Arkansas's work requirement strips insurance from thousands of working people
Locked outNovember 22, 2018
Vol 45 • No 12
Play in your federal prison cell!
Also, Sunday Soul Brunch at South on Main.
Baker Kurrus is trying to brand himself as an agent for change as mayor of Little Rock, but labors under a handicap.
The last two election cycles redefined Arkansas politics. In 2014, the three distinguishing elements of Arkansas's politics — provincialism, personalism and populism — with roots back to the McMath era of the middle of the 20th century, died simultaneously as a Tom Cotton-style Republicanism roared into dominance in the state.
Amid the biblical fires, droughts, floods, hurricanes and rising seas that beset the heating Earth, the old blue orb occasionally absorbs some good news that suggests it may still harbor some hope for a sustainable future.
For too long, Arkansas lawmakers have been beholden to the gun lobby, and gun-violence prevention policies that are proven to save lives have been ignored. The Arkansas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is working to change that.
Plus, much more!
The Tyrannosaurus Chicken frontwoman talks cacti acoustics, korma and craft.
Thirty days, or else.
It's that time of year again, when we are supposed to turn a bit inward to find and count our blessings.
Also, end to coal burning planned and state budget unveiled.
The weekend before Thanksgiving brought Arkansas Razorback athletics more despair on the gridiron and hope on the hardwood. We'll take what we can in this trying 2018, eh?
It's good as gold.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends. We're thankful for all you loyal readers.
I've always enjoyed the big old Christmas tree at the Capital Hotel but inevitably find myself squawking in an Andy Rooney voice, "Ever wonder how they got that thing in here?"
Asked on Thanksgiving by reporters what he was most thankful for, President Trump said himself, saying, "I made a tremendous difference in this country."
What did you buy today?
Various outlets are reporting that former Arkansas First Lady Betty Bumpers died today. She was 93.
A wave of gun violence continues in Magnolia, as police yesterday identified the town's fourth shooting death since Monday, the Magnolia Reporter reports.
Over to you.
Good story from Emily Walkenhorst in the Democrat-Gazette on the latest research from the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Park Service and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality on pollution in the Buffalo River watershed.
Early voting in the mayoral races in Little Rock and Jacksonville and for two city council seats in Jacksonville runs 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, through Friday, Nov. 30. There will also be early voting Monday, Dec. 3, at the Pulaski County Regional Building, 501 W. Markham St.
Democrats lost a few close statewide races in the South. The New York Times diagnoses the problem: Those darn liberals lost the rural white vote thanks to all that excitement and bold speaking, and those toxic appeals to black people and young people.
Lack of internet access raises concerns for Census count in Arkansas, but Hutchinson happy to continue purging Medicaid rolls with electronic paperwork
Governor Busybody's electronic paperwork requirements are perfectly calibrated to strip health insurance from the state's low-income Medicaid beneficiaries in a state that lacks rural broadband access.
Over to you...
Ugly scene today in Tijuana, where a group of Central American migrants attempted to evade a blockade formed by Mexican police and were met with teargas fired by U.S. authorities when they approached the border.
A few polling locations will be unavailable for the mayoral runoff set for the December 4, a Pulaski County Election commissioner announced last night; voters in those precincts will instead vote at locations in nearby precincts. The changes are temporary, only applying to this runoff election.
The morning after: Pro forma provocation from the prattling Prima Donald.
The Arkansas Ethics Commission dismissed a complaint Friday against a PAC involved in peddling racially charged slime supporting U.S. Rep. French Hill in his successful re-election campaign against challenger Clarke Tucker.
Get your government hands off my Medicare.
The Magnolia Reporter reports that the state's Game and Fish Commission added almost 6,000 acres to its wildlife management system over the course of 2018, thanks in large part to federal Wildlife Restoration Act funds.
National founder Shannon Watts on grassroots progress: "When Moms Demand Action volunteers show up in their red shirts, lawmakers listen."
In Tijuana, a group of Central American migrants attempted to evade a blockade formed by Mexican police and were met with teargas fired by U.S. authorities when they approached the border; remembering former Arkansas First Lady Betty Bumpers; Ethics Commission dismisses complaint against racially charged ad.
