Huckabee will target anti-consolidation lawmakers

(March 29, 2004) — (Little Rock-AP) -- Governor Huckabee says that this election year he will actively seek to oust some of those in the state Legislature who were adamantly opposed to his school consolidation plans. He declined to name names, but said those he'll lobby against are legislators who couldn't dislike him any more than they do now and couldn't say more against him then they already have. Even though the Legislature adopted advances in school accountability and teachers pay during the recent special session, as well as a limited consolidation bill, Huckabee is critical of legislators for rejecting his plans for more widespread school mergers, while raising some 370 million dollars in new taxes.