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  • recentNew congressional polls: Republicans with big leads except in 2nd District
    More Talk Business/Hendrix College polling today, this time on congressional races:1st DistrictIncumbent Republican Rick Crawford 47.5Democrat Jackie McPherson 33Libertarian Scott Wilhite 3Undecided 162nd DistrictRepublican French Hill 4…
    - 40 mins ago, 31 Jul 14, 5:59pm -
  • recentBooze UPDATE: Local option drives dropped in Faulkner and Craighead counties
    Our Community, Our Dollars, the campaign organization attempting to put local option retail alcohol measures on county ballots is giving up in two of them — Faulkner and Craighead, but hoping for a good outcome in Saline County.Their news release…
    - 54 mins ago, 31 Jul 14, 5:45pm -
  • The open line, today's video and the Koch Watch
    Here's today's open line and video headlines. Also:* DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR LEGISLATOR IS? If yours is a right-wing Republican from Arkansas, there's a good chance he or she is down in Dallas getting spoonfed big mugs of Koch. It's the Am…
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 3:43pm -
  • Organizers target McDonald's workers in Little Rock
    The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board issued a ruling this week that could open the door to unionizing of McDonald's workers, even at franchised stores.The ruling that McDonald's could be deemed a joint employer with fr…
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 3:25pm -
  • No special election for Johnny Key's Senate seat
    I wrote confidently yesterday that there would be no special election to fill Sen. Johnny Key's seat after his departure today to take a $130,000-a-year lobbying job at the University of Arkansas System immediately rather than complete the five month…
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 3:16pm -
  • Polling the alcohol question — and the U.S. Senate race
    David Couch, attorney for Let Arkansas Decide, the retailer-backed group seeking a statewide vote on a uniform state law to allow retail sale of alcohol in all 75 Arkansas counties, did an automated poll of the question Tuesday as well as the U.S. Se…
    - 4 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 3:07pm -
  • Local option booze news
    Today's the deadline for canvassers to turn in additional signatures to get local option alcohol sales measures on the ballot in Craighead and Saline Counties.Saline County canvassers Monday turned in roughly 6,000 more signatures, needing 4,000 of…
    - 6 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:36pm -
  • Zach Hocker gets NFL initiation
    Zach Hocker, the former Razorback who's a rookie kicker for the NFL team in Washington, turned up on ESPN's NFL Twitter feed today for the initiation haircut given to him by Washington team veterans.It looks a bit like a certain type of h…
    - 8 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 10:45am -
  • Arkansas congressmen join suit against president
    The Arkansas Republicans voted in lockstep with the House Republican majority to sue President Obama.This Vox article is useful for understanding the lawsuit — on balance viewed as cheap theater and likely to be thrown out of court for lack of st…
    - 12 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 6:47am -
  • Q&A: Senator moves to state job. But is it an 'office'?
    I reported yesterday that Sen. Johnny Key, a Mountain Home Republican, had resigned from the state Senate effective today to go to work Friday as a University of Arkansas System lobbyist at $130,000 a year. He'd earlier said he'd serve out h…
    - 12 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 6:29am -

Arkansas News Bureau

  • USA Truck posts positive quarter
    FORT SMITH — USA Truck posted its first quarter of positive net income in three years as the company continues to drive on its turnaround plan with diversification, efficiency and “crisp execution,” President and CEO John Simone said.
    - 2 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 4:27pm -
  • ArcBest sees revenue increase
    FORT SMITH — ArcBest Corp . reported a 14 percent increase in revenue for this year’s second quarter led by performances at its two largest operating companies, ABF Freight and Panther Premium Logistics.
    - 2 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 4:25pm -
  • Governor’s race rated as ‘leans Republican’
    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas governor’s race has been rated as “leans Republican” by a noted campaign handicapper.
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 4:00pm -
  • Beebe: No special election to fill vacant Senate seat
    LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe will not call a special election to fill the vacancy left by a state senator who resigned with about five months left in his term, a spokesman for the governor said Thursday.
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 3:20pm -
  • Attorney general’s office asks judge to keep ban on gay marriage in place
    LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office on Wednesday asked a federal judge to keep Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage in place.
    - 24 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 6:52pm -
  • Crawford opposes VA bill
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, was one of just five House members on Wednesday who voted against a $16.3 billion bill crafted in response to a VA hospital scandal over long waiting lists and falsified records.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 14, 6:21pm -
  • State senator to resign, start work as lobbyist for UA System
    LITTLE ROCK — A state senator is resigning to begin work as a lobbyist for the University of Arkansas System.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 14, 6:17pm -
  • House backs more immigration visas for Afghan translators
    WASHINGTON — The House on a voice vote approved legislation that would increase the number of visas available to Afghans who assisted the United States in Operation Enduring Freedom.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:58pm -
  • Senate Republicans snuff job-growth bill touted by Pryor
    WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked action on a bill that Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., had unveiled last week as a key component of his job-growth agenda.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:30pm -
  • Hutchinson gives Pulaski County $1,750 for improperly claimed tax credits
    LITTLE ROCK — Republican candidate for governor Asa Hutchinson gave Pulaski County $1,750 on Wednesday for improperly claiming homestead tax credits in the county.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:26pm -

