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.
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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.
One of the main reasons Arkansas’ prison system is so crowded that more than 2,500 state inmates are being held in county jails can be blamed on the fact that so many keep coming back for more punishment.
At the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on Environment & Development on June 14, 1992, President George H.W. Bush and the leaders of 177 other nations signed a document known as “Agenda 21.” At the time it was considered a conservative planning paper designed as a guide to sustaining the development of an increasingly crowded world.
A United Nations document known as Agenda 21, originally signed by the United States and 177 other nations in 1992, has become the bogeyman for many causes opposed by members of the Tea Party movement.
One of the best things about being retired from full-time newspaper work is that I have time to read about something other than current events. I have made a small dent in my library and moved a few new books to the top of my reading list.
While covering a pre-election meeting of the Independence County Democratic Central Committee around 1980, I noticed that everyone there had gray hair or no hair. No young people were in the room.
Regardless of who wins today’s general election, congratulations are in order to the small group of the rich people who funded the attack ads that have flooded our television broadcasts for weeks. They have convinced the vast majority of Arkansas citizens that all politicians are dirt.
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