posted: 05/23/2013 4:36 a.m.
As you behold the human loss and heartbreak in Oklahoma, you might ask yourself a question.
posted: 05/22/2013 5 a.m.
After Martha Shoffner as state treasurer, Republicans would be a big improvement.
posted: 05/21/2013 4:02 a.m.
I was moderating a panel of state legislators last Wednesday and I kept trying to prod House Speaker Davy Carter into saying whether he would seek the Republican nomination for governor.
posted: 05/19/2013 2:37 a.m.
Most weeks, my best 50 minutes get spent standing before a couple of hundred seniors in a “Behind the Headlines” class that is part of the LifeQuest program for active retirees.
posted: 05/16/2013 4:37 a.m.
“Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.” —Buffalo Springfield The three Republican state legislators who conceived of the private option to Medicaid expansion insist amid scoffing that their now-enacted proposal is genuinely conservative.
posted: 05/15/2013 4:57 a.m.
Just when the Tea Party was about to fade from well-earned absurdity to deserved obscurity, it received the bountiful blessing of the perfect enemy.
posted: 05/14/2013 3:37 a.m.
All modern American presidents favored with second terms get scandals or pseudo-scandals.
posted: 05/12/2013 2:26 a.m.
Childhood memories grow a little unclear after a half-century.
posted: 05/09/2013 4:36 a.m.
You’re actually supposed to pay state sales taxes already on Internet purchases from sellers lacking a physical presence in Arkansas.
posted: 05/08/2013 5 a.m.
Now that hogs are in the barn, state regulators are headed to Jasper to hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. today.
posted: 05/07/2013 3:29 a.m.
Central Arkansas likes to brag on its pristine water supply at Lake Maumelle. Residents tell stories of the local tap water winning blind taste tests over the priciest bottled waters.
posted: 05/05/2013 2:32 a.m.
An epic political season unfolds in Arkansas. The year 2014 could prove seminal in defining the state’s politics for decades.
posted: 05/02/2013 4:27 a.m.
If you like Nate Bell, surely you also like Tom Cotton. Both see terrorist attacks on American soil as political opportunities.
posted: 05/01/2013 5 a.m.
First the disclaimer: This is not an endorsement. Nor is it a testimonial.
posted: 04/30/2013 2:55 a.m.
On days when I’m generous, I analyze it as tactical politics.
posted: 04/28/2013 2:39 a.m.
For all the lamentation among the enlightened about setting the state back decades, this legislative session turned out like all the others.
posted: 04/25/2013 4:31 a.m.
To seek feedback, I put on Twitter the other day that I would presume in a forthcoming column to declare the top 10 legislators of the just-completed session. I threw out nominees, mostly Republican, and got feedback, believe me.
posted: 04/24/2013 5 a.m.
I’m at lunch in Rogers, a three-hour drive from the raging insularity of the legislative session. I’m standing in the Elks Lodge before not quite a couple of hundred Benton County Democrats.
posted: 04/23/2013 3:35 a.m.
The greatest threat to the Republican tide washing over Arkansas is its woefully simple-minded and irresponsibly mean-spirited element.
posted: 04/21/2013 2:13 a.m.
It’s Wednesday morning and the state Senate will vote this day on the spending bill to expand health insurance to the poor with a nationally innovative private option to Medicaid.
posted: 04/18/2013 4:18 a.m.
At 9 a.m. Wednesday, I was leading a class of about 200 well-informed retirees. We call it “Behind the Headlines.” I chose to begin by reading an excerpt from a text I had received only moments before.
posted: 04/17/2013 5 a.m.
The real challenge all along for the historic new Republican majority in the Arkansas General Assembly has been to avoid apocalyptic meltdown and govern competently.
posted: 04/16/2013 2:41 a.m.
Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross will fly around the state tomorrow announcing his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014.
posted: 04/14/2013 2:19 a.m.
The weirdest legislative session got weirder Wednesday night.
posted: 04/11/2013 4:23 a.m.
It was the ablest and strongest performance of policy command and communication I can recall in an Arkansas legislative chamber.
posted: 04/10/2013 5 a.m.
Once long ago, in 1982, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Clinton sat beside me on a little airplane in flight from the Mount Nebo Chicken Fry to an evening event in Texarkana.
posted: 04/09/2013 4:23 a.m.
I have been urged not to say anything positive about the smart and noble effort led by a half-dozen or so of the state’s best Republican legislators to enact a cleverly innovative private-option alternative to Medicaid expansion.
posted: 04/07/2013 2:07 a.m.
Other than a gooey and smelly mess, Mayflower presents a couple of political case studies.
posted: 04/04/2013 4:23 a.m.
It’s Tuesday morning at the state Capitol, and everyone seems to be warming up for winding down. Metaphors are rampant.
posted: 04/03/2013 5 a.m.
Once, the Equal Rights Amendment’s profound simplicity had momentum.
posted: 04/02/2013 4:24 a.m.
U. S. Sen. Mark Pryor, doing his best Rand Paul impersonation as he seeks to survive as the last Democrat from Arkansas in Washington, is now saying gay people choose to be gay.
posted: 03/31/2013 2:12 a.m.
If you had the chance—indeed the power—to save 9,031 lives in Arkansas over six years, would you take the chance? Would you exercise the power?
posted: 03/28/2013 3:07 a.m.
Here is a simple and straightforward account of an illustrative vignette from your state Legislature on Tuesday.
posted: 03/27/2013 5 a.m.
We may rest assured that U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor will not fall on his gun for gun control.
posted: 03/26/2013 4:20 a.m.
For a cold and misting Saturday afternoon outside the state Capitol, a woman had re-engineered her umbrella.
posted: 03/24/2013 2:03 a.m.
Be assured that the metaphor is offered by a confirmed dog lover.
posted: 03/21/2013 4:31 a.m.
I breezed over to the state Capitol on Tuesday morning and came up with what I believe to be the latest, or near-latest, on Medicaid expansion and tax cuts.
posted: 03/20/2013 5 a.m.
It's Saturday night in Little Rock and U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's re-election campaign is netting a million dollars at a fundraiser.
posted: 03/19/2013 4:01 a.m.
Mike Ross walked into the Hillcrest neighborhood home of lawyer Nate Coulter last week and faced more than a dozen liberals for nearly three hours.
posted: 03/17/2013 2:16 a.m.
It’s not sophisticated research. Feel free to try it at home.
posted: 03/14/2013 3:20 a.m.
His name is Tyler Denton and he is one of those bright young Arkansas Democrats who came up through the end days