Chaos among the state judiciary, Gilbert Baker’s resignation from UCA, Sen. Mark Pryor and the minimum wage, Mike Ross’ pre-K plan and Exxon's not-so-new revelations about the Mayflower oil spill—all covered on this week's edition.
Rasmussen, a polling firm generally viewed as having a Republican bias, follows a poll yesterday with a narrow edge for Mark Pryor in the race for the U.S. Senate with a poll showing Democrat Mike Ross leading Republican Asa Hutchinson in the race for governor 46-44 /more/
Remember the Koch retreat at a fancy California resort that caused Tom Cotton to miss the Pink Tomato Festival in Warren. Shades of Mitt Romney. A tape of the proceedings has emerged. And it includes rich praise for Tom Cotton, particularly his votes against the interests of Arkansas farmers. /more/
An AP story this weekend filled in some crucial numbers on the volume of highly flammable oil transported across Arkansas by railroad: up to 33 trains per week that use Arkansas rail lines are carrying crude originating in the Bakken shale formation in the Dakotas, according to correspondence between rail operators and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management that was obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request by the AP. /more/
Molly Ball writes in The Atlantic about the massive operation by the Democratic Party to turn out the vote in November to save U.S. Senator Mark Pryor's seat and perhaps propel some more Democrats to victory elsewhere on the ball. /more/
Asa Hutchinson, the Republican candidate for governor, assembled some teachers who support him at the Capitol today. The Democratic Party was quick to remind voters of how Hutchinson insulted thousands of teachers after Democrat Mike Ross won the Arkansas Education Association endorsement in the race. /more/
The Arkansas Democratic Party will hold it state convention today at Philander Smith College and gather for the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner tonight at the Statehouse Convention Center, with remarks planned by Gov. Mike Beebe and Mike Ross, the candidate for governor, and Mark Pryor, the incumbent senator. A flavor of national politics will be added by the presence of the Hillary Bus. /more/
Also, Ben Kweller at Stickyz, Ben Nichols at Ron Robinson, Big Smo at Juanita's, The Kinfolks Soul Food Festival at the First Security Amphitheater, the Little Rock Touchdown Club and Sonny Burgess at Stickyz.
by David Ramsey, Clayton Gentry, David Koon and Lindsey Millar
Remember the Koch retreat at a fancy California resort that caused Tom Cotton to miss the Pink Tomato Festival in Warren. Shades of Mitt Romney. A tape of the proceedings has emerged. And it includes rich praise for Tom Cotton, particularly his votes against the interests of Arkansas farmers.