Halter Exits Governor’s Race, As Predicted

This might need some updating. Thank you ASU Young Democrats for the photo!

It’s been said that predictions are hard to make, especially about the future. But as we’ve learned, some people are better at making predictions than others. A few months back, I got a tip that former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter would be exiting the governor’s race, possibly to pursue a congressional race against Congressman Tim Griffin. My source was good, but wished to remain unnamed and I was covered up with other leads at the time, so I simply tweeted it as a rumor and moved on. Bud Jackson, (now … [Read more...]

Bud Jackson to Sen. Roland Burris: ‘I’m Outta Here’

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This has only the most tangential relationship to Arkansas politics, but will interest some Arkansas Project readers. Bud Jackson, a Virginia-based political operative known around these parts for counseling Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's campaigns, is in the news big today for distancing himself from an even higher profile client: U.S. Sen. Roland Burris of Illinois. Burris is, of course, the Chicago Democratic politico appointed to the Senate by disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagoevich. Burris … [Read more...]

Stuff from Around Arkansas, February 20 (Updated! Twice!!)

Just give her the Oscar, already.

Oxford Comma: Looks like it's a trip to debtor's prison for the Oxford American Magazine at the University of Central Arkansas, which is of course facing financial troubles. Wait, that's news? Tell you what, from now on let's just take it as a given that the Oxford American is in trouble and run a news story if things should ever improve. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) This is Still Going On: Arkansas lawmakers are responding to the draft of the lottery bill with pertinent questions about the … [Read more...]

Halter Flack in Burris Senate Melee

Photo credit: New York Times

Keen-eyed Arkansas political watchers will recognize Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's political muscle man and noted charmless vulgarian Bud Jackson in the above photo from the New York Times. BudJack's apparently lending his skills in the dark arts to the controversial effort to place Illinois politico Roland W. Burris in Barack Obama's Senate seat. Burris, tapped to fill the seat by toxic and indicted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, was blocked by the Senate today. Kudos to frequent Arkansas Project … [Read more...]

Lawsuit Seeks to Stop Lottery Vote

Oh, my, we've seen more interesting news on the Arkansas lottery in the last four days than in the last four months.... The conservative Arkansas Family Council, which is more or less leading the anti-lottery push in the state, asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Friday to have the lottery proposal thrown off the ballot, the AP's Andrew Demillo reports: In the complaint, the council argues that the proposed constitutional amendment's title and name are "inaccurate, incomplete and misleading" … [Read more...]