John Burkhalter, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, was joined at a children's library news conference today by educators who announced his endorsement by the Arkansas Education Association.
Burkhalter also announced an education plan that echoes Mike Ross: assured pre-K, expanded college scholarship funding and expanded career development and job training.
Tippi McCullough of the Stonewall Democratic Caucus announced a petition today drive to ask Gov. Hutchinson to issue an "all-inclusive" executive order that would "dictate freedom and equality for all citizens, including people on account of sexual preference, sexual identity, disabilities and all other classes, and "remove the doubt" — the latest battle cry — and "revive the spirit of Southern Hospitality." /more/
Which is more important: Republican candidates who've abused women? A Republican candidate with judgments on file for tax liens and unpaid credit cards. Or a Democratic candidate who worked briefly long ago as a dancer? Depends on your level of sanctimony, prurience and hypocrisy. /more/
John Burkhalter, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, opened his ad blitz with some effective biographical advertising featuring his church pastor and information about his success in business. His new ad goes after his Republican opponent, Rep. Tim Griffin. /more/
The Arkansas Press Association, in convention in Hot Springs, is having a series of debate-style appearances today from candidates for lieutenant governor, attorney general and governor. Except for a gig of the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, the No. 2 candidates didn't produce many sparks. /more/
Patrick and Karen Benca have been the target of harsh criticism for their lawsuit that got the marijuana initiated act. Mara Leveritt posts an explanation and defense from Patrick Benca, who favors full legalization.
Twenty-four hours after meddling in President Obama's talks with Iran, hawkish Sen. Tom Cotton scheduled an off-the-record meeting with defense contractors, who'd be happy to supply goods for U.S. armed incursions in the Middle East.
Little Rock police responding to a disturbance call near Eighth and Sherman Streets about 12:40 a.m. killed a man with a long gun, Police Chief Kenton Buckner said in an early morning meeting with reporters.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is installing Sol Lewitt's 70-foot eye-crosser "Wall Drawing 880: Loopy Doopy," waves of complementary orange and green, on the outside of the Twentieth Century Gallery bridge. You can glimpse painters working on it from Eleven, the museum's restaurant, museum spokeswoman Beth Bobbitt said
Ted Suhl, the former operator of residential and out-patient mental health services, has lost a second bid to get a new trial on his conviction for paying bribes to influence state Human Services Department policies. Set for sentencing Thursday, Suhl faces a government request for a sentence up to almost 20 years. He argues for no more than 33 months.
Anger and frustration reigns on the Supreme Court decision to invalidate the initiated act on medical marijuana. There's talk of a legal challenge, far-fetched perhaps. But it would at least feel good, as does going ahead and casting votes for measures and candidates whose votes won't be counted.
Blogger Russ Racop raises an interesting question, as he sometimes does, about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' gift of free tickets for North Little Rock cops to attend a Dallas Cowboy football game.
Little Rock lawyer Jack Wagoner has posted a Q&A on his Facebook page about the Supreme Court marijuana ruling yesterday that includes a solicitation for potential plaintiffs in a lawsuit he's contemplating.