Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, who spoke Tuesday in favor of a defeated proposal to require Little Rock police to live in the city, has written on his blog about the vote, critically as you might imagine. /more/
The Little Rock City Board did as expected Tuesday on proposals to encourage city residency by city employees. Cops mounted a show of force against making them live in a city they view as dangerous /more/
The Little Rock City Board denied last night the appeal of a Planning Commission rejection of a proposal to rezone two residential lots at the corner of Cantrell and University for commercial use, perhaps a restaurant. /more/
The Little Rock City Board will consider Tuesday night an appeal of the Planning Commission's denial of a request to allow a Jimmy John's fast food sandwich shop at 4520 W. Markham, previously occupied by a branch bank. /more/
I had a conflict and couldn't watch Education Commissioner Johnny Key's appearance before the Little Rock City Board of Directors but two TV accounts and a comment or two from others discouraged those hoping for a return of a democratically controlled universal system of public education in Little Rock. /more/
Little Rock City Director Dean Kumpuris, one of three at-large members of the
Board, told me this morning that he will seek a fifth elected term to the board. He joined the board by appointment in 1995. /more/
John Walker, the 79-year-old civil rights lawyer, and his associate, Omavi Shukur, 29, a young lawyer devoted to criminal justice reform, talked to press this afternoon about their arrests Monday by Little Rock police for supposedly obstructing governmental operations in observing and attempting to film a routine police traffic stop. It was a tutorial on sharp views of race, class and governance in Little Rock.
A federal judge has broadened her order prohibiting the state from stopping federal Medicaid funding for health services provided by Planned Parenthood. The governor ordered a halt to the funding, despite contrary federal law, because he doesn't like that Planned Parenthood provides abortions.
A legal friend buttresses my daily mention that the public should feel free to attend the "scheduled activities" at which major lobbies are running roughshod over Amendment 94 by having daily free meals and cocktails paid by special interests, in many cases at hideaway Capitol Hill apartments in which the entire legislature could not fit, even if they wanted to do so.
Kyle T. Miller, who describes himself as a "licensed and ordained prophet" and says he has been "prophesying and interpreting dreams for almost 15 years," has been named the director of the Delta Cultural Center at Helena.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's disastrous appearance Monday night on CBS — which produced a record amount of comment and views on both our Facebook page, Twitter account and Arkansas Blog — apparently didn't harm her standing as a Trump surrogate. She's back on air today, this time blaming Hillary Clinton for Bill Clinton's indiscretions 20 years ago.
Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley's office today filed notice in district court that it would not prosecute misdemeanor obstruction charges against state Rep. John Walker, 79, and a legal colleague, Omavi Kushukuru, 29, filed after Walker angered officers by filming a traffic stop.
The Little Rock police department released copies of dash camera footage of a traffic stop that led to the arrests of state Rep. John Walker, 79, for obstructing governmental operations, a charge later dropped. They reflect some sharp words between Walker and officers preceded his arrest.