From the editors of the Arkansas Times, Dawn Scott, Christina Munoz, Dustin McDaniel, John Walker, 607, David Sanders, John the Beer Snob and more.
Vol 40 • No 18
Moscow has always been hard on idealists. So it's no surprise to find the world-renowned civil libertarian Edward Snowden feeling shaky midway through his first Russian winter. In a televised Christmas message recorded by Britain's Channel 4, Snowden waxed alternately as grandiose and apocalyptic as a Dostoyevsky character.
Need a political fix. KAIT-TV in Jonesboro is broadcasting a debate at 12:10 p.m. today between the candidates in the special election to complete the state Senate term vacated by Paul Bookout, who remains under investigation for personal conversion of campaign money.
President Obama has issued executive orders to make it easier to detect when people with a background of mental illness get a background check for a gun purchase.
Gov. Mike Beebe waxes a bit philosophical in his weekly radio address this week, which begins what he says will be his last year in public office, a stint that begin with the election of 1982.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has signed off on the popular name and ballot title for a proposed initiated act to raise the state minimum wage.
The Friday night line is open. Final notes:
Speculation on Mark Darr's fate, plus bold predictions on what'll happen at the Joint Performance Review Committee hearing on the UA Advancement Division public accountability issues, whether the legislature will reappropriate money for the private option, whether former President Clinton's efforts will matter in Arkansas political races, whether 2014 will be the year that Arkansas ends the ban on same-sex marriage and the fate of several potential ballot initiatives — all covered this week.
Reporting varies. Has Batesville native Charlie Strong, who played football at UCA, been tapped to be the new head football coach at Texas?
Charles Blow of the New York Times looks askance at a growing gap in the ranks of Republican and Democratic voters.
Rocket 21, Frank Fletchers' Kavanaugh Boulevard restaurant (formerly Ferneau) named for one of his race horses, has closed.
This is how you do Little Rock on a budget.
The Saturday line is open. Not much doing.
The gun nuts talk a lot about the Constitution and the inviobility of the 2nd Amendment.
John Lyon at Stephens Media write about the growing pressure on Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to resign for his admitted misuse of public and campaign money for personal expenses.
The Republican/business talk machine is already gearing up to oppose the initiative to increase Arkansas's tied-for-last minimum wage of $6.25 an hour.
A rustic dessert turns out to be more than meets the eye.
The Sunday line is open. It appears Little Rock has dodged precipitation if not cold weather.
Shades of Terri Schiavo. Politicians are again rushing to capitalize on the awful dilemmas facing families with hopeless medical c
The Washington Post and the Center for Responsive Politics have analyzed 2011 and 2012 tax filings and concluded the billionaire Koch brothers poured $400 million into political activities in the 2012 election cycle.
Both the Democrat-Gazette and Stephens Media have setup articles today on the legislative hearing Tuesday at which a public airing will finally be given to all key disputants in the controversy over the deficit-ridden University of Arkansas fund-raising division and Chancellor David Gearhart's efforts to, at a min
Metroplan, the council of local governments in the Little Rock metro area, has issued its 2013 Economic Review and Outlook.
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a temporary stay on a district court's decision that allowed same-sex marriage in Utah.
OK, it wasn't a good year for Razorback football. But oh the potential.
Channel 4 has the details on two Saline County who turned themselves in to authorities
In the wake of the Mayflower oil spill, the federal agency that regulates pipelines set conditions for ExxonMobil to meet before it can restart its ruptured Pegasus pipeline. Nine months later, Exxon hasn't gotten very far.
I wasn't there, but I've been related a bit of interesting inside baseball from the Joint State Agencies Committee at the Capitol today.
Over to you. Final words:
Word has begun circulating of a public announcement Tuesday by Lt. Gov. Mark Darr. If I had to predict, it would be to predict he'll accede to growing pressure within his own
Judy Smith, whose career in politics and PR inspired ABC's "Scandal," will speak at 7 p.m.
