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story.lead_photo.caption In this Oct. 14, 2016, file photo, former President Bill Clinton campaigns for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at Washington Park in Cincinnati. - Photo by AP / JOHN MINCHILLO

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Democratic Party has renamed its annual fundraising dinner to honor former President Bill Clinton after the names of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson were stripped from the event.

The party on Wednesday said that the annual event formerly known as the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner would now be named after the 42nd president and former Arkansas governor. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is scheduled to headline the newly named Clinton Dinner on July 22 in Little Rock.

The party last year joined several other state parties that distanced themselves from Jefferson and Jackson over concerns about their slave ownership. Clinton headlined the final fundraiser held under the Jefferson-Jackson name last year.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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Archived Comments

  • obbie
    May 24, 2017 at 12:57 p.m.

    I thought Bill was holding the Arkansas Democrat Party hostage...I was right.

  • drs01
    May 24, 2017 at 1:32 p.m.

    Why not just complete the sell-out and put the Hillabitch's name on the event as well. Two of the biggest money grubbers in history.

  • ARTOPCAT
    May 24, 2017 at 1:37 p.m.

    When it comes to $$, they all pale by comparison to the disconnected-from-real-citizens current resident of the White House.

  • TimberTopper
    May 24, 2017 at 2:16 p.m.

    Very Nice! The only Arkansan to be POTUS, so far.

  • wowy
    May 24, 2017 at 3:42 p.m.

    Hey Jonboysbummm from whence deep deepwithin, excrement from a nasty button hole, of the Clinton style (not since he went vegan) stench is formed ... Write an article praising the one you hate and you might be worth salvaging.... Otherwise you are what you are, a nobody.

  • wowy
    May 24, 2017 at 3:53 p.m.

    The AP sucks the big green one, I can divulge that by golly by gum ...

  • wildblueyonder
    May 24, 2017 at 3:58 p.m.

    Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, what has Slick Willie done? Oh yeah, he fooled around in the Oval Office, didn't he? But typical Democrat logic so why be surprised?

  • Packman
    May 24, 2017 at 4:10 p.m.

    And we all know the name brand of those after dinner cigars.......Monicas!
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    Rumor has it the dinner will be held in a phone booth, it being large enough to accommodate all Arkansas Democrats.
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    How unfortunate to use the word "stripped' in any news story involving Bill Clinton.
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    OK, that's all I got for the moment.

  • 23cal
    May 24, 2017 at 6:53 p.m.

    Aren't they just saying, 'In your face, Rapert. Not only are we not taking his name off the airport, we're putting it on our annual fundraising dinner. Go suck eggs."

  • AuntPetunia
    May 24, 2017 at 8:55 p.m.

    The Political Party that is offended by what somebody said while drunk bragging 12 years ago, but not what an impeached POTUS actually did. Repeatedly.

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