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  • New poll gives Tom Cotton 8.5-point lead over Mark Pryor in race for U.S. Senate
    A new Talk Business/Hendrix College poll shows Republican Tom Cotton with a 49-40.5 lead over Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.I find it hard to credit that wide a lead. But if it's true, cue up "Oklahoma." It will be my theme song for Arkansas on Nov. 5…
    - 8 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 6:06pm -
  • Big tobacco seen behind dark money push for Leslie Rutledge
    Southern Progress, the Democratic advocacy group, delves more deeply into the subject of the Center for Individual Freedom, the secretive 501c4 group that is pumping $1.8 million into a sleazy dark money campaign against Nate Steel in the race for at…
    - 8 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 5:57pm -
  • Another tuneful political campaign, for Lackey Moody
    Did I say there weren't many jingles any more. I've been apprised of several. This one by the daughter of Lackey Moody Jr., a Democrat seeking a state House seat from Batesville, is getting warm reviews. [ Subscribe to the comments…
    - 8 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 5:49pm -
  • Arkansas Supreme Court case goes to the dogs
    A U.S. Supreme Court case over Arkansas prison efforts to limit the wearing of beards by prison inmates drew a sendup from John Oliver on HBO's "Last Week Tonight" in which he put dogs in the place of Supreme Court justices hearing the cas…
    - 8 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 5:45pm -
  • Students at Van Buren High School form a secular student group
    The City Wire's Ryan Saylor writes in detail about the formation of a Secular Students Alliance at Van Buren High School to talk about religious diversity among other issues.Yes, not all are pleased, but school officials says it's a qualified orga…
    - 8 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 5:41pm -
  • Nov. 20 could be another judgment day for marriage equality in Arkansas
    Federal Judge Kristine Baker has scheduled a hearing Nov. 20 on the federal lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of Arkansas's bans on same-sex marriage.At 1:30 p.m. that day she will hear two competing motions: 1) The plaintiffs' motion f…
    - 10 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 4:26pm -
  • The early voting open line

    - 11 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 3:18pm -
  • Another conservative who doesn't believe in the Constitution, Rep. David Meeks
    As I've said before, the rigid constructionists of the Republican Party hold no honor for the Constitutional requirement of a legal defense for criminal defendants. It has became SOP to call a Democratic candidate "soft on crime" if he or sh…
    - 11 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 3:07pm -
  • Two bank robberies in LR; one suspected by a repeat robber
    Police say a man who gave a plastic bag to a teller and ordered it filled with cash robbed the U.S. Bank branch at 11402 W. Markham shortly after noon today. The suspect is believed to be the same man who robbed another U.S. Bank branch la…
    - 12 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 1:34pm -
  • Safety group plans last-gasp try to block mega-Murphy gas station on Highway 10
    Patrick Anders of the Taylor Loop Safety Patrol says his group will turn out in force for Tuesday's Little Rock Board of Directors meeting to make a final pitch that the Board reconsider its approval of a 20-nozzle Murphy Oil mega-gas station at Hig…
    - 14 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 11:31am -

Arkansas News Bureau

  • Hutchinson, Ross open to changing school consolidation law
    LITTLE ROCK — The major-party candidates for governor both said during a debate Monday they are open to amending a state law that requires mandatory consolidation or annexation of public school districts that fall below 350 students for two consecu…
    - 5 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 9:17pm -
  • Nov. 20 hearing set in federal challenge to same-sex marriage ban
    LITTLE ROCK — A federal judge on Monday scheduled a Nov. 20 hearing in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas’ same-sex marriage ban.
    - 8 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 6:09pm -
  • Legislative committee seeks solutions to prison overcrowding
    PINE BLUFF — Dealing with the problem of prison overcrowding and a backlog of inmates in county jails brought members of the Senate and House Committees of State Agencies and Governmental Affairs together Monday in Pine Bluff to discuss possible so…
    - 8 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 6:04pm -
  • Early voting begins
    LITTLE ROCK — By 4 p.m. Monday, 21,094 Arkansans had cast ballots on the first day of early voting for the Nov. 4 general election, according to Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office.
    - 8 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 5:47pm -
  • Huckabee headlines Rutledge rally
    LITTLE ROCK — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee vouched for the character of attorney general candidate Leslie Rutledge during a Republican Party rally on Monday, the first day of early voting for the Nov. 4 election.
    - 9 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 4:50pm -
  • Clinton rallies for Democrats in North Little Rock
    NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Former President Bill Clinton headlined a Democratic Party rally here on Sunday in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd.
    - 1 day ago, 19 Oct 14, 7:13pm -
  • U.S. Senate candidates Pryor, Cotton, Swaney, LaFrance on the issues
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate race in Arkansas has been among the most expensive and hotly contested in the nation with the two major party candidates and their supporters spending more than $42.6 million on the campaign while two minor party candid…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 3:00am -
  • Seven races for constitutional offices on ballot
    LITTLE ROCK — Races for all seven of Arkansas’ constitutional offices will be on the general election ballot as early voting begins Monday for the Nov. 4 election — and deciding who will fill the offices is not the only thing at stake.
    - 2 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 2:01am -
  • Five ballot questions going to voters
    LITTLE ROCK — Five ballot questions, some of them the subjects of legal challenges, will be on the ballot as early voting begins Monday for the Nov. 4 general election.
    - 2 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 2:00am -
  • Pryor: Obama should do more to address Ebola
    LITTLE ROCK — In a news conference Friday, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., called on President Barack Obama to institute a temporary ban on travel to the U.S. from three Ebola-plagued West African countries and outlined other steps he said are needed…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 8:16pm -

