Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas Ballot Deep with Amendments, Initiatives (Kelly P. Kissel Analysis)

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 8/21/2016 01:17 pm

Remember all the times in the past 20 years when Arkansas voters were so overwhelmed by ballot questions that they just voted against everything? It didn't happen.

More Signatures Submitted on Arkansas Medical Marijuana Plan

by Associated Press 8/19/2016 11:30 am

Supporters of a plan to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas have turned in additional signatures in hopes of qualifying for the November ballot.

Pinnacle Foods to Add New Line, 25 Jobs at Fayetteville Site

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/18/2016 03:59 pm

Pinnacle Foods Inc. plans to expand its food manufacturing plant in Fayetteville by adding a new brand line called EVOL.

Mike Malone Stepping Down As Northwest Arkansas Council CEO

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/18/2016 03:41 pm

Mike Malone announced he will leave the Northwest Arkansas Council where he has served as president and CEO of the nonprofit since 2006.

Construction Starts on Hyatt Place, Convention Center in Jonesboro

by Graycen Colbert Bigger 8/17/2016 11:51 am

Dodging rainy weather, local officials and members of the Keller Family Hyatt Group marked the start of construction on a $30 million Hyatt Place Hotel & Convention Center in Jonesboro.

Jay Chesshir Named Chair of National Association Board

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/17/2016 09:51 am

Jay Chesshir, president and CEO of the Little Rock Regional Chamber, was elected 2016-17 chairman of the board of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

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At Rotary, Johnny Key Touts 'Student-Focused Education'

by Sarah Campbell 8/16/2016 02:00 pm

The Arkansas Department of Education can transform the state to lead the nation in student-focused education, Commissioner Johnny Key tells the Rotary Club of Little Rock.

Federal Lawsuit Challenges Clean Line Transmission Project

by Kyle Massey 8/16/2016 10:02 am

Two groups representing landowners are suing to block an electric transmission line planned for delivering wind-generated power across Arkansas from Oklahoma to Tennessee.

Little Rock Port Authority Marks $6M Grant for Improvements

by Sarah Campbell 8/15/2016 03:32 pm

U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., joined the Little Rock Port Authority to mark a $6.2 million federal grant to make improvements to Blackwater Harbor.

Arkansas Casino Group Turns in 50,000 Additional Signatures

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 8/15/2016 01:53 pm

A group hoping to develop casinos in three Arkansas counties says it has turned in another 50,000 signatures in its effort to place a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Arkansas Employers Help With Retirement Advice, Tools

by Marty Cook 8/15/2016 12:00 am

David George doesn't apologize for using scare tactics when he gives seminars at part of the Investor Education Program for the Arkansas Securities Department.

The Truth Is Out There (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/15/2016 12:00 am

This keeps me awake at night: The knowledge that there are important stories of value and interest to my readers, or of importance to our community or our country, that aren't being reported because news organizations don't know about them and there might not be enough warm bodies to do the work even if we did.

John Stacks Sees Charges Dismissed

by Mark Friedman 8/15/2016 12:00 am

The five-year battle between the federal government and John Stacks ended July 20 when the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas dismissed an indictment against the former owner of Mountain Pure LLC.

Power and Pain of Consensus (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 8/15/2016 12:00 am

Mainstream, action-oriented leadership thinkers tend to hate the idea of consensus, opting instead for rapid-fire, quick-decision meetings. The efficiency of pushing quickly for a clear path forward is hard to resist; however, it often steps over or forces underground the kind of resistance that will kill a new idea or initiative — but usually not until most of the time and money are spent.

Unemployment Rates in Arkansas Cities Vary Widely

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/15/2016 12:00 am

Unemployment rates rose slightly in Arkansas metro areas in June, but rates are still lower than a year ago, notes Michael Pakko, chief economist at the Institute for Economic Advancement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Platform Change Gives Democrats Opening on Pre-K (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/14/2016 02:10 pm

The Arkansas Republican Party's decision to remove any mention of pre-kindergarten from its platform gives Democrats a new line of attack on what they view as a popular issue.

EDA Awards $1.4M in Grants to Northwest Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/12/2016 02:56 pm

The Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce announces a trio of grants totaling $1.4 million to three recipients in northwest Arkansas.

Judge Asked to Recuse From Suit Against Arkansas Treasurer

by Associated Press 8/12/2016 08:59 am

Attorneys for a former employee of Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan want a federal judge to recuse from a lawsuit against Milligan.

Bruce Westerman: Trump Comments Vague, Not Appropriate

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/11/2016 06:55 am

Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman says he doesn't think Donald Trump's declaration that gun rights supporters might still find a way to stop Hillary Clinton was appropriate since it was unclear what the candidate was trying to say.