Integration came late, if at all, to public pools in Little Rock.
Vol 40 • No 23
[embed-1] Happy to see one of my Hillcrest neighbors in a new TV ad for U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.
Senate President Michael Lamoureux is apparently one of those guys who can't walk and chew gum at the same time.
Singer/songwriter Merle Haggard, best known for honky tonkin' hits like "Okie from Muskogee," "Today I Started Loving You Again," "
The Little Rock Film Festival and CALS announced today that they will present free screenings of three films by Philip Seymour Hoffman this weekend, as a way of honoring the late actor.
The midweek line is open. Finishing up:
This news release from the office of the non-existent lieutenant governor in the name of Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux beats all:
To go with the same love-themed issue, we're hunting two more things: The worst pick-up lines you've ever used or had used on you. And really good marriage proposal stories.
Contemporary Art museum lost money in Hot Springs.
Know where this slice of life in Arkansas is?
Showcase continues with The Fox Blossom Venture, John Willis, Dead End Drive and Bombay Harambee.
Mark Darr has left the lieutenant governor's office after resigning in disgrace over misuse of public and campaign funds, but his staff remains. How will members occupy their time? We speculate.
Everybody hates the other guy's lawyer, so the news that serial fabricator Stephen Glass was denied a license to practice law by the California Supreme Court has unsettled certain of his former colleagues in Washington journalism.
Also, KEN Mode at Vinos', Red Octopus' 'Trysts and Turns' at the Public Theatre, Mothwind at Maxine's, Patty Griffin at George's Majestic, "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" at the Weekend Theater and Ash at Juanita's.
It's a Italian standby in Little Rock.
As if you needed further convincing that Arkansas Razorback basketball is a rudderless vessel with nary a trace of luck to keep it seaworthy, last week's pair of tilts probably did wonders to skew your perception.
The Observer has been watching with some interest the goings-on in Colorado since they legalized marijuana for recreational usage. We're not planning on packing up the VW bus and heading out there any time soon, but we're keeping an eye on it, just because we know it could potentially be a similar boon someday to this state we love. There's a lot of black dirt in East Arkansas, and a lot of sunshine.
A social studies class at Lakewood Middle School teaches religion with evolution.
I read your article titled "An Open Government to-do list" in the Jan. 23 issue with great interest. Regarding restaurant inspection scores, I want to tell you that Alabama has required posting of scores right next to the cash register since at least 1990.
Some people, including me at times, have trouble with evoke and invoke.
It was also a bad week for Reggie Corbitt and Little Rock police stability. It was a good week for a bank merger and Arkansas education policy stability.
Also, The Hudson Falcons come to White Water Tavern.
Some Arkansans were surprised to hear that only one cross was found displayed on public property in Searcy, so identified the city has become with Republican right-wing politics.
Three men and their ladies.
The well-to-do Walton family from Bentonville is not enamored of religious freedom either, especially as it relates to education.
Lt. Gov. Mark Darr slunk out of town last week after delivering a one-sentence resignation letter to Secretary of State Mark Martin. He petulantly refused to resign to the governor, whose job it is to declare the vacancy.
To help us understand the fury over the "private option," food stamps and all the other initiatives to help the poor, may we channel good old J. Marion Futrell once more?
I've already said plenty about Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux's pre-emption of the office of lieutenant governor and his fiat that the $267,000 Gang of Four will continue to be employed at his direction, though still having nothing to do.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette headlined on page one today a sentence in a court filing that forecasts a development everyone had been expecting since parties reached an agreement on settling the Pulaski County desegregation case.
There's a new candidate in the race for state House District 35 held by term-limited Democrat John Edwards.
More public policy information in Arkansas Catholic. a five-article package of coverage of fracking — the exploration for oil and gas through hydraulic fracturing.
The New York Times reports on an investment by the Democratic Party into a voter targeting strategy that, in short, aims to produce a better turnout among traditional constituencies — minorities, women — than typically expected in non-president election years.
