In the latest edition of "Speak, Arkansas," in which everyday Arkansans tell their stories in their own words, we hear from Daniel Lilly, a professional dog-walker and familiar presence in the River Market district.
Add former Little Rock School Board President John Riggs to the ongoing discussion here about tough decisions facing the Little Rock School District. He's another who thinks a state takeover might be the only way to break through to positive changes.
The open line: Randall Robinson, former Little Rock cop, acquitted on drug charges, but convicted of lying to FBI. Tom Cotton gets included in secret Koch gathering and is exposed for plotting run for Senate as soon as he got to Congress.
Also: a legislative committee meeting on the FOIA law, former school board member John Riggs thinks it's time to talk about the state taking over the LRSD, Burns Park plans to reopen the Rocket Slide and more.
Also, Jazzlights in the Park at First Security Amphitheater, Night of the Proms at Verizon Arena, The Body at Vino's, Juneteenth at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Blake Shelton at Verizon and "The Trial" at Vino's.
I have long appreciated the balanced and fair reporting of the Arkansas Times and Max Brantley regarding public education in general and the Little Rock School District in particular. My perspective is, however, quite different from that recently expressed in Brantley's June 12 column about the present and future of the LRSD.
Frances Barger doesn't make a big fuss over her running records. She says she's never been a real fast runner. She's even thinking of pitching some of her trophies and plaques, and keeping only the "special" ones in her display case.
LGBT rights advocates celebrated Monday's news that President Obama is now committed to taking one step more toward a more inclusive America by signing an executive order in the near future extending employment discrimination protection to LGBT employees of federal contractors and subcontractors (approximately 28 million total workers fall in that category).
In the latest edition of "Speak, Arkansas," in which everyday Arkansans tell their stories in their own words, we hear from Daniel Lilly, a professional dog-walker and familiar presence in the River Market district. Find him at facebook.com/Corporal.K9.
The opening act is always shopworn and the ending is always a boring anticlimax, but the audience never fails to eat it up. It is the industry lobby's well-staged propaganda campaign against any new government effort to control, phase out or reform an activity that has proved harmful to the American people.
Last week, participants in the Delta Grassroots Caucus meeting in Little Rock asked a lot of questions of Republican Senate candidate Rep. Tom Cotton via Skype and he owned up proudly to his record of opposition to popular program after popular program.
Here's an amazing fact that most of the Chicken Little rhetoric about the crisis in Iraq fails to take into account: The city of Mosul, population 1.5 million, fell to ISIS insurgents because two divisions of Iraq's army (30,000 soldiers) shed their uniforms, abandoned their weapons, and fled from 800 Sunni religious extremists in pickup trucks.
Amy Bradley-Hole has developed a signature Tuscan garlic tomato sauce and is marketing her product under the name “Bonta Toscana.” Those customers who’ve had a chance to sample her product have been smitten by this addictive garlic sauce.
Republican congressional candidate French Hill opposes any increase in the minimum wage. His Democratic opponent, Pat Hays, favors a modest phase-in of an increase in the state minimum. Country clubber French Hill seems more than a mite insensitive to the plight of working people who are paid a fraction in a year what it costs to join the place he plays golf.
Mugs Cafe in Argenta is hosting an exhibition of Instagram photographs made by the members of @ArkMoPhs through July 17; catch them during regular cafe hours or at Argenta ArtWalk, 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 20.
Big thanks to Stephen Koch for pointing me in the direction of this New Yorker blog post, in which Mavis Staples recalls The Staple Singers' performance of "The Weight" in Martin Scorsese's 1978 "The Last Waltz," a last minute addition to the film as they figured the concert had been, in Helm's words, "too lily-white and missing something crucial.”
Crowd extremely modest at the March for Marriage, a demonstration in favor of continued legal discrimination against gay people. The Washington march came along with new poll numbers that backed the small turnout — even opponents don't much care should marriage equality come to pass.
The Little Rock police say Cornelius Pittman, 25, was arrested in Chicago Wednesday on a capital murder warrant in the June 2013 fatal wounding of Lawrence Thomas, 39. Thomas was fatally wounded during a robbery last year.
Two black marks for Tom Cotton in one week. It's revealed that he was planning a run for Senate within days after arriving for his first term in Congress. Worse than that: He passed up the Pink Tomato Festival for a secret retreat with billionaires in California.
Gov. Mike Beebe talks about the possibility of a special session. It's still in the "maybe" stage on school employee health insurance, prison financial aid, lottery changes and a state broadband network. But I do have some pressing questions about transparency of the group pushing to change the law on broadband delivery.
