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Visionary Arkansans 2018December 6, 2018
Vol 45 • No 14
A curious and roving eye.
Lost the battle, but sees hope for Democrats in the longer political struggle.
Mental health care advocate.
How a team of Arkansans hopes to change the criminal justice system.
The Hot Springs promoter wants to see hordes in hot water.
Defender of potential.
They form the engine that makes the Fayetteville Roots Festival go.
Inspired men and women who are making great things happen.
UA instructor and ceramicist Linda Lopez didn't visit an art museum until college. Now she's in demand across the country.
After many years of faithful service, it seems as if the transmission in Black Phillip — our trusty 2006 Honda CRV — is in the process of giving up the ghost.
The sponge also rises.
The debate over what would be the sole consequential, bipartisan legislation of the first two years of the Trump presidency is underway in the U.S. Senate, and Arkansas's high-profile junior Sen. Tom Cotton has placed himself at the center of it.
Rev. Johnette Fitzjohn succeeds founder Penelope Poppers as executive director.
Forrest City's Delta Q offers a new take on barbecue.
The beatification of George H.W. Bush, which even the current president signaled was OK, would have surprised the 41st president, who seemed to have accepted the public's verdict that, although a waffler, he was a decent man who did his best and didn't do any harm to the people of the country or the world with whose well-being he was entrusted for a time.
Racial prejudice and discrimination have long driven Arkansas politics and public policy. Arkansas's tax policies have especially perpetuated the harm of past racism and done little to reduce the systemic barriers faced by people of color today.
Play at home while eating a delicious Morningside Bagel!
For as achingly far off the pace as the Arkansas Razorback football program seems to be, I find myself shocked that this Hog basketball team could end up being pretty good despite a tumultuous offseason in which virtually everyone aside from Daniel Gafford left town.
Also, Weakness for Blondes plays White Water.
And much more.
Some years ago, I watched a herd of nine mares stampede across a pasture on a friend's farm. It was an impressive spectacle, like that seen from the rail at a racetrack.
Also, Quapaw closer to running Pine Bluff casino and student newspaper stifled.
The chairwoman of the PAC that ran the racist ad in October in support of U.S. Rep. French Hill that included the voices of two black women discussing the likelihood of white Democrats "lynching" black men as part of the MeToo movement was appointed to head the West Virginia Office of Minority Affairs this week, Talking Points Memo reports.
To conservative legislators, Arkansas college campuses are ground zero in the culture wars.
The White House also announced that former Fox News correspondent Heather Nauert would be nominated to replace outgoing United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley.
MorningSide Bagels, whose cult following has been loxless since the eatery was shut earlier this year, is open again in its original store at 10848 Maumelle Blvd.
The latest new thing coming to the East Village is a coffee shop (as yet officially named) in the former Rocktown Distillery building at 1216 E. Sixth St., where Rock Dental Brands is relocating. The plumbing permit, pulled by Cromwell Architects Engineers, tags the entire remodeling project "The Distillery," as does the East Village website image.
Cliff Farmer, the challenger for a seat on the Hoxie City Council, failed to vote in Tuesday's runoff election. That resulted in a tie with his opponent, incumbent Alderwoman Becky Linebaugh.
Out in Arkansas’s hosts Traci Berry and Angie Bowen talk about all the things because all the things are LGBTQ things. This week T & A talk about “Boy Erased” and their own emotions during and after the movie. Thank you for listening! #outinarkansas #beinggayinthesouth #dontbeadouche #beadecentperson
While the North Carolina duo's work is music to chill by, there were no sleepers.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette will stop distributing print editions of its daily newspaper in five south Arkansas counties from Monday through Saturday beginning Feb. 11, general manager Lynn Hamilton confirmed in a phone interview today.
Alderman candidate misses chance to cast deciding vote for himself in runoff election; Dem-Gaz to phase out print delivery in El Dorado, Camden and Magnolia; Rapert threatens UA Fort Smith over 'Drag Queen Story Time' event; The Van seeks to raise $35,000 in three weeks for new warehouse facility in South Little Rock.
There's a vague, but ominous item at the end of the State Board of Education's agenda for its Thursday, Dec. 13 meeting: "Consideration of Waiver of education-related laws in the Little Rock School District."
Lindsey and Benji discuss the election of Frank Scott Jr. as Little Rock mayor, a shakeup at the state Division of Youth Services and an ominous item on the agenda of the State Board of Education concerning the LRSD.
John Kelly will leave his White House chief of staff position by the end of the year, President Trump told reporters today.
It's wet and cold out there. What do you know?
KARK reports that nearly two dozen applications have been received, with more expected, to fill the job of Little Rock police chief.
Coming business for the Little Rock City Board this month is a renewal of the $300,000 "contract" with the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce to provide "economic development consulting services."
Taking comments now.