Former Arkansas governors Mike Huckabee and Mike Beebe will discuss health care next Monday at a forum sponsored by the Clinton School of Public Service to celebrate 20 years of the state's Center for Health Improvement.
Via KARK, a new poll released by Public Policy Polling shows Frank Scott with a 5-point lead over Baker Kurrus in the race for Little Rock mayor — within the margin of error in the poll.
The American Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Freedom Project and the ACLU of Arkansas today filed notice in Pulaski County Circuit Court that it will appeal citations issued by the state Board of Health against three Arkansas abortion clinics.
The AP reports that a grand jury began hearing evidence on Monday in the case of Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer who fatally shot Botham Jean, 26, on September 6 in his own home.
"I don't believe it," Trump said of the new report on climate change released by his own administration.
KATV and THV11 are reporting that police are investigating a homicide at the Eastview Terrace Apartments, on the 1200 block of Geyer Street.
C&H Hog Farms has responded to the state's official denial of a new permit by asking the Newton County Circuit Court to hold the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality in contempt of court.
The Arkansas National Guard is trumpeting the promotion this week of Erica L. Ingram, the first female African-American Colonel in the Arkansas National Guard.
A quick morning break from the groundbound news.
Civilization and its discontents.
In this week’s episode, Charles and Antwan provide perspective and conversation regarding improving the quality of life in Little Rock and the need to convert War Memorial Golf Course into a Central Park. In addition, they interview John Brummett, of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, regarding the campaign themes of Frank Scott and Baker Kurrus in the Little Rock Mayoral race.
Jason Rapert sends out thousands of invites to join newly formed National Association of Christian Lawmakers
Behold, the spam of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Mayoral candidates Frank Scott and Baker Kurrus will face off in a debate that will be aired on KARK and Fox16 this evening at 6:30 p.m.
Help keep Benji warm and working on journalism that matters.
The Arkansas Times has acquired a copy of the full results of the mayoral poll summarized in a controversial KARK report yesterday.
Jason Rapert sends out thousands of invites to join newly formed National Association of Christian Lawmakers; Mayoral candidates Baker Kurrus and Frank Scott set to debate tonight on KARK/Fox16; Deer crashes through Cross County Courthouse window; It's #GivingNewsDay, an effort promoted by NewsMatch, a national matching campaign to support nonprofit journalism.
"One of the problems that a lot of people like myself," Trump explained, "we have very high levels of intelligence, but we’re not necessarily such believers."
Sinclair airs "must-run" segment on local news stations warning of "attempted invasion of our country": UPDATE
The latest from Trump's Ministry of Disinformation.
Fayetteville moves closer to 100-percent clean energy goal with solar panel project at wastewater treatment facilities
The solar panel project for the wastewater facilities represents a major step forward in the city's goal to operate all city facilities with100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2030.
Marjorie Williams-Smith, Governors Arts Awards,
Deer update: Surveillance video released showing footage of doe crashing through glass windowpane at Cross County Courthouse
Courthouse surveillance video footage has been released, showing the break-in.
Citizen sues Preferred Family Healthcare, demanding repayment of taxpayer money in wake of corruption scandals (UPDATE)
Jim Parsons, a Bella Vista activist who has frequently made use of Freedom of Information Act requests and legal actions to attempt to expose public corruption, filed an illegal exaction lawsuit yesterday afternoon in Benton County Circuit Court against Preferred Family Healthcare and its subsidiaries in Arkansas.
The Arkansas Arts Center's latest opening is its new restaurant, Watercolor in the Park. The Keet family of restaurateurs (Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe, Petit & Keet) is now running the show.
Did Kurrus oppose local control of the LRSD when he was appointed superintendent in 2015? Not really, but he didn't endorse it, either.
Setting the record straight on Baker Kurrus and local control of Little Rock schools; Citizen sues Preferred Family Healthcare, demanding repayment of taxpayer money in wake of corruption scandals; Fayetteville moves closer to 100-percent clean energy goal with solar panel project at wastewater treatment facilities.
Judge in case seeking Ecclesia repayment: Legislators cannot be compelled to testify in depositions, but case can otherwise proceed
The latest in the lawsuit seeking to recoup ill-gotten money from Ecclesia College.
The Medical Marijuana Commission met today and the state's five licensed growers announced their expected timelines.