An effort to abolish the office of lieutenant governor, the Little Rock City Board and late-night clubs, the latest sign of trouble among Justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court, a leaked Tea Party memo and a rare admission by Tom Cotton — all covered on this week's podcast.
John Lyon of the Arkansas News Bureau highlights Sen. Tom Cotton's ability to be malleable on principle when circumstances suit — this time on the $87 million in Arkansas corporate welfare for Lockheed Martin to subsidize its bid to build a military vehicle in Camden. /more/
The special session, a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling on Arkansas’s ban on 12-week abortions, the latest court news related to Arkansas’s ban on same-sex marriage and other odds and ends — all covered on this week's podcast. /more/
In unsigned orders today, the Arkansas Supreme Court said it would not hear another round of oral arguments in the appeal of Judge Chris Piazza's decision invalidating the state bans on same-sex marriage. /more/
Gov. Asa Hutchinson was joined by U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton and John Boozman at a Capitol news conference this morning to tout his legislation to issue $87 million in bonds for corporate welfare to lower Lockheed Martin's bid for a new generation of armored vehicles for the U.S. military. /more/
This week on the podcast: Josh Duggar sexual abuse scandal, the coming special legislative session and, with Max back after a two-week vacation, we quickly run through some of the things that happened while he was away. /more/
The vote to keep Eureka Springs nondiscrimination ordinance in place and other nondiscrimination pushes at work elsewhere, the Little Rock Police Department and riot gear, the presidential campaigns of Mike Huckabee and Hillary Clinton, Gov. Asa Hutchinson's appointment of former lawmaker Denny Altes as drug director and more — all covered on this week's podcast. With special guest Jay Barth. /more/
The latest blood on the floor in the ongoing civil war at the Arkansas Supreme Court: Supreme Court communications counsel Stephanie Harris, who was asked to clear out her office this morning. Harris had handled press relations for the court for the past five years. /more/
The special session, a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling on Arkansas’s ban on 12-week abortions, the latest court news related to Arkansas’s ban on same-sex marriage and other odds and ends — all covered on this week's podcast.
Now that the chorus of politicians invoking religious liberty against the president and local governments includes nearly every Republican presidential candidate, it is time to ask whether those who espouse religious liberty the most loudly believe in it least.
Brooke Arnold, writing in Salon, provides a personal look at life according to the teachings of a religious organization that has been influential with the Duggar family. She argues it cultivates a culture where women are more vulnerable to rape and sexual abuse.
The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported over the weekend, though the Little Rock edition did not, that it had interviewed an unnamed church elder about Jim Bob and Josh Duggar's meeting with then-State Trooper Joseph Hutchens to report Josh Duggar's improper contact with girls in the Duggar household.