Last week, the Attorney General certified a ballot initiative to increase the Arkansas minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 over a three-year period. If polls are any indication, the group behind the worthy measure shouldn't have trouble gathering the necessary 62,000 signatures required to place the measure before voters this November — some 72 percent of respondents last summer said they believed raising the minimum wage was "just the right thing to do."
To paraphrase Tolstoy, every successful small business shares the same traits. And they all begin with high quality employees. I'm thinking of three local establishments where I've traded for years: an auto repair garage, a dentist's office, and a one-size-fits-all country store where I buy cattle and horse feed.
It’s the essence of beef. A burger that celebrates the most important component of the entire equation. Well seasoned, cooked perfectly, and juicy. The condiments were simply the proverbial icing on the cake.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie set about damage control today for the revelation that his staffers engineered a massive traffic tie-up on an interstate bridge to retaliate against a New Jersey mayor who didn't support Christie.
The Republicans think they have a winner in their old political warhorse, abortion. Check out their advertising above in the special election next week in Jonesboro for state Senate, featuring the Jon Hubbard-loving teabagger Republican, John Cooper, against mainstream businessman, Steve Rockwell, for the Democrats.
If you’ve got an opportunity to make the approximately two hour drive down to Lake Village, or perhaps you’ve got a kind friend already making the trip, I encourage you to get your hands on some of these tamales. Rhoda’s “Famous” Hot Tamales are so for good reason—every Arkansan should have the pleasure of sampling some at some time in their life.
U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is again firmly in the extremist camp by joining hands with the Family Research Council to campaign for a "religious conscience" exemption to mandatory health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
I got a response late last night from Matt DeCample, Gov. Mike Beebe's spokesman, to the question of whether the governor would immediately declare a vacancy and begin a special election process when Lt. Gov. Mark Darr resigns Feb. 1.His response:'
The United States Supreme Court today declined to review a lower court decision that invalidated Arizona's state law prohibiting most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, far in advance of when a fetus can live outside the womb.
Alex Reed, press spokesman for Secretary of State Mark Martin, got back to me this morning on a question I posed about Blue Hog Reports' note of some $26,000 of outside attorney fees by Martin's office in the last month.
The Arkansas Leader has a new editorial now that Lt. Gov. Mark Darr has announced his intention to resign Feb. 1.No tears are shed for Darr, an alibier since he won office on a campaign of irrelevancy, but the Leader editorialist (Ernie Dumas, we can reveal)
A quick roundup of odds and ends on the computer this morning: * THE FIGHT AGAINST ABORTION: Rep. Andy Mayberry got back to me late yesterday on his reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to take up a lower court ruling invalidating an Arizona law that essentially prohibits abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, the same as a law
It's hardly surprising that one of the most vociferous supporters of teabagging Republican John Cooper in today's special election in Jonesboro for state Senate is slapping down a race card to inspire Cooper's base to vote today.
Pulaski Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley announced today that sexual assault charges had been filed against Andrea Clevenger of Sherwood for having sex with a 13-year-old boy who was a friend of her daughter.
Lt. Gov. Mark Darr issued a brief prepared statement today relative to questions related to whether his resignation would be official if he resigned, as he'd said earlier, "to the people," rather than in a formal manner to the governor or in some other fashion.
I hope to have a more detailed version before long, but Gov. Mike Beebe unveiled his budget proposal in legislative committee today, a $105 million increase in spending over current levels in a $5 billion budget.
Tea Party Republican John Cooper's victory over Democrat Steve Rockwell in a special state Senate race in the Jonesboro area yesterday — by a decisive 57-43 margin — means many things, none of them good for people on the Democratic side of the political aisle.
If Asa Hutchinson had been a Democratic appointee, this story would have exploded across the Fox/Drudgeosphere long ago, just as the backfired shipment of weapons to Mexico caused Democratic politicians grief.
Regnat Populus, the grassroots group formed to pass stronger public ethics law in Arkansas, announced today that it would resume collecting signatures for an initiated act to ban corporate contributions to campaigns, end gifts by public officials by lobbyists and lengthen the cooling-off period before a public official can become a lobbyist.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross reports raising $550,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013 — about $100,000 more than his leading Republican opponent Asa Hutchinson raised — and starts the year with $2.5 million in the bank.
Congress is on the verge of passing a 1,582-page, $1 trillion budget bill, a complex compromise that grows out of a desire on the part of both Republicans and Democrats to avoid budget brinksmanship and government shutdowns.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services released demographic information for the first time today on enrollees in the "private option," revealing a much younger population than has thus far been signing up in the federally facilitated Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace, which could help to keep premiums lower in the marketplace in coming years*.