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (State)

Cook's Outlook

Talk Politics

Tolbert Report

Brummett's Blog

  • Slapstick with Ross, Asa and other oddballs
    The comedy hits just keep coming in the governor’s race. Just yesterday: –Mike Ross said Asa Hutchinson may be the only lawyer in the history of the state to lose a trial with his brother on the jury, and Asa said that was snarky –Ross assailed…
    - 27 Mar 14, 7:33am -
  • Asa calls, chortles, challenges, converses
    Asa Hutchinson called this morning to chortle, challenge and converse on the matter of Mike Ross’s tax plan, and we covered several points that I want to share. Let’s get this out of the way: Hutchinson said he had met with officials of the Finan…
    - 6 Feb 14, 11:38am -
  • High drama on private option? Line in sand by Democrats?
    With Sen. Missy Irvin of Mountain View continuing to say it’s not all up to her and that she is a “no” on re-upping the private option for which she fashioned an all-about-me dramatic “aye” vote late in the regular session — though it app…
    - 31 Jan 14, 9:26am -
  • Private option looking great except politically
    There are developments regarding the state’s innovative Medicaid private option — developments beyond the potentially tragic political signals sent by the Jonesboro area in the special election Tuesday. First: The state has compiled the demograph…
    - 16 Jan 14, 10:49am -
  • Darr’s two minds, and the one he’ll follow
    My best reading is that Mark Darr is currently of two minds and goes back and forth between these minds with great speed and dexterity and frustration. One mind: Yes, I made errors and I was wrong. But, darnit, it’s not serious thievery and I could…
    - 10 Jan 14, 10:56am -
  • A Brummett Christmas. It was 1959 . . .
    A request poured in that I rerun a Christmas column of years past, something about my dad. But I don’t have a Christmas Day column this year and I’m wondering if the request confused a childhood Christmas remembrance with any of a half-dozen trib…
    - 24 Dec 13, 2:29pm -
  • Clubbing Tom Cotton with John Burris
    The employee-employer relationship between state Rep. John Burris of Harrison, a responsible Republican state representative, and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, an irresponsible congressman seeking undeserved promotion to the U.S. Senate, is indeed a delicate…
    - 17 Dec 13, 12:15pm -
  • All tied up for Senate and governor
    Last week Republicans gleefully touted a poll commissioned by a bankroller of Tom Cotton that said Cotton was ahead of Mark Pryor by 48-41 in our big U. S. Senate race. So it seems fair today to report a survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic…
    - 16 Dec 13, 10:58am -

The Arkansas Project

Blue Hog Report

Talk Business

Arkansas Business

  • Murphy Oil 2Q Earnings Off, Production Projection Revised Downward
    Income from continuing operations in the second quarter was $142.7 million, or 79 cents per diluted share, on flat revenue of $1.3 billion.
    - 7 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 11:43am -
  • Inuvo 2Q Profit Flat, Revenue Down 17 Percent
    Internet marketing and technology company Inuvo Inc. of Conway reports second-quarter net income of $382,291, or 2 cents per share, flat compared to the same quarter last year.
    - 8 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 10:44am -
  • NERA Study: EPA Regs Would Cost Arkansas Jobs, Millions in Compliance
    A new study conducted by NERA Economic Consulting, and commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers, says new ozone regulations would cost Arkansas thousands of jobs per year and hundreds of millions of dollars in compliance costs.
    - 8 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 10:31am -
  • ArcBest 2Q Profit Triples From Last Year
    ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith reports its most profitable quarter in six years, driven by stronger performance in two of its subsidiaries, ABF Freight and Panther Premium Logistics.
    - 9 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • USA Truck Reports First Profitable Quarter Since 2011
    USA Truck of Van Buren reported its first profitable quarter since 2011 on Thursday, bringing in net income of $700,000, or 7 cents per share. The profit came even after a tough first half of the year marked by hard winter weather and a driver shorta…
    - 10 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 8:59am -
  • Rick Crawford Among 5 to Oppose VA Overhaul Measure
    Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford was among five House members Wednesday to oppose a measure to overhaul the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans' health care, a vote that drew immediate criticism from his Democratic challenger.
    - 11 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 7:39am -
  • Updated: Southwest Times Record Lays Off 37 In Printing Move
    The Southwest Times Record of Fort Smith says 37 employees will be laid off when its owner, Stephens Media, moves printing and mailroom operations for the daily paper and six weeklies to Springdale and Lowell.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:30am -
  • Zilkha Biomass Announces $90M Facility, 52 Jobs in Monticello
    Zilkha Biomass Energy plans to build a $90 million facility in Monticello that will create 52 jobs. Zilkha says it will make its Zilkha Black Pellet, the first commercially available pellet in the industry, at the Monticello factory.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 14, 10:10am -