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (State)

  • Federal judge sets hearing in marriage case
    A federal judge has set a hearing for next month in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' gay marriage ban.
    - 10 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 4:16pm -
  • Benton police investigate infant death
    Police are investigating the Monday morning death of an infant in Benton.
    - 10 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 3:52pm -
  • In LR, Huckabee shows support for GOP candidates
    With early voting beginning Monday in Arkansas, former Gov. Mike Huckabee and several other Republican candidates came together in the Little Rock River Market to encourage conservatives in the state to get to the polls.
    - 13 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 12:57pm -
  • Police: 2 west LR banks robbed Monday
    Police are investigating two west Little Rock bank robberies Monday.
    - 13 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 12:51pm -
  • Chief Deputy AG joins ASU System legal team
    Arkansas Chief Deputy Attorney General Brad Phelps has been named associate general counsel of the Arkansas State University System, President Charles Welch said Monday. He will begin his duties with the ASU System office in Little Rock on Nov. 3, We…
    - 13 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 12:47pm -
  • Cotton casts early ballot in Dardanelle
    DARDANELLE — Republican Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton returned to his hometown Monday to cast a ballot on the first day of early voting in Arkansas.
    - 15 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 10:34am -
  • Sheriff: 3 men hospitalized in Harrisburg shooting
    HARRISBURG — The Poinsett County sheriff's office is searching for three men in connection to a shooting that left three others hospitalized.
    - 19 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 6:42am -
  • New council set up to help VA patients
    Veterans concerned about services provided by the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville have a new avenue for voicing their worries.
    - 22 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 4:14am -
  • 'Sexual consent' clarity sought
    A bill signed into law last month in California did more than highlight efforts to curb sexual violence among college students. It also put the focus on consent. California's "Yes Means Yes" law requires colleges and universities receiving state aid…
    - 22 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 4:13am -
  • Deposition leads to audit of road agency paid leave
    Taking unearned paid time off at the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department extended beyond the agency's legal department, according to depositions taken in a lawsuit filed by the agency's former top lawyer.
    - 22 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 3:54am -

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

  • Mike Ross, Ingrate
    Mike Ross made a curious statement recently when speaking at a Democratic Party meeting in Howard County.Read at our website!
    - 10 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 3:56pm -
  • Pryor Campaign Evicted from UAMS
    We aren’t able to make it to Mark Pryor’s Ebola press conference today; from what we’ve read about it, we assume he’ll try to ride piggy-back on the presence and views of actual experts.Read at our website!
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 2:09pm -
  • Voting Against Weakened Term Limits Doesn’t Make You a Nut
    Yesterday the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette featured an interesting quote from state Senator Jon Woods about Issue 3, a constitutional amendment that would greatly weaken term limits.Read at our website!
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 11:46am -
  • The State Supreme Court’s (Literally) Peculiar Decision
    Late yesterday afternoon, our state’s Supreme Court struck down the voter ID law that the Arkansas General Assembly passed last year. It is, in many respects, a very unusual decision.Read at our website!
    - 4 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 3:52pm -
  • Pryor Brags About Job-Killing “Toy Safety” Bill (Plus: More McLean Monitoring)
    Of course, readers of The Arkansas Project already knew that Pryor’s “toy safety” legislation was just another example of big-government regulation in search of an imaginary problem.Read at our website!
    - 5 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 4:14pm -
  • Texas Rethinks Crony Capitalism. Will Arkansas?
    Interestingly enough, Texas has at least begun discussing ending crony capitalism in recent weeks by abolishing the Texas Enterprise Fund (the Texas version of the Quick Action Closing Fund, an...Read at our website!
    - 6 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 3:22pm -
  • GAO’s “Cost Concerns” on PO, Part II
    We wrote last month about a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report: it raised some red flags about the costs to taxpayers created by Obamacare's Medicaid expansion in Arkansas.Read at our website!
    - 7 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 6:57pm -
  • Report: Thousands Of Give Arkansas A Raise Now’s Signatures Invalid
    It looks like the minimum wage increase initiative is threatened by a couple of self-inflicted wounds.Read at our website!
    - 10 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 2:28pm -

