"A conservative Republican in Arkansas would be a liberal over here." – Jim Caldwell of Tulsa, a former member of the Arkansas Senate.
Vol 37 • No 20
Republicans at bat.
Other important Arkansans in 2010.
Installation of mixed-media work by UA professor opens Tuesday.
The Food Network is looking for Little Rock area restaurant owners to apply to be featured on season two of its restaurant makeover show “Restaurant: Impossible.”
Netflix saves "Norwood," a 1970 Glen Campbell vehicle based on the Charles Portis debut novel of the same name, from obscurity by offering the long out-of-print movie on its streaming site.
The attorney general's office released an opinion late today in response to questions posed by state Senator David Johnson about the Razorback Foundation and FOIA law.
The crowds don't lie at Pho Thanh My
Ice cream — like pizza, chocolate and sex — is pretty good no matter how you can get it, so we're not complaining if somebody wants to quibble over the name.
If anything beneficial came of Jared Loughner's attempt to assassinate an Arizona congresswoman and as many of her followers as he could take out, we will find out this week when the House of Representatives takes up repeal of the health-insurance reform law.
It seems equally counterintuitive — if not bonkers — the Arkansas legislature's first response to a mass murder is always to seek to put more guns in the hands of more shooters.
It will be a true test of Gov. Beebe's leadership to create a true opportunity to learn for Arkansas's poor kids.
Robert Randolph and the Family Band at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, the Big Buck Classic returns to the Arkansas State Fairgrounds, Chris Denny at Town Pump, Kevin Kerby at White Water Tavern and more.
We asked the Arkansas delegation if they, too, planned to pack heat in the wake of the Arizona shootings.
This has not been a good year for the meat, dairy, and egg industries.
State holiday causes a stir.
The gay romcom: not much different from your standard Sandra Bullock pic.
The Observer is very close to the same age as the WM3, Echols a bit older, Baldwin a little younger. We remember the crime. We remember the trial.
Here's more damning evidence that January is and always has been the worst month.
Arkansans who've been judged mentally defective can still buy guns if an individual wants to sell to them. Sellers who hold federal firearms licenses, on the other hand, are required to run background checks.
Jason Aldean at Verizon Arena, "The Color Purple" at Robinson Center Music Hall, Old Crow Medicine Show at George's Majestic Lounge, The Big Cats at Dreamland Ballroom, Randy Newman at Walton Arts Center.
On "Flying Wild Alaska," "Heavy" and the U.S. version of "Skins"
Good week: Ernie Passailaigue, Florida fliers, charter schools, Tom Schueck, John Burkhalter, Billy Roy Wilson, texters, civility. Bad week: Todd Turner, the Little Rock Police Department
The Food Network is looking for Little Rock area restaurant owners to apply to be featured on season two of its restaurant makeover show "Restaurant: Impossible."
"Cecil Newton put Auburn through enough agita over the past two months. The least he could have done was spared them more on Monday night." Agita?
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney stars in the Lorraine Hansberry classic.
The return of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, Robert Duvall signs on for upcoming Billy Bob Thornton film and more.
Agencies trying to get a handle on gas regulation.
Gorrell at Cantrell Gallery.
Gov. Mike Beebe declared that his budget was as low it could go without forcing reductions in essential services. But then, only four days into the session, our newly Republicanized state Legislature found painless savings.
Robert Everett Keck will serve two years in prison after pleading guilty to felony charges of animal cruelty. The Saline County prosecutor's office says it's one of the first prison sentences handed down since the animal cruelty bill passed in 2009.
The Daily Show takes Palin to task for her response to the Arizona shootings.
The governor might not find us worthy to call us "sister." Read here.
The New York Times has more details on the iPad security breach that led to the arrest of two men yesterday.
Arkansas Lottery vice president of gaming operations, David Barden, was passed up for a job to run the North Carolina lottery.
Members of the House State Agencies Committee will spend actual, real, precious time this morning debating whether Arkansas should change it's nickname back to "The Land of Opportunity," from "The Natural State."
