Government & Politics Archive

Mike Beebe Names 40 to State Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2014 02:46 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe announced Monday 40 appointments to state boards and commissions

10 Election Takeaways (Steve Harrelson Commentary)

by Steve Harrelson 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Ten election takeaways from a guy who did not appear on the ballot for the first time in 10 years.

The Arkansas Sales Call (Jim Karrh on Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Several years ago, when I led marketing for an Arkansas brand and was working to expand its distribution into Japan, I learned that most potential buyers overseas had a rather limited perception of our state.

The People Have Spoken, So Let Them Speak (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Last Tuesday, Saline County became the seventh county in Arkansas to switch from “dry” to “wet” under the onerous law that requires proponents to collect signatures from 38 percent of registered voters just to get the referendum on the ballot.

Arkansas Had Soda Tax Long Before Berkeley Caught the Wave

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Berkeley, California, the birthplace of liberal nanny-state policies like smoke-free restaurants and curb cuts for wheelchair access, got a lot of ink last week for passing the nation's first “soda tax.”

LR Planning Commission Rejects Regions Bank Rezoning Request in the Heights

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2014 12:00 am

A proposed 3,200-SF Regions Bank branch in the Heights neighborhood of Little Rock has run up against some opposition.

Jay Bradford Worries Lloyd's Challenge Could Create Crisis

by Mark Friedman 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford says Lloyd's of London underwriters are approved to sell insurance in Arkansas. But a lawsuit filed last year keeps moving forward, and Bradford says he's worried that it could create a crisis in the Arkansas insurance market.

Midterm Shows Long-Term Arkansas Shift (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/9/2014 08:50 pm

Angry with a president who will be out of office in a little over two years, voters resoundingly ended Arkansas' tradition as a Democratic holdout in the South and handed Republicans control of the state.

Arkansas Legislators More Powerful After Election

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 11/9/2014 08:44 pm

Arkansas voters gave their legislators more power in last week's balloting, whether they intended to or not.

GOP Lawmaker Says He'll Challenge Senate President

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/7/2014 04:00 pm

A Republican state senator said Friday he's challenging the election of the chamber's incoming leader, highlighting a rift within the GOP-led Arkansas Legislature after the party's massive gains in the midterm election.

Clinton Foundation Announces Headliners for 10 Year Anniversary

by Lance Turner 11/7/2014 11:53 am

The Clinton Foundation today announced the headliners for next Saturday's event commemorating the Clinton Presidential Library's 10th anniversary.

Mike Huckabee Taking 'Huckabee Report' Independent

by Lee Hogan 11/7/2014 09:01 am

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee has announced he will independently syndicate his three-times-daily radio report, "The Huckabee Report," that currently airs on more than 500 affiliates.

US Employers Add 214K Jobs; Rate Falls to 5.8 Percent

by Associated Press 11/7/2014 07:50 am

Three days after voters registered their sourness about the U.S. economy, the government said Friday that employers added a solid 214,000 jobs in October, extending the healthiest pace of hiring in eight years.

GOP Sweep Clouds Arkansas Medicaid Plan's Future

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/6/2014 04:01 pm

Arkansas Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson says he won't make a decision about whether to expand the state's compromise Medicaid expansion until late January at the earliest.

Arkansas to Drop Lawsuit Against Former Director of Fire Protection Licensing Board

by Associated Press 11/5/2014 03:40 pm

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says the former executive director of the Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board has repaid the state more than $15,000 for unauthorized purchases made on a state charge card.

Asa Hutchinson Hires Michael Lamoureux as Chief of Staff

by Associated Press 11/5/2014 02:42 pm

Arkansas Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson is hiring the outgoing state Senate president as his new chief of staff.

Mike Beebe: GOP Capitalized on Obama in Midterm

by Associated Press 11/5/2014 02:32 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe says Republicans in Arkansas and nationally successfully capitalized on the president's unpopularity in the midterm election, and says whether fellow Democrats can rebound depends on how the GOP will govern.

Republicans Lock Up Control of Arkansas Legislature

by Associated Press 11/5/2014 11:28 am

After Tuesday's voting, Republicans hold a 63-34 edge over Democrats. Three races remained too close to call Wednesday. If current tallies in those races hold, the GOP would have a 64-36 lead in the lower chamber next year.

AP Correction: All 75 Counties Approve Minimum Wage Hike

by Associated Press 11/5/2014 10:47 am

Every county in Arkansas supported a ballot measure to gradually increase the state's minimum wage to $8.50 by 2017.

The Future of the Private Option in Wake of GOP Wins

by Lee Hogan 11/5/2014 10:29 am

There are still a few races yet to be called, but what we know already about the results from Tuesday's election in the state legislature sets up what is sure to be an interesting battle over the state's private option.