Early voting in the 2014 general election is well underway, and we can all rejoice in the fact that the most expensive, most negative mid-term election in American history will soon be history.
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The battle over Issue No. 4 on Arkansas general election ballots, at least in financing the campaign messages, is between those who would like to sell alcoholic beverages and those who would like to continue selling alcoholic beverages.
Probably the closest to a sure thing among the five issues that will be on Arkansas general election ballots Nov. 4 is “A Proposed Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage,” listed as Issue No. 5.
The first thing you notice about Issue No. 3, the third proposed constitutional amendment referred by the Arkansas General Assembly to the Nov. 4 general election ballots, is its length. If passed, it would add more than 7,000 words to our 1874 Constitution, which is already too long.
The shocking murder of North Little Rock real estate agent Beverly Carter has raised many questions about how such a tragedy could happen and what we can do to prevent similar ones.
Among the ballot issues that we will face in the Nov. 4 general election are three constitutional amendments referred from the General Assembly’s regular session of 2013. That’s the maximum number allowed per session, which is probably one of the best restrictions of all in our 1874 Constitution.
It wasn’t really surprising that Mike Beebe would choose to donate his gubernatorial papers, other media and memorabilia to Arkansas State University, but his announcement Saturday made a small group of ASU insiders and supporters especially happy.
Even the reform-minded Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics doesn’t seem to know what to do about the march toward professionalism in major college sports programs. The commission met last week and, according to a commission news release, vowed to “intensify its efforts to promote changes that better align athletic programs with institutions’ educational missions.”
Arkansas voters will apparently face five ballot issues in the Nov. 4 general election. That’s apparently because a lawsuit has been filed questioning the legitimacy of one issue, and its outcome could affect another.
Arkansas needs to change its system of selecting judges, and we need to do it before the people who elect them lose confidence in their courts.
Two state senators want to lead an effort to abolish the lieutenant governor’s office, and they make a good point. But they’re not thinking big enough.
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is working to pave the last gravel state highway. It’s an 8-mile stretch of road that runs north from Crawford County into Washington County in Northwest Arkansas.
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education will use $1.6 million of the state’s “rainy-day funds” to pay for a larger-than-usual number of Governor’s Distinguished Scholarships this year.
The state’s general election campaign really got under way Friday with a series of debates sponsored by the Arkansas Press Association during its annual convention in Hot Springs.
Capitalism sometimes clashes with the interests, even the morality of potential customers.
Although slight in stature, John E. Miller was a giant in the Arkansas Legislature during most of the 40 years he served there. Miller died Wednesday night at his home in Melbourne at age 85.
Arkansas sheriffs don’t seem to be getting much sympathy in response to their plea for a legislative solution to a dilemma caused by the state’s latest “get-tough-on-criminals” effort.
While most folks have been pre-occupied with the issue of whether gay people should have the right to marry, efforts have been under way quietly to make a social change in Arkansas law that would affect far more people.
Two recent developments in college athletics, not necessarily related but certainly relevant to each other, threaten the future of the National College Athletic Association’s control over amateur sports on campus.
One of the arguments against raising the minimum wage is that businesses must choose whether to lay employees off or pass the additional cost on to consumers. Neither alternative is palatable.
Well , here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten us into.
You have to listen closely these days to tell a Democratic politician from a Republican. Such is the state of politics in Arkansas today. Democrats have always had their differences with the views of some national party leaders, but they were still able to succeed and even dominate elections with the Democratic label.
The controversy surrounding Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio has raised an important question about judicial independence as Arkansas nears the May 20 party primaries and judicial elections.
Political primaries in Arkansas have become somewhat ho-hum, now that we have a two-party system. Most of the interesting races will be in November.
What comes first: A successful major-college basketball program or a solid fan base to support it? As “March Madness” fades into history, that’s a question pondered by Arkansas State University supporters.