Somewhere in the story of every undocumented student brought to this country as a child, there's a moment of horrible realization: the sudden, painful understanding of why the thought of being stopped by the police sends a shadow of fear skating across their parents' eyes.
A Forbes writer views with alarm (justifiable, I think) the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a case challenging contributions the $123,200 limit on federal giving to a variety of federal causes (candidates, PACs, political parties) during a two-year cycle.
An anonymous correspondent mailed me this memo, ostensibly from City Director Doris Wright. It's a lengthy honey-do for virtually every part of city government related to the John Barrow neighborhood she represents.
Alice Stewart, the former TV newswoman who went on to political stints with Mike Huckabee, Secretary of State Mark Martin, Rick Santorum and Michelle Bachmann and now does political consulting, is heading to local airwaves.
Wednesday is typically a light day at the Capitol, but there are a few odds and ends of note:
* GUNS: The bill to allow guns on college campuses, already passed in the House, came out of a Senate committee this morning.
We're more than halfway done and the line is open. Finishing up:
* MURDER MYSTERY: The murder of beauty queen Nona Dirksmeyer in Russellville gets renewed attention from NBC Dateline, a full hour during the show at 7 p.m.
News release from Dillard's Inc.:It is with great sadness we announce the death of Alexa Latimer Dillard, beloved wife of our founder, the late William T. Dillard and loving mother of the Dillard family.
Last week, Twitter provided a welcome diversion from the God, guns and fetuses-obsessed Arkansas legislature. Prompted by AP reporter Andrew DeMillo, journalists, legislators and other Capitol observers spent a good bit of Valentine's Day coming up with puns that married love and the legislature.
Former Vice-president Al Gore gave a talk discussing his new book, "The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change," Monday at an invitation-only event at the Clinton Presidential Library, with students of the Clinton School of Public Service and a who's who of local politicos in attendance.
State legislators are not the only Republican politicians who believe that firepower turneth away wrath. The Grand Old Party loves the Grand Old Pistol. Asa Hutchinson, already announced as a Republican candidate for governor, has been criticizing President Obama's plans for restrictions on guns, and has revealed his own purchase of a .45-caliber weapon with a magazine that holds 13 rounds.
Lake Maumelle watershed landowners, angered by a possible conservation easement deal between Central Arkansas Water and the chairman of the Pulaski County Planning Board, lodged complaints about a perceived conflict of interest at a CAW meeting Feb. 14.
Also, 'Undefeated' at the Argenta Film Series, Samantha Crain at White Water, Lanterns! at Wildwood, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra at Robinson, North Mississippi Allstars at Revolution and Jennifer Egan at UCA.
Bob Lancaster, one of the Arkansas Times longest and most valued contributors, retired from writing his column last week. We’ll miss his his contributions mightily. Look out, in the weeks to come, for a look back at some of his greatest hits. In the meantime, here's a good place to start.
The Arkansas legislature has decided that the solution to gun violence is to put more guns in more places — churches, college campuses, PTA meetings, book clubs, etc. But one area is yet unfortified in the legislation we've seen from the General Assembly, and that is the womb.
A close reader, Richard W. Chapman was bothered by an item that appeared in Arkansas's foremost weekly journal of news, politics and entertainment: "Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken is coming to the River Market in the former space occupied by Redbone's Downtown."
The rabid partisanship in Washington and in many statehouses, ours among them, is so extreme that, according to polls, it sickens most voters. The public alarm over stalemate and partisan strife is about the only healthy sign in the body politic.
The Arkansas Supreme Court today upheld a lower court ruling that said the city of Fayetteville could not take part of a Fayetteville School District property tax increase for high school construction and use it in an existing tax increment finance district.
I missed most of the debate, but caught the roll call by which the House Judiciary Committee gave an endorsement to Republican Rep. Doug House's bill to exempt musical performances from the anti-ticket scalping law.
The House calendar this afternoon is loaded with the Stepford Republican Caucus' grand obsession:
* 20TH-WEEK ABORTION BAN: Rep. Andy Mayberry's bill to ban several dozen late-term abortions in Arkansas every year by making them illegal after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with no consideration for a mother's health or the grave fetal problems that prompt these abortions.
Gov. Mike Beebe is set to meet tomorrow afternoon with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and other HHS officials to discuss possible flexibility regarding the state’s Medicaid expansion.
