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A Thursday, yes, Thursday open line

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I screwed up in today's video and said it was Wednesday. It's not. It's Thursday. Education drama gets me flustered, sorry.

*THE METAMORPHOSIS CONTINUES: An item from the Times Record mentions a ceremony in which three elected officials in Crawford County changed their party affiliation from Democrat to Republican on Tuesday. These are low-level county positions — county clerk, circuit clerk and coroner — but it provided state Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb with an opportunity to gloat about the new political landscape. “It is a great time to be a Republican in Arkansas,” Webb said. “We are excited to welcome these outstanding public servants to become a part of the new majority party." Unfortunately, he's right: The continued flight of the rank-and-file from the Democratic Party in rural counties like Crawford isn't reversing itself anytime soon. And the fact that these three officials are all women only makes things more grim for the outlook of Arkansas Ds. (Nationally speaking, women are significantly more likely to vote Democrat).

*HOT SPRINGS HORROR STORY: Here's an awful report from THV 11 about three children padlocked inside a Hot Springs home by their mother with no food or water. Police responding to a burglar alarm  on a nearby house found a 12-year-old boy hiding in the bushes; he said he broke into his neighbor's house to steal a box of Cheez-Its.The cops went to the boy's home and found it padlocked from the outside, with the boy's two younger brothers still inside, along with a five gallon bucket filled with human waste. The house had no running water. Tiffany Tucker, the children's mother, said they'd been locked away as punishment; Tucker and her boyfriend Eric Gentry were arrested on three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.


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