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  • recentYou think Obama has it bad? Remember impeachment?
    Article in New York Tmes talks about Bill Clinton's campaigning for Democratic candidates distancing themselves from Barack Obama's political toxicity. Maybe Obama doesn't have it so bad, several suggest.Remember when a Democratic preside…
    - 35 mins ago, 25 Oct 14, 7:49am -
  • recentA war veteran runs for Congress
    A Marine veteran of fierce combat in Iraq runs for Congress. It takes newspaper digging to learn about his decorated military exploits.He's Seth Moulton. A Democrat, Running for Congress in Massachusetts. Moulton chose not to publicly…
    - 53 mins ago, 25 Oct 14, 7:31am -
  • recentComplaint: Legislature unfair in lottery review
    A Georgia consulting company has slammed the legislature for using a no-bid process to pick another company to review the Arkansas Lotttery, Stephens Media reports.Of course there was no bidding. Sen. Jimmy Hickey, a Texarkana Republican,…
    - 1 hour ago, 25 Oct 14, 7:22am -
  • Tom Cotton campaign's dirty telephone tricks
    Hal Hunnicutt, a former Arkansas Game and Fish commissioner who lives in Conway, tells me he got within the last 10 days or so one of those robocalls that said he was not registered to vote.  He is. He said the call ended with the message that it wa…
    - 15 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 5:20pm -
  • The James Lee Witt Surging Edition
    James Lee Witt’s resurgence, Leslie Rutledge and the Ethics Commission, Jason Rapert and political blackmail, court dates for same-sex marriage challenges and the state of funding for public defenders in Arkansas — all covered on this w…
    - 15 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 5:12pm -
  • TGIF, video roundup and bankruptcy report
    Here's the open line and today's video report. Also:* BANKRUPTCY REPORT: Arkansas Business has details on the bankruptcy filing by Turner Grain, the Brinkley agri business. It lists about $25 million in debts and $14 million in assets.…
    - 16 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 4:33pm -
  • Mailer highlights Jason Rapert's record; Acxiom founder joins in
    Arkansas Women Vote, an independent voter education group, is going to do some educating of voters in Sen. Jason Rapert's district with a mailer going out today. We announced the formation of this group in September. Its leaders are familia…
    - 17 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 2:56pm -
  • School shooting in Washington state
    A student opened fire today at a high school in Marysville, Washington, police and witnesses said. Up to six people were shot, a federal law enforcement official told CNN's Evan Perez.The gunman and one other person are dead, others report. …
    - 18 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 2:34pm -
  • KKK leaflets Bentonville neighborhood
    KKK leaflets have been distributed in a Bentonville neighborhood. The letter denounces liberals, lack of prayer in school and such. It makes no mention of the current general election or candidates, but seeks recruits. [ Subscribe…
    - 18 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 2:29pm -
  • Election commissioner complains to Postal Service about Koch group mailing
    I told you earlier this week about State Election Commissioner Stu Soffer's complaint about the mass mailing being down by the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity — "warnings" meant to encourage selected voters to get out and vot…
    - 18 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 2:23pm -

Arkansas News Bureau

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (State)

  • Turner Grain petitions for bankruptcy
    Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, listing nearly 60 farmers, grain dealers, trucking companies and other entities with outstanding claims worth tens of millions of dollars.
    - 5 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 3:12am -
  • Southside gets OK for incorporation
    BATESVILLE -- Robert Griffin, county judge of Independence county, granted the Southside community's request to become the state's 501st city after a lengthy and often contentious hearing that included scoffing, boos and fist-shaking Friday morning.
    - 5 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 3:11am -
  • Cotton set to air a long ad on his life
    Arkansans experiencing thousands of bite-size 30-second political ads are about to encounter something new -- a super-size U.S. Senate commercial.
    - 5 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 3:08am -
  • Criticism rolls in for downtown LR bike lane
    The recent restructuring of South Louisiana Street downtown into a one-lane roadway to accommodate what is known as a protected bike lane has upset several people who work and drive along the corridor.
    - 5 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 3:07am -
  • Panel keeps permits for hog farms on hold
    A state commission Friday renewed a 180-day pause on issuing environmental permits to prospective medium or large hog farms in the Buffalo River watershed.
    - 6 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 2:38am -
  • Public-area sales signs vex reader
    Dear Mahatma: How do real estate firms get away with putting open-house signs in the public right-of-way? I see them on sidewalks and even in the street. The city says it's not legal. Real estate people say they have a right to put the signs there. W…
    - 6 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 2:38am -
  • U.S. files suit on sheriff hopeful
    The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has filed a complaint for disciplinary action against an independent Jefferson County sheriff candidate that accuses him of violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from being candidates, including…
    - 6 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 2:37am -
  • PB clan sentenced in tax-fraud case
    A federal judge Friday issued prison sentences to five defendants convicted of taking part in a scheme to defraud the IRS by fraudulently claiming the First Time Homebuyers tax credit on 250 tax returns.
    - 6 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 2:36am -
  • Wording sorted out in custodian contract
    Representatives of the Little Rock School District and its employees union said early Friday that they have resolved language disputes in a proposed contract for custodians, clearing the way for a School Board vote next month on the tentative contrac…
    - 6 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 2:31am -
  • Provost's pay raises at UCA questioned
    CONWAY -- When an associate provost at the University of Central Arkansas got two raises last summer after she applied for what amounted to two promotions on the same day, some faculty members questioned whether the actions conformed with school poli…
    - 6 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 2:30am -

