THEIR HONORS: Karen Baker (center) takes oath with justices Courtney Goodson (left) and Jo Hart for the Arkansas Supreme Court on Jan. 6. The addition of Rhonda Wood to the Court gives it a first-ever female majority.
Former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner's legal team had a plea deal worked out with federal prosecutors concering her use of campaign money for personal expenses; when Shoffner bungled the deal, Judge Leon Holmes ordered the case to trial.
Left to right, moderator James Bennet of The Atlantic; Sandy Berger, the former national security advisor; retired Gen. Wesley Clark, the former NATO commander; Ambassador Nancy Soderberg; Mara Rudman, former chief of staff of the National Security Council, and Robert Strong, a professor at Washington and Lee University.
Arkansas Times contributor Jacob Rosenberg is at the Cummins Unit in Grady filing dispatches tonight in advance of the expected execution of Ledell Lee, who was sentenced to death for the Feb. 9, 1993, murder of Debra Reese, 26, who was beaten to death in the bedroom of her home in Jacksonville.
Ledbetter, the former state Board of Education chair who cast the decisive vote in 2015 to take over the LRSD, writes that Education Commissioner Johnny Key "has shown time and again that he is out of touch with our community and the needs of the district." However, Ledbetter supports the May 9 vote as a positive for the district's students and staff.
Indivisible Central Arkansas's town hall Sunday at St. Michael's Episcopal Church drew hundreds of attendees who wanted to express their concerns to their representatives in Washington, D.C. Congressmen in attendance: Zero.