Blanche vs. Boozman
Were it not for the little matter of party labels it would be hard to find two members of Congress more intimately yoked in philosophy, style and records than Senator Blanche Lincoln and Representative John Boozman, who find themselves uncomfortably paired against each other in the U. S. Senate race. [FULL TEXT]

Broadway our choice
The most useless job in Arkansas is that of lieutenant governor, followed in rank order by his employees. But we spend a lot of money, effort and vain emotion every four years electing him because, potentially, whom we elect can make a little difference.[FULL TEXT]

Crawford vs. Causey
Rick Crawford greatly simplified the race for United States representative in the First District. He made it about truthfulness, but it was not to his advantage. [FULL TEXT]

High court race
Voters will choose a justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court at the general election, and it is hard to see how they can go wrong.  Judge Karen Baker of the Arkansas Court of Appeals and Judge Tim Fox, a circuit judge in Pulaski County, are splendid judges with such deep experience on both ends of the gavel that they should not diminish the quality of judgment by the state’s highest court. [FULL TEXT]

Another term
for Gov. Beebe
Arkansas at rare times has had a visionary governor, a brilliant governor or a governor passionately committed to reform, and it has had three dozen chief executives of whom it could be said simply that they served their time and moved on. [FULL TEXT]

O'Brien gets Leader's vote
Sometimes the local boy really is the superlative candidate, not just the favorite son for whom support is obligatory. Pat O’Brien has about the best credentials one could have for secretary of state, and he also is lucky in his opponent, perhaps the state legislature’s leading abuser of the public trust. [FULL TEXT]

Why it's Joyce Elliott
Tim Griffin, the Republican candidate for the U. S. House of Representatives, deflects questions about what he has done the past 15 years by saying that he wants to talk about the future, not the past. It is a clever riposte. Who does not prefer to talk about the future? [FULL TEXT]

A fun-filled weekend
You could go to a half-dozen places last weekend and still not catch all the excitement around the state, and that’s not counting the Razorbacks football game against Texas A&M in Cowboys Stadium. [FULL TEXT]

Limiting state cars
Is Mike Beebe a good governor or a just a good politician, or is there a difference? He turns every controversy into a good-government lesson. [FULL TEXT]

Reassessing exemptions
The state Constitution says you can’t do it. A 60-year-old statute says you can’t do it. A good case can be made that the U. S. Constitution prohibits it.[FULL TEXT]

Our error given wide circulation
We’ve received lots of calls, comments and complaints over an error in Wednesday’s paper about a Christmas program in Cabot. [FULL TEXT]

Comparing pardons
by governor

Did you see Gov. Beebe’s latest list of pardons? Last week, he announced his intent to pardon a handful of small-time criminals, emphasis on small-time. [FULL TEXT]

POWs recall their
World War ordeal

The former POWs who were shot down over Romania during the Second World War arrived at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History in their tour bus a little after 11 a.m. Thursday. [FULL TEXT]

Annexation plan: Many in area say they're against it
People who live north of Jacksonville near Hwy. 67/167 met at a church Monday evening to fight the city’s plan to annex the area.[FULL TEXT]

Lighthouse plans to build middle and high schools
The headline in Saturday’s Leader: “Cabot schools about to hit 10,000.”[FULL TEXT]

J’Accuse: Smearing
of general

Air Force Gen. John D. Lavelle, who died more than 30 years ago, after he was falsely accused of insubordination, is a four-star general again. [FULL TEXT]

Petraeus salutes
camp liberators

It was 65 years ago Monday that Beryl Wolfson helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp in southeastern Germany.

Marker recalls fire at Twist

There's finally a marker honoring B.B. King in Twist in Cross County, where the great blues singer escaped from a fire at nightclub with his guitar and named it Lucille.

Justice Jim fought tough final battle
Arkansas bloggers were the first with the news of Justice Jim Johnson’s suicide over the weekend. The local TV news on Sunday ignored his passing, probably because no one in the newsroom knew who he was. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot man in raid
on POW camp in 1970
Mst. Sgt. Paul Poole, who helped to liberate Americans from a Vietnamese prison camp, died last week. [FULL TEXT]

Trial could get Muhammad
his death wish

Last June, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad killed a soldier from Conway and injured another soldier from Jacksonville in front of a recruiting station in Little Rock.

What a little girl asked
from Santa

When my friend Jack Sallee was with the Jaycees in Fayetteville, they'd put an ad in the paper at Christmastime, saying that for $2 you could have Santa come to your place.

Tuskegee legend
at holiday reception

A tall elderly man stood in a far corner in a large banquet room at Little Rock Air Force Base on Sunday afternoon during the holiday reception hosted by the wing commanders.

Gas shut off
as hospital bills pile up

A couple in Beebe have been without heat for several months after the natural-gas company took out their meter because they were not paying their bills.

Huckabee our worst governor?
Who is Arkansas’ worst governor? Is it Orval Faubus, who defied federal authorities i in 1957, when he wouldn’t allow nine black students to attend Central High School in Little Rock? He brought shame and ridicule on the whole state, but at least no one was killed. Or is Mike Huckabee our worst governor ever?



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Oct. 27, 2010

Eddie Cook, from left, Bill Cypert and Stubby Stumbaugh with moderator Pat Hagge in back during Monday’s forum.

Police called to candidates forum
IN SHORT: The forum for Cabot mayoral candidates on Monday night ended with blue lights and police reports after punches were thrown by a candidate for county office and two others. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot mayor hopefuls cite their qualifications
IN SHORT: As expected, many of the 175 or so people who attended the forum at the community center for Cabot mayoral candidates Monday night were friends, family and supporters of the candidates.FULL TEXT]

What lawmakers cost
IN SHORT: The legislative per-diem fracas that has cropped up this election season in Arkansas once attracted the attention of The New York Times – in February 1897 – under a one-column headline: “A Bit of Arkansas Fun.” [FULL TEXT]

Aldermen candidates share perspectives and goals
Only four of Cabot’s City Council seats have more than one candidate and in one of those contested seats, the candidate has said she won’t serve if elected. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot’s Spencer Smith plunges ahead for short yardage in the first half of Friday’s victory over Bryant. Smith sat out the second half with an injury.

Victory perks up Falcons
IN SHORT: The only thing different around North Pulaski football this week may be the smiles. [FULL TEXT]

Beebe won’t rest in sprint to finish
IN SHORT: There are no light weeks for Beebe; at least not in coach John Shannon’s mind. [FULL TEXT]

Time, baseball march on
IN SHORT: “Baseball provides a recreation which does not last over two hours or two hours and a half, and which can be got for very little cost. And, incidentally, I hope that night games can be extended because it gives an opportunity to the day shift to see a game occasionally.” [FULL TEXT]

’Rabbits’ race muddled
IN SHORT: The 2-4A Conference needs no form of power rankings or points system — it’s confusing enough just to look at the standings.[FULL TEXT]

Cabot in need of calculator
IN SHORT: With two games left in the regular season, some people in the 7A/6A-Central don’t like the way things are adding up. [FULL TEXT]

Devils keeping goals in place
IN SHORT: A rough week for Jacksonville coach Rick Russell got a little better when the Red Devils traveled to Little Rock Parkview and came away with a 28-14, 7A/6A-East Conference victory. [FULL TEXT]



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