Would you believe that the hottest statewide race in this important election year is the contest for lieutenant governor?
Even by the Mark Pryor standard — which allows for the routine craven capitulation to the Bush administration — his vote last week in favor of the Military Commissions Act was a colossal outrage.
Sources tell me Wal-Mart is preparing to open a government affairs office in Little Rock to lobby state legislators.
When the story of the 2006 Arkansas governor’s race is written, the turning point will probably be traced to Aug. 18. That’s the day Democrat Mike Beebe and Republican Asa Hutchinson announced a joint agreement on the terms of their debates.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, President George W. Bush gave a nationally televised speech in New Orleans’ Jackson Square and said “We will do what it takes.” One year later, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast remain in critical condition.
The best contribution to date in the Little Rock mayoral race is a simple two-line graph produced by Jesse Mason’s campaign. One line charts the number of violent crimes in the city from 1993 through 2004. The other line indicates the number of police
Last Thursday, the Little Rock School Board approved expanding a merit pay program to three elementary schools. As part of the deal, the Walton Family Foundation would pay for researchers from the University of Arkansas to evaluate the results.
I’ve spent a lot of lonely fourth quarters in Razorback Stadium, many times on cold, wet November afternoons. The Hogs could be down by several touchdowns, with no hope of winning the game. Still, I always stay to the bitter end. To leave early would b
Both major-party candidates for governor would support allowing “intelligent design” to be taught alongside evolution theory in public schools.
Strong divisions exist between downtown and West Little Rock, where policy perspectives are shaped by lifestyle choices. To downtown loyalists who live east of University Avenue, West Little Rock is an abomination of sprawl. On the other hand, residents o
A Democratic senator in a Democratic state faces a backlash in next week’s Democratic primary over his support for President George W. Bush and his Iraq war policy. The senator is Joe Lieberman and the state is Connecticut, but you have to wonder if U.S.
“Duty, Honor, Country,” is the title of a biography of Prescott Bush, the former U.S. senator from Connecticut and grandfather of the current president. Those three words represent the principles and priorities that guided his life, and according to the b
Only 10 percent of voters in the May 23 Arkansas primary election were under 35 years old, according to a July 4 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette analysis. That was down from 12 percent in 1998. Low voter participation among young people is nothing new, bu
On June 20, Mike Beebe went to an off-the-record meeting with the Stonewall Democrats to explain why his gubernatorial campaign refused their financial contribution.
At one point in Al Gore’s movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” he shows an illustration of a scale with a stack of gold bars on one side and the Earth on the other.
Back in the 1980s, the model Kelly LeBrock appeared in a commercial for Pantene shampoo and said, “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.”
In the four weeks since Jim Holt secured the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor, political partisans have been arguing about whether or not he is actually a “radical” or “extremist.”
U.S. Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor this month voted against the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, making Arkansas the only Southern state besides Maryland to unanimously oppose the measure in the Senate.
With Jim Dailey’s announcement last week that he will not seek another term as Little Rock’s mayor, it is about time we openly discuss the absurdity of his job.
Remember when the Republican Party was totally marginalized in Arkansas, mainly because it was dominated by a small cadre of true believers in the Northwest corner of the state? If not, don’t worry. All of us will probably get reacquainted with that d