More news with a racial element.
Here's Stephens Media, quoting Republican Rep. John Boozman as saying he won't limit his search for a replacement for the late federal Judge George Howard to black candidates. Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln have urged the selection of a black lawyer to succeed Howard, the first and only black person to serve as a federal district judge in Arkansas. Quoting Boozman:
He said he will look for the best qualified candidates, regardless of minority status.
"I think it's important to have minority representation as best we can, but what I think equally important is that we get the very best people we can," Boozman said.
ADDENDUM: If Boozman wants to nominate someone supremely qualified, he need look no farther than someone who also happens to be black, federal Magistrate Henry Jones.
ADDENDUM II: Since Rep. Boozman lives in a part of the state where black lawyers are in short supply, a correspondent helpfully provides a list of others he might want to consider: