Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast has gone to federal court to prevent enforcement of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's order that the state not allow payments under Medicaid for gynecological services provided by Planned Parenthood. /more/
Talking Points Memo highlights Benji Hardy’s reporting on a “courage award” originally scheduled to be given to Rep. Justin Harris last night at a Ft. Smith event also featuring a speech by Sen. Ted Cruz. Harris remains politically toxic, and rumors have circulated that the Cruz camp had a hand in nixing the appearance. /more/
The Southern Poverty Law center reports that a Ku Klux Klan faction based in Harrison has offered to pay to move the remains of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest — who served as the first Grand Wizard of the KKK — from a Memphis park to property the group owns in Harrison. /more/
President Obama unveils his proposal for reducing pollution by greenhouse gases and it should only increase the opposition from business and Republican politicians who've already been protesting the plan. /more/
A Pulaski County prosecutor today asked that five counts pending against Andre Demetrius Smalley be dropped, including three counts involving the aggravated robbery of Little Rock musician Terry Charles "TC" Edwards. Smalley plead guilty today to a single count of battery, a class B felony, in the shooting of a Little Rock man last April. Smalley's sentencing on that count has been set for September. /more/
Ernest Dumas writes about the difficulties faced by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in matching the achievements of Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, even though he, like the majority of the legislature is a Republican. In short, Hutchinson needs Obamacare money, though his party rests on a foundation that hates Obamacare.
A two-week cruise from Vancouver to Alaska was nicely timed for the August heat wave. It dipped into the 40s during my visit to the Hubbard Glacier, loudly "calving" with mighty booms of cracking ice. Here's a brief politically tinged travelogue.
If one were of a low and suspicious nature regarding the New York Times' historically inept Washington Bureau, one might suspect yet another example of the "Clinton Rules" — that is, a shaky allegation unsupported by facts.
Planned Parenthood has issued an extensive rebuttal to undercover videos by an anti-abortion group elaborating with some specifics on its allegations from the first that the videos — including some described as "full" videos — were edited to be misleading.
The website BuzzFeed has devoted a serious amount of digital acreage to the recent Miss Gay Arkansas pageant, seemingly an oddity in this rural state except that this pageant has a long history and the first Miss Gay America was from Arkansas.
Outlets of Little Rock, the shopping center nearing completion by the Bass Pro Shops at Otter Creek, continues to roll out additions to the list of retailers. Today's announcement says outlets of Brooks Brothers, Asics, G.H. Bass and Levi will be opening, the first for those brands in Arkansas.