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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 16:05:30

The Wednesday night line

The line is open. Might have some closing thoughts later, in addition to the Herb Rule TV spot above, which is to begin airing on cable tomorrow, the campaign said.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 15:12:03

Beebe plans for Medicaid budget

Roby Brock at Talk Business has a good interview with Gov. Mike Beebe on his coming budget proposal to meet the expected Medicaid shortfall.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 14:20:23

Arkansas Business rolls out new web design; to close Arkansas Sports 360

The Arkansas Business Publishing Group announced today that, along with some upgrades to its web presence, it would be closing Friday its Arkansas Sports 360 website.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 14:06:42

Court of Appeals upholds denial of a fence in Quapaw Quarter

The Arkansas Court of Appeals today reversed Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen and upheld a Capitol Zoning District Commission decision that Patrick Cowan couldn't build a four-feet fence wrought iron fence around the historic Garland-Mitchell House at 1404 Scott Street.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 13:04:35

Mike Beebe hits the road for Democratic candidates with legislative control in the balance

Hey, the Koch brothers aren't the only people who can hire a bus. Gov. Mike Beebe and the Democratic Party have announced a bus tour in Northeast Arkansas this weekend to encourage voting for Democratic legislative candidates.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 12:45:37

Halloween costume, Razorback edition

Arkansas Sports 360 reports and illustrates the hot, topical Halloween garb this year.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 09:38:48

Vote NO on Issue 2, another corporate welfare scheme

A Talk Business/Hendrix poll today shows voters mostly in the dark on a legislatively proposed constitutional amendment that is a Trojan horse for yet another giveaway to real estate developers.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 09:08:45

Mike Huckabee: Vote Republican or go to hell

It's about that simple, I think, even if direct mentions of candidate names are avoided.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 07:06:15

Little Rock city director candidates powered by usual corporate cash

Financial reports for city director races were due yesterday and the yawning gap in money for the incumbent at-large directors — Dean Kumpuris, Gene Fortson and Joan Adcock — isn't the only story.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 06:54:48

Pip, pip Old Bean: Tim Griffin highlights his British connection

Just noticed Republican U.S. Rep. Tim "Cager" Griffin, a graduate of Hendrix College and the Tulane University law school lists his university connection on Facebook as Oxford University, where he once attended a graduate program (no degree, says Wall Street Journal.)

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 06:45:50

Romney makes politics out of tragedy

Happily, Mitt Romney is catching flak for his effort to capitalize on Hurricane Sandy by turning campaign rallies into disaster relief rallies that only served to create headaches for relief agencies with unwanted canned good donations.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 06:37:59

White County vote tally to be delayed

Tabulation of White County votes will be delayed election night because of corrections necessary to the ballot on account of a screwup that failed to originally list the full name of state Rep. Tiffany Rogers of Stuttgart, a candidate for state Senate against Sen. Jonathan Dismang.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 19:44:00

Internal poll offers glimmer of hope for Herb Rule in 2nd District

Yes, it's a campaign poll. Yes, it seems hard to believe given all that's gone before and going currently.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 19:32:24

OPEN LINE: Romney takes lies to a new level in Ohio

A ton of attention is being devoted to the Romney campaign's bodaciously dshonest ads in critical Ohio, notably his mendacious advertising about Jeep leaving Ohio for China.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 16:21:44

Sunshine on Wisconsin records, but no luck in Arkansas

Common Cause is trumpeting a legal victory in Wisconsin, where a lawsuit has forced Republican legislators to turn over e-mails with the American Legislative Exchange Council corporate lobby.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 16:00:24

Afternoon update: Bishop's election guidance; angry candidate

Catholic bishop offers election guidance. Arkansas Republican candidate threatens to strangle someone.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 12:12:40

Man dies from shot in face in SWLR

Fox 16 reports a homicide this morning on Sandhurst Drive in Southwest Little Rock. A man died after being shot in the face by a man who drove up to the house.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 09:55:59

Money granted for NLR vets cemetery expansion

The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs has announced it has received $1.1 million in federal Veterans Affairs money to expand and improve the Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 08:43:41

Republican message: vote for the 'monkey butts'

Michael Tilley of The City Wire in Fort Smith summarizes well the utter lack of principle guiding the Republican Party's hope for takeover of the Arkansas legislature, particularly when it comes to electing Republican Reps. Jon Hubbard and Loy Mauch and former Republican Rep. Charlies Fuqua to House sets.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 08:00:05

Mercedes makes driving a delight

Driving ought to be a pleasure. Think how many hours a week you live in your car.

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