IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …
ARKANSAS REPUBLICANS. A presidential visit (held in secret at a home in a ritzy gated community) raised about $650,000 for gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson and the state Republican Party.
MIKE BEEBE. A couple of more polls show the Democratic gubernatorial nominee — and other statewide Democratic candidates — with wide leads over Republican opponents.
BRUCE BURROW. The Jonesboro shopping center developer saw a deadline pass for federal court challenge of the (inadequate) Corps of Engineers’ wetland permit to drain Dark Hollow in North Little Rock for Burrow’s proposed new shopping center. North Little Rock taxpayers now will be asked to spend millions on freeway access for Burrow. Taxpayers throughout Pulaski County, but particularly North Little Rock school taxpayers, will be asked to subsidize construction of his center. Competitors, particularly sporting goods retailers, will be punished by the taxpayer subsidies given to Bass Pro Shops and other Burrow tenants. Heckuva deal.
NOSTALGIA. More than 8,000 people crammed the ballpark for the last Arkansas Travelers game at Ray Winder Field. The Travs are to open in a new park in North Little Rock next year.
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …
The ARKANSAS REPUBLICAN PARTY. How desperate is this? They were proud of President Bush’s visit, unlike Repblicans elsewhere who are shunning public association with him on account of deep unpopularity thanks to policies foreign and domestic.
The HOGS. The UA football team was shellacked 50-14 by USC before a record crowd at Fayetteville.
THE HUCKSTER WATCH
He had nothing new named for himself this week, as far as we know. Seventeen weeks to go.