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Rep. Bruce Cozart, R-Hot Springs, sponsored a bill that eventually awarded Solution Tree a no-bid contract worth $4 million.
Education / Government & Politics

The Best Way to Spend $4 Million? (Editorial)

We’re not convinced $4 million awarded for a no-bid contract to an Indiana company was the best use of our taxpayer dollars. read more >
Government & Politics / Insurance / Legal

DentaQuest Drops Lawsuit Against State, Armstrong

DentaQuest of Boston, the bidder who sued the state of Arkansas and its procurement director, Edward Armstrong, after being disqualified for a $366 million state Medicaid dental services contract, has dropped its lawsuit. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Legal

Facing Lawsuit, Procurement Chief Says There’s No Appealing His Rulings in ProtestsLock Icon

Arkansas Procurement Director Edward Armstrong's answer to being sued over a ruling that gave a fourth-place bidder a major state contract boils down to four words: His word is final. So far, the law seems to agree with him. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Legal

Procurement Prevails After Dental Contracts ApprovedLock Icon

The court-challenged reasoning of State Procurement Director Edward Armstrong prevailed last week as state lawmakers gave their blessing to a $366 million duo of contracts to provide dental HMO services to Arkansas Medicaid recipients. read more >
Government & Politics / Insurance / Legal

DentaQuest Sues Procurement Director Over Dropped Medicaid Bid

Disclosure provisions in the state’s competitive bidding process have landed Procurement Director Edward Armstrong in the hot seat again. read more >
Rep. Kim Hammer, R-Benton
Construction / Government & Politics / Insurance / Media & Marketing / Small Business / Transportation

Bill Seeks to Change Procurement Process; Businesses Want to Understand It

Procurement laws are complicated, state Sen. Jimmy Hickey says, and he should know: He has helped rewrite them more than once. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Business Services / Construction / Education / Energy / Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Legal / Media & Marketing / Nonprofits / Restaurants & Food / Small Business / Tourism / Transportation

Disputed Contracts Place Procurement in Spotlight

Disputes over recent state contracts have put Republican lawmakers at odds with the Republican governor, angered potential vendors and muddied understanding on what businesses can expect from the process of awarding state work. read more >
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Tourism

State Cancels Bid Process for Tourism Advertising Contract

The State Office of Procurement canceled its bid solicitation for the state’s biggest advertising contract — the $14 million-a-year deal for marketing state tourism — just days before written responses from agencies were due. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Retail / Tourism

Lottery Ad Contract Process Reveals Fissures

It wasn’t smooth, but the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has a new advertising agency, CJRW of Little Rock. read more >
Gary Stubblefield
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

Panel OKs Lottery’s $34.5M Advertising Contract With CJRW

A legislative subcommittee gave a thumbs-up to a five-year, $34.5 million advertising contract to CJRW to market the Arkansas Scholarship lottery. But first, lawmakers got a primer on the limitations they face in reviewing contracts. read more >
Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter was the main force behind establishing the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.
Education / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Retail

As Arkansas Lottery’s Luster Fades, Numbers Signal Challenges

In the years since the first tickets were sold in 2009, the lottery has lost much of its glossy newness, leaving hard numbers to do the talking. read more >
Bishop Woosley, director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

Lawmakers Decline to Approve Lottery Ad Contract

After grilling Lottery Director Bishop Woosley and State Procurement Director Edward Armstrong for nearly an hour over the process that awarded a $34.5 million, five-year lottery advertising contract to CJRW, a legislative subcommittee votes not to approve the contract. Later, the full committee kicks the matter back to the subcommittee. read more >
Sharon Tallach Vogelpohl
Education / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Retail / Tourism

No Contract, No Conflict: Logic of a Lottery Ad Bid

Reasons given by the state procurement director on why CJRW was picked for a lucrative Arkansas State Lottery contract over two others has puzzled several Little Rock ad professionals. read more >
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

Protests Rejected, CJRW Stands to Win Lottery Contract

The Office of State Procurement has rejected the second of two rival protests to the awarding of a five year, $34.5 million contract to Little Rock advertising agency CJRW to work for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. read more >
Sharon Tallach Vogelpohl
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

MHP Protests Lottery Pact, Wants CJRW, Ghidotti-Vines Disqualified

Mangan Holcomb Partners is also challenging the awarding of a five-year $34.5 million contract to CJRW. read more >