For their work in Arkansas and abroad, the Clintons are our pick for Arkansans of the Year.
Vol 40 • No 20
Mike Beebe, Jeff Long, Rep. John Burris, Sen. David Sanders, Sen. Jonathan Dismang, Tippi McCullough, Nate Powell and more.
ARK Commercial to be "investigator/negotiator" on downtown properties.
News release tonight from Clinton National Airport has me cheering. The airport is going to lose a direct flight to National Airport in Washington on account of a recent airline merger.
Little Rock might not quite be a "city that never sleeps," but for decades the city's night owls have had a scattering of options for late-night socializing thanks to licenses that allowed private clubs to operate until 5 a.m.
Q: Somebody told me that you can now bet online on races run at Oaklawn. Is that true? And if so, how is that legal?
Asher Dairy Bar serves up cheap, tasty burgers and shakes.
Oh, those wily, expectation-killing Razorbacks! Lest you think for a moment that signs of The Great Pall Over Basketball lifting are real and tangible, we give you the new Hogs of old. Newest verse, same maudlin dirge.
Two years after the planned move sparked controversy.
CALS new theater to offer all stripes of programming.
A reader asks whether a brazen lie is bald-faced or boldfaced.
It was also a good week for accountability in the lieutenant governor's office and Jay Barth. It was a bad week for the 20-week abortion ban, Mayor Jill Dabbs, sickness and cheerleader moms.
A beautiful, sunlit afternoon was had last Sunday at The Observatory, a memorable afternoon of light, warmth and laughter after a week of frigid days when the sky looked like an old wool sock and The Observer was forced to break out the BIG coat and gloves.
Noticeably absent from your commentaries on immigration is any mention of the effect of flooding our labor market with over 30,000,000 new unskilled laborers on the Democrat's latest topic du jour: income inequality.
Also, 'Hello, Dolly' at Robinson Center Music Hall, Ron Robinson Theater grand opening, Holy Shakes at Delucas in Hot Springs, Reproductive Justice Rally at the State Capitol, Waka Winter Classic at Stickyz, 'Gen Silent' at the Darragh Center, The Dirty Streets at White Water Tavern and Broadway on Ice at the Reynolds Performance Hall at Conway.
For my entire adult life, the blood of all gay men has been rejected — initially by the Red Cross and then, starting in 1985, by a policy of the Food and Drug Administration — for the fear of HIV contamination of the blood supply.
It was an appropriate week for the annual Gillett Coon Supper, a hoary political rite full of fake bipartisan bonhomie and bad food.
'Lone Survivor' a real white-knuckler.
Chris Christie and Mark Darr are loudmouthed, corn-fed politicians whose unbridled ambitions took a dive last week owing to failures that they considered trifling to the point of silliness.
Also, Big Mike performs late at Discovery.
Most of us hear of the Little Sisters of the Poor only in joking reference to the weakness of opponents scheduled by major-college athletic teams: "We couldn't run the ball against the Little Sisters of the Poor."
A lone pedestrian braves a rainy morning in the River Market last Friday.
If I had to describe Elizabeth Smart with a single adjective, that word would be "sane." If allowed a second, I'd add "courageous."
Something that’s still missing, in general, from our Mexican food offering is the promise of a great Mexican breakfast. There’re just not enough options.
French Hill, the Little Rock banker seeking the 2nd District congressional seat as a Republican, reports raising $568,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013 and says he has $534,000 on hand, with no debt.
An article from a Seattle newspaper discusses a topic familiar here — the collision of church and employment as same-sex marriage becomes increasingly legal.
Unseemly note of the day: The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported this morning that Republican state Rep. Mark Biviano of Searcy was one of only two applicants — and the only one from Arkansas — for
I suggested yesterday that anybody with an opinion on the recent controversy over financial and public relations matters at the University of Arkansas should get in touch with University of Arkansas Board of Trustees members before next week's board meeting.
The long saga of Rickey Dale Newman, convicted of slaying a woman in a transient camp in Van Buren in 2002, took another turn today.
[embed-1] Arkansas Advocates put together the video above, which tells the story of Jennifer Trader, a self-employed Springdale mother of two who gained health coverage through the "private option."
It's probably not worth getting too upset about news that a national charter school operator that is expanding in Arkansas is teaching creationism, as opposed to science, in biology courses.
City Director Stacy Hurst has announced as a Republican candidate for state House of Representatives, the seat held by term-limited Democrat John Edwards.
Carl Tobias, a Richmond law professor who tracks the federal judiciary, alerts me to news that the Senate Judiciary Committe has re-approved a batch of President Obama's judicial nominee, including Timothy Brooks of Fayetteville and Circuit Judge Jay Moody of Little Rock.
Debbie Pelley, the Jonesboro conservative, called me today. She and I have disagreed on just about everything over the years, but she is nothing but not sincere.
Hot Springs lawyer Andi Davis, who figured in Dustin McDaniel decision to drop out of governor's race, arrested in Hot Springs
Andrea Lea Davis, 36, a Hot Springs lawyer, was arrested by the Garland County sheriff's office today on a theft of property charge.
