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*DOES DAVY CARTER LIKE GUNS ENOUGH? We noted yesterday that Carter's got a CHAIN in the back of his TRUCK, Lee County style. Not good enough for the tweet 'n' shoot crowd. Carter was called a "liberal" and an "elitist progressive" on Twitter by angry open-carry supporters. Carter seemed to take it in stride, re-tweeting many of the jabs on his account.

***UPDATE: Carter has been working overtime this week to brand himself as a common-sense, rational, pragmatic lawmaker. Carter just tweeted, in response to Roby Brock (whose own brand is common-sense, rational pragmatism): "Time to focus on jobs, tax relief, budget, Medicaid, and Amendment 82." Brock had written that Carter "seems ready to move beyond social issues." Carter: "That would be an accurate observation Mr. Brock."

*MR. NICE: Liked this quote from Rep. John Burris: “If you’re going to do something unreasonable, that seems about the most reasonable way to do it.”

*BETS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD: Tell us your Oscar picks! I'll be tuning in for the first time in years to watch my pals from New Orleans. Hoping Benh Zeitlin wheres duck boots with his tux.

*MORE MICHELLE! She's awesome.

*EXPAND-O-METER ACROSS THE U.S.A.: Florida’s a bigger story, but we still think that neighboring Tennessee may be the bellwether for Medicaid expansion here in Arkansas. Tenneseee Gov. Bill Haslem will likely have an announcement in 3 to 4 weeks. Meanwhile, Virginia remains a tossup, while Gov. Terry Branstad affirmed today that Iowa is a No.

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