Speaker of the House Davy Carter continues to strike a relatively open note on Medicaid expansion, telling reporters today that he would take a leadership role on the issue and giving a thumbs up to the idea of a sunset provision, included in Florida Gov. Rick Scott's surprise endorsement of expansion earlier this week.
Today’s chances of passing expansion: 37%Last week’s chances: 35%See here for previous entries on the Expand-o-Meter
Despite some giving up all hope that Republicans will ever really consider Medicaid expansion, the Expand-o-meter soldiers on!
House Speaker Davy Carter has been staking a position for himself over the last week that sounds a little like Republicans in other states who’ve come out in favor of Medicaid expansion (Carter hasn’t gone there yet).
Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, who Friday took advantage of the governor's absence to go to D.C. and signed a bill that would have been law anyway on Monday, saying he felt legislators "deserved that respect to have the signature on it and for it to go into effect immediately,” [subscription required] said his move was not political, though he made sure to have his picture made with the sponsors.
Kate Althoff, who has worked to keep Lake Maumelle from being polluted by those who care more about money than the quality of our drinking water, has issued this midnight hour plea for people to contact Central Arkansas Water before the Pulaski County Quorum Court votes tomorrow night on the lousy watershed zoning code that authorities have caved to.
As noted in the previous post, environmentalists are concerned that the land-use ordinance set for vote tomorrow at the Pulaski County Quorum Court doesn't go far enough in protecting the Lake Maumelle Watershed.
Peabody Hotel Executive Chef Andre Poirot and "a small number" of other managers will be out of a job Wednesday as the changeover in the leaseholder occurs, hotel spokesman Bruce Skidmore confirmed today.
Concluding a nationwide search, University of Arkansas System President Donald Bobbitt will nominate Laurence Alexander, an associate dean at the University of Florida, to be chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Gov. Mike Beebe had harsh words for Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, who signed legislation exempting the concealed-carry permit list from the state Freedom of Information Act as acting governor while Beebe was out of town.
The Quapaw Quarter Association has issued a press release on its unsuccessful efforts to stave off the demolition of the Bruner House at 1415 Cantrell Road and the house next door, at 1407 Cantrell, including two letters it wrote the Episcopal Collegiate School and Stephens Inc.
Emails exchanged last week between members of the Little Rock School Board and the consultants it hired to find a superintendent, McPherson and Jacobson, indicate that at least a couple of board members were unhappy that the search firm had suggested Dr. Walter Milton.
Gov. Mike Beebe told reporters today that Sen. Jason Rapert's bill banning abortion after 14 weeks was "even more problematic" than Rep. Andy Mayberry's bill, which Beebe announced today that he would veto.
We usually post our most recent issue online Tuesday night. Even though cost considerations recently forced us to change printers, which moved the date the print edition hits the street from Wednesday to Thursday, we're planning to keep our web schedule the same.
Back to the drawing board. The debate about a proposed zoning ordinance for the Lake Maumelle watershed has raged for years, and the ordinance was finally set for a vote this evening by the Pulaski County Quorum Court.
The regional Planned Parenthood office that includes Arkansas, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, has issued praise for Gov. Beebe for his decision yesterday to veto the 20-week abortion ban approved by the legislature, saying, "We thank him for his leadership and supporting women’s health care in the face of such harsh attacks from the Arkansas Legislature."
A felony arrest warrant has been issued for Matthew Williamson, the University of Arkansas student who brought a gun to campus and then accidentally shot his own hand with it, Channel 5 KFSM is reporting.
Come be a part of history as Whole Foods cracks open their shipment of finely aged Parmigiano Reggiano on Saturday, March 9th. They're looking to break world records, but we'll be there just to enjoy some fine cheese.
Steven Brill was interviewed on NPR this morning about his extensive Time magazine cover story on what our real focus on American health care should be: The $750 billion in excessive charges by pharmaceutical companies and hospitals.
I caught up with Lt. Gov. Mark Darr just now and he told me that he had not embarrassed himself "at all" by signing a bill while the governor was out of town, an action that drew the ire of Gov. Mike Beebe.
It takes forever to get from Little Rock to Jonesboro, so here's a heads up on an exhibition that goes up March 7 at Arkansas State University: “Hunt Slonem: Painted Life,” paintings recently donated to the university's permanent collection.
The Senate Public Health committee will need to consider the new Medicaid deal but they spent some time this morning to pass Sen. Irvin's Act to Limit Body Art Procedures, which bans scarification and dermal implants.