Mike McNeill

Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com.

A little dive into the reported fundraising by the two announced Republican candidates in the 2022 race for governor of Arkansas. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has reported raising just a little over $1 million for her campaign, including $195,000 in the last quarter of 2020. Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin has raised $1.8 million since last March and has about $1.7 million cash on hand. While that may seem like a huge difference, it’s fairly close with just more than a year to go before the primary election. And they’ll need it all and more, especially if Sarah Huckabee Sanders gets into the race. We predict that by the time this is over, we’re going to wish there was a state law that prohibits out-of-state campaign contributions to Arkansas political candidates.

The Albemarle check is here! The Albemarle check is here! Enough for a really good steak supper.

From United States Code, in reference to the proper treatment of the United States Flag. Recent violations of the code during the Capitol insurrection were terrible breaches of flag etiquette. The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature. The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform.

Southern Arkansas University will cut the ribbon for the First Financial Bank Poultry Education Facility at noon Monday, February 1. The facility behind the Agriculture Building will provide ag students with practical knowledge about South Arkansas’ vital poultry industry. CLICK HERE to read more about the facility.

This gives us another opportunity to turn up the heat on the Arkansas ag industry regarding its historically paltry support for the SAU agriculture education program -- First Financial Bank being a praiseworthy exception. We won't name names, but you see their logos in the meat aisle during any trip to the grocery store. SAU churns out a lot of graduates who step right into the corporate structures of these companies, or who educate the high school students who do. Arkansas Farm Bureau is certainly on top of the value of SAU graduates, having in the last month promoted two SAU graduates to high profile positions within its foundation, and naming another as the state's top young ag educator.

Some time ago, we were gifted with a bag of “#45 Blend Bold American Blend” coffee beans, which prominently features artwork of President Donald Trump. By a singular coincidence, we finished up the bag this morning. It was just coffee.

Hallelujah Chorus.

Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com. Email him at news@magnoliareporter.com or call him at 870-904-3865.

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