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Stuff From Around Arkansas, June 23

Updated: Apr 15

Hey, let’s lay aside all this Tea Party business (for now) and catch up on some things you may have missed in recent days:

2010 Watch: Will the U.S. Senate race in Arkansas shape up to be competitive? The Fix blog says it’s one to keep an eye on. (Washington Post)

Tax and Spin: Is Gov. Mike Beebe doing GOP legislators any favors by publicly thanking them for approving tax hikes? Columnist David Sanders says “You gotta be kidding me.” (Arkansas News Bureau)

Good Luck, Losers!: Your instant path to riches will soon open up! You may be able to buy a lottery ticket as early as October 29. (AP)

Know When to Hold ‘Em: And as expected, this whole lottery business is shaping up to be shady and shifty, as the enabling legislation may offer opportunities for expanded gambling in Arkansas. Who knew? (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

RIP: Former Arkansas Rep. Bud Rice died Saturday at age 84. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

Beau-d Up: A closer look at Beau “Bo” Stricklin of Russellville, a Democrat who just might challenge Rep. John Boozman in Arkansas’ Third District. (Russellville Courier)

Rock the Casbah: Rep. Steve Harrelson is blogging madly from Algiers of all places, because you know, why wouldn’t he be? (Under the Dome)

Lane Hogging: A bunch of hogs got loose on the interstate Monday, slowing traffic around Little Rock for hours. If you are reading this outside Arkansas, then yes, you should just go ahead and assume that this is what life in this state is like every single day of the year. (KTHV)

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