Blue Hog Report

Talk Business

Arkansas Business

  • Social Media Reactions to Final Gubernatorial Debate
    The same day early voting began, leading gubernatorial candidates Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson debated one final time.
    - 5 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 8:57pm -
  • Mike Ross, Asa Hutchinson Get Final Digs in on Tax Cuts
    Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democratic rival Mike Ross are dueling over their competing tax cut plans and over who has the best record of working with both parties in their final televised debate in the Arkansas governor's race.
    - 6 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 8:26pm -
  • Turner Grain Close to Filing $25M Bankruptcy
    Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley appears close to filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to a court filing made last week by the company's receiver. Turner's draft, filed by receiver Kevin Keech of North Little Rock, lists…
    - 10 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 4:12pm -
  • Lieutenant Governor Hopefuls Say Post is Essential
    Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin and Democrat John Burkhalter both say the Arkansas lieutenant governor's office is still very much needed, even though the post has been vacant for nine months and some lawmakers are working to eliminate the job altog…
    - 11 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 3:01pm -
  • Phil Elson Named Voice of Razorbacks Baseball, Women's Basketball
    The longtime voice of the Arkansas Travelers is set to become the voice of the Arkansas Razorbacks' baseball and women's basketball teams.
    - 11 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:30pm -
  • ARK Challenge: Fair Share Data Swinging for Fences, Consumers
    Fair Share Data aims to collect consumer purchasing data, for which businesses compete and ultimately benefitting consumers. Here's how it works: Consumers provide their banking information to Fair Share via secure form and future transactions are st…
    - 12 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 1:35pm -
  • PAC, Lobbyist Donations Nearing $1M in Contested State Legislative Races
    Less than three weeks before Election Day, political action committees and lobbyists have already pumped more than three-quarters of a million dollars into contested state Senate and House races across the state.
    - 14 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 11:39am -
  • Arkansas State Fair Attendance Down 8.6 Percent From 2013
    Officials with the Arkansas State Fair in Little Rock say attendance during the final six days of the fair rebounded with improved weather - but fell short of 2013 numbers.
    - 15 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 11:17am -

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Business)

  • U.S. grant to fund energy-use labeling for homes
    Appliances have energy labels and cars have miles-per-gallon stickers, but homes, which use more energy than either, aren’t labeled at all.
    - 24 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:10am -
  • Old-fashioned 'word processor' logs 10 years
    Back in the days when the world was young and computers were new, we had an editor who claimed he had developed an alternative technology that was both cheaper and had storage that lasted longer than disks.
    - 24 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:02am -
  • LR, Fayetteville competition deep-rooted but good-natured
    The tension, rivalry and differences between Northwest Arkansas and its cousin in the Little Rock area are deep-rooted and based on complex issues involving education, sports, economics and geography, but at its heart, the conflict is natural and gen…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 2:01am -
  • Rivalry spurs regional development
    As head of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Grant Tennille logs about 20,000 miles traveling the state each year.
    - 2 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 1:59am -
  • Born in 1879, Calico Rock pharmacy keeps up with times
    CALICO ROCK -- Although it has changed hands, locations and names time and again in the past 135 years, this small town's pharmacy remains vibrant by staying true to its roots in a world of apps, insurance claims and corporate competition.
    - 2 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 1:55am -
  • Beer, bicycles add to communities' appeal, development chief says
    Economic development work is necessary for Arkansas. It is critical to the success and well-being of the state.
    - 2 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 1:54am -
  • Business People
    - 2 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 1:53am -
  • Real Estate Transactions
    Pulaski County real estate transactions of $150,000 or more deeds recorded 09/20/2014 through 09/26/2014:
    - 2 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 1:49am -

