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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thursday thoughts

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 4:38 PM

The line is open. Some final notes:

* LR SCHOOL BOARD: Jody Carreiro announced today that he'll seek re-election to the Little Rock School Board in September. The big question mark on this election is whether Board member Katherine Mitchell, also up this year, will seek another term. She's had some health problems, but seemed fine in federal court last week during a status hearing on the desegregation case.

* JUDGESHIP HEARING: Circuit Judge Susan Hickey's nomination to a federal district judgeship in the Western District of Arkansas has been scheduled for discussion before the Senate Judiciary Committe July 14. Which reminds me: Isn't it about time for Sen. Mark Pryor to send a new suggestion to the White House for that seat in Little Rock on which the Obama administration sent back to the drawing boards?

* HOPE AT HARDING: If you don't read the D-G (I do), I thought I'd mention you missed an inspiring interview with a rising junior at Harding University, Emily Wood of Bentonville, who's interning for the Center for American Progress in Washington this summer and introduced Bill Clinton to a meeting of liberal college students. Wood said she'd become interested in politics as a debater and she told me that immigration and gender equality were her foremost issues. She told the D-G reporter that treating people equally was a hallmark of the nation.

Clinton asked Wood — who said the former president was one of her heroes — if she was "one of the three" progressives on campus at Harding, a private Christian college that had a bit of a controversy this year over a publication about gay students there. I think there are more than three. And rumor has it a few lurk on the faculty, too.

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