Arkansas has one of the most restrictive Medicaid programs in the United States. Now, one in four Arkansans is uninsured. Unless pregnant or disabled, childless adults don't qualify for Medicaid, even though they are destitute.
Aron Shelton, 28, and Alyssa Snyder, 29, are of the generation known as "Millennials," young men and women who came of age in front of a computer and prefer to text their friends rather than make a call. When they want to know something, they turn to cyberspace, and when they learn something they pass it on through social media.
The Arkansas Travelers fired two front office employees last week, a move that's raised the ire of some fans who question the unchecked power wielded by the fan-owned team's executive president, Russ Meeks.
The STAND Foundation — a non-profit founded by State Representative Tracy Steele for the expressed purpose of offering leadership training for young adults in Arkansas — may be looking for a new executive if Steele prevails in his runoff election for North Little Rock mayor against Joe Smith on Tuesday.
Fresh off a key role in an 11th hour effort by which a handful of Republicans and the Democratic caucus made Rep. Davy Carter the next House speaker, Rep. John Burris of Harrison is looking to increase his clout in Arkansas Republican Party politics.
Over the weekend, Junior — an avid young tubaist (Tubadour? Tuba Wrangler?) — was reading one of the online tuba forums (yes, they exist) and discovered that he'd been lax in bathing his tuba. No, that's not a euphemism for something unprintable.
The era of "we will remain pure and in poverty" is over. The era of treating adults like children is over. The era of sacred wet ground vs. sacred dry ground is over. The grasp of the drive-in window Baptists controlling the world is over.
Those of us who teach Arkansas politics have to rewrite some lecture notes after Election 2012. No matter the ultimately hairsbreadth GOP margin in the state House of Representatives, the key region in determining the outcome of statewide elections in Arkansas appears to have finally swung in a markedly Republican direction. This outcome has decisive implications for the future of electoral politics in the state.
Even as professional Republicans hasten to turn Mitt Romney into an unmentionable nonentity like George W. Bush, journalists are fanning out into the hinterlands like anthropologists to study the impact of President Obama's re-election upon the GOP candidate's dedicated supporters.
Also, "Jazz vs. Hip-Hop: The Black Out" at Twelve Modern Lounge, Quintron and Miss Pussycat at Low Key Arts, The Main Thing's "A Fertle Holiday" at The Joint, Moscow Ballet's 'The Nutcracker' at Robinson Center Music Hall, the Big Dam Bridge Full Moon Walk, Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Robinson Center Music Hall
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.