The Pine Bluff attorney made the NAACP powerful in Arkansas.
He founded a movementFebruary 1, 2018
Vol 44 • No 22
More than a third of new hires in 2017 left before the year was up. The culture is the problem, former guards say.
The Arts Center unveils its collection.
It is anyone's guess whether Donald Trump will be at the top of the Republican ticket in 2020.
To no one's surprise, Republican state Sen. Jake Files of Fort Smith entered a negotiated guilty plea Monday in federal court to bank and wire fraud and money laundering charges.
The SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) recently took place in Las Vegas, despite the fact that 58 people were murdered and 851 were injured in a mass shooting there mere months ago. It seems in poor taste.
Arkansas Times Senior Editor Max Brantley, who hired The Observer as a pup a few eons back, recently took to the Arkansas Blog to mark his two score and five years so far in the newspaper business. It tickled many of our own heartstrings about Little Rock, this profession, and what it all means in 2018 A.D.
Ordinarily, you turned to Lyndon B. Johnson to dislocate a congressman's elbow and to get things done, not for oratory and inspiration. For that, you had Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy.
Daryl Macon went through another midseason cold spell and it set the Arkansas basketball team squarely on the ropes. But as seniors should do, the skinny, fearless product of Little Rock Parkview just kept firing, and Mike Anderson had better be thankful that he did.
Also, Mulehead plays White Water Tavern.
She's a scion of swing.
The Industrial Hemp Committee held its first meeting Tuesday, passing draft regulations to the full Plant Board for approval and moving the state nearer to creating a bureaucracy for the new industry in Arkansas.
Little Rock is not Los Angeles. Nor should it try to be.
Driving along recently, I had a heretical thought: A person could get more sensible advice about men and women from the country oldies station than The New York Times. Or from The Washington Post, The New Republic, National Review or any publication devoted to nonstop analysis of metropolitan sexual angst written by twentysomething Women's Studies majors from expensive liberal arts colleges.
And much more.
I envisioned this column as a means for doing for Arkansas politics what the Indivisible Guide did for the resistance: to demystify how it works and to arm Arkansas Times readers with the information and tools they'd need to remake the system as they saw fit.
Also, a former Arkansan political candidate on women's rights and race and the LRPD.
Play at home, with your Panzerschreck close at hand!
Eric Besson and Azia Musa of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette explored in detail this morning a proposal by Ben Hyneman, chair of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees to essentially place a gag order on the 10-member board. It's about football and it's a terrible idea.
Nomination for words to be struck from public use: "This is not who I (we) am (are.)"
The publication Science reports on some questions about a Trump administration appointee who's a former Arkansan — this one to head the National Center for Education Statistics.
Can public officials block critics from Twitter and Facebook pages? Courts are entering the fray, which has many implications in Arkansas. Think Jason Rapert for starters.
Desperation and doubt on display as Ark. State Medical Board considers rules to help curb over-prescription of opioids.
At a meeting of the Arkansas State Medical Board this morning, board members heard from doctors, patients and state leaders on proposed rules changes for physicians, designed to help curb the state's opioid epidemic.
Michael Laux, attorney for Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen in his judiciary disciplinary committee complaint against the Arkansas Supreme Court, is unhappy with the work of the person appointed to investigate the case.
Here's the open line. Plus today's headlines. I tried to say something nice about Donald Trump, but ....
Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Wyatt Jr. Thursday issued a summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit arguing that on-line hotel booking agencies such as hotels.com, Hotwire and Travelocity had failed to collect local hotel taxes when they collected payments for hotel bookings.
Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin doesn't have enough to keep him busy in Arkansas.
Jan Morgan, the Republican challenging Gov. Asa Hutchinson, has gone to war against the "environmental elitists" fighting the C and H Hog Farm in the Buffalo River watershed.
In addition to football, the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees has another important matter to concern — a system administration proposal to change the rule governing faculty tenure. Two UALR law professors have responded point by point to the system administration's argument for the rule change.
The state says its tax collections in January were up 5.5 percent over the same month last year and 2.2 percent higher than a revised forecast. For the year, gross revenues are up 1 percent over forecast.
The White House has declassified the memo by Rep. Devin Nunes, a compilation of cherry-picked facts and conspiracy theories meant to derail the investigation of Donald Trump's many involvements with Russians, political and business. This from people who say a private email server MIGHT have compromised national security.
KATV reports that Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner is one of five finalists for the job of police chief in Charleston, S.C., and will be visit Charleston next week as part of the process.
Stephan Ferry, a Conway resident who has been raising money for a potential lawsuit against Sen. Jason Rapert to challenge his blocking people from social media accounts, has been accused of filing a false police report alleging he'd been threatened by Rapert.
Congratulations to The Rios, the winners of the first round of the 2018 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase.
It's Friday. Open line. Daily roundup.
State Sen. Jake Files' guilty plea in federal court; state Sen. Jason Rapert, social media and the Conway Police Department; and a proposed gag order for the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees — all covered on this week's podcast.
Week Four of "No Small Talk" takes on: the Musician's Showcase and the Oscars. As always, we've got recommendations for great stuff to do in Central Arkansas this weekend.
Eric Lavitz in New York lays bare the illogic behind the various excuses Sen. Tom Cotton uses for supporting his extreme anti-immigration legislation.
Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner, the Fraternal Order of Police, race relations. Little Rock, we have a problem.
Here's the open line. News is light. Donald Trump is tweeting that the fact-shy op-ed produced by Devin Nunes proves he's been a victim of the Republicans who lead the FBI and Justice Department. But, so far, no Saturday night massacre a la Nixon.
