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 politics of the proposal to increase the state minimum wage, rich Arkies giving boatloads of money to Republicans, the resignation of UALR Athletic Director Chris Peterson, gas stations and Little Rock politics and the Little Rock drug arrest gone bad that left an innocent bystander dead — all covered on this week's podcast. /more/
The latest in state political races, including all the drama in District 35 in Little Rock; good numbers for the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace; a new appointment to the state board of education; Uber in Fayetteville; Mark Darr’s debt to the state, and the resignation of the Jonesboro police chief — all covered on this week's edition. /more/
The passage of a historic civil rights measure in Fayetteville, a surprise about-face at the Little Rock City Board, Jonesboro Police Chief Mike Yates’ derogatory comments about Jonesboro Sun police reporter Sunshine Crump, Mark Pryor inching towards saying the name that cannot be spoken and a coming legislative meeting on the Arkansas’s biggest retirement systems — all covered on this week's podcast. /more/
Fans of Arkansas's voter-identification law and similar laws in other states should pay homage to a Tulane University professor who rounded up all the evidence of why such laws are needed, which has been lacking in legislative debates and in courts where the laws are challenged. /more/
A billion votes with an absence of fraud prove there's no need for a Voter ID law. And discouragement of Arkansas voters in the recent primary election shows it's harmed legitimate voters. Ernest Dumas writes for this week's Times. /more/
An effort to abolish the office of lieutenant governor, the Little Rock City Board and late-night clubs, the latest sign of trouble among Justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court, a leaked Tea Party memo and a rare admission by Tom Cotton — all covered on this week's podcast. /more/
Plaintiffs today asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling that invalidated the 2013 voter ID law. They want a stay lifted so the law cannot be enforced for the November general election. /more/
The latest in challenges to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, the end of Mike Maggio as a judge, a new poll that puts Arkansas ahead of all other states, the governor’s race and the environment and the latest controversy surrounding the Little Rock City Board — all covered on this week's early edition of the Week in Review podcast. /more/
I'm kind of a nut on vampire films. For one thing, none of them — from "Nosferatu" to "Twilight" — are really about bloodsucking. They're always about something else: xenophobia, fear of having your metaphorical, jingoistic bloodlines polluted by a menacing foreign Other, hangups about sex, guilt about living so well in the West while countless millions in the Third World get paid pennies an hour to make Nike shoes and cute clothes for The Gap (drink up, you vampire you).
by Will Stephenson, David Koon, Benjamin Hardy, Bryan Moats, David Ramsey, Lindsey Millar and Leslie Newell Peacock
The latest on statewide political races, Leslie Rutledge’s past, top secret divorces in Faulkner County, a victory for Little Rock private clubs and something rotten happening in Crittenden County — all covered on this week's podcast.
We ended up adopting Fred due to his incorrigible stubbornness. Originally bred to track game, basset hounds can be amazingly persistent. It sometimes appears that when their noses are working, their hearing shuts down.
The Koch political lobby is trying mightily to pretend it supports American farmers and that Tom Cotton's vote against the farm bill isn't a measure of farm support. A new report from a Democratic organization blows that dishonest messaging out of the water.
Defendants' briefs were due today in the same-sex marriage lawsuit and one of them, Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane, agreed that the ban should be overturned. His brief is a powerful declaration in favor of equality for same-sex couples and castigates the state for wanting to move slowly.
The open line and video roundup are here. Also: A demonstration in Little Rock for community support for the disabled and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel was treated at UAMS today for what was described as a reaction to a new blood pressure medication.
Arkansas today submitted proposed amendments to the private option for federal approval. In order to pursue the private option — the state's unique version of Medicaid expansion which uses Medicaid funds to purchased private health insurance for low-income Arkansans — the state first had to secure approval for what's known as an 1115 waiver, a waiver of federal Medicaid rules allowing the state to experiment with a new approach. For the second year of the program, 2015, Arkansas is requesting three changes.