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The Week That Was, Nov. 15

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Nov. 7-13, 2007

It was a good week for …

SHEFFIELD NELSON. The former Arkla Gas CEO, in an op-ed in the Democrat-Gazette, made a persuasive case for increasing the severance tax on natural gas by petition in 2008. He also ridiculed gas company announcements tempering optimism about Fayetteville shale production as misleading ploys to discourage the severance tax increase. Gov. Mike Beebe, outmaneuvered by Nelson, still wants to wait until 2009 to consider a tax the legislature probably won't pass because it requires a three-fourths vote. Let's vote.

MIKE HUCKABEE. Polls showed him rising to second among Republican candidates in the Iowa caucuses, which frequently provide an important lift for future primaries.

The RIVER TRAIL. Episcopal Collegiate School volunteered to work toward a suitable path around the school for the two-city loop trail, even if it means giving up sufficient right of way on the north side of the school.

U.S. SEN. MARK PRYOR. Republicans readily conceded in interviews with the Democrat-Gazette that they had no candidate to oppose the incumbent senator next year.

It was a bad week for …

The HOGS. Tennessee thrashed the Razorbacks and ace running back Felix Jones was sidelined by injury in the process. The natives are increasingly restless about Coach Houston Nutt.

The LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT. Interim Superintendent Linda Watson and the School Board majority seem disinclined to build more than elementary grades on a new campus planned in western Little Rock. Without an accompanying middle school at the site, students leaving the elementary grades there are likely to leave for private schools.

The PULASKI COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT. Superintendent James Sharpe said he dreamed of starting a “cyber high school” in the district, where students would go to class at home by computer. This is nothing but a ruse to draw state dollars for educating home schoolers at a minimal cost to the ailing district.

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