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/
The announcement that Bill Clinton will distance himself and foreign and corporate contributors from the Clinton Foundation if Hillary Clinton is elected president has, if anything, increased attention to the intersection of money and politics at the Foundation, along with the ongoing email controversy.
The newly formed group that opposes medical marijuana filed a court challenge today of the initiated act approved for the ballot on the ground that the ballot title approved by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is misleading.
Craig and Cheryl Hart were the foster parents of the two sisters who were adopted by Rep. Justin Harris and his wife Marsha and later "rehomed." The Harts say that the adoption was allowed to proceed over the objections of the foster parents and local DHS staff due to pressure exerted by Cecile Blucker, head of the Division of Children and Family Services, on behalf of Justin Harris.
The best friend of Little Rock musician TC Edwards, who was killed on December 7 in Little Rock, said that $5,000 in donations left over after Edwards' funeral service and burial have been put toward a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Edwards' killer.
Rep. Mark Lowery, a Republican from Maumelle, has introduced a bill that would put the brakes on Arkansas's implementation of standardized testing based on Common Core State Standards. Lowery says the bill is motivated in part because legislators have been told by ADE officials, unofficially, that "the PARCC contract will not be renewed" beyond the current academic year.
On residency requirements for LRPD officers and why many of his officers choose to live outside the city, community policing, mass incarceration, juvenile justice, assault rifles and gun control and more.
The leadership of the Arkansas Arts Center announced at its annual meeting and luncheon today that it has just completed its sixth year in the black, continuing its recovery from a budget black hole created by an expensive blockbuster exhibition, "World of the Pharaohs."
By a vote of 20-3, Metroplan's Regional Planning Advisory Committee today voted against lifting the Central Arkansas transit plan's limit of six through-lanes on interstates to accommodate the state highway department's plan to widen Interstate 30.