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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The line is open — Bryant is buzzing

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 4:36 PM

TOGETHER AGAIN: Doyle Webb (left) and Bryant Police Chief Mark Kizer, shown at a recent GOP fund-raiser in Saline County. Webb, GOP state chair, is being talked up as the next Bryant city attorney. Kizer is married to City Clerk Heather Republican Kizer, a close ally of Mayor Jill Republican Dabbs.
  • TOGETHER AGAIN?: Doyle Webb (left) and Bryant Police Chief Mark Kizer, shown at a recent GOP fund-raiser in Saline County. Webb, GOP state chair, is being talked up as the next Bryant city attorney. Kizer is married to City Clerk Heather "Republican" Kizer, a close ally of Mayor Jill "Republican" Dabbs.

We're more than half done this week. Final notes:

* BRAWLING IN BRYANT: Rumors continue to circulate that State Republican Party Chair Doyle Webb of Benton will be tapped to be the new, or at least interim, city attorney in Bryant. Mayor Jill "Republican" Dabbs forced the resignation of City Attorney Nga Mahfouz Dec. 30. She is one of dozens of people who've departed city government since Dabbs' reign of error began a year ago with her illegal effort to raise her own pay. Dabbs also ran afoul of state ethics law on campaign finance reporting. Neither Webb nor Dabbs responded to my questions about the rumors. Webb makes $90,000 a year as chairman of the state GOP, but a party spokesman said party rules do not prohibit him from engaging in other professional work. Having a state party chair as city attorney is likely to be received grumpily by some of Dabbs' political opponents. Her next moves on the city attorney job and a finance director opening stemming from another forced dismissal she instigated are expected to come up at the City Council meeting Thursday. Bryant is known for its political incest. In addition to other entanglements mentioned in photo caption, Police Chief Kizer and Dabbs' husband are both members of the Saline Quorum Court. The GOP machine runs from city, through county to state level.

* OBAMA GETS TOUGH: He went the recess appointment route by naming Richard Cordray to head the consumer protection agency and also pushed ahead with NLRB appointments. Sen. John "Dr. No" Boozman naturally opposed appointing someone to head an agency that protects consumers. Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown said he supported Obama's appointment because the system is broken. See Dr. No.

* SCHOOL GUN DEATH: Brownsville, Texas, cops gunned down an armed 8th grader in his school today.

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