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Oct. 18, The Week That Was

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Oct. 10-16, 2007

It was a good week for …

MICHEAL DAUGHERTY. He won a hotly contested and close race for re-election to the Little Rock School Board over vigorous challenger Anna Swaim.

It was a bad week for …

The BEEBE ADMINISTRATION. It refused to identify which state computers were used to clean up unflattering references in Wikipedia entries on, among others. Govs. Mike Huckabee and Mike Beebe. This is analogous to refusing to identify which state telephones were used to make calls to phone sex lines. Two Associated Press reporters have filed a lawsuit to dislodge the public information.

GOV. MIKE BEEBE. In addition to the aforementioned secrecy, he exhibited an unseemly haste to speed executions while questions linger about the lethal injection process. He also couldn't bring himself to thoroughly condemn the gay-bashers' initiative on adoption. He did say he would vote against the unnecessary measure, however.

HOUSTON NUTT. The Razorback football coach's scalp was in high demand after a third-straight SEC loss by the Hogs, this one to Auburn, 9-7.

MIKE HUCKABEE. He reported raising only $1 million in the third quarter of the year, a fraction of the amount raised by opponents ranked higher in polls. Hillary Clinton outraised him in Arkansas. And national media showed signs of getting over their puppy love with the Huckster and began examining some of his record — such as his work to free the rapist/murderer Wayne Dumond.

PULASKI COUNTY GOVERNMENT. A lengthy examination by the Democrat-Gazette indicated there were ample warning flags — all ignored — about Ron Quillin, the county comptroller who presided over a royally screwed up county budget and embezzled public money to pay for an extramarital affair.

LEGISLATIVE ETHICS. A couple of House members proposed a largely toothless rule change to require House self-reporting of lobbyist expenditures. It was criticized by other House members as grandstanding and, even more correctly, as DOA.

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