by Max Brantley
Gov. Mike Beebe said he met with "legislative leaders" today on the severance tax and indicated little progress had been made on striking a deal. See, there's nothing to present to legislators until the gas companies have said what they'd accept and, well .....
But, inquiring minds ask, who exactly is the governor meeting with? There are any number of legislators who say Beebe has never asked THEM about the issue.
UPDATE: A Beebe spokesman says about 10 people met on the issue. They included the current and future House speakers and president pro tems. You won't find a pro-consumer voice in that bunch, I can tell you.