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Thursday, September 5, 2013

The open line: Arkansas Baptist College; Metropolitan Bank bidder; fracker subsidy; gun nuttery

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click to enlarge FUND-RAISING TERRITORY: A friend provided this photo of downtown Ola, not far from the 7-UP Kwik Stop where Mark Darr charged his campaign $132 for a "fundraiser" in May 2011. Look promising for money to you?
  • FUND-RAISING TERRITORY: A friend provided this photo of downtown Ola, not far from the 7-UP Kwik Stop where Mark Darr charged his campaign $132 for a "fundraiser" in May 2011. Look promising for money to you?

The line is open after one busy day. Final stuff:

* PROBLEMS AT ARKANSAS BAPTIST COLLEGE:The phone system isn't working properly at Arkansas Baptist College. But that's not all. Fox 16 reported Friday on other difficulties at the school — computer problems, delayed paychecks and delayed vendor payments. The college told the station then that all the problems derived from computer difficulties. I've received calls today from others connected to the school who think the continuing paycheck problem is related more to money than software. College President Fitz Hill has promised to call and provide more information. He's overseen some remarkable advancements at the small college, which targets a population with great needs. But they also have great financial shortcomings and the college depends on federal grant and private support, which isn't always an even revenue stream.

* COMPETITION FOR METROPOLITAN NATIONAL BANK: Arkansas Business reports that Simmons First National Bank of Pine Bluff has entered the bidding in bankruptcy court for Metropolitan National Bank of Little Rock. A Texas investor who made an initial bid can now improve the offer. UPDATE: The Walton-owned Arvest Bank is also making a bid. And others may also turn up by the private auction Monday.

* KEEP THAT OBAMAMONEY COMING: The state of Arkansas today got $4.9 million in federal money to repave and strengthen bridges on Highway 92 in Conway, Van Buren and Cleburne counties. The better to withstand the load from timber and fracking industry trucks. This is a federal grant I'm guessing the parsimonious Rep. Tom Cotton doesn't want the federal government to take back. Industries that destroy roads pay for them? What a nutty notion that is!

* CARRY ON, GUN NUTS! Sooner or later we'll get a court ruling to determine if the legislature did what it thought it did — make a technical correction to gun possession laws — of it did what the gun fetishists believe — totally deregulate carrying of weapons. In the meanwhile, the fetishists persist in flaunting their strap-ons, with another open carry walk, this time Saturday in wild and woolly Van Buren. Crawford County Prosecutor Mark McCune has thrown in with the gun nuts. He'll prosecute no one police can't demonstrate intended to use a gun unlawfully. I've said before that I think a close reading of the statute in the vein  suggested by the nuts also could make the case for ending any other legal prohibitions on place of carry in Arkansas. I again propose a mass carry demonstration in the State Capitol, with legislature in session. No infringement means no infringement, dammit!

* MARK DARR, MEET BRUCE PENNINGTON: Jason Pederson of KATV is promising a report tonight on Republican Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington's use of campaign money for what appear to be personal expenses. Doyle Webb? I can't hear you.

* JUST WHAT THE COUNTRY NEEDS: HUCKSTER IN CHIEF: Mike Huckabee finds it beneficial to float his name periodically as a potential presidential contender. It increases his value on the lecture/radio/soap sales circuit. Here the Lava Soap man from Hope floats it with Politico.

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee said Thursday that he has “not ruled out” a presidential bid in 2016.

“Am I informally chatting with people, asking if they think there’s any value in my taking it to another level? I’m having those conversations,” he said.

* WHEN THE DUGGARS HOLD A YARD SALE, IT'S REALLY A YARD SALE. Spotted by elwood on Craigslist. A Duggar family flea market to benefit Arkansas Children's Hospital. 19 kids can generate some clothes.

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