Talk of a special session to shore up public employee insurance, Asa Hutchinson departing from Republican orthodoxy on corporate welfare, French Hill opposing minimum wage proposals and more — all covered on today's quick video news catchup.
Mike Huckabee tries to appropriate Martin Luther King's Letter of Birmingham in service of fighting against same-sex marriage, analogizing those who stand against gay marriage to those who oppose the Nazis.
The state Ethics Commission held a closed-door hearing today on its staff investigation of an ethics complaint against Circuit Judge Mike Maggio over campaign contributions he'd received from PACs financed by
As expected, the Arkansas Legislative Council easily approved Sen. Jason Rapert's resolution endorsing Arkansas's constitutional discrimination against gay couples in marriage. It includes encouragement of legislative action to prevent judges from negating the "will of the people."
You've perhaps read that the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news outlet, is raising sand because it was denied visiting privileges at the University of Arkansas archives for unpermitted use of material on Hillary Clintonn.
The Arkansas legislature took the crazy step of approving the private option version of Medicaid expansion while also preventing government from publicizing its available (preparatory Rep. Nate Bell said to killing Obamacare altogether.)
On today's news wrapup: Sen. Jason Rapert's resolution to endorse discrimination, Mike Huckabee's insane comparison of the drive to same-sex marriage to Nazi Germany, Mike Maggio in front of the the Ethics Commission and more.
I would like to recommend Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache mystery series. No, no one is flayed. There are no sadistic psychopaths who drive around with battery cables and a battery in back that they don't use on the car. Instead, there is the snowy Canadian woods, a small town where folks are always gathered around roaring fireplaces swilling whiskey and watching the snow fall and eating the fabulous food served up by hilarious gay restaurant owners, where a mean old poet mooches booze off everyone, where two of the main characters are painters.
Jason Rapert’s discriminatory dog and pony show, Mike Huckabee’s hopefully career killing speech at a marginal rally to oppose same-sex marriage, whether a special session is coming and what it’ll look like and the middle class as a campaign trope — all covered on this week's edition.
CBN News brings word of a financial and political outreach by Mike Huckabee. He's peddling a trip to Europe — aimed at evangelical pastors from early Republican primary states Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina. CBN's David Brody sees this as the Huckster building backing for a potential 2016 presidential run (not to mention a little something to help fill the ol' Huck coffers.)
The Daily Show held climate deniers up to ridicule Thursday night and those skewered included Arkansas Sen. John Boozman, whose denial including citing his optometrist creds in his scientific view of the issue. Which leads to a little climate change eye exam by Jon Stewart.
John Lyon, writing for Stephens Med ia, makes clear what's afoot in Sen. Jason Rapert's little demagoguery at the Legislative Council last week with his resolution decrying Judge Chris Piazza's marriage equality ruling. It's all about intimidating the Arkansas Supreme Court. And emerging judicial politics throw quite a wrinkle in this.
The Sunday night line is open. A roundup includes Koch-heads carrying their anti-Obamacare evangelizing to Utah; another academic proclaims charter schools a failure, and, from Texas, a sane Republican.
I hesitate to declare something “the best in the state,” as I know that’s a highly subjective proclamation, but Delta Q definitely needs to be in that discussion. And if a finer barbecue establishment does exist in Arkansas, I’ve yet to find it. To any barbecue devotee, plan to make the trip to Forrest City to see for yourself what Delta Q has to offer.
The item yesterday about judicial politics brought some news of recent talk at the Arkansas Bar Association about potential candidacies for the Arkansas Supreme Court. Top of the list aggressively building contacts for the race was Circuit Judge Shawn Womack of Mountain Home the former Republican legislator.
Timothy Egan, writing for the New York Times, says that as long as Republicans stand in the way of anything beneficial to working people, such as an increae in the minimum wage, it will be left to private enterprise to fill the gap.
Since hitting the top of the charts with “Austin” back in 2001, Blake Shelton has worn a number of hats – even though he doesn’t wear a real hat much anymore. He’s a coach on NBC’s reality TV singing competition “The Voice,” he’s a popular co-host for the annual Academy of Country Music awards, he has deals with Pepsi and Pizza Hut and, of course, he’s the husband of country star Miranda Lambert.
Gov. Mike Beebe's office said today that consensus apparently had been reached on a temporary fix to avoid catastrophic increases in school employees health insurance and he'd call a special session to pass agreed legislation on insurance and increased money for prisons. UPDATE: The session will be next week and criticism of the "solution" is already being heard.
