Favorite

The Week That Was, Dec. 1-7 

It was a good week for ...

STATE EMPLOYEES. The economy and tax receipts have improved enough that Gov. Mike Beebe lifted a freeze on cost of living pay increases.

The RAZORBACKS. An Auburn victory put the Hogs in the Sugar Bowl against once-beaten Ohio State.

The LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL BOARD. There was a minimum of fuss as the Board approved a deal to buy out the six months remaining on Superintendent Linda Watson's contract to make the planned transition to new leadership easier. Watson devoted a worthy career to Little Rock school children, but didn't aggressively shake up the bloated administrative structure as the board wanted.

A PLEA BARGAIN. Former North Little Rock Alderman Cary Gaines pleaded guilty to a federal rap that he'd conspired in a kickback scheme for city business to pay off gambling debts. He's expected to be prepared to testify in a trial of Alderman Sam Baggett and George Thompson of Cabot.

It was a bad week for ...

MIKE HUCKABEE. He's making huge sums from TV and radio shows, but he's still griping about the cost of New York restaurant meals and his poor upbringing even as he builds a $3 million beach home in Florida. The Jackie Mason of politics also whines that the media isn't giving him enough attention as a 2012 presidential candidate.

FAYETTEVILLE. Money talks. The Walton Arts Center Board endorsed an expansion plan that will move the center's dominant new facility to Bentonville. The Walton family wouldn't have contributed money otherwise. Some officials in Fayetteville, which helped build the original center, are talking lawsuit.

U.S. SEN. MARK PRYOR. He said he opposed open gay service in the military.

U.S. REPS. MIKE ROSS and MARION BERRY. Both voted for Republican procedural motions to kill a Democratic plan to extend only middle class tax cuts, not those for the wealthy. Ross ultimately voted for the Democratic bill, but complained he wanted tax breaks for the rich, too. Lame duck Berry ducked out on a final vote. Rep. John Boozman, naturally, was a no from the start. Next year, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack will fill out an Arkansas House delegation of and for the rich.

Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

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

  • 'Cemetery angel' Ruth Coker Burks featured in new short film

    Ruth Coker Burks, the AIDS caregiver and activist memorably profiled by David Koon as the cemetery angel in Arkansas Times in 2015, is now the subject of a short film made by actress Rose McGowan.
  • Buyer remorse

    Out here in flyover country, you can't hardly go by the feed store without running into a reporter doing one of those Wisdom of the Heartland stories.
  • Not Whitewater

    Just think: If Democrats had turned out 78,000 more votes in three states in November, people could be reveling today in the prospect of impeaching and convicting President Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, as some Republican lawmakers had promised to try to do if she won.
  • Head-shaking

    Another edition of so-much-bad-news-so-little space.

Latest in The Week That Was

  • Nutt chills Freeze

    Also, Sarah Huckabee Sanders takes the podium and Trump getting less popular in Arkansas.
    • Jul 27, 2017
  • Riverfest calls it quits

    Also, deseg saga continues, Cotton targets legal immigration and more.
    • Jul 20, 2017
  • Martin dumps data

    Michael Reed interview, Hutchinson announces aid to LRPD, Candidates announces for mayor
    • Jul 13, 2017
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »

July

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 31  

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

 

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