Arkansas Blog

The latest coronavirus numbers and open line

It's a Monday line.

Arkansas legislators sign bizarre letter that makes phony claims about the 2020 election

Five Arkansas legislators just can't let it go.

Little Rock mayor proposes dramatic changes to ward boundaries

Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. has shared with members of the city board of directors two proposals for redrawing the city's seven wards as required by redistricting. The one recommended by the mayor dramatically reshapes wards downtown, midtown and in the central part of the city.

UA frat raffles off AR-15, stupidity ensues

Come on, dads. This would never happen on moms' weekend.

Heiress's donation further ties Leslie Rutledge's attorney group to Jan. 6 insurrection

The Republican Attorneys General Association, to which Arkansas's Leslie Rutledge belongs, was a major funder of the Jan. 6 rally-turned-riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Horrendous domestic violence call in Fort Smith leaves three dead, officer hospitalized

The officer is expected to survive after a brutal knife attack.

Hutchinson tries to thread the needle on vaccine mandates on 'Meet the Press'

Governor Hutchinson returned to "Meet the Press" Sunday to talk about vaccine mandates. He repeated what's been his public position: government mandates bad, employer mandates OK.

Lawsuit update on Ten Commandments monument at the Arkansas Capitol

An update on that monument to Christian supremacists.

The Saturday line

Here's an open line.

For Arkansas, it's time to stop doing the common thing

The common thing is the easy thing, the thing everyone else is doing, the status quo. It’s the uncommon person who rises above that. Both approaches were on display at the Arkansas Capitol recently.

The COVID report and open line

The Arkansas Department of Health reports 714 new cases of COVID-19, a decline in the number of hospitalized by four and an increase of eight people on ventilators. And here's an open line.
picture of Arkansas Razorback football Coach Sam Pittman

No midseason feeling of despair for fans of this Arkansas football team

Coach Sam Pittman's presence so far has been one that reassures the agitated folks among us. When the Hogs would have these midseason swoons in the past, my needle always hovered somewhere between “this guy can’t hack it” and “we’ll never be any good.” I don’t have those feelings at all at this juncture.

PAC backing Bequette gets $1 million donation for primary bid to defeat Boozman

An Illinois conservative megadonor has has given $1 million to a newly formed super PAC aligned with Jake Bequette, the former Arkansas Razorback and military veteran who is mounting a primary challenge against Sen. John Boozman.

Little Rock’s first women-focused coworking space to open in SoMa in November

In November, Natalie Ghidotti and Erin Hohnbaum will open the doors of The Nest, a women’s coworking space and social club located on Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive in Little Rock’s SoMa district.

Bill Clinton hospitalized

Former President Bill Clinton is recovering in a California hospital after two days of treatment for a non-coronavirus-related infection. His spokesman Angela Urena said on Twitter, "He is on the mend, in good spirits, and incredibly thankful to the doctors, nurses and staff providing him with excellent care."

15-year-old arrested in shooting of student near North Little Rock High School

A North Little Rock High student was shot near his school Thursday afternoon, and another young man is in jail.

New Little Rock Director Virgil Miller promises to be independent thinker, vows to run in 2023

Little Rock banker Virgil Miller, selected Tuesday by the Little Rock Board of Directors to fill the remainder of the late Ward 1 Director Erma Hendrix's term, said today in an interview that he plans to seek election for the seat when his term expires in 2023. 

Sarah Huckabee Sanders pulls in vast majority of her millions from out of state

Donations from actual Arkansans to the Sanders campaign account for only about a third of her $11 million haul.

Coronavirus today: more new cases, fewer hospitalizations

Ten new deaths.

Shooting outside North Little Rock High School strikes a student

North Little Rock High goes on lockdown after a student is shot across the street.