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  • An open line: Plus an Arkie to the federal bench in Texas
    Here's your open line. And here's a piece of news from a pleased-as-punch Betsey Wright about a former co-worker in Gov. Bill Clinton's office:* TEXAS BENCH GETS AN ARKIE: The group of judicial nominations that Harry Reid was able to push…
    - 13 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 3:02pm -
  • Marriage equality advances to 36 states
    The U.S. Supreme Court refused Friday to extend a stay of a court ruling invalidating the ban on same-sex marriage in Florida, which means marriages will begin in that state Jan. 6. Florida officials apparently will mount a last-ditch effort…
    - 21 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 6:43am -
  • Republican legislators propose to expand execution witnesses to include victim's family
    KTHV reports on plans by two Republican legislators to push a bill in 2015 to allow a family member of the victim in a capital case to witness the execution.Though not yet a legislator, Rebecca Petty has filed a bill that would allow a fa…
    - 22 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 6:25am -
  • The Santa Claus Keeps Coming To The Legislature Edition
    Max and Lindsey continue their regular feature on lawmakers abusing the new ethics law, and talk about the Arkansas Supreme Court, state government appointments and exits, a new civil rights ordinance in Fayetteville, Arkansas Baptist’s big bailou…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Dec 14, 5:19pm -
  • TGIF open line
    Here's the open line and video news roundup. [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 3:25pm -
  • Supreme Court still silent on marriage case
    The Arkansas Supreme Court has issued no word today about the state's appeal of Judge Chris Piazza's decision striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.The Court has begun its holiday recess and won't meet again until Jan. 6. It can arran…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 2:34pm -
  • Beebe unveils official portrait
    Gov. Mike Beebe unveiled his official portrait today at the Capitol with Ovita Goolsby, the Garland County artist who painted it. She worked from photos. Beebe had said when Goolsby was chosen that he was too restless to sit still for long.…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 2:03pm -
  • Alice Walton reported as buyer of $4.5 million Noguchi table
    Artinfo quotes sources as saying Alice Walton was the buyer of an Isamu Noguchi table sold at auction this week for $4.5 million.The table, made in 1939 for A. Conger Goodyear and most recently owned by Ronald Lauder, was auctioned Tuesda…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 1:05pm -
  • $14.5 million default judgment against sports collector John Rogers
    First Arkansas Bank and Trust of Jacksonville was give a $14.5 million default judgment today against John Rogers, the photograph and sports memorabilia collector, George Waldon reports for Arkansas Business.Rogers' once ballyhooed busines…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 12:35pm -
  • North Korea blamed for Sony hack; Obama says 'mistake' to pull movie
    The FBI announces that North Korea is responsible for the cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which included threats on theaters that showed "The Interview," a comedy about assassination of the North Korean president.The White House said the U.…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 11:24am -

Arkansas News Bureau

  • recentCommon Core may come under fire in session
    LITTLE ROCK — After surviving an effort this year to defund them, the Common Core State Standards may come under attack again in the legislative session that begins in January.
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Dec 14, 2:00am -
  • Ethics panel fines sponsor of alcohol measure $250
    LITTLE ROCK — The state Ethics Commission voted unanimously Friday to issue a $250 fine and a public letter of caution to the ballot question committee Let Arkansas Decide for failing to disclose all required information on financial reports.
    - 1 day ago, 19 Dec 14, 5:35pm -
  • Beebe’s official portrait unveiled
    LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe will leave office next month, but his image will remain at the state Capitol in the form of his official portrait.
    - 1 day ago, 19 Dec 14, 4:50pm -
  • Lawmakers hire consultant to advise on teacher, state employee insurance
    LITTLE ROCK — The state Legislative Council on Friday approved hiring a Russellville-based consultant to advise lawmakers on ways to control soaring costs in the teachers’ and state employees’ health insurance systems.
    - 1 day ago, 19 Dec 14, 4:24pm -
  • State unemployment rate drops to 5.8 percent
    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in November, according to labor statistics released Friday.
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 2:41pm -
  • Obama signs savings promotion bill into law
    WASHINGTON — Banks will be able to encourage customer to take a chance on saving under legislation that President Barack Obama signed into law Thursday.
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 1:24pm -
  • Newly formed panel on officials’ salaries holds first meeting
    LITTLE ROCK — A newly created citizens’ commission charged with setting pay levels for elected state officials held its first meeting Thursday and signaled it would not rush to make any decisions on salary amounts.
    - 2 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 7:48pm -
  • Ex-DHS employees accused of scheming to steal from summer food program
    LITTLE ROCK — Two former state Department of Human Services employees are among three people indicted on federal charges of conspiring to steal money from a government program that provides summer meals to children.
    - 2 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 7:44pm -
  • Westerman fills out staff
    WASHINGTON — Rep.-elect Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, has filled out his congressional staff, on Thursday announcing seven hires who will work out of district offices in Arkansas.
    - 2 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 5:31pm -
  • New report ranks Arkansas last in handling infectious disease outbreak
    WASHINGTON — Arkansas ranked last in the nation for its ability to handle outbreaks of severe infectious diseases, according to a report released Thursday by a nonprofit health advocacy group.
    - 3 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 3:34pm -

