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The week that was Oct. 12-18 


IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …

The STATE FAIR. Glorious weather meant great attendance, a record crowd of 438,000.

BANKRUPTCY. A record number of people filed for bankruptcy at the deadline in advance of a new and more punitive bankruptcy law intended to enrich credit card companies.

ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE BEEBE. If money talks, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate is roaring. He raised 50 percent more than Republican opponent Asa Hutchinson in the latest quarter.


IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

HOUSTON NUTT. After another SEC loss, to Auburn, the lynch mob is in full howl for the UA coach’s job, if not his scalp.

The LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL BOARD. The Wall Street Journal’s right-wing editorial page broke the news that the Little Rock schools have struck another secret deal to let an unidentified fat cat fund a “merit pay” experiment in a second elementary school. If you have enough money, maybe you, too, can set school district policy in secret. (See Max Brantley’s column.)

The HUCKABEE ADMINISTRATION. Through a press spokesman (the governor spends more on these than on his director of health and human services), the governor expressed “total confidence” in Mansion administrator Don Bingham, whose hiring of his kids for Mansion social events was referred by the legislature to the state Ethics Commission. Of course Huckabee did. Bingham didn’t do anything less than Huckabee has always tried to do, profit to the max from public service. The state is just one big love offering for the Rev. Gov. Huckster and his peeps.

The TEACHER RETIREMENT SYSTEM. The Victory Building, a high-profile investment by the system, turns out to be worth only $20 million, though it’s been valued at its cost of $42.3 million.

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