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ENDORSEMENTS, ROUND 2

For the runoff election June 8, we've added a name to our previous list of recommendations, having become convinced that while land commissioner isn't the most important job in state government, it's important enough to be filled by someone with a known record of public service. That would be state Rep. MONTY DAVENPORT, a real estate broker and cattle rancher from Yellville who has the support of the Arkansas Education Association and the Arkansas State AFL-CIO, among others.

All our picks are running in the Democratic primary:

BILL HALTER
for United States Senate.

JOYCE ELLIOTT for U.S. representative from the Second Congressional District.

JOHN W. WALKER, for the state House of Representatives, District 34.

WILANDRA DEAN
for re-election to the Pulaski County Quorum Court, District 5.

Early voting begins June 1.


Bigots and big business

No black American official will bully a giant foreign corporation when Rand Paul is president, by golly. His is surely one of the odder campaign promises in the history of U.S. politics. Even people who believe the American president should grovel before big money usually won't say so aloud. That the Tea Party's darling made this remarkable admission reveals all about the priorities of Paul and the partiers. Defending malefactors of great wealth is number one on their list. Permitting prejudice against black Americans is number two. Sometimes these goals coincide.

President Obama has roundly criticized BP, whose offshore oil well exploded last month, killing 11 people and spilling huge amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. He said that BP must stop the spillage and pay for the damage it has caused, or – an unspecified – else. Vague, yet fighting words to Paul, who's running only for the Senate this year, but has his eyes on higher office.

“What I don't like from the president's administration is this sort of ‘I'll put my boot heel on the throat of BP,' ” Paul said in a televised interview. “I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business.” He offered this opinion while being called to account for an earlier suggestion that private business owners be allowed to practice racial discrimination on customers. Such discrimination is forbidden by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Clearly, black oil in the Gulf doesn't bother Ron Paul as much as black faces in white-owned restaurants.

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