• Issue of
  • Jan 4-10, 2018
  • Vol. 44, No. 18
  • 'Protect and serve' vs. 'patrol and control' in Little Rock
Digital Edition


  • Cannabiz
  • Applications released

    The Medical Marijuana Commission released 326 applications from persons seeking to be licensed as dispensaries and/or cultivators of medical marijuana last week, documents that did not identify the applicant but did provide business names, phone numbers and names of the companies' registered agents (including Asa Hutchinson III, the son of the governor, who is representing a Bentonville grower applicant).
  • The Observer
  • Baby driver

    Long after rookie pilots in The Observer's day went to test for a driver's license, Junior, 18, finally took the plunge over the Christmas break and got his permit.


  • Will Arkansas join the red state revolt?
  • Billy Fleming
  • Will Arkansas join the red state revolt?

    The Republican stranglehold on Arkansas state government is in jeopardy. Using a model developed by John Ray and Jesse Bacon that incorporates a blend of fundamentals (presidential approval rating, for example) and legislative district-level demography (such as household income and race), we find that Democrats are poised to break the GOP supermajority in the state's House of Representatives this year.
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  • A fresh start
  • Autumn Tolbert
  • A fresh start

    For much of my adult life, I've tried to eat black-eyed peas and greens every New Year's Day, worrying that if I didn't, the year would be just awful. I've made resolutions. I've sworn off fast food. I've pledged to go to the gym three times a week.
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  • Undoing America
  • Ernest Dumas
  • Undoing America

    The U.S. Labor Department will tell the owners of restaurants and other businesses this month that they can keep the tips that customers leave for waiters and other service workers.
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  • Gene Lyons
  • Hillary done it

    Down at the courthouse, the kind of story Donald J. Trump is peddling is laughingly called the some-other-dude-done-it defense.


  • Pearls About Swine
  • Vintage Hog ball

    The Southeastern Conference era of Arkansas athletics has represented something of an oddity in that historically, the two flagship programs cannot seem to be on steady footing simultaneously.



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