Government & Politics Archive

16 Arkansas Public School Superintendent Jobs Top $200,000

by Gwen Moritz 10/20/2014 12:00 am

The list includes 247 current-year superintendents of public school districts and a few charter schools, and it ranks them by the total compensation package — salary plus benefits — paid to the superintendent of that school district in the 2013-14 academic year.

Top College Officials See Sizable Pay Raises

by Mark Friedman 10/20/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Business reviewed the Administrator's Compensation Survey reports filed with the state Department of Higher Education for the 2010 and 2014 fiscal years. In the four-year period, the number of six-figure employees included in the report increased from 460 to 703.

Support EPA Requirement (Barbara Jarvis Feedback)

by Barbara Jarvis 10/20/2014 12:00 am

Here is another reason to support the EPA's requirement to lower greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Yes on Issue No. 3 (D.E. Ray Feedback)

by D.E. Ray 10/20/2014 12:00 am

D.E. Ray says the ethics portion of Issue 3 is very important and will help break the hold that lobbyists have had over legislators since term limits made individual legislators weaker.

EPA Proposals Threaten Arkansas (Jason Rapert Commentary)

by Jason Rapert 10/20/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas is fortunate to have among the lowest electricity prices in the nation. Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency's newest proposed carbon rule poses a grave threat to our ability to produce electricity affordably and reliably, and that spells bad news for homeowners and business owners across the state.

Tom Cotton and Me (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/20/2014 12:00 am

If you care about these things, you know that last week I interrupted Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., during his so-called “debate” against three opponents in the race for U.S. Senate in order to ask him to actually address my question.

Themes Same, Tone New in Arkansas Debate (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/19/2014 01:07 pm

Based on their back-to-back televised debates, the hotly contested race between Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton boils down to one question: Do voters hate President Barack Obama or billionaires more?

State Senate A Lock for GOP, but House Up in Air

by Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 10/19/2014 01:03 pm

Voters can begin casting early ballots Monday in Arkansas' midterm election and while the top-of-the-ticket U.S. Senate and governor's races have dominated the airwaves, a handful of legislative races could determine whether more than 200,000 people keep their health insurance under the state's Medicaid expansion.

Themes Same, Tone New in Arkansas Debate (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/19/2014 09:30 am

Based on their back-to-back televised debates, the hotly contested race between Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton boils down to one question: Do voters hate President Barack Obama or billionaires more?

U.S. Judge Won't Delay Arkansas Marriage Lawsuit

by Associated Press 10/17/2014 05:10 pm

A federal judge has denied Arkansas' request to delay proceedings in a lawsuit challenging the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Asa Hutchinson to Energy Group: I'll 'Push Back' Against EPA

by Mark Carter 10/17/2014 04:38 pm

Arkansas gubernatorial candidates Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson addressed the annual conference of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association Friday afternoon in downtown Little Rock, and as expected the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon emission regulations were addressed.

Three Candidates Debate for East Arkansas House Seat

by Associated Press 10/17/2014 03:44 pm

The Democrat challenging Republican Rep. Rick Crawford said Friday that the congressman should not have voted against a bill that would have directed billions of dollars to help improve veterans care and cut down on long wait times, saying the money addressed shortcomings at Veterans Administration hospitals.

Janet Yellen: US Experiencing Widening Inequality

by Associated Press 10/17/2014 11:55 am

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the last several decades have seen the most sustained rise in income inequality in a century.

Mark Pryor Proposes National Energy Review at AAEA Conference

by Mark Carter 10/17/2014 11:31 am

Mark Pryor provided opening remarks Friday morning at the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association's annual conference, Empowering Arkansas, held at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Little Rock.

Mike Ross, Asa Hutchinson Split on Voter ID Law at Debate

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/17/2014 09:35 am

Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson split on whether a court was right to strike down Arkansas' voter ID law and accused one another of flip-flopping on key issues as the gubernatorial rivals squared off Thursday for their third televised debate.

Arkansas Agriculture Official Announces Retirement

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/16/2014 03:18 pm

The Arkansas Agriculture Department has announced the retirement of Secretary of Agriculture Butch Calhoun. Calhoun's retirement becomes effective Dec. 31.

Supreme Court: Voters Will Consider Arkansas Liquor Issue

by Associated Press 10/16/2014 02:58 pm

Arkansas' highest court says voters will be able to consider whether alcohol sales should be legal statewide.

John Brown University Receives Federal Grant for Water Purification in Guatemala

by Associated Press 10/16/2014 11:18 am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $14,520 grant to John Brown University for a drinking water disinfection project in Guatemala.

UA Extension Service Receives Federal Conservation Grant

by Associated Press 10/16/2014 10:27 am

The grant will be used to demonstrate the use of computerized poly-pipe hole selection software for furrow irrigation so water flow is equalized for each furrow. Flow meters will be used to document the water savings benefit.

Former HUD Secretary to Promote American Dream Initiative at UA

by Associated Press 10/16/2014 10:14 am

Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros is expected at the University of Arkansas to promote an initiative that promotes opportunities for immigrant families.