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Thursday, July 23, 2015

The open line: Plus a purge of Jefferson-Jackson; Huck's homestate edge

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The Connecticut Democratic Party quietly voted Wednesday night to remove iconic former Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson from the name of its annual fundraising dinner due to their links to slavery and the mistreatment of Native Americans.

Well. Arkansas Democrats just held their annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner without change. Some Republicans — including some who've defended the Robert E. Lee Holiday — had a sufficient hypocrite factor to make sport about it. I think it is at least accurate to say that Jefferson and Jackson are commemorated as former presidents, not oppressors. The Lee Holiday, as Ernest Dumas has conclusively demonstrated, is a symbol of Southern resistance to desegregation. But, hell, fire away. Any Republican who wants to wage this fight will also ask for removal of that round monument from Washington, D.C. Right?

* HUCKABEE'S HOME STATE EDGE: National Journal has analyzed direct campaign contributions to Republican presidential candidates to identify places of particularly strength. Mike Huckabee didn't do so hot nationally, but he enjoyed the edge in Arkansas, his former home. But the money raising wasn't huge — a $127,000 to $55,000 lead over Lindsey Graham in Pulaski County, for example. He only raised about $10,000 in Benton County — chump change in Walmart millionaire land The Huckster did outraise Jeb Bush $15,000 to $10,000 in his home county of Walton County, Fla. In Miami-Dade, though Marco Rubio and Bush both scored over a half-million, while Huckabee pulled in $23,00. UPDATE: Here's the corrected link to the map.

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* MOTORCYCLE COP IN HIT AND RUN: Little Rock police say Officer Steve Pledger, a 31-year member of the force, was injured when struck by a hit-and-run older model red Oldsmobile near 9th and I-30 today. The extent of his injuries aren't known, but the police said they are not life-threatening. UPDATE: Pledger has been released from the hospital and a 45-year-old man, Willie Houston III, was arrested for the hit and run.

* HELP ME RHONDA: Rhonda Blevins, the Randolph County clerk, after long and prayerful consideration, says she WILL issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples should any turn up in Pocahontas. She said it would "help the county's residents more by staying in office," according to an AP account. Yeah. What would we have done without her?

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