Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued an equivocal answer today on the questions of whether state Treasurer Dennis Milligan had authority to enter a $450,000 four-year contract last year with a Delaware company for an on-line "financial literacy" program. /more/
The attorney general's office announced that Arkansas will receive about $3 million for its Medicaid programs as part of a $784 million settlement of a national class action lawsuit with Pfizer and its subsidiary Wyeth pharmaceuticals. /more/
Of course the House Rules Committee (controlled by House Speaker Jeremy Gillam) defeated Democratic Rep. Camille Benett's proposed HB 1822 to allow the request of a "constitutional issue assessment" by the attorney general. /more/
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, who'll leave office making about $73,000 a year, has written a letter to the independent citizens commission recommending pay increases for state officials that the office be paid $165,000 a year. According to a recent survey, that would put Arkansas as No. 3 in the country for pay of attorney generals, while ranking 48th in per capita income for everyone else. /more/
The New York Times reports on a new incarnation of the sub-prime mortgage lending racket. It's the car title loan — fast credit for clunkers and exorbitant interest rates that too often leave poor people in the hole and without the cars whose titles they gave up for small loans. /more/
Rep. Mark Lowery, a Republican from Maumelle, has introduced a bill that would put the brakes on Arkansas's implementation of standardized testing based on Common Core State Standards. Lowery says the bill is motivated in part because legislators have been told by ADE officials, unofficially, that "the PARCC contract will not be renewed" beyond the current academic year.
The University of Texas opened classes in Austin this week with a bit of student protest. The "Cocks Not Glocks" campaign encourages students to carry dildos and sex toys to mock the beginning of a new state law that allows concealed weapons on campus.
On residency requirements for LRPD officers and why many of his officers choose to live outside the city, community policing, mass incarceration, juvenile justice, assault rifles and gun control and more.