From William Hope "Coin" Harvey to Gerald L.K. Smith, Arkansas has always offered a refuge for the reviled, so it is perfect that Tony Blair and George W. Bush flee here this week to escape the slings and arrows of their nations' brutal politics.
What makes Bielema likable while Harbaugh is seen as bristling is this distinction: While Harbaugh is rapidly tweeting jabs at foes and putting his chiseled chin and felonious stares in front of the cameras, Bielema seems content to be a bit more subtle, and maybe even reserved after the Hogs laid two memorable eggs against presumptive underdogs Toledo and Texas Tech last September.
Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, specifically to September 1992, when Attorney General William Barr, top-ranking FBI officials and — believe it or not — a Treasury Department functionary who actually sold "Presidential Bitch" T-shirts with Hillary Clinton's likeness from her government office, pressured the U.S. attorney in Little Rock to open an investigation of Bill and Hillary Clinton's Whitewater investment.
While Donald Trump was out driving a racial wedge in the electorate, appealing to white grievance, a leading Republican was standing on the Senate floor and telling colleagues that, yes, police do profile black men.
Add the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to the list of courts that has struck down laws like that adopted in Arknasas to deprive Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood because politicians disapprove of the organization's abortion services. The money cut off is not for medical exams, but for a range of other health services, mostly for women.
OK, Sen. Tom Cotton, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and former Gov. Mike Huckabee aren't afraid of damaging their reputations unduly by appearing as speakers at the Republican National Convention to affirm Donald Trump's nomination for president. But will they be afraid to avail themselves of restroom facilities in Cleveland?
Wider freeways are not the only topic of importance when the subject is transportation. And they may be the most damaging. News today about bikes, pedestrians and different ways of doing things, from Denmark to the banks of the Mississippi River.
Even if Donald Trump says it himself, it's not necessarily so, given the experience on other issues. But nonetheless the Wall Street Journal says Donald Trump is telling key Republicans that Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, a dyed in the wool religious righter, will be his running mate.
The latest from Little Rock's Jeff Nichols hits theaters Nov. 4. It's Nichols' telling of the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, whose marriage led to the landmark civil rights case Loving v. Virginia, which ended laws preventing interracial marriage. Ruth Negga's performance as Mildred Loving generated Oscar talk after the film debuted at Cannes.
Here's the open line and today's video roundup.More news yet to come from the Ted Suhl trial by Benji Hardy and from Tom Coulter on the Presidential Leadership Scholars session, which includes a panel with three members of the Little Rock Nine and appearances by Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Tony Blair.
The committee working to amend the Arkansas Constitution to put a chilling effect on lawsuits against nursing homes for abuse and neglect reported today contributions of another $293,500 to the cause, almost all from nursing homes.
The Little Rock Planning Commission voted 10-1 this afternoon to deny a conditional use permit that would have allowed developer Rick Ferguson to build a package wastewater plant on Nowlin Creek in West Pulaski County, two miles outside the city limits. The plant would serve the Mountain Valley subdivision Ferguson hopes to build on 36 acres on Highway 10 adjacent to the treatment plant. He wants to put 134 homes in the subdivision; that application will go before the commission in August.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will deliver a lecture in the Frank and Kula Kumpuris Lecture Series to an invitation-only audience at noon today at the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center. But the speech will be available to the public on the web at this link.
Today's recommended reading: Amanda Marcotte writes in Salon abou the developments in the year after the release of dishonest videos by an anti-abortion group trying to destroy Planned Parenthood with bogus accounts of body part sales.
The question lingers from Thursday's state Board of Education meeting at which the Board ignored federal court desegregation orders and allowed students to transfer out of Jacksonville and El Dorado school districts over objections of the districts.
The University of Arkansas announced that it had cleared the student union in Fayetteville because of a suspicious package. The bomb squad of the Fayetteville police department is investigating. It may only be coincidental, but the incident occurs amid wide rumors of a protest event by the Anonymous collective.
Add this to your watch list: A military coup attempt is apparently underway in Turkey. And the U.S. government has finally released withheld pages of the 9/11 report that suggest terrorist links to the Saudi government.
The State Board of Education defying federal court desegregation orders, the state’s acquisition of a drug used in the lethal injection process, the trial of Ted Suhl and more anti-LGBT action from the legislature in the guise of religious freedom — all covered on this week's podcast.
After being confronted by the FBI, the defense attorney said, Carter "told the government [he] would get the ‘big fish' and asked them how they wanted those fish prepared — blackened, fried or grilled."
Education Commissioner Johnny Key told the state Board of Education yesterday his choices for the community advisory board that will provide some input into operation of the Little Rock School District while in state control. The political bent was predictably apparent for a Republican appointee with past devotion to the school agenda of the Walton Family Foundation and other backers of so-called "reform."
The Little Rock City Board will consider Tuesday night an appeal of the Planning Commission's denial of a request to allow a Jimmy John's fast food sandwich shop at 4520 W. Markham, previously occupied by a branch bank.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen alerted me yesterday that Black Lives Matter T-shirts, once banished and then returned to the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, are no longer for sale at the state's museum of the African-American experience.
The state Libertarian Party says it will hold a special nominating convention July 30 to pick a candidate to run in a special election to finish the term of Republican Rep. Kelley Linck, who's resigned the seat to work in the Hutchinson administration.
Mike Huckabee, the former governor, won't be speaking at the Republican National Convention after all. He opted instead for his paid gig as a commentator for Fox News, which said he couldn't be a convention speaker and paid commentator at the same time.
