Government & Politics Archive

How Fed Hike Will Affect US Consumers and Overseas Economies

by Associated Press 6/15/2017 07:07 am

The cumulative impact of another Federal Reserve interest rate hike — its fourth in 18 months — will range widely for individuals and businesses with loans or income-producing accounts.

Governor Announces Trip to Israel, France, Germany

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 6/14/2017 11:30 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Mike Preston, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, will travel to Israel, France and Germany from June 17-24 on an economic mission.

Updated: Tyson Lobbyist Critical After Shooting at Congressional Baseball Practice

by Sam Hoisington 6/14/2017 11:15 am

A lobbyist for Tyson Foods Inc. was among those injured in a shooting Wednesday morning at Congressional baseball team practice, Tyson has confirmed.

Pine Bluff Voters Easily Approve Sales Tax Increase

by Associated Press 6/14/2017 09:43 am

Voters in Pine Bluff have overwhelmingly approved a temporary sales tax increase that will fund the city's "Go Forward Pine Bluff" improvements initiative.

Arkansas Attorney General Again Rejects Casino Proposal

by Associated Press 6/14/2017 07:10 am

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has again rejected a proposed state constitutional amendment to legalize casino gambling in the state.

Farmer Running for East Arkansas Congressional Seat

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/14/2017 07:08 am

A "semi-retired" rancher and farmer who hasn't sought political office before said Tuesday he's challenging an Arkansas Republican congressman as a Democrat next year.

Discipline Commission Investigates Saline County Judge

by Mark Friedman 6/13/2017 02:39 pm

The Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission says it is investigating Saline County Circuit Judge Bobby McCallister over issues surrounding his taxes.

Northwest Arkansas Council Names Nelson Peacock CEO

by Marty Cook 6/13/2017 11:12 am

The Northwest Arkansas Council named Nelson Peacock, a McCrory native and the senior vice president of government relations for the University of California system, as its CEO.

China a Step Closer to Resuming US Beef Imports

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/13/2017 06:52 am

China is a step closer to allowing imports of U.S. beef for the first time in almost 14 years.

More 'CHOICE' for Community Banks, Farmers and Consumers in Arkansas (U.S. Rep. French Hill Commentary)

by U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Ark. 6/12/2017 11:14 am

U.S. Rep. French Hill writes on the Financial CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs) Act, which rolls back portion of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010.

'Tort Reform' Measure May Face Ballot Competition (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/12/2017 07:10 am

An effort to limit civil damages in lawsuits and give the Arkansas Legislature control over court rules was already shaping up to be one of the biggest and expensive campaigns in next year's election.

Ryan Watley Named CEO-elect of Go Forward Pine Bluff (Super Mover)

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/12/2017 12:00 am

Ryan Watley has been named chief executive officer-elect of Go Forward Pine Bluff.

With Liberty and Justice for All (Anthony Hilliard Commentary)

by Anthony A. "Tony" Hilliard 6/12/2017 12:00 am

When we look at the rule of law we really are talking about justice. But if the poorest among us cannot rely on the rule of law, then none of us can enjoy justice.

'Good to Great' Reconsidered (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 6/12/2017 12:00 am

The fantasy that Donald Trump could "grow into the job" was optimistic in the extreme.

The M in STEM (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 6/12/2017 12:00 am

Why can't we include accounting in our definition of STEM?

Rex Nelson, Who's Done it All, Is Back as a Face of the D-G

by Kyle Massey 6/12/2017 12:00 am

Rex Nelson is "home again," doing what he likes best. "That's traveling around and writing about Arkansas," he says.

MCNA CEO's Political Gifts in Arkansas

by Kyle Massey 6/12/2017 12:00 am

Dr. Jeffrey Feingold, CEO of MCNA, the Florida company selected as one of two vendors to administer a dental HMO program for Arkansas Medicaid patients, donated to the campaigns of these Arkansas legislative candidates in 2016.

Facing Lawsuit, Procurement Chief Says There's No Appealing His Rulings in Protests

by Kyle Massey 6/12/2017 12:00 am

Arkansas Procurement Director Edward Armstrong's answer to being sued over a ruling that gave a fourth-place bidder a major state contract boils down to four words: His word is final. So far, the law seems to agree with him.

Trial Lawyers Cringe at Changes in Deceptive Trade Practices Act

by Mark Friedman 6/12/2017 12:00 am

Trial lawyers say the Legislature's changes to the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act will hurt consumers.

Legal Adversaries: Bar Association, State Chamber Wage War

by Mark Friedman 6/12/2017 12:00 am

A battle heats up as the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce begins fighting back against an Arkansas Bar Association proposal that would block the chamber's preferred version of tort reform.