While we don’t often find ourselves in Maumelle, we were please to find an eatery worth returning to. Burger Fix may not have enough pull to lure us to M-town regularly, but we’d certainly venture there again when the occasion presents itself.
I keep hearing that it ain't over until it's over on Senate President Michael Lamoureux's breath-taking power grab in which he annexed the lieutenant governor's $265,000 staff and called it his own, with power to hire, fire and pay.
[embed-1] The number grows of people who'll be out of luck come the day Mrs. Dr. Missy Irvin and her gang of eight defeat reauthorization of the Private Option version of Obamacare.
A Rassmussen poll gives Tom Cotton a 45-40 edge over Sen. Mark Pryor in a recent poll with 10 percent undecided and 5 percent favoring another candidate.
A new study from the Education Law Center reports reasonably good findings for Arkansas on its study of fairness in school funding.
If you've got a yen for contemporary funky/bluesy/rootsy pop singer/songwriters such as Ben Harper, Josh Ritter, Jack Johnson and the like and you have never listened to Austin, Texas, mainstay Bob Schneider, you'll wanna go ahead and get yourself down to Juanita's Thursday.
I wrote this morning about the entry of Little Rock lawyer Clarke Tucker in the race for an open seat to represent House District 35, which covers the Heights and a big stretch of the city west and south.
Thaw out with multimedia work by Erin Lorenzen.
Fancy this. U.S. Rep. Tiny Tim Griffin is thinking about making a race for lieutenant governor — this year.
Artists collaborative now in the Pleasant Ridge Town Center.
At Thea and Justus Fine Art on Friday night.
Artists' reception is 5:30-9:30 p.m.
You've got to figure that a band from frozen-ass Winnipeg is just gonna be way gnarlier and tougher than a band from some sun-kissed tropical clime where people wear tank tops and flip-flops year-round.
Still cold. Still not much else to report.
The Ron Robinson Theater begins a new film series tonight with a screening of 12 O'Clock Boys, filmmaker Lotfy Nathan's hypnotic 2013 documentary highlighting Baltimore's dirt-bike subculture.
The federal government stacked 10 new mail fraud charges today on former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner, these for allegedly transferring campaign contributions to her personal bank account.
It's been a long day — the office was crazy, the commute horrendous, and the last thing I want to do when I get home is fire up the stove and cook dinner.
Here's an early morning reading on today's potential snow from Shara Brazear, spokesman for the North Little Rock School District:
Several sent me a link to a report on an effort by a wealthier portion of Baton Rouge, La., to seek to separate itself from the larger local school district — and from the poorer, blacker students.
No better way to keep warm than to snuggle up with some of your favorite food from one of your favorite restaurants around town. If you’ve been able to brave the elements this week, getting out there to chow down, we’d love to hear what you’re eating.
The Arkansas House has 100 seats and I don't intend to keep up with all the campaigns for those seats, except in the broader picture of Democratic Party efforts to recruit sufficient forces to attempt to win back a majority, which Republicans currently hold with 51 seats.
Jon Allen, 29, of 5106 Nancy Court, was found shot to death in his car about 10:20 p.m. last night in the 5800 block of Stagecoach Road.
Another robopoll puts Sen. Mark Pryor behind Republican Tom Cotton in the race for U.S. Senate, this time by six points.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial page said today that because the office of lieutenant governor has constitutional status, its four employees should remain on the taxpayer teat so that the "office" may be maintained, even if there is no officeholder.
Little Rock's John Willis won the second round of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase last night at Stickyz.
Here's the first look at the trailer for David Gordon Green's "Joe," his adaptation of the book by the great Larry Brown.
Better safe than sorry. Ask Atlanta.
The U.S. attorney's office has provided a copy of the new indictment against former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner which added 10 mail fraud counts to earlier extortion charges.
Gabe Holmstrom, chief of staff of the House of Representatives, responded to my question about tips that a proposal to suspend a rule prohibiting
How about this. A new poll from Rasmussen has Democrat Mike Ross leading Republican Asa Hutchinson in the race for governor, 44-41.
New reasons for the firing of Stan Miller, the Little Rock Wastewater Utility operations manager.
