In yet another Education committee meeting this morning about expanding broadband internet access to school districts, an executive vice president of Acxiom said he “wholeheartedly endorsed” a report released last month that recommends a public-private partnership to bring the state’s subpar K-12 internet connectivity up to national standards.
Taxpayers are still spending $200,000 a year to staff an office, lieutenant governor, without an officeholder. What are they doing to pass the time? Good question. And one that even an FOI request has been unable to dislodge answers for as yet.
Interesting panel discussion this morning on race and ethnicity at the River Market's Ron Robinson Theater in the River Market. The discussion, titled "Money, Class and Opportunity," was held in conjunction with the release of UALR's 11th installment of their survey of racial attitudes in Pulaski County. The panel was moderated by State Sen. Joyce Elliott, with Maria Elena de Avila of the Arkansas Department of Career Education; State Rep. Fred Love; Heather Larkin, president and CEO of the Arkansas Community Foundation; Carmen Parks of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Terry Richard-Trevino of the League of Latin American Citizen and the UALR Dept of Anthropology and Sociology and State Rep. Darrin Williams, CEO of Southern Bancorp. Topics up for discussion by the panel were wide ranging, from neighborhood blight to nutrition to the largely re-segregated state of some Little Rock schools. At one point, during a discussion on "It's almost a sport now to blame people for being poor...
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Arkansas Public Law Center filed a lawsuit in state court today on behalf of four plaintiffs seeking to overturn the state's voter I.D. law as violating the state constitution.
A local Republican politico e-mailed to point out that then newly elected Gov. Mike Beebe said this in 2007 after releasing the papers of Larry Zeno, a Parole Board member who had jokes and photos of a racial and sexual nature on his state computer:
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on careful reading this morning inspires a couple of comments: * HEALTH INSURANCE: The newspaper detailed a plan to address the big rate increase in public school health insurance.
Great reporting in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today on how Rep. Andy Mayberry and his wife, Julie, who hopes to succeed him in the legislature, conspired with other Republican legislators from Saline County and nearby to direct spending $120,000 in state money to build a park for handicapped children including the Mayberry's daughter on land currently owned by the Mayberry family.
Democratic 2nd District Congress candidate Pat Hays is causing conniption fits among Republicans because a new TV ad shows him with his guns and mentions his long-time membership in the National Rifle Association.
Thursday night, Portland, Oregon’s Nahko and Medicine for the People brought their “musical medicine” to Little Rock’s Revolution Music Room, a fitting venue for the socially-conscious music collective. Their uplifting medley of folk, urban and world music, as well as hypnotizing videos featuring their music have enchanted activist-minded music fans across the world in the relatively short time they have been creating music together.
The University of Arkansas's Arkansas Poll was released early today and it showed broad Republican preferences among likely voters in major election contests, including Tom Cotton over Mark Pryor for Senate, Asa Hutchinson over Mike Ross for governor and generic Republican preferences in congressional races.