Since I mentioned the silence yesterday, note that the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial page got around to mentioning the U.S. Supreme Court marriage ruling this morning. Disapproving in many respects, it seemed to me. It included a reference to Nazi Germany and encouraged those unhappy with the ruling on religious grounds, closing, "Onward, Christian soldiers!"
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has started a cutrate subscription offer to bring back some readers lost to rate increases. It's not the only place where signs of business stress are showing in what used to be almost a public utility with guaranteed big profits.
GateHouse newspapers, a part of the New Media company that recently purchased all Stephens Media newspapers, including several in Arkansas but not its share of the joint venture with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Northwest Arkansas, is laying of people around the country, Romenesko reports.
Memorial service for Doug Smith, 74, retired associate editor of the Arkansas Times, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Ruebel Funeral Home. It will be led by Marie Mainard O'Connell. Memorials: Central Arkansas Library Foundation or the ACLU of Arkansas.
Talking Points Memo, the Josh Marshall-led national political website, churned out a little feature today on an item here last week about the refusal of Tom Cotton's communications man David Ray to allow anyone from the Arkansas Times to listen in on a conference call about the campaign's media strategy and polling work.
Hog fans just can't quit blaming the refs for the NCAA men's basketball tournament loss to North Carolina. Now the Arkansas Senate has gotten in on the act, with this resolution introduced by Democratic Sen. Keith Ingram and getting bipartisan co-sponsorship from that brutish and short sandlot roundball player, Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson.
IndieWire breaks news long whispered downtown — a more ambitious successor to the Little Rock Film Festival is in the works, with backing from writer/director Jeff Nichols, a Little Rock native. His "Loving" has won wide acclaim recently.
UPDATE: Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed the expanded concealed carry legislation, but some additional legislation is promised, at a minimum to exempt UAMS and the State Hospital from the expanded list of places where concealed weapons are allowed for those with a new permit that requires an additional day of training.
Vice President Mike Pence will visit Little Rock tomorrow afternoon (Friday, March 24) the Republican Party of Arkansas announced today. He'll speak about health care. The visit will happen the day after the U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Trump Administration's preferred vehicle for Obamcare repeal.
Sen. Jonathan Dismang ran into opposition but still passed his bill to add UAMS, the State Hospital and college athletic events and venues as exceptions to legislation signed yesterday to expand where qualified concealed carry permit holders may take weapons. The NRA will fight the changes in the House.