Tolbert Report from Youtube

Cotton hammers Pryor on Obama
Cotton hammers Pryor on ObamaTom Cotton in the US Senate Debate on AETN.From:Jason TolbertViews:76 0ratingsTime:01:10More inPeople & Blogs
- 7 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 6:12pm -
Pryor "um"s his foreign policy answer
Pryor "um"s his foreign policy answerSen. Mark Pryor answers a question during the AETN Debate.From:Jason TolbertViews:21 0ratingsTime:00:39More inPeople & Blogs
- 7 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 5:31pm -
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:123 0ratingsTime:02:34More inPeople…
- 11 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 12:13pm -
DCCC Ad Attacks Arkansas Bank
DCCC Ad Attacks Arkansas BankDCCC ad attacks an Arkansas Bank in an effort to help elect French Hill.From:Jason TolbertViews:112 0ratingsTime:00:30More inPeople & Blogs
- 12 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 10:07pm -
Cotton Defend Farm Bill Ad: Discusses Energy Policy
Cotton Defend Farm Bill Ad: Discusses Energy PolicyTom Cotton defends a campaign ad in which he says President Obama hijacked the Farm Bill to make it a Food Stamp Bill.From:Jason TolbertViews:153 1ratingsTime:02:18More inPeople & B…
- 21 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 7:00pm -
Cotton on Energy
Cotton on EnergyFrom:Jason TolbertViews:5 0ratingsTime:00:39More inPeople & Blogs
- 25 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 8:30pm -


  • Bad run
    An Arkansas backfield that was once considered among the best in the Southeastern Conference is experiencing an unexpected bit of upheaval midway through the season.
    - 8 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 5:31pm -
  • No. 1 Bulldogs back from break
    Mississippi State has spent the past month obliterating stereotypes about the program, ignoring a mediocre history and rising to the top spot in the national rankings for the first time in school history.
    - 9 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 4:35pm -
  • Florida AD still evaluating Muschamp
    Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley says he is evaluating the season — and likely coach Will Muschamp's future — "as it plays out."
    - 10 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 3:41pm -
  • Hogs making moves in kicking game
    Arkansas will likely have a new starting kicker and punter for its game against UAB on Saturday.
    - 10 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 3:35pm -
  • Bret Bielema previews UAB
    Arkansas coach Bret Bielema talks about the Razorbacks' loss to Georgia and previews the upcoming game against UAB.
    - 12 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 1:55pm -
  • Elson named Razorbacks baseball voice
    Arkansas has hired Phil Elson to broadcast baseball and women's basketball games on the radio.
    - 13 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 1:16pm -
  • Bryant D-lineman returns onside kick for score
    Bryant junior defensive lineman Cameron Murray shows his speed by returning an onside kick for a touchdown in Friday's game against Greenwood.
    - 13 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 1:09pm -
  • Dime to Washington
    Junior college forward Malik Dime, an Arkansas target, has confirmed via text message that he has committed to Washington.
    - 14 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 12:07pm -

Arkansas Razorbacks (Yahoo!)

Arkansas Online - Sports

  • Keselowski wins, finds way to 3rd round
    TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Anything other than a victory in Sunday's Geico 500 would have ended Brad Keselowski's chances of advancing into the third round of NASCAR's championship race.
    - 23 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:51am -
  • Bell Cowboy takes bow
    ARLINGTON, Texas -- If Tony Romo really is becoming the second option in the Dallas offense, he's perfectly happy handing the leading role to DeMarco Murray.
    - 23 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:50am -
  • Hogs undone by penalties, mistakes vs. Georgia
    A Georgia team already better than Arkansas beat Arkansas on Saturday with Arkansas' help that appalled the Razorbacks' coach.
    - 23 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:48am -
  • Razorbacks slip out of run mode
    Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney called 99 passes the past two games, including attempts and scrambles by quarterback Brandon Allen.
    - 23 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:48am -
  • SEC West teams own 4 top 5 spots
    Good luck, selection committee.
    - 23 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:47am -
  • Chase for Cup over for Johnson, Earnhardt
    TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Jimmie Johnson was a solemn spectator for Brad Keselowski's post-race celebration after a disappointing day that saw three Hendrick Motorsports drivers eliminated from championship contention.
    - 23 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:45am -
  • Irish coach rubbed by pick penalty
    The pick play is one of most effective and difficult-to-defend in football, often freeing up receivers for big gains or creating an extra bit of space in the crowded red zone.
    - 23 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:42am -
  • Tuesday nightmare still haunts ASU
    JONESBORO -- Last year's game between the two teams that shared the Sun Belt Conference title has already been addressed once this year.
    - 23 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:41am -