by Max Brantley
A couple of items from the morning mail and web review:
* BALLOT QUESTION ISSUE UNSOLVED: AP's Andrew DeMillo writes this week about how the Arkansas Supreme Court ruling striking a casino amendment from the ballot underscores the failure of a law intended to avoid last-minute challenges of ballot measures. A last-minute challenge was raised — after signatures were gathered — and a good-faith effort to avoid potential shortfalls in the language caused the proposal's invalidation by the court. Catch 22.the death of Henry Shead, 71, a Fordyce native and a member of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame. His musical talent was evident as a child and he became a musician and music teacher and choir director before devoting full-time to performing. He moved to Las Vegas in the 1970s and he was a popular band leader at the major hotels over the years.
UPDATE: I asked McDaniel's office for a comment relative to what had been reported to me, in greater detail, about his comments related to the UAMS/St. Vincent operating agreement. A spokesman responded:
The Attorney General does not think it is appropriate to comment on matters discussed privately with constituents at social gatherings.
However, in regard to the potential merger, our office relayed to the University's in-house counsel a number of concerns based on the lessons learned in Kentucky. Legal counsel in this matter is being provided by the University, which is customary.