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Our former favorite son

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Our former favorite son

Florida will have to do the honors of putting Mike Huckabee over the top at the nominating convention, but the former Arkansas resident is apparently planning another run for president in 2012. His travel is a clue. This week, he'll be cultivating friends at Republican events in South Carolina, a key early primary state. After the election, he'll be in Iowa, where he won the caucus in 2008. Politico reported he'll be making a speech to a conservative religious group (very influential among Iowa Republicans) about "the role of the church regarding God-honoring civics, the current assault on marriage and family, and what it means to be a Christian statesman." Iowa conservatives are fighting for vengeance over a state Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

Another Florida candidate

A funny item turned up in perusal of quarterly financial reports of the Republican Party of Arkansas. In the April report, the party's receipts included candidate filing fees. Jim Keet, for example, paid $10,000 to run for governor. The report also included Keet's address for the check submitted March 11: "PO Box 837, Gulf Breeze, Fla. 32562-0837."

Keet, a former Arkansas legislator, spent several years working in the restaurant business in Florida before returning to Arkansas last year. Some have raised questions, though no formal challenges, about whether he met constitutional residency requirements to run for governor. You'd think, given the background, he could have at least ordered some new checks with his Arkansas address for occasions such as these.

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