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

  • New Poll: EPA Regs Extremely Unpopular with Arkansas Voters
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations are not popular among Arkansas voters, according to data released today by the Partnership for a Better Energy Future (PBEF). The EPA is proposing that, in the next…
    - 23 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 9:00am -
  • McLean Desperately Attempting To Save O’Care In AR
    As loyal readers of this humble blog know, state Rep. James McLean, inaugural member of the Davy Carter wing of the Democratic Party, has been having more attendance troubles at the legislature in 2014 than I had with my 8 a.m. Women’s History clas…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 3:29pm -
  • Announcing: AAI’s New App
    The newest project from the Advance Arkansas Institute gives you extraordinary knowledge about the workings of the Arkansas General Assembly. Our new iPhone app (also usable on the iPad) gives you all kinds of data on the voting records of those curr…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 11:49am -
  • Demographics Putting The Nail in Dems’ Electoral Coffin
    With another day comes another national news article showing just how much of an uphill climb the 2014 elections will be for Democrats statewide. From the New York Times: When Mr. Pryor first won his Senate seat, the five fast-growing Republican-lean…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 2:18pm -
  • Issue 3 Terribly Unpopular With Voters
    We wrote recently about the disdain certain state legislators have for ordinary Arkansans who don’t think weakening term limits through Issue 3 is such a swell idea.
    - 4 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 7:25pm -
  • Mike Ross, Ingrate
    Mike Ross made a curious statement recently when speaking at a Democratic Party meeting in Howard County.
    - 5 days 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.
    - 8 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.
    - 8 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 11:46am -

Blue Hog Report

Talk Business

Arkansas Business

  • ArcBest Increases Dividend; ABF Freight Raises Rates
    The board of directors of ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith says the company is increasing its quarterly cash dividend from 3 cents per share to 6 cents per share.
    - 17 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 3:46pm -
  • Turner Grain Merchandising Files $25M Bankruptcy
    Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday, listing $24.8 million in debts and $13.8 million in assets — the same amounts listed in a draft of the bankruptcy filed Oct. 14. Turner's filing lists…
    - 18 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 2:09pm -
  • Communities Pitch for New Arkansas Prison
    Several Arkansas cities and counties have submitted proposals to host a proposed $100 million prison that would house maximum-security inmates in the state.
    - 18 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 2:02pm -
  • Turner Grain Collapse Prompts Legislation
    The Arkansas Agriculture Department is working on legislation to prevent companies like Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley from suffering similar collapses that cost farmers millions of dollars.
    - 18 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 2:00pm -
  • Home BancShares Completes Purchase of Broward Financial
    Home BancShares Inc. of Conway, the parent company of Centennial Bank of Conway, announced Thursday the completion of its acquisition of Broward Financial Holdings Inc.
    - 21 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 11:19am -
  • The Interesting Battle over Alcohol in Arkansas
    The Los Angeles Times offers a look at the battle being waged over Arkansas' alcohol amendment that, if approved, would make the entire state wet, and the inconceivable allies it has formed.
    - 21 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 11:01am -
  • US New-Home Sales Close to Flat in September
    U.S. sales of new homes were nearly flat in September, after the government sharply revised downward what was initially an August surge in buying.
    - 21 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 10:58am -
  • Womack Faces Easy Path in House Re-Election Bid
    With no Democratic rival on the ballot and facing only a third-party candidate who's says he's running a "zero dollar" campaign, Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Womack has an easy path to a third term representing northwest Arkansas in Congress next year.
    - 22 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 10:51am -

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Business)

