A demonstration is planned Friday in Little Rock to press McDonald's to pay workers more and not stand in the way of unions even at franchised stores, which make up 90 percent of the fast food chain's outlets. /more/
New polling from the campaign to legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties shows support for the measure and, in an added question, a two-point lead for Mark Pryor in the race for U.S. Senate. /more/
As the campaign teams of incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor and challenger Rep. Tom Cotton continue the tedious election cycle tradition of debating over the format of debates, the Times continues its offer to have Cotton and Pryor join our unedited, free-form weekly podcasts. /more/
The open line includes a new poll in the Pryor-Cotton race for U.S. Senate (Cotton is up 2 points, a virtual dead heat) and another fact-check in which a Cotton TV ad has been found "mostly false." /more/
A federal court has struck down a Mississippi law aimed at closing the state's only abortion clinic. It comes as a radical anti-choice politician in Arkansas, Tom Cotton, gets an endorsement from anti-abortion groups. /more/
Arkansas Times Senior Editor Max Brantley and Editor Lindsey Millar talk about Tom Cotton and the latest in election news, the fight over public schools and broadband, talk of toll roads along I-40, a legal claim that could keep votes on alcohol and the minimum wage off the ballot and the state Republican Party embracing D.C. politics — all covered on this week's edition. /more/
U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is an extreme right-wing Republican. We all knew that. It might even make him electable in Arkansas. But his Obama mania apparently has developed to the point of irrationality. Among others, he seems to blame the president for the downing of a passenger jet over Ukraine on the president. /more/
An automated poll Tuesday of 850 Arkansas voters found support for medical marijuana, but not for allowing people to grow their own. No measure is on the ballot this fall, but advocates are working already toward 2016.
Last week, Rep. Josh Miller, a Republican legislator from Heber Springs, spoke against the private option Medicaid expansion last week. He invoked FDR's New Deal — a "hand up," he said, not a "handout."
Scott Ellington, the prosecuting attorney for Arkansas's Second Judicial District, said in a recent interview that, "There are no ongoing investigations by governmental investigative authorities" concerning the West Memphis Three case. Ellington may be the only person on the planet who believes there is "closure" in my case.