Favorite

The week that was March 9-15, 2005 

MARCH 9-15, 2005 IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR … CORPORATE GREED. The business lobby has lined up at the legislative trough for tax breaks for the timber industry, the telephone industry, the chemical industry, the real estate development business and multimillionaires. The little guy? He’ll pay for the handouts by giving up improvements in schools and in reduced public services. VEGAS-STYLE GAMBLING. After decades of work, the legislature seems poised to expand machine gambling at Oaklawn and Southland, an expansion that seems certain to include hundreds, maybe thousands, of video poker machines. POLITICS. Asa Hutchinson took time from his busy Arkansas schedule — he claims to be working for a Washington law firm on issues he once regulated — to announce he WAS running for governor in the Republican primary against Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller. JOHN MCDONNELL. The Hog track coach won a 40th national title, the NCAA indoor. IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR … BASKETBALL. When the University of Arkansas decided not to accept a bid to the NIT men’s basketball tournament, it probably spelled the end of an NIT bid for UALR. With the Hogs in, the in-state matchup would have been a natural — and a big seller. But a loss is not what the faltering Hog program needs at this time. WIN ROCKEFELLER. Just in time for Asa Hutchinson’s announcement, an abortion opponent stirred up a story about Rockefeller’s waffling/change of tune on abortion rights. If he ever said he was pro-choice, says Rockefeller now, it was a mistake. It was also a mistake for him to host fund-raisers for Planned Parenthood, given the nature of the Republican primary vote, though we admired him for it at the time. The LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT CENTRAL OFFICE. Consultants recommended trimming 101 jobs from the central office to better serve students.
Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

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.

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