Government & Politics Archive

'Scooter' Stuart Family, Bank Reach Settlement Over $14.9M Forfeiture

by George Waldon 7/27/2015 12:45 pm

A tentative settlement has been reached in the civil forfeiture of $14.9 million seized from Layton "Scooter" Stuart and his estate. The development has led to the postponement of the scheduled start of a trial in U.S. District Court on Aug. 17.

Mike Huckabee Criticizes Iran Deal as Being Similar to Holocaust

by Associated Press 7/27/2015 07:11 am

GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is sticking with his controversial criticism of the Iran nuclear deal as "marching the Israelis to the door of the oven," a reference to the Holocaust.

Asa Hutchinson Named to Committee Handling Homeland Security

by Associated Press 7/27/2015 07:10 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has been named vice chair of the National Governors Association Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.

Party Dinners Illustrate Arkansas' Shift (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/27/2015 07:07 am

The back-to-back appearances in Arkansas by two of the biggest names in the 2016 presidential race illustrated how much the state's politics have shifted in recent years —┬ábut also how little has changed.

AEDC Director's Wife Hired as Anchor for SSN Media

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/27/2015 12:00 am

The wife of Mike Preston, the new director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, has landed a new job. The television news personality was hired on at SSN Media Gateway at the end of June, according to Managing Partner Jeff Lyle.

Pulaski County Comes After John Rogers on Delinquent Property Tax

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/27/2015 12:00 am

In addition to the tens of millions that creditors are trying to get out of him, he and/or his ex-wife, Angelica, owe Pulaski County more than $150,000 in taxes.

With Operating Expenses Reduced, Soul of the South's Future Unclear

by Sean Beherec 7/27/2015 12:00 am

The fledgling television network is the subject of at least two lawsuits in federal court and has been notified it owes $250,000 on a loan from the state. But at least one board member says he is hopeful that good things are in the works.

Jonesboro Building $1.2M Roundabout

by Mark Friedman 7/27/2015 12:00 am

The bid for the project was opened last week, and it appeared Seagraves Construction Inc. of Maynard was the low bidder with a $1.2 million bid, according to Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department spokesman Danny Straessle.

Community Banks Feel Regulatory Pinch

by Marty Cook 7/27/2015 12:00 am

The Dodd-Frank Act celebrated its fifth anniversary last week, but it's probably safe to assume many community bankers in Arkansas didn't feel like partying.

Rhonda Wood: Court Voted on Narrow Part of Gay Marriage Case

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/23/2015 03:21 pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court voted on a narrow part of the state's case over gay marriage last month but only planned on issuing that decision if the nation's highest court didn't legalize same-sex marriage, a justice said Thursday.

Senate GOP Adds Dodd-Frank Rewrite to $21B Funding Bill

by Associated Press 7/22/2015 11:30 am

Senate Republicans are trying to use a must-do spending bill to advance legislation significantly rewriting landmark 2010 legislation that tightened regulation of the financial services industry.

9 Arkansas Colleges to Share $2M for Student Support

by Associated Press 7/22/2015 11:20 am

The Arkansas congressional delegation has announced that 9 colleges in the state will share $2 million for student support services programs.

Update: Little Rock Board Votes on Next Steps for Tech Park

by Lance Turner 7/22/2015 10:27 am

The Little Rock Board of Directors voted Tuesday to provide $6.6 million in sales tax proceeds to the Little Rock Tech Park so it can purchase properties along Main Street for its permanent home.

Medicaid Enrollment Surges, Stirs Worry About State Budgets

by Associated Press 7/21/2015 01:11 pm

More than a dozen states that opted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen enrollments surge way beyond projections, raising concerns that the added costs will strain their budgets when federal aid is scaled back starting in two years.

Applications for US Jobless Aid Fall to Low Level of 281,000

by Associated Press 7/21/2015 01:10 pm

Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week as employers remain confident enough in the economy to hold onto their staffs.

State Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.7 Percent in June

by Lance Turner 7/21/2015 09:12 am

Economist Michael Pakko says June snapped a three-month streak of growth among the number unemployed Arkansans.

Arkansas Attorney General Rejects 3 Proposed Amendments

by Associated Press 7/20/2015 03:20 pm

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected three proposals to amend the state constitution, including two to legalize marijuana.

New Era in Ties Begins as Cuba Raises Flag at Embassy in US

by Associated Press 7/20/2015 10:33 am

Cuba's blue, red and white-starred flag was hoisted Monday at the country's embassy in Washington in a symbolic move signaling the start of a new post-Cold War era in U.S.-Cuba relations.

Cities Keep Anti-Discrimination Measures Despite New Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/20/2015 07:05 am

Most Arkansas municipalities that have adopted broader anti-discrimination protections for gays and lesbians say they'll keep enforcing the measures despite a new law taking effect this week intended to prohibit such ordinances.

Victor, Spoils, Etc. (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 7/20/2015 12:00 am

The way Robert Stebbins' job termination as sales director for the Arkanas Scholarship Lottery went down, both on the part of the lottery and then by the under-reported, overplayed articles that appeared in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, was astonishing.