Government & Politics Archive

Mark Stodola Says He'll Seek 3rd Term as Little Rock Mayor

by Associated Press 7/17/2014 09:53 am

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola says he's running for re-election this fall, saying he believes there's more progress to be done in economic development and other issues in Arkansas' most populous city.

Arvest Consumer Survey Shows Arkansans Mixed on Economy's Health

by Lee Hogan and Lance Turner 7/17/2014 08:57 am

Arvest Bank's first consumer sentiment survey finds Arkansans have a dimmer outlook on the economy than their neighbors in Oklahoma and Missouri.

Rutledge: More Transparency on Outside Groups

by Associated Press 7/16/2014 02:48 pm

Attorney general hopeful Leslie Rutledge says she supports requiring more transparency for organizations spending money on Arkansas races after she won the Republican nomination in a contest where she was targeted heavily by two outside groups.

About That Gubernatorial Race (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 7/16/2014 02:16 pm

Mike Ross has staked his gubernatorial hopes on playbook Gov. Mike Beebe devised eight years ago. Will it be enough to lead the Democratic hopeful to victory in November?

Minimum Wage Plan Meets Initial Signature Count

by Associated Press 7/16/2014 01:45 pm

A proposal to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage is one step closer to appearing on the November ballot after petitions for the measure passed an initial signature count.

Mike Ross Edges Asa Hutchinson in June Fundraising

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/16/2014 07:22 am

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross raised more than $296,000 last month, edging out his Republican rival while also spending more than twice as much as he brought in, campaign finance reports filed Tuesday showed.

Dustin McDaniel Reaches Settlement with National Police Defense Foundation

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/15/2014 04:25 pm

The New-Jersey-based National Police Defense Foundation has agreed to pay $120,000 in restitution to Arkansas donors and to permanently stop fundraising activities in the state. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced the settlement Tuesday.

Arkansan Dow Brantley Elected Chairman of USA Rice Federation

by Jan Cottingham 7/15/2014 03:23 pm

Dow Brantley, chairman of the Arkansas Rice Federation and a prominent Arkansas farmer, has been elected chairman of the USA Rice Federation.

Mike Ross Proposes $10M Funding Boost for Public Safety

by Associated Press 7/15/2014 12:14 pm

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross is proposing a $10 million plan to address public safety by boosting funding for Arkansas' domestic violence, child abuse and parole programs.

Metroplan Study: Financial Commitment Key to Conway-LR Bus Service

by Lee Hogan 7/14/2014 11:02 am

A feasibility study released by Metroplan on an express bus service between Conway and Little Rock found that capital costs, funding sources and operating responsibility would be obstacles in the implementation of the route.

Tom Cotton Says He's Raised $2.28M During Quarter

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/14/2014 09:53 am

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's campaign says he's raised $2.28 million over the last three months in his bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, outpacing the incumbent lawmaker in their increasingly heated and expensive Senate race.

Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care Teams With Aledade To Arm, Reward Docs

by Gwen Moritz 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Aledade is what's called an ACO, an accountable care organization, a relatively new type of entity established by the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act for the purpose of improving health care quality while controlling unnecessary spending.

Mixed-Drink Sales Vital To Restaurant Bottom Lines

by Jan Cottingham 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Since some cities have levied local taxes on sales of alcoholic beverages, a missing factor of our top-selling restaurants can be learned.

Population Rises in U.S. Poverty Areas, Arkansas Up Nearly 15 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/14/2014 12:00 am

One in four residents of the United States live in “poverty areas,” according to federal data. That's an increase from less than one in five in 2000.

Setback for Medical Pot Push in Arkansas (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/13/2014 05:58 pm

In 2012, by the slimmest of margins, Arkansas missed being the first state in the South to legalize medical marijuana - less than 2 percent. Nearly two years later, another push to legalize the drug failed to even muster enough signatures to place the issue on the ballot.

Sign-hanging, Island Building Closing Lanes at Big Rock Interchange in LR

by Associated Press 7/11/2014 03:40 pm

The state Highway and Transportation Department said Friday that the eastbound lane of Financial Center Parkway from Hermitage Road to Interstate 630 will be closed so crews can build traffic islands amid a construction project. Work will take place next Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hutchinson, Ross Spar Over Minimum Wage, Health Care Overhaul in Debate

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/11/2014 01:41 pm

Ross on Friday criticized Hutchinson for not supporting a ballot measure to gradually raise the state's minimum wage, saying the GOP candidate doesn't support letting voters decide the issue. Hutchinson said he wants the minimum wage raised to at least the federal level, but says the matter should be decided by the Legislature.

AG Candidates Split Over 'Federal Overreach'

by Associated Press 7/11/2014 12:54 pm

The Democratic and Republican candidates for Arkansas attorney general are divided over whether the office should be used to fight the federal government.

Jay Chesshir: Acquisition Process for Tech Park Could Be Done by End of Year

by Mark Carter 7/11/2014 10:05 am

Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Jay Chesshir believes the acquisition process for the recommended site of the planned Little Rock tech park could be "substantially done by the end of the year."

Opponents Say 12-Week Abortion Ban Won't Stand

by Associated Press 7/10/2014 04:10 pm

Arkansas is trying to overturn 40 years of court precedent that abortion is legal until the point a fetus can live outside the womb, opponents of a state law that would ban the procedure 12 weeks into a pregnancy argued Thursday.