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Business)

  • ArcBest profit surges in 2nd quarter
    Fort Smith-based ArcBest Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $17.2 million, or 63 cents per share, a 251 percent increase from $4.9 million, or 18 cents per share, the year before.
    - 10 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 8:26am -
  • USA Truck posts first quarterly profit in 3 years
    USA Truck on Thursday reported $722,000 in net income in the second quarter, which marked the first quarter in three years it had positive earnings.
    - 11 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 7:40am -
  • Aluminum-wheel maker closing Rogers plant
    Superior Industries International Inc., the nation's largest maker of aluminum wheels for cars and light trucks, said Wednesday that it's closing its Rogers plant, cutting about 500 jobs, to cut costs.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 5:28am -
  • Retail giants betting on small-box stores
    Analysts say small-footprint stores -- pared-down versions of regular Wal-Mart and Target stores -- are the biggest trend in retail, but the Little Rock area hasn't seen many of the megaretailers' new projects.
    - 16 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 2:52am -
  • Profit falls 68% at Murphy Oil; high costs cited
    Murphy Oil Corp. on Wednesday reported a 67.9 percent drop in second-quarter profit.
    - 16 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 2:50am -
  • Monticello to get wood-pellet plant
    A Texas company announced plans Wednesday to build a $90 million wood-pellet plant in Monticello that it said will add 52 jobs to the community's labor force.
    - 16 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 2:47am -
  • Southwest Time Record changes mean 37 layoffs
    The Southwest Times Record will lay off 37 people as it shifts its printing and mailroom operations from Fort Smith and Van Buren to facilities in Springdale and Lowell owned by Stephens Media LLC and WEHCO Media Inc. of Little Rock.
    - 16 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 2:43am -
  • News in brief
    Conway bank closes another Florida buy Conway-based Home BancShares continued its acquisition of Florida banks, announcing Wednesday that it has signed a definitive agreement to buy Broward Financial Holdings Inc. in Fort Lauderdale.
    - 16 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 2:35am -

Tolbert Report from Youtube

Rutledge Ad from JCN
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- 63 days ago, 29 May 14, 3:43pm -
Tom Cotton at Arkansas YR Convention
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- 76 days ago, 16 May 14, 11:08pm -
Holland for State Ad
Holland for State AdSen. Bruce Holland ad in his state senate race against Rep. Terry Rice.From:Jason TolbertViews:47 0ratingsTime:00:34More inNews & Politics
- 90 days ago, 2 May 14, 8:27am -
Pryor: ObamaCare is Working
Pryor: ObamaCare is WorkingSen. Mark Pryor: ObamaCare is Working.From:Jason TolbertViews:56 0ratingsTime:01:28More inNews & Politics
- 19 Mar 14, 12:40am -
Dennis Milligan on KARN 111813 - Part 2
Dennis Milligan on KARN 111813 - Part 2Dennis Milligan on KARN 111813 Part 2.From:Jason TolbertViews:102 1ratingsTime:10:00More inNews & Politics
- 18 Mar 14, 2:47pm -
Milligan Says Elswick has "Completely Exonerated" Him
Milligan Says Elswick has "Completely Exonerated" HimDennis Milligan Says Dave Elswick has "Completely Exonerated" Him - audio from Paul Harrell Program.From:Jason TolbertViews:83 1ratingsTime:00:31More inNews & Politics
- 17 Mar 14, 10:15pm -


Arkansas Razorbacks (Yahoo!)

Arkansas Online - Sports

  • LR Marathon registration opens Friday
    Registration for the Little Rock Marathon will open at 10 a.m. Friday, race officials announced Thursday.
    - 9 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 9:18am -
  • Score one for defense
    Joe Cauthen has always been involved with defense, but he understands that college football values yards and points over tackles and sacks these days.
    - 15 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 3:41am -
  • Forward grows by leaps, bounds
    Bobby Portis couldn't help it. He had to ask.
    - 15 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 3:39am -
  • Hogs get real steal in corner
    Santos Ramirez of Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport thought he was all set to play football at LSU until the Tigers backed away from the offer he had been expecting and was prepared to accept.
    - 15 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 3:37am -
  • Tiger needs spark beginning in Ohio
    Tiger Woods finds out over the next two weeks if his season is over or just getting started.
    - 15 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 3:34am -
  • Summerall Classic had the best of everything
    About three hours before registration began a handful of people showed up Monday with energy and enthusiasm .
    - 15 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 3:28am -
  • Callahan keeps his focus as coach
    Bill Callahan is a football coach.
    - 15 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 3:27am -
  • Anderson delegating authority
    Blake Anderson will hold his first fall practice as Arkansas State's head football coach at 8:35 a.m. today, and it'll be different than any start to a season he's had in a two-decade coaching career.
    - 15 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 3:22am -