Some Republicans simply cannot bring themselves to criticize other Republicans. It's evident — again — in the reluctance of many Republican legislators to even comment on Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's misuse of public and campa
That batch of federal judicial nominations resubmitted yesterday by President Obama are on the Senate Judiciary Committee agenda Thursday morning.
The Pantry, the widely beloved Czech/German restaurant in West Little Rock, is branching out. Chef/owner Tomas Bohm confirms in an email to subscribers to his email list what's long been rumored — he's purchased the former home of The House restaurant and is renovating it to serve as a second outpost of The Pantry.
The Legislature's Joint Performance Review Committee meets at 1 p.m. today to discuss the management of money by the fund-raising arm of the University of Arkansas.
The Senate invoked cloture (defeated filibuster) 60-37 today and that clears the way for a vote on a three-month extension of unemployment benefits.
Say it ain't so. Say that part of Mark Darr's defense won't be that he was targeted by evil Democrats because he opposed Obamacare.
Stop the dang presses. This just in from Ad Age:
Lt. Gov. Mark Darr is depicting himself as a victim of political games in findings that he misspent taxpayer and campaign money.
Brad Choate: Says UA 'snookered' legislative auditors. John Diamond describes Gearhart anger and freeze-out of newspaper
The legislature's Joint Performance Review Committee has begun hearing from six University of Arkansas officials and former employees in its review of financial problems in the fund-raising Advancement Division.
Aaron Street, assistant dean for media relations at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, took the photo of ducks carefully negotiating a frozen pond on campus Tuesday morning.
Democratic Party Chair Vince Insalaco has responded to Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's announcement that he won't resign because of multiple law violations in misuse of office and campaign money.
Rather than stack too much stuff on a single thread, I'm going to start a new one on the legislative discussion today on the UA Advancement financial mess.
Now that Lt. Gov. Mark Darr has drawn a line in the sand, Democrats, and almost certainly a few Republicans, are prepared to step across.
The line is open. If you haven't heard, there's mention of freezing rain in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, though the specifics depending on location remain fluid.
I know, everyone's tired of Mark Darr and just wish he would go. But a small point of personal, if essentially public, privilege.
Stephens Media managed amid a busy day at the Capitol to sit in on a legislative committee that heard a report on how the state's school districts spend almost $200 million in state aid that is provided based on the number of poor children in a school district.
Speaking of schools: I viewed with alarm the other day a social media post by an extremist Republican legislator who was propagating a right-wing talking point that education was doing fine in Kansas despite enormous tax cuts by Gov. Sam Brownback.
The National Fair Housing Alliance says it will announce tomorrow eight complaints against aprtment project owners and managers, including in Little Rock, for discriminating against prospective tenants were are deaf or hard of hearing.
Juicing up for January? Try Garden Press.
Writer Hope Coulter receives Laman Fellowship; ceremony Friday along with George Fisher exhibit opening
The William F. Laman Public Library System announced this week that Hope Coulter is the recipient of its 2014 Laman Library Writers Fellowship.
Lots of warnings that roads and sidewalkers are treac
Do you remember when it was announced with greatfare that
The Jonesboro Sun reports in an article picked up by AP that former Sen. Paul Bookout is voluntarily paying back campaign contributors to his 2012 campaign.
A group that supports term limits has formed a ballot question committee to fight a so-called ethics amendment referred to the 2014 ballot by the legislature.
The pit bull is overdue for some good press. Here's some from KATV's Katherine Yancey, who reports on what happened when Millie Fiser was jumped by a robber while picking up trash outside her
It's working. Public school advocates beat back the voucher movement for years.
A fine editorial in the Arkansas Leader calls for Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's impeachment. It's a road map to everything that was wrong — caution: it's a long list — with Darr's effort to lay blame for his problems on everything and everyone but himself yesterday.
His linoleum cuts a "Ballad in Relief."
As we watch the skies for sleet, I open the line. Final words:
Given that guns are holy in Arkansas, this story might not have the impact in Arkansas it might have other places.
Tie vote means special meeting next week.
The state Board of Education meets Friday and the agenda includes a couple of issues that bear on nothing less than further erosion of Brown v. Board of education and the end of the public education system as we once knew it.