The League of Women Voters announces a candidate forum for Pulaski County judge from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Quorum Court meeting room in the county office building at 201 Broadway. Democrat Barry Hyde, Libertarian Glen Schwarz and Republican Phil Wyrick will take questions from league members and the public. The session is to be recorded for use on social media and cable TV.
The Pulaski County Quorum Court will vote tonight on a resolution calling on the state legislature to end the dual state holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. /more/
Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde has denied the Little Italy community's petition to incorporate into a town. In the judgement, Hyde cites the "unreasonably" large geographic area of the proposed town, its lack of necessary unity of place and an inadequate budget among reasons for denying incorporation. /more/
County Judge Barry Hyde, who succeeded retiring Buddy Villines Jan. 1, has already made one change at the county courthouse. He's elevated state Rep. Fred Love to director of community services. /more/
Phil Wyrick, the Republican candidate for county judge, got in a dispute with election officials today for entering an early voting place — the McMath Library on John Barrow Road — and handing out campaign material. Camoaigning is prohibited within 100 feet of a poll. He was escorted out, a witness said, objecting all the while. /more/
Layoffs at the Welspun pipe plant in Little Rock are a reminder of the folly of corporate welfare and the inability of Arkansas to separate itself from global economic forces. See the Fayetteville shale. And keep a watchful eye on that Sun Paper pulp mill proposed near Arkadelphia.
Melinda Gwin, 49, of Hamburg has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and ordered to repay $210,875 stolen from the First National Bank of Crossett. She was sentenced in El Dorado federal court, according to a Justice Department news release.
A letter to the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and the members of the state Board of Education captures historic bitterness in the black community toward control of decision-making by major business interests.
Capitol dwellers have been commenting on the expansive new Arkansas State University presence in office space across the street in the former National Old Line building. It's part of "increasing visibility" for the expanding ASU System.
While this week's Democratic National Convention will nominate Hillary Clinton, it remains a party where the supporters of Bernie Sanders have a strong voice and could create some significant shenanigans in the coming days.
After yesterday's preliminary events, the DNC kicks into full gear today. Delegations begin each day with a breakfast that provide both an opportunity for logistics of the day to be discussed and speeches to be given.