You should be mad at the successful marketing of Republican 'supply-side' mythology.
Vol 37 • No 32
We are not quite the laboratory that the government has afforded us for testing supply-side economics and other popular tax myths. But our experiment is much older.
Lightning may be to blame for the fire that destroyed Fort Smith's Boom-A-Rang Diner in the early morning hours Monday.
You might say that we like to party arty, those of us who enjoy a glass of wine and conversation surrounded by paintings and pots and prints. Or the more cultured might say, Vive le salon! There is a 20-year-plus tradition of art walks in Arkansas, some carried on all year, others on special weekends. You stroll, look at new work, and if you're lucky you meet the artist and hear him or her give a talk. Appreciation grows, the artist sells, everybody's happy. Here's a list of towns and times to devote an hour or two to art.
After early stumbles, the local distillery wins big awards.
Our Foo-centric contest is still on. Send us your treatment of a song by Grohl & Co., win passes to the May 18 concert.
After years of neglect, Cash's boyhood home and other historic New Deal-era structures in the nearby town of Dyess may get a reprieve.
An Arkansas Times Freedom of Information request for e-mails between members of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees unearthed several details about the UA's search for a system president to succeed the retiring B. Alan Sugg.
It is surely moral to seek a job that interests you so that you might attend to your future. But it might not be ethical, which is to say properly dutiful to the interests of integrity, both yours and that of the institution you represent.
If you find yourself in Eureka Springs, go Local. Given the quality of the food, it's really not that expensive. And whatever you do, get the shrimp.
In a word: Ugh.
Misguided, impure — how would you describe the impulse that caused most Republicans in the House to try to block the appropriation for the frugal little Arkansas School for the Deaf for the next two years?
"Paul Ryan is worse than Bill Clinton." Well of course; the former president is clearly bigger-brained and bigger-hearted than the Wisconsin congressman. What's new?
Spring is in full effect at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs.
Also: Hot Springs offers two great shows from Kevin Gordon and The Dirt Daubers for the Derby Day throngs.
After only three months on the job, Teresa Belew has left her post as executive assistant to Secretary of State Mark Martin.
Speaking of Mark Martin, he's off to a rocky start in misspending Board of Appropriation money, buying a new car the state didn't need and now spending $54,000 with John Brown University.
Joint Budget co-chair Sen. Gilbert Baker had applied to be president of Henderson State University. He said he was invited by trustee Anita Cabe, a supporter of Baker's failed bid for U.S. Senate in 2010.
Even a Bible, if it's one of those doorstop models from the old drummer days, can in a doctrinal pinch wreak ponderable blunt force trauma. Gives a new dimension to Bible thumping.
"How much would we save if we just did away with the legislature entirely, turned the Capitol into a mini-mall and let corporations and special interests write their own legislation?"
House video was a success. Will the Senate follow?
Spied in Wal-Mart, the only difference was that the anonymous woman's version came without those pesky asterisks we inserted to keep the schoolmarms and children from being offended.
Despite a mostly strong cast, the new Robert Redford movie ends up undercooked.
Eight paintings by Little Rock artist Jane F. Hankins, who is known widely for her whimsical ceramic figures of women, have been donated to UAMS' Child Study Center.
April 6, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette readers got the last installment of Forces of Nurture, a column on mothering started in 2008 by staff writers Cindy Murphy and Cathy Frye.
When President Obama nominated Circuit Judge Susan Hickey of El Dorado last week to an opening on the federal district court bench in the western district of Arkansas, it was his first blow for affirmative action in federal justice-related appointments.
April 8, Arkansas Repertory Theatre
"I guess that's like butterbeans," Bob Lancaster says. "Or the Great Speckled Bird."
Chenal homes open their doors on Sunday afternoon for patrons and local chefs.
The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the meanly intended initiated act that prohibited adoption or foster parenting by sexually cohabiting couples.
Also Ken Burns' "The Civil War" (on Netflix) and "The Judds."
Also, the Travs home opener at Dickey-Stephens, British Sea Power at Stickyz, Bobby Rush at Maxine's, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's season closer at Robinson Center Music Hall, Corey Smith at Revolution, Del McCoury and Preservation Hall Jazz Band in Fayetteville and Dirty Projectors bassist Nat Baldwin at Dreamland Ballroom.
Quiet morning. I think I'll head to the gym.
The State Police says a Trumann police officer was fatally shot last night. More details coming at a news conference later today.
