Voter ID, taxes, ethics reform, expanding health coverage, newly filed bills of note—all covered on this week's podcast. Plus, Dave endorses the Boston Phoenix and Debo Band, and I plug On the Media's excellent mini-history podcast on the copyright roots of "The Happy Birthday Song."
The political response in Arkansas to Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks, the plan to put a new 2-cent hotel tax on the ballot to pay for renovation of the Arkansas Arts Center and more, the latest on the fight over the 30 Crossing project, shocking charges against a Cross County judge and a property scuffle involving the Little Rock Tech Park — all covered on this week's podcast, which is sponsored by the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton in Bentonville and Catfish & Co. /more/
A new, revealing oral history interview with retired state Supreme Court Justice Donald Corbin, a last minute entry into a race for an open seat on the Supreme Court, the city of Little Rock’s response to the 30 Crossing plan, a federal ruling on Baxter County’s nativity scene, eStem delaying its application to open a K-8th grade charter school and more — all covered on this week's podcast. /more/
The depressing results of this year’s Arkansas Poll, election filings, the latest on the highway department’s 30 Crossing plan, more ethical questions for the Hutchinson administration and Rep. Mary Bentley threatening Game and Fish funding after her husband was ticketed — all covered on this week's podcast. /more/
The escalation of pushback against the state Highway and Transportation department’s plan to expand I-30 in downtown Little Rock, the third Republican presidential debate, "20/20’s" coverage of the Justin Harris rehoming scandal and Treasurer Dennis Milligan getting into the education business — all covered on this week's podcast. /more/
The growing opposition to the plan to expand Interstate 30; when politics, money and ethics collide; a new UA chancellor; oppo research against an unannounced judicial candidate; and Hillary Clinton's performance before a House committee driven by a Republican witch hunt — all covered on this week's podcast. /more/
Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and the first Democratic debate; lingering separate but equal policies for same-sex couples in state government; the Little Rock Tech Park and eminent domain; whether Arkansas school children scored proficiently on a standardized test last year and more — all covered on this week's podcast. /more/
Legal challenges to the state takeover of the Little Rock School District, more plans for new charter schools, the planned departure of DHS director John Selig, a new report on the future of Medicaid expansion in the state and more — all on this week's podcast. /more/
A federal judge stopping the state from cutting off Medicaid reimbursement to Planned Parenthood, the federal government imposing a fine for the break of ExxonMobil’s pipeline in Mayflower in 2013, Mike Huckabee disappearing candidacy, the Little Rock School District’s building plans, the end of the Little Rock Film Festival and more — all covered on this week's podcast. /more/
Pope Francis' visit to the U.S., John Boehner’s resignation, Hillary Clinton’s Little Rock stop, the University of Arkansas playing secrecy games again and more — covered on this week's podcast. /more/
Planned Parenthood in Arkansas, the ethics investigation into four state Supreme Court Justices handling of the same-sex marriage case, Jason Rapert trying to throw his weight around, the latest plan from the highway lobby, the second Republican debate, the Creative Corridor and narwhales — all covered on this week's edition. /more/
Arkansas State University Quarterback Fredi Knighten posted a photo recently on the Internet that said his dog had been stolen and killed, then returned to him. ASU thinks the episode is unrelated to the university or football.