Tagged: mike beebe

ACLU Files Lawsuit to Challenge Arkansas Voter ID Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/16/2014 03:19 pm

A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time state-wide in the primary election next month.

Cracking The Complex Code of Arkansas Politics (Robert Coon On Politics)

by Robert Coon 4/16/2014 08:56 am

Arkansans are known for being predictably unpredictable at the ballot box. For candidates running for office in 2014, it makes things more complicated. As a result, cracking the code of our complex electorate becomes an important priority - one that perhaps holds the key to victory.

Abortion Ban Appeal Puts New Focus on Social Issues (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/13/2014 07:28 am

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's decision to appeal a ruling striking down Arkansas' 12-week abortion ban could inject a new focus on abortion and other social issues into dozens of statewide and legislative races.

Health Care and the GOP Dilemma (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 4/9/2014 01:00 pm

It has been an important week for proponents of the Affordable Care Act. Positive developments in enrollment and favorable economic conditions present a dilemma for Republicans, particularly those who pursue a singular strategy in November.

Lawmaker Jane English Helps Spur Workforce Training Reform

by Jan Cottingham 4/7/2014 12:00 am

State Sen. Jane English has no use for the private option, the Medicaid expansion providing health insurance to the poor. But the Republican lawmaker from North Little Rock saw an opportunity and took it, and what began as an old-fashioned political horse trade — you get my vote, I get something for my constituents — appears likely to evolve into a governor-backed legislative package that next year will seek to transform workforce training in Arkansas.

Legislature Overrides Mike Beebe's Veto of Tax Break for Gas Drillers

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/19/2014 02:19 pm

The Arkansas Legislature has voted to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a $5 million tax exemption for natural gas drillers.

Mike Beebe Names 36 Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 03:08 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe on Monday announced a judicial appointment as well as 36 appointments to state boards and commissions.

Mike Beebe Appoints Morril Harriman to UA Board of Trustees

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 11:09 am

Gov. Mike Beebe names Morril Harriman of Little Rock to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.

Mike Beebe Vetoes Tax Exemption for Drilling Sand

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/17/2014 09:45 am

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed a $5 million tax exemption for the sand used in natural gas drilling on Monday, saying it was unconstitutional for the Legislature to include the tax break in a state agency's budget bill.

The Fiscal Session, and Everything After (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 3/12/2014 08:52 am

With the 2014 fiscal session of the Arkansas General Assembly in rear view, I examine four lessons we gleaned from it, and what that means in the year ahead.

Proposed Change in State Securities Law Out of Step With Neighboring States

by George Waldon 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Arbitration clauses and courtroom avoidance are common in the securities business. That norm stands in contrast to a not-so-modest proposal by Stephens Inc. to go straight to a judge to rule on enforcement actions by the Arkansas Securities Department.

Mike Beebe Names 44 to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/6/2014 03:53 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe on Thursday announced 44 appointments to state boards and commissions.

Arkansas Opens Filing Period for 2014 Election

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/24/2014 04:33 pm

Vowing to complete a takeover of the state's top offices after recent GOP gains, Republicans running for Arkansas governor and a U.S. Senate seat were among the dozens of candidates who made their bids official as the filing period opened Monday.

$1.1 Billion Big River Steel Project Making Progress

by Jan Cottingham 2/24/2014 12:00 am

A year after the highly publicized announcement that a $1.1 billion steel mill was coming to Mississippi County, economic development officials say the project is moving forward despite a rival's objections.

Medicaid Impasse Threatens Arkansas Budget (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/23/2014 02:03 pm

It's a popular refrain for Democrats and Republicans alike in Arkansas, especially as they gear up for campaign season: We're not Washington. We're different. They may need to rethink that line.

Impasse Over 'Private Option' Continues; House Measure Fails Again

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/21/2014 11:29 am

An impasse over the future of Arkansas' first-in-the-nation plan to use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor stretched into a fourth day Friday, as legislation to continue the program again failed before the state House.

'Private Option' Bill Fails in Arkansas House, 70-27

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/18/2014 04:00 pm

The Arkansas House failed Tuesday to renew the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan, leaving in limbo the future of a program heralded as a model for Republican-leaning states to implement the federal health overhaul.

Session to Test Mike Beebe's Strength as Governor (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/2/2014 10:52 am

Two of Mike Beebe's biggest selling points as Arkansas' governor over the past seven years have been his mastery of the state's complex budget system and his ability to survive the recent Republican political tide. The looming fight over the state's Medicaid expansion will test both of those.

Mike Beebe Appoints 40 to Boards and Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/30/2014 08:40 am

Gov. Mike Beebe on Wednesday announced 40 appointments to various state boards and commissions.

The End of the Private Option (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 1/29/2014 02:31 pm

The private option is the major issue facing the General Assembly in the upcoming fiscal session. The impact on the state economy and business climate will be significant, but the outlook for reauthorization is grim.