The upcoming special session of the Arkansas General Assembly, the latest on the bid to overturn the state's voter ID law, a split emerging among Arkansas Supreme Court justices and the politics surrounding a proposal to build a Mapco on 3rd and Broadway in downtown Little Rock — all covered on this week's edition.
Arkansas Wins in 2016, the group proposing a constitutional amendment to allow three more casinos in Arkansas, told the Arkansas Supreme Court today that a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the proposal should be dismissed for lack of standing. /more/
Presidential politics, University of Arkansas fundraising intrigue, a new plan to provide assistance to developmentally disabled people and the Little Rock Police Department and take home cars — all covered on this week's podcast. /more/
Also, the Sullivan Fortner Trio at South on Main, the Acansa Arts Festival, Gloria Browne-Marshall at UALR's Bowen School of Law, the Arkansas Times Festival of Ideas at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, Nebo Jam and Bit Brigade at Vino's.
by Stephanie Smittle, Leslie Newell Peacock and Lindsey Millar
Twenty-four hours after meddling in President Obama's talks with Iran, hawkish Sen. Tom Cotton scheduled an off-the-record meeting with defense contractors, who'd be happy to supply goods for U.S. armed incursions in the Middle East.
The Little Rock School District Student Association (LRSDSA) is "dedicated to empowering students and making their voices heard," said Hannah Burdette, a Parkview High senior who is one of the founders of the group.
The New York Times reports today on a new history of lynchings in the South, which details 3,959 victims of "racial terror lynchings" in the 12 Southern states from 1877 to 1950. Arkansas lands at the top of a very dark list.
Politico reports that Kathleen Harrington Kennedy Townsend says former Republican President George H.W. Bush is voting for Hillary Clinton for president. The article quotes a Bush spokesman as declining to confirm or deny.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is an Arkansas Republican. Thus, like the governor and the Republican-majority legislature, she intends to do everything she can to deny women comprehensive medical care, particularly abortion.
No two presidential candidates since polling began have run up negatives as massive as those of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who yet won their parties' nominations easily. "What gives?" may be the biggest political mystery in history.