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (State)

  • recentA foot in door -- literarily speaking
    Some fans of Ernest Hemingway said they hope the new policy on Cuba announced Wednesday will mean a chance for more people to visit the Nobel Prize-winning author's most well-known home.
    - 49 mins ago, 21 Dec 14, 3:10am -
  • recentBound and punished
    Sitting in the restraint at the Yell County Juvenile Detention Center, the girl could barely move.
    - 50 mins ago, 21 Dec 14, 3:09am -
  • recentSchools rethinking gifts to lawmakers
    Nearly two weeks after voters approved a constitutional amendment barring state elected officials from accepting certain gifts from lobbyists, a lobbyist for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville urged 33 lawmakers, who received free parking per…
    - 52 mins ago, 21 Dec 14, 3:07am -
  • recentOfficial warns of per-day jail fees
    Pulaski County Judge-elect Barry Hyde said the county will charge Jacksonville the daily rate for holding inmates in the county jail that was recently passed by the Quorum Court if Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher continues to resist signing onto an…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Dec 14, 2:30am -
  • recentWhite Christmas not in the cards
    Arkansans are more apt to catch a glimpse of Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Day this year than they are to see any falling snow, weather forecasters said.
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Dec 14, 2:29am -
  • recentNew series shows fare from state
    MEATY SUBJECT: The new National Geographic Channel series Eric Greenspan is Hungry focuses its cameras on Arkansas in an episode airing at 6 p.m. Monday. The new show explores authentic American food by visiting with those who grow, hunt and cook it.
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Dec 14, 2:29am -
  • recentDevelopers to make pitch to NLR panel for riverfront land
    A development opportunity is in the works for city-owned property along the Arkansas River in North Little Rock that city officials have envisioned for years as a viable spot for riverfront residences.
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Dec 14, 2:28am -
  • recentGet involved, Beebe tells UA grads
    FAYETTEVILLE -- Gov. Mike Beebe encouraged graduates of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville to get involved in politics.
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Dec 14, 2:27am -
  • recentNorth Little Rock notebook
    Review of rail yard finds ‘flawed’ case
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Dec 14, 2:26am -
  • recentEducation notebook
    214 state teachers earn certification
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Dec 14, 2:24am -

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

  • Don’t Believe the Hype about Pre-K
    The federal government is giving Arkansas $60 million to bolster the state’s pre-kindergarten program. Sounds good, right? Who can be against pre-K? Well, you can always count on The Arkansas Project to take a contrarian view. To be clear, I’m no…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 7:00am -
  • Should Patients Have a Right to Try to Save Their Own Lives?
    Should terminally ill patients have the right to try any type of medicine that may be able to prolong their lives? That’s the question at the heart of what is called “Right to Try” legislation. If Senator John Cooper gets his way, the answer in…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 7:00am -
  • The Grinch Who Stole Free Medical Care
    It almost sounds like a Christmas miracle: doctors, dentists, and other medical workers volunteering their time to give free dental treatments to 7,000 people who lack health insurance. That’s what Remote Area Medical — a crew of charitable healt…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • Gyronne Buckley Continues to Seek Justice
    Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is leaving office, but at least one of his bad decisions will continue to reverberate for a long time. You may remember Gyronne Buckley. He’s been featured a lot on The Arkansas Project. He’s the man who was initi…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • About That Special Treatment for Kyle Beebe
    On December 5, Governor Mike Beebe announced that he planned to pardon his son, Kyle Beebe, along with 11 other people. The Parole Board recommended that Kyle Beebe receive a pardon on October 20. In less than two months, his father granted him that…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • If the Feds Like Their Exchange, They Can Keep It
    In a classic Christmas film, a wise man once said that enrollment in the jelly of the month club was “the gift that keeps on giving the whole year.” ObamaCare is just the opposite: it’s the “gift” that keeps on taking from us, year after ye…
    - 9 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 3:25pm -
  • STUDY: Minimum Wage Increases Harms Low-Skilled Workers
    We’ve written previously about how the recently-passed minimum wage hike in Arkansas will limit opportunities for low-skilled workers.
    - 9 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 4:47pm -
  • First Salary Commission Meeting Lacking In Transparency
    If yesterday’s announcement is any foreshadowing of things to come, the public shouldn’t hold their breath about having much involvement in this process.
    - 10 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 5:22pm -

Blue Hog Report

Talk Business

Arkansas Business

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Business)