Ron Swanson, the government-hating Parks official on NBC's "Parks and Recreation" with a ravenous appetite for woodworking, brunettes and breakfast, is one of the best television characters of all time.
Former child Elvis impersonator Bruno Mars is coming to Verizon Arena as part of his "Moonshine Jungle World Tour" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 10.
This story will bear far more checking, but I did ask State Education Director Tom Kimbrell today to review the Slate article on the junk science, thinly disguised religion and fractured history that Slate reports is being taught in Texas charter schools operated by Responsive Education Solutions, which has a growing presence in Arkanss
Benton Smith, attorney for the Democratic central committee in Craighead County, tells me the first wrinkle in the state's now voter ID law has emerged.
The line is open. Thinking about the working men and women again today:
Costs for "private option" for Medicaid expansion coming in on target; DHS preparing request for HSAs
The average monthly cost for “private option” enrollees thus far is $476, officials from the Department of Human Services testified today before the joint Public Health Committee.
This week’s gathering was one of the most successful I’ve seen in Little Rock to date. The demand for higher quality and thoughtfully presented food in Little Rock is not going unnoticed—many of our trucks are answering the call and providing some really spectacular dishes.
Interesting reading. Occupy Wall Street got hold of internal documents at Walmart that instruct managers how to fight unions.
When you are more extreme than Sen. John "Dr. No" Boozman, you are extreme. It couldn't have been clearer this week.
After much scrutinizing, we’re pleased to announce the 2014 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase 20 semifinalists.
And speaking of cultural issues that drove the late, great Duck Dynasty debate: * GAY MARRIAGE: Houston Mayor Annise Parker married her longtime partner Kathy Hubbar
Yellow Rocket Concepts, the team behind Big Orange, Local Lime and ZaZa, is expanding into the beer business. Partners John Beachboard, Scott McGehee and Russ McDonough have leased 19,000-square-feet in the former headquarters of Candy Bouquet in the warehouse district east of I-30 for a production brewery they're calling Lost 40 Brewing Co.
Promised gift is made official.
Great story in New York Times about an enormous controversy in Florida over a proposal to add a Union memorial to a Civil War battleground state park that only contains Confederate monuments currently.
I think I can safely predict a Black-Friday type scramble Jan. 30 when Boswell-Mourot hosts the Jan. 30 event.
I spoke this morning with Scott Richardson, chairman of the Craighead County Election Commission, which will meet at 3 p.m. today to decide what to do about 83 absentee ballots in this week's
Southland Park Racing and Gaming, the greyhound race track that now makes its big money from casino gambling, primarily slot machines has announced a $37 million expansion.
Two of Little Rock’s finest and most eccentric rappers quietly dropped a collaborative EP on Wednesday: Pepperboy, the South’s only delegate to the Bay Area-based Green Ova Underground, and 607, who released his 39th album last year and calls himself “Tupac + Fiona Apple.”
The U.S. attorney's office has announced that 25 people have been charged in a 62-count indictment with meth, marijuana and related charges for drug trafficking in the Blytheville area.
KATV reports that two teens have been arrested in a Jan. 13 kidnapping in which the victim was forced to withdraw money from an ATM.
More for those who like to keep up with the many-tentacled Koch octopus, well on its way to strangling the Arkansas and U.S. body politic.
As we reported earlier this week, the "private option" is leaning younger, with more than half of the enrollees thus far under the age of 40 (that's very good news — a younger pool will both keep down costs for the "private option" policy and could help keep premiums down for everyone shopping on the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace).
A promoter who works with late-night clubs sends word of this last-minute booking this weekend at the Rev Room, "raising awareness & rocking out to support Little Rock's 5 a.m. clubs.
THAT explains it. Idle talk at the Capitol recently has included a professed desire by some legislators to rein in the state Public Service Commission in some fashion, perhaps with legislation in 2015.
The line is open. I'll close out with an update on my earlier post about the dilemma in Craighead County on absentee ballots mailed in without the newly required ID.
The state Senate special election in Jonesboro, early consequences of the new voter ID law, state Rep. Mark Biviano applying for a six figure job he helped create, Tom Cotton voting against Arkansas and creationism and charter schools — all discussed on this week's edition.
Got caught up in a long dinner last night, hence, FFF is a day late, but never a dollar short. You've still got time to give us your feedback.
David Koon spied on Craiglist news of a Yarnell family estate sale in Searcy this weekend.
Good news today on the continuing battle for women's reproductive rights, hanging on by a bare thread in Southern states such as Arkansas.
KATV reported yesterday on Blue Hog Report's finding that Secretary of State Mark Martin continues to pay fees for outside legal counsel despite the ruling by a Pulaski circuit judge that state law clearly requires the secretary of state to get attorney general approval before hiring outside counsel.
When I wrote about last week about the state Board of Education's 6-2 approval of the new Quest charter middle school to be located in Chenal Valley, I heard from a reader.
The host of Arkansas Cooks gives us some of her favorite recipes.
One-word movie review on Llewyn Davis: Eh. The line is open.
