Government & Politics Archive

Curtis Coleman Proposes Income, Corporate Tax Cuts

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/26/2014 03:33 pm

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Curtis Coleman proposed massive cuts to Arkansas' corporate and individual income taxes on Wednesday, saying he viewed the reductions a higher priority than school funding.

Mike Ross Criticizes Asa Hutchinson Over Role in Bill Clinton's Impeachment

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/26/2014 03:11 pm

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross criticizes Republican rival Asa Hutchinson for his role in prosecuting the impeachment case against former President Bill Clinton, saying it showed how partisan the former congressman is.

Putin and the Americans (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 3/26/2014 01:12 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops into Crimea, an act that brought widespread international attention. What it means for the future of American-Russian relations merits the consider of the past work of Sen. J. William Fulbright and the current efforts of Rep. Tom Cotton.

Stephens Inc.'s Ethics Complaint Against Heath Abshure Dismissed

by Gwen Moritz 3/26/2014 11:36 am

The Arkansas Ethics Commission voted 4-0, with one member not present, to dismiss the complaint against Arkansas Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure that Stephens General Counsel David Knight filed in November. Abshure says he never saw any gray area in the settlements that included donations to NASAA.

Record Number to Take Part in UALR Economic Development Course

by Lee Hogan 3/26/2014 11:17 am

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock's annual economic development course will be at room capacity next week.

Federal Agents Raid Hot Springs Housing Authority

by Associated Press 3/26/2014 07:30 am

The administrative offices of the Hot Springs Housing Authority have been raided by federal agents with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General.

Former Clinton Critic David Brock: Reject 'Political Smut'

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/25/2014 05:08 pm

A former critic of the Clintons who now heads an effort to defend Hillary Clinton and other potential Democratic 2016 contenders said Tuesday both parties should disavow the "political smut-mongers" that he said he was a part of in the 1990s.

Martha Shoffner's Finances 'Exhausted,' Asks for Legal Help

by Associated Press 3/25/2014 02:37 pm

Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner is asking a federal judge to declare her unable to pay for legal representation and to appoint counsel for her.

Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton Promote Higher Education

by Associated Press 3/24/2014 02:09 pm

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush, potential foes in the 2016 presidential contest, said Monday that higher education has the power to transform lives and be a force for democracy around the globe.

Thousands Face Flood Insurance Hikes in Arkansas

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 3/24/2014 07:35 am

In Arkansas, more than 2,300 policy owners for businesses and vacation homes face a mandatory 25 percent flood insurance increase each year, according to an Associated Press analysis of the National Flood Insurance Program.

NWA Aims Message At Site Selectors

by Marty Cook 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Northwest Arkansas is aggressively campaigning site selectors for companies outside the region to promote itself as a place for investing and not just a "blank slate." The project comes after a survey of site selectors showed half knew little about the region beyond Wal-Mart and Bentonville.

Conway Chiropractic Duo Working To Resolve Complaints

by Mark Friedman 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Keith and Natalie Currie, a husband-and-wife chiropractor team in Conway, hope to end their five-year battle with the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners next month.

Batesville to Start Work on $22M Community Center

by Mark Friedman 3/24/2014 12:00 am

The approximately 100,000-SF center will feature a gym that can hold three basketball courts, a walking/running track, a catering kitchen, fitness rooms, meeting rooms and indoor swimming pools.

Fayetteville MSA Noncitizen Population Remains Highest in Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/24/2014 12:00 am

The 2010-2012 American Community Survey reported last month that 10.3 million noncitizens under the age of 35 live in the United States, or less than 4 percent of the total population.

Death Penalty Still Supported in Arkansas

by Mark Friedman 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Later this year New Hampshire is expected to become the seventh state in seven years to abolish capital punishment. But there's no reason to think Arkansas could join the 19 states that have no death penalty.

Women Can — And Men Can, Too (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/24/2014 12:00 am

There may be a few jobs out there in which every man — person — for himself is a winning strategy, but a rising tide generally does lift all boats. All of us should ask: Am I protecting myself to my own detriment? Would I be more successful or happier or richer or less stressed if I shared the opportunity?

South Arkansas Group Seeks Funding for River Dredging

by Associated Press 3/23/2014 01:44 pm

Members of the Ouachita River Valley Association are to be in Washington, D.C., this week as they seek additional funding for dredging of the river.

Veto Puts Focus on Special Language (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/23/2014 08:01 am

Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a tax exemption for natural gas drillers puts a new spin on an old problem. Lawmakers no longer just have to wonder whether special language they're adding to a budget bill amounts to a major policy change. Now they have to question whether they're turning fiscal sessions into full-fledged regular sessions.

Martha Shoffner Seeks Acquittal on Federal Charges

by Associated Press 3/21/2014 12:06 pm

Lawyers for former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner have asked a federal judge to acquit her on bribery and extortion charges, saying prosecutors didn't prove the case against her.

AHTD Withdraws Projects Due to Funding Questions

by Associated Press 3/20/2014 08:31 am

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department has withdrawn 10 construction projects from its planned list of projects scheduled for award in April.