Government & Politics Archive

Soul of the South Investors Battle over KMYA License

by George Waldon 5/2/2016 12:00 am

The broadcast license for KMYA-TV, Channel 49, that Soul of the South Network investors are fighting over was an important piece to a funding puzzle two years ago.

A Rose for Della Rosa (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 5/2/2016 12:00 am

Rep. Jana Della Rosa, R-Rogers, tried last year to pass a law that would require candidates to submit electronic campaign finance reports but failed. To her continuing credit, she hasn't given up on improving the public's access to this vital information.

Structural Failure (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 5/2/2016 12:00 am

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and state Auditor Andrea Lea get put on the Moritz Scale of Political Bad Behavior, and their scores are going to look much closer together than the nature of their bad behavior would justify.

Hot Springs Tourism Chief Steve Arrison Offers His Conventional Wisdom

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/2/2016 12:00 am

As CEO of the Hot Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, Steve Arrison is responsible for the creation and implementation of the advertising, promotion and marketing program for the city of Hot Springs.

Steven Sanders Named to Arkansas Broadband Council (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/2/2016 12:00 am

Steven Sanders Jr., president and general manager of Natco Communications Inc. of Flippin, has been appointed to the Arkansas Broadband Council by Speaker of the House Jeremy Gillam.

Video: Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Jobs at Sun Paper, Mercy Northwest, GW Communication & Sprint

by Lance Turner 4/29/2016 04:07 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson talks to reporters at the Little Rock Regional Chamber about this week's array of job announcements, the legislative session and new leadership at the Little Rock School District.

Walnut Ridge, Others See Development Boost from I-57 Designation

by George Jared 4/29/2016 08:52 am

Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp says designating U.S. 67 from North Little Rock to Walnut Ridge as the future Interstate 57 is "going to open a lot of doors" for northeast Arkansas. U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., introduced a provision for the designation in the 2017 federal transportation budget bill.

Attempt to Restrict use of Welfare Benefits Stalls

by Associated Press 4/28/2016 04:41 pm

An attempt in Arkansas to limit how welfare recipients can spend their benefits has stalled before a legislative panel.

In Congress, Tom Cotton at Center of Dispute Over Water Buys From Iran

by Associated Press 4/28/2016 06:51 am

Senate Democrats on Wednesday blocked the Senate's first spending bill of the year in a last-minute fight over a Republican effort to undercut the Iran nuclear deal and scuttle U.S. plans to buy Iranian "heavy water."

Planned Parenthood Asks to Amend Challenge to Arkansas Laws

by Associated Press 4/27/2016 04:32 pm

Attorneys for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland want to amend a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' abortion restrictions, including dropping a challenge to a law requiring abortion pill providers to follow U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines.

Attempt to Boost Arkansas Pre-Kindergarten Funding Rejected

by Associated Press 4/27/2016 12:40 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have rejected an attempt to increase funding for the state's pre-kindergarten program, one of several initiatives that Democrats are looking to boost money for as the state's budget is finalized.

Little Rock Tech Park Board Endorses I-30 Plan

by Sarah Campbell 4/27/2016 09:52 am

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board endorses the six-lane with four collector/distributor lanes "diamond" plan for the Interstate 30 corridor through Little Rock.

Leslie Rutledge Rejects Wording of Campaign Finance Measure

by Associated Press 4/27/2016 06:56 am

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand the state's ban on lobbyist gifts to elected officials.

Arkansas Senate Upholds Governor on Keeping Medicaid Plan

by Associated Press 4/26/2016 02:29 pm

The Arkansas Senate has upheld Gov. Asa Hutchinson's decision to keep the state's first-in-the-nation hybrid Medicaid expansion, rejecting an attempt to override his veto of a budget measure that would have ended the subsidized insurance.

Carlson to Headline Fundraiser for Arkansas Republicans

by Associated Press 4/25/2016 11:26 am

Political writer and commentator Tucker Carlson is headlining a fundraiser for the Arkansas Republican Party next month.

State Supreme Court Keeps Eye on Attorney Sanctions

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/25/2016 12:00 am

The 16 attorneys facing sanctions for abusing the federal court system in a controversial class-action case aren't the only ones interested in what U.S. District Court Judge P.K. Holmes III will do on June 24.

John Goodson: No Role Model (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/25/2016 12:00 am

Judges and lawyers who pervert the judicial system for their enrichment undermine the public's faith in that system. They should not be board members of the state's university system.

Fights Still Ahead on Arkansas Medicaid Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/24/2016 12:50 pm

There's little guarantee that Asa Hutchinson and legislative leaders won't face the type of budget shutdown fight that's accompanied Medicaid expansion since its inception.

School Elections Scheduled for November Cause Glitches

by Associated Press 4/24/2016 12:48 pm

Pulaski County election officials told an Arkansas legislative committee Friday that a decision to move school board elections for two school districts from September to November is causing a logistical nightmare.

Mike Beebe Joins Board of Home BancShares, Stock to Split in June

by Gwen Moritz 4/22/2016 07:39 am

Former Gov. Mike Beebe has been named to the board of directors of Home BancShares Inc., the publicly traded parent company of Centennial Bank that is headed by his college fraternity brother, Chairman John Allison.