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The awful legislative session now raging may go into the history books as Beebe's Finest Hour. The governor wouldn't like that — he'd rather be remembered for doing good things than for trying unsuccessfully to stop bad things — but sometimes it's our response to adversity that most distinguishes us.

He's vetoed unconstitutional abortion bills, and seen them passed over his vetoes. He's vetoed a vindictive Voter ID bill that is intended to keep non-Republicans from voting. He's still trying, against the most unscrupulous opposition, to extend health care to a quarter of a million more Arkansans. It's not a bad session's work.

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