  • Turner Grain petitions for bankruptcy
    Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, listing nearly 60 farmers, grain dealers, trucking companies and other entities with outstanding claims worth tens of millions of dollars.
    - 5 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 3:12am -
  • News in brief
    ABF Freight sets 5.4% rate increase
    - 7 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 1:46am -
  • Simmons profit jumps 27%
    Simmons First National Corp. earned $8.8 million in the third quarter, a 27 percent increase over net income of $6.9 million in the same period last year, the Pine Bluff bank reported Thursday.
    - 1 day ago, 24 Oct 14, 2:04am -
  • News in brief
    Home loans top $1B at Arvest Mortgage
    - 1 day ago, 24 Oct 14, 1:56am -
  • Simmons First posts record 3rd-quarter profit
    Simmons First National Corp. on Thursday announced record core earnings of $10.7 million in the third quarter, up 45 percent from the $7.4 million the year before.
    - 2 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 8:32am -
  • Baptist Health sets retiree-pay choice
    Little Rock-based Baptist Health, which owns seven hospitals in Arkansas, has offered 4,500 former employees the choice to take a lump-sum distribution from their defined benefit pension plan or to continue to receive fixed monthly payments.
    - 2 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 2:31am -
  • Business news in brief
    Simmons to report its earnings today Simmons First National Corp. will release its third-quarter earnings today and conduct a conference call beginning at 3 p.m.
    - 2 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 2:20am -
  • News in brief
    Nominations sought for Agriculture Hall The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame, which honors people who have contributed significantly to the state's largest industry, is seeking nominations for its class of 2014.
    - 2 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 2:16am -

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
- 12 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
- 12 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:136 0ratingsTime:02:34More inPeople…
- 15 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:116 0ratingsTime:00:30More inPeople & Blogs
- 16 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…
- 26 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 7:00pm -
Cotton on Energy
Cotton on EnergyFrom:Jason TolbertViews:5 0ratingsTime:00:39More inPeople & Blogs
- 29 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 8:30pm -


  • Happy homecoming?
    Bret Bielema said his Arkansas Razorbacks might have been beaten, but they aren't broken after a harrowing 0-4 run through half of their SEC schedule.
    - 5 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 3:09am -
  • Bielema still has some things to size up
    During his 17 Arkansas Razorbacks seasons Hall of Fame Coach Nolan Richardson often said if it came down to size he could win strictly with athletic 6-6 basketball players.
    - 6 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 1:56am -
  • Hogs to hold scrimmage in Vilonia
    The Razorbacks' basketball team will hold an open scrimmage in the central Arkansas city of Vilonia next Sunday, Nov. 2.
    - 12 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 8:25pm -
  • Hogs desperate to snap skid
    Bret Bielema only has to go back to last year's nine-game losing streak to recall what it's like to watch a season slip away from him at Arkansas.
    - 17 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 3:43pm -
  • Barnett expands on visit and big game
    Highly recruited offensive lineman Jalin Barnett officially visited Arkansas with his grandmother for the Northern Illinois game on Sept. 20.
    - 18 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 2:51pm -
  • Greenlaw commits to Hogs on Recruiting Thursday
    Fayetteville safety-linebacker Dre "Big Play Dre" Greenlaw became Arkansas' 15th commitment when he announced his pledge on last night's Recruiting Thursday radio show.
    - 20 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 12:15pm -
  • Player of the Week: Rayshad Jackson
    Linebacker Rayshad Jackson recently received an offer from Arkansas and is planning to make an official visit in Jan.
    - 23 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 9:00am -
  • UA chancellor captains search
    Arkansas Chancellor Dave Gearhart was selected Thursday to chair the committee that will search for the successor to retiring SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.
    - 1 day ago, 24 Oct 14, 2:51am -

Arkansas Razorbacks (Yahoo!)

Arkansas Online - Sports

  • Happy homecoming?
    Bret Bielema said his Arkansas Razorbacks might have been beaten, but they aren't broken after a harrowing 0-4 run through half of their SEC schedule.
    - 5 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 3:09am -
  • Royals' bullpen beats Giants
    Sparkling defense, a stingy bullpen and just enough timely hitting. That same winning formula of fundamental baseball put the Kansas City Royals on top in the World Series.
    - 5 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 3:07am -
  • Ole Miss talks like a winner
    Third-ranked Mississippi is about to make its second appearance in LSU's Death Valley in the Hugh Freeze era, but things have changed since the first visit two seasons ago.
    - 5 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 3:06am -
  • Woodard still gets a rush playing defensive end
    When Greg Stewart was hired by Steve Campbell to be the University of Central Arkansas' defensive coordinator 10 months ago, he brought with him a plan to run a 3-4 scheme.
    - 5 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 3:04am -
  • Maddon says no to return to Rays
    Joe Maddon's highly successful run as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays is over.
    - 5 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 3:02am -
  • Bigger strike zone means fewer runs
    The pitch from Sergio Romo of the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the ninth inning crossed just below Bryce Harper's knee, and the umpire barked, "Strike," to Harper's frustration. Had it been called a ball, Harper would have been in command of…
    - 5 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 3:01am -
  • Vols coach: Matchup isn't about settling old score
    The Lane Kiffin factor has added intrigue to the increasingly lopsided Alabama-Tennessee rivalry.
    - 5 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 3:00am -
  • Coaching nun gets kick out of side job
    She resisted the call at first, even as God's persistent whisper became a roar. Lisa Maurer loved her original vocation -- being a high school teacher and coach in Sleepy Eye, Minn. -- and while her spirit was pulling her toward a convent, she found…
    - 5 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 2:59am -