The Washington Post Wonkblog points out this morning that there's a reason that Republicans might be squeamish about taking on the Confederate flag. Republicans are twice as likely to have positive reactions to the flag (and half as likely to have a negative reaction). /more/
The president takes to social media to make gun control argument in the wake of the Charleston church massacre. Obama also gave props to Mitt Romney for calling on South Carolina to take down the Confederate flag, but the GOP presidential contenders are dodging the question. /more/
At least one Republican lawmaker in South Carolina is calling for the Confederate flag to come down. But as recent history in the Arkansas legislature reminds us, many politicians are still — in 2015 — too squeamish to challenge neo-Confederates. /more/
The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that they are launching an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse, sexual harassment by what the DOJ terms "multiple members" of the staff at the Arkansas Department of Correction's McPherson Womens Unit in Newport. The investigation will also reportedly look into the treatment of transgender prisoners there. /more/
Mitt Romney promised to reduce the unemployment rate to 6 percent in four years. Instead Obama was re-elected and after just two years, unemployment is below 6 percent. Romney said back then, "People all across the country are saying, 'Wow, 6 percent sounds pretty good." Wonder what Romney is saying now? /more/
Layoffs at the Welspun pipe plant in Little Rock are a reminder of the folly of corporate welfare and the inability of Arkansas to separate itself from global economic forces. See the Fayetteville shale. And keep a watchful eye on that Sun Paper pulp mill proposed near Arkadelphia.
Melinda Gwin, 49, of Hamburg has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and ordered to repay $210,875 stolen from the First National Bank of Crossett. She was sentenced in El Dorado federal court, according to a Justice Department news release.
Southwestern Electric Power Company announced in a news release today that it is dropping plans for a $116 million power line across Northwest Arkansas because the project is no longer needed. It would have covered 60 miles between Benton and Carroll Counties.
David Ramsey — yes, that David Ramsey — lays out a scenario in The New Republic about why new U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton should be considered when discussing darkhorse candidacies for president in 2016. He is, after all, an avowed young man in a hurry.
Judge Leon Holmes has awarded $1.25 million in damages in a default judgment against a company doing business as thedirty.com, a gossip website operated by Nik Richie. The company that operates the website later said the Little Rock attorney sued the wrong company.