Government & Politics Archive

FIS CEO Gary Norcross to Speak at Little Rock Chamber Meeting

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/18/2015 09:47 am

The Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its 150th annual meeting on Thursday, Dec. 17, featuring Gary Norcross, president and CEO of FIS, a Fortune 500 global banking and payments technology company.

Paul Bookout Gets Sentencing Hearing Delay

by Associated Press 11/17/2015 05:13 pm

A sentencing hearing for a former Arkansas lawmaker who pleaded guilty to spending more than $150,000 in campaign funds on personal items has been postponed.

Hutchinson: Vetting Not Strong Enough for Syrian Refugees

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/17/2015 04:04 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is defending his opposition to relocating any Syrian refugees in the state, arguing there's not a strong enough vetting process before they enter the country.

EPA Intends Tougher Downwind Air-Pollution Rule in Arkansas, Other States

by Associated Press 11/17/2015 03:08 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed tougher new limits on Tuesday on smokestack emissions from nearly two dozen states that burden downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can't control.

Tech Park Board Extends Property Deadline for Richard Mays

by Mark Carter 11/16/2015 04:25 pm

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board votes Monday to give Richard Mays until Friday to accept the board's offer of $845,000 for his 10,000-SF property at 415 Main St.

Hutchinson Announces Board, Judicial Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/16/2015 01:47 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday announced the latest Arkansas board and judicial appointments.

Asa Hutchinson Opposes Syrian Refugees in State

by Associated Press 11/16/2015 12:12 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he'll oppose any efforts to relocate Syrian refugees in his state in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

UA Names Matt McCoy Associate General Counsel

by Marty Cook 11/16/2015 11:28 am

Matt McCoy, the associate general counsel at the University of Arkansas System, will replace Scott Varady in the general counsel office at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville beginning Jan. 4, 2016.

A Blur of Lobbyists as Transportation Bill Takes Shape

by Associated Press 11/16/2015 11:00 am

Congress is racing toward a Friday deadline to renew the law that pays for national transportation programs, and lobbyists trying to shape the legislation are in a frenzy.

State Lawsuits Over Online Gambling Might Not Be A Fantasy

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/16/2015 12:00 am

You might have heard that the New York attorney general recently threw water on the fantasy sports betting companies DraftKings and FanDuel by saying New York residents can't participate in the booming betting business. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is evaluating how to proceed in the escalating legal battles over online fantasy sports betting.

Jillian Hicks Takes On Multiple Roles at Noble Strategies (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/16/2015 12:00 am

Jillian Hicks has joined Noble Strategies of Little Rock as a health policy adviser, legislative analyst and legal counsel.

Joey Dean Brings Economic Experience to Flake & Kelley (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/16/2015 12:00 am

Joey Dean has joined the brokerage team of Flake & Kelley Commercial's governmental consulting division, which is led by former Little Rock Mayor Jim Dailey.

The One-Way Test (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 11/16/2015 12:00 am

At virtually every meeting, Rotarians recite “The Four-Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do,” but I keep my mouth shut. I'm fine with the first two — Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? — because those are my personal and professional goals at all times. But the parts about building goodwill and friendship and being beneficial to all concerned — well, the things I'm paid to think, say and do don't always pass those tests.

Big River Steel Mill Rises in Northeast Arkansas

by Jan Cottingham 11/16/2015 12:00 am

The construction of the Big River Steel mill is a project defined by superlatives: at $1.3 billion, the biggest economic development project in Arkansas history; at $700 million, the biggest construction project in the state; one of the most technologically advanced, etc.

Philip Taldo Says Private Development Fuels Springdale's Revitalization

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/16/2015 12:00 am

Philip Taldo, the co-owner of Weichert Realtors-The Griffin Co. and president of One Springdale, a development company, and Partners Construction, talks to Arkansas Business about efforts to revitalize downtown Springdale, a city to which he has strong ties.

Filings Set Stage for Heated Primaries in Arkansas (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/15/2015 05:26 pm

The one-week filing period for state and federal offices in Arkansas last week sets the state up for heated primary and non-partisan judicial races when voters head to the polls in March. The fall general election will seem tame by comparison.

Arkansas' Superdelegates Plan to Back Clinton Next Year

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/13/2015 02:25 pm

Arkansas' Democratic superdelegates say they're supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton, who spent 12 years as the state's first lady, in her presidential bid next year.

Court Asks for Response by Dec. 10 in Arkansas Abortion Case

by Associated Press 11/12/2015 04:04 pm

The nation's highest court has asked opponents of Arkansas' voided 12-week abortion ban to respond by next month to Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's request to have the law upheld as constitutional.

Hutchinson: Focused on Economic Development Through Education, Trips Abroad

by Alexis Hosticka 11/12/2015 02:11 pm

At the 87th annual Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce meeting, Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks on his computer education program and plans to attract Chinese and Japanese business prospects to Arkansas.

Arkansas Research Alliance Gets $764K FDA Contract for Cancer Research

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/11/2015 01:20 pm

The Arkansas Research Alliance announced Wednesday a $764,000 contract with the Food And Drug Administration to determine if new approaches can be developed to screen for lung cancer with a blood test.