Michael Lamoureux and the staff of the former lieutenant governor, Tim Griffin’s interest in running for lieutenant governor, Mike Ross’s plan to cut income taxes, new charges against Martha Shoffner, plans for a medical school at ASU and a compelling state House race in Little Rock—all covered this week.
This Sunday night at 7, jazz pianist Peter Martin will play at South on Main alongside Hot Springs bassist Bill Huntington and New Orleans drummer Geoff Clapp.
Snowing your way yet? I'm on the lookout.
An article in the New York Daily News today gives, if nothing else, an example of how Republican Party dogmatism conquers all, including common sense and demonstrable damage to a congressman's own constituents.
Arkansas's U.S. senators have joined others in seeking federal help because of difficulties faced, particularly in rural areas, because a sharp rise in the price of propane.
Like a lot of people, I drove home around 5:30 p.m. Friday with a few snowflakes blowing downtown.
This just in from State Police: Arkansas State Troopers and emergency services crews are at the Red River Bridge along I-30 west of Hope this morning searching for one of two individuals who jumped from the bridge earlier today.
The city of Little Rock reports on closed streets and snow clearance work: "City of Little Rock staff is working around the clock to get streets cleared and to keep residents safe.
Here's an early open line. News note:
My friend Sybil Hampton — one of a cadre of readers who keep me supplied with ideas from around the web and world — passed along a link to an an article in The Nation that's worth sharing.
Heres some more participatory fun for a slow Sunday morning. The ACLU is sponsoring a contest — My Big Gay
Stephens Media's advance look at the legislative session boils down to the same simple question:
I listened to the Tim Griffin Radio Show on the Buzz this morning while driving to the grocery store.
As all eyes and ears turn again to the weathermen, I throw open an open line.
This story dropped last night, but should set off a round of ceaseless re-examination. The Washington Free Beacon, an on-line source of news and comment from a
The New York Times has an interactive feature in which you can plug in your basic living expenses and see how far the minimum wage ($8 in New York, $6.25 by Arkansas law for those not covered by the federal minimum) will go in covering it.
A caller says Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin said on a radio show this morning that he'd announce Thursday his decision on entering the Republican primary for lieutenant governor — a race he once told Democrat-Gazette reporters multiple times he had no intention of making.
If nine Tea Party senators (or 26 retrograde House members) defeat reauthorization of private option expansion of Medicaid under Obamcare, the toll will be tens of thousands of working poor Arkansans, stripped of health insurance they just received.
The Little Rock Police Department says Brandon West, 27, of North Little Rock, was shot to death at the Quarter Note club at 4726 Asher Avenue about 1:40 a.m. this morning.
Oh boy. Says here that opponents of the Common Core curriculum plan to introduce legislation to "defund" the education initiative.
Repurposed tires are Campbell's "Wonders."
Little Rock's Lil Futa says he plans to make a mixtape every month this year, and we are holding him to it.
The Arkansas legislature opened its fiscal session today with a pro forma quick beginning. Bills, along with the dozens of appropriation bills, include some renegates — the Common Core deterrent I mentioned earlier; an effort to do something to correct new feral hog legislation (which apparently may be considere
Your turn as we wait for winter. Final thoughts:
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State has written the Arkansas Education Department to object to the teaching of creationism in biology instruction at two charter a
More pullback on enforcement of the new health law. This from CNN:
After weeks of rumors, it would appear that an arrest has been made of a suspect in the string of arsons that did serious damage to the Forest Heights apartments on University Avenue.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has issued a formal opiinion that says an absentee voter who fails to include the newly required proof of identification in a mail absentee has no opportunity to correct the omission.
I'll leave you with the latest map from the National Weather Service. The line is open.
His metalwork show at UALR.
Here's what the National Weather Service said about the disappearing snow forecast for Central Arkansas last night:
Polling bias is a familiar topic, particularly among those trailing in polls. So, you expect Republicans to howl when a Democratic polling firm produces numbers they don't like and vice versa.
