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  • Ethics complaint filed against GOP state treasurer hopeful
    LITTLE ROCK — A North Little Rock woman said Thursday she has filed a complaint with the state Ethics Commission against Republican candidate for state treasurer Dennis Milligan over possible violations of state ethics laws.
    - 18 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 6:52pm -
  • Senate backs Obama’s Iraq-Syria plan
    WASHINGTON — The Senate agreed Thursday to authorize the White House to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels to confront the militant group known as the Islamic State, or ISIS.
    - 19 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 6:03pm -
  • Authorities arrest 25th person in alleged drug ring
    LITTLE ROCK — The 25th and final suspect wanted in connection with an alleged drug-trafficking ring based out of a Little Rock auto shop has turned himself in, the U.S. attorney’s office in Little Rock said Thursday.
    - 19 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 6:02pm -
  • Burkhalter goes after Griffin with attack ad
    LITTLE ROCK — Democrat John Burkhalter went on the offensive Thursday in the lieutenant governor’s race, launching a new television ad that labels Republican opponent U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin as a career politician with a record of votes that hurt A…
    - 19 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 5:50pm -
  • Legislative panels eye proposal for lottery audit
    LITTLE ROCK — A proposal for lawmakers to hire consultants, without taking bids, to conduct a performance audit of the state lottery received reviews from two legislative panels on Thursday.
    - 19 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 5:31pm -
  • Escaped murderer caught in Logan County
    BOONEVILLE — Convicted murderer Timothy “Bo” Buffington turned himself in to police Thursday morning after almost three months on the run.
    - 23 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 1:50pm -
  • Pryor, Cotton spar over student loan availability
    PINE BLUFF — The race between U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and challenger U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton heated up Wednesday with each campaign critiquing each other regarding access to loans and grants to pay for college.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 7:17pm -
  • Board OKs beer, wine sales at Little Rock movie theater
    LITTLE ROCK — The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on Wednesday approved a permit for Riverdale 10 Cinema in Little Rock to add beer and wine to its concessions.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 6:11pm -
  • House approves aiding Syrian rebels to combat ISIS
    WASHINGTON — After six hours of debate, the House on Wednesday agreed to grant President Obama the authority to train and equip Syrian rebels as part of his plan to wipe out the so-called Islamic State.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 6:09pm -
  • Manufacturer of aircraft cabin interiors to open Little Rock plant
    LITTLE ROCK — Beaudet Aviation, a French company that manufactures aircraft cabin interiors, announced Wednesday it will spend $2.5 million to open a facility in Little Rock that will employ 75 people.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 5:22pm -

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (State)

  • recentCabot man wins $100,000 in lottery
    A Cabot man won $100,000 this week on a $5 Money Matters ticket, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery said Friday.
    - 2 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 11:07am -
  • State's unemployment rate ticks up for first time this year
    The state's unemployment rate went up slightly in August, the first time it has risen in 2014, officials said.
    - 4 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 9:15am -
  • Greenwood officials break ground on police station
    GREENWOOD — Greenwood authorities have started a more than $2 million project to turn a former post office into a police station.
    - 5 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 8:04am -
  • Monette man charged with negligent homicide
    MONETTE — A Monette man has been charged with misdemeanor negligent homicide after police said he accidentally ran over his neighbor.
    - 5 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 7:57am -
  • Police: Former Bono alderman faces 24 felonies
    BONO — A former Bono alderman faces 24 felony counts of aggravated assault, terroristic threatening and false imprisonment.
    - 5 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 7:50am -
  • Louisiana skeleton identified as Ashdown woman
    TEXARKANA — Louisiana authorities say a skeleton found in a Red River sandbar has been positively identified as a 42-year-old Ashdown woman who has been missing since February.
    - 5 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 7:24am -
  • Ross, Hutchinson squaring off in televised debate
    Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson and Democratic rival Mike Ross are set to square off in their first televised debate in the race for Arkansas' top office.
    - 5 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 7:22am -
  • Contract to put life in lottery advances
    A proposed contract for a consultant to review the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery sailed through a legislative panel Thursday after state Sen. Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, said the study "will help us help turn the lottery around."
    - 8 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 4:40am -
  • Boozman, Pryor vote yes to fund Syria fighters' training, gear
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Mark Pryor supported a measure Thursday to fund training and equipment for Syrians fighting against the Islamic State and to continue funding the U.S. government until mid-December.
    - 8 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 4:32am -
  • On lam since June, escapee back in prison
    PINE BLUFF -- A convicted murderer who escaped from the Arkansas Department of Correction's Pine Bluff Unit in late June surrendered Thursday morning to an Arkansas State Police trooper west of Booneville.
    - 8 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 4:22am -

