The latest in state political races, including all the drama in District 35 in Little Rock; good numbers for the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace; a new appointment to the state board of education; Uber in Fayetteville; Mark Darr’s debt to the state, and the resignation of the Jonesboro police chief — all covered on this week's edition.
Late, but worth putting on the record: U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton and John Boozman are doing everything they can to stop construction of a power line carrying clean wind-generated energy to Arkansas and on to Tennessee. /more/
The end (for now) of legislative jockeying around Medicaid expansion, Jason Rapert’s crusade against emergency contraception and the firing of Little Rock School District Superintendent Baker Kurrus — all covered on this week's podcast. /more/
The Tea Party Ten, procedural tricks and the future of Medicaid expansion; Federal Judge P.K. Holmes throwing down on class action lawyers; and state school report cards and what they say about Little Rock schools (if anything) — all covered on this week's podcast. /more/
The just concluded special session on health care, the coming fight over funding Medicaid expansion and managed care and a development in clean energy in Arkansas — all covered on this week's podcast. /more/
The interminable and inevitable state board meeting where two Little Rock charter school expansions were approved, the latest on the move to change the way we elect judges, the fight over managed care — all covered on this week's podcast. /more/
Sen. Tom Cotton is so consumed with joining the blockade of President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court that he — or his staff — got a little foggy on another piece of judicial obstructionism. /more/
The Hutchinson administration’s move to begin drug testing welfare recipients, the governor’s pitch to change health care in Arkansas, the sentencing of former judge Mike Maggio and Arkansas connections to Donald Trump — all covered on this week's podcast. /more/
Also, 'Incognito' in Conway, Arts and the Park in Hot Springs, "Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning" at the Arkansas Arts Center, Patti Lupone at the Fort Smith Convention Center, the Turkish Food Festival, Sunday Court Square Music Festival in Mountain View, St. Luke's Festival of the Senses at St. Luke's Episcopal and the 46th Annual World Famous Armadillo Festival in Hamburg.
by Heather Steadham, Leslie Newell Peacock and Lindsey Millar
The owner of The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Jan Morgan, announced yesterday that she is banning the presence of Muslims in her business. Her reasoning: "Why would I hand guns and ammunition to people whose religion commands them to kill me and my non-muslim patrons?" OK, let's get that lawsuit rolling.
Blue Hog Report's Matt Campbell has unearthed an email from Leslie Rutledge's time as a lawyer with the Department of Human Services that, unlike a previous email forward that caught the attention of the Arkansas Blog and others, is going to be hard for the Republican candidate for attorney general to explain away. It's a story, which Rutledge appears to be passing along from a friend, written entirely in racist dialect.
A portion of a post unearthed last week by Parkin Archeological State Park archeologist Dr. Jeff Mitchem was taken to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville over the weekend for studies to determine whether it is actually the remains of a cross erected by DeSoto in 1542.
State Education Commissioner Johnny Key fired Baker Kurrus as Little Rock superintendent last week because he ventured off the reservation when he presented data to the state Board of Education on the damaging impact of charter schools on the district, which the state now runs. Kurrus was questioning proposed expansions of two charter schools already draining easier-to-educate children from the LRSD.
A Little Rock developer and critic of the 10-lane freeway expansion for Interstate 30 says the HIghway Departemnt should make clear a park proposal it featured at a public hearing Tuesday night is only a pipe dream. It won't be part of their project.
The 3D videos prepared by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to allow viewers to compare the 8-lane option for Interstate 30 to a 10-lane option (called 6+4 for various reasons by the AHTD, one of them possibly to get around requirement to get Metroplan to amend its 6-lane limit on I-30) show such a dramatic difference that I called the highway department's design build project engineer, Ben Browning, and asked why.
A Joint Budget vote is scheduled this morning and historic preservation groups have been lining up solidly to oppose the amendment proposed by Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson to kill the agency and transfer its work to the Arkansas Department of Heritage.