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Eight business leaders in Arkansas share career lessons, advice and management tips.
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Lessons Learned: Women in Business Offer Leadership AdviceLock Icon

Read what eight Arkansas women have to say about their management experience. read more >
Government & Politics

Lessons Learned: Listen Well, Listen Deeply (Joyce Elliott)Lock Icon

Elliott says it’s important to make sure people understand their roles, and that it’s OK for them to take initiative. read more >
Sen. Dan Sullivan (left), R-Jonesboro, sponsored SB71, citing the tenets of equality in the Declaration of Independence. Democratic Sen. Linda Chesterfield (right) voted against the bill, along with all four other women in the upper chamber.
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Affirmative Action Bill Hits Snag in HouseLock Icon

A bill to end affirmative action in education hiring and outlaw state goals for steering procurement contracts to minority- and women-owned businesses in Arkansas narrowly passed in the Senate before stalling in the House. read more >
Government & Politics

Arkansas House, Senate Panels OK New Congressional Map

The proposal would split up the state’s most populous and heavily Democratic county. read more >
The Arkansas Senate will soon join the Arkansas House of Representatives (seen above) in offering live footage of its sessions.
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Welcome and Overdue (Editorial)

During what can generously be described as a discouraging year for the image of Arkansas legislators, the president-elect of the state Senate has taken a praiseworthy step toward transparency and accountability. read more >
Jeremy Gillam
Government & Politics / Insurance

Arkansas Lawmakers Formally Adjourn Fiscal Session

Arkansas lawmakers have ended this year's fiscal session, with the current House speaker winning another two-year term leading the chamber. read more >

Arkansas Business Power List 2016: Government

A government resource to help navigate the leadership of the largest Arkansas companies or institutions. read more >
Government & Politics

Bill Advances That Would Enable Congressional Candidates to Run for Re-election, White House in 2020

Arkansas' freshman senator who wrote a letter to Iran's leaders during nuclear negotiations could seek re-election and the White House in 2020 under a bill endorsed by a state House committee. read more >
Education / Government & Politics

Arkansas Effort to End Common Core-linked Test Fails

A Senate panel has voted to prevent the state from renewing its contract with a Common Core-linked test for more than a year after a proposal to scrap the assessment entirely failed. read more >
Government & Politics / Legal

Arkansas Senate OKs State Prison Overhaul Plan

By a 33-0 vote, the Senate approved legislation on Monday authorizing a partnership with counties around the state on regional facilities to hold inmates. The legislation, which now heads to the House, also allows inmates to apply for Medicaid benefits and provides avenues for them to enroll in drug and alcohol programs. read more >
Government & Politics

Special Election to Fill Vacant Arkansas State Senate Seat

Voters in Newton and Pope counties and parts of Boone, Carroll and Van Buren counties go to the polls Tuesday in the District 16 race. The seat is open because of the resignation of former Sen. Michael Lamoreux after he was named chief of staff for Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson. read more >
Government & Politics

Appointments for Independent Citizens Commission Announced

The seven appointments for the Independent Citizens Commission, which will decide the salaries for all elected state officials, were announced Wednesday morning. read more >
Government & Politics

Arkansas House, Senate Races to Watch in the Midterms

For Arkansas' midterm elections, most of the attention has focused on races for U.S. Senate, governor and a few statewide offices. But control of the Arkansas House is another key element to watch. read more >
Government & Politics

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

Incumbents in contested races for state House of Representatives and Senate rule the roost when it comes to donations from special-interest groups. read more >
6. The Arkansas General Assembly will be controlled by Republicans come 2013.
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PAC, Lobbyist Donations Nearing $1M in Contested State Legislative Races

Less than three weeks before Election Day, political action committees and lobbyists have already pumped more than three-quarters of a million dollars into contested state Senate and House races across the state. read more >
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe speaks to reporters at the legislative preview in January. On Wednesday, lawmakers voted to override his veto of the voter ID bill.
Government & Politics

Senate Overrides Mike Beebe’s Veto of Voter ID Bill

The Arkansas Senate has voted to override Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of legislation that would require voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. The Republican-led Senate voted 21-12 to override the veto Wednesday. The state House has yet to vote on it. Each chamber needs only a simple majority to override a veto in Arkansas. read more >

Tax Exemption for Active Military Approved by Arkansas Senate

he Arkansas Senate has approved a proposal to exempt the pay for active duty military from state income taxes, the first major tax reduction lawmakers are considering this legislative session. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

Here’s the Roll Call of That Senate Veto Override

The Arkansas Senate voted 19-14 Thursday to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a bill that will ban most abortions after 20 weeks. The bill, which has an emergency clause, takes effect immediately. read more >
The Arkansas Capitol building in Little Rock.
Government & Politics / Health Care

Arkansas Senate Votes to Ban Most Abortions

The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to prohibit most abortions if a heartbeat is detected, ignoring warnings from opponents that banning the procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy would invite lawsuits. read more >
Government & Politics

State Senate Approves Bill on Officials’ Salaries

The Legislature has approved a budget proposal that keeps the salaries of Arkansas's elected officials unchanged in the coming year. read more >