Rosalie Gould donates Japanese internees' art and other materials.
An Arkansas Game and Fish Commission committee voted to recommend that interim director Lauren Hitchcock become the agency's permanent leader.
Carolyn Wagner, the feisty Fayetteville mother whose struggle to stop gay and lesbian bullying in schools resulted in a landmark legal agreement, has died in Tulsa after a long struggle with cancer, liver failure and hepatitis she acquired through a blood transfusion.
Republicans express support for hearings regarding the creeping threat of Sharia law.
Sykes will employ 600 people at a call service center in Fort Smith.
A summary of what happened at the Arkansas state legislature today.
Just in time for the Demo-Zette's annual, tearful huzzah for a guy who fought to rend the nation and keep black folks in chains comes word from Searcy County that Marshall Mayor Jim Smithson flew the Confederate Flag over city hall there through the long holiday weekend — including on MLK Day — in honor of Robert E. Lee's birthday.
Closing reception and talk is next Wednesday.
I'm calling it a day. Just for giggles, Mike Ross (R-AR) bragged via Twitter: "I just voted to repeal the health care reform law in the House of Representatives - Mike."
Thursday night offers Cody Canada and the Departed at Rev, Mandy McBryde at The Afterthought and, in Fayetteville, Robert Randolph at George's.
Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock, filed a senate joint resolution seeking to amend the constitution to take away the independence of the Game and Fish Commission, the Highway Commission, colleges and universities and exert more control over the lottery.
Live streaming of committee hearings in the House will start this morning.
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee will host a Christian-themed Alaskan cruise.
David Corn on the family feud over whether or not Pres. Ronal Reagan suffered from Alzheimer's disease while in the White House - his sons Ron and Michael have very different opinions on the matter - and how close reporter Leslie Stahl came to reporting on Reagan's despondence after a meeting she had with the president in 1986.
The ever-popular Chinese New Year celebration dinner is scheduled for January 29th at Chinese Pavilion Restaurant in Sherwood.
Well, your new year could be going worse. Local community blogger Faithful Minion has posted a slideshow of photos of the house near 4th and Woodrow Streets that was heavily damaged on January 7 when a guy fleeing from police in a Honda Civic hit a fire hydrant, which caused the engine to rip out of the car and fly through a fence into the house, which then caught fire.
Twitter is lighting up in response to yesterday's "Land of Opportunity" bill with the hilarious #rejectedarkansasmottos trend.
Accompanied by the first lady in Washington D.C., Walmart executives today that the company will gradually reduce or require the reduction of sodium, sugar and trans-fats in its products by 2015.
An open line on Arkansas weather.
The Gossip's "Standing in the Way of Control" named the "Most Powerful Protest Song of the 21st Century" by Flavorwire.
Politics Daily reporter David Gibson has an interesting column on remarks made by Rev. Franklin Graham, son of Billy, in a speech at John Brown University, in Siloam Springs, on Tuesday. Graham spoke about the memorial service for the victims of the shooting in Tuscon, and expressed his displeasure that it was not as explicitly religious as services following the Oklahoma City bombing and the 9/11 attacks.
Hendrix College is bringing another huge night of music with Big Boi (of Outkast) and rising Alabama emcee Yelawolf.
Scholars from the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society spoke at the Clinton School of Public Service this afternoon to celebrate the release of a national poll conducted to better understand political attitudes of voters in the South versus the balance of the country.
We aren't. The sun even came out for a little bit over downtown Little Rock.
News from beyond Arkansas on our Rock Candy Twitter: New Orleans Jazz Fest and Coachella lineups, J Dilla's masterpiece covered live by a jazz trio, Village Voice's Pazz and Jop poll released.
I hear it snowed in Arkansas. No snow in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
A long overdue gig from Chris Denny, "voodoobilly" flapper Izzy Cox and the annual Big Buck Classic stand out in this weekend's happenings.
No stranger to gigging in Arkansas, country star Jason Aldean finally makes his way into Verizon Arena this Friday night.