Dallas Oliver Bump, 98, of Bear, Arkansas, died Saturday. His passing deserves a note because he was judged a living treasure of Arkansas for his custom-made rocking chairs, "the best oak rocking chairs ever made," says his obituary. One is on permanent display at the Smithsonian
Sen. Tom Cotton's appearance today before the South Carolina Republican National Convention delegation, an appearance that he read more as an introduction of Cotton as a future presidential candidate than an endorsement of Donald Trump.
When Kenneth Dewitt, a former prison chaplain, pleaded guilty to three charges of raping inmates at the Women's Unit at Newport, the prosecutor defended a five-year plea bargained sentence (which likely will mean as little as a year of time served) by saying Dewitt had admitted guilt and was "willing to accept" prison time.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who was a House manager of Bill Clinton's impeachment, has discouraged the Republican National Convention from delving into Clinton's sexual past, as Donald Trump has said he would do.
Matt Campbell, the Little Rock lawyer and author of the Blue Hog Reports blog, has filed an ethics complaint today against the Arkansas Health Care Association related to the nursing home lobby group's spending on a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at discouraging lawsuits against nursing homes and others for negligence and abuse.
Clayton Johnson, a high school teacher who's long taken an interest in City Hall affairs, says he's firmed up plans to run against incumbent Gene Fortson for the at-large Postion 9 seat on the Little Rock City Board of Directors.
Sen.Tom Coton was in the spotlight yesterday — for a Republican National Convention speech that barely mentioned the party's nominee and also for his continuing obstruction of judicial confirmations in the U.S. Senate.
With his usual command of history, Ernest Dumas writes this week about how a slim majority of the Arkansas Supreme Court stood the state Constitution on its head by creating law to preserve the death penalty.
Faced with facts, Republicans create their own alternative universe. So it is with Melania Trump's use of lines from Michelle Obama's 2008 Democratic convention speech. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, citing her Arkansas English degree as authority, delivered the party line on CNN — no plagiarism
The Twittersphere wasn't kind about Sen. Tom Cotton's speech Monday night to the Republican National Convention. Biggest ouch: Implication that he got his signature refrain from John Kerry's 2004 DNC speech.
We talked with Graham Gordy and Gary Newton about their new production company, Mortuus Pater, and their plans to expand Daniel Campbell's Charles B. Pierce award-winning short "Antiquities" into a full-length feature film shot in Arkansas.
Benji Hardy reports that the defense has begun putting on its witnesses in the trial of former mental health services provider Ted Suhl on bribing public officials to help his business, which took in $125 million in Medicaid money in four years for residential and community-based services for youths.
Matt Campbell, the Blue Hog Report blogger and Little Rock lawyer, has been notified that the state Ethics Commission will hold a probable cause hearing on his ethics complaint against on-the-job campaigning by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
Ted Suhl took the stand on Tuesday, and the trial wraps up on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Judge Wilson denied a long-shot bid by the prosecution to introduce the question of whether the Lord's Ranch, Suhl's inpatient facility, has been investigated for physically abusing children.
Rachel Davis, executive director of the Arkansas Health Care Association, lobby group for nursing homes, has responded to a question I posed after Matt Campbell filed an ethics complaint related to the group's support of a proposed constitutional amendment to discourage lawsuits against nursing homes and other medical providers for abuse, neglect and malpractice.
Alice Stewart, the former Little Rock TV reporter who went on to a career as spokesperson
for a string of Republican politicians, announced on Twitter yesterday that she'd taken a job as a political commentator in Washington for CNN.
Former Razorback football coach Lou Holtz, whose conservative politics caused a bit of friction during his days in Arkansas, is back in the limelight again for political activities at the Republican National Convention.
Jeff Bryant, director of the Education Opportunity Network, writes in depth for AlterNet, the national progressive website, about the Little Rock School District in great detail — the desegregation struggle, the politics and the district's recent targeting for destruction by the heirs of a discount store fortune.
The New York Times writes more about the potential Republican presidential candidates in 2020, such as Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who are using the current Republican National Convention to network for the future.
The note above confirms what reportorial sleuthing was closing in on — that speech writer Meredith McIver (reportedly an English major like our Attorney General Leslie Rutledge) made the mistake of including verbatim passages of a Michelle Obama speech in Melania Trump's speech to the Republican National Convention.
An observer reports from a legislative committee meeting this morning at which the State Police made a case for more money for child abuse hotline operators and investigators. A Republican actually said he might vote for children's needs before a tax cut.
So one of those weird crime stories popped up this week — the case of a long-dead corpse found in the home of a Paragould woman by the woman's roommate of three months. Gloria Marie Tensley, 65, was arrested Tuesday after the discovery.
OK, it's kind of a goof. But Kaitlin Marone, who grew up in Little Rock, IS a standup comedian. And she did qualify today for the election ballot this week as an independent candidate for U.S. Senate in Louisiana.
The council that advises Metroplan's board of directors voted today to wait until a 30-day public comment period has passed before deciding whether to grant the state highway department a waiver of the planning agency's six-lane limit on freeway through lanes. The panel, the Regional Planning Advisory Council, will meet Aug. 24 to consider the comments. That is the day after the public comment period, which runs July 24 to Aug. 23.
Forget to mention: The Little Rock City Board of Directors last night voted 8-0 to reject an appeal of the Planning Commission's denial of a request to allow a Jimmy John's fast food sandwich shop on West Markham Street.