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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 06:22:47

Walton money samples Northwest Arkansas opinion; finds people happy

The Walton billions are now being used by the Walton Family Foundation to gauge the mood in Northwest Arkansas.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 09:52:07

UPDATE: The charter school bandwagon arrives

Just in time for the charter school rally to be led this morning by Walmart billionaire Jim Walton and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publisher Walter Hussman, among others, comes a timely news article from, where else, the Democrat-Gazette, on Arkansas's fall in ranking by a charter school advocacy group.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 10:03:00

Charter school rally participant not ready to back law change

I'd mentioned previously the Billionaire Boys Club and their charter school pep rally at the Capitol next week.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 06:52:10

Morning report: Chicken, pot pie and bleep variety

Some morning moments: * WHY DIDN'T SKIP RUTHERFORD THINK OF THIS? An item in D magazine reports that the director the George W. Bush Presidential Library being built in Dallas is using free chicken pot pie ($4.99 typically) from the Highland Park Cafeteria to lure people to a program on the coming facility.

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013 - 15:38:08

Waltons expand political push on school measures

Wow, when the Walton family — which has put more than $1 billion into "education reform" through its foundation and spent untold millions more in separate political activties — indicates it's going to increase its political effort it's time for political opponents to build a bomb shelter.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012 - 16:14:57

The TGIF open line: Entergy meets the press

May tomorrow bring universal electrical service, safe streets, garbage trucks to haul the mountains of accumulated wrapping paper, a federal budget that doesn't favor a handful of billionaires and peace in our time.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012 - 06:31:20

The new Arkansas legislature: Money is bipartisan

OK, things ARE different in Arkansas in the party politics realm. Stephens Media profiles the new Republican leaders of the Arkansas legislature - Sen. Michael Lamoureux and Rep. Davy Carter - and features their professed willingness to work "across the aisle" with Democrats.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 06:23:32

Required reading on education reform

The New Yorker has a major article out on Diane Ravitch, who's moved from school "reformer" to the soul of the opposition against the billionaires' movement to privatize public education.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012 - 13:50:59

Benton County committee celebrates alcohol sale approval

The Walton-heir-financed committee that successfully pushed a petition drive to legalize retail alcohol sales in Benton County is celebrating the victory with a news release today.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 06:04:29

Charter school money talks in Washington, Arkansas

Diane Ravitch comments on the success, on their fourth try, by wealthy charter school backers to pass a law opening the way to more charter schools in Washington state.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012 - 10:30:07

Outcome-based education legislation, Republican style

We go to press this week before the election so I was working on a column about how some things will remain the same in Arkansas regardless of how the election turns out.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 06:30:34

Morning roundup — a bridge, school reform, departed friends

A few odds and ends: * A BRIDGE TO FITNESS: Skip Rutherford sent a Twitter this morning noting that the pedestrian bridge by the Clinton Library, fashioned from an abandoned railroad bridge, opened a year ago.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 12:20:30

Waltons fund another education 'reform' lobby

I asked Gary Newton, then a Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce employee, last week about a report from a well-informed source that he was taking off to start another think tank/lobby/special interest group on education to be called Arkansas Learns.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012 - 09:44:36

Benton County moves toward wet/dry election

The Benton County clerk says backers of the Walton-funded drive to put a retail alcohol sales proposal on the county election ballot in November submitted enough signatures to qualify (City Wire, via Talk Business).

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 13:33:16

Signatures filed on Walton-financed drive for Benton County alcohol sales

The Walton grandson-backed drive to allow retail alcohol sales in Benton County is making progress.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 09:26:32

UA to give Alice Walton honorary degree

The University of Arkansas will give Alice Walton an honorary Doctor of Arts and Humane Letters during spring commencement, the school announced today.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 10:24:13

Waltons could buy a third of U.S. population

Salon reports on an economist's analysis of the wealth of the Walton family. It puts it terms you can understand.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 09:04:44

Chamber cheerleading the charter movement

Propaganda party touted here by the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, which has served for some time as an enabler of messaging about the alleged waste of money that is the Little Rock School District.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011 - 11:51:26

Walton Foundation gives $1.2 billion to Crystal Bridges

The Walton Family Foundation announced today that it had given an additional $403 million this year to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville for acquisitions, construction costs and other expenses.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 06:40:49

Walton money takes over Wisconsin

A report from Wisconsin on the state of affairs in that Tea Party Republican-controlled state: The Republican governor and legislator are cutting spending on public schools by $800 million, but increasing the amount sent to private schools by $17 million.

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