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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 16:34:56

Tonight, tonight

The line is open. EARLY READ: Posted on NY Times site for tomorrow's paper is a piece on the expected surge of the Arkansas Republican brand in the November election.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 16:22:36

Shots fired at NLR High

Multiple reports of shots fired on the campus of North Little Rock High School East Campus.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 16:15:50

Boozman goes to Tea Party

Rep. John Boozman joins a Tea Party rally Sunday in Mountain Home, perhaps preparatory to a Tea Party endorsement of his candidacy.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 16:04:34

Ernie P. tries to douse comp time fire

The Arkansas Lottery Commission met today and director Ernie Passailaigue tried to put out the fire raging over the massive comp time doled out to employees during the lottery startup, including hundreds of hours credited to Passailiague himself and two top aides, Ernestine Middleton and David Barden, though they make $225,000 and Ernie P. makes $324,000.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 15:40:03

Interviews set for ASU candidates

The committee searching for a new president for Arkansas State University has begun review of the 13 applicants so far and has now set interviews with two of them, a Troy University administrator and an LSU chancellor.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 14:39:52

Supreme Court speeds amendment challenge

The Arkansas Supreme Court today granted a taxpayer's motion to expedite a hearing on a challenge to the three-part constitutional amendment that includes a proposal to jack up the interest limit on retail lending.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 14:15:13

If it smells like a lobbyist

Joyce Elliott, the Democratic candidate for 2nd District Congress, led the Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers when it struck over a contract dispute in 1988 when the average teacher made less than $22,000.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 13:08:36

The Kroger watch UPDATE

The great Hillcrest Kroger watch is nearing a climax, though a planned Oct. 2 opening of the rebuilt store at Kavanaugh and Beechwood has apparently been pushed back a week, perhaps because of some utility difficulties.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 12:55:54

It's race

Your reading for today: Ernest Dumas When time comes to explain Republican gains in Arkansas:The academics won't have to dig deeply.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 11:25:14

Autogate: Was suit a good idea?

An elected Republican official tells me he/she was not consulted nor were many other Republicans in his/her circle before the Republican Party sued yesterday over the state cars provided constitutional officers and the House speaker.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 10:13:02

O'Brien goes after Martin

The secretary of state's race is another indication of Arkansas politics taking on the scorched-earth tenor of national elections with the rise of Republicanism here.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 09:20:41

Echols hearing underway UPDATE

The hearing to decide whether Damien Echols, one of the men known as the West Memphis Three, will get a new trial is underway.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 08:46:35

Thoughts on education reform

A couple of good articles on education "reform": * Diane Ravitch, herself a former reformer, has nothing but contempt for those who think you can take student standardized test scores as a precise measure of teacher achievement.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 08:38:11

Another poll for Beebe

Talk Business polling shows Gov. Mike Beebe's edge over Republican Jim Keet widening to 13.5 percent.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 08:06:59

Obamacare: Keep it

The Republican echo chamber has certainly convinced itself. And it's convinced weenies like Mike Ross, too.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 07:12:17

How do you define rich?

Interesting analysis here of what constitutes rich in terms of tax rates. Does a taxable income of $200,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a family lift one out of the middle class?

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 07:04:11

Lincoln: Keep working

Noted: Sen. Blanche Lincoln was in the minority that voted against congressional adjournment yesterday in favor of continued work.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 17:20:52

Obama nominates U.S. attorney

At long last. President Obama has nominated someone to be U.S. attorney for the western district of Arkansas.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 17:05:06

We're over the hump

And you're in charge. Sundry items of interest: * Democrats have officially wimped out on a tax vote.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 16:29:23

Missing Bill Clinton?

Bill Clinton is the most popular politician in America — 55 percent view him positively and 23 percent negatively in a Wall Street Journal/'NBC poll.

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