Cook's Outlook

Talk Politics

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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

  • Media swings and misses on Rutledge e-mail non-story
    Some eager journalists thought they’d gotten a major scoop yesterday after the state Department of Human Services (DHS) released the emails of attorney general candidate Leslie Rutledge that she...Read at our website!
    - 19 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 5:47pm -
  • The Latest on the Bowen Sweat Lodge
    You might recall our previous coverage of the Bowen Law School fitness center fiasco, which was generously funded by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel with money that almost certainly could have been...Read at our website!
    - 2 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 12:00pm -
  • House Speaker More Loyal to Obamacare than Political Party
    In the course of tweeting the finer points of the Miss America pageant Sunday night, Speaker of the House (and alleged Republican) Davy Carter apparently thought it would be a good time to endorse...Read at our website!
    - 3 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 11:40am -
  • Arkansas’ Republican Future
    Fred Barnes just published a fascinating article in the Weekly Standard about the collapse of the Democratic Party in Arkansas. He visited Arkansas last week and interviewed (and quoted) a lot of...Read at our website!
    - 4 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 9:23am -
  • Arkansas Needs More Accountability for Executive Sessions
    A story in today’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette shows the need for more accountability in government bodies’ executive sessions, which are currently exempt from public scrutiny under Arkansas’s FOIA.Read at our website!
    - 7 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 4:40pm -
  • 1.) Dump More People On Medicaid 2.) Brag About Cost Savings 3.) Repeat
    Got that? State officials are able to keep private option plan rates lower by skimming the cream -- and dumping the most unhealthy and expensive customers onto traditional Medicaid. That’s happened...Read at our website!
    - 8 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 2:49pm -
  • Misusers of Taxpayer Dollars Get Light Punishment
    A new report by the Division of Legislative Audit was released today which shows a troubling trend of many elected officials and government employees misusing taxpayer dollars and receiving no...Read at our website!
    - 9 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 7:12pm -
  • PO “Raises Cost Concerns” For Feds
    Well, it turns out a recent report from the Government Accountability Office agrees with them, but only because the private option will likely cost taxpayers far more than traditional Medicaid...Read at our website!
    - 10 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 5:34pm -

Blue Hog Report

Talk Business

Arkansas Business

  • recentArkansas Business Honors 'Best Places to Work'
    Arkansas Business and the Best Companies Group on Wednesday honored 12 Arkansas companies with "Best Places to Work" awards, which recognize firms that have exceptional workplace environments.
    - 2 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 11:07am -
  • UCA Moves Forward with Feasibility Study on Mixed-Use Development
    The University of Central Arkansas moved a step closer to putting a mixed-use building on campus after its board of trustees on approved a feasibility study for issuing bonds for a proposed 67,500-SF center at the corner of Donaghey Avenue and Bruce…
    - 2 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 10:42am -
  • Arkansas' Unemployment Rate Up to 6.3 Percent in August
    For the first time in 10 months, and the first time this year, Arkansas' unemployment rate increased from the previous month.
    - 3 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 10:09am -
  • Mike Ross, Asa Hutchinson Square Off in Televised Debate
    Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson and Democratic rival Mike Ross are set to square off in their first televised debate in the race for Arkansas' top office.
    - 4 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 8:21am -
  • Harrison Bank Files Lawsuit Against Dennis Smiley
    Community First Bank of Harrison files a three-count civil lawsuit against former Arvest Bank executive Dennis Smiley Jr. on Thursday.
    - 5 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 8:11am -
  • Arkansas Tech to Offer MSBA Degree Online
    Beginning with summer classes in 2015, Arkansas Tech University's Master of Science in Business Administration will be offered fully online after its board of trustees on Thursday approved the method.
    - 21 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 3:34pm -
  • U.S. Marshals Museum Gets $5M Pledge
    The U.S. Marshals Museum, set to break ground Wednesday in Fort Smith, received a $5 million pledge from an anonymous donor, museum leaders said Thursday.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Sep 14, 11:34am -
  • State Supreme Court Denies Alltel Motion for Arbitration
    The Arkansas Supreme Court sided with a Saline County Circuit Court ruling and denied Alltel Corp. of Little Rock, which sold to Verizon Wireless in 2009, arbitration in a class-action case.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Sep 14, 11:31am -

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Business)

