Just our style

For those who missed it, a recent issue of Esquire magazine was devoted to style and included what Esquire called “a quick primer on what each of our great states has contributed to the world of style.” Arkansas has made four contributions, according to Esquire — Wal-Mart, Al Green, Johnny Cash and Bear Bryant. That was more than some other states of comparable size or larger. Some of the smallest states had only one contribution each, like South Dakota’s Tom Brokaw. Esquire concluded that the most stylish state, surprisingly, is Kentucky, whose nine contributions include George Clooney, the Derby, Muhammad Ali and Colonel Sanders.

Conventional wisdom

Chris Cillizza, the political blogger for the Washington Post, ranked the Arkansas governor’s office No. 3 on chief executive seats nationwide most likely to change parties in November. Cillizza’s take:

“Another quiet month in this race. But the longer this race stays low-key, the more we believe state Attorney General Mike Beebe (D) will win. Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R) is seen as a strong candidate, but so far his fundraising has disappointed and Democrats are getting more and more confident. Hutchinson must find a way to deal with two environmental factors working against him — voters’ desire for change after a decade of Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee and the tough national atmosphere for the GOP.

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Real radio

WAI Radio, a local talk radio operation that has been available in Little Rock only on the Internet, is about to have an on-air signal in the capital.

July 5, the station’s programming will be added to KDXE-1380 AM. That includes shows by Pat Lynch, Grant Merrill and Roby Brock. This will be in addition to Air America programming already heard on the station.

A winner

The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, of which the Arkansas Times is one of more than 100 members, brought more than 400 people to Little Rock last week for its annual convention. A good time was had by all. Wesley Clark, Susan McDougal and Bill Clinton gave warmly received speeches, particularly Clinton, who spent almost three hours with the group.

We were pleased to show off Little Rock. And, if we may be allowed to display some plumage: The Times walked away with one national first place in the AAN annual awards competition. Leslie Newell Peacock won first place among newspapers with circulation less than 50,000 in the feature writing category for her cover story on the search for the ivory-billed woodpecker.

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