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The week that was May 9-15

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IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …

COMMERCIAL TV. The political ads have begun pouring in for the primary election. Whether this is good for voters remains to be seen.

The HOGS. The men’s track team christened the spiffy new track and field facility at Fayetteville with an exciting SEC conference championship, thanks to a 1-2-4-6-8 finish in the 5,000 meters, the second-to-last event.

UALR. It had its first on-campus graduation in 37 years, with 1,700 on hand to receive diplomas in the new Jack Stephens Center.

BILL HALTER. The candidate for lieutenant governor must be making headway with his huge commercial buy. Otherwise why would opponent Mike Hathorn be trying so desperately to tar Halter with bogus complaints about Halter’s residency and hysterical complaints about his campaign financing?

ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE BEEBE. Big dollars continue to roll into his gubernatorial campaign and polls continue to indicate it’s his race to lose.

 
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

EDUCATION. Some Paron High supporters — a key one just happens to be backing Asa Hutchinson for governor — filed suit claiming a constitutional right to shorter bus rides should prevent the closure of the inefficient and insufficient high school. If that’s so, other inadequate high schools all over Arkansas should be reopened.

DEER. A count of Little Rock deer is underway. If the count is judged too high, a hunt may be authorized to thin the herd.

SEN. BLANCHE LINCOLN. Her special interest advocacy of any and all big-money lobbies now includes a secretive back-door effort to trump the state’s constitutional interest limit with federal legislation.

The NATIONAL GUARD. Between war and hurricane relief and local missions, the stretched Guard now will get a piece of guarding the Mexican border to help George Bush’s sagging political fortunes.

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