Government & Politics Archive

Mike Beebe Sets April Election for State Senate Seat

by Associated Press 11/21/2014 10:45 am

Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has set a special election for April 14 to fill the vacant state Senate seat that had been held by the incoming governor's new chief of staff.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 6 Percent in October

by Lance Turner and Lee Hogan 11/21/2014 10:06 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell from September to October, dropping two-tenths of a percentage point to 6 percent, according to a report from the state Department of Workforce Services.

DRA Investing $3.7M in Delta Projects

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/20/2014 01:46 pm

The DRA estimates the eight Arkansas investments can help create and retain 1,050 local jobs for local residents. The projects include water and sewer improvements for the Big River Steel project in Osceola.

Giving to Clinton Foundation Nearly Tripled From 2012 to 2013

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 11/20/2014 07:21 am

Contributions and grants to the tax-exempt foundation that former President Bill Clinton operates with his family grew nearly threefold between 2012 and 2013, tax records show.

Gov.-Elect Asa Hutchinson Asks 3 Directors To Stay

by Associated Press 11/19/2014 01:25 pm

Arkansas Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson is asking the directors of three agencies to continue in their current roles when he takes office in January.

John Boozman: Keystone XL to Pass in Next Congress

by Associated Press 11/19/2014 08:01 am

Arkansas Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman says he's confident the legislation to build the Keystone XL Pipeline project will pass the next Congress when Republicans take control of the Senate.

On AETN, Mike Beebe Defends Plan to Pardon Son's '03 Conviction

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/19/2014 07:43 am

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe on Wednesday defended plans to pardon his son for an 11-year-old marijuana conviction, saying his son is receiving the same type of second chance that hundreds of others have had over the past several years.

Arkadelphia Public Schools Leader Going to White House Summit

by Associated Press 11/19/2014 07:30 am

Donnie Whitten, an Arkadelphia Public Schools leader, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in a White House conference on digital learning.

Arkansans Saw 96k Political Ads Worth $41.1M

by Lee Hogan 11/18/2014 04:02 pm

The dust has settled on the midterms and the GOP takeover that occurred in Arkansas, but more importantly, the political ads have ceased.

Arvest Consumer Survey: Arkansans' Opinion of Economy Improving

by Lee Hogan 11/18/2014 09:31 am

Arkansas consumer sentiment is up slightly in Arvest Bank's most recent survey, but it's still lower than surrounding states and considerably lower than the national outlook on the economy.

Arkansas Lawmakers Begin Filing Bills for 2015 Session

by Associated Press 11/18/2014 07:43 am

Arkansas lawmakers moved to clarify new ethics rules contained in a constitutional amendment and to make a renewed attempt at writing court rules Monday as they began filing legislation for next year's session.

Tom Cotton: Order Would Hurt Bipartisanship Chances

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/18/2014 07:15 am

Republican U.S. Sen.-elect Tom Cotton said Monday that the president's anticipated move to protect millions of immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation would be a setback for chances at bipartisan cooperation in Washington.

Photos: Inside the Celebrate 10 Event at the Clinton Library

by Lance Turner 11/17/2014 11:16 am

Arkansas Business' sister publication, Little Rock Soirée, goes inside the star-studded celebration marking the 10th anniversary of the Clinton Presidential Library.

More Than Just Math (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 11/17/2014 12:00 am

While much has been claimed in the course of the recent election about Arkansans losing insurance coverage because of Obamacare, the dramatic decline in the total number of uninsured suggests that the number who lost insurance has been overwhelmed by the number who gained it. That's simple math.

Americans' Opinion Remains Split on The Affordable Care Act

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/17/2014 12:00 am

Americans' opinion about the Affordable Care Act remains divided, according to a mid-October poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation of Menlo Park, California. Seventy-seven percent of Republicans have an unfavorable opinion, while 59 percent of Democrats report a favorable opinion.

Investment, Jobs Buoy Fort Smith's Chaffee Crossing

by Marty Cook 11/17/2014 12:00 am

Chaffee Crossing, the 7,000-acre Army surplus property in Fort Smith, continues to be a popular development destination in its new civilian life, playing host to a spate of expansion and relocation announcements during the past year.

Mike Beebe Tries to Leave Mark with Budget (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/16/2014 10:40 am

Painting a bleak picture of the impact tax cuts already approved could have on state agencies, outgoing Gov. Mike Beebe wasn't just trying to issue a warning to a Republican successor elected on a vow to slash income taxes.

Bill Clinton Surprised by Midterm Losses

by Ken Thomas, The Associated Press 11/16/2014 09:37 am

Former President Bill Clinton said Saturday that Democrats lacked a "national advertising campaign" in the recent midterm elections and that he's surprised many Senate races were not closer.

Asa Hutchinson Backs Doyle Webb to Stay on as GOP Chairman

by Associated Press 11/14/2014 03:10 pm

Arkansas Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson is backing Doyle Webb's bid for a fourth term as chairman of the state Republican Party.

Clinton Alums Remember the Past, Look to Future

by Associated Press 11/14/2014 03:09 pm

Former President Bill Clinton's political family reunited in Arkansas Friday, reminiscing about his two terms in office and relishing the prospect of a first for Hillary Rodham Clinton.