Paul Barton of Gannett News Service looked at campaign finance figures and found that Republican Rep. Tom Cotton is leading U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor in the share of personal campaign money coming from out-of-state sources — 65 percent to 53 percent.
Matt Campbell of the Blue Hog Report continues to wrangle with the secretary of state's office over office records, including pertaining to its use of outside legal counsel without attorney general approvall (a practice Campbell successfully stopped).
Over on our Rock Candy entertainment blog, we've thrown the switch on the latest installment of Arktube, our weekly salute to the best, most interesting and most soul-searingly dumb Arkansas-related videos posted to Youtube.com in the past seven days.
Remember the Koch retreat at a fancy California resort that caused Tom Cotton to miss the Pink Tomato Festival in Warren. Shades of Mitt Romney. A tape of the proceedings has emerged. And it includes rich praise for Tom Cotton, particularly his votes against the interests of Arkansas farmers.
Combining the insurance systems for public school employees and state employees might help teachers with premiums in the short run, but unless it's accompanied by a big infusion of cash it will harm state employees. As for combining retirement systems for teachers and other public workers? Not happening.
Republican opposition researchers, after misfiring in efforts to targe Democrat House candidate Clarke Tucker's son, are also going after his daddy, real estate man Rett Tucker. Another misfire so far.
Insurance companies have proposed a net reduction in premiums of 2 percent next year for the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace, the health insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act. The Marketplace includes all of the plans used for the private option, the state's unique plan which uses Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance for low-income Arkansans.