Max Brantley

Let's vote

The potential for exciting November elections grew last week with filing of petitions for three ballot initiatives to add to two already cleared by the legislature.
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Corrupt Arkansas

Arkansas jail blotters last week added a couple more names of so-called public servants.


Who's coming for dinner?

Thousands of children, stripped from their families at the border, remain hostage to a U.S. government using them to coerce illegal-entry guilty pleas from their parents. The U.S. wants to make criminals of many seeking legal asylum.

Where's the outrage?

Am I the only person, apart from federal prosecutors, outraged about the criminal enterprise that inveigled itself into a privileged position as an Arkansas taxpayer-financed human services provider to the tune, today, of $43 million a year?

The Arkansas swamp

The Arkansas Capitol is a fetid swamp of corruption and the bipartisan lack of concern tells you plenty.

The return of 'Freedom of Choice'

A federal court in El Dorado soon will decide if unalloyed "Freedom of Choice" may be legal state policy, even when it encourages school segregation.

Election trends

Items of interest that emerged from primary and "nonpartisan" judicial elections last week.

Now, the main event

I write Tuesday morning, before polls close on primary and judicial election contests.

Are you being served?

These aren't good times for confidence in public servants.

Send in the segs

The state Board of Education last week rejected requests from Camden Fairview, Hope, Lafayette County and Junction City to be exempt from the state law requiring students to be able to freely transfer between school districts.

Rich get richer

Arkansas State University heard from a paid consultant last week about ways to become more efficient — make more money, in other words — and perhaps even serve students better.

Guns: Call the roll

The gun lobby is wrong in thinking law enforcement failures in the Florida massacre are arguments against gun control. They illustrate why we must look harder at the devices that do the mass killing and how they get in hands of people even law officers are reluctant to confront.

Meanwhile, back in Arkansas

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin got some glowing coverage in Sunday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for arranging an award from the national association of secretaries of state for the Little Rock Nine and their brave desegregation of Central High School 60 years ago.

Love, Ark Blog

Things you might have missed if you don't read the Arkansas Blog.

Police problems

Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner's surprise emergence as a candidate for a higher-paying job in a smaller city (Charleston, S.C.) is a commentary on the fraught relationship of police with the Little Rock community and a city government structure in need of change.

Lock him up

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.

Truth in government

Why attempt a coherent theme in today's incoherent political world?

Along the civil rights trail

A convergence of events in recent days signaled again how far we have come and how far we have yet to go in civil rights.

Hiding Hog money

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this week reported that a University of Arkansas response to an open records request shows UA officials regularly communicate with the Razorback Foundation, which supports UA athletics. Duh.

In black and white

The men and women who patrol Little Rock in black and white vehicles tell a story in black and white.