As mentioned earlier, six organizations filed bids to be considered for the Arkansas Lottery's marketing work -- a deal worthy maybe $4 million or more a year. Arkansas Business details the six here.
I'm running down a report that some those six didn't make the cut to make presentations to the Lottery Commission. See Page 23 of the RFP for a potential obstacle to some, particularly a requirement that a potential vendor must have reported a $300,000 net income in two of the last three years and run a state or regional ad campaign previously.
UPDATE: Bishop Woosley, procurement director for the lottery, declined to comment on just how many proposals had been thrown out. (Our tip says four.) He said he did not feel comfortable answering any questions because the process was still going on. Presentations from those who remain in the bidding will be held tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Little Rock. Our guess is that you'll see The Communications Group from Little Rock and the Ramey Agency, a Jackson, Miss., firm part-owned by Stephens Inc. that has an office in Little Rock. Ramey's Brian Clark worked on the successful campaign for the lottery amendment. Our guess, too, is that you'll hear some public complaints before this is all over.
UPDATE II: Also lottery-relevant: The Arkanas Academic Challenge Scholarship Advisory Committee met this afternoon. Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, the Father of the Ark. Lottery, spoke. Topics include the state's continued poor performance on college-going rates. The idea is that lottery money might help change that. (But we haven't been able to spend all the money we have, even with it mostly targeted currently to poorer kids.)