by Max Brantley
Some morning odds and ends:The Dallas Morning News includes an op-ed from Skip Rutherford on the cooperative nature of presidential library planning. It's part of the coverage of the opening of the George W. Bush library in Dallas. Rutherford led the Clinton library project in Little Rock. He touts the library's benefits, naturally.
Additionally, every day I see hundreds of visitors of all ages here at the Clinton Library campus. The parking spaces are filled with vehicles and buses bearing license plates from all over the country.
People regularly walk, jog, bike and picnic on the Clinton Presidential Park grounds, shop at the Clinton Museum Store and attend public lecture programs at the Clinton School. Since President Clinton announced the location of his library 15 years ago, there’s been more than $2 billion in economic development investment, including new hotels, housing, businesses and office buildings, in the surrounding area.
* IS OUR WATER SUPPLY SAFE?: Central Arkansas Water says it's OK with a one-year delay on implementation of a hard-won land use plan for the Lake Maumelle watershed, approved last night by the Pulaski Quorum Court. Better than the four-year delay originally proposed in a complete sellout to Deltic Timber and the Koch Bros. In theory, the plan will take effect after a year of study if no changes are made after a year of further study and public meetings. Some would like to see even better protections in the watershed. But far more powerful forces lurk to water down the plan. Put a tickler on your smart phone calendar to see where we are April 24, 2014. The Quorum Court also added its voice to those calling for relocation of the ruptured ExxonMobil tar sands pipeline from the watershed. Since Rep. Tim "Pipeline" Griffin has also expressed support for this, we can probably assume the chances of Exxon actually moving the line are about nil. Nice sentiment, though, plus handy political cover.
* RAPE SUSPECT DIES IN PARKING DECK PLUNGE: 40/29 reports that a Springdale man charged over the weekend with raping an 8-year-old apparently jumped to his death Tuesday from the third level of a hospital parking deck.
* NATE BELL, THE GAFFE THAT KEEPS ON GIVING: I'm still getting mail from all over the country blasting the Moron of Mena over his gun nuttery in the Boston bombings. But I highly recommend Gene Lyons' column this week on the subject of the Republican state representative. Big Papi and the bombers' Russian uncle acquitted themselves far better, Gene writes.
* SPEAKING OF THE GAFFE THAT KEEPS ON GIVING: As mentioned earlier, Lt. Gov. Mark Darr is getting noisier about running for 4th District Congress in 2014 if Rep. Tom Cotton runs for U.S. Senate, as directed by his Club for Growth controllers. Residency doesn't matter for Darr, the former pizza shop owner from NWA, in congressional races, but homegrown competition like Lane Jean, Beth Ann Rankin and Bruce Westerman does. Hope Darr runs. Then maybe the vaginal prober from Conway will get in lt. gov. race and leave the Senate.