi deaths are in the tens of thousands).

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Sunday, December 31, 2006 - 05:56:09

The gentlemen from Grubbs and Slovak

Doug Thompson of Stephens Media contributes  profiles of Senate and House leaders Jack Critcher and Benny Petrus, now big-city boys from Batesville and Stuttgart, but both with smaller town backgrounds on their resumes.

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Sunday, December 31, 2006 - 05:47:52

The Bubba Awards

Brummett reviews the year in Arkansas politics, good and bad, and even includes a kind  mention of the Arkansas Blog.

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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Saturday, December 30, 2006 - 17:29:59

It's all yours

Fire away.

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Saturday, December 30, 2006 - 09:10:33

Sharper Image

Richard Thalheimer, the Little Rock native who founded the Sharper Image gadget retailer but who's been removed as CEO, has reached a settlement worth $6 million to walk away from the company without further legal dispute.

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Saturday, December 30, 2006 - 07:06:16

Booze news

An effort is underway in Benton County to push legislation lowering the petition requirements -- now 38 percent of registered voters -- to get an alcohol sales measure on the ballot.

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Saturday, December 30, 2006 - 07:03:09

Ford tough

John Brummett today admires the straight talk and wisdom of Gerald Ford, revealed after his death, in interviews about the war in Iraq and the gang of blunderers who got us there.

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Saturday, December 30, 2006 - 06:54:45

Financial funny business

Gov. Mike Huckabee has done it again. He has played fast and loose with the law.

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Friday, December 29, 2006

Friday, December 29, 2006 - 18:17:52

What a wonderful life

I've mentioned before how wonderful the holidays have been in part because my far-flung children have been home.

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Friday, December 29, 2006 - 18:08:30

Breaking news

CNN says they'll execute Saddam tonight at 9 p.m. our time. The question for the evening: Will this lead the Arkansas Democrat-Gazete Page 1A tomorrow?

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Friday, December 29, 2006 - 15:19:19

Death in the family

A 16-year-old motorcyclist was killed Thursday in Baxter County when he collided head-on with a truck driven by his father.

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Friday, December 29, 2006 - 15:02:17

Not scary

Gov. Mike Huckabee pronounces himself a conservative that even Democrats could love. Would this be before or after reading his remarks about wacko, tree-hugging environmentalists?

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Friday, December 29, 2006 - 11:11:54

TIF tiff

I'm pleased to hear that formal legal opposition is developing to the vast Tax Increment Finance giveaway Mayor Pat Hays has engineered in North Little Rock for developer Bruce Burrow and (to a lesser extent) a neighborhood redevelopment plan in Baring Cross.

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Friday, December 29, 2006 - 08:38:51

Is Alltel in play?

Today's Wall Street Journal suggests the LR-based communications company might be: Private-equity firms are beginning to circle Alltel Corp., making the nation's fifth-largest wireless operator another potential target amid a string of huge leveraged buyouts this year.

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Friday, December 29, 2006 - 07:48:02

Minority majority leader

Sen. Tracy Steele has been elected majority leader for Democrats in the state Senate, the first black to hold the role.

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Friday, December 29, 2006 - 07:46:15

Highway program?

It's not high on Gov. Beebe's agenda, Stephens Media says.

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Friday, December 29, 2006 - 07:42:32

The Republican revolution

A shrunken efficient government? Hah.

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Thursday, December 28, 2006 - 21:37:27

NLR freebies -- UPDATE

The fine folks that bring you Matilda's good blog in NLR bring a report on the latest corporate welfare handout to a millionaire today.

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Thursday, December 28, 2006 - 19:17:15

Going away presents -- UPDATE

Gov. Mike Huckabee today released $1 million in general improvement funds toward a new cancer research center at UAMS that will be named in honor of the late Win Rockefeller and $1 million to diabetes and obesity research to the UAMS doctor, Dr. Philip Kern, who helped Huckabee in his weight loss.

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