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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 18:31:42

Thursday thoughts

Here's your chance. PS -- I encourage you to scroll back to the item about state takeover of the Decatur schools for a blog reader's comment.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 16:00:19

The college bosses' payroll

News first: You'll eventually find below aother striking piece of information about the extraordinary compensation awarded UCA President Lu Hardin.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 15:45:02

Don't like immigrants?

You'll love this website, arkansasfreedom.com The text is tedious, but they have a pretty good cartoonist, even if I don't necessarily share the political point of view.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 15:28:58

Sorry, Bud, but ...

Former U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins wrote yesterday that he didn't believe the president, Karl Rove and other high Bush administration officials had anything to do with the run-amuck illegal political hiring in the Justice Department.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 15:05:38

Another district down

As expected, the state Board of Education decided today to take over the Decatur School District because of an expected $500,000 deficit, years of accounting irregularities and little immediate prospect of fixing the problem in a district with fewer than 600 students.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 15:05:38

Another district down

As expected, the state Board of Education decided today to take over the Decatur School District because of an expected $500,000 deficit, years of accounting irregularities and little immediate prospect of fixing the problem in a district with fewer than 600 students.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 14:04:34

Who knew he was gone?

The Arkansas Republican Party's next fund-raiser for the 2008 get out the vote effort is being styled as a "Welcome Home Governor Huckabee" event.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 12:50:00

Maybe it's not a monarchy after all

A federal judge rules White House aides must answer congressional subpoenas and produce non-privileged documents.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 12:22:33

Green = dollars only

Count me unshocked. Environmental groups weren't consulted before the Game and Fish Commission entered an agreement to lease wildlife management areas for gas drilling.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 11:01:58

Catching up with 21st century

Seven-plus years in, Arkansas has a Task Force for the 21st Century Economy. It issued an interim report today.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 10:44:55

No girlz allowed

A woman might say, with an encyclopedia's worth of inflection: "Men ...." A while back, I mentioned a New York Times article about a Phoenix country club dispute over the club's refusal to admit women to its grill.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 09:18:35

Expanding blogosphere

The Arkansas political blogosphere is growing. David Kinkade, whom I last kicked around as a spokesman for the Asa Hutchinson gubernatorial campaign, has cranked up the Arkansas Project, with "news and views on politics, media and more."

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Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 06:47:33

Confused old man sez ...

The headline on this NY Times story about John McCain's latest campaign strategy is a knee-slapper, given McCain's serial flip-flops, perpetual confusion and general lack of orientation to the real world.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 06:43:45

Mike Ross spits on home rule

Gun nuttery helped U.S. Rep. Mike Ross get where he is today. So it shouldn't be surprising that he's poster boy for the NRA on its current congressional cause, getting Congress to override Washington, D.C.'s revised local gun control ordinance.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 06:39:37

What's natural about it

Brummett mulls the paradox of leasing out state wildlife refuges in the so-called Natural State for gas drilling.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 18:12:07

Wednesday thread

It's open.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 17:15:41

Clemency petition for death-row inmate

The ARC Arkansas, an advocacy group for the mentally retarded, has issued a letter to Governor Beebe asking him to grant clemency to Frank Williams, a death-row inmate scheduled to be executed on September 9th.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 16:56:34

Football coaching is better, but ...

This week's Times has a roundup of the pay of top college officials at public four-year schools around the state.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 16:35:51

The scandal at Justice

We've become so accustomed to corruption and incompetence in the Bush administration that Justice Department confirmation of illegal political partisanship in Justice Department hiring was ignored by two of the major TV networks last night and mentioned only briefly on a third.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 16:09:02

Water applicants everywhere

Add the name of Clyde Little, a district engineer for the Arkansas Health Department, to the list of applicants for the Central Arkansas Water Commission.

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