Born of frustration, the 'Indivisible Guide' is the lens that has focused Trump's foes.
RESIST!March 9, 2017
Vol 43 • No 27
Surveying the state's grass roots resistance to Donald Trump and the Republicans who back him.
Recognizing the year’s worst in government transparency.
It's the 25th anniversary.
Private option restructuring coming, Broadway Bridge reopens and more.
Re: the bill to remove Howard Zinn books from school libraries: When "alternative" books are removed from school libraries and class curriculums, it is the beginning of broader suppression of education and civilian participation in politics, not the end of it.
You know, along with having the impulse control of a 7-year-old boy, it's becoming increasingly clear that Donald J. Trump just ain't real smart. He's a cunning self-promoter, but dim. He did manage to go bankrupt in the casino business, you know. That's really hard to do.
Even in a week where a modest winning streak went by the wayside at Gainesville, Arkansas authored one more earnest surge toward an NCAA Tournament berth that not long ago seemed beyond its grasp.
Ignorance may not exactly be bliss, President Trump and a lot of other politicians are discovering, but it is a good operating model as long as wisdom doesn't rear its ugly head.
Also, Ibby Caputo gives the keynote address at 'Women in the Media.'
There is this little thing called the Affordable Care Act that screams "danger ahead" for Republicans in Arkansas.
Noodle soups a standout at Vietnamese cafe.
Also, Fox 45, Second Friday Art Night, Love Moor, SXSW Takeover at Discovery, St. Patrick's Day Parade, Hawtmess and Witchsister, Sunny Sweeney, ASO plays Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf'
It's Jackman's last ride.
The New York Times editorial page today criticizes Arkansas's rush to execute eight people in 10 days in April because of vagaries in supplying the three drugs used in the lethal injection process.
Shannon Hills Mayor Mike Kemp reports on his Facebook page that Shannon Hills Police Chief Bobby Hale is believed to be the victim in a fatal fire last night at Hale's home on Charlotte Drive.
The NRA says it expects an effort on the Arkansas Senate floor today to pull the campus carry bill from committee for a floor vote.
HB 1222, a sweeping school voucher bill, is on the top of the agenda for the House Education Committee today.
Green Day performs live at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
Hey, hey. The legislature took a break beating up on poor people today. The House Judiciary Committee advanced on a voice vote a bill that would have Arkansas opt out of a section in President Clinton's sweeping 1996 welfare reform law.
The bill was defeated in committee, 8-11, but can be presented a second time. Questions were raised about the bill's definition of a "deeply held belief." And when does a medical condition become "life threatening," and thus protected even against a moral objection?
The House Education Committee today, after a couple of hours of debate, approved a bill to create a school voucher program in Arkansas.
A Fort Smith lawyer and former Bar Association president lays out the reasons why legislation to cap state workers compensation benefits for permanently disabled workers is a bad idea.
The House Public Transportation Committee this morning began work on proposals to increase the gas tax for highways.
The Arkansas House today took another vote on the bill to force public school districts to sell vacant buildings to charter schools and today it passed 53-32.
KSPR in Springfield, Mo., has a salty report on an encounter in Newton County Assessor Sheila McCutcheon's office. McCutcheon was re-elected last year despite a pending charge that she'd stolen public money.
Rep. Charlie Collins' to allow concealed weapons on college campuses has broken out of a Senate trap and reached the Senate floor today with a new amendment and is heading to a final vote.
The open line and the daily video. What's sweet about it?
A bill that would prevent minors from being sentenced to life without parole passed the state House Judiciary Committee Thursday. The legislation would also allow parole board hearings for those currently in prison that were sentenced as minors to life without parole for homicide offenses.
House Bill 1222 would be funded through a tax-credit scholarship in which individuals and corporations could donate to a nonprofit organization that would provide money to parents seeking a private or home school education for their children.
A sex education event by a student group at Arkansas Tech — and other legislator unhappiness with the Russellville college about support for minority students — has led to financial pressure on the college from legislators and a Board of Trustees called meeting.
Cinco de Mayo. The holiday in which tequila is consumed in the United States in honor of a Mexican holiday that is not as widely celebrated in Mexico.
Payday lenders are working hard to get legislative cover for the reintroduction of their usurious loan business to Arkansas. Some are fighting back.
Service and eats please in Conway.
Ruth Carney, mayor of Hot Springs since 2010, resigned this morning.
Arkansas Business reports that Simmons First National Bank of Pine Bluff has acquired the Acxiom headquarters building in the River Market neighborhood.
A Ouachita County jury awarded a total of $46.5 million in damages in a lawsuit over permanent disability suffered by a child born
Here's the open line and today's news report.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked for the resignations of the 46 U.S. attorneys who remain as holdover appointees of President Barack Obama.
Independent liquor stores lost a battle with Walmart, grocery stores and a handful of county line liquor stores with passage of the bill to allow expanded wine offerings in grocery stores that sell wine.
