DEAD DUCKS: What's a political season without a political candidate showing off his wildlife-killing prowess? Here, it's Asa Hutchinson via Twitter. Democrat Mike Ross is handy with a shotgun, too. Any pix, Mike?
Airport time. Another kid on the way. So I'm closing out. Final words:
* MARKET MADNESS:
Investor good feelings sparked a "Santa Rally" in the stock market,
where the Dow and S&P 500 reached new highs.
* JUST MAD
: Not even the nearness of Christmas Eve and a time of peace and goodwill toward men could keep the Tom Cotton
machine from cranking out some Obama-laced nastiness about U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor. It's a poisonous (and juvenile)
faux letter to Santa on Pryor's supposed behalf about all the bad things he supposedly wants for the people of Arkansas. Cotton's fiction matches his reality show in Congress, where his votes cut aid to farmers, old people, sick people and poor people. Has Ebenezer Cotton got some future Christmases in store for you, boys and girls.
* AND SPEAKING OF ILL WILL
: Mark Pryor's is directed at Iran
. He's among 15 Democratic senators
pushing for tougher sanctions, even at the risk of war. This is contrary to the Obama administration, of course. And the point.
* ROLL TAPE, DAN-O:
Check in with Fox 16/Channel 4 tonight for a report on the Lonoke County shooting
in which Charles Bryant of Austin has been charged with killing his wife Sharae. Fox 16 Twitter accounts say Bryant told police he shot his wife after she shot him first. But video obtained of the incident reportedly shows him shooting her, walking away, shooting himself and crawling back to place something beside her body. Calling Law and Order script department.
* CASTLE DOCTRINE AND A DEAD DEPUTY
: Interesting case out of Texas
where a deputy serving an arrest warrant was gunned down by a man who said he thought he was protecting himself and girlfriend from an intruder. "tragic accident," his lawyer says. Worse cases than this have resulted in acquittals in Texas.
* ALSO GUNNED DOWN IN COLORADO:
A teen girl who'd snuck out of the house was killed by her stepdad as she tried to sneak back in. Another innocent mistaken for an intrude
r. (I wrote incorrectly originally that this happened in Texas.)
* YOUR LEGISLATURE AT WORK; CREATING MORE NEEDLESS WORK: Attorney General Dustin McDaniel points out in official opinions today
— requested by Secretary of State Mark Martin — that the 2013 legislature stripped the attorney general of the power of creating the popular name for constitutional amendments submitted to voters by the legislature. So who does? Well, McDaniel says not him. And that some legislative clarification is probably in order, though, pending that, maybe Mark Martin can just take a stab at it himself. McDaniel said he'd be happy to consult. That's help Martin hasn't much wanted in the past, you might remember from his profligate hiring of outside counsel without required a.g. approval. The legislature itself didn't put a popular name on its proposals and they must have one for the ballot, the Supreme Court has said.
This law change was a product of the arguably unconstitutional law passed with bipartisan support to hamstring the citizen initiative process. It is being challenged in court and, if there's any justice, it will be struck down. That could give McDaniel his ballot title job back.