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  • recentLive blogging the LRSD takeover meeting
    I'm here at the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) watching the proceedings. Big crowd, as expected; the small auditorium the State Board of Education uses for its meetings is filled to capacity and ADE has set up several auxiliary viewing rooms…
    - 1 hour ago, 28 Jan 15, 10:40am -
  • recentLittle Rock school hearing underway
    The state Board of Education has begun what promises to be a lengthy hearing on what to do about the six Little Rock School District schools in academic distress.The School District argues for steps that focus on the schools, not an ent…
    - 2 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 10:30am -
  • recentThe charge of the Lee brigade on change in Lee/King holiday law
    Rep. Nate Bell's bill to end inclusion of Robert E. Lee in the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is before committee this morning.Lee's defenders turned out to fight the bill. Claudia Lauer of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Tweeted memorably:…
    - 2 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 10:14am -
  • Obamacare wins a round in the Senate
    From Twitter reports: Sen. Jim Hendren's bill to implement AsaCare, his uncle, Gov. Asa Hutchinson's, continuation of the private option Medicaid expansion under Obamacare and to study restructure of health services in Arkanass, was approved in a Sen…
    - 3 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 9:36am -
  • Lies, damn lies, statistics and Little Rock schools
    Armed with stats massaged and manipulated by a Walton-financed lobbyist, Gary Newton, the white business community has mounted an orchestrated campaign to have the state take over the Little Rock School District and then soon, if the Waltons…
    - 3 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 9:24am -
  • The Big Swill: Rules facilitate secret lobbyist fetes for smaller legislative groups
    I reported last night on the House seeking input from lobbyists on "tweaks" to the new ethics amendment that has put some limits on lobbyist wining and dining of legislators.The limits are even less than I knew. I've been reporting all alo…
    - 5 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 7:09am -
  • State politician pay checks appear to be heading up
    The independent citizens commission that will set pay for state elected officials and judges gave more indications yesterday about where it's heading on pay increases.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported discussion yesterday on pay for the seven…
    - 5 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 6:41am -
  • On eve of state takeover decision, more voices for and against; former LRSD board member Jody Carreiro in latter camp
    Tomorrow is the Little Rock School District's big day before the State Board of Education. I expect to be there at the Department of Education all day myself, and Max will undoubtedly jump in as well from time to time. As he put it earlier…
    - 12 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 12:21am -
  • Former McDaniel aide works ref in Little Rock school hearing
    What better way to build street cred with the fat cats who run Little Rock and Arkansas business than to trash the Little Rock School District, current object of a concerted state takeover campaign by the white business power structure. (Yo…
    - 18 hours ago, 27 Jan 15, 6:09pm -
  • Private option per-person costs flat in new year, now well below federal budget caps
    We mentioned in our preview post on the private option debate that new data would be coming in during the session. The Department of Human Services today released the first key development: As expected, the per-person, per-month costs of th…
    - 19 hours ago, 27 Jan 15, 5:10pm -

Arkansas News Bureau

  • Cotton grills State official over Iran nuke negotiations
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., made clear his deep skepticism of ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations during a Senate Banking Committee hearing Tuesday focused on Iran sanctions.
    - 16 hours ago, 27 Jan 15, 7:54pm -
  • State unemployment rate drops to 5.7 percent
    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in December, according to labor statistics released Tuesday.
    - 17 hours ago, 27 Jan 15, 6:46pm -
  • Plaintiffs in gay marriage case ask court not to hear new oral arguments
    LITTLE ROCK — Attorneys for a group of same-sex couples asked the state Supreme Court on Tuesday not to hear new oral arguments in their challenge to the state’s ban on gay marriage.
    - 18 hours ago, 27 Jan 15, 6:27pm -
  • Boxer to undergo mental evaluation
    LITTLE ROCK — A Pulaski County circuit judge on Tuesday ordered middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor to undergo a mental evaluation.
    - 18 hours ago, 27 Jan 15, 6:06pm -
  • Second bill filed to end private option at end of this year
    LITTLE ROCK — A second lawmaker has filed a bill to end Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion program known as the private option at the end of this year.
    - 18 hours ago, 27 Jan 15, 5:42pm -
  • Updated: Hutchinson presents balanced budget proposal
    LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday proposed a $5.2 billion balanced budget that includes funding increases for public schools, prisons, and the state Medicaid program and a 1 percent cut for most state agencies.
    - 22 hours ago, 27 Jan 15, 2:25pm -
  • Updated: Governor’s tax cut clears House panel
    LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s proposed middle-class tax cut cleared a House committee Tuesday with an amendment that would lower, rather than repeal, a capital gains tax cut that lawmakers approved in 2013.
    - 23 hours ago, 27 Jan 15, 12:44pm -
  • Womack pays tribute to Chief Allen
    WASHINGTON — Calling him an admired leader, U.S. Rep. Steve Womack paid homage Monday to Rogers Police Chief James H. Allen, who died Thursday.
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 8:26pm -
  • Bill would end private option at end of 2015
    LITTLE ROCK — A bill filed Monday would end the Medicaid expansion program known as the private option at the end of this year.
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 7:17pm -
  • Lawmakers consider modifying governor’s tax proposal
    LITTLE ROCK — State House members said Monday they are considering changing Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s tax cut package to keep part of a capital gains tax cut that would be repealed under the current proposal.
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 6:23pm -