40/29 reports that Terry Don King, 50, was shot by Washington County deputies responding to a domestic disturbance call at his home near Springdale after he pointed a shotgun at them.
The Fayetteville shale boom is long over but unhappy fallout continues. Bloomberg reports here on a gas company's contest of property taxes that is causing problems for the school districts that depend on the taxes.
The Washington Post fact-checking feature reports that Donald Trump's ceaseless lying has required the creation of a new label beyond "Four Pinocchios" for blatantly false statements.
The U.S. Supreme Court today handed victories to Planned Parenthood in two states — Louisiana and Kansas — that tried to strip the organization of Medicaid funding for medical services (not abortion).
A surprise addition to the Little Rock City Board agenda seems aimed at sweetening Mayor Mark Stodola's transition to retirement. And perhaps more. For now, taxpayers are in the dark.
Max is back with the news roundup. Here's your open line.
Shots fired at home of the witness of a recent triple homicide.
It took a Freedom of Information Act request (by me and at least one other) to shake loose Education Czar Johnny Key's previously secret plan to ask for law waivers in his operation of the state-run Little Rock School District. On the table will be a motion to be presented by Board member Dianne Zook, a long-standing critic of the district, to waive the teacher fair dismissal law for ALL Little Rock school teachers.
The Little Rock Education Association is counting on Education Commissioner Johnny Key keeping his word that a waiver of the Teacher Fair Dismissal wouldn't go into effect until next school year and that it would only cover schools that earned a "D" or "F" under the state's new accountability scoring, LREA president Teresa Knapp Gordon said in a statement Monday night.
White River Waterkeeper, an Arkansas group based in Harrison, has joined seven other groups in a federal lawsuit in Washington that aims to stop a U.S. Agriculture Department policy that exempts industrial animal operations that receive federal loans from undergoing an environmental review or providing notice of their operations to neighbors.
Forty-four former U.S. senators, including David Pryor and Blanche Lincoln, have signed a letter published as an op-ed in the Washington Post warning of dangerous political times in the country.
In this week’s episode, Charles and Antwan provide perspective and conversation on the Little Rock Mayoral Election and State Board of Education’s consideration of the anticipated request to waive the Fair Teacher Dismissal Act. In addition, Charles and Antwan discuss all things happening in the Little Rock School District with Superintendent Michael Poore.
Two trade groups (aka lobbies) for the budding medical marijuana business in Arkansas have announced they've joined forces to build their strength.
Frank Scott Jr. will be sworn in as Little Rock mayor at 2 p.m. Jan. 1 at Robinson Center, the traditional swearing day for all elected officials. But his installation may take on the grandeur of a gubernatorial inauguration.
Donald Trump staged a public meeting today with Democratic leaders and vowed to shut down the government if Congress doesn't give him money to build a border wall.
Arkansas Times challenges law that requires state contractors to pledge not to boycott Israel in federal court
The Arkansas Times Limited Partnership, the company that owns and publishes the Arkansas Times, is challenging in federal court a state law that requires government contractors to pledge not to boycott Israel or reduce their fees by at least 20 percent.
Here you go: The open line and the day's video news roundup.
Little Rock School Superintendent Michael Poore held a news conference this afternoon at McClellan High to announce that he'd be releasing at 5 p.m. today on the web the "blueprint" for facility use and other plans for the school district.
The Trump administration announced today plans to roll black clean water rules adopted during the Obama era — a setback for the environment and a victory for big business and agriculture.
Catchup on vacation happenings. I got a tip, first broken on the Arkansas Blog, about Land Commissioner John Thurston's decision to sack 10 current secretary of state employees so as to make room for his people.
The Little Rock City Board added news of a bonus for non-union employees to the meeting at which they discussed adding almost $900,000 in value to outgoing Mayor Mark Stodola's pension three weeks before he leaves office.
Here's the link to the so-called blueprint for changes in the Little Rock School District to be discussed at a meeting of the state-controlled district's largely powerless community advisory board at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Metro Career Tech Center.
And speaking of the Little Rock School District: Judge and pastor Wendell Griffen sends word that his New Millenium Church will be the site of a series of programs in January on "re-segregation, privatization, and de-funding of public education."
We've reported about the proposal Thursday before the state Board of Education to waive the teacher fair dismissal law for all teachers in the state-controlled Little Rock School District, ostensibly as a means to improve student performance. It has supposedly deteriorated under four years of state operation. Pine Bluff, recently taken over by the state, also has a waiver request on Thursday's board agenda.
If recent tax cuts overwhelmingly favor the rich (and they do) shouldn't tax law enforcement also favor the rich? It does, says a report from Pro Publica.
The U.S. Senate approved a farm bill yesterday that didn't go far enough in punishing poor people for the likes of Sen. Tom Cotton, one of 12 Republicans who voted no. Then he chose to, well, lie about it in defending his vote against the interest of farmers, the largest sector of the Arkansas economy.
