State Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure tells me he was informed yesterday by a representative of the incoming Hutchinson administration that Asa Hutchinson would be naming a new director of the state Securities Department, which oversees the securities business.
Jeb Bush took to social media this morning to announce an exploratory bid to run for president in 2016. Has anybody of substance ever undertaken an exploration that didn't end with an affirmative decision?
Legislative Audit released its review of Arkansas State University finances yesterday and it included a report on a topic suggested for review by ASU's internal auditor concerning student housing discounts given by Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lonnie Williams.
Arkansas Business' Lee Hogan reports that an accrediting commission has turned down an application to open a branch of a New York osteopathic college of medicine at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. ASU says it will try again, with hopes to open the branch by 2016.
John Lyon of Stephens Media reports on a Legislative Audit finding that a $1,500 payment the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission made to the Democratic Black Caucus appeared to be a prohibited political contribution.
The Little Rock Airport Commission will consider Tuesday morning a proposed sale of Central Flying Service leases to TAC Air, a competing fixed base operator at the airport. TAC will also take over all fueling services.
Gov. Mike Beebe issued today what likely will be his last round of recommended pardons. He announced his intention to grant 14, all to people who've completed all aspects of sentences. None had a conviction for a violent crime.
Arkansas Business reports on the Energy Department's completion of an environmental impact study of a 750-mile power line that would carry wind-generated electricity from Oklahoma across Arkansas to Memphis.
A new dress code for Montana legislators has stirred controversy in that western state among female legislators. It turns out the Arkansas House operates more or less along the same lines, clothing-wise.
Gov. Mike Beebe has a shot at some "midnight" judicial appointees. Will he take advantage of a two-week window to put his old pal Cliff Hoofman in a fat job for a fourth time, this time Court of Appeals?
TC Edwards had hundreds of friends. If you were among them or even somewhere on the periphery, your Facebook feed has been dominated this week by tributes and photos and news of benefit concerts. Here's an attempt at a roundup of everything that's out there, with a focus on all the things you can do or attend.
Recently, a trove of band business cards from the golden era of Arkansas garage bands was discovered and put on eBay. I was able to purchase some of them, including one by a little known 1960s garage band from Little Rock named The Mercenaries. Their record, on the cult favorite MY records label based in Little Rock, was released in early 1967. Their songs, including the atmospheric and heavy “Things Found Here” along with the psychedelic tinged “Take It All” are obscure even by garage rock standards. They were not featured on the 1999 Butler Center MY records compilation and their story has not been told before
Politico delves deeply into the political machine begin built with the Koch brothers' fortune — a data-driven colossus for voter identification and turnout that has eclipsed Republican Party machinery to the extent that people like Tom Cotton used it over party tools.
Asa Hutchinson has announced that former state Rep. Allen Kerr of Little Rock will be the insurance commissioner in his administration, succeeding Jay Bradford, and that Sheila Sharp will remain as director of the Department of Community Correction.
The Education and Information Technology committees received a report this morning from CT&T Inc., which was hired to conduct a comprehensive study of the Internet capacity of Arkansas K-12 schools. It brings little clarity to the confusing issue, but it does illustrate the Department of Information Services has given a very bad deal to schools