After the labor movement helped elect David Pryor, Dale Bumpers and Bill Clinton early in their careers, the three politicians took aggressive anti-union positions, Michael Pierce, an associate professor of history at the University of Arkansas, writes in a recent piece on The Labor and Working-Class History Association's Labor Online website. Pierce sees a connection between Clinton's early work against 1978's Labor Reform Bill (for the Pryor campaign), his later pro-business policies as governor and president and Hillary Clinton's struggles with working class whites.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's disastrous appearance Monday night on CBS — which produced a record amount of comment and views on both our Facebook page, Twitter account and Arkansas Blog — apparently didn't harm her standing as a Trump surrogate. She's back on air today, this time blaming Hillary Clinton for Bill Clinton's indiscretions 20 years ago.
Following Hillary Clinton's historic selection as the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party last night in Philadelphia, Jezebel.com makes note of just how far we've come: a 1995 story in which discount behemoth Walmart pulled t-shirts from their stores because they featured the words "Someday, a woman will will be PRESIDENT!"
The Hillary Clinton campaign in Arkansas announced what it's calling its Leadership Council today. The list includes former Govs. Mike Beebe and Jim Guy Tucker, former U.S. Sens. David and Mark Pryor and a host of former and current movers and shakers in the state Democratic Party.
Hillary Clinton has a small lead in Iowa polling heading into the caucuses Monday, but it's looking to be closer than the once-inevitable frontrunner would have hoped and Bernie Sanders may well have the advantage in New Hampshire, particularly if he has some momentum from a strong showing in Iowa.
Politico's Kenneth Vogel has a long report out today on the Clinton Foundation in Politico. The foundation, according to Vogel, is "increasingly seen as a distraction by supporters of Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid" and "is considering dialing back its activity during the campaign and a potential Clinton presidency, according to interviews and documents obtained by POLITICO."
With a healthy number of unhappy school district residents on hand, Little Rock School Superintendent Michael Poore announced today his plans for closure of school facilities said to be required to balance the budget as state desegregation aid ends and enrollment drops with movement of students to charter and other schools.
President Obama included the shortening of the 35-year sentence given Chelsea Manning for delivering classified U.S. information to WikiLeaks, including video of a U.S. helicopter attack on Iraqi civilians.
Republican Rep. Mary Bentley got House Public Health Committee approval today for her HB 1035 to prevent use of food stamps for purchase of unhealthy food, a measure likely to prevent use of the supplemental nutrition benefit for soft drinks, candy and the like.