Ross will not run for governor

Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) will not run to replace term-limited Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2006, ending weeks of speculation about a potentially bruising primary in Arkansas.

Ross, who won a seat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee this year and is fast emerging as one of the party’s fundraising stars, told his staff of his decision yesterday morning.

“He and his family discussed it and decided that he’s best able to serve the people of Arkansas in the United States Congress at this time,” said his spokeswoman, Adrienne Elrod.

Ross’s decision to forgo the race clears the Democratic primary for Attorney General Mike Beebe. On the Republican side, former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.), current Homeland Security Department undersecretary for border and transportation security, is expected to run.

Hans Nichols

Lawmaker wants Ten Commandments on display in Capitol

Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) wasted little time before introducing two bills that would require the Ten Commandments to be posted in both the Capitol and the Senate and House chambers.

Stearns introduced the bill Jan. 4, the first day of the 109th Congress. He first introduced a similar resolution in the 105th Congress and subsequent versions in the 106th and 108th.

“Posting the Ten Commandments in places like the House and Capitol would merely serve to remind members that we have the responsibility as lawmakers to be as fair and just as possible,” Stearns said.

The bill has been referred to the House Administration Committee.

Klaus Marre and Patrick O’Connor