An early afternoon roundup: Politics and a movie tonight; a UA departure; spell-checking the Republicans | Arkansas Blog

An early afternoon roundup: Politics and a movie tonight; a UA departure; spell-checking the Republicans

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Stuff keeps pouring in. Let me pass some along, including information about events tonight.

* LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONArkansas Community Organizations is sponsoring a public forum for the candidates running for the Zone 2 and Zone 6 positions on the Little Rock School Board at 6 p.m. tonight at the Willie Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center. Brittney Johnson of KARK will moderate. The zones cover central and southwest Little Rock. The election is Sept. 17. Details on candidates and polling places here. 

* END MASS INCARCERATION: A local chapter of End Mass Incarceration and the Social Justice Initiative at Philander Smith College will show the film "The House I Live In" and have a panel discussion at 6 p.m. tonight at Nugent Auditorium at the college. The event is free. The program focuses on the number of people in prison, the lengths of their sentences and the impact that has on their families, plus the costs to taxpayers.

* AN EARLY DEPARTURE AT UA: The UA confirms that Bruce Pontious, who had been associate vice chancellor for advancement on the Fayetteville campus, ended his employment Aug. 31. He had been planning to stay through the end of fund-raising campaign work next week. Chris Wyrick, vice chancellor for university advancement, said he'd asked Pontious if his decision to depart early was in any way influenced by recent turmoil in the advancement area, including firing of John Diamond, the top university spokesman. Wyrick said Pontious told him it was not. That he'd sold his house for a planned move back to Ohio and had a part-time consulting job that required him to begin to work immediately. Pontious was one of the first people hired when Brad Choate was in charge of advancement. He was forced out after a budget shortfall and succeeded by Wyrick.

* CARE TO HOAST A BENIFIT? REPUBLICANS WANT YOU: A friend passes along a note from Sen. Alan Clark inviting Republican senators to buy tickets to a fund-raiser Sept. 26 for Republican House candidates in Garland County. Those with campaign surpluses — even those term-limited with no future campaigns — will undoubtedly feel free to send in money because the Ethics Commission has made the bone-headed decision to ignore a clear rule against use of campaign money for contributions to other candidates under the theory that such public events are somehow good for elected officeholders. With tickets such as these duly printed, the money may flow. Consider the House read.

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