Government & Politics Archive

Randy Zook Expects Court Challenges Over Amendment 3

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/8/2014 06:31 pm

The head of the state's largest business lobbying group says he expects court challenges aimed at clarifying questions surrounding a new constitutional amendment that imposes new ethics restrictions on lawmakers and loosens term limits.

Mark Pryor Delivers Farewell on Senate Floor

by Associated Press 12/8/2014 05:00 pm

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is warning about the dangers of "hyper-partisanship" and urging Washington lawmakers to find ways to work together as he prepares to leave office after 12 years.

Downtown Partnership Leader Sharon Priest to Retire

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/8/2014 01:45 pm

The Downtown Little Rock Partnership said Monday that its executive director, Sharon Priest, will retire at the end of January.

Arkansas AG: Woman Pleads Guilty to Medicaid Fraud

by Associated Press 12/8/2014 12:31 pm

Arkansas' attorney general says a Crittenden County woman has pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud.

At Clinton School, Arkansas Lawmakers to Discuss New Ethics Rules

by Associated Press 12/8/2014 08:06 am

State lawmakers and others are scheduled to discuss a state constitutional amendment that prohibits most lobbyist gifts to elected officials and bars corporate campaign contributions and addresses term limits.

Traditions That Just Need to End (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 12/8/2014 12:00 am

Smart retailers, the kind that survive, will adjust to consumer habits. They will recognize which things people buy online and which things they still want to buy in a store. But, as the NRF pointed out again last week, brick-and-mortar “Main Street” retailers deserve a level playing field.

Ralph Bradbury Vows to Fight IRS Bill

by Mark Friedman 12/8/2014 12:00 am

Ralph Bradbury, the former president of the defunct Continental Express Inc. of Little Rock, said he will continue to fight an $823,166 judgment he recently received for the trucking company's unpaid payroll taxes.

Fort Smith Administrator Calls Sewer Pact ‘Fair Deal'

by Marty Cook 12/8/2014 12:00 am

The consent decree, which the city's board of directors will vote on Dec. 16, requires Fort Smith to pay $300,000 in fines for past violations of the Clean Water Act and spend more than $200 million to upgrade and replace the city's sewer system in the next 12 years.

Homebuilders Association Questions Accounting of Former EVP Julie Mills

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/8/2014 12:00 am

The Arkansas Homebuilders Association has asked a Pulaski County Circuit judge to order a former executive to account for certain financial transactions she was responsible for during her tenure.

Hutchinson Tax Cut Pitch Mirrors Beebe's (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/7/2014 01:58 pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson's pitch to Arkansas farmers on why they should support his $100 million tax cut proposal was a simple one: I've stood with you on your tax exemptions, so help me in passing a reduction that will go even further.

Report Says Arkansas Lottery Hampered by Mistrust

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/5/2014 04:43 pm

Arkansas' lottery offers too many games, pays more to its vendors than comparable states and suffers from mistrust from the public dating back to its launch five years ago, a consultant hired to review the games told lawmakers on Friday.

Mike Beebe Formally Announces Intent to Pardon Son

by Associated Press 12/5/2014 02:31 pm

Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has taken the first step toward previously announced plans to pardon his son over a 2003 marijuana conviction.

Arkansas Farm Bureau Re-Elects Randy Veach as President

by Associated Press 12/5/2014 02:27 pm

Arkansas Farm Bureau members have re-elected Randy Veach as president and Rich Hillman as vice president. Members also re-elected five board members and selected two new board members on Friday, the final day of the organization's annual convention in Hot Springs.

Arkansas to Get $60,000 in Sirius XM Settlement

by Associated Press 12/5/2014 01:58 pm

Arkansas will receive $60,178 from Sirius XM Radio Inc. in a national settlement to resolve complaints about misleading advertising and billing practices.

NLR Chamber, ABPG Join In Women's Hall of Fame

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/5/2014 11:36 am

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Arkansas Business Publishing Group of Little Rock to launch a new program to honor the significant contributions of Arkansas women in business, politics, philanthropy and other fields.

Gov.-Elect Asa Hutchinson Asks 3 Directors To Stay

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/5/2014 11:19 am

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson has asked three agency directors to remain in their current roles under his administration.

ASTA Launches New Mobile-Friendly Website

by Mark Carter 12/5/2014 10:59 am

The Arkansas Science & Technology Authority (ASTA) has launched a new mobile-friendly website designed to provide easier access to grants and investments for high-tech startups with the potential to create high-paying jobs in Arkansas.

Bill Walker Out as Department of Career Education Director

by Lee Hogan 12/5/2014 10:54 am

Bill Walker, director of the Arkansas Department of Career Education, will not continue in the role under Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson.

US Adds 321K Jobs, Jobless Rate Stays 5.8 Percent

by Associated Press 12/5/2014 07:38 am

U.S. employers hired at the strongest pace in nearly three years in November, adding 321,000 jobs, the latest sign the United States is outperforming other major economies by growing steadily and generating consistently healthy job gains.

Candace Franks Retained by Asa Hutchinson as Arkansas State Bank Department Commissioner

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/4/2014 02:26 pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson will retain Candace Franks as commissioner of the Arkansas State Bank Department.