Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas GOP, Having Embraced Term Limits, Is Now Conflicted

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/4/2016 11:18 am

More than two decades after Arkansas became one of the first states to limit how long lawmakers could serve in the Legislature, Republicans who once championed the issue are conflicted.

Trump Calls for Iowa Do-over

by Associated Press 2/4/2016 06:56 am

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is accusing rival Ted Cruz of stealing the Iowa caucuses and is demanding a do-over. The inflammatory accusation marked a reversal for Trump, who on Monday night delivered a concession speech thanking Iowans for his second-place finish and congratulating Cruz.

Dennis Milligan Signs Settlement in Ethics Violation

by Claudia Lauer, Associated Press 2/3/2016 04:22 pm

Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan signed a settlement letter with the Arkansas Ethics Commission on Wednesday, agreeing to four findings of probable campaign reporting violations.

In Little Rock, National Parks Chief Says System Must Appeal to Millennials

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/3/2016 06:55 am

The National Park Service must broaden its appeal to millennials as it celebrates its 100th birthday this year, the director of the agency said Tuesday in Little Rock.

Plan to Spin Off Air Traffic Control Generates Turbulence

by Associated Press 2/2/2016 11:32 am

A Republican House committee chairman is launching a push this week to take away control of the air traffic control system from the government and hand it to a nonprofit corporation directed by the airlines, airports, labor unions and others.

Arkansas Officials Predict Boost in Revenue Next Year

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/2/2016 09:33 am

Arkansas finance officials are predicting the state will have more money available for its budget next year, forecasting a $106.8 million increase in revenue.

Mike Huckabee Ends His 2nd Bid for President

by Associated Press 2/2/2016 06:46 am

Mike Huckabee ended his second campaign for the White House on Monday amid a dismal showing in the Iowa caucuses that he won in his first bid eight years ago.

Asa Hutchinson Reports More Than $73K in Trips Accepted

by Associated Press 2/1/2016 06:04 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he and his wife accepted more than $73,000 in airfare and travel last year, with a nonprofit foundation and the state Republican Party paying for his overseas trade missions.

Boozman Raises $626K in Final Months of 2015, Doubles Eldridge's Haul

by Associated Press 2/1/2016 06:03 pm

Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman's campaign says he raised more than $652,000 in the final months of 2015, more than double the amount brought in by his Democratic challenger.

Southern Bancorp Community Partners Names New Policy Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/1/2016 11:25 am

Southern Bancorp Community Partners announced Monday the hiring of Jennifer Johnson as the organization's new director of public policy.

E-Z Mart CEO Sonja Hubbard Appointed to Chair Arkansas Research Alliance

by Mark Carter 2/1/2016 10:09 am

The Arkansas Research Alliance has named Sonja Hubbard, president and CEO of Texarkana's E-Z Mart Stores Inc., chairman of its board of directors and added four new board members.

Hendrix Professor Honored for Political Courses

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/1/2016 10:08 am

Hendrix College politics professor Jay Barth was recently named a Faculty Fellow for The Education Network for Active Civic Transformation at Brandeis University.

Subcommittee to Start Search for Arkansas Game & Fish Leader

by Associated Press 2/1/2016 08:13 am

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Chairman Emon Mahony has named a three-person subcommittee to start the search for a new commission director.

Metova Acquires New Tech

by Mark Carter 2/1/2016 12:00 am

Metova, a tech services and app development firm with offices in Conway, Cabot and Fayetteville, announced that it had purchased Camber Corp.'s Cyber Operations Enhanced Network & Training Simulator and SLAM-R Cyber Range technology for an undisclosed price.

Facebook Posts Raise Questions For Employers

by Mark Friedman 2/1/2016 12:00 am

The Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled in December that a woman who was fired for posting “arguably” critical comments about her employer on Facebook could receive unemployment benefits. It's the latest decision in an escalating legal war between employment and social media.

Attention Must Be Paid (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/1/2016 12:00 am

Robert Brown, the retired Arkansas Supreme Court justice, best summarized the problem with the state's court system: “I think you have to do something about the money. That's what it comes down to.”

Dewayne Douglas Named as Jonesboro HR Director (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/1/2016 12:00 am

Dewayne Douglas has been announced by Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin as the next director of human resources for the city.

Merit Selection of Arkansas Justices Gets New Look (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/31/2016 12:17 pm

The March judicial elections featuring two contested Supreme Court races won't just be a referendum on the direction voters want for the court. It could also offer a signal on whether voters even want a say in picking members of the state's highest court.

Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/29/2016 02:48 pm

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

Donald Trump Holding Campaign Rally in Arkansas

by Associated Press 1/29/2016 09:49 am

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is campaigning in Arkansas two days after the Iowa caucuses.