Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards,
a surprise Democratic winner in what has been a blood-red Republican state, will speak in Little Rock July 22 at the annual Democratic Party dinner
once known as the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.
The dinner is ditching the old name and henceforth is to be known as the Clinton Dinner,
for the former president, according to a state party news release, though there's some confusion about the new name. Slave ownership by Thomas Jefferson and Indian removal by Andrew Jackson were among the historic elements in the decision by Arkansas and other Democratic groups to drop use
of the names.
The dinner will be at the Statehouse Convention Center.
UPDATE: Re name
confusion. HL Moody, a member of the Democratic State Committee and the party's executive committee, said the executive committee had voted to rename the dinner the "Blue Diamond Dinner." He and no other committee members he knew had received word from Party Chair Michael John Gray about a change to the Clinton Dinner. I have an inquiry pending.
I hear from the other side that some confusion arose because there's no record of a vote on the dinner name change and Gray designated the dinner in honor of Clinton, given his long and valuable contribution to the party. Some conversations are continuing on the issue.