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The week that was Dec. 21-27 

IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …

HOLIDAYS. With Christmas on a Sunday, it seemed like just about every business and government office in our part of the world shut down for a couple of days before the weekend and a couple of days after.

DROUGHT. Christmas was neither white nor, more important, wet. Reservoirs around the state are going dry because of a persistent drought that shows no signs of relief. Most of the state is 10 inches or more below average rainfall for the year.

A BOND ELECTION. College officials began a strong push to get the governor to schedule another election on college construction bonds, narrowly defeated in a special election Dec. 13. They like their chances if a highway bond issue isn’t on the ballot to drag the colleges down.


IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

PRISON INMATES. Prison guards are using force on inmates three times more often the rate four years ago, according to Correction Department data reported in the Democrat-Gazette. Prison officials say guards aren’t more violent, the inmates are.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK ELECTRIC RATES. The coming end of the city’s wholesale power supply contract means city electricity customers are going to get a rate shock in the next 12 to 18 months to cushion an expected major jump in the wholesale rate.

LEADERSHIP. Gov. Mike Huckabee said there won’t be a call for a special session until the legislature reaches consensus on a plan to react to the Supreme Court’s school decision. How about the governor suggest something for the lawmakers to rally around?

WAL-MART. It hired a cutthroat Republican political operative to fight the discount chain’s growing number of critics. Yeah, that’s the way to prove your benevolence. Swiftboat your enemies.

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