Government & Politics Archive

Planned LR Marina Remains on Inactive Status

by George Waldon 8/25/2014 12:00 am

The Rock City Marina & Yacht Club in Little Rock remains a drawing board project along the Arkansas River, and the proposed site at the end of East Second Street awaits groundbreaking.

Farmers Wait for Turner Grain's Next Move

by Mark Friedman 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Some farmers doing business with Turner Grain apparently had only oral contracts with Turner, one agriculture expert says. That lack of formal contracts could complicate a Turner bankruptcy.

Parks & Tourism Debuts Wedding Publication

by Michelle Corbet 8/25/2014 12:00 am

The arrival in the market of the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism's new publication, My Arkansas Wedding, came as a surprise to the for-profit publishers of magazines.

Women Doctors Sue Veterans Affairs Over Unequal Pay

by Mark Friedman 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Two women emergency room doctors at the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock have sued the Department of Veterans Affairs for allegedly not paying them the same as men in the same position.

Let the Sunshine In (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/25/2014 12:00 am

If Jonesboro wants to be perceived as a player in economic development — and an effort by Arkansas State University to create an osteopathic medical school and hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial construction in the last few years indicate it does — then it should consider reining in its “Dukes of Hazzard”-quality police chief, Michael Yates.

Ozone Standard Threatens Arkansas (Feedback)

by Charles M. Miller 8/25/2014 12:00 am

How does the government expect the companies we advise to comply with a regulation when the agency pushing the rule sees no path toward meeting its standard?

Lou Ann Nisbett On What Attracts Industry to Pine Bluff

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Lou Ann Nisbett is the president and CEO of the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County.

Hospital Operator Community Health Systems Owes Millions to Fed

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 12:00 am

CHS, which operates 206 hospitals in 29 states, agreed on Aug. 8 to pay $98.15 million to resolve “multiple lawsuits alleging that the company knowingly billed government health care programs for inpatient services that should have been billed as outpatient or observation services,” according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Farmers Dismayed As New Farm Bill Dumps Direct Payments

by Rick Fahr 8/25/2014 12:00 am

The threatened end of cash subsidies to the nation's row crop farmers dates back through at least the last two iterations of national agriculture policy legislation. That threat became real, though, earlier this year when Congress passed the newest Farm Bill.

Stalled Asian Trade Deal Could Impact Arkansas Crops

by Rick Fahr 8/25/2014 12:00 am

There is nothing simple about international trade agreements, and Arkansas farmers, ranchers and loggers have found themselves caught in the middle of tense talks as U.S. officials try to finalize a huge deal in Asia.

Arkansas Races Attract National Figures (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/24/2014 12:46 pm

The parade of national Republican Party figures through Arkansas touting the GOP's candidates underscores just how much the party is counting on a state that had once been considered a Democratic stronghold.

Mike Ross, Asa Hutchinson Argue Over State Budget Planning

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 8/22/2014 04:10 pm

Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross on Friday used a forum to draw distinctions between their plans for managing the state budget and their priorities for cutting taxes.

State Agriculture Officials: Money at Stake in Turner Grain Could Reach $50M

by Lee Hogan and Lance Turner 8/22/2014 04:05 pm

Officials in Arkansas' agriculture industry think at least $20 million and possibly upwards of $50 million could be involved in the still-unfolding financial drama between Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley and the Arkansas farmers who could go without payment for their crops.

Mike Huckabee: 'Stop the Fight' Over Common Core

by Associated Press 8/22/2014 12:24 pm

Conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core and instead consider the benefits that the academic standards offer students in struggling schools, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday. The position puts him at odds with a significant bloc of Republicans.

Mitt Romney Casts Cotton-Pryor Senate Race as Way to Fight Obama

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/21/2014 02:39 pm

Mitt Romney cast Arkansas' Senate race as a way to fight the agenda of the president who defeated him two years ago, as he campaigned Thursday on behalf of Congressman Tom Cotton's bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

Bank of America Agrees to Nearly $17B Settlement

by Associated Press 8/21/2014 11:50 am

The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Mitt Romney, Kevin McCarthy Praise Arkansas GOP Candidates

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/21/2014 09:19 am

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy praised their party's nominees for governor and Congress in Arkansas, as the state GOP enlisted the help of national figures to boost their campaigns.

Jonesboro Sun Says Police Chief Bullied Reporter

by Associated Press 8/21/2014 09:17 am

The publisher of the Jonesboro Sun newspaper wants the city police chief to quit, saying the chief bullied a reporter into quitting by making a series of derogatory statements about her on Facebook.

The Debate Over 'Partisan Polling' (Robert Coon On Politics)

by Robert Coon 8/20/2014 03:51 pm

With highly targeted and fiercely competitive races for U.S. Senate and Governor, Arkansas has been a hotbed for public opinion polls in recent months – with a new poll being released just about weekly. But as the number of polls being released continues to rise, so have the number of critics crying foul over the assumed biases of so-called “partisan polling”. Can partisan polls be trusted, or are they just tools used to push an agenda?

Kevin McCarthy, Mitt Romney Campaign in Arkansas

by Associated Press 8/20/2014 11:29 am

U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is calling for the Keystone XL pipeline to move forward as he kicks off a series of campaign visits for congressional hopefuls in Arkansas.