by Max Brantley
The line is open. Final words:
* SUGGESTED AGENDA ITEM FOR THE CONSERVATIVE CAUCUS — SEX EDUCATION : If this is such a conservative state, as people like Sen. Jason Rapert bray all the time, how do you explain the runaway extramarital screwing. Study says Arkansas leads the U.S. in teen pregnancies. Maybe birth control pill and condom availability aren't such bad ideas. The abstinence education model preferred here seems mostly to be delivering not abstinence, but babies.
* REALITY GATORS: Too bad a reality TV camera wasn't standing by. A traffic stop in Delight last week led to arrests of Arkies in possession of illegal alligators, the Game and Fish Commission said. Details here. Among the allegations, a Hope man sold two young alligators to another man for $40 and some methamphetamine.
* FOR NLR SCHOOLS: Bubba Lloyd, a North Little Rock politico who may yet make another run for mayor, says he supports the proposed North Little Rock school tax increase because school officials have done a good job of saying how the money would be spent and because it is badly needed. Hmmm.
* PISS ON THE FOI LAW: The spanking new Central Arkansas Technology Park Authority is going to meet tomorrow and one agenda item is to hire a civil engineer to plan for the first building — and presumably plan which neighborhood will be condemned for land. Members are reviewing expressions of interest from engineeers singly, so as to not meet together on the subject. We have made requests for copies of the documents that have been submitted and have, as yet, received not a peep in response. This is typical of Mark Stodola-style city government accountability. When it comes to an organization whose administration is STILL being handled by the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and subsidized, as the Chamber is, by tax dollars, it's about what you'd expect.