Government & Politics Archive

At Rotary, Johnny Key Touts 'Student-Focused Education'

by Sarah Campbell 8/16/2016 02:00 pm

The Arkansas Department of Education can transform the state to lead the nation in student-focused education, Commissioner Johnny Key tells the Rotary Club of Little Rock.

Donald Trump Names Leslie Rutledge, Others to Agriculture Panel

by Associated Press 8/16/2016 10:56 am

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has named Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge to his newly created Agriculture Advisory Committee.

Federal Lawsuit Challenges Clean Line Transmission Project

by Kyle Massey 8/16/2016 10:02 am

Two groups representing landowners are suing to block an electric transmission line planned for delivering wind-generated power across Arkansas from Oklahoma to Tennessee.

Little Rock Port Authority Marks $6M Grant for Improvements

by Sarah Campbell 8/15/2016 03:32 pm

U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., joined the Little Rock Port Authority to mark a $6.2 million federal grant to make improvements to Blackwater Harbor.

Arkansas Casino Group Turns in 50,000 Additional Signatures

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 8/15/2016 01:53 pm

A group hoping to develop casinos in three Arkansas counties says it has turned in another 50,000 signatures in its effort to place a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Arkansas Employers Help With Retirement Advice, Tools

by Marty Cook 8/15/2016 12:00 am

David George doesn't apologize for using scare tactics when he gives seminars at part of the Investor Education Program for the Arkansas Securities Department.

The Truth Is Out There (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/15/2016 12:00 am

This keeps me awake at night: The knowledge that there are important stories of value and interest to my readers, or of importance to our community or our country, that aren't being reported because news organizations don't know about them and there might not be enough warm bodies to do the work even if we did.

John Stacks Sees Charges Dismissed

by Mark Friedman 8/15/2016 12:00 am

The five-year battle between the federal government and John Stacks ended July 20 when the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas dismissed an indictment against the former owner of Mountain Pure LLC.

Power and Pain of Consensus (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 8/15/2016 12:00 am

Mainstream, action-oriented leadership thinkers tend to hate the idea of consensus, opting instead for rapid-fire, quick-decision meetings. The efficiency of pushing quickly for a clear path forward is hard to resist; however, it often steps over or forces underground the kind of resistance that will kill a new idea or initiative — but usually not until most of the time and money are spent.

Unemployment Rates in Arkansas Cities Vary Widely

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/15/2016 12:00 am

Unemployment rates rose slightly in Arkansas metro areas in June, but rates are still lower than a year ago, notes Michael Pakko, chief economist at the Institute for Economic Advancement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Platform Change Gives Democrats Opening on Pre-K (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/14/2016 02:10 pm

The Arkansas Republican Party's decision to remove any mention of pre-kindergarten from its platform gives Democrats a new line of attack on what they view as a popular issue.

EDA Awards $1.4M in Grants to Northwest Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/12/2016 02:56 pm

The Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce announces a trio of grants totaling $1.4 million to three recipients in northwest Arkansas.

Judge Asked to Recuse From Suit Against Arkansas Treasurer

by Associated Press 8/12/2016 08:59 am

Attorneys for a former employee of Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan want a federal judge to recuse from a lawsuit against Milligan.

Bruce Westerman: Trump Comments Vague, Not Appropriate

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/11/2016 06:55 am

Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman says he doesn't think Donald Trump's declaration that gun rights supporters might still find a way to stop Hillary Clinton was appropriate since it was unclear what the candidate was trying to say.

After 2014 Vote, A New Regulatory Landscape for State Agency Rules (Erika Gee Commentary)

by Erika Gee 8/10/2016 11:31 am

A constitutional amendment and an executive order by Gov. Asa Hutchinson has fundamentally changed the way state agencies issue new rules. Only now are we starting to see the practical and political effects of these changes on the regulatory process.

Group Sets Plans for Ten Commandments Near Arkansas Capitol

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/8/2016 04:28 pm

A granite monument of the Ten Commandments planned near Arkansas' Capitol will weigh 6,000 pounds and stand more than 6 feet tall, the group lined up to install the display said in an application filed Monday.

Drug Makers May Influence Arkansas Execution Plans (Kelly P. Kissel Analysis)

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 8/8/2016 07:23 am

Arkansas is dropping itself into an ethical dilemma, perhaps even a legal one, with its decision to grant secrecy to execution-drug suppliers.

State of the Debate on 'Too Big to Fail' (James Bullard Commentary)

by James Bullard 8/8/2016 12:00 am

Even with the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act, which has yet to be fully imposed, debate continues on whether “too big to fail” remains an issue or whether the risk to the economy has been mitigated.

Ten Arkansas Business Icons Have Stories to Tell

by Gwen Moritz 8/8/2016 12:00 am

Arkansas Business presents these ten Arkansas business icons as a way to acquaint readers with the personalities behind some of the most familiar names in our state's business community.

US, Arkansas Homeownership On the Decline

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/8/2016 12:00 am

Although the housing market continues to recover since the Great Recession, the rates of homeownership remain below peak levels both in the United States and in Arkansas.

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