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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Republican news -- UPDATE

Posted By on Sat, May 19, 2007 at 4:14 PM

A generally reliable Republican sends me a two-word e-mail:

"It's Milligan"

That is, Dennis Milligan was elected new chair of the Arkansas Republican Party today. And now I have this followup elaboration:

"Generally reliable"? Why, Max, that's the nicest thing you've ever said about me.

OK, to follow up: No challenge from Jim Holt or anyone else, though there had been speculation that there would be such. Surprisingly good attendance for a special meeting in May, maybe about 140 people. Also interesting was a rather large contingent of younger GOP enthusiasts, lots of College Republicans and under-40 types. Asa Hutchinson and Jim Lagrone both in  attendance, along with a good many GOP legislators.

Conspicuous absence? Hmm, you might have thought that the Huckabee campaign would have sent a rep, just to keep the home fires burning. Maybe they've all decamped to Iowa?

ALSO SOMEWHAT RELATED TO REPUBLICAN POLITICS: I got an e-mail commenting on my mention of some names -- Kevin Crass, Jonann Chiles, Patricia Hayes -- going around in Republican circles for the open federal judgeship created by the death of Judge George Howard, the only African-American on the district court bench in Arkansas. A regular contributor seconds the suggestion by Sens. Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln the President Bush (and his agent, Republican Rep. John Boozman) look hard for an African-American lawyer for the post. My correspondent comments:

Three truly outstanding African-American lawyers who should be among those considered to replace Judge George Howard Jr., are: Marie-Bernadette Miller, Willard Proctor Jr. and Leon Johnson

Ironic, isn't it, that those three happened to be involved in the disbarment proceedings against President Clinton?  Miller as the lawyer "prosecuting" the case on behalf of the Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct, and Johnson (briefly the state's AG, later) and Proctor, in succession, presiding over the trial.

Miller also may be the hearing officer in the Little Rock school superintendent firing procedure. That will test her judicial temperament.

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