Government & Politics Archive

Volunteer Directors, Take Note (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 10/13/2014 12:00 am

It may be that the volunteer directors of the nonprofit Crittenden Hospital Association were being deliberately misled. That's something an investigation should determine. But the Crittenden case does serve as an excellent reminder to volunteer directors of nonprofit organizations everywhere, and especially the thousands who read Arkansas Business: When you accept the job of director, you have responsibilities.

Development Paused at Interchange as Conway Mulls Annexation

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/13/2014 12:00 am

Although the Conway Corridor project was first touted as a way to encourage more retail and office development, Conway city planners are exploring options that would allow them to limit development along the new corridor.

Judge Awards $725K, Turns Screw on VA Hospital in Malpractice Lawsuit

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/13/2014 12:00 am

A U.S. District Court judge in Little Rock recently found that a surgeon at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Little Rock had botched a surgery and awarded the 75-year-old patient $725,000.

Treasurer Hopefuls Both Pledge No-Gifts Policy

by Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 10/12/2014 08:09 pm

Though they differ on many issues, the two major-party candidates running for Arkansas treasurer share a common goal — restoring the public's trust in the office after the indictment and subsequent conviction of Martha Shoffner on bribery and extortion charges.

Bill Clinton Tries to Reframe Arkansas Races (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/12/2014 07:46 pm

It's the question Democrats in Arkansas have struggled with over the past two election cycles and are trying to answer as they close in on November: How do you counter the anti-Obama sentiment that's boosted Republicans' ranks and put them on the verge of taking over the state's top offices?

Big River Steel Asks Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit

by Associated Press 10/10/2014 05:00 pm

Attorneys representing Big River Steel are asking a judge to throw out a federal lawsuit that seeks to stop the construction of a $1.3 billion mill in northeast Arkansas.

Judge: Signatures OK in Arkansas Minimum Wage Case

by Associated Press 10/10/2014 04:34 pm

A special judge appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court says backers of a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage turned in enough valid signatures for the measure to qualify for the November ballot.

Clinton Papers on Monica Lewinsky, Others Released

by Associated Press 10/10/2014 02:52 pm

The White House strategy to defend President Bill Clinton against the political fallout of his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky is detailed in documents the National Archives released Friday, part of a batch of records that might shed light on painful chapters in Hillary Rodham Clinton's life as she ponders another bid for the presidency.

Tom Dalton of Innovate Arkansas: Funding for Early Stage Startups Has Increased

by Mark Carter 10/10/2014 09:28 am

Innovate Arkansas director Tom Dalton writes in the INOV8 blog that funding for early stage, tech-based startup ventures in Arkansas has increased dramatically in the past six years.

John Stacks, Mountain Pure Owner, Convicted of Seven Federal Counts

by Gwen Moritz 10/9/2014 06:13 pm

A federal court jury deliberated for most of three days before reporting that it was hung on three additional counts of money laundering.

Mike Huckabee Campaigns for Republicans in Arkansas

by Associated Press 10/9/2014 05:00 pm

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is campaigning for Republicans on his home turf, finding that a political landscape that had been dominated by Democrats since Reconstruction is now a two-party state.

At Arkansas Supreme Court, Arguments For, Against Including Alcohol Measure

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 10/9/2014 04:48 pm

A lawyer challenging a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize alcohol sales statewide tells Arkansas' highest court that the secretary of state should have opened his office on Independence Day to process petitions and avoid missing a deadline.

Arkansas Supreme Court Won't Delay Proceedings in Gay Marriage Case

by Associated Press 10/9/2014 10:11 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court has refused to delay proceedings in a lawsuit challenging the legality of the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Study: Voter ID Laws Cut Turnout by Blacks, Young

by Associated Press 10/9/2014 08:46 am

States that stiffened their voter identification laws saw drops in election turnout, with disproportionate effect on blacks and younger people, according to a nonpartisan congressional study released Wednesday.

Judge Dismisses Complaint Against Fort Smith

by Associated Press 10/9/2014 08:23 am

An Arkansas judge has dismissed a Freedom of Information Act complaint against Fort Smith's city clerk.

Mike & Asa, Reloaded (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 10/8/2014 03:03 pm

Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson have been locked in a competitive battle for governor. Personality, particularly the reinvention of Hutchinson, has been an influential factor in the race and may, more than any issue, affect its outcome.

Eric Holder: Ferguson Highlights Need for Collaboration

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/8/2014 01:07 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder says the unrest after a police officer in Missouri fatally shot an unarmed black man in August shows law enforcement can't let tensions with the community go unresolved.

Tom Cotton Raises $3.8M During 3rd Quarter for Bid

by Associated Press 10/8/2014 09:35 am

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's campaign says he's raised nearly $4 million over the past three months as he heads into the final weeks of his bid for a Senate seat in Arkansas.

ARK Challenge: Politapoll Aims to Give Voice to Disenfranchised

by Mark Carter 10/8/2014 08:50 am

Politapoll, a startup participating in the fourth installment of the ARK Challenge accelerator, enables citizens to tell their legislators exactly where they fall on specific issues and also provides a legislative report card to constituents.

#ARPX TV Ads Reviewed, Part II (Robert Coon & Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Robert Coon and Blake Rutherford 10/8/2014 07:50 am

Part 2 in our series looking at Arkansas political ads. Columnists Robert Coon and Blake Rutherford offer their critiques of TV spots in the races for Arkansas lieutenant governor, Arkansas attorney general, 4th District Congress and 2nd District Congress.