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

  • Celebrating School Choice
    Did you know it’s National School Choice Week? It is indeed, and there’s even a Senate resolution to prove it. As a parent, I’m a big fan of school choice (not that I actually have any). There are a lot of different things that are important to…
    - 1 day ago, 27 Jan 15, 7:00am -
  • Obama’s Misguided Community College Plan
    President Obama’s “State of the Union” address last week was another lackluster spectacle filled with the same tired cliches he’s spouted throughout his two terms in office. Probably the most interesting part of it actually occurred after his…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 8:09am -
  • John Burris’s (Excellent) New Opinion Column
    I admit that I had low expectations when I first heard that former state legislator John Burris had become a columnist for Talk Business & Politics. I’ve been pleasantly surprised. Too many columnists seem to believe that the dreariest, most shopwo…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 7:05am -
  • Hutchinson’s Private Option Speech: A Second Opinion
    A few hours ago, ace Arkansas Project reporter Caleb Taylor posted his opinion about Hutchinson’s private option speech. Here’s mine. Governor Hutchinson got dealt a bad hand when he was sworn into office — as a practical and political matter,…
    - 5 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 12:20pm -
  • Asa’s PO Speech: Our New Task Force Will Fix It!
    Scanning some of the reactions from Republicans after Gov. Hutchinson’s UAMS address today, I’m worried I might need to get my hearing checked. Apparently, I didn’t hear the same speech they did.
    - 6 days ago, 22 Jan 15, 5:49pm -
  • Max Brantley: Letting People Make Decisions About Their Own Medical Treatment Is Really Dangerous
    Max Brantley has compiled a list of quasi-arguments against “right to try” legislation, which is the label for the proposal that passed out of Senate Public Health yesterday to let the terminally ill try potentially life-saving drugs that have r…
    - 6 days ago, 22 Jan 15, 12:24pm -
  • “Right To Try” One Step Closer To Passage
    A bill that would allow terminally-ill Arkansans to have the “right to try” experimental drugs and treatments came one step closer to becoming law Wednesday. Sen. John Cooper, who introduced the bill, said: Arkansas would be the sixth state to ad…
    - 7 days ago, 21 Jan 15, 6:42pm -
  • No, Tort Reform Isn’t Dead
    The new year is here, and the overheated reaction to civil justice reform from the left has already begun.
    - 8 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 11:19am -

Blue Hog Report

Talk Business

Arkansas Business

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Business)

  • State jobless rate falls again, hits 5.7%
    Unemployment in Arkansas fell to 5.7 percent in December -- marking the fourth-straight month of declines, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday.
    - 10 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 2:28am -
  • Council outlines goals for 3 years
    Anticipating infrastructure needs, improving workforce development and creating a succession plan for current regional leadership are among the key elements of a three-year strategic plan unveiled Tuesday by the Northwest Arkansas Council.
    - 10 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 2:24am -
  • News in brief
    Tyson set to expand, hire 500 in Georgia Tyson Foods will invest $110 million in its Vienna, Ga., plant and hire an additional 500 workers.
    - 10 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 2:15am -
  • Pratt Place to maintain operations in wake of Chapter 11 filing
    A Fayetteville inn and event center will continue operations despite a recent bankruptcy court filing, its owner said.
    - 11 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 1:00am -
  • State unemployment rate falls to 5.7%
    Arkansas’ unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.7 percent in December, the state Department of Workforce Services said Tuesday.
    - 1 day ago, 27 Jan 15, 9:21am -
  • Registrations rise 40% for new autos in 2014
    New vehicle registrations in Arkansas returned to pre-recession levels last year, rising 40 percent compared with 2013, according to data from Cross-Sell of Lexington, Ky.
    - 1 day ago, 27 Jan 15, 2:32am -
  • News in brief
    LR shopping center sells for $11.2M
    - 1 day ago, 27 Jan 15, 2:15am -
  • Benton County Marriage Licenses
    Jan. 15
    - 1 day ago, 27 Jan 15, 1:00am -

