Arkansas government | Arkansas Blog | Arkansas news, politics, opinion, restaurants, music, movies and art

Arkansas government

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 16:47:00

Fayetteville looking for volunteers for 16 board and commission slots

The city of Fayetteville is looking for 16 volunteers to fill empty seats on eight different boards and commissions, including slots on the Advertising the Promotion Commission,  the Civil Service Commission, the Fayetteville Public Library Board of Trustees and the Planning Commission.

Continue reading »

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 06:04:00

State reaches tax agreement with Airbnb

KARK reports that Airbnb, the online site facilitating short-term vacation rentals of residential properties, reached a tax agreement with the state of Arkansas yesterday.

Continue reading »

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 15:24:00

Location selected for 10 Commandments monument on Capitol grounds, Baphomet monument still undecided

A meeting of a subcommittee of the Arkansas State Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission was held today, with the three-member group asking questions about materials and construction of the 10 Commandments Monument and the Baphomet statue proposed by The Satanic Temple. A proposed site was selected for the 10 Commandments Monument, but an official with the Church of Satan, after being told their monument couldn't be placed directly beside the 10 Commandments monument as they had requested in their proposal, will be allowed to select their preferred site at a later date.

Continue reading »

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 10:14:00

AP report: Pfizer subsidiary appears to have made state's secret execution drug

Another excellent report from Claudia Lauer at the AP (who has done incredible investigative work on this story since last fall) on Pfizer's likely involvement in manufacturing Arkansas's secret execution drugs.

Continue reading »

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016 - 11:06:00

Feds deny state's request to restrict cash assistance for welfare beneficiaries

The federal government denied a request by the state to restrict cash aid as part of the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) welfare program, the D-G reports.

Continue reading »

Monday, February 15, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 14:08:00

The new supermajority norm in the Arkansas legislature is a disaster for Republicans

The private option aginners are establishing a new norm around the supermajority requirement for certain appropriations. The results could be be a fiasco for the Republican majority. Not to mention more gridlock and potential shutdowns, and worse policy outcomes in state government.

Continue reading »

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 18:07:00

Leslie Rutledge again rejects ballot initiative for marijuana legalization in Arkansas

Yesterday, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge once again rejected a proposed ballot initiative from Mary Berry of Summit for a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in Arkansas.

Continue reading »

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 11:09:00

Gov. Asa Hutchinson: economic development trade missions funded by outside groups aren't "freebies"

Gov. Asa Hutchinson got in touch by phone to object to the use of the word "freebie" in my post on the Arkansas Blog yesterday regarding the governor's disclosure of trips paid for by outside groups.

Continue reading »

Featured Videos

STAFF BLOGS: ARKANSAS BLOG

Today's headlines: White House and football follies

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 16:12:00

Arkansas Advocates: Modest surplus is ominous sign for governor's highway plan

A blog post at Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families argues that today's news of a relatively modest surplus of $36 million for fiscal year 2016 shows the folly of the governor's highway plan.

Continue reading »

Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016 - 09:37:00

Arkansas Advocates with questions about Gov. Hutchinson's highway plan

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families — a nonprofit that works for the interests named — has a new blog post illuminating the problem we've cited about Gov. Asa Hutchinson's free-lunch highway plan. It's simple: You don't get something (better highways) for nothing.

Continue reading »

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 06:43:00

Treasurer Milligan expands state office to education

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan has entered a $450,000 contract with a Washington firm to provide on-line financial education to elementary school children. One question: Can he do that?

Continue reading »

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 12:59:00

Mediation fails, Treasurer Dennis Milligan could be heading to trial

Ladies and gentlemen, the Arkansas state treasurer's office...

Continue reading »

Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 08:52:00

Duncan Baird named State Budget Administrator

Gov. Asa Hutchinson yesterday announced that former state representative Duncan Baird will be the new State Budget Administrator at the Department of Finance and Administration. Baird had been serving as Budget Director in the governor's office.

Continue reading »

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 18:15:00

KATV: Bill Walker's state agency approves grants to sister UPDATE

KATV has dug up on questionable public dealings by a familiar figure — former state Sen. Bill Walker, who headed the state Career Education Department during the administration of Gov. Mike Beebe.

Continue reading »

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 10:57:00

Legislative special session for defense-related economic development project likely coming soon

Will the capitol critters be doling out corporate welfare soon? Lots of rumors have been floating about a potential legislative special session to be called by Gov. Asa Hutchinson later this month. The session would convene just after Memorial Day, when the legislature would take up a proposed economic development project.

Continue reading »

Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 13:43:00

Dennis Milligan refuses to answer questions about email scandal

Treasurer Dennis Milligan bobs and weaves...well, scratch that, he really doesn't even bother trying. He just refuses to answer questions about the activities of his office.

Continue reading »

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 13:49:00

Hunt for the Treasure Hunt: Bill allows it online

The state auditor's office decision to publish the names and addresses of people with unclaimed property only online as part of what is known as the "Great Arkansas Treasure Hunt" stung the Arkansas Press Association, and the APA is asking its members to call legislators. But legislators passed a law in the latest session to allow the auditor to do just that.

Continue reading »

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 08:48:00

Under pressure, Treasurer Dennis Milligan puts email deletion policy on hold; time for transparency in constitutional offices

Treasurer Dennis Milligan caves for now on his plan to delete all emails after 30 days. It's time for constitutional officers to adopt the same transparency rules that govern all other state agencies. The excuses are ludicrous; the only reason to delete public records is to conceal the record from the public.

Continue reading »

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 15:11:00

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and staffers attend Huckabee campaign announcement; AG's office says no violation of law

Blue Hog: Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and six AG staffers participated in Huckabee campaign event during normal office hours, in violation of state election laws. The AG's office responds that the employees were on leave and did not use state resources to participate in the event.

Continue reading »

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:06:00

Another change at Milligan's office: employee fired

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan fired his outreach manager yesterday, the office has confirmed. David Singer was hired by Milligan in January as assistant legislative affairs and communications manager. In March, his title was changed to outreach manager. He briefly worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before his hiring by Milligan and for Stephens Media prior to that.

Continue reading »

From the ArkTimes store

Most Shared

  • So much for a school settlement in Pulaski County

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Cynthia Howell got the scoop on what appears to be coming upheaval in the Pulaski County School District along with the likely end of any chance of a speedy resolution of school desegregation issues in Pulaski County.
  • Riverfest calls it quits

    The board of directors of Riverfest, Arkansas's largest and longest running music festival, announced today that the festival will no longer be held. Riverfest celebrated its 40th anniversary in June. A press release blamed competition from other festivals and the rising cost of performers fees for the decision.
  • Football for UA Little Rock

    Andrew Rogerson, the new chancellor at UA Little Rock, has decided to study the cost of starting a major college football team on campus (plus a marching band). Technically, it would be a revival of football, dropped more than 60 years ago when the school was a junior college.
  • Turn to baseball

    When the world threatens to get you down, there is always baseball — an absorbing refuge, an alternate reality entirely unto itself.

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Saturday open line

    • Durango, To my great sadness, Benji decided to step back from full time work at…

    • on July 22, 2017
  • Re: Saturday open line

    • Maybe Congress has found a tiny little wringer for Donnie's tiny little member. (Baker doesn't…

    • on July 22, 2017
  • Re: Saturday open line

    • Little Donny seems to have entered the permanently whiny stage, with sporadic attempts in the…

    • on July 22, 2017
 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation