Monday's open line. Also: GOP digs for Hillary dirt in LR; John Oliver rips Bart Hester; Maumelle settles sex harassment claim; audit faults Hot Springs Housing Authority | Arkansas Blog

Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday's open line. Also: GOP digs for Hillary dirt in LR; John Oliver rips Bart Hester; Maumelle settles sex harassment claim; audit faults Hot Springs Housing Authority

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Here's today's open line and news video. Also:

* HILLARY RESEARCH: The Daily Beast chronicles the daily toil of a Republican Party opposition researcher going through every page of Hillary Clinton-related material at the Clinton Library to find ammo against the Democratic presidential candidate.

* MAUMELLE SETTLEMENT: KARK reports that the city of Maumelle has settled a claim made by two city employees that they'd been seuxally harassed by City Clerk Joshua Clausen.

* JUDGE ARRESTED: Another problem relationship here. Cabot District Judge Joe O'Bryan was arrested on a domestic battery charge Friday night after he allegedly roughed up his girl friend when she tried to stop him from driving away while drunk. In addition to the misdemeanor charge, O'Bryan faces an investigation by the Judicial Discipline and Disabilty Commission.

* HOT SPRINGS AUDIT: A Housing and Urban Development Department audit has found non-compliance with regulations in contracts and excessive travel costs by the Hot Springs Housing Authority. Finding:

We recommended that the Director, Office of Public Housing, Little Rock, require the Authority to support or repay its public housing program at total of $677,459 from non-Federal funds for either unsupported or ineligible payments. Additionally, the Authority should implement adequate controls, policies, and procedures to ensure compliance with regulations, including maintaining complete and accurate records, appropriate board of commissioners’ oversight, and proper spending of funds. We also recommended that the Director review the current actions of the board of commissioners to determine its effectiveness and whether it is “presently responsible.” If not, appropriate action should be taken, such as referring the board members to the Departmental Enforcement Center for proper administrative sanctions, including suspensions, limited denials of participation, and debarments as deemed appropriate.

* ARKANSAS BIGOTRY IN SPOTLIGHT: John Oliver reviewed LGBT discrimination on his HBO weekly news review show last night. Of course Arkansas made the highlight reel of bad actors, led by Sen. Bart Hester. His time comes at 7:30.

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