Government & Politics Archive

A Fish Rots From The Head (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 5/7/2018 12:00 am

Leadership, like expectations, matters. It matters greatly.

Three Little Letters That Say 'A' Lot in PR

by Kyle Massey 5/7/2018 12:00 am

What do the initials APR stand for, beyond some vague notion of achievement in public relations? Several Little Rock communications pros explained, and their answers were surprisingly fervent and personal.

Mike Carroll Named Chairman of Arkansas CPAs (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/7/2018 12:00 am

Mike Carroll of Fort Smith has been appointed chairman of the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Lyon Hired, McAfee Promoted at Dept. of Career Education (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/7/2018 12:00 am

Kelly Lyon has been hired as a strategic planning and development manager for the Arkansas Department of Career Education in Little Rock, and Charles McAfee has been promoted to communications director.

Voter ID Fight Testing Court as Much as New Law (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/6/2018 02:09 pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court's decision to allow the state to enforce its voter ID law in this month's primary while justices consider whether the measure is unconstitutional sets up a test over Republican lawmakers' efforts to reinstate a law struck down four years ago. More importantly, it will show how much the state's highest court has changed since 2014.

Courtney Goodson Again Fending Off Outside Spending

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/6/2018 02:02 pm

A conservative interest group that spent heavily two years ago to keep a member of the Arkansas Supreme Court from becoming chief justice has her in its sights again, though it's unclear why it has singled out her instead of the two men running for her seat, since all three have hinted at or touted conservative views.

DHS Sues to Take Control of Two Nursing Homes Owned by Skyline Health

by Mark Friedman 5/4/2018 03:26 pm

The Arkansas Department of Human Services filed lawsuits Friday to put two Skyline Health nursing homes in Prairie and Howard counties into receivership after concerns surfaced over the company's finances and its ability to provide food to residents.

Visit Bentonville to Host First Arkansas Bike Summit

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/3/2018 12:57 pm

Visit Bentonville this week announced the first-ever Arkansas Bike Summit that will be held June 21-22 at Record, 104 SW A St.

AEDC To Host Two Free Workshops For Small Businesses

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/3/2018 12:50 pm

The Minority and Women-Owned Business Division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission will host two free workshops on May 16 at the AEDC's offices, 900 W. Capitol Ave. in Little Rock.

More Businesses Are Mellowing Out Over Hiring Pot Smokers

by Associated Press 5/2/2018 04:00 pm

FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people. Factories from New Hampshire to Michigan need workers. Hotels in Las Vegas are desperate to fill jobs.

Small Business Hiring Picked Up Moderately in April

by Associated Press 5/2/2018 11:36 am

Small business hiring picked up moderately last month as owners held to their strategy of cautiously adding to their payrolls.

April Revenue in Arkansas 3 Percent Below Forecast

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/2/2018 10:08 am

Arkansas' net available general revenue in April was $657.1 million, 0.6 percent below the same month last year and 2.3 percent below forecast.

2017 Economic Census Survey Kicks Off

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/2/2018 08:50 am

The economic census serves as the most comprehensive source of data related to business activity and as the foundation for the measurement of U.S. businesses and their economic impact.

Group Again Focusing on Arkansas Supreme Court Race with Ads

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/2/2018 06:33 am

Washington-based conservative group is preparing to launch television ads criticizing an Arkansas Supreme Court justice seeking re-election, two years after the group spent more than $600,000 on TV spots targeting the justice during her unsuccessful bid to lead the state's highest court.

Wilkins, Former Arkansas Legislator, Pleads Guilty to Bribery

by Jan Cottingham 4/30/2018 06:06 pm

Henry "Hank" Wilkins IV of Pine Bluff, a former Arkansas legislator and the Jefferson County judge until his sudden resignation last month, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to conspiring to accept more than $80,000 in bribes.

Little Rock Chamber Releases Economic Development Plan

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/30/2018 01:48 pm

The Little Rock Regional Chamber's MetRock Now economic development campaign releases its "MetRock 2020" economic development strategic plan, the result of a nine-month study by Boyette Strategic Advisors.

Lawmakers Test Sanctity of Grocery Tax Cut (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/30/2018 07:15 am

Democrats reclaimed the governor's office in Arkansas 12 years ago after a campaign that hinged on a promise to end the state's sales tax on groceries. A majority Republican Legislature currently hunting for ways to cut income taxes even further may test just how sacred that promise is.

Democrats Work to Flip 2nd District Congressional Seat

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/30/2018 07:11 am

The Democratic race for a U.S. House seat in central Arkansas features a state legislator touted by the party's congressional campaign as its best chance to reclaim the Republican-held district and three candidates who are trying to run to his left.

Insurance Agent Matthew Glass Gets Win Against AID

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/30/2018 12:00 am

Matthew Glass had his insurance license reinstated last week by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, who also barred the Arkansas Insurance Department from taking any more action that would interfere with Glass' insurance practice pending a final disposition in his dispute with the AID.

PSC's Matthew Klucher to Join Entergy in Big Easy

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/30/2018 12:00 am

Instead of joining Entergy Arkansas, an electric utility he helped regulate as the PSC's director of rate and demand resources, Matthew Klucher has gone to work for one of its parent company's subsidiaries, Entergy Services Corp. of New Orleans.