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The week that was Sept. 13-19

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IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR …

MIKE BEEBE. The Democratic candidate for governor told the Democrat-Gazette he would make clemency records public, unlike Gov. Mike Huckabee. Republican Asa Hutchinson equivocated on opening this vital process to public inspection.

LITTLE ROCK NATIONAL AIRPORT. It announced a $15 million project to improve baggage handling and speed passenger screening. We hope this includes improvements on handling of deplaning passengers’ luggage, too.

ST. MICHAEL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH. It was home to a service blessing the relationship of a gay couple, the first such blessing in Arkansas. (See The Observer.)

CREATIVE LEGAL ARGUMENTS. Attorney for a bail bondsman charged in the Lonoke sex-with-inmates scandal argued that his client’s trial should be postponed because the start of deer season might reduce the jury pool.


IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR …

DEBATES. The major party candidates for governor squared off in Jonesboro, with no live TV audience. You could watch it live only on the web and on tape delay in range of the Jonesboro station that carried it. Beebe won on points, by the way.

The JUDICIAL DISCIPLINE AND DISABILITY COMMISSION. In a secret meeting, it decided to continue its single-minded pursuit (some call it a vendetta) of Appeals Court Judge Wendell Griffen for exercising his First Amendment right to free speech on public policy issues.

THE HUCKSTER WATCH

He stayed busy campaigning – not in Arkansas, but in Iowa and South Carolina for Republican legislative candidates. Nobody back home seemed to mind. Fifteen weeks to go.

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