The subject has come up on previous threads, but more prominent attention is due a response issued by Texas-based charter school operator Responsive Education Solutions to a powerful piece of investigative
It looks more and more like this week's University of Arkansas Board of Trustees meeting will be the climactic event in the long-running saga over deficits in the fund-raising arm of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and what culpability Chancellor David Gearhart has for that situation
Over the last several days, I’ve been talking to numerous lawmakers about the private option.
Opponents of the private option really, really don’t like the policy, which uses Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance plans for low-income Arkansans.
Sorry. Couldn't resist the headline to start the Sunday open line:
It's a public holiday today and already things look slow. However, I have heard from John Di
You've heard of destination weddings? Read in the New York :Times today about "destination" campaign fund-raisers for members of Congress, luxury events at ski resorts, for example.
The New York Times today reports on a dream of a renaissance for the Delta town of Wilson, Ark., once the seat of the vast Wilson family plantation.
And look what the cat drug in on Facebook last night: * THE SINGING SENATOR HUTCHINSON: Prin McGhee posted a video of Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson singing and offering some commentary on Lt. Gpv.
Texas Sen. Wendy Davis, who rose to national prominence for her brave fight against Texas legislative assaults on women's medical rights, is now a candidate for governor and getting more attention to her rags-to-riches life story.
CEO outlines restructuring.
I happened to notice on Twitter this link to the fourth quarter congressional lobbying report by Koch Industries.
A friend sent a link to the semi-finalist list in 2014 version of the prestigious Intel scientific talent search competition.
Slow day, not surprising for a holiday. But my phone's been buzzing about downtown Little Rock (and with the buzzing outside my window where a parking deck is going up adjacent to our home in the Heritage West building at Markham and Scott Streets.)
The line is open. And why not another bit about Main Street and Little Rock neighborhoods.
Business accelerator will initiate Little Rock "bootcamp" in August or September.
As we reported this weekend, Sen. Missy Irvin said “I’m not happy with the way [the private option] is going – right now I cannot support it.”
I wanted to quickly revisit Max's note this morning on Sen. Bart Hester, and his email exchange with a constituent whose father has coverage under the private option, coverage he would lose if Hester and his allies are successful in blocking the appropriation.
I continue to hear from John Diamond, the former head of university relations at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with criticism of hiring and promotional practices.
Abortion never went away. But the Republican noise machine has been pumping more decibels than ever on abortion.
Politico interviewed some departing members of Congress, including 2nd District Republican Rep. Tim Griffin of Little Rock.
Plaintiffs in a federal court lawsuit challenging the state's statutory and constituional prohibitions on same-sex marriage have filed an amended version of the lawsuit.
Gov. Mike Beebe has written legislative leaders to inform that he wants to spend $10 million in unobligated state money to create a construction loan fund for charter schools.
Sen. Linda Chesterfield remarked at budget hearings today that the private option health insurance plan was, at best, "on life supports."
Talk Business is out with a new poll showing support for the so-called "private option," the unique Arkansas plan to use Medicaid funds to buy private health insurance plans for low-income Arkansans.
The line is open. I close with some material submitted from people at UA.
I missed connections with Craighhead County election officials today, but the Election Commission was to meet and decide which absentee ballots could be counted among
Benji Hardy writes at the Legislative Digest's blog on an aspect of the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — that is bringing significant amounts of new money to Arkansas to help difficult cases — the developmentall
A tweet from Clinton National Airport indicates former state Rep. Kathy Webb was appointed to the Little Rock Airport Commission last night by the City Board.
A day — heck an hour, it seems like — doesn't pass without a direct e-mail from Extremist U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton or one of his social media enablers touting Cotton's animus toward women.
John Tyson, chairman of the Board of Tyson Foods, sent me a prepared statement this morning relative to speculation about his role in the ongoing discussion of financial proBecause of all the speculation in your Blog and elsewhere about why I resigned from the U of A Board of Trustees, and the suggestion by some individuals that I did so because the U of A did not hire Butch Davis as the Razorback football coach, I decided that I needed to comment on the matter.
More cutting-edge services from the Central Arkansas Library System. From its news release:
Good timing, given the recent reporting on how a charter school operator with multiple charter school operations in Arkansas — Responsive Education Solutions — emphasizes creationism in its Texas schools.
A look at a menu from the early 20th century full of classic dishes.
Stephens Media broke the news this morning that the State Police had fired a state trooper, Cpl. Tom Weindruch of Yellville, for misconduct.
Donors make purchase possible.
A friend directed me to this weblink for the Urban Garden Montessori School, which, according to info there, aims to eventually offer non-sectarian education from pre-school through high school.
Artists talk about the sculpture surrounding the Fine Arts Building on the UALR campus.
KARK reports that a Sherwood man was shot by police responding to a disturbance call when he refused to put down guns
This just in from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration: The biweekly payroll for Arkansas State Employees processed two days early this week.
A news story in Fort Smith notes that the recently passed catch-all federal appropriations bill included $40 million that will go in part to pay for a transition of mission of the 188th Air Guard fighter wing at Fort Smith to drone operation.
There will be a double-bill of horror tonight at the Ron Robinson Arcade Theater in the River Market
I'm out early today to head to a newspaper meeting. I may get back to a computer.