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The week that was Jan. 24-30, 2007 

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BIG DREAMS. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee announced his candidacy for president on Meet the Press. Tim Russert promptly asked him about rapist Wayne Dumond, who went on to kill a woman after Huckabee advocated his release from prison. And then Russert nailed Huck with a misleading answer about the affair. Welcome to the big leagues, Huckster.

EQUAL RIGHTS. The Arkansas House is prepared to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, which could jumpstart a long-shot effort to revive the drive for equality for women. The count is close in the Senate, where a bad draw in committee awaits.

JUDGE WENDELL GRIFFEN. The state Supreme Court said a disciplinary hearing over his vibrant exercise of free speech should be held in the open. Of course. And it will show the emptiness of the complaint against Griffen for speaking publicly as a preacher, judge and citizen on such topics as social justice.

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The LITTLE ROCK CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU. The independent team reviewing its operation has found sufficient leads to want to hold private meetings with potential informants, something they can’t do under the Freedom of Information Act. Could this mean that a grand jury is in order?

REAL ESTATE DEALS. Simon Property Group disclosed that it had made an offer to purchase the dying University Mall. Landowners, in court with Simon over its management of the mall, have not responded. Progress is needed, but it may have to wait on federal Judge George Howard.

The ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE. Its editorial department gave Mike Huckabee space to defend his destruction of computer hard drives and pillaging of his emergency fund. He used the space to unfairly criticize Democrat-Gazette reporters who broke the story, who were offered no opportunity to respond. Will future news sources be allowed to tell their stories to the D-G through the editorial page? Or only Mike Huckabee? News staff members are understandably unhappy about the precedent.

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