Arkansas Baptist College, which would hoped a federal loan refinancing plan would secure its operation, apparently isn't out of the financial woods.
Proposed massive changes to health care law at the state and federal level, the despicable successful lobbying by some elected officials to keep vacant federal facility in Garland County from being used as a shelter for refugee children and one of the worst weeks ever in the state legislature — all covered on the podcast this week.
Of course Texas drew its congressional districts to dilute minority voting strength. A U.S. Appellate court agrees.
If you thought Donald Trump felt the pain of working America and would deliver to those who elected him, check the House GOP health plan and think again.
An open line and a report on debate on an anti-aboriton bill pending in Texas that just became law in Arkansas.
Around the country, if not in Arkansas, charter schools are losing their luster as even former advocates come to understand they damage real public schools and don't produce much in the way of better education.
Why a so-called education savings account instead of a straightforward voucher program to transfer tax money to private schools? In Florida, it was done this way to avoid legal questions about giving public money to church schools.
The Little Rock City Board may take a vote on a resolution asking for a study of the impact of state-recommended Little Rock school closures. It's only symbolic. But the symbolism is important.
An open line and some unhappy Republicans comment on Trumpcare.
Cache offers an above-par lunch menu with items for every taste.
Can't tell where your legislator is eating free this week without a scorecard.
The U.S. attorney shuffle raises questions about the future of politically related investigations, including in Arkansas.
The Arkansas unemployment rate in January was 3.8 percent, down from 3.9 percent the month before, continuing at a historic low level.
A note of praise for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette series on police use of deadly force in Arkansas, an average of almost one death a month over a six-year period, with an overwhelming number of those killed black men.
A humane organization activist reports that an anti-whistleblower bill is nearing passage in Arkansas. It's aimed at preventing undercover work to expose animal cruelty, but critics say it could affect many other sensitive busiensses, such as nursing homes.
AP reports that the state has obtained a fresh supply of one of the three drugs used in the lethal injection process.
Lucie's Place, a doughty Little Rock charity that provides shelter for homeless LGBT young people, has received a $50,000 grant from Mission and Ministry Inc., an arm of the Daughters of Charity Province of St. Louise, a worldwide organization of women devoted to serving the marginalized and poor.
On an 11-15 vote, the state Senate today against defeated the bill to prohibit smoking medical marijuana
On his second try, Sen. Will Bond of Little Rock today passes his bill to stiffen penalties for texting while driving, SB 374.
Chris Thyer has distributed a news release making official what I reported earlier today — that he had resigned effective last Friday as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
The Congressional Budget Office report on the impact of Trumpcare, the House idea to revise Obamacare, would cause 24 million people to lose insurance coverage. It would save $337 billion.
The House today defeated HB 1002 to curb the ability to file class action lawsuits over deceptive trade practices. The vote was 38-41.
The open line and daily video.
The House calendar includes two bills to send public tax money to private schools, without regard for the qualifications of those schools. UPDATE: A big change in the major voucher bill indicates it will be scaled back dramatically. It had met strong resistance.
Sen. Trent Garner's free speech-chilling bill to criminalize "mass picketing" passed the Senate today and goes to the House. Shades of George Wallace, Bull Connor and all the rest.
A bill that would expand a special-needs education voucher program to include foster children passed in a 82-3 vote in the House Monday.
Paul Krugman scratches his head at the calamitous House version of Trumpcare. But .... doesn't mean it won't happen.
It's a given. U.S.Rep. Steve King is a racist. So why not be part of the solution. Help somebody who'd like to defeat him. The same for others in Congress
The dramatically expanded bill that began as an effort to allow university staff members to carry concealed weapons on campus was approved this morning in a House committee. It concurred in a Senate amendment on a voice vote.
Sen. Jason Rapert wants to add the state of Israel to U.S. government debt that qualifies for state investment.
Though Rep. Jim Dotson has scaled back HB 1222, the school voucher bill, to a $3 million annual program that Gov. Asa Hutchinson is apparently willing to accept, strong opposition continues.
Give the so-called Christians at the Religious Right Family Council credit: They make no bones about their desire to preserve legal discrimination against gay people.
An animal welfare group today distributed news of a USDA complaint against Wild Wilderness, a wildlife display in Gentry, for mistreatment of animals.
The House voted 50-31, one vote short of passage, for HB 1742 to essentially bar class action lawsuit under the deceptive trade practices act.
The House took the first step today to enable House Speaker Jeremy Gillam to add another constitutional amendment to the 2018 ballot, one that would make it much harder for the people to put amendments on the ballot.
The House Tuesday got its first look at highway funding bills and defeated the critical referendum on a bond issue on the first vote.
Today's open line and a roundup of news and comment.
