Government & Politics Archive

Bob Ballinger to Chair Ted Cruz's Arkansas Campaign

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/12/2015 01:36 pm

Ted Cruz is enlisting the help of the legislator behind Arkansas' religious objections law as the Texas senator tries to build support for his White House bid in rival Mike Huckabee's home state.

Asa Hutchinson Makes Board, Commission, Court Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/12/2015 09:18 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday announced the following appointments.

Appeals Court Formally Upholds Arkansas Gay Marriage Ruling

by Associated Press 8/12/2015 06:59 am

A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling striking down Arkansas' gay marriage ban, finding that the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage didn't render the state case moot.

Arkansas Cities Get Smart with Technology

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 8/12/2015 06:58 am

The mayor of a northwest Arkansas city wants the local water utility to be able to tell residents if their toilet is broken or if a pipe bursts without a utility employee ever having to set foot on their property.

Asa Hutchinson: More Than 1,300 Signed Up for Online Coding Classes

by Mark Carter 8/11/2015 02:57 pm

More than 1,300 Arkansas high-school students signed up over the summer for online computer coding education, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday.

Conner Eldridge Stepping Down As US Attorney

by Gwen Moritz 8/11/2015 11:24 am

Conner Eldridge, rumored as a potential Democratic challenger for U.S. Sen. John Boozman in 2016, announced Tuesday that he will resign as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas on Aug. 21.

Tom Cotton Visiting Countries in East Asia

by Associated Press 8/11/2015 06:53 am

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton is on a weeklong trip to east Asia to meet with senior government officials and service members, including troops from Arkansas.

Faulkner County Sheriff Andy Shock Appointed to Arkansas Parole Board

by Associated Press 8/11/2015 06:52 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed Faulkner County Sheriff Andy Shock to the Arkansas State Parole Board.

Arkansas Ending Program Providing Home Health Care to 13K

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/11/2015 06:50 am

Arkansas health officials announced Monday that the state is ending a home health care program that serves thousands of people, a move that could leave 2,300 workers and contractors seeking new jobs.

Arkansas, 12 Other States Want Judge to Block EPA Water Rule

by Associated Press 8/10/2015 01:36 pm

Thirteen states led by North Dakota are asking a federal judge in Bismarck to block a new rule that gives federal authorities jurisdiction over some state waters.

Conner Eldridge Suggested as Potential Challenger to Boozman in '16

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/10/2015 12:00 am

If you were thinking Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman might go unchallenged by a Democrat in 2016, think again. The calls that Ross Whipple of Arkadelphia has been making lead us to believe that his son-in-law, W. Conner Eldridge Jr., has moved past the thinking stage and will soon announce his candidacy.

State Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr Scrutinized Over 2011 Case

by Mark Friedman 8/10/2015 12:00 am

The favorable treatment that Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr received from his predecessor, Jay Bradford, in a 2011 dispute with Farmers Insurance Group has been criticized in court documents by another former insurance commissioner, Mike Pickens.

Fatal Crash Led to Split Between Farmers Insurance, Allen Kerr

by Mark Friedman 8/10/2015 12:00 am

For more than 30 years, Allen Kerr was one of Farmers Insurance Group's most productive agents in Arkansas. That changed on Halloween 2011, when Farmers, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, terminated its relationship with Kerr and his Allen W. Kerr Insurance Agency Inc. of Little Rock.

Management Failure (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/10/2015 12:00 am

As a rule, we're hesitant to ascribe motives to actions unless the actors have explained them. Therefore, we won't join the commentators who have tagged as mere “meanness” the state's decision to give beneficiaries of “private option” health insurance only 10 days to respond to questions about their continued eligibility.

Proposed Overtime Rule Divorced From Reality (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 8/10/2015 12:00 am

The Obama administration's recent proposal to expand overtime eligibility to some 5 million more Americans will curtail work hours and suppress job growth as employers work around the rule to control costs. The plan would more than double the eligibility threshold for overtime pay, to $970 a week from the current cutoff of $455 a week, last adjusted in 2004.

Ameris Faces Hurdles With Crittenden Regional Hospital

by Mark Friedman 8/10/2015 12:00 am

It might be as late as March before the Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis will be reopened, according to Ameris Health CEO Robert Bauer.

Terminations New Obstacle in Private Option Debate (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Associated Press 8/9/2015 02:47 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's decision to temporarily halt efforts to drop thousands from Arkansas' Medicaid program shows the challenge of balancing rhetoric about reforming the program with the reality that so many of the state's residents are now relying on it.

Entergy: New EPA Rules Will Cost Arkansans $2 Billion

by Alexis Hosticka 8/7/2015 04:15 pm

Entergy Arkansas responded to the EPA's proposed Federal Implementation Plan on Regional Haze, saying the rule would impose more than $2 billion in costs on the utility's customers and co-owners.

Federal Safety Board to Hold Hearing on Tracy Morgan, Wal-Mart Crash

by Associated Press 8/7/2015 11:16 am

Federal investigators will meet next week to determine the probable cause of the accident that injured actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and killed one of his friends.

5 Key Takeaways from the First GOP Debate of 2016 Campaign

by Associated Press 8/7/2015 07:37 am

The 10 leading candidates for the Republican nomination argued about issues that included immigration, taxes, health care, individual rights and foreign policy. Here are five takeaways from Thursday's debate.