The U.S. attorney's office announced today that it had recovered more than $4 million in property from the estate of Dr. Stacey Johnson, a Baxter County cardiologist who had a medical practice and outpatient surgery center in Mountain Home from 1980 to 2009.
Today on "Max Tells You What's Going On": It looks like a the Arkansas legislature will hold a special session to shore up the public school employee insurance fund. Will Arkansas Supreme Court justices be wary of overturning the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage because of political considerations? The New York Times slaps down Walmart for paying low wages. And the notice for bids for replacing the Broadway Bridge goes out this week; that's bad news for downtown Little Rock.
Here's the latest clip from Little Rock's Goon des Garcons (of Young Gods of America, which they are now calling a "Creative Agency"), for "How It Happen?" off last month's "Meanwhile" EP. It's a tribute to downtown Little Rock: Warehouse Liquor makes a prominent appearance, as does the Clinton Center
The website for Hillary Clinton's book tour had originally said her stop Friday in Little Rock would be at the Walmart on Bowman Road. It was announced today the location had changed. It will be at the Chenal Walmart Supercenter at 19301 Cantrell Road
The quarterly Burgundy Book of the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis indicates modestly positive views on the economy in Little Rock. Two-thirds believe 2014 will be better than 2013. The unemployment rate was done; payroll growth was up.
Pratt Family Salsa mix can give you fresh salsa at any time — just add tomatoes. But with this mix, you're getting far more than just salsa, you're getting a spice mix that will become a staple product in your cooking repertoire for multiple recipes.
The Democratic Party will roundup big names from the past and 2014 candidates at a dinner Saturday at Cajun's Wharf focusing on women and issues important to them. It's being called the Jimmie Lou Fisher-Lottie Shackelford Dinner, after the former state official Fisher and Shackelford, a longtime party leader.
Ernie Dumas writes that Tom Cotton has a small-government, libertarian voting record second to none. Can he convince Arkansas voters who depend and enjoy many of the programs he wants to cut that it is in their best interest to do without?
The ACLU has issued a new report finding that police use of military weapons and tactics have been disproportionately deployed against people of color. Little Rock is one of 20 cities highlighted in the report and police weaponry in Paragould also drew attention from the ACLU.
Prison officials say escaped killer Timothy Buffington broke into a locked safe room in a house on prison grounds to take a shotgun as he escaped from the Pine Bluff unit on Saturday. He remains at large.
It would appear there's now some indication that there is no free lunch on the bill to reduce an expected increase in school employee health insurance. A wrinkle has slowed the call for a special session.
The Human Rights Campaign, led by Arkansas native Chad Griffin, has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to to ensure federal recognition of couples married in Arkansas during the week after Judge Chris Piazza's marriage equality ruling and before the state Supreme Court stayed the order while the case was on appeal.
Plaintiffs in the challenge of the 2013 Voter ID law have asked Circuit Judge Tim Fox to lift his stay of his ruling that struck down the law as unconstitutional. The case is on appeal and plaintiffs — represented by the ACLU and the Arkansas Public Law Center — want it not to be put in effect because of the potential for preventing voting in fall general election.
The Arkansas Motion Picture Institute will host a preview screening of the new documentary "I'll Be Me ... Glen Campbell" on July 10 at the Ron Robinson Theater, followed by a discussion will the filmmakers (including director James Keach) and members of the Campbell family.
Arkansas Republican official says of HIllary Clinton's popularity in Arkansas: 'She'd probably get shot at the state line.' We remember him for a famous bogus degree he once claimed as a campaigner for Tim Griffin. Republicans are backing and filling but none has yet manned up and said this guy is a jerk and shouldn't hold party office.
Gov. Mike Beebe announces the call of a special session to deal with school health insurance and prison funding. It will begin Monday. He's satisfied the legislation won't unconstitutionally impair school funding. I'm not so sure all school people agree with him.
New England Development of Newton, Mass., announced in a release today that CDI Contractors of Little Rock would be the construction manager for the Outlets at Little Rock, an outlet mall planned for the Gateway Town Center at I-30 and I-430 in Otter Creek. It's projected to open in the summer of 2015.
MAPCO is lobbying the Little Rock City Board hard to get approval for a gas station and convenience store at Third and Arch, with City Director Joan Adcock carrying their case to county officials who oppose the idea. Lipstick on a pig, Prosecutor Larry Jegley says.
Vice has a new video with news reporting on the medieval landlord-tenant law in Arkansas. It should be required viewing for legislators who are a century overdue in decriminalizing nonpayment of rent and requiring some minimum habitability of rental dwellings.