Tolbert Report from Youtube

CampbellFrom:Jason TolbertViews:1 0ratingsTime:00:46More inPeople & Blogs
- 5 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 2:10pm -
Matt Campbell at Ethics Commission
Matt Campbell at Ethics CommissionBlue Hog blogger Matt Campbell discusses his Citizens Compliant filed against an ad from the RAGA supporting Leslie Rutledge after a hearing at Arkansas Ethi...From:Jason TolbertViews:1 0ratingsTime:0…
- 5 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 2:00pm -
Huckabee on "Art of Governing"
Huckabee on "Art of Governing"Mike Huckabee discusses his time as governor of Arkansas and "Art of Governing" on his Fox News show.From:Jason TolbertViews:29 0ratingsTime:03:54More inPeople & Blogs
- 25 days ago, 3 Jan 15, 7:56pm -
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:108 2ratingsTime:05:58More inPeople & Blogs
- 27 days ago, 1 Jan 15, 1:32pm -
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…
- 37 days ago, 22 Dec 14, 5:24pm -
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:57 0ratingsTime:04:20More inPeople & Blogs
- 68 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 2:51pm -


  • recentAfter 2 convictions, 2 more former Vandy players face charges
    It took a jury three hours Tuesday to reach a verdict convicting Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey of multiple charges of aggravated rape and sexual battery.
    - 1 hour ago, 28 Jan 15, 10:58am -
  • recentGeorgia wins fifth straight
    Coming off perhaps his worst game of the season, Georgia's Nemanja Djurisic was called to the coach's office.
    - 1 hour ago, 28 Jan 15, 10:54am -
  • Smith hosts Razorback coaches
    Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema, defensive coordinator Robb Smith and defensive line coach Rory Segrest made an in-home visit with defensive end commitment T.J. Smith Tuesday night.
    - 8 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 4:00am -
  • Arkansas survives late scare
    The Arkansas Razorbacks got their payback against Tennessee, but it wasn't easy.
    - 9 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 2:55am -
  • Arkansas surviving close calls
    Arkansas' 69-64 victory over Tennessee on Tuesday gave the Razorbacks three consecutive victories by five or fewer points for the first time in nine years.
    - 9 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 2:46am -
  • Arkansas pole vaulters already on track
    Arkansas track coaches Chris Bucknam and Lance Harter expect more than just the janitors to be watching Friday when current All-Americans/2016 U.S. Olympic pole vault candidates Andrew Irwin and Sandi Morris compete in the 12-team Razorback Invitatio…
    - 10 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 2:05am -
  • SEC honors Zaziski
    Arkansas freshman gymnast Paige Zaziski was named SEC freshman of the week on Tuesday after her performance last Friday at Auburn.
    - 10 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 2:00am -
  • Four Hogs invited to combine
    Former Arkansas linebacker Matrell Spaight and defensive lineman Darius Philon posted on social media Tuesday that they had received invitations to the NFL Scouting Combine.
    - 13 hours ago, 27 Jan 15, 11:08pm -

Arkansas Razorbacks (Yahoo!)

Arkansas Online - Sports

  • Murphy USA gives $25,000 for SAU's new field house
    MAGNOLIA — An El Dorado company has donated $25,000 to help Southern Arkansas University build a new field house.
    - 5 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 7:10am -
  • QBs eager to add to their legacy
    Tom Brady began winning Super Bowls when Russell Wilson was still a teenager, tuning in to see the big game on TV.
    - 9 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 2:58am -
  • Arkansas survives late scare
    The Arkansas Razorbacks got their payback against Tennessee, but it wasn't easy.
    - 9 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 2:55am -
  • Venus out, Serena in for semis
    Madison Keys got one Williams sister out of the way on Wednesday at the Australian Open.
    - 9 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 2:52am -
  • Mental, physical exams best thing for Taylor
    It took less than 10 minutes for Pulaski County Circuit Judge Leon Johnson to say the words every person who cares about Jermain Taylor wanted to hear.
    - 9 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 2:50am -
  • If taxpayers fund it, they should profit
    Right now pro sports teams from all over Florida are seeking tens of millions of state tax dollars, which they will probably get.
    - 9 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 2:49am -
  • Georgia opens up tight game, knocks off Vandy
    ATHENS, Ga. -- Nemanja Djurisic scored 15 points, Marcus Thornton added 14 and Georgia stretched its SEC winning streak to five in a row with a 70-62 victory over Vanderbilt on Tuesday night.
    - 9 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 2:47am -
  • Arkansas surviving close calls
    Arkansas' 69-64 victory over Tennessee on Tuesday gave the Razorbacks three consecutive victories by five or fewer points for the first time in nine years.
    - 9 hours ago, 28 Jan 15, 2:46am -