The Insider, Nov. 15 

Eying Villines

Phil Wyrick, a former state legislator from Mabelvale who switched to the Republican Party for a run against U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder and later served as Livestock and Poultry Commission director under Gov. Mike Huckabee, may have one more political race in him.

Wyrick says he's considering a race for Pulaski County judge. Incumbent Judge Buddy Villines, after some concerns about his health, has said he'll be running again.

Wyrick said the No. 1 issue in Pulaski County is finding the money to reopen County Jail bunks. He faults Villines' management for the county's inability to keep the jail at past operating levels. Wyrick said he had a solid management record in state government and said the judge needs to restore confidence among voters in county government. He said he'd need more study before he could say whether the county can improve the jail without a tax increase.

The producers

Want to back a motion picture?

Then you might want to give Beth Brickell a call.

We hear she's hoping to make a movie, “Big Doc,” based on “Big Doc's Girl,” the Mary Medearis novel about a young woman who dreams of becoming a concert pianist.

Brickell, the TV and film writer and director who lives in Little Rock, has been inviting potential investors to hear about the production. You'll need a big checkbook. At a recent session, $100,000 investments were sought.

Already on board as executive producers are Jo Ellen Ford, Hayden McIlroy and John Bell.

Capital news

We hear a big private party is set Friday night at the Capital Hotel to celebrate completion of the expensive renovation and expansion of the landmark by owner Warren Stephens. The rest of us can get our first look Monday, Nov. 19. That's the date set for public reopening of all rooms and both restaurants.

Horn tooting

In case you don't read Salon, the on-line magazine that has established itself as a source of national political reporting, it posted an article Monday that might have local interest. It's Times editor Max Brantley's reaction to the warm reviews “nice guy” Mike Huckabee has been getting from national media as he campaigns for president. Brantley — whom Huckabee once compared to mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer — has a different take. “The dark side of Mike Huckabee” is the headline. Find it at salon.com. Also, see John Brummett's column in this week's Times.

From the ArkTimes store


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Fritz Brantley

  • He talks, and talks, the talk

    A fellow posted an old newspaper article on his blog about a Mike Huckabee speech to a religious group in 1998. A friend faxed the article to me, then called to ask if I’d yet read it, which I had.
    • Dec 20, 2007
  • The incredible shrinking Huckabee

    Plus: COPS!
    • Dec 20, 2007
  • Going whole hog

    A Q&A with irreverent Arkansas-raised comedian Matt Besser
    • Dec 20, 2007
  • More »

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Most Shared

  • In the margins

    A rediscovered violin concerto brings an oft-forgotten composer into the limelight.
  • Donald Trump is historically unpopular — and not necessarily where you think

    My colleagues John Ray and Jesse Bacon and I estimate, in the first analysis of its kind for the 2018 election season, that the president's waning popularity isn't limited to coastal cities and states. The erosion of his electoral coalition has spread to The Natural State, extending far beyond the college towns and urban centers that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. From El Dorado to Sherwood, Fayetteville to Hot Springs, the president's approval rating is waning.
  • Arkansans join House vote to gut Americans with Disabilities Act

    Despite fierce protests from disabled people, the U.S. House voted today, mostly on party lines, to make it harder to sue businesses for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Of course Arkansas congressmen were on the wrong side.

Latest in The Insider

  • All in the family

    Old habits die hard. We may have a new Republican majority in the legislature, but like the old Democratic majority, it still doesn't hurt to have a lawmaker spouse to land a part-time job during the legislative session.
    • Jan 30, 2013
  • 'Circuit breaker' legal

    When we first asked Gov. Mike Beebe about the "circuit breaker" idea out of Arizona (automatically opting out of Medicaid expansion if the feds reduce the matching rates in the future), he said it was fine but noted that states can already opt out at any time, an assurance he got in writing from the feds.
    • Jan 30, 2013
  • Church goes to school in Conway

    An interesting controversy is brewing in Conway Public Schools, periodically a scene of discord as more liberal constituents object to the heavy dose of religion that powerful local churches have tried to inject into the schools, particularly in sex education short on science and long on abstinence.
    • Jan 23, 2013
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »


  1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28  

Most Viewed

  • Pharmacy reimbursement fight prompts special session call

    Since Jan. 1, Brandon Cooper, a pharmacist at Soo’s Drug Store in Jonesboro, has turned away a number of patients seeking to fill routine prescriptions. The problem is not that the pharmacy lacks the drugs in question or that the patients don’t have insurance, Cooper said. It’s that the state’s largest insurance carrier, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, recently changed the way it pays for pharmaceuticals.
  • Locked away and forgotten

    In 2017, teenagers committed to rehabilitative treatment at two South Arkansas juvenile lockups did not receive basic hygiene and clothing supplies and lived in wretched conditions.

Most Recent Comments


© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation