Government & Politics Archive

Dustin McDaniel Hospitalized

by Associated Press 9/15/2014 03:01 pm

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has been hospitalized after a reaction to a new blood-pressure medication he is taking.

Mike Beebe Replaces Maggio Post, Names Others to Boards, Commission

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/15/2014 09:32 am

Gov. Mike Beebe on Monday appointed Michael Murphy of Conway to replace Mike Maggio as Circuit Judge in the 2nd Division Court of the 20th Judicial District.

Alcohol Fight Focuses on Local Control (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/15/2014 08:31 am

Near Arkansas' state Capitol, a billboard erected by opponents of a ballot measure to legalize alcohol sales statewide doesn't warn voters about potential dangers of expanded drinking. Instead, it tells them to vote to "keep tax dollars here."

Trial Set in Fort Smith Freedom of Information Case

by Associated Press 9/15/2014 07:39 am

A one-day trial has been scheduled in a Freedom of Information Act complaint against Fort Smith's city clerk.

Natural Gas in Fayetteville Shale Takes Arkansas from Zero to Billions in 10 Years

by Michelle Corbet 9/15/2014 12:00 am

In the past decade, the players in the Fayetteville Shale have shuffled and consolidated, drilling has peaked and retreated, employment has expanded and contracted, technology has advanced, environmental and infrastructure concerns have reared their heads and government has responded.

Natural Gas Severance Tax Collections 150 Times Larger

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/15/2014 12:00 am

Development of the Fayetteville Shale Play, and especially the damage that heavy drilling equipment caused to sleepy county roadways, provided the political cover needed to raise Arkansas' severance tax on natural gas for the first time in more than 50 years.

Regulators Cite Greater Shale Knowledge as Environmental Complaints Dwindle

by Jan Cottingham 9/15/2014 12:00 am

A decade of shale play development has seen a resolution of some of the early concerns, and two of the Arkansas regulators most involved in overseeing the gas industry in the play credit the growing “maturity” not just of the industry but of their own agencies and the public.

Arkansas Households Receiving Public Assistance Drops

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/15/2014 12:00 am

The percentage of households in the United States receiving public assistance — welfare — stood at 2.9 percent in 2012, the most recent data available, the same as in 2011. In Arkansas, 2.7 percent of households received public assistance in 2012, compared with 2.8 percent in 2011.

Some Are More Equal Than Others (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 9/15/2014 12:00 am

In at least three cases, politically well-connected Faulkner County couples were able to keep their divorce filings from public release. The divorce files of disgraced former Circuit Judge Mike Maggio, former state Sen. Gilbert Baker and Conway Deputy City Attorney Chuck Clawson were sealed in such a way that the very existence of the petitions were kept secret from public for reasons that no one seemed willing to explain.

Don't Criticize Texas (Feedback)

by Jerry B. Jackson 9/15/2014 12:00 am

Jerry Jackson of Heber Springs invites Arkansas Business Editor Gwen Moritz and the rest of Arkansas to not mess with the Lone Star state.

Department of Arkansas Heritage Puts Down Roots Near River

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/15/2014 12:00 am

The Department of Arkansas Heritage intends to develop a 30,000-SF headquarters in downtown Little Rock, assembling a 4.5-acre location on the banks of the Arkansas River in two transactions totaling $2.3 million.

Jonesboro Gets US Grant for Railroad Overpass

by Associated Press 9/12/2014 10:44 am

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.2 million grant to create a railroad overpass in Jonesboro.

Mark Pryor, Tom Cotton Agree to Televised Debate

by Associated Press 9/11/2014 12:01 pm

Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican rival Rep. Tom Cotton have agreed to a televised debate in their nationally watched fight for an Arkansas Senate seat.

Applications for US Unemployment Rise to 315K

by Associated Press 9/11/2014 11:55 am

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the trend in benefit applications in the past month remained low.

Oral Arguments Set Over Measure to Legalize Alcohol Sales in Arkansas

by Associated Press 9/11/2014 10:42 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments next month in the lawsuit challenging a proposal to legalize alcohol sales in all 75 of the state's counties.

Now It Really Begins (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 9/10/2014 02:20 pm

The dismal summer of 2014 doesn't bode well for Democrats. But whether it's enough to push Republicans and others over the line in November is yet to be seen.

Mike Ross, Asa Hutchinson to Square Off in Televised Debate

by Associated Press 9/10/2014 11:18 am

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson and Democratic rival Mike Ross are squaring off next week in a statewide televised debate.

Conway Voters Approve Bond Rededication for Street Improvements

by Lee Hogan 9/10/2014 09:56 am

With more than 75 percent of the vote on each question, Conway voters approved the rededication of a 1/8-cent sales tax for various road projects, including two tied to a proposed shopping and lifestyle center.

Republicans File Ethics Complaint Over James Lee Witt Report

by Associated Press 9/10/2014 08:39 am

Democratic congressional hopeful James Lee Witt's campaign on Tuesday said he's amending his financial disclosure report after Arkansas Republicans questioned the omission of an $850,000 Little Rock home.

Mark Martin Asks State's High Court to Dismiss Alcohol Sales Lawsuit

by Associated Press 9/9/2014 04:59 pm

Secretary of State Mark Martin is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit trying to block from the November ballot a proposal to expand alcohol sales to all 75 of the state's counties.