Dec. 16-22, 2009
It was a GOOD week for …
AMERICA. The tyranny of the teabaggers and angry just-say-no Republicans failed to derail health legislation.
SEN. BLANCHE LINCOLN. She stepped up and voted with Democrats to pass health legislation in the Senate. It's far from perfect. But it's a start.
It was a bad week for …
The LITTLE ROCK LIBRARY. The state Supreme Court ruled that a tax increase was put in effect one year too early. Payback of the money will require big cuts in library spending in 2010.
MIKE HUCKABEE. The Washington Post reported that his new employer, Fox News, told him to stop using his cable show to promote his personal website, which includes plugs for a Huckabee-hosted trip to Israel ($3,999 pp) and contributions to his Huck PAC. He isn't known as The Huckster for nothing.
REP. JOHN LOWERY. The El Dorado Democrat whipped up Legislative Council support for a resolution opposing the court decision allowing a Freethinkers Society display on the Capitol lawn. He opposes the First Amendment, in other words. He said his constituents were “fearful” of what a display of free thinking might cause. A better Arkansas, maybe?
STANLEY REED. The former Farm Bureau president dropped out of the U.S. Senate race barely a week after he got in. He cited health problems.
PULASKI SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT TIM CLARK. He led a hasty and possibly illegal ouster of the teachers union, took over the district website for his political messages and generally acted like he'd been named military commander of a district at war, rather than head of a sober policy-making body. He poisoned employee relations for a long time to come.
FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY. The already beleaguered Razorback men's basketball team suffered another setback. Several players transgressed a minor NCAA rule by appearing in a society magazine fashion spread while wearing clothing loaned by Northwest Arkansas retailers.