Government & Politics Archive

Time Gives Newsman Ernest Dumas Last Laugh

by Kyle Massey 7/25/2016 12:00 am

In a two-hour, laughter-filled talk at a Little Rock coffee shop near his Hillcrest home a few weeks ago, Ernest Dumas held forth on Hillary Clinton's likability problem, the infamous Arkansas Democrat editor John Robert Starr and the jumbled state of journalism.

Banker Randy Scott Plays Part on East Arkansas Farm Team

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/25/2016 12:00 am

Randy Scott is the president and chief operating officer of Farmers Bank & Trust in Blytheville. A 26-year veteran of banking, he has worked the last 16 years at Farmers.

Arkansas Democrats Try Balancing Act for Future (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/24/2016 01:22 pm

As they head to their national convention this week, Arkansas Democrats are still at a crossroads as they adjust to being in the minority in a state they long dominated.

Dallas Entrepreneur: Hubs Can Connect Startups With Experts, Experience

by Sarah Campbell 7/22/2016 02:24 pm

More than 100 people, including more than 20 mayors from across the state, attended Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola's first Mayor's Summit on Entrepreneurship on Friday.

Arkansas Ethics Panel Says Governor OK to Campaign

by Associated Press 7/22/2016 11:55 am

The Arkansas Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint filed against Gov. Asa Hutchinson alleging he had violated state law by campaigning for a state Senate candidate during office hours.

Arkansas Small Business & Tech Development Center Gets $200,000 Grant

by Sarah Campbell 7/22/2016 10:59 am

The Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center gets a $200,000 grant to provide consulting services to entrepreneurs seeking funding through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3.8 Percent

by Alexis Hosticka 7/22/2016 09:36 am

Arkansas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained stable at 3.8 percent between May and June, according to a report Friday by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

USA Rice Elects Brian King Board Chairman

by Sarah Campbell 7/21/2016 11:05 am

The USA Rice board of directors elects Brian King of Erwin Keith Inc. as its new chairman.

Griffin, Rutledge Say GOP Has to Show Contrast From Clinton

by Associated Press 7/20/2016 03:51 pm

Arkansas' lieutenant governor suggests that marketing this year's presidential candidates is like selling a truck - say good things about your product and pointing out shortcomings about the other guy's offerings.

Under 40 Forum Report Identifies Ways to Recruit, Retain Talent

by Alexis Hosticka 7/20/2016 11:26 am

Young leaders from across the state have identified key issues for retaining and recruiting young talent to Arkansas, including education initiatives and the marketing and branding of the state.

Webb: State Needs 'More Swagger' in Approach to Tourism

by Alexis Hosticka 7/20/2016 10:16 am

Tourism is changing as millennials' interests and spending habits affect the industry, according to Kane Webb, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism.

Video: Watch Asa Hutchinson, Leslie Rutledge Speak at the Republican National Convention

by Lance Turner 7/20/2016 06:50 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge spoke during last night's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, with both criticizing Hillary Clinton more than they praised the GOP nominee, Donald Trump.

Hutchinson Advisor Betty Guhman to Oversee Youth Services Division

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/19/2016 11:33 am

The state Department of Human Services announced Tuesday that Betty Guhman, a senior advisor to Gov. Asa Hutchinson since 2014, will serve as interim director of the DHS Division of Youth Services while the agency searches for a permanent director.

Hutchinson to Lead Governors' Committee on Homeland Security

by Associated Press 7/19/2016 10:29 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has been named chairman of the National Governors Association's Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.

Video: Watch Tom Cotton's Republican National Convention Speech

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/19/2016 06:58 am

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., spoke during the opening night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Watch video of the address here.

Calendar Says 2016, But GOP Hopefuls Eye 2020

by Associated Press 7/19/2016 06:55 am

The Republican Party's potential future candidates - from House Speaker Paul Ryan to Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton - on Monday schmoozed with state delegations considered critical in a presidential election.

Asa Hutchinson Makes Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/18/2016 09:12 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday announced the following appointments to state boards and commissions.

Rule Shows Religious Objections Debate Not Over (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/18/2016 07:06 am

A new rule allowing counselors to refer clients elsewhere if they have a religious or moral objection to treating them is a sign that the debate over a law that was upended in the final days of last year's legislative session is far from over.

Arkansas' Delegation Relishes Spotlight at GOP Convention

by Associated Press 7/18/2016 07:01 am

With three of its top political figures tapped for primetime speeches, Arkansas Republicans heading to the GOP's national convention will have a much higher profile than it did when it was a Democratic stronghold.

Helena Harbor Gets Back On Track

by Mark Friedman 7/18/2016 12:00 am

A dedication for Enviro Tech Chemical Co.'s $15 million plant at the Helena Harbor in 2015 attracted more than 300 people, including Gov. Asa Hutchinson. But behind the scenes, trouble loomed for the Phillips County harbor.