Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas' Deep Red Shift Poses New Questions (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/14/2016 06:56 am

If it wasn't already clear, Tuesday night sealed it: Arkansas is no longer Clinton country.

Nearly 12 Billion Trees Counted in Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/14/2016 12:00 am

The Arkansas Forestry Commission surveys the state's forests annually as part of the Forest Inventory & Analysis Program of the U.S. Forest Service.

Peco Foods Delivers $35M Boost for Corning's Bruised Economy

by George Waldon 11/14/2016 12:00 am

The opening of the Peco feed mill in Corning earlier this year broke a long dry spell of big industrial development news for Corning and provided a glimmering counterpoint to the closing of the 44-year-old L.A. Darling plant.

After Ray Dillon's $3M Exit, Deltic Timber Seeks a CEO

by Kyle Massey 11/14/2016 12:00 am

In the month since Ray C. Dillon retired as CEO of Deltic Timber Corp. — a departure seen as surprising and sudden — he and officers of the El Dorado company have had little to say about the transition.

IRS Seeks $1.5 Million Judgment Against Bentonville Man

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/14/2016 12:00 am

The IRS says Andrew Busch, a former attorney who practiced in Kansas and now lives in Bentonville, owes the federal government more than $1.5 million.

A Bolt From the Blue (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 11/14/2016 12:00 am

The big shock in last week's election was the complete failure of pollsters to predict Trump's electoral victory, a failure of the polling models and the statistical analysis that have in the past done a credible job of predicting the outcome.

'A Whole New Ballgame' (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 11/14/2016 12:00 am

President-elect Trump said during his campaign that repealing and replacing the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act would be a top priority of his administration. Now he and his fellow Republicans have their chance.

Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward on Bringing State Crops to World Market

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/14/2016 12:00 am

Wes Ward, 34, had no farming experience — and still doesn't — when he became Arkansas' agriculture secretary in March 2015.

In the Weeds: Long Road to Medical Pot's Start in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/11/2016 10:52 am

Voters have made Arkansas the first Bible Belt state to legalize medical marijuana, but it will be several months or longer before patients suffering from a host of ailments will be able to buy the drug.

Arkansas Democrats Secure Majority on House Tax Panel

by Associated Press 11/10/2016 05:01 pm

Democrats will have a majority of seats on an Arkansas House panel that will take up any proposals to cut taxes next year, despite the party's ranks thinning in the majority-Republican Legislature.

Economic Briefing to Analyze Local, National Economies

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2016 04:43 pm

The Little Rock Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Institute for Economic Advancement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host a Little Rock Economic Briefing on Wednesday.

Justice Rhonda Wood Won't Recuse From Nursing Home Case

by Associated Press 11/10/2016 12:11 pm

An Arkansas Supreme Court justice says she won't recuse from hearing an appeal related to a wrongful-death lawsuit against a nursing home owner who donated thousands of dollars to her campaign two years ago.

Medical Marijuana: A Fact of Life for Arkansas Employers (Stuart Jackson Commentary)

by Stuart Jackson 11/10/2016 09:57 am

Arkansas is the latest of many states to allow medical marijuana. What does the new law do, and how will it play out in the Arkansas workplace?

Tech Park Votes on Metrocentre Plan, Promotional Video

by Sarah Campbell 11/10/2016 09:45 am

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board votes to approve a proposal to make dormant, rather than dissolve, the Metrocentre Improvement District, which has one outstanding bond attached to it.

Video: Asa Hutchinson Talks Tax Cut, Marijuana, Trump

by Lance Turner 11/9/2016 03:37 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson reacts to Tuesday's election results and talks through elements of his $50 million tax plan and the implementation of Issue 3, the medical marijuana act.

In New Budget, Asa Hutchinson Seeks $50M Tax Cut in 2 Years

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/9/2016 09:41 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is proposing a $50 million cut in Arkansas' income tax in two years, warning fellow Republicans that he'll oppose a push for further reductions unless they're offset by closing tax exemptions or cuts elsewhere in the state's budget.

Trump, Boozman Victories Underscore Arkansas GOP Gains

by Associated Press 11/9/2016 07:10 am

Arkansas underscored its position as a deeply red state Tuesday as voters delivered its six electoral votes to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, but they also handed medical marijuana advocates their first Bible Belt victory by legalizing the drug for some patients.

Arkansas Becomes First Bible Belt State to Approve Medical Marijuana

by Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press 11/9/2016 12:44 am

Arkansas voters handed marijuana advocates a significant victory by making the state the first in the Bible Belt to legalize the drug for medical use, and groups on both sides are now gearing up for fights over how to set up the program.

Republican Incumbents in Arkansas Keep Congressional Seats

by Associated Press 11/8/2016 09:22 pm

Republican Reps. French Hill, Rick Crawford, Steve Womack, Bruce Westerman were re-elected on Tuesday.

John Boozman Wins Re-election to U.S. Senate

by Associated Press 11/8/2016 09:06 pm

Arkansas Republican Sen. John Boozman has won a second term, fending off a challenge by Democrat Conner Eldridge, a former federal prosecutor.