The House Thursday defeated a couple of resolutions from the Senate, pet projects of Sen. Jason Rapert, on social issues.
The House Education Committee this afternoon approved a bill to end the dual observance of a state holiday for Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King Jr.The approval came on a voice vote, over some objections, but nobody requested a roll call. The bill now goes to the House for final action.
Government can work, Ernest Dumas writes this week. See the Environmental Protection Agency and the cleaner air and water it produced, a great legacy of Richard Nixon. The EPA is now on the chopping block in the Trump Administration.
Sarah Kliff reports on a letter to the country's governors that indicates the Trump administration will look kindly on states that want to impose work rules on Medicaid recipients, good news for Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
The NCAA has affirmed its intent not to hold tournament events in places that don't provide a safe, respectful and non-discriminatory environment for LGBT people. In other words: Arkansas, you're fired.
A Q&A with "Billy Dead" and "Meta Dead" of The Dead Deads.
Shucked Surf & Turf offers genuine beach vibe with unexciting menu.
A Georgia report on an effort to expand school vouchers there includes many of the shortcomings of a voucher proposal now pending in Arkansas under the euphemism of an education savings account program.
According to Tucker, Arkansas may be the only state in the nation that permits such coordination between candidates and independent groups. However, after the committee heard testimony from a representative of such an independent group, Americans for Prosperity, the bill failed on a voice vote.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has withdrawn the appointment of an Arkansas native to a top department job because of political objections. Another Arkie stood in her way.
The House today concurred in amendments to the campus carry gun bill added in the Senate, completing action on the legislation. The vote was 71-18, with two voting present.
Two people were killed in a wrong-way accident on the north end of the Main Street bridge this afternoon, forcing closure of the bridge to traffic for investigation of the accident.
The Wednesday open line and today's news roundup.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has added another front to her effort to prevent the EPA from cleaning up haze that affects pristine areas of Arkansas such as the Buffalo National River and national forests.
Sen. Linda Collins-Smith (R-Pocahontas) this afternoon pitched a bathroom bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the kind of legislation Gov. Asa Hutchinson had hoped to discourage because of the damage it could do to the state economically.
A bill that would have banned corporal punishment in public schools failed on a voice vote in Senate Education Committee Wednesday.
Grocery stores with wine permits will be able to expand their selections come Oct. 1 under legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
A showdown expected this morning at the Capitol over legislature unhappiness about a sex education event at Arkansas Tech University may be delayed. In the meanwhile, the legislative interference has raised questions about a loss of accreditation for the campus.
La Estrella has tacos and pastries worth a mention.
Mike Huckabee. There he goes again.
It is sometimes easy to forget, but there are people in Arkansas fighting to abolish the death penalty. Success is not in reach, perhaps, but the fight goes on — with good reason.
Kalel Langford, 14, of Centerton found a 7-carat diamond Saturday at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, the 7th largest found at the park since 1972.
The Trump budget would increase defense spending and cut just about everything else, with many cuts hitting hard in areas that voted for him. So what, he says.
You won't find it on the list of scheduled events of the House of Representatives, but you can find many if not all of the legislators at the refurbished Robinson Center tonight for Speaker of the House Jeremy Gillam's formal ball. He recently engineered a law change to make sure the free wining and dining and swag bags wouldn't run afoul of the ethics law.
Public schools get the knife and private schools get money under Donald Trump's budget.
Arkansas Business reports that Rep. Warwick Sabin of Little Rock has withdrawn a bill to require the state to compile data on incentives given to lure business in return for a promise from the Arkansas Economic Development Department to begin reporting such information online.
The assault on the budget of the diversity department, which is being led by Reps. Trevor Drown (R-Dover) and Mary Bentley (R-Perryville), stemmed from a sex education event sponsored by a student group. Russellville's mayor urged legislators to reconsider the move.
The Arkansas bill to allow concealed weapons on college campuses has been touted as similar to policy in Mississippi. It isn't.
The House today fell 14 votes short of passing a school voucher bill, getting only 37 votes when it needed 51.
Add the restaurant and hospitality association to those opposed to Sen. Linda Collins-Smith's bill to keep transgender people out of public restrooms that match their gender identity.
Here's the open line, the day's video and news from Park Plaza on a new policy to reduce loitering.
The House voted 93-0 today for a bill that could lead to increased speed limits — 75 miles per hour on freeways and 65 on other highways for cars, or 5 mph lower for big trucks.
The Arkansas Made, Arkansas Proud market opens at War Memorial Stadium March 31 and April 1. The event, brought to you by the Arkansas Times and the War Memorial Stadium Foundation, highlights Arkansas makers, who'll be selling jewelry, art, bath and body products, pottery, clothing, woodwork, edibles and more!
Food with a Southern twist pleases.
Arkansas is the perfect place to try out this new health trend. Read all about the what, why, where and how here.
Fayetteville spot serves up good coffee and a unique menu.