Government & Politics Archive

AMHC's Idonia Trotter Takes New Post in Houston

by Michelle Corbet 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Idonia L. Trotter, executive director of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, has accepted a position as the new executive director of nonprofit health care collaborative Gateway to Care in Houston.

Don't Miss Another Chance (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Through no fault of their own, a growing number of farmers — at least a dozen at last count — are spending time in lawyers' offices rather than in the field, crafting civil suits to claim whatever assets may ultimately be left when the dust settles on Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley.

Foreign Patent Trolls Threaten Arkansas Economy (Warwick Sabin Commentary)

by Warwick Sabin 9/1/2014 12:00 am

“Patent trolling,” the practice of obtaining large buckets of intellectual property rights with the intention of using them to extract damages and settlement revenue rather than to protect innovation or produce anything, is not a new idea.

Arkansas Lottery Taps Daryl Backes as Security and Compliance Director (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Daryl Backes, former security chief for the Missouri Lottery, has been hired as security and compliance director for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery in Little Rock. Backes fills the position vacated by the retirement of Lance Huey in July.

Baptist Health CEO Troy Wells on Best & Worst of Obamacare

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Troy Wells has been the president and CEO of Baptist Health of Little Rock since July.

Health Law Factors into Governor's, Senate Races in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/31/2014 07:41 am

Running in the two hottest races in Arkansas this fall, Mark Pryor and Mike Ross find themselves under attack on the health care reform law and attempting to navigate around it as they struggle to prevent a complete Republican takeover of the state's top offices.

Alcohol Amendment Will Be on November Ballot

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/29/2014 03:45 pm

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announced Friday afternoon the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment will be on the general election ballot in November.

Report: FBI Investigating Turner Grain

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/29/2014 01:21 pm

The Central Delta Argus-Sun newspaper in Brinkley is reporting that the FBI is investigating Turner Grain Merchandising Inc., the grain buyer that two groups of farmers have sued over defaults on payments.

US Consumer Sentiment Improves in August

by Associated Press 8/29/2014 11:44 am

U.S. consumer sentiment ticked up in August, driven by greater optimism about jobs, rising incomes, and increasing wealth. Yet the increase largely occurred among higher-income groups.

Mark Pryor Launches Women's Issues Coalition

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/29/2014 11:42 am

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor launched a coalition Thursday to tout his positions supporting raising Arkansas' minimum wage and pay equity as he tries to turn out the women's vote in his re-election campaign.

Colette Honorable Nominated to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

by Associated Press 8/29/2014 06:49 am

President Barack Obama has nominated the chairwoman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Chris Christie Calls Arkansas A Top Pickup Opportunity for GOP

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/28/2014 08:22 am

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Arkansas the best opportunity in the country for Republicans to pick up a governor's seat as he visited the state Wednesday to campaign for Asa Hutchinson during his gubernatorial bid.

Mark Pryor Defends Campaign Ad Invoking Ebola Outbreak

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/27/2014 04:07 pm

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is defending his campaign TV ad that invokes the Ebola outbreak to criticize his Republican rival over medical disaster funding, saying he doesn't view it as a scare tactic.

Armed and Dangerous in Ferguson (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 8/27/2014 01:19 pm

The tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri have raised important questions about the role of a militarized local police in our communities. The resources on display in that small Missouri town exist in many communities across the country, and shedding light on them is both necessary and justified.

US Economy Forecast to Grow by 1.5 Percent in 2014

by Associated Press 8/27/2014 11:31 am

The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday forecast that the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent in 2014, undermined by a poor performance during the first three months of the year.

ARA Scholars Program Announces Two New Scientists

by Mark Carter 8/27/2014 11:01 am

Carolina Cruz-Neira and Gareth Morgan were introduced from the Governor's Conference Room at the state Capitol by Gov. Mike Beebe and ARA director Jerry Adams.

Arkansas Insurance Marketplace Premiums to Drop

by Associated Press 8/26/2014 07:51 pm

The state program that provides private insurance to poor Arkansas residents will see a 2 percent decrease in premium costs next year, the governor's office said Tuesday.

Butch Calhoun Requests Assistance for Turner Grain Farmers

by Lee Hogan 8/26/2014 11:58 am

Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Butch Calhoun has requested assistance from his national counterpart, Tom Vilsack, for Arkansas farmers and others in nearby states affected by the unraveling of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley.

Kim Davis of Fayetteville Named to State Board of Education

by Associated Press 8/26/2014 11:36 am

Davis serves as director of external relations and economic development for the Northwest Arkansas Council, which is a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting the region.

Former Little Rock Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty; Scam Cost Government $1.1M

by Gwen Moritz 8/26/2014 10:40 am

Christopher T. Craig pleaded guilty to just two cases of diverting tax payments to himself, but he admitted that the loss to the government was much greater.