posted: 12/08/2013 12:29 a.m.
They’re out in full force this season, those wagers of counterattack against the nonexistent war on Christmas.
posted: 12/05/2013 4:18 a.m.
Soon after that Auburn scatback ran all the way down the field to beat Alabama, Twitter and Facebook exploded with frustration from Arkansas fans.
posted: 12/01/2013 2:26 a.m.
The 54-foot steel-framed Christmas tree they’ve erected on a downtown plaza in boomtown Conway is like Obamacare.
posted: 11/28/2013 4:11 a.m.
Preparing for a holiday break while wondering why fans wear red if players wear gray, and why adopt a mantra of “never yield” when you already have “woo pig, sooie,” especially when you yield routinely, and wondering as well which is greater, the coach’s salary or the deficit in the fundraising office … Alas, this is a day of thankfulness for the positive, not the usual obsession on the ironic and the negative.
posted: 11/27/2013 5 a.m.
The New York Times explained Sunday that the Obama administration didn’t want to tell the truth about health-care reform because “income redistribution” is a fatal phrase in contemporary American politics.
posted: 11/26/2013 1:56 a.m.
Many of his Republican detractors dismissed as “convenient” or “expedient” U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor’s vote against his party Thursday on the “nuclear option.” They scoffed that he merely was covering his posterior for a tough re-election race in a state gone red.
posted: 11/24/2013 2:56 a.m.
Bubba McCoy said he’d been deer-hunting “after a fashion.” He said he’d sat in the stand three days pondering nature and reflecting on his 67 years—the farm, the car lot, the grandchildren, the second-place in the spades tournament while matriculating otherwise unsuccessfully at the University of Arkansas.
posted: 11/21/2013 4:29 a.m.
Today we offer an addendum to the column of Sunday on arithmetic. That was the installment explaining how unlikely it is that Asa Hutchinson could pay for his $100 million middle-class tax cut from natural growth and annual surplus funds, as he proposes.
posted: 11/20/2013 4:57 a.m.
The political earth shakes beneath us. Let’s try to steady ourselves and fire some arrows.
posted: 11/19/2013 4:13 a.m.
State government is all atwitter about a matter I first thought to be spectacularly silly. Then I figured out its significance. It pits the politics of competence against the politics of pandering prudishness. Thus it frames one of the growing pains of the Arkansas Republican Party.
posted: 11/17/2013 2:55 a.m.
Asa Hutchinson’s gambit for gubernatorial election, which is to tap the state general treasury to send a few hundred dollars back to those of you with incomes from $20,000 to $75,000, necessitates that we address the matter Bill Clinton once called … what was it?
posted: 11/14/2013 5:11 a.m.
Apparently Asa Hutchinson is no longer smugly confident that he can defeat the fundraising machine that is Mike Ross merely by assailing Barack Obama and a health-care law bearing that name.
posted: 11/13/2013 5 a.m.
In the course of making an approximation of an apology last week for breaking a promise, President Barack Obama made another promise.
posted: 11/12/2013 4 a.m.
The Political Animals Club is meeting at the Governor’s Mansion for a debate between the Republican and Democratic state chairmen, and I am late.
posted: 11/10/2013 2:55 a.m.
Tuesday’s elections in New Jersey and Virginia were less about whether the Tea Party is alive, dead or sick than about two greater American political truths of the moment.
posted: 11/07/2013 4:06 a.m.
“Ever see a large man shot from a [cannon]? Watch Jersey launch tonight of Gov. Christie boomlet. But will he have place to land in this GOP?”—David Axelrod, leading political adviser for President Barack Obama, in a Twitter post Tuesday.
posted: 11/06/2013 5 a.m.
The stakes are massive—epic—in the disastrous Obamacare rollout.
posted: 11/05/2013 4:05 a.m.
Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield calls them “lost boys.” The health-insurance carrier has about 35,000 such policyholders in the state.
posted: 11/03/2013 2:02 a.m.
With the website and sticker-shock stories raging nationally, a state legislative committee overseeing the local application of Obamacare happened to be meeting Wednesday afternoon.
posted: 10/31/2013 4:23 a.m.
Historically, two sins have been especially perilous in American politics. One is promising something plain and definitive—“Read my lips: No new taxes” —then not keeping the promise.
posted: 10/30/2013 5 a.m.
Conservatives tend to distrust or disapprove of government for three reasons.
posted: 10/29/2013 5:10 a.m.
“Interesting stat from this morning … Asa Hutchinson was +8 internally in July and +8 now. Ross spent $700k and didn’t move. Bad sign.”—A posting Friday afternoon on Twitter from Terry Benham, a Republican political consultant in Little Rock.
posted: 10/27/2013 3:02 a.m.
