It's a state holiday today to observe the birthdays of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee, the general who led the secessionist states' fight to preserve slavery. From the files of history, King's famous speech and the segregationist roots of the Lee Holiday observance in Arkansas.
The president of the Arkansas Restaurant Association says there is a way to make sure a sales tax is collected from on-line retailers, most recently adopted in Louisiaa. He's working on the idea in Arkansas.
The Little Rock City Board of Directors has scheduled a vote on a resolution asking for a meeting with the Arkansas congressional delegation about federal legislation to allow cities to recapture sales tax revenue lost to Internet sales.
Little Rock residents have petitioned for a public meeting with the Little Rock School District "School Board," which under current law means the state educational commissioner. There are many questions on which his answers might be interesting.
Donald Trump. Now he's gone on Twitter to call civil rights legend, Rep. John Lewis, " all talk, no action" for saying he wouldn't attend the Trump inauguration. Lewis believes Trump won office illegitimately, thanks to Russian interference.
Andy Slavin, the acting administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, posted onTwitter last night what will be lost. by the repeal of Obamacare. The ill effects cover just about everyone.
Since the Lee-King debate is cranking up again, it's a good time to repeat Ernest Dumas's history lesson on how Arkansas came to observe Robert E. Lee's birthday thanks to legislative action more than 80 years after the end of the Civil War.
On the podcast: the federal investigation into kickbacks involving state legislators and the General Assembly, which convened this week before taking a long weekend to celebrate R.E. Lee and MLK Jr. Day.
Patheos blogger Warren Throckmorton calls my attention to a comment added today to the Facebook page of Ecclesia College of Springdale, which has a role in the kickback scandal involving former Republican Rep. Micah Neal of Springdale and other political players.
By this account, FBI Director James Comey angered legislators from both parties by refusing to talk about the reported FBI inquiries into Donald Trump's ties to Russia (a far bigger question than the unconfirmed hotel sexcapades.)