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Changing city government

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The Times last week mentioned talked of a lawsuit challenging Little Rock's system of electing directors -- seven by ward and three at-large. The at-large seats are harder -- and thus more expensive -- to win and all three directors currently are white, which contributes to the argument long made that the blended system tends to depress the influence of minorities. The city is about 42 percent black, but only three of the 11 members of the board, 10 directors and the mayor, are black.

Civil rights lawyer John Walker says he expects to file a suit over the system this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday. He contends he has a case on point. Before the turn of the century (I couldn't resist, I think it was 1994)  he overturned a blended system of ward and at-large appointments in Texarkana.

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