Vice has a new video with news reporting on the medieval landlord-tenant law in Arkansas. It should be required viewing for legislators who are a century overdue in decriminalizing nonpayment of rent and requiring some minimum habitability of rental dwellings.
MAPCO is lobbying the Little Rock City Board hard to get approval for a gas station and convenience store at Third and Arch, with City Director Joan Adcock carrying their case to county officials who oppose the idea. Lipstick on a pig, Prosecutor Larry Jegley says.
New England Development of Newton, Mass., announced in a release today that CDI Contractors of Little Rock would be the construction manager for the Outlets at Little Rock, an outlet mall planned for the Gateway Town Center at I-30 and I-430 in Otter Creek. It's projected to open in the summer of 2015.
Gov. Mike Beebe announces the call of a special session to deal with school health insurance and prison funding. It will begin Monday. He's satisfied the legislation won't unconstitutionally impair school funding. I'm not so sure all school people agree with him.
Arkansas Republican official says of HIllary Clinton's popularity in Arkansas: 'She'd probably get shot at the state line.' We remember him for a famous bogus degree he once claimed as a campaigner for Tim Griffin. Republicans are backing and filling but none has yet manned up and said this guy is a jerk and shouldn't hold party office.
Plaintiffs in the challenge of the 2013 Voter ID law have asked Circuit Judge Tim Fox to lift his stay of his ruling that struck down the law as unconstitutional. The case is on appeal and plaintiffs — represented by the ACLU and the Arkansas Public Law Center — want it not to be put in effect because of the potential for preventing voting in fall general election.
The Human Rights Campaign, led by Arkansas native Chad Griffin, has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to to ensure federal recognition of couples married in Arkansas during the week after Judge Chris Piazza's marriage equality ruling and before the state Supreme Court stayed the order while the case was on appeal.
It would appear there's now some indication that there is no free lunch on the bill to reduce an expected increase in school employee health insurance. A wrinkle has slowed the call for a special session.
Prison officials say escaped killer Timothy Buffington broke into a locked safe room in a house on prison grounds to take a shotgun as he escaped from the Pine Bluff unit on Saturday. He remains at large.
The ACLU has issued a new report finding that police use of military weapons and tactics have been disproportionately deployed against people of color. Little Rock is one of 20 cities highlighted in the report and police weaponry in Paragould also drew attention from the ACLU.
Ernie Dumas writes that Tom Cotton has a small-government, libertarian voting record second to none. Can he convince Arkansas voters who depend and enjoy many of the programs he wants to cut that it is in their best interest to do without?
The Democratic Party will roundup big names from the past and 2014 candidates at a dinner Saturday at Cajun's Wharf focusing on women and issues important to them. It's being called the Jimmie Lou Fisher-Lottie Shackelford Dinner, after the former state official Fisher and Shackelford, a longtime party leader.
The quarterly Burgundy Book of the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis indicates modestly positive views on the economy in Little Rock. Two-thirds believe 2014 will be better than 2013. The unemployment rate was done; payroll growth was up.
Ledbetter, the former state Board of Education chair who cast the decisive vote in 2015 to take over the LRSD, writes that Education Commissioner Johnny Key "has shown time and again that he is out of touch with our community and the needs of the district." However, Ledbetter supports the May 9 vote as a positive for the district's students and staff.
The execution of Kenneth Williams for his 1999 slaying of Cecil Boren during a prison escape remains scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight, though actions in state and federal courts are anticipated in the final hours.
At a press conference today at the Doubletree Hotel just across from the Pulaski County Courthouse, Pulaski County Fifth Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen and his attorneys announced that he has asked the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission to investigate the conduct of the entire Arkansas Supreme Court, and asked the director of the Arkansas Committee on Professional Conduct to investigate the conduct of Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and several others in the AG's office, related to what Griffen and his attorneys claim were forbidden ex parte conversations between the Supreme Court and the AG's office.
Photos taken Thursday night by Brian Chilson and David Koon, at Cummins Prison in Grady, the State Police barricade away from the prison and in front of the Governor's Mansion, before and after the execution of Ledell Lee.