Government & Politics Archive

Tom Cotton Raises $3.8M During 3rd Quarter for Bid

by Associated Press 10/8/2014 09:35 am

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's campaign says he's raised nearly $4 million over the past three months as he heads into the final weeks of his bid for a Senate seat in Arkansas.

ARK Challenge: Politapoll Aims to Give Voice to Disenfranchised

by Mark Carter 10/8/2014 08:50 am

Politapoll, a startup participating in the fourth installment of the ARK Challenge accelerator, enables citizens to tell their legislators exactly where they fall on specific issues and also provides a legislative report card to constituents.

#ARPX TV Ads Reviewed, Part II (Robert Coon & Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Robert Coon and Blake Rutherford 10/8/2014 07:50 am

Part 2 in our series looking at Arkansas political ads. Columnists Robert Coon and Blake Rutherford offer their critiques of TV spots in the races for Arkansas lieutenant governor, Arkansas attorney general, 4th District Congress and 2nd District Congress.

Mike Ross, Asa Hutchinson Trade Jabs on Tax Cuts, Wage Hike

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/7/2014 08:47 pm

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson is deriding Democratic rival Mike Ross' tax cut plan as "pie in the sky" while Ross is accusing the GOP candidate of flip-flopping on a minimum wage hike as the two square off in a televised debate.

Even an Ozarks Coroner Gets Surplus Military Guns

by Associated Press 10/7/2014 11:52 am

Doug Wortham used a Defense Department giveaway program for law enforcement to stock his office with an assault rifle, a handgun and a Humvee. Wortham is the Sharp County, Arkansas, coroner.

Wal-Mart Cuts Health Benefits for Some Part-Timers

by Associated Press 10/7/2014 11:46 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation's largest private employer.

Arkansas Lawmakers Begin Budget Hearings

by Associated Press 10/7/2014 10:50 am

Arkansas lawmakers began talks Tuesday about crafting next year's budget amid the uncertainty of the midterm elections and competing demands for increased funding for prisons, schools and other needs.

What to Watch For In Today's Mike Ross, Asa Hutchinson KATV Debate

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/7/2014 07:34 am

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson and Democratic rival Mike Ross are squaring off for their second live televised debate in the race for Arkansas' top office.

In Conway, Bill Clinton Asks Arkansas Voters to Avoid Protest Vote

by Associated Press 10/6/2014 02:06 pm

Former President Bill Clinton is urging Arkansas voters to not use the midterm election as a protest vote against the White House as he kicks off a series of rallies to help Democrats in his home state.

DHS Says Ted Suhl Was 'Person C' in Steven Jones Bribery Case

by Gwen Moritz 10/6/2014 01:31 pm

Ted Suhl, owner of behavioral health companies, including one formerly called Lord's Ranch, has been identified by the Arkansas Department of Human Services as "Person C," who allegedly provided bribes to former DHS Deputy Director Steven B. Jones.

Bill Clinton to Lead Rallies in Conway, Jonesboro

by Associated Press 10/6/2014 11:32 am

Former President Bill Clinton is headlining a series of rallies around the state this week to drum up support for Arkansas Democrats.

Arkansas Supreme Court to Hear Arguments Over Alcohol Sales

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/6/2014 10:03 am

A case heading to Arkansas' highest court this week could determine whether the state's voters can decide to expand alcohol sales throughout the state. It could also determine whether a proposal to raise the minimum wage also remains on the ballot.

Crittenden Regional Hospital's True Financial Status Surprised Directors

by Mark Friedman 10/6/2014 12:00 am

Directors of Crittenden Regional Hospital learned on Aug. 19 that its monthly revenue was only $2 million — about half what they had previously been led to believe — while expenses were about $5 million, the CEO of the shuttered hospital revealed in a bankruptcy court filing.

Hospital Executives Report Better Finances

by Michell Corbet, Jan Cottingham and Gwen Moritz 10/6/2014 12:00 am

Last week, Arkansas Business staff writers checked in with the top administrators of five hospitals, large and small. Here's what we learned.

Census Says 42 Million Americans Without Health Insurance in 2013

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/6/2014 12:00 am

The percentage of Americans without health insurance in 2013 was 13.4 percent, or 42 million people, according to a report released last month by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Betting on Graduates

by Michelle Corbet 10/6/2014 12:00 am

The direct link between college scholarships and gambling was something Arkansas' first state lottery commissioners weren't eager to point out, but a new class of commissioners is hoping to remind Arkansans of that link each time they attend a football game.

Texas Tourism Turns Down Oxford American

by Michelle Corbet 10/6/2014 12:00 am

When Oxford American first started focusing its music issues on Southern states, the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism funded the issue's accompanying CD in an advertising partnership valued at $33,000.

To Succeed, Liquor Stores Must Adapt

by Jan Cottingham 10/6/2014 12:00 am

Package stores face in an uncertain environment if voters in November approve the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment.

Looking to the Court for Clarity (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 10/6/2014 12:00 am

F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong. There are second acts in American lives. America was founded by people looking for their second act. And because we're all about the second acts in life, Americans are a forgiving people and that means that Arkansans are a forgiving people.

ALL-CAPS OUTRAGE (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/6/2014 12:00 am

My position has always been that voters should have a reasonable opportunity to decide the wet-dry question. I would prefer that they be able to decide it on a county-by-county basis, but the liquor store owners, through their friends in the Legislature, made it unreasonably difficult and expensive to get county-specific referendums on the ballot. So now we'll get a statewide vote instead.