I appreciate the situation in which Sen. Michael Lamoureux finds himself. He's working to pass the most significant public policy measure in years.
Ernest Dumas writes more valuable Arkansas political history today. In it he explains — and makes a plausible case — that everything you know about passing an Arkansas appropriation might be wrong.
No surrender yet. Word comes from the Democratic Party today of another legislative candidate in Benton County.
Special treatment for charter schools continues as the Billionaire Boys Club rental of members of the legtislature continues to pay rewards.
Glynda Tarpley, co-owner of EJ's Eats and Drinks at 523 Center Street, said that a second location of the restaurant will be coming to a space at 3604 Kavanaugh Blvd. this spring, hopefully in May or June.
Benji Hardy has rounded up the non-budget legislation filed so far for a legislative session nominally devoted only to fiscal issues.
The Washington Post reports that Rep. Tom Cotton opposed House Speaker John Boehner's decison to have a clean debt ceiling bill.
The Republican governors have rolled out their ad attacking former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross a free-spending liberal, a tag that doesn't fit very well on the Blue Dog.
The final episode of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" aired Friday night, something I won't pretend to have known until a few minutes ago, and Fallon closed things out with a performance of "The Weight," starring himself in the role of the late, Arkansas-native Levon Helm and with The Muppets filling out the rest of the group.
U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is pressing for a Senate vote this week to confirm two non-controversial judicial appointees in Arkansas — Circuit Judge Jay Moody for a district judgeship in Little Rock and Timothy Brooks of Fayetteville for a seat in the western district of Arkansas.
The Baum Gallery will host artists Kirsten Kindler and Dusty Mitchell in gallery talks this month.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Discovery Channel will premiere a new six-episode show on Feb. 25 about a family rivalry in Hardy, Arkansas, called "Clash of the Ozarks."
The line is open. Finishing up:
Some movement at the lower reaches of Republican political candidacies. KFSM//KXNW reports that Rep. Debra Hobbs will drop out of the GOP primary race today for governor and run instead for lieutenant governor.
Do you check Rock Candy? If not, you'll find news there of another great moment for Arkansas in the national spotlight — a Hatfield-McCoy-stle reality show filmed around Har
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen just doesn't operate in the shadows. Today he has distributed a letter to Gov. Mike Beebe objecting to plans to spend state money on new prison facilities.
I was interested to hear over the weekend that former Republican Sen. Gilbert Baker was a key money man in several political races this year.
Local blogger Thanh Rasico is talking marinades and the best cut of beef in Little Rock.
A coalition of groups fighting the Cargill-backed hog feeder operation in the watershed of the Buffalo National River in Newton County issued a news release blasting the state's effort to monitor water quality in the area for testing property unaffected by spreading of hog manure.
Texas charter school operator pulls biology workbook after complaint of unconstitutional instruction
David Goins at Arkansas Matters reports that Responsive Education Solutions, a Texas-based operator of charter schools, has pulled a biology workbook from at least one school it operates in Arkansas because of a complaint that it unconstitutionally teaches religion (creationism) as science.
State Rep. Bruce Westerman, a Republican candidate for 4th District Congress, is airing a commercial that features him in his days as a Razorback football player.
Bill Clinton has sent a fund-raising appeal for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross. He remembers that a young Ross was a driver for him in his comeback 1982 gubernatorial campaign.
A federal judge in Kentucky is the latest to say it's unconstitutional for a state not to recognize and treat equally a same-sex couple legally married in another state.
"Devil's Knot," Atom Egoyan's adaptation of Arkansas Times contributing editor Mara Leveritt's book on the West Memphis 3, "Devil's Knot," arrives in theaters and on video on demand on May 9.
Tom Courtway, president of University of Central Arkansas, responded to my call about UCA lobbyist Gilbert Baker's busy work as a fund-raiser for political candidates.
U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor was one of a handful of Democrats who declined to support the so-called nuclear option, a rule change to avoid filibuster
The line is open. Topics: Concealed weapons on Baxter County road and bridge crew. Debt ceiling raised. Fight waged over charter school money.
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