The touring company of Broadway's "The Color Purple" lands in Robinson Center Music Hall this weekend for a three-day stand.
Without a doubt, the biggest young bluegrass band in music, Old Crow Medicine Show, stops at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville this Friday night.
Dreamland Ballroom opens their doors this Saturday afternoon for a special matinee show from The Big Cats.
Songwriting giant Randy Newman brings 50 years of musical genius to Fayetteville's Baum Walker Hall this Saturday night.
A "top Democratic aide" tells Talking Points Memo that some Democrats are thinking about forcing Republicans to put their money where their mouth is and take votes on repealing popular versions of the health care reform bill, like provisions preventing an insurance company from barring you from coverage due to a pre-existing condition.
Miss Arkansas makes an appearance on David Letterman.
Miss Arkansas Alyse Eady performs her ventriloquist rendition of "I Wanna Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart."
Bobby Ampezzan's quest to elevate food writing.
It's rare that I ever give an absolute on anything. But I can honestly say to this date, the burger at Capital Bar and Grill is the best I've ever had.
Pop, impressionist, surrealist, children's work, all tonight in North Little Rock.
A White House press release says 30,572 Medicare beneficiaries in Arkansas have received prescription drug cost relief.
Does a fat mortgage and a new job for former campaign manager Chip Saltsman suggest that Huckabee isn't running in 2012?
As we noted a few days back, Arkansas gay and lesbian rights advocate Carolyn Wagner passed away on Jan. 18 after a long battle with cancer.
The Arkansas Beef Cookoff is coming to Conway next month.
Cotija's, the terrifically popular downtown Mexican restaurant, introduced a happy hour earlier this week that, at least initially, will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
Amy Russell is creeping closer to being nominated for a federal judgeship though many Arkansas Democrats are unhappy about it.
Exhibit opens with reception from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Cantrell Gallery.
Honorary Arkansan, Hendrix grad and Little Rock regular Hayes Carll brings his twang to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno stage tonight.
Abdulhakim Muhammad, a defendant in a capital murder case, won an Arkansas Supreme Court decision last year saying that the state would have to pay for a lawyer that had been hired for him.
Former Arkansas first lady Janet Huckabee paid a $100 fee in Pulaski County District Court yesterday and a received "reserve judgment" ruling from Judge Wayne Gruber, with an agreement that charges of careless and prohibited driving against her would be dismissed if Huckabee doesn't get into any more vehicular trouble for six months.
Here's what happened at the legislature today.
Take it away.
Jeff Nichols' new movie "Take Shelter" doesn't make its world debut at Sundance until Monday, but he can already breathe easier: Sony Pictures Classic has already acquired the rights to the film.
Little Rock city manager Brian Day says UAMS will fork over the $1 million-plus it has offered to pay the city for its portion of Ray Winder Field "soon."
Conservative showman Glenn Beck's incessant rants against a 78-year-old City University of New York professor Frances Fox Piven - on whom the crackpot blames the downfall of the economy - have resulted in numerous death threats against the professor.
MSNBC announced yesterday the network's relationship with Keith Olbermann had come to an end. Is this a good thing?
A little late. Sorry about that.
The March for Life is being held today.
The athletic department at the University of Arkansas will seek approval from the board of trustees to move forward with plans to build a new football center.
The Packers are going to the Super Bowl. Third string quarterback Caleb Hanie nearly pulled it off.
A bill to ban Arkansas from participating in the federal health reform bill will come up at the legislature this week.
Analysis of Ryan Mallett's decision to go pro.
Super-duo Sugarland is headed to Verizon on March 4 with Little Big Town and former "American Idol" contestant Casey James opening.
Republicans claim the economic upturn is a result of GOP policies.
Fayetteville playwright Robert Ford, who serves as the artistic director for, has been nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Play for "The Fall of the House."
Alexander poet Bryan Borland, whose book of poems, "My Life as Adam" (Sibling Rivalry Press), was recently selected for The American Library Association's "Over the Rainbow" list of the best gay and lesbian books of 2010.
