This year’s elections have run into a couple of snags because legislators forgot to dot some i’s and cross some t’s.
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They had a state Senate election the other day in Jonesboro, the candidates spent money and campaigned, and it may not have mattered. One candidate had an “R” beside his name, and the other had a “D” beside his.
The 2014 elections aren’t just a should-win nationally for the Republican Party. They’re almost a must-win.
Arkansas has seven constitutional officers: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor and land commissioner. In the past year, two of them, first Treasurer Martha Shoffner and then Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, have been forced to resign due to financial improprieties.
There’s been a lot of talk these past few weeks about whether Arkansas ought to get rid of its current lieutenant governor, and probably not enough talk about getting rid of the office itself.
When Mike Huckabee spoke to a group of politically active pastors in Little Rock in December, he was asked if he is running for president again. He didn’t say no.
There’s a verse, Proverbs 22:24, that says in the King James Bible, “Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go.”
I finally committed to memory the name of the nice lady who takes my mail at the post office. It’s Deena.
Here’s how health care reform should have worked.
Republicans and Democrats fight about a lot of things, but one thing they agree about: When in doubt, put off the hard choices.
Scores from one of the world’s most important tests have been announced, and American students, as they have in the past, have earned a C.
University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long’s announcement last week that the Razorbacks will play only one game at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium for the next five years – with no guarantee of any games after that – was a big deal.
The Arkansas Razorbacks lost to both Mississippi schools this year in football, but at least the state leads in another, more important area: the number of adults age 25-64 with college degrees.
The Avilla/Zion Community Garden won’t end hunger, stop childhood obesity, reform welfare, clean up the environment or reinvigorate the American community by itself. But it’s a start.
A newspaper’s opinion page can be depressing. Let’s be thankful today. This is, after all, Thanksgiving.
DARDANELLE – In a superintendent’s office built sometime in the 1930s, school administrators are explaining how Dardanelle High beats — in biology, almost doubles — the state average on high school end-of-course exams.
Sen. Mark Pryor released an ad last week criticizing his opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton, for a number of votes related to Social Security and Medicare, including raising the eligibility age to 70 starting in 2024. The ad says Pryor instead voted to cut waste.
It’s a crisp November afternoon, and construction workers are finishing the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial behind the Capitol. Johnny Reep is there, too, talking to crane operators, describing the memorial, and remembering what it took to get to this point.
Maybe state employees should be paid based on how much they’ll be missed when they miss a single day of work.
For months, Beth Anne Rankin wrestled with whether or not to run, again, for Congress, even though she had lost twice before. In the end, she said no.
Could there be a state government shutdown, considering the federal government shutdown was so much fun? It wouldn’t go that far, but the way state law is written could help create extended legislative stalemates in the coming years.
Twenty-nine members of the Senate and House met for the first time Wednesday to try to do what Congress has been unable to do for a while — govern responsibly and undramatically on a deadline but without creating a crisis.
I’m for term limits, but my wife, Melissa, is really for them. One six-year term for everybody, and then they should return to real life, she says. To illustrate, she recently asked this: What if jurors were elected?
If you see a dollar bill stamped in red with the words, “Not to be used for bribing politicians,” there’s a chance it was marked by a famous ice cream maker while he was visiting Arkansas.
Monday of last week, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., took the 8:55 a.m. flight from Little Rock to Washington, as usual. He hit the ground running that afternoon and didn’t stop much until he was on the plane headed back to Little Rock Thursday afternoon. He spent 30 minutes with his family and then headed to a fundraiser — mostly close friends, he said, who listened as he talked about the personal difficulties of serving in Congress. It was nighttime before he was home.