Favorite

The week that was, Aug. 8-14 

It was a good week for …

THE FIRST AMENDMENT. A judicial discipline panel decided, after months of pointless wrangling, that Appeals Court Judge Wendell Griffen had a First Amendment right to speak on various political issues, none relating to matters in his court.

MIKE HUCKABEE. He finished second in the Iowa Republican Party's Straw Poll for Republican presidential candidates. Huckabee's finish behind the better-financed Mitt Romney was a major theme of national coverage.

AN ELECTION. Federal Judge Bill Wilson declined to halt a Little Rock election on increasing mayoral powers. A suit challenging the measures will proceed if voters approved the ideas Tuesday (polls closed after our press time).

RUNNING UP THE BILL. The Williams and Anderson law firm, attorneys for Little School Superintendent Roy Brooks, asked for $70,000 in fees and costs from the Little Rock School District though they lost their effort to have school board members removed from considering Brooks' termination. The bill included $90 for a paralegal to make lunch arrangements; $1,500 for a lawyer to read the Arkansas Times and listen to KARN, and thousands for senior partner Phil Anderson to attend hearings without speaking, along with five others lawyers.

It was a bad week for …

GOV. MIKE BEEBE. Despite an absence of a good reason not to wait for more study, he decided the state Education Department should push ahead with new guidelines for teaching Arkansas history even though historians statewide have criticized them.

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER SANDRA HOCHSTETTER. She announced that she would be taking a job working for an electric utility but neither immediately resigned from the PSC nor volunteered to step down from a power plant case involving her future employer. After howls from this quarter and others, she got off the power plant case. Then, a day later, under pressure from a suddenly concerned Gov. Mike Beebe, she finished the job and pushed through the revolving door to the private utility sector.

Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Readers also liked…

  • Eligible voters removed from rolls

    Arkansas Times reporters contacted election officials around the state to see how they had handled flawed felon data from the secretary of state. Responses varied dramatically.
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • Real Republicans don't do pre-K

    Also, drifting away from trump, Hudson's downfall at ASU and more.
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • Asa on pre-K

    • Aug 17, 2016

Most Shared

  • ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

    Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Latest in The Week That Was

Event Calendar

« »

September

S M T W T F S
  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 29 30

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation