As the so-called "Fayetteville finger" redistricting plan has gathered steam in the state legislature, some have suggested that they will consider taking such an obvious political gerrymander to court. They'd be smart not to waste any energy on it.
Also: Monkhouse, Exene Cervenka and Kevin Seconds at White Water Tavern, 'Livestock' at The Peabody, Eggshibition XX at UALR, Tyrese Gibson speaks at the Central High Auditorium and Four on the Floor releases an album at Stickyz.
With the weather on the verge (we hope) of a sustained period of just-rightness, this week we examine the best places to eat or drink outside. In selecting what follows, we looked for good views, large seating areas and spots that, even if they didn't satisfy the first two criteria, still steadily draw crowds.
Tea Party Rep. Jon Hubbard couldn't draw a motion for a "do pass" in committee this morning for his bill to require candidates for president and vice president to prove they are qualified to seek office — born in the U.S. of A., in other words.
U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford has a leading role in an effort by a group of Republican freshmen to stage a publicity stunt in hopes of spinning a government shutdown as the work of Democrats, not the slash-and-burn Republicans like Crawfrord.
Here are the 19 Republicans who, in the last roll call, said they'd rather end insurance regulation in Arkansas, shut down a state agency and private insurance companies and strip $100 million from state and retirement funds rather than approve a bill that authorizes (but doesn't spend) $1 milllion in federal spending on planning for health insurance exchanges.
Interesting story in Education Week. KIPP charter middle schools enroll a significantly higher proportion of African-American students than the local school districts they draw from, but 40 percent of the black males they enroll leave between grades 6 and 8, says a new nationwide study by researchers at Western Michigan University.
"The Aluminum Show" has been compared to those other popular performance art shows "Stomp" and "The Blue Man Group." Those comparisons are fair in that "The Aluminum Show" is mostly spectacle — basically a group of dancers dance in and around various aluminum things, mostly tubes.
Had to happen. Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president of Philander Smith College, is one of 10 names submitted by a search firm for a commitee's consideration for the job of chancellor of Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.
DHR Executive Vice President Robert Clayton described some of the applicants as rising "superstars," including Philander Smith College President Walter Kimbrough, who is also known as the "hip hop prez," and Gregory Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement at the University of Texas.
The recent talk about the Arkansas snipe being put on the endangered species list has brought the cookbooks out in my family. Before the snipe goes on the hallowed list of Animals We're Not Allowed To Eat, we want to enjoy it at its best.
... those resorts that Parks and Tourism planned at Amagon, Parkin and Palestine for brown-water rafting enthusiasts?The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture has the answer and a lot more background on this underappreciated sport.
Rep. Greg Leding of Fayetteville, who voted for the House-approved congressional redistricting plan that moves a portion of Fayetteville from the 3rd to the 4th Congressional District, has issued a statement on his vote.
Did I read the article in the Democrat-Gazette this morning correctly? Did I read that truckers will get a honking big rig sales tax reduction EVEN IF voters don't approve a nickel increase in the tax on diesel for a highway bond program?
As I predicted yesterday, the House made another run at SJR 5, Sen. Jake Files' proposed constitutional amendment that would set up a corporate welfare scheme for retail stores, hotels and restaurants.
Larry Audas, the former anchor who has been general manager of KTHV-11 in Little Rock, is off to another Gannett-owned TV station as GM in Greensboro, N.C.
No word yet if new leadership in LR announced at 12:30 staff meeting with visting Gannett brass.
The legislature won't finish work today. The Senate will reconvene Monday to complete action on congressional redistricting legislation because Republicans resisted a suspension of rules to allow consideration of the House redistricting bill today.
Arkansas's recent efforts to curb double-dipping — simultaneous retirement and rehiring of public employees into the same job with both retirement and regular pay — are being emulated elsewhere.Article in today's New York Times reports on abuse of the practice in Arizona.
The spring weather puts me in mind of growing things. And so I want to mention to Hillcrest neighbors that I ran into Randy Hyde, pastor of Pulaski Height Baptist, on my morning walk yesterday and he had good news.
Speaking of education: Korea. From the Washington Post:
By the numbers, the South Korean system is the envy of the world: The nation regularly places among the top five countries on international math and reading tests, the high school dropout rate is less than 4 percent, and the college completion rate among young adults — at 56 percent — is among the highest in the world.
Tucson shooting victims speak up for"> the campaign to fix the gun check law. Why not 1) a comprehensive database of people who should not be allowed to purchase weapons and 2) a background check for each gun purchase?
A ribbon-cutting was held this morning to mark the beginning of a $5.5 million renovation of McCain Mall, which, after about 40 years, could use some restyling more in keeping with the new face of retail centers.
The U.S. Forest Service today provided an update on repair and future plans for the Albert Pike Recreation Area near Langley, where flash flooding of the Little Missouri River killed 20 people last June.
This just about says it all. Remember it every time some apologist/legislator tells you we can trust the energy industry to be good stewards of the environment without meaningful regulation because they share the same interests as the rest of us.
A nutty woman who was offended by Paul Gaugin's "Two Tahitian Women" tried to pull the canvas off the wall of the National Gallery in D.C. on Friday, and the museum is examining the painting today to see if it was damaged.
In the old days, there might or might not have been a local newspaper report on Mike Huckabee's appearance before a Religious Right group (mentioned here last week) in which he made another one of his near-patented wild statements.
Ernie Dumas has done it again. He explains how the Republicans will use deceit to wreck Medicare and Medicaid, in part by setting up an insurance system similar in many respects to the "Obamacare" they loathe.
Little Rock National Airport says it will greet an American Eagle MD-80 with a Fire Department water cannon salute this morning to mark the return of full-sized planes on flights to and from the DFW hub.
The Republicans are busy pre-spinning slogans to blame the shutdown of the federal government on Democrats, but I think the copy of House Republican leadership plans for administration during a shutdown indicates who's driving this trainwreck.
On March 23, the Times reported about the new gender-neutral housing pilot program at Hendrix College in Conway, which would allow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students the opportunity to live in student apartments with people of the opposite gender.