Alice Stewart, deputy director of public affairs for the secretary of state, will be on Hannity tonight.
Salut Bistro, the Heights area restaurant and bar best known as a late-night hangout, has a relatively new chef and a new Italian menu.
AETN, and PBS, have developed an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch app to help public television viewers keep up with the station's programs, watch videos and learn about news and events.
I was prepared to hate — to call it yet another addition to the ongoing Freakshow Channel programming that A&E and several others have leaned toward in recent years (polygamists and hoarders and compulsives, oh my!).
Last June, we told you about Michael Horton, a tireless advocate for rural broadband. Horton lives with his wife in Snowball, in southwest Searcy County.
Sam and Omar Kassees, owners of Mason's Deli, plan to open Rivershore Eatery in the River Market's Ottenheimer Hall in the space that previously house Brown Sugar Bakeshop sometime in the next two weeks.
Channel 5 news in Fayetteville says 70 to 80 students are arrested by U of A police for public intoxication every year, but when you're the 2010 Miss Teen Arkansas, your arrest is going to be on the news.
Remember the good old days of teen movies? "Porky's"? "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"? The entire John Hughes oeuvre? In those movies, teenagers smoke, drank, cussed, chased each others' groins, and were generally boiling cauldrons of hormones, confusion and angst. Between then and now, though, something happened. Something stupid.
Tuesday and Wednesday's scheduled appearances by David Barton, the Texas "historian" who gives talks on how America was founded on Christian principles, have been cancelled.
Little Rock police spokesman Lt. Terry Hastings said that the man found dead in his burning S. Valentine Street home died of blunt force trauma and smoke inhalation.
Citizens for Tax Justice, a liberal think tank, says that Arkansas and West Virginia are getting it right when it comes to tax cuts.
Former congressman Vic Snyder has taken a position at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield as corporate medical director for external affairs.
Daily rundown of activities at the Capitol in Arkansas
Yep. Time for an open line.
DA NANG, VIETNAM — Heading for harbor here on a gray morning over rough seas.
Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter" debuted earlier today at Sundance and judging from the reaction from critics on Twitter, it's good.
Rep. Loy Mauch has introduced a bill to require water utilities to disclose what chemicals they're putting in the water.
"True Grit," "Winter's Bone" make huge showings during this morning's Oscar nomination ceremony.
The Tea Party is trying to rally support for a bill that would remove Arkansas from the federal health care reform bill passed last year.
The nominations for the 2011 Academy Awards were announced in Hollywood this morning, and the new adaptation of "True Grit," based on the novel by Little Rock author Charles Portis, snagged 10 nods, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Jeff Bridges, Best Supporting Actress for Hailee Steinfeld (who played teenage heroine Mattie Ross, Best Director for the Coen Brothers, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Former Arkansas Gazette reporter and later independent journalist Carol Griffee died last night in hospice, we just learned from an e-mail from historian Michael Dougan.
An act that would allow people to opt out of the individual mandate in the federal health reform package failed in committee this morning.
Last week, we told you about Marshall Mayor Jim Smithson, who decided it would be a good idea to celebrate the birthday of Robert E. Lee by flying the Confederate flag over City Hall through the long MLK Day weekend — including on MLK Day itself.
If you drop what you're doing now, you can probably get to Park Plaza in time to get some ice cream of the future and get a prime spot to gawk at Kris Allen.
The Clinton School just released its February schedule of speakers slated to lecture at Sturgis Hall, and there's some dandies.
Today on @rockcandies: Jeff Buckley biopic, "Up" pre-made with Spencer Tracy and Jimimy Gooch.
A national report shows Arkansas lags behind in science studies.
We all knew Jay Dickey was tight with the NRA when he represented the Fourth Congressional District.
Sunk: David Meek's bill to remove Arkansans from the individual mandate set forth in the Affordable Care Act, and virtually shut down health care reform in Arkansas was defeated 12-7.
It's a special edition of tonight's open line. Feel free to use this post during the speech to post live comments.