The New York Times reports today on the Democratic Party's hope to continue to build in 2018 on encouraging victories in state legislative races in, among others, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and, particularly, Virginia. Arkansas is not among the states mentioned where hopes run high for gains.
Delayed by law from scrapping the Obama administration Clean Water Rule, the Trump administration has come up with a workaround a delay of the Waters of the U.S. Rule.
The Super Sunday open line. I'm rooting for the puppies.
Calling Rep. Charlie Collins: Will you sponsor legislation to ban bump stocks, the devices that turn semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons of mass slaughter, such as use in the Las Vegas Massacre?
Arkansas will join the Poor People's Campaign with an event at the Capitol today. It promises civil disobedience in the spring if Congress fails to enact a "moral and just" agenda. In other words, get ready for disobedience.
The Trump administration's aim to destroy the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seen here as good news for the bloodsuckers of the payday lending industry, which plans a big April gathering at, where else, Donald Trump's Florida golfing resort.
State Rep. Clarke Tucker, a Little Rock Democrat, distributed a news release this morning announcing that he's entering the race for 2nd District Congress, a seat held by first-term Republican Rep. French HIll.
Alex Ray, a Republican from Bryant, has dropped out of the race for land commissioner. He said the call to be a husband and father to a new child superseded plans for public office.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports today that it killed a 1998 story about sexual harassment complaints against casino mogul Steve Wynn, now the subject of renewed complaints. The story was deleted from the newspaper computer system. Some Arkansas angles in this story.
A three-way Republican primary for the state Senate seat held by the late Greg Standridge holds a bit more interest than normal because the winner, if successful against a Democratic nominee, could be a critical vote in amassing
When does vandalism, including damage to public property, become rioting? Question raised by Philadelphis tumult after the Super Bowl.
Sen. Bart Hester apparently thinks universities shouldn't waste money on teaching dance.
The U.S. Supreme Court today denied a request that it stay a Pennsylvania Supreme Court order that congressional districts in that state must be withdrawn because they were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to favor Republicans.
Phillip Hardy, an inmate at the East Arkansas Regional Unit in Brickeys (Lee County), died last night after he was found unconscious in his single-man cell.
The newspaper in Charleston, where Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner is one of five finalists for the chief's job, has turned attention to Buckner's record in Little Rock, particularly some conflicts with black officers.
Another Monday, another open line. Also today's news and comment.
KARK reports that a pedestrian was killed in an accident about noon today at Sixth and Broadway.
You've no doubt heard the stock market cratered today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average off 1,500 points or so at one point and down as much as 1,000 last I looked.
The dictator rises. Now Trump says you're treasonous if you don't applaud him.
The morning open line.
So when Donald Trump said those who didn't applaud for his State of the Union speech were treasonous, he was just speaking tongue in cheek. That's the party line now.
Republicans defy the rule of law in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Partisanship over state.
A look at another type of special interest money influence in a coming special election for state Senate in the Russellville area.
AEP, or American Electric Power, was once the biggest user of coal to generate electricity. It announced today a continuation of a change in direction away from coal to renewable energy.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected the ballot title for a proposal to amend the state Constitution to allow the legislature to waive the constitutional provision that prohibits lawsuits against the state, a concept known as sovereign immunity.
Some headlines and comment on a quiet Tuesday, plus the open line.
Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner fields questions in Charleston, S.C., where he's a candidate for chief. He claimed credit for the police in the fact no one died in the mass club shooting last year.
The Arkansas Supreme Court has racked up $136,774.62 in legal bills so far paying private lawyers in Judge Wendell Griffen's lawsuit against them for removing him from all cases related to the death penalty.
The Arkansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Thursday in a case that could provide some elaboration on the scope of the court's rewriting of precedent to say that the state cannot be sued in state courts. The state is "reluctantly" asserting immunity in a tax case, an argument with huge implications.
Dr. Lisa Speer, the state historian and director of the state archives since 2013, has resigned. Tension in dealing with Department of Heritage Director Stacy Hurst on personnel issues seemed to underly her decision.
Matthew Maddox, a Mena native, is the new CEO of Wynn Resorts Ltd., a $17 billion worldwide gambling operation where he's long been a top aide to Wynn.
A lawsuit was filed today in Pulaski Circuit Court challenging the 2017 legislation that attempted to impose voter ID requirements in a constitutional manner.
Andrew Collins has announced as a Democratic candidate for the House seat to be left vacant by Democratic Rep. Clarke Tucker's decision to run for 2nd District Congress.
A new group with a familiar spokesman complains that some Little Rock city officials have been violating the Freedom of Information Act. Specifically, it contends some city directors have been deleting emails so they wouldn't be uncovered by Freedom of Information Act complaints.
Little Rock police said today that Maria Borja, 47, of Alexander, was the person killed when struck by a car while standing at Sixth and Broadway about 10:45 Monday morning waiting to cross the street.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson's re-election campaign announced his finance committee and you'd have to put the cumulative net worth in the tens of billions. They include Stacy Hurst, a Hutchinson appointee as director of a state agency.
Here's the open line. And a video roundup with some news for a change.
The Arkansas Times is planning to take the Art Bus to Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville to see the new exhibition, "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power," from the Tate Museum, London. The American tour debuts in Arkansas. We'll go up for the day on March 10; tickets are $119 and include food, drink, fun and something really special: the expertise of tour guide Garbo Hearne, owner of Hearne Fine Art.