Government & Politics Archive

What Is Economic Nationalism? (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 3/6/2017 12:00 am

Consumers need to understand that the cost of a move toward economic nationalism is a cost that will be borne by us all.

Johnny Cash's Footsteps Lead Tourists Back in Time to Dyess

by Kyle Massey 3/6/2017 12:00 am

The legacy of American musician Johnny Cash attracts history buffs and music fans from dozens of countries and every state to his boyhood home in the Historic Dyess Colony, the largest agricultural resettlement of the Depression-era New Deal.

Yellen Signals the Fed Will Likely Raise Rates This Month

by Associated Press 3/3/2017 03:07 pm

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled Friday that the Fed will likely resume raising interest rates later this month to reflect a strengthening job market and inflation edging toward the central bank's 2 percent target rate.

Small Business Center Touts Record-Breaking Numbers

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/3/2017 02:04 pm

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock announced last week that it has helped its clients obtain nearly $70 million in capital funding and open 141 businesses in 2016.

2 Firms Partner with Parks & Tourism to Increase Tourism Diversity

by Kyle Massey 3/3/2017 08:25 am

The Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism has partnered with two Little Rock diversity marketing consulting firms — Culturally Connected Communications and Cinco Media Group — to focus on increasing diversity tourism in the state.

Proposal for 4 Percent Tax on Marijuana in Arkansas Advances

by Associated Press 3/3/2017 07:30 am

Arkansas' Republican-dominated House has approved a proposal that would levy an extra 4 percent tax on marijuana.

Arkansas Moves to Separate King and Lee Holiday

by Tafi Mukunyadzi, The Associated Press 3/3/2017 07:27 am

Arkansas has taken a first step toward celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. on the third Monday in January and honoring Robert E. Lee in the fall rather than the current practice of recognizing both men on the same day in January.

Updated: Former State Sen. Jon Woods, Ecclesia College President Oren Paris III Indicted

by Mark Friedman and Gwen Moritz 3/2/2017 05:09 pm

Randell Shelton Jr., a mutual friend of Woods and Paris is also charged in the 13-count indictment that represents the second phase of a corruption scandal that came to light with a guilty plea in January by former state Rep. Micah Neal.

Bill Advances to Separate Lee from King Holiday in Arkansas

by Associated Press 3/2/2017 11:18 am

Arkansas has taken a first step toward celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. on the third Monday in January and moving its Robert E. Lee holiday to the fall.

State Revenue Rises in February, Lowering Budget Cut Fears

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/2/2017 10:28 am

Arkansas finance officials say the state's revenue in February beat expectations, and the governor says the numbers reduce the likelihood of the budget cuts that he had told agencies were possible.

Asa Hutchinson: Taking Lee Off King Holiday Uphill Fight

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/2/2017 07:09 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday he expects an uphill battle pushing to remove Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., but said the move is needed to unify the state and help its image.

Arkansas Panel Advances Medical Pot Smoking, Edibles Ban

by Associated Press 3/2/2017 07:06 am

An Arkansas Senate committee advanced bills to change the medical marijuana law approved by voters in November by banning smoking medical marijuana and the selling of food or drinks containing the drug.

Arkansas House OKs Bill to Cap Enrollment in Medicaid Plan

by Associated Press 3/2/2017 07:05 am

The Arkansas House has approved and sent to the state Senate a bill to freeze enrollment in the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion while the future of the federal health overhaul that enabled the program remains unclear.

Sources: KATV Owner Sinclair Approaches Tribune Co. About A Deal

by Jessica Toonkel and Liana B. Baker, Reuters 3/1/2017 11:05 am

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. has approached rival U.S. broadcaster Tribune Media Co. to discuss a potential combination, people familiar with the matter tell Reuters.

Asa Hutchinson Opposes Bill to Rename Clinton Airport

by Associated Press 3/1/2017 06:58 am

Arkansas' governor says he opposes an effort to remove Bill and Hillary Clinton's name from Little Rock's airport, saying the Legislature shouldn't interfere with what the facility's name is.

Arkansas Lawmakers Consider Freezing Medicaid Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/1/2017 06:56 am

A bill that would freeze enrollment in Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion program has advanced out of a state House committee.

Arkansas Senate OKs Bids for Marriage, Abortion Amendments

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/1/2017 06:55 am

The Arkansas Senate endorses a long-shot effort to push for amending the U.S. Constitution to effectively ban gay marriage and abortion, a move one Republican lawmaker said is needed to overturn rulings from the nation's highest court.

Arkansas House Votes to Put Tort-Reform Proposal on Ballot

by Associated Press 2/28/2017 07:03 am

The Arkansas House has voted to place on the ballot a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ask voters to limit some attorney's fees and punitive damages in lawsuits.

Arkansas Lawmakers Eye More Changes to Campus Guns Bill

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/28/2017 07:01 am

Arkansas lawmakers said Monday they're negotiating more changes to a bill allowing concealed handguns on college campuses after it faced resistance from the National Rifle Association over its age and training restrictions.

Arkansas Lawmakers Approve New Limits on Open Records Law

by Associated Press 2/28/2017 07:00 am

Arkansas lawmakers have approved bills that would limit public access to government records, including measures keeping security information about the state Capitol and the Governor's Mansion secret.