Government & Politics Archive

‘What's in It for Me?' (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Voters are political consumers. They make a purchasing decision with their votes. At every election, the political consumer decides whether or not to buy what the candidate is selling. If they like what they see and hear, they vote for it. If not, they either don't show up at the polls or, if they do, they vote against it.

Keno Pause Opens New Fight Over Lottery (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Associated Press 7/6/2014 12:36 pm

Arkansas lottery officials won't just be making the case for why they should be allowed to expand their games to include offerings such as keno when the Legislature meets next year. They'll also be making the case for not completely overhauling their structure.

Mike Beebe Signs Lottery, Insurance, Prison Bills Into Law

by Associated Press 7/3/2014 04:22 pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has signed into law measures approved during this week's special session addressing teacher health insurance premiums, new limits on the lottery and additional funding for state prisons.

Mike Beebe Plans to Issue 10 Pardons

by Associated Press 7/3/2014 01:58 pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has announced plans to grant 10 pardons to applicants who have completed all jail time, fulfilled parole and probation requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences.

Study: Wastewater Drilling Likely Earthquake Culprit

by Associated Press 7/3/2014 01:48 pm

A new study from the journal Science explains how just four wells forcing massive amounts of drilling wastewater into the ground are probably shaking up Oklahoma and surrounding states including Arkansas.

No Daily Report, E-newsletters on Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/3/2014 10:01 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report or weekly industry e-newsletters on Friday, the Fourth of July. Arkansas Business Publishing Group offices will be closed Friday as well, reopening on Monday. ABPG wishes everyone a happy Fourth.

Faith at Issue in Arkansas Senate Race

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/3/2014 09:29 am

More fighting words in the closely watched Senate race in Arkansas. This time it's about religion. GOP congressman Tom Cotton said Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor believes, quote, "faith is something that only happens at 11 o'clock on Sunday mornings."

With Session Over, Lawmakers Look for Long-term Answers

by By Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/2/2014 03:10 pm

With short-term fixes in place on teacher health insurance premiums, prison overcrowding and new limits on the lottery, Arkansas lawmakers shifted their attention Wednesday to finding longer term answers when they return for next year's legislative session.

Mark Pryor Says Tom Cotton Questioned His Faith

by Associated Press 7/2/2014 02:47 pm

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is accusing Republican rival Tom Cotton of questioning his religious beliefs for an interview where Cotton said the Democratic lawmaker thinks that "faith is something that only happens at 11 o'clock on Sunday mornings."

Arkansas Ends Fiscal Year with $78M Surplus

by Associated Press 7/2/2014 10:29 am

The Department of Finance and Administration reported Wednesday that the state's net available revenue for the fiscal year that ended June 30 totaled $5.02 billion. That's $4.5 million lower than the previous year, but $78.7 million higher than originally forecast.

'I'm Warm, Dammit' (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 7/2/2014 10:28 am

Forced to confront the issue of likability in recent weeks, Republican senatorial candidate Tom Cotton has gone on a "charm offensive," according to one news outlet. But likability isn't as important as we tend to believe, and Cotton's political troubles have roots in more serious matters related to his performance.

Lawmakers OK Insurance, Lotto, Prisons Bills

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/2/2014 07:14 am

Arkansas lawmakers gave final approval early Wednesday to bills addressing teacher health insurance premiums, prison overcrowding and new limits on the lottery, wrapping up a special legislative session that left unresolved until next year the long-term questions surrounding the three issues.

Lawmakers Approve Electronic Lottery Game Moratorium

by Associated Press 7/1/2014 02:43 pm

The Arkansas House and Senate have approved separate measures calling for a moratorium on electronic lottery games like keno, lining up the chambers to adjourn their special session in the early hours Wednesday.

Senate Approves Teacher Insurance Plan

by Associated Press 7/1/2014 02:39 pm

The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would prevent large premium increases for the state's public school employees.

Arkansas Lawmakers Plan Midnight Session Votes

by Associated Press 7/1/2014 11:31 am

House and Senate leaders said they planned to meet at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday to hold what's expected to be the final votes on measures addressing teacher insurance premiums, prison overcrowding and new lottery restrictions.

Arkansas Senate Panel Advances Keno Moratorium

by Associated Press 7/1/2014 09:40 am

The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday endorsed the proposal prohibiting the lottery from starting the games until March 13, 2015. A House panel advanced an identical proposal Monday.

Survey: Midwest Economy Growing

by Associated Press 7/1/2014 09:23 am

The economy in nine Midwestern and Plains states including Arkansas should continue growing steadily in the months ahead, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Tuesday.

Big River Closes Financing for Steel Mill

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/1/2014 09:09 am

A formal groundbreaking ceremony will be held later this summer. Big River plans to employ more than 500 workers at an average annual salary of $75,000.

Lawmakers Convene for Special Session

by Andrew DeMillio, The Associated Press 6/30/2014 04:58 pm

Arkansas lawmakers opened a special legislative session Monday where they hope to tackle rising teacher health insurance premiums, prison overcrowding and an effort to prevent the state lottery from offering keno.

Mark Pryor Surviving Despite TV Ad Onslaught

by Associated Press 6/30/2014 01:52 pm

In a state where Democrats have become an endangered species in the past decade, the televised onslaught ought to have long since laid flat the Senate incumbent perhaps most vulnerable come November.