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Monday, October 31, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011 - 16:04:40

The Halloween line

The line is open. A final few words: * CAIN'S COMMENTS: After first disavowing all knowledge of any complaints, Herman Cain has now developed an alibi that there might have been one baseless complaint.

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Monday, October 31, 2011 - 13:41:00

Ozark Society sues to stop gas drilling in national forest

The Ozark Society has sued to stop gas drillling in the Ozark National Forest until an adequate environmental impact statement ahs been completed.

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Monday, October 31, 2011 - 09:18:40

Herman Cain's latest problem — improper campaign spending

Forget the Herman Cain sexual harassment story, even though it's just getting cranked up. Try this one, about a well-sourced report that suggests his campaign got off the ground with illegal fund-raising.

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Monday, October 31, 2011 - 09:02:55

Tea Party opposes NLR sales tax increase

A group calling itself the Arkansas Tea Party has issued a news release opposing the penny sales tax increase on the ballot in North Little Rock Nov. 8.

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Monday, October 31, 2011 - 08:47:33

'Animal House' star to lead Hot Springs parade

To borrow a phrase: 'I anticipate a deeply religious experience." Tim Matheson, the actor who played Otter, the Delta house Romeo in the legendary "Animal House," will be celebrity grand marshal of the March 17 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Hot Springs.

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Monday, October 31, 2011 - 08:33:00

Scott Ford connects 99 percenters with Rwandan genocide

Scott Ford, who had the great good fortune to be born into the Alltel empire, is drawing wide attention for a recent speech in Fort Smith in which he seemed to draw a parallel between the 99 percenters of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations with those responsible for genocide in Rwanda.

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Monday, October 31, 2011 - 06:30:22

Bombs stimulate economy; bridges don't

Good column by Paul Krugman on the "weaponized Keynesians." They are the hypocritical Republicans who say federal spending on bridge, road, school and other construction doesn't create jobs, but spending federal money on airplanes, bombs and weapon systems does.

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Monday, October 31, 2011 - 06:09:27

Prosecutor wants Searcy County sheriff removed

KARK reports that Prosecutor Cody Hiland of Conway will seek to remove Kenney Cassell from office as Searcy County sheriff for a misdemeanor federal conviction in 1979 for possession of stolen cornish hens.

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Monday, October 31, 2011 - 06:03:48

Arkansas highway bond debt goes on forever

If I read this Democrat-Gazette story this morning correctly, it means that Arkansas voters are going to be asked Nov. 8 to approve borrowing money to redo road repairs that taxpayers haven't finished paying for from the last highway bond election.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 19:53:03

Employees accused Herman Cain of misconduct UPDATE

Start leading the polls and scrutiny increases. Tonight, it's Politico with story: During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 17:11:02

Over to you

Here's an open line. Was it a beautiful weekend, or what?

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Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 11:31:43

American health care: Spending more for less

I spoke yesterday of the holes in the theory, much beloved by Republican politicians, of American exceptionalism.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 07:54:52

Sunday morning mishmash

Not much so far in the way of news or excitement this morning. A few scraps of potential interest: * NOT SO SILENT IN THE SHALE: There is a good story on people in New York agitating against shale gas exploration dangers.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 16:30:55

Another Saturday night ...

... and I got nothing else to say. You?

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Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 12:15:28

Panned: Ft. Smith paper's coverage of Whirlpool

Columbia Journalism Review, in its The Audit feature on business journalism, gives a stinging review of the Fort Smith Times-Record coverage of the news last week that Whirlpool would be closing its refrigerator factory in Fort Smith, putting 1,000 people out of work.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 12:04:25

Securities commissioner comments on review of state trading

I wrote more than a week ago that reviews were underway — by legislative audit and the state Securities Department — that might take a look at a subject of discussion in the brokerage community.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 09:01:00

Charter school fans massage numbers

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial page — reflecting its publisher Walter Hussman's devotion to the Billionaire Boys Club effort to wreck the Little Rock School District by encouraging establishment of as many charter schools as possible and forsaking efforts to improve the existing public school districts in Pulaski County — naturally emphasizes the positive when it comes to charter schools.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 07:14:06

There was no $16 muffin

This yarn has traveled around the world so many times it will never be supplanted by the facts: But, just for the record, that $16 muffin at a Washington hotel wasn't — it was the cost of muffin, beverages and service and reflected the cost of rooms provided at no charge for the conference.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 06:56:39

America: Not so exceptional

Charles Blow, who writes a weekly column for the New York Times based on polling and other data, hit a favorite topic of mine during election bloviations.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 06:42:55

Proposal to require foreign language for lottery scholarship

Interesting discussion in a legislative committee yesterday about requiring that high school students take two years of a foreign language to qualiify for a lottery scholarship.

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