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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 16:36:35

Thursday night line

It's open. Closing out: * 'REFORMER' ON ROMNEY TEAM: Mitt Romney's campaign has announced a team of education advisers.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 13:27:23

Jury acquits John Edwards on one count; deadlocks on others

A North Carolina jury has reached a verdict in the trial of former U.S. Sen. John Edwards on charges that money paid by wealthy donors to hush up his 2008 affair with a woman he'd impregnated amounted to illegal campaign contributions.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 11:24:01

Your Little Rock tax money at work — in secret

I was curious Tuesday when the Little Rock Regional december they submit document how meet affirm action goals in delegate selection plans.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 11:03:42

Of course DOMA is unconstitutional

The Human Rights Campaign calls this federal appeals court ruling historic and it's hard to quarrel, even if the U.S. Supreme Court is always on tap to rewrite history.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 10:28:41

The report from Boys State

A brief report from my talk yesterday at Boys State because some issues arose with ties to other things.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 09:42:44

LR Christian bans Mormon 4-year-old

A fine story this morning in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette by Charlie Frago (sorry, pay wall) about a four-year-old Mormon child denied admission to the private Little Rock Christian Academy because of his religion.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 09:23:27

Walmart drops support of ALEC

Add Walmart to the growing list of major corporations that have decided to drop financial support of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a thinly veiled corporate lobby that stocks compliant state legislators, usually Republican, with cookie cutter bills to advance the corporate agenda.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 08:48:26

Windstream to cut 400 management jobs

Windstream, the telephone company spunoff in the sale of Alltel that is based in Little Rock, announced today the expected layoffs of 375-400 management employees, or about 3 percent of its 14,500 workforce.

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Today's headlines: Indictments for Russian election meddling

Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 06:44:00

Time for leadership on the Broadway Bridge

Enough already. The morning Democrat-Gazette brings further evidence of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department's base intentions.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 06:28:26

Ground shifting in the 1st District Democratic primary

The Arkansas Democratic primary race for 1st District Congress is no longer listed as a red-to-blue race on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee website.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 19:01:00

Pepsi wins exclusive beverage contract at University of Arkansas

An agreement has been reached by the University of Arkansas to enter an exclusive beverage rights and sponsorship deal with Pepsico, ending a historic association with Coca-Cola, I've learned.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 16:00:13

The Wednesday night line

It's open. Final thoughts: * NO SMOKING: If you drive by the Family Dollar store tomorrow and see a small demonstration of some sort, here's the explanation.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 12:28:13

Mississippi governor endorses school prayer

Just saw this about the new Mississippi governor telling delegates at Boys State that he hoped to see a day when prayer will be a daily ritual in public schools.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 11:39:15

Spousal employment watch in state government

If all goes according to stated plans, two spouses of state legislators will soon go back to work in state jobs for which proper clearance wasn't obtained on the front end.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 07:19:24

None dare mention condemnation on THIS

Great comment already from a reader relative to the Little Rock Board of Directors' defense ast night lof use of eminent domain to steamroller the homes of poor people for the tech park boondoggle.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 06:56:49

Needed: transparency in campaign spending

A New York Times editorial notes a valuable federal court ruling. The ruling says that contributors must be revealed on political attack ads thinly disguised as "issue" advertising.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 06:39:21

LR City Board to neighborhood: Your homes are dirt

Being generous, I said earlier thagt City Director Kenneth Richardson couldn't get more than four votes of 11 on the Little Rock City Board for an ordinance to prohibit spending city money to condemn private homes for the Little Rock Technology Park.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 06:33:42

Republican Senators join Obamacare fan club

Talking Points Memo notes emergence of Republican senatorial support — evident earlier in the House — for a continuation of popular aspects of Obamacare — coverage for the ininsured and young people, closing of the doughnut hole for seniors' drugs.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 16:36:41

The traffic jam line

The line is open. Final words: * YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED: Lane shifting will be in progress Wednesday and Thursday at the I-430/630 intersection and the Highway Department suggests avoiding it is the best way to avoid this construction project bottleneck.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 15:17:00

Tech Park Authority throws a bone to threatened neighborhood

Feeling the heat from neighborhood protests, the Little Rock Technology Park Authority is throwing a bone to neighborhoods under consideration for clearance for building an office building with taxpayer money to attract technology businesses.

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