A Los Angeles Times story today focuses on the work of former Little Rock resident Alex Brandon, now an AP photographer in Washington, for his work as a New Orleans Times-Picayune photographer during coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
The Senate this morning passed the amended version of the House congressional redistricting plan 23-11.
Metroplan has updated population numbers in existing Little Rock wards in preparation for redrawing the wards to reflect population changes.
The first ball game at Dickey-Stephens goes down against the Midland RockHounds.
Lenny Bryan's newest album under the Mama moniker is out today.
David Sedaris comes to Pulaski Academy tonight in the concluding event of the Ark. Literary Festival.
President Obama's budget speech appears to aim for that "third way" so useful to President Clinton.
In early 2007, a college student at Virginia Tech University named Seung Hui Cho purchased two automatic pistols: a Glock 19 and a Walther P22.
Jerry Falwell's Liberty University blocked the local Lynchburg, Va., newspaper on the school's website recently.
An alligator has escaped from the Game and Fish Commission's nature center in Pine Bluff.
Hands down, the best Arkansas tattoo we've seen since we can remember
The Wednesday night line is open. Close-outs: * Those who religiously read the divorce listings in the daily paper looking for familiar names might have read over this one from April 6: Young Hutchinson v. Anne Hutchinson.
Todd Herman was hired as the new executive director of the Arkansas Arts Center
John Brummett looks askance at Gov. Mike Beebe's appointment of John Goodson, a Texarkana lawyer and Beebe financial supporter and boyfriend of new Supreme Court Justice Courtney Henry, to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.
I'm sorry to say I had a conflict and couldn't watch the Frontline Tuesday night on high school football that prominently featured a couple of private school football powerhouses in Arkansas, Shiloh Christian and Pulaski Academy.
Here's the list of applicants for superintendent of the Little Rock School District. It will be winnowed to a group of finalists, I expect.
White Water Tavern has this year's Musicians Showcase winners, Hot Springs offers a great Canadian roots trio and Laman Library gets a dose of "Ozarkansas" music.
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, which held a news conference in Little Rock yesterday about a woman's lawsuit against a former Arkansas Catholic priest, plans to display signs and hold a news conference outside diocesan offices today on another priest abuse case.
A smoky chargrilled Hubcap puts this Sherwood staple on the burger map.
Huckabee selling a limited edition run of 100 autographed guitars. Doesn't he play bass, though?
A Texas state senator is pressing the case in that state over health and safety risks from the shale gas exploration boom and a failure of the state to adequately regulate the industry.
The UK guitar rockers make their Little Rock debut at Stickyz.
Arkansas State University in Jonesboro has reached a deal to buy the historic boyhood home of music legend Johnny Cash near Dyess in Mississippi County.
The two Democratic members of the state Board of Apportionment — Gov. Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel will control legislative redistricting.
The dirty blues master returns to Maxine's for a post-Arkansas Derby party.
Artist Kathleen Caricof of the National Sculptors Guild in Loveland, Colo., sands with her work, "Infinity," unveiled today in the city's Vogel-Schwartz Sculpture Garden behind the Peabody Hotel in Riverfront Park.
The University of Arkansas System has announced a series of public forums April 26-28 on the search for a new president.
A teacher wrote me this morning to say she'd heard the wrong version of a standardized test had been admnistered to kindergarten students statewide.
What's the strangest restaurant you've seen here in Arkansas? Can you top the eatery Kat found in Ft. Smith?
Again: When Mike Huckabee is right he's right. And he's pretty well been right all along about a compassionate position toward children who entered the U.S. with undocumented parents, went to school, followed the rules and did well enough to go to college.
It's open. Parting shots: * ROAD TO RUIN: That's how the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee characterizes the first 100 days of Republican House majority.
I forgot to check Supreme Court decisions earlier. A couple of note: * JENNINGS OSBORNE: The Arkansas Supreme Court today overturned a $3 million verdict medical researcher Jennings Osborne had won against Arkansas Medical Research Testing.
Don't forget. Friday is the final day of fund-raising for the spring KUAR/KLRE fund drive.I'll be on from 6:30-9 a.m. with Rosi Smith of Children's Hospital.
Storms kill four and down trees all over Arkansas.
A little-noticed element of the budget deal was approval of private school vouchers in Washington, D.C. It's part of a national movement by conservative Republicans back toward vouchers — including for church schools and without regard to family income.
