Tagged: paul bookout

Attracting the ‘Right People' (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/10/2014 12:00 am

It's time to reconsider legislative compensation in Arkansas. We don't know the perfect formula, but it needs to reward part-time work well enough that the right people can afford to do it.

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.

Special Election Bodes Ill for Arkansas' 'Private Option'

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/15/2014 02:27 pm

A Republican takeover of a northeast Arkansas state Senate seat dims the prospects for continuing the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan and could be a troubling early sign for Democrats who had hoped to rebound from recent losses at the polls.

Weighed And Found Wanting (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 1/6/2014 12:00 am

I first introduced the Moritz Scale of Political Bad Behavior in 2009 as a handy way to bring some kind of context to political faux pas, which all start to assume cataclysmic proportions — especially on cable TV news and most especially in the news slump that surrounds the holidays. The color-coded scale was modeled after the Homeland Security Advisory System, which was subsequently discontinued, but I still like it.

Update: Mark Darr Appears Before Ethics Commission

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 12/18/2013 03:53 pm

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr went before the Arkansas Ethics Commission on Wednesday to face allegations from the group that he improperly spent about $44,000 from his campaign and office accounts.

Update: Report Details Spending by Paul Bookout

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/18/2013 03:02 pm

Documents released by the Arkansas Ethics Commission show that a former state lawmaker who resigned over violations could only identify less than a quarter of the $63,000 his campaign spent as legitimately related to his re-election bid.

Book On Out of There (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/26/2013 12:00 am

Campaign finance laws can seem arcane and unnecessarily complex, but the concept is not unique to politicians. Fiduciaries, brokers, agents, trustees, attorneys — even borrowers — are also entrusted with other people's money for limited and specific purposes. Campaign contributions do not, and should not, become personal income to provide public servants with more comfortable standards of living than they have otherwise earned.