Government & Politics Archive

DHS Director John Selig on What Changes He'd Make in Public Policy

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

John Selig joined the Department of Human Services in 1988 as a special assistant to the director. He left the agency for two years in 1994 to work at the Department of Health before returning to DHS as the director of Behavioral Health Services. He was named director by Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2005.

After You Vote, Go Spend (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 11/3/2014 12:00 am

November is finally here. The can't-end-soon-enough political advertising, polls and phone calls are coming to an end. Congratulations to the political winners. It's now your job to be the kind of stewards of public policy that give consumers the very best opportunities to participate in a growing Arkansas economy — and spend.

The Best And Worst Of Times (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 11/3/2014 12:00 am

The best thing about Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 — the official date of this issue of Arkansas Business — is that it is the day before the midterm election that has been an eternity in coming. The worst thing about Nov. 3, 2014, is that the election isn't already over.

Bank Branch Count in Arkansas Dwindles After Mergers

by Gwen Moritz 11/3/2014 12:00 am

After reaching a peak of 1,513 in mid-2008, Arkansas' branch network had fallen to 1,388 as of this year's summary of deposits, which was released on Sept. 29. A net reduction of 54 branches happened in the 12 months that ended June 30.

Arkansas Poll Mixed for State Dems, GOP (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/2/2014 02:13 pm

Regardless of how they may feel about Democratic Party candidates, voters seem to be embracing a minimum wage increase that has been a key part of the party's campaign.

Arkansas Senate Rivals Trade Out-of-Touch Claims

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/2/2014 02:10 pm

The multimillion-dollar and nationally watched race between Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton has turned into a test of which candidate can paint the other as out of touch with Arkansas.

Bill Clinton Makes Last-Ditch Case for Dems in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/2/2014 02:04 pm

Former President Bill Clinton is criticizing conservative groups targeting Democratic hopefuls in his home state as he kicks off a tour to prevent a GOP takeover in Tuesday's election in Arkansas.

TV Space for Campaign Ads Hard to Find This Late

by Associated Press 10/31/2014 11:37 am

A Democratic super PAC wanted to run a 30-second ad during a Friday evening newscast on New Hampshire's one network station — and was even willing to shell out the $10,000 that the station demanded.

Chris Christie Visits Arkansas to Tout GOP Candidates

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/31/2014 10:55 am

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie touted the Republican Party's nominees for governor and the U.S. Senate in Arkansas on Friday, as the GOP tries to build on its recent gains in a state that had been a Democratic holdout in the South.

GOP Outpaces Democrats in PAC, Lobbyist Donations in Arkansas

by Lee Hogan 10/31/2014 10:36 am

Republican candidates in contested races for the Arkansas Legislature continue to lead their Democratic opponents in donations from PACs and lobbyists.

Legislators Have 3 Issues before Arkansas Voters

by Associated Press 10/30/2014 02:48 pm

Arkansas voters have five ballot issues to consider this Election Day — two high-profile issues that have been the subject of court battles and three referred to the people by the Legislature.

Tom Cotton, Asa Hutchinson Lead Big in Arkansas Poll

by Lee Hogan 10/30/2014 10:22 am

Republican candidates for U.S. Senate and governor led their Democratic opponents by double digits in a poll released Thursday by the University of Arkansas.

US Economy Grew at 3.5 Percent Rate in 3Q

by Associated Press 10/30/2014 09:14 am

The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years.

Cleared for Ballot, Wage Hike Faces Easy Path

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/30/2014 09:10 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court's decision to keep a minimum wage hike on the ballot removes the last major hurdle for a proposal that is gaining bipartisan support and faces no organized opposition as Election Day nears.

Temporary Hold Placed on Arkansas Hog Farm Permits

by Associated Press 10/29/2014 04:28 pm

Officials have put another temporary hold on new permits for hog farms near the Buffalo National River in northern Arkansas.

#ARPX: What to Watch on Election Day (Robert Coon & Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Robert Coon, Blake Rutherford and Lance Turner 10/29/2014 04:01 pm

It's the penultimate Arkansas Business #ARPX column of 2014! Before next week's post-election wrap-up, we've once again asked Robert Coon and Blake Rutherford to weigh in on what we've seen — and will seen — in these final days of the midterm campaign.

Small Business Divided Over Minimum Wage Votes

by Associated Press 10/29/2014 11:27 am

Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees' hours or jobs. Others say it's the right thing to do for workers and the economy.

Incumbent State Legislators Lead Non-Incumbents in Donations by PACs, Lobbyists

by Lee Hogan 10/29/2014 10:17 am

Incumbents in contested races for state House of Representatives and Senate rule the roost when it comes to donations from special-interest groups.

Asa Hutchinson Reports Raising $451K in October

by Associated Press 10/29/2014 08:14 am

Republican Asa Hutchinson has raised more than double the amount brought in by Democratic rival Mike Ross during the past month as the two Arkansas gubernatorial hopefuls head into the final week of the campaign.

TMW to Open $20M Plant Near Big River Steel, Employ 45

by Mark Carter 10/28/2014 02:32 pm

A company called The Materials Works Ltd. (TMW) reveals plans to build a flat rolled toll processing center adjacent to Big River Steel, which is now under construction just south of Osceola. The $20 million TMW plant will create 45 jobs.