Government & Politics Archive

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.

Clinton Library Plans 10th Anniversary Events

by Associated Press 11/14/2014 10:29 am

The Clinton Presidential Center is planning a series of events beginning Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of the presidential library in downtown Little Rock.

ASTA Provides Commercialization Funds for NanoWatt Chip Design

by Mark Carter 11/13/2014 04:35 pm

The Arkansas Science & Technology Authority has invested $100,000 from its seed capital investment program in Fayetteville startup NanoWatt Design.

William H. Bowen Dead at 91; Funeral Details Released

by Gwen Moritz 11/13/2014 11:38 am

William H. Bowen — lawyer, banker and political adviser — died Wednesday at age 91. The funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church in Little Rock.

Beebe Outlines 2 Budget Proposals to Lawmakers

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/13/2014 11:05 am

Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is warning lawmakers that state employees won't receive a pay raise next year and many state agencies will see their budgets reduced if some tax cuts approved last year take effect.

Mike Beebe to Pardon Son Over Marijuana Conviction

by Associated Press 11/13/2014 07:36 am

Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe's office says he plans to pardon his son over a 2003 felony marijuana conviction.

Gary Stubblefield Drops Bid for Senate President

by Associated Press 11/12/2014 04:34 pm

A Republican lawmaker from western Arkansas says he's dropping his bid to unseat the incoming president of the state Senate.

Medicaid Needs Another $84M If Tax Cuts Proceed

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/12/2014 03:30 pm

Arkansas' Medicaid program will need an additional $84.2 million in state funding next year and another $60 million from the surplus if lawmakers move forward with tax cuts approved last year, outgoing Gov. Mike Beebe recommended Wednesday.

The Washington Post: Mike Huckabee Eyeing Another White House Bid

by Lee Hogan 11/12/2014 03:18 pm

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee is said to be scheduling meetings with prominent GOP donors and looking for a possible campaign headquarters in Little Rock to position himself for another run at the White House in 2016, according to an article from The Washington Post on Wednesday.

Mike Beebe to State Business Leaders: Keep Moving Forward, Working Together

by Lee Hogan 11/12/2014 02:16 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe told the state's business leaders on Wednesday to keep moving forward and working together in order to keep Arkansas headed in the right direction.