Contrary to an announcement last summer, the state contract to provide online services will not be awarded by competitive bidding this year. Instead, the state will negotiate another contract with the same private company that has held the contract — without competitive bids — since the on-line services program began in 1997.
ProPublica last week published an examination of how Republican Rep. David Vitter of Louisiana stalled an EPA assessment that would declare formaldehyde as a known carcinogen. Three Democrats — including Rep. Mike Ross — were also working to block the EPA move.
The Arkansas Times’ favorite little rabblerouser, elementary school student Will Phillips of West Fork, is getting another award for his ongoing stand for gay rights. He'll receive the Arkansas Civil Liberties Union Foundation’s “Champion of Liberty” award during a banquet in Little Rock.
The Observer is not much on campaign rallies and all the attendant posturing and hoorahing and bunting. But we made an exception last Friday for Dwight David Honeycutt’s “Sweet Tea Party” at Juanita’s.
Hey, I totally get the hatred Arkansas has for Texas. We are a bigger, richer, snootier state with huge cities, huge universities, and huge egos to boot. However, Texas has completely dominated the football series throughout the last 100 years or so. DOMINATED.
The national pundits seem to believe that Mike Huckabee’s move to Florida is more about presidential politics than tax avoidance. Arkansans can easily believe that hanging on to more of the big bucks Fox News pays him is sufficient to lure Huckabee to a state with much sunshine and no income tax.
Scoffing conservatives call this “making law, instead of interpreting law.” To be precise, they scoff when a ruling goes against them. Activist courts making law aren’t so bad if they’re making law you like.
In the movie “Lean on Me,” Principal Joe Clark has all the troublemakers and under-performing students gather on the stage and he then kicks them all out of the school. With only the most serious students remaining, he restores his high school to its once proud position. The movie, based on a real life situation, reflects pure fiction. Or does it?
William Lindsey is concerned about “the tendency to talk about sipping ‘some beers,’ or buying ‘some beers’. To my ears as a native Arkansan, that sounds as strange as addressing a group of folks as ‘you guys’ rather than ‘you all.’
It’s just about inarguable: The See are the kings of Little Rock’s current landscape of bands. In the town’s musical yearbook, in a time where local music is experiencing a renaissance, they’re holding down the Who’s Who “Most Likely to Succeed” in a sea of other wildly talented acts.
Nineties garage pop duo Local H comes to Sticky Fingerz as part of their “Six Angry Records” tour, in which a member of the audience chooses which of their albums will be played in its entirety, 8:30 p.m., $10.
While I usually hold back my pronouncements about a film until the end of my reviews, I'll go ahead and spoil it for you: If you're a mystery geek — or just enjoy a good story — take a couple hours to check out “Mother."
It's an important day for efforts to end the ban on same-sex marriage in Arkansas. A lawsuit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court by Searcy lawyer Cheryl Maples on behalf of a number of gay and lesbian couples seeking to strike down Arkansas's ban on same-sex marriage is before Judge Chris Piazza this afternoon.
Growing up for any kid is hard, but there is often a special kind of hell for those growing up gay or lesbian in Arkansas. This is the Bible Belt. We're slow to change, and for all our Southern politeness, the prejudices of older folks tend to percolate through the generational strata whether we want them or not.
Juanita's, the venerable Tex-Mex restaurant and music venue, is leaving the South Main Street location it's called home since 1986 for the River Market and the former home of Bill St., 614 President Clinton Ave.