Government & Politics Archive

Alma Voters Approve Sales Tax, 7 Projects

by Associated Press 8/13/2014 09:51 am

Voters in a western Arkansas city have decided to renew a 1 percent sales tax for capital improvements expected to cost more than $12 million.

Summer of Genocide (Blake Rutherford on Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 8/13/2014 09:19 am

As conflict escalates in Iraq, President Obama is faced with the difficult and unpopular decision to intervene. What does it mean for the future of Iraq and the fate of the Middle East?

Fort Smith, Rogers Airports Get Sizable FAA Grants

by Lee Hogan 8/12/2014 11:04 am

The Fort Smith Regional Airport and the Rogers Municipal-Carter Field Airport are the recipients of two grants, totaling more than $8 million, that will go toward upgrades at each facility.

Lawrence County Quorum Court Votes Against Hosting State Prison

by Associated Press 8/12/2014 08:31 am

An Arkansas county voted against hosting a proposed $100 million state prison that could have brought hundreds of jobs to the northeastern part of the state.

Bill Clinton to Headline Arkansas Democrats Event

by Associated Press 8/12/2014 07:48 am

Former President Bill Clinton is headed back to Arkansas to raise money for the state Democratic Party.

ACLU Asks Court to Uphold Arkansas Voter ID Ruling

by Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 8/11/2014 03:49 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas asked the state's highest court on Monday to uphold a judge's ruling that found Arkansas' new voter identification law unconstitutional.

Mike Beebe: Reallocate Resources for School Broadband

by Associated Press 8/11/2014 03:26 pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says the state can reallocate $15 million to expand broadband access to schools that are lacking fast Internet connections.

Russellville Financial Adviser David Crain Fined $5,000

by Gwen Moritz 8/11/2014 02:54 pm

W. David Crain, a former representative of St. Bernard Financial Services of Russellville, has agreed to a $5,000 fine and more than $4,100 in restitution for his handling of a widow's account.

Gains From GOP Immigration Push Unclear (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/11/2014 07:43 am

The ad war Sen. Mark Pryor and Rep. Tom Cotton are waging over border security highlights just how much the GOP is counting on the immigration issue to boost their odds in the fight for an Arkansas Senate seat. Based on Arkansas' history, it's far from certain whether it's a strategy that will offer gains.

Vilonia Considers Rebuilding Options After Tornado

by Mark Friedman 8/11/2014 12:00 am

After the tornado that hit Faulkner County on April 27, Vilonia is tiptoeing into the rebuilding process. While the rebuilding of a $13 million school is moving forward, a group of citizens is hoping business owners will consider all options before construction starts on Main Street.

Disaster Planning Should Start Early

by Mark Friedman 8/11/2014 12:00 am

After a disaster strikes is not the time for the business owner to develop a plan to reopen the company.

Greene County Unveils $16.5M Jail Expansion

by Mark Friedman 8/11/2014 12:00 am

The first phase of a $16.5 million expansion project at the Greene County Detention Center was recently completed.

The Maggio Effect (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Reading the findings of fact included in the state Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission's sanctions against suspended Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio were more than we could take.

As You Hoped And/Or Feared (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas, through sheer political will that strikes me as more miraculous every day, bucked the trend of conservative states turning away federal dollars to fund health insurance for the working poor.

Immigration Heats Up Arkansas Senate Race

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/7/2014 04:12 pm

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican challenger Tom Cotton targeted each other's records on border security Thursday in competing television ads, signaling the importance of the immigration issue in a race that could help determine which party controls the chamber.

Oil Boom and Housing Bust Alter US Spending Trends

by Associated Press 8/7/2014 02:16 pm

North Dakotans, enriched by an oil boom, stepped up their spending at triple the national pace in the three years that followed the Great Recession. In Nevada, smacked hard by the housing bust, consumers barely increased their spending.

Mike Ross Unveils 'Bill of Rights' for Older Arkansans

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/7/2014 01:38 pm

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross on Thursday proposed appointing a "chief seniors advocate" in his office and setting up a website to access services as part of a package aimed at helping older Arkansans.

Arkansas Consumer Spending Up Since 2009

by Associated Press 8/7/2014 01:24 pm

New government data shows that Arkansas had the second-lowest per-person consumer spending in 2012, but the state still saw a jump of more than 12 percent since 2009.

New Ads Buys Escalate Arkansas Senate Race

by Associated Press 8/6/2014 03:52 pm

Senate Democrats' campaign arm on Tuesday began a $3.6 million ad blitz against Republican Tom Cotton as one of the longest and most intense Senate races in the nation moved toward the final stretch.

A Program Worth Bridging The Ideological Divide (Robert Coon On Politics)

by Robert Coon 8/6/2014 03:01 pm

The growing rift between mainstream, establishment Republicans and their more conservative, Tea Party colleagues threatens to engulf every major policy issue coming down the pike in Congress.