by Max Brantley
It's over-the-hump day.
Couple of notes:
* LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL SEARCH. The Little Rock school district now has a weblink for information about the superintendent search. Relevant information and updates will be posted in days ahead, Board President Melanie Fox said.
* STATE TROOPER ON LEAVE: State Police Director Win Phillips has reinstated fired Trooper Andrew Rhew of Manila, who faces trial in Mississippi County on a manslaughter charge for the 2009 death of a woman in a highway crash with is speeding patrol car. As I understand the letter, the reinstatement protects Phillips' ability to fire Rhew again in the future, after his trial. He'll be on paid administrative leave. He had been appealing his firing to the State Police Commission.
* HUCKSTERING: Joan Walsh and others aren't buying Mike Huckabee's innocent mistake on Barack Obama's alleged Kenyan roots. Why all the talk about British colonial rule? The Mau Maus? Huckabee was slipping the knife, knowing that in his circle of friends he can say just about anything with impunity. Most, but not all, media have been less inclined to swallow this go-round. Washington Post fact-checker is all over him. Has he finally gone too far? (For us, he did years ago.)
* RE HUCKSTERING: MAKE IT BATSHIT CRAZY: Ok, Huck says, Obama isn't a Kenyan. He's just anti-American. I kid you not, he said this:
"And I have said many times," he later added, "publicly, that I do think he has a different worldview and I think it's, in part, molded out of a very different experience. Most of us grew up going to Boy Scout meetings and, you know, our communities were filled with Rotary Clubs, not madrassas."
* MORE GUNS=SAFETY: Perhaps not in the case of this fellow in Hope who got hold of a couple of loaded handguns and allegedly threatened to shoot kids getting off a school bus.
* TIM GRIFFIN/RICK CRAWFORD PROTECT BRIDGE TO NOWHERE: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee notes U.S. Reps. Tim Griffin and Rick Crawford aren't across-the-board expense choppers. Continued on jump.
In the latest reminder that Representative Tim Griffin’s (AR-02) GOP stands for “Get Our Pork”, today Griffin [similar news release sent for Rick Crawford] voted against ending authorization to the federal funding for the poster child of Republican excessive spending - Alaska’s “Bridges to Nowhere.” The measure would have saved nearly $183 million from these projects and prohibit future transportation funds for this Republican sponsored earmark. Last week, Representative Tim Griffin voted to slash education, research and public safety budgets that would lead to more than 700,000 jobs lost nationwide but today defended federal spending on the “Bridges to Nowhere.”
“It’s unbelievable that Representative Tim Griffin would vote to keep the poster child for Republican out-of-control government spending alive and kicking,” said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Last week, Representative Tim Griffin dangerously slashed funds that would put more than 700,000 American’s out of work but today protects the worst example of Washington free spending. Representative Tim Griffin’s GOP really does stand for “Get Our Pork” as he voted to protect “Bridges to Nowhere” but slashed lifelines for the middle class.”