Alice Stewart, deputy to Secretary of State Mark Martin, spoke to the Faulkner County Tea Party yesterday.
Thanks to all for the support this morning on my stint with Rosi Smith of Children's Hospital raising money for KUAR/KLRE.
You read that headline right. A leading Republican senator, John Cornyn of Texas, says the Ryan proposal for Medicare is exactly the same thing as the "Obamacare" program adopted for everyone else.
Roby Brock reports on Walmart's request to participate in a state Public Service Commission case on energy conservation and efficiency.
My North Little Rock readers have been on me for some time to try out the sweet delights over at the little cake place on JFK.
Our weekly run-down of the best ways to waste a little time this weekend.
Donald Trump tops everyone in the Republican field, including Mike Huckabee, a distant second, according to a new national poll.
The Symphony closes its season this weekend at the Robinson Center Music Hall.
This year, the annual festival promises a slate of garden parties: one 1920s themed, one "Storybook Garden Party" and a "Rockin' the Suburbs" garden party with croquet and bocce ball. The festival continures the following day with Bob Dorough performing a 3:30 p.m. matinee.
The whitest music we've ever heard comes to Revolution this Saturday night.
Wild development in the U.S. House today on budget legislation. In the end, Rep. Mike Ross opposed Arkansas Republicans in the plan to wreck Medicare, soak the poor and put more money in the pockets of rich people.
The Arkansas author pays tribute to the late genius tonight at a University of Texas memorial/reading.
The annual basketball tournament returns, showcasing the nation's best high school prospects and future superstars, in Little Rock and North Little Rock
On the conclusion of redistricting, Secretary of State Mark Martin's quest for "ethical leadership," deficit fights in Washington and the past and future of the Times.
Records stores across Arkansas take part in the nation-wide music geek holiday.
The Friday night line is open. Final notes: * BEST THING I READ TODAY: Former NBA center John Amaechi, who is gay, responded eloquently to Kobe Bryant, who yelled an anti-gay slur at a referee and is protesting the $100,000 fine.
Princella Smith, director of education, for Secretary of State Mark Martin has resigned her position, Martin's press spokesman Alice Stewart says.
Teresa Belew, who recently resigned from Secretary of State Mark Martin's office, claims she had concerns over the office's compliance with FOIA issues.
John Lyon of Stephens Media also obtained the resignation letter of Teresa Belew, former administrative assistant to Secretary of State Mark Martin, who said she resigned because of the office's resistance to Freedom of Information Act requests from the Arkansas Times.
John Brummett begins today a useful roundup of the characters and motivations at work in the recently concluded legislative debate over congressional redistricting.
Along with Medicare destruction and windfall tax breaks for the rich, Republicans nationally are pushing to dismantle federal environmental regulation.
Paid $4.04 per gallon for premium gas this morning. I'm glad my commute is not much more than two miles.
The Argenta Certified Arkansas Farmers Market kicked off with nearly a dozen booths selling onions, potatoes, turnips, herbs to take home and grow, fresh eggs (duck and chicken), cheeses, Bibb lettuce, soap, honey, pickled peppers and oodles and oodles of fresh strawberries.
Beautiful day, but nothing to report. Four-cheese pizza is in the making.
No mashup is as exciting as hearing Del McCoury's high and lonesome tenor ring though Preservation Hall Jazz Band's ecstatic NOLA boogie on "I'll Fly Away" and the country standard "One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)." This pairing is a stroke of booking brilliance.
The Democrat-Gazette's Alison Sider today talked to Secretary of State Mark Martin about that $54,000-plus-expenses consulting contract he signed with the Soderquist Center of Siloam Springs for "values-based" strategic planning.
Hurry. Round up the Arkansas Legislative Shale Caucus to assure us that this report is of no concern.
The Democrat-Gazette's Charlie Frago strolled the Blue Mountain Beach in Florida where Mike Huckabee's big new home is rising and reported today on neighbors' enthusiasm for the Arkansas tax fugitive.
Lift every voice and sing. The line is open.
The man behind "Schoolhouse Rocks!" and a pile of wry, geek-jazz records, returns to Little Rock for his first time in years.
John Brummett looks kindly on President Obama's response to the Republican plan to kill Medicare and lavish windfall tax cuts on millionaires.
I mentioned Donald Trump's love of the 'birther' issue and was a little surprised at the defense of The Donald as a serious candidate.