Republicans, trying to pull themselves up from their shutdown malfeasance, chortled last week that they had nabbed a “gotcha” moment on U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.
posted: 10/24/2013 4:36 a.m.
Back in the 2000s when he was dabbling in punditry before finding his calling as a legislator, Republican state Sen. David Sanders of Little Rock talked a right-wing foundation into giving him a grant.
posted: 10/23/2013 5 a.m.
The state Legislature convened in special session from Thursday afternoon until shortly after midnight on Saturday morning.
posted: 10/22/2013 4:50 a.m.
It was news to me, but U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, the two-term Republican congressman in the 2nd District of central Arkansas, apparently began talking to party insiders months ago about the prospect of what he announced Monday morning.
posted: 10/20/2013 3:03 a.m.
In Arkansas we confront only the nation’s most intense U.S. Senate race next year. Our race could decide majority status. It is close by any assessment.
posted: 10/17/2013 4:21 a.m.
It was daunting duty for which I was unworthy.
posted: 10/16/2013 5 a.m.
It’s irony too rich and too powerful to die.
posted: 10/15/2013 4:34 a.m.
Whenever I encounter new political poll results in Arkansas, I get stunned all over again by the depth of anti-Obama sentiment.
posted: 10/13/2013 3:54 a.m.
My good Republican friends from state Sen. President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux of Russellville to attendees in my weekly class for retirees—express dismay.
posted: 10/10/2013 4:27 a.m.
“With them, it’s either my way or the highway, and they’ve put us on the highway to 1949.”—U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.
posted: 10/09/2013 5 a.m.
So here we are on Day Whatever, Day Way Too Many, of the Republican shutdown of the federal government.
posted: 10/08/2013 4:03 a.m.
Minutes into the security lockdown at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin communicated via Twitter.
posted: 10/06/2013 3:20 a.m.
Of all the Republicans’ cynical deceptions of the last several days, one takes both the cake and your breath.
posted: 10/03/2013 4:22 a.m.
It was a far bigger moment than when I sat in the Oval Office and interviewed President Bill Clinton in June 1993.
posted: 10/02/2013 5 a.m.
This stunt that House Republicans have pulled—shutting down government because they don’t like the health-care reform law that will not be affected by the shutdown—puts me in mind of one of their recent former staff aides.
posted: 10/01/2013 4:29 a.m.
At this writing it seems quite possible that, on this very momentous morning, the federal government will shut down as Obamacare will begin.
posted: 09/29/2013 3:23 a.m.
Last week U.S. Sen. John Boozman got positive national notices, albeit with his surname mispronounced like the “booze” that is drunk instead of the “bose” that is the sound-wave music system.
posted: 09/26/2013 4:16 a.m.
Rates have come in from the four insurance carriers choosing to participate in the new health insurance exchange to be opened Oct. 1 in Arkansas under Obamacare.
posted: 09/25/2013 midnight
It was about 6:45 a.m. on a weekday in August 1987 and I was interviewing Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis in a suite at the then-Excelsior Hotel in downtown Little Rock.
posted: 09/24/2013 4:16 a.m.
Let us take a few paragraphs today to explain the utter irrationality of the House Republican scheme to derail Obamacare by threatening the shutdown of the government.
posted: 09/22/2013 2:46 a.m.
U. S. Rep. Tom Cotton intends to cut off his nose to spite his face and have his staff employees do the same.
posted: 09/19/2013 4:26 a.m.
The Wall Street Journal editorial page has not always kept clean hands on matters of recklessness and inanity in the cause of economic conservatism.
posted: 09/18/2013 5 a.m.
It’s time. Obamacare is upon us. The Arkansas private option, too.
posted: 09/17/2013 4:08 a.m.
The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville says on its website that the Division of University Advancement “builds understanding and support for higher education by enhancing the University’s image, involving alumni and other constituencies in proactive functions and raising private gift support.” Is that so?
posted: 09/15/2013 2:43 a.m.
It has been entirely too long since last we fired the fickle arrows of conventional wisdom. As a man once told me, he appreciates the arrowed columns because he can extract the gist from the symbols without having actually to read the words.
posted: 09/12/2013 4:14 a.m.
Acronyms and actuarial talk inevitably bog down most any public discussion of the crisis in the state teachers’ health-insurance system.
posted: 09/11/2013 5 a.m.
The role of the anti-Obama has been pure gold in Arkansas since 2010.
posted: 09/10/2013 4:48 a.m.
For those not plugged into the ever-more-active local political blogosphere, where talented and partisan people use the Internet to drive more and more of the public discussion, let me fill you in.