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The week that was Aug. 23-29, 2006 


IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …

SCOTT ROOK. The Little Rock fisherman landed more than 15 pounds of bass and the $250,000 first prize in the Bassmaster Legends tournament, held on the Arkansas River in his hometown.

The GREEN PARTY. A federal judge ruled it had gathered sufficient signatures to qualify its candidates for a place on the November general election ballot. It will field six statewide candidates, led by former legislator Jim Lendall for governor.


IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

The LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL BOARD. It hired a Walton-financed department at the Walton-financed University of Arkansas to evaluate an expanded Walton-financed merit-pay experiment (long favored by the Waltons as a way to end uniform pay contracts favored by teacher unions). Wanna bet how the evaluation turns out?

The LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL BOARD II. It upped Superintendent Roy Brooks’ pay and extended his contract days ahead of a school board election that might produce some new members not so enamored of Brooks.

GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE. A poll for Stephens Media said either Wesley Clark or Hillary Rodham Clinton could beat him in a presidential matchup in Arkansas, a news tidbit that percolated rapidly through the political blogosphere.

A$A HUTCHINSON. Catering to diehard backers of inadequate rural schools, the Republican candidate promised as governor to put flexibility in school standards. Flexibility in standards means no standards.

THE HUCKSTER WATCH
He scheduled a break from presidential campaigning to attend the naming of another public facility in his family’s honor — a Game and Fish Commission nature center at Fort Smith named by his appointees for his wife to match his own center at Pine Bluff.

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