Government & Politics Archive

Hutchinson: Focused on Economic Development Through Education, Trips Abroad

by Alexis Hosticka 11/12/2015 02:11 pm

At the 87th annual Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce meeting, Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks on his computer education program and plans to attract Chinese and Japanese business prospects to Arkansas.

Arkansas Research Alliance Gets $764K FDA Contract for Cancer Research

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/11/2015 01:20 pm

The Arkansas Research Alliance announced Wednesday a $764,000 contract with the Food And Drug Administration to determine if new approaches can be developed to screen for lung cancer with a blood test.

Corbin: Arkansas Court Voted to Strike Marriage Ban

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/11/2015 06:46 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court voted to find the state's gay marriage ban was unconstitutional but never issued its ruling months before same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, a former state justice said in a recently published interview.

Rock Region Metro Proposes 1/4-Cent Sales Tax

by Alexis Hosticka 11/10/2015 08:55 am

The Rock Region Metro board of directors unanimously approve a resolution to pursue a quarter-cent sales tax to provide dedicated funding for public transit.

Little Rock Attorney Files for State Supreme Court Seat

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/10/2015 06:40 am

A Little Rock attorney launched a bid against a north Arkansas judge for the state Supreme Court on Monday, making his candidacy official minutes before the filing deadline for next year's election.

Boozman Draws Primary Challenger in Arkansas Senate Race

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/9/2015 03:24 pm

U.S. Sen. John Boozman drew a primary challenger Monday in his re-election bid in Arkansas next year, as the Republican lawmaker insisted he's in a strong position despite a recent poll showing him with a 38 percent approval rating.

In Arkansas, Candidates Prepare for End of Filing Period

by Associated Press 11/9/2015 11:47 am

Candidates for state and federal office are running out of time to make their candidacies official in Arkansas.

Arkansas Poll Offers Very Narrow Opening for Democrats (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/9/2015 06:49 am

The annual Arkansas Poll doesn't offer much immediate hope for Democrats. But it does suggest some very narrow openings that the party may be able to eventually capitalize on.

National Flood Insurance Program Helps Protect Arkansans

by Marty Cook 11/9/2015 12:00 am

Residents of NFIP communities are eligible to buy flood insurance from the federal government at premiums dictated by factors that include what kind of floodplain the structure is located on and how elevated the structure is.

Your Tax Dollars At Work (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 11/9/2015 12:00 am

When I saw that Milligan had taken it upon himself to buy an online financial education program for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students, I immediately dismissed it as a political publicity stunt — the kind of thing he should have raised private money to do. After talking with him and his assistant chief of staff, Grant Wallace, for an hour, I still think so.

Trucking Associations Happy Transportation Bill Had Plenty of Room To Pass

by Marty Cook 11/9/2015 12:00 am

The U.S. House of Representatives approved on Thursday a six-year, $339 billion highway transportation bill by a 363-64 vote. The Arkansas Trucking Association applauds the move.

Adult Learners: A Call to Action (Judy McReynolds Commentary)

by Judy McReynolds 11/9/2015 12:00 am

With 18- to 21-year-old students accounting for only one-third of the national college population, ArcBest's challenge, and that of others in the Arkansas business community, is clear, says ArcBest CEO Judy McReynolds.

Planned Parenthood: No Hearing Needed on Expanding Suit

by Associated Press 11/6/2015 03:57 pm

Planned Parenthood says it doesn't believe a hearing is needed on its request to expand a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' decision to block Medicaid funds to the organization over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.

Asa Hutchinson Plans Trade Mission to Japan, China

by Lance Turner 11/6/2015 02:14 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday announced plans to make his third international business development trip, this time to China and Japan on Nov. 15-24.

Judge Launches Bid for Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/6/2015 11:11 am

A north Arkansas judge has launched a bid to lead the state Supreme Court, vowing to ban personal gifts and set clearer rules on when biased judges should recuse themselves from cases.

Leading From The Front on Ex-Im Bank (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 11/6/2015 08:18 am

The U.S. House overwhelmingly voted to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which supported more than $250 billion in U.S. exports and 1.3 million American jobs since 2009.

Burst of Hiring: US Employers Added 271K Jobs in October

by Associated Press 11/6/2015 07:40 am

U.S. hiring roared back in October after two weak months, with employers adding a robust 271,000 jobs, the most since December. The unemployment rate dipped to a fresh seven-year low of 5 percent.

Low Polling Drags Mike Huckabee to Undercard Debate

by Associated Press 11/6/2015 07:33 am

Two candidates who have been part of each of the prime-time Republican debates so far, Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee, have been demoted to next week's undercard event because of low national poll numbers.

Downtown Springdale Alliance Hires First Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/5/2015 04:10 pm

The Downtown Springdale Alliance hired Misty Murphy to be the organization's first executive director.

In Congress, Arkansas Lawmakers Want Energy Department to Slow Clean Line Review

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/5/2015 02:02 pm

Arkansas' congressional delegation is asking the U.S. Department of Energy to slow the review process for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project.