Capitol-goers noticed recently that a Democrat had joined the staff of Secretary of State Mark Martin, a Republican. Vickie Critcher, who ran as a Democrat, unsuccessfully, to succeed her husband Jack in a state Senate seat, is working during the legislative session as a Capitol tour guide for the secretary of state's office. Pay, said spokeswoman Alice Stewart, is $10 an hour.
Critcher had a job in the Senate before her husband was term-limited. He is now working the legislative hallways as a lobbyist for the Arkansas Municipal League.