Government & Politics Archive

Clean Power Means Good Jobs for State (Glen Hooks Commentary)

by Glen Hooks 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas, true to our tradition, has languished as the rest of the nation moves toward a clean-energy future. While the rest of the country is transitioning away from coal-fired electricity, Arkansas has opened two coal-fired power plants in the past five years to join its three older coal-fired power plants.

The Real Deficit Problem (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/27/2014 12:00 am

The federal budget getting under control starts with getting health care inflation under control, which is going to be impossible as long as no one knows what anything costs — as long as even the doctors ordering tests and prescribing medications don't know what kind of bills they are running up.

Land of Opportunity? (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Utility officials and others say the only way Arkansas can meet the EPA goals is by closing a coal-fired plant or two, action that would hurt Arkansas' economy. Regulation is a job killer, they say.

No Deal in Pinnacle Bank's Proposed Sale of Forrest City Financial

by George Waldon 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Ongoing balance sheet issues at Pinnacle Bank of Rogers led to the demise of a proposed $2.75 million acquisition in East Arkansas. Cross County Bancshares Inc. of Wynne withdrew its application to purchase Forrest City Financial Corp. on Oct. 3.

Farm Bill Workshops Planned Across State

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/27/2014 12:00 am

A series of workshops on the federal Farm Bill will begin Tuesday in Jonesboro and continue through Nov. 20, the Farm Service Agency and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture have announced.

New Shipping Law More Miss Than Hit, Arkansas Wine Producers Say

by Marty Cook 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas' wine producers said Act 483, which went into effect in August 2013, puts the state wineries at a competitive disadvantage to out-of-state shippers. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration said 114 permits have been issued to allow shipping to Arkansas consumers, but only two permits have been given to a state winery.

Clintonmania vs. Huckapalooza in Arkansas Contests

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 10/26/2014 08:33 pm

In the rock-star world of Arkansas politics, it's Clintonmania vs. Huckapalooza.

Communities Pitch for New Arkansas Prison

by Associated Press 10/24/2014 02:02 pm

Several Arkansas cities and counties have submitted proposals to host a proposed $100 million prison that would house maximum-security inmates in the state.

Turner Grain Collapse Prompts Legislation

by Mark Friedman 10/24/2014 02:00 pm

The Arkansas Agriculture Department is working on legislation to prevent companies like Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley from suffering similar collapses that cost farmers millions of dollars.

The Interesting Battle over Alcohol in Arkansas

by Lee Hogan 10/24/2014 11:01 am

The Los Angeles Times offers a look at the battle being waged over Arkansas' alcohol amendment that, if approved, would make the entire state wet, and the inconceivable allies it has formed.

Womack Faces Easy Path in House Re-Election Bid

by Associated Press 10/24/2014 10:51 am

With no Democratic rival on the ballot and facing only a third-party candidate who's says he's running a "zero dollar" campaign, Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Womack has an easy path to a third term representing northwest Arkansas in Congress next year.

Arkansans Have Endured 80k Political Ads Worth $33.1M

by Lee Hogan 10/24/2014 09:46 am

According to extensive research by The Center for Public Integrity, Arkansans have been inundated with $33.1 million worth of television ads this election season.

Interim Director for Arkansas Prisons Named

by Associated Press 10/24/2014 07:33 am

The Arkansas Board of Corrections has selected former Department of Correction director Larry Norris to serve as interim director when the current director retires.

Picasolar Receives $800k DOE Grant for Solar Efficiency

by Mark Carter 10/23/2014 10:08 am

The $800,000 DOE grant will be matched by $200,000 from Picasolar. Douglas Hutchings, CEO of both Picasolar and Silicon Solar Solutions, said the SunShot awards are the most prestigious and competitive grants a solar startup can receive.

Ad Spending for Ballot Measures Relatively Low

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/23/2014 08:29 am

Television ads opposing two ballot measures in Arkansas are getting drowned out by the blitz surrounding the U.S. Senate race and state-level matchups, according to a study released Thursday that showed relatively little spending on spots promoting initiative campaigns.

Witt, Westerman Seek Southern Arkansas House Seat

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/22/2014 04:17 pm

The race for a southern Arkansas congressional seat is pitting a longtime Democratic figure and friend of former President Bill Clinton against a legislator who has been a key leader in Republicans' recent rise in the state.

#ARPX: It's the Final Countdown (Robert Coon & Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Robert Coon, Blake Rutherford and Lance Turner 10/22/2014 04:06 pm

With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, Arkansas Business political columnists Robert Coon and Blake Rutherford assess the recent debates, the latest polls and what to expect in the final days. Online Editor Lance Turner moderates.

The Clintons: Democrats' 2014 Super Surrogates

by Associated Press 10/22/2014 10:59 am

Defending their allies, Bill and Hillary Clinton are barnstorming the country for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.

Clinton Family Remembers Oscar de la Renta

by Lance Turner 10/21/2014 09:44 am

Iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, whose work was exhibited at the Clinton Presidential Library last year, died at 82. The Clinton family has issued a statement about his life and legacy.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.2 Percent in September

by Lee Hogan 10/21/2014 09:25 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point from August to 6.2 percent in September, according to data released by the state Department of Workforce Services on Tuesday.