  • Group sees poultry industry growing
    Arkansas may have the largest meat company in the world, but the state doesn't lead in chicken production.
    - 11 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 2:04am -
  • News in brief
    For Yule, Wal-Mart plans to hire 60,000
    - 11 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 1:58am -
  • Wal-Mart to increase Christmas hiring by 10%
    NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial Christmas season, an increase of 10 percent from last year.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Sep 14, 10:12am -
  • Aviation supplier opening LR plant
    Beaudet Aviation, a subsidiary of JCB Aero of Toulouse, France, plans to hire 75 workers at a facility near the Little Rock Port to work with Dassault Falcon Jet, the chairman of Beaudet said Wednesday.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Sep 14, 4:53am -
  • Demand lull saps gasoline prices
    Crude oil prices that continue to soften despite current conflicts in Iraq and Ukraine are pushing down the price of retail gasoline, energy analysts said Wednesday.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Sep 14, 2:28am -
  • Raising airport fee cap debated
    A desire to see facility improvements and better accommodations for travelers is a subject on which airports and airlines can agree.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Sep 14, 2:24am -
  • Riverdale 10 theater in LR gains permit for beer, wine sales
    Theater owner Matt Smith won permission Wednesday to serve beer and wine at the Riverdale 10 Cinema in Little Rock after being closely questioned about how he'd prevent minors from obtaining alcohol during screenings.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Sep 14, 2:24am -
  • Business news in brief
    Nonprofits' storm-loan deadline Oct. 6 Private nonprofits have until Oct. 6 to apply for a federal disaster loan for economic injury from the severe winter storm that happened in early December.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Sep 14, 2:13am -

Tolbert Report from Youtube

Mike Ross on Abortion at Governor's Announcement
Mike Ross on Abortion at Governor's AnnouncementMike Ross on Abortion at Governor's Announcement.From:Jason TolbertViews:199 3ratingsTime:04:57More inNews & Politics
- 13 days ago, 6 Sep 14, 7:04am -
Rutledge Ad from JCN
Rutledge Ad from JCNLeslie Rutledge ad from Judicial Crisis Network.From:Jason TolbertViews:120 0ratingsTime:00:30More inPeople & Blogs
- 29 May 14, 3:43pm -
Holland for State Ad
Holland for State AdSen. Bruce Holland ad in his state senate race against Rep. Terry Rice.From:Jason TolbertViews:48 0ratingsTime:00:34More inNews & Politics
- 2 May 14, 8:27am -
Dennis Milligan on KARN 111813 - Part 2
Dennis Milligan on KARN 111813 - Part 2Dennis Milligan on KARN 111813 Part 2.From:Jason TolbertViews:104 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 -
Rep. Lea Announces for State Auditor
Rep. Lea Announces for State AuditorRep. Andrea Lea Announces for State Auditor.From:Jason TolbertViews:26 0ratingsTime:02:52More inNews & Politics
- 8 Mar 14, 12:38am -


  • recentMother's dreams aid Ledbetter's decision
    After accompanying her son, Jeremiah on his official visit to Arkansas in late June, Sharon Ledbetter felt good about the environment of the school and Fayetteville.
    - 50 mins ago, 19 Sep 14, 12:00pm -
  • Player of the Week: John Tate
    One of the top 2016 in-state prospects, tight end-defensive end John Tate of Pine Bluff likes sacking the quarterback.
    - 4 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 9:00am -
  • Kenny Trill has Aggies rolling
    Kenny Hill insists he wasn't daunted taking over for Johnny Manziel as quarterback at Texas A&M.
    - 6 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 7:03am -
  • Kirkland passing offensive line tests
    Arkansas guard Sebastian Tretola enjoys watching game tape of Denver Kirkland, his counterpart on the right side of the line.
    - 9 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 3:46am -
  • Time for SEC to take step up in competition
    The SEC takes a much-needed step forward in its scheduling this week, and Arkansas State gets away from Power 5 money games.
    - 9 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 3:38am -
  • Oklahoma lineman, 6-4, 305, likes his pancakes
    Offensive lineman Jalin Barnett of Lawton, Okla., is considered one of the top prospects in the nation and will take an official visit to Arkansas this weekend.
    - 9 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 3:32am -
  • Linemen looking for a rush
    Linemen at Arkansas have embraced Bret Bielema's philosophy of building from the trenches out, as evidenced by the Razorbacks' 400-plus rushing yards in consecutive games.
    - 9 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 3:31am -
  • Passing interest
    The Razorbacks have attempted only 17 passes over the last two games, including 12 in a 49-28 win over Texas Tech last week.
    - 11 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 2:00am -

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