by Max Brantley
The Wednesday night line is open. Final notes:
* GAME AND FISH MARKETING: The ad community buzzed today about a request for proposals from the state Game and Fish Commission for marketing and public relations advice. Those contracts were mentioned in a report today by the Democrat-Gazette on a legislative audit that found some bookkeeping problems in accounting for spending on existing contracts with Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods on marketing and with Martin Wilbourn for public relations consulting. Mike Armstrong of Game and Fish says the contracts expire June 30 and the agency hopes to consolidate them with one firm. The agency, he said, is "seeking fresh perspectives and approaches to communicating with the public about our programs and products." Here's the RFP.
* F (THE FORMER) PRESIDENT: W, the former president, will be in Little Rock May 27 for an event at First Tee, but you won't see George W. Bush unless you're one of the invited guests at a ceremony marking a contribution to the course for young golfers by Warren and Harriet Stephens.
* WHEEL OF FORTUNE: Have a hankering to join Pat and Vanna? The show will be holding tryouts for contestants Saturday and Sunday at the Conway Expo Center, 1-5. 2505 E. Oak. Come on down.
* SO MUCH FOR THE UNION: Wackjob Republicans are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a plan to amend the Constitution to allow the states to override federal law. Could I get a vote on allowing Hillcrest to secede?
* BOMBING PENALTIES: Attorneys argued in federal court today how much Randeep Mann should be forced to pay Dr. Trent Pierce for injuries in the bombing plot Mann organized. Up to $2 million? Only $300,000, as Mann's lawyer argued? This doesn't go to the question of whether his wife, not convicted in the plot, is entitled to her share of the couple's community property in a divorce, which federal prosecutors think is a sham to protect some of Mann's assets. But the couple has been separated the statutory period for no-questions-asked divorce and it's hard to see how she doesn't have first claim on some of their money.
* DA MAYOR: Please note that Hot Springs Mayor Ruth Carney herself has pitched into the blog thread on her Facebook sniper humor.