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Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday, July 31, 2009 - 19:14:31

Ad agencies seek lottery work

I guess we missed a callback from the state Lottery Commission on the details, but I'm told six advertising agencies expressed interest in the big advertising contract by the 4 p.m. deadline today.

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 16:24:18

Tributes and traveling music

I'm slipping out early and leaving you with an OPEN LINE. On my way out the door, some reading recommendations: Chris Bahn at Arkansas Sports 360.com has written a nice tribute to the late novelist E. Lynn Harris, who died last week.

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 14:40:58

Bill to abolish lottery

The interim report of the Arkansas Legislative Digest has a nice little scoop today. Sen. Sue Madison of Fayetteville has drawn up legislation to effectively abolish the state lottery.

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 14:40:58

Bill to abolish lottery

The interim report of the Arkansas Legislative Digest has a nice little scoop today. Sen. Sue Madison of Fayetteville has drawn up legislation to effectively abolish the state lottery.

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 14:20:27

Cuba, si

WOULD YOU DRINK A MOJITO WITH THESE GUYS?: A briefing by the Cuba trade team -- Rep. Robert Moore, Morril Harriman, Gov. Beebe, Sen. Jim Luker, Tyson's Archie Schaffer.

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 13:27:13

About those Blue Dogs UPDATE

Washington Post explores an important angle on U.S. Rep. Mike Ross and fellow Blue Dogs. You know, the supposed "fiscal conservatives"?

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 13:16:18

Two scoops in Pine Bluff

How about this. Pine Bluff School Superintendent Frank Anthony retired June 30.

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 12:42:50

What Jim Bunning stands for

Tom Schaller, writing on Nate Silver's fivethirtyeight.com, finds deeper meaning in the coming retirement of U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, the less-than-zero Republican from Kentucky.

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 11:58:24

Teabagger wants welfare

Gotta love it. A reliable source provides a report from the Pulaski Quorum Court meeting Tuesday night. One of the noisy "Tea Party" activists apparently spoke on the need for more sheriff's patrols in the rural parts of the county.

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 11:08:49

Saving cash for clunkers

Contrary to GOP Noise Machine propaganda, the "cash for clunkers" car rebate program is imperiled because it's too popular.

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 10:46:37

Sic Big Dog on Blue Dogs

That's the suggestion from Hendrik Hertzberg of the New Yorker, seconding Tina Brown, on what to do about Blue Dog obstructionism of health legislation.

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 10:31:32

What's wrong with the South?

Sad numbers here. The "birther" nonsense -- that Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. and thus is ineligible to be president -- has gotten little traction anywhere except among Republican members of Congress and the South.

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 09:03:15

Soldier shooting suspect in court

-- Brian Chilson photo Abdulhakim Muhammad appeared briefly in Circuit Court this morning on the capital murder charge that he killed one soldier and shot another outside the Little Rock armed forces recruiting station.

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 06:41:14

Pass Employee Free Choice Act

A great piece on the legislation by Paul Begala. Compare the real-life lot of a home health care aide with, say, the CEO of Bank of America.

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 06:26:27

The morning Huck UPDATE

Mike Huckabee did some pre-spinning in advance of his filing later today of his quarterly Huck PAC reports.

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Friday, July 31, 2009 - 06:17:13

Govt. health care

Like your private health care? Thank government intervention for it, Paul Krugman writes.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 19:03:23

Suspend cash for clunkers?

Has instant success already overwhelmed the program? I'll note that Germany extended its similar program becase of its popularity.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 17:23:05

The line is open

I'm heading to the house.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 16:54:08

Country dog in the city

However U.S. Rep. Mike Ross slices it -- for or against health reform legislation -- the Republican Party of Arkansas is sure of one doggone thing.  He's wrong.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 16:39:22

Prison bosses on carpet

Twitters from all over suggest legislators gave Prison Director Larry Norris and Correction Board Chairman Benny Magness a pretty good going over -- Republican lawmakers seemed to be at the forefront -- over a lack of public dislcosure about untoward incidents in prisons.

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