The Washington Post has a regular feature exploding myths about familiar topics. Its latest installment is about Planned Parenthood, beginning with the falsehood that federal money for a variety of valuable health services and family planning subsidizes abortion.
It's starting to become clear that we're in the midst of a food truck mini-boom.
Gruesome story from Dermott, where a father is charged with running over and killing his two daughters, according to Channel 4.
Good news for downtown dwellers: The new Boulevard on South Main is now offering its take-home dinners.
A group in support of marijuana law reform will talk about a new initiative this week.
The Harrison restaurant has been around since 1969, serving up American and Mexican favorites to generations of Harrisonians.
Nice convergence of Twitter feeds a few minutes ago: * Arkansas Business headlined a wire story that details how the super rich are paying lower taxes than ever — 17 percent federal tax take versus 26 percent in 2002 — and how the average tax rate for everyone is declining.
A reader asks: The state website for adoption states "An individual who is cohabiting outside of a valid marriage may not adopt or be a foster parent.
Lt. Gov. Mark Darr has named North Little Rock lawyer William Bird to fill an unexpired term on the state Ethics Commission.
As expected, the Diamond Bear craft brewery is pulling up stakes in Little Rock and moving to North Little Rock.
Slow day for me. What do you have to say for yourself. Final notes: * The House Republicans have decided they have a winner in mounting their own fight to deny benefits to same-sex couples under the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Jeff Nichols' newest effort is the only American feature film to make the annual festival's special week.
I mentioned earlier today some work on a somewhat offbeat marijuana initiative to set up a study of cultivation and use of marijuana.
Punk rocker Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong hasn't lost his political edge since "American Idiot."Here he takes a punch at Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin.
The Associated Press and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported yesterday and today on assertions by Secretary of State Mark Martin's executive assistant, Teresa Belew, that she quit because of the office's unwillingness to fully comply with the state Freedom of Information Act in responding to requests for information from the Arkansas Times.
Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump are birds of a feather, John Brummett writes, and in this weird political era, a Huckatrump presidential ticket might not be the stuff of absurdist fiction after all.
Harding University, and its encounter with a manifesto from current and former gay students, is mentioned prominently today in a New York Times article about gay students' struggle for acceptance at religious oriented colleges across the U.S. Gay students say they are often asked why they are attending Christian colleges at all.
The wildly-imaginative cellist for (the great) Dirty Projectors comes to Dreamland Ballroom for one of the wildest and most unexpected shows of the season
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says it will hit the air today with radio spots highlighting votes by Reps. Tim Griffin and Rick Crawford in favor of the House budget plan to end Medicare as single-payer health insurance coverage for older people.
Nobody ever accused Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer of being a moderate. So it was something of a shock when news came that she had vetoed a "birther" bill as a "bridge too far."
Beginning July 1, Delta Airlines will fly nonstop from Little Rock National Airport to Minneapolis-St. Paul.
The state says Arkansas's unemployment rate in March held steady at 7.8 percent.
Mike Huckabee has said the American people should be "forced at gunpoint" to listen to David Barton, "the single best historian in America today."
I know so many people who have just three spices in their cabinets... salt, pepper and Cavender's Greek Seasoning.
Protesters in France slash Serrano's "Immersion (Piss Christ)."
Early report: Five-year-old takes gun to Houston elementary school. Three children have been removed from the building on stretchers.
A batch of gubernatorial appointments today included two to the prestigious Arkansas Economic Development Commission — Stuart Dalrymple from Gov. Mike Beebe's hometown of Searcy and Ed Drilling, head of AT&T in Arkansas.
The latest installment of Disney's ice show for kids brings the whole crew of femme royalty to Verizon for five days.
The annual young filmmakers program has opened registration for its 2011 sessions.
There's no burger in Arkansas that more terrifies the weak-hearted and titillates the adventuresome than the burger at Midtown Billiards in downtown Little Rock.
An official opinion today from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says in response to a question from Sen. Jeremy Young Hutchinson that it's most likely illegal or unconstitutional for Benton to take Advertising and Promotion Commission hamburger tax money to spend on economic development.
The Little Rock ex-pat, now Cali up-and-comer, drops his first single from his much-anticipated proper debut, "Better Than Good."
Alan Leveritt and Lindsey Millar discuss the past, present and future of the Arkansas Times.
We were too busy reveling in Dorough joy to write anything legible last night.
Camille Saint-Saens' "The Swan" played by Yo-Yo Ma, danced by L'il Buck.