The week that was Sept. 6-12 


MIKE BEEBE. The Democratic candidate for governor and the Democratic Party raked in $1 million from events with former President Bill Clinton.

HUCKSTERING. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that a friend and political contributor to Gov. Mike Huckabee, Arthur Boutiette, finagled a $22,000 state pay raise by declaring himself a “medical consultant” rather than just director of disability determination for the state. He has no experience or education in any medical field.


The UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS. Enrollment growth was flat this year and there were drops in both the number of black students and entering freshmen from Arkansas.

COLLEGE STUDENTS. A national study gave Arkansas an “F” for affordability of college education, along with low marks on preparing students for higher education.

JIM LAGRONE. The Republican candidate for secretary of state and Baptist minister was called for a whopper. His campaign has been repeating incessantly that his son was unable to vote absentee while serving in Iraq. Lagrone, who has tried to blame the problem on Secretary of State Charlie Daniels, had to admit that his son was actually in Mississippi at the time. What’s more, he was properly sent an absentee ballot by the Saline County clerk.

The STATE JUDICIAL DISCIPLINE AND DISABILITY COMMISSION. Appeals Court Judge Wendell Griffen asked for a public hearing on trumped-up charges that he’s given excessively political speeches in private life. The commission opted for secrecy, calling the fairness of its entire proceeding into question.

He did heavy politicking for state legislative candidates — in IOWA. Only 16 weeks to go.


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