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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 19:12:46

Beebe's boy wins a round

A huge political backer of Gov. Mike Beebe, Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter, won a round at the Capitol Zoning District Commission this evening when the commission voted unanimously to put out for public hearing a proposal to change rules governing land use around the Capitol to lift a three-story height limit so Burkhalter can build a six-story building at Capitol and Woodlane.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 16:59:26

Lottery falls short of scholarship goal

Lottery director Ernie Passailaigue told commissioners that the $98 million the lottery will transfer to the academic scholarship fund will be short of his original goal.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 16:40:42

The Thursday line

The worst of Michele Bachmann. Republicans hold a witch hunt. Mark Halperin is a dick. Juanita's goes clubbing. Homophobia on parade.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 14:39:00

Beebe fills Board of Education slot

Gov. Mike Beebe announced a slew of appointments today, including the naming of Mireya Reith of Fayetteville to the state Board of Education.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 11:47:08

NJ votes to ban fracking

New Jersey lawmakers passed a ban on hydraulic fracturing.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 10:30:44

Republicans look to government UPDATE

It's been interesting to listen to Republicans yowl on Twitter and elsewehre about the closure of the Yarnell's ice cream business.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 09:51:09

Swindoll DWI case resolved with sobriety court

A fair amount of attention has been given to handling of a negligent homicide charge against Benjamin Swindoll, 21, in a 2009 traffic death and subsequent alcohol-related offenses.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 08:49:22

No July 4 holiday for the U.S. Senate

Senate leader Harry Reid has cancelled the July 4 recess so the Senate can deal with the debt ceiling.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 08:04:00

Yarnell's ice cream closes after 78 years

This is terrible news. Yarnell's Ice Cream is closing after more than 78 years.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 06:40:43

Is there an election next year?

I can't shake the feeling that Republicans are again ahead of the curve on planning for 2012 elections in Arkansas.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 06:26:17

How Waltons target school spending

Diane Ravitch's essential education Twitter feed leads me to a Washington Post article that details highlights of the $157 million the Walton Family Foundation spent on education in 2010.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 19:00:41

Obama goes on the attack

President Obamatodya took a page out of Harry Truman's book, blaming Republicans for a major role in creating today's budget problems and the predominant role in blocking solutions.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 16:46:25

The line is open

Hump day comments welcome. Final notes: * OBIT PROTEST: A demonstration is planned Thursday in Batesville by a gay rights group to object to the local newspaper's policy of not including the name of unmarried partners — gay or straight — in free obituaries.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 15:17:17

Ex-school board member gets 65 months for child porn

Malcolm Trent Cox, 48, a former North Little Rock School Board member, has been sentenced to 65 months in federal prison and five years of supervised release for possession of child pornography.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 15:00:49

Republicans blast Beebe's push for Broadway

The Arkansas Republican Party unloads on Gov. Mike Beebe for pushing to have his "crony" Shane Broadway elevated to director of the state Higher Education Department when he lacks qualifications specified by state law for the job.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 12:28:28

Insurance mandate upheld by appeals court

A U.S. appeals court in Cincinnati has upheld the health care reform law's requirement that Americans have health insurance or pay a penalty.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 12:19:25

Texas for Obama

Early polling means not a lot. But this is still amusing.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 07:16:32

Republican fishing expedition strikes out UPDATE

Another chapter in the story of Arkansas Republican Party retaliation against those who would make Republican Secretary of State Mark Martin look bad by shining the light on his misjudgments.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 07:12:04

Shane Broadway to lead Higher Education

It was inevitable, today's news in the Democrat-Gazette that Mike Beebe would tap his old Senate buddy Shane Broadway to continue as the permanent director of the state Higher Education Department.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 06:46:00

Mike Beebe's very bad night

There was some discussion last night of Gov. Mike Beebe's lamentable remarks before Stonewall Democrats.

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