Government & Politics Archive

NLR Leaders Want To Deep Six Motel 6

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/24/2014 12:00 am

The city of North Little Rock is asking a Pulaski County court to declare a Motel 6 by the Laman Library a public nuisance.

Canadian Company Comact Setting Sights on Union County Sawmill

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/24/2014 12:00 am

Multiple sources have confirmed that a Canadian sawmill equipment operator called Comact — that's pronounced “CO-mact” — is looking at buying the long-shuttered Georgia-Pacific sawmill that is now owned by private investors.

Steele Stephens Could Still Face Fines over Shoffner Bribes

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/24/2014 12:00 am

Federal prosecutors gave Steele Stephens immunity from prosecution and let him keep the millions in bond sales commissions he received from the business relationship that resulted in the criminal conviction of former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner.

Evaluating New Minimum Wage's Effects (Michael Pakko Commentary)

by Michael Pakko 11/24/2014 12:00 am

With the passage of ballot initiative No. 4, the minimum wage in Arkansas will increase in three steps to $8.50 per hour in 2017, $1.25 above the current federal minimum, making Arkansas one of many states to increase the minimum wage above the federally mandated level.

The Political-Industrial Complex (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 11/24/2014 12:00 am

There is a parallel between Dwight Eisenhower's military-industrial complex and what has been called the political-industrial complex: the conjunction of an immense political establishment and a large political campaign industry that has been on steroids since the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling in 2009.

City of Hoxie Deals With Sewer Issues

by Mark Friedman 11/24/2014 12:00 am

Hoxie officials fear the city might have to replace more sections of an inferior sewer pipe that was installed more than 25 years ago.

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson Begins Bureaucrat Shuffle

by Sean Beherec 11/24/2014 12:00 am

After eight years with a Democrat at the helm of the executive branch, Republican Asa Hutchinson's agency director appointments are also an opportunity to shape the next four years of business in the state.

Fayetteville Anti-bias Ordinance Splits City, Chamber

by Marty Cook 11/24/2014 12:00 am

On Dec. 9, Fayetteville voters will decide the fate of Ordinance 5703 — commonly known as Chapter 119 — which would prohibit discrimination in the workplace or in housing based on veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic background.

State Court Signals Ruling on Marriage (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/23/2014 12:03 pm

As he urged Arkansas' highest court to strike down the state's ban on gay marriage last week, attorney Jack Wagoner tried to illustrate just how much the national landscape had changed since he filed a lawsuit last year on behalf of 20 same-sex couples.

French Hill Named to Congressional Financial Panel

by Associated Press 11/21/2014 02:53 pm

Arkansas Congressman-elect French Hill has been picked by the House Republican Steering Committee to serve on the Financial Services Committee in Congress next year.

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.