The State Police is investigating the shooting death of an Interstate 40 driver who reportedly pulled a knife on a Pope County deputy after a traffic stop about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in Conway County. The driver hasn't been identified.
Sen. Bart Hester, one of the sponsors of the Israel boycott law being challenged in a federal lawsuit by the Arkansas Times, tells the Associated Press the law will be changed in the coming legislative session.
Saying the issue was moot, the Arkansas Court of Appeals today dismissed a TV station's appeal of a court decision enjoining the airing of advertising critical of Associate Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson.
Sen. Jim Hendren Tweets from the state's tax cutting task force meeting this morning that the gorup had backed the plan preferred by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to phase in a change in the state income tax to three rates with a drop in the top rate from 6.9 percent to 5.9 percent.
The Central Arkansas Library System kicks off a caffeinated experience Saturday, Dec. 15, when the Nexus Nook coffee shop opens on the first floor of the Main Library, 100 Rock St.
Arkansas's 10th Tacos 4 Life restaurant opens Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Dillard’s Department Store parking lot at the McCain Mall.
A gunshow billboard has ruffled some feathers in Hillcrest.
Little Rock City Board reviews city manager and city attorney. It also gave Manager Bruce Moore an improvement in his contract on accrued vacation and leave time.
Laura Sessoms Grimes, a North Little Rock native, will join Board Chair Judy Tenenbaum and Artistic Director Vince Insalaco in expanding ACT’s outreach and education programs.
Got a band together? Enter your ensemble in the 2019 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase.
The helpline (which can be reached at 1-855-372-1084) will operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. DHS will also buy paid advertising to better inform beneficiaries about the work requirement.
Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former lawyer, was sentenced to three years in federal prison today for a variety of crimes, including accusations related to paying hush money to Trump mistresses to keep their stories out of circulation during the 2016 election campaign. Can't wait for the Trump tweet storm.
The video news roundup and the open line.
Kane Webb is departing as director of the state Parks and Tourism Department to take a job as director of executive communications at Walmart headquarters in Bentonville. Cynthia Dunlap will be the agency's interim director.
Tom Cotton's winning streak as a Senate obstructionist may come to an end on criminal justice reform.
State Board of Education action to waive school standards law in the Pine Bluff School District may be broader than I indicated yesterday. But officials won't talk about it.
McDougall is the fourth Arkansas writer to be given the Lifetime Achievement honor following Donald Harington in 2004, Miller Williams in 2009 and Charles Portis in 2014.
Demetrius Walker, a sophomore linebacker for the Arkansas Razorbacks, has been jailed in Washington County on charges of possession of marijuana and Xanax with intent to deliver and simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm (an AR-15 rifle with a loaded magazine.)
The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that the state's constitution makes illegal voucher payments for students to attend religious-oriented public schools.
The Kentucky Supreme Court today struck down a state law that changed the state teacher pension plan, a change that sparked massive teacher protests.
Here's the Thursday open line. Also a roundup of news headlines so far today.
The Milwaukee Sentinel Journal reports that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has struck a deal with Kimberly-Clark in which the company will retain operations in Wisconsin in return for $25 million in handouts over five years. This means the closure of Kimberly-Clark plant in Conway, the article says.
Our House announced Cynthia Huff and LaShaunti Natt as recipients of the nonprofit’s 2018 Resilient Family of the Year award on Friday, Dec. 7 at its Home for the Holidays charity event.
State Rep. Vivian Flowers (D-Pine Bluff) and state Rep.-elect Tippi McCullough (D-Little Rock) have released statements decrying expected moves by the State Board of Education to waive educational laws in the Little Rock and Pine Bluff school districts, both of which are under state control.
Attorney General Rutledge asks Public Service Commission to review Entergy-Sierra Club settlement that would shutter coal-burning power plants in state
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, who's long been an opponent of environmental protections, now wants to stand in the way of an agreement to shutter Arkansas's biggest contributors to climate change.
State Board of Education wakes up to transparency; delays vote on waiving Teacher Fair Dismissal law in Pine Bluff
Although it was nowhere to be found on its agenda, the State Board of Education discussed waiving the Teacher Fair Dismissal Act for the Pine Bluff School District today, but ultimately postponed consideration to allow the public sufficient notice.
State Board of Education member Diane Zook disclosed her wide-ranging plan to micromanage the Little Rock School District at a State Board meeting on Thursday. She sounds like she wants to be LRSD superintendent.
The Van began accepting donations on Monday, Dec. 3 to raise $35,000 to purchase and make repairs to a new warehouse property, but Reddin told the Times this morning that on Friday Dec. 7, he learned the new warehouse is not correctly zoned for the nonprofit's use.