  • recentGun-maker gets shot to upgrade a classic
    BERRYVILLE -- Custom gun-maker Wilson Combat is teaming up with Beretta USA to produce an upgraded version of an iconic military handgun.
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Dec 14, 2:10am -
  • recentMurphy Oil, others feeling oil-prices heat
    Murphy Oil Corp. and other energy companies are looking at cutbacks as the collapse in oil prices begins to threaten investment in the nation's shale boom.
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Dec 14, 2:09am -
  • recentProgram aims for digital literacy
    HOT SPRINGS -- In order for broadband to be available across the state, demand for the service has to increase, according to Connect Arkansas, a nonprofit organization tasked with expanding Internet access.
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Dec 14, 2:07am -
  • recentA steady riser, family-owned Fuller Hardware opens LR store, its 6th
    How Fuller & Son Hardware has managed to survive -- and grow -- in an era of national chains and big-box do-it-yourself stores is easy to explain as far as company co-owner and vice president Jeff Fuller sees it.
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Dec 14, 2:05am -
  • recentBusiness Awards
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Dec 14, 2:04am -
  • recentBusiness People
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Dec 14, 2:02am -
  • Oil and Gas Report
    The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission last week issued 13 drilling permits, 26 well completions and 9 well recompletions. By county, they were:
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Dec 14, 1:57am -
  • Real Estate Transactions
    Pulaski County real estate transactions of $150,000 or more, deeds recorded 11/24/2014 through 11/28/2014:
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Dec 14, 1:54am -

Tolbert Report from Youtube

Sen. Mark Pryor Vs. Miss Teen South Carolina
Sen. Mark Pryor Vs. Miss Teen South CarolinaSen. Mark Pryor Tries to answer a question on Ebola Vs. Miss Teen South Carolina tries to answer a question on maps in the Iraq.From:Jason TolbertViews:146 0ratingsTime:02:34More inPeople…
- 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 4:40am -
Chuck Banks - Independent Citizens Commission
Chuck Banks - Independent Citizens CommissionChuck Banks - Vice Chair of the Independent Citizens Commission speaks after their first meeting - December 18, 2014 - TolbertViews:1 0ratingsTime:06:55More in…
- 2 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 5:03pm -
Larry Ross - Chairman of Salary Commission
Larry Ross - Chairman of Salary CommissionChairman Larry Ross of the Independent Citizens Commission after their first meeting - December 18, 2014 - TolbertViews:1 0ratingsTime:07:28More inPeople & Blogs
- 2 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 4:24pm -
Mike Huckabee Uses Blanche Lincoln to Pander to Sheldon Adelson
Mike Huckabee Uses Blanche Lincoln to Pander to Sheldon AdelsonMike Huckabee on his Fox News Show Uses Blanche Lincoln to Pander to Sheldon Adelso.From:Jason TolbertViews:56 2ratingsTime:05:58More inPeople & Blogs
- 10 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 7:38am -
Landrieu Arkansas
Landrieu ArkansasFrom:Jason TolbertViews:15 0ratingsTime:00:26More inPeople & Blogs
- 19 days ago, 1 Dec 14, 8:13pm -
Austin Barbour advice to the Tea Party
Austin Barbour advice to the Tea PartySpeaking at the Clinton School of Public Service, Austin Barbour advice to the Tea Party.From:Jason TolbertViews:55 0ratingsTime:04:20More inPeople & Blogs
- 30 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 2:51pm -


  • recentTop teams, UA women on display
    If Arkansas fans want to cheer for the Razorbacks and root against Texas, they don’t have to wait for the Texas Bowl on Dec. 29 in Houston.
    - 45 mins ago, 21 Dec 14, 3:14am -
  • recentVerizon ‘T’ party
    Arkansas forward Bobby Portis had a happier homecoming than Southeast Missouri State Coach Dickey Nutt Saturday night in front of 11,375 at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.
    - 48 mins ago, 21 Dec 14, 3:11am -
  • recentUptick notable, goals reachable
    Arkansas improved 41 spots in the NCAA total offense rankings this season, but the Razorbacks believe they could have done much better.
    - 57 mins ago, 21 Dec 14, 3:02am -
  • recentIt's easy to like Strong, even as a Longhorn
    If Charlie Strong weren't the head coach of the Texas Longhorns, he would probably be pulling for the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 29 in Houston.
    - 60 mins ago, 21 Dec 14, 2:59am -
  • recentTexas running back's family sold on Arkansas' staff
    When Dallas Bishop Lynch running back Rawleigh Williams III switched his commitment from Ole Miss to Arkansas in June, his parents embraced the decision after getting to know Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema and his staff.
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Dec 14, 2:52am -
  • recentGovernor gives UA a pep talk
    Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe addressed the Razorbacks before Friday's workout while he was in town for Saturday's graduation ceremonies.
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Dec 14, 2:50am -
  • recentArkansas hit with 3 technicals
    Officials called five technical fouls in Arkansas' 84-67 victory over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday night at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Dec 14, 2:40am -
  • Kentucky makes it look easy
    No. 1 Kentucky made it look so easy that coach John Calipari felt the need to point out he had actual human beings on the court.
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Dec 14, 12:07am -

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