Jimmy Carter, who didn’t get much love as the 39th American president, has become much more revered since he left office in 1981. That’s why the news last week that he is fighting cancer hit so hard.
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With a new attorney general who bragged in her campaign about being a gun-toting woman, we had reason to expect that Arkansas might gear up its efforts to administer capital punishment to those waiting for justice on the state’s “Death Row.”
While the first “debates” featuring the 17 Republican presidential candidates produced lots of fire and smoke, nothing much of substance came out of the.
Two of the most haunting images related to Thursday’s murder of military personnel in Chattanooga, Tenn., illustrated the jarring fact that the victims had no way to defend themselves.
While much of the public attention in the wake of the June 17 Charlotte, S.C., church massacre has been focused on the Confederate battle flag, little has been said or done about the violations of existing gun laws that allowed the shooter easy access to the weapon he used to kill nine people.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation plans to build a wall on its side of the Mississippi River bridge at Memphis to keep Arkansans out, starting in 2017.
Attorneys for Dylann Roof, accused of murdering nine people on June 17 at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., will at least consider a plea of insanity for their client. The case against him is rock solid, and he is a despicable young man without a defense otherwise.
Somebody in the upper ranks of the Arkansas State Police apparently wants the agency to keep accident reports secret from the public. Maybe it’s the natural police penchant for keeping details close to the vest, or maybe it’s just the bother of compiling them for public consumption.
Thanks to Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas General Assembly, we will be talking politics, or at least listening to political messages, during the 2015 holiday season. In a special session last month the Legislature passed a bill moving the state’s 2016 political primaries from May 24 to March 1, and the governor, who had supported the action, signed it into law.
Several new state officials have fired up the debate on whether Arkansas citizens can carry a gun openly, contradicting an attorney general’s opinion and the stance of most law enforcement officers.
The steamship Sultana, which exploded, burned and sank in the Mississippi River near Marion on April 27, 1865, may eventually gain its rightful place in American history, thanks to a determined group of historians and descendants of its victims.
‘Tis the season for tuition increases, and almost all of Arkansas’ public colleges and universities are getting in on the action, which complicates things especially for first-time students and their parents.
Another task force has been formed to study ways to address the lack of highway funding in Arkansas, and you can bet that it will produce nothing new. The bottom line, as always, will be: The state needs more revenue to maintain its highways.
If you’ve spent any time at all in school, you’ve been graded, and you know that can be a terrifying experience. Outside of school, we live almost exclusively on a pass-fail system that doesn’t quantify our efforts to function in the world.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson weighed in last week on the possible need for reforming Arkansas’ system of choosing judges, and the inability or unwillingness of state’s highest court to address the same-sex marriage issue provides Exhibit 2 in the case for change.
The 2015 session of the Arkansas General Assembly will never be mistaken for the “education session.” Legislators have shown little interest in the subject or recognition of its ability to lift our state from the bottom of national economic rankings.
Citizens interested in efficient and transparent government must be most vigilant in the waning days of a legislative session. Bad bills can be passed any time, but they tend to slip by unnoticed at this time.
Coincidentally, I was attending a convention in Branson, Mo., when the news broke that Arkansas State University at Jonesboro is close to finalizing an agreement that could bring a hotel and convention center to campus.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s carefully crafted budget for fiscal 2016 is already in some difficulty. That’s hardly unexpected since it was built largely on stilts.
Conservative politicians get themselves elected by preaching limited government, local control and individual freedom, but when they get a chance to govern, they often forget their principles and start passing laws that would, in theory, make liberals proud.
President Barack Obama proposed in his State of the Union address last week that two years of community college be free for responsible students across America. The kneejerk reaction of some, predictable with anything this president advocates, is that Obama wants yet another giveaway program.
Jonesboro was bound to get a prized, long-awaited “political plum,” no matter who won the gubernatorial election of 2014. Each major candidate, Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross, promised publicly that he would appoint someone from Jonesboro to the powerful Arkansas Highway Commission.
Act 1229 of 2013, which narrows public access to traffic accident reports, is a good example of knee-jerk lawmaking passed blindly by an inexperienced Legislature that doesn’t consider the full consequences of its actions.
One of the ironies of the Republican takeover of the Arkansas state Capitol is that it follows the tenure of an incredibly popular Democratic governor who ran one of the most efficient administrations in the state’s history.
An independent citizens’ commission has been formed under Amendment 94 to the Arkansas Constitution, approved by the voters in November to the surprise of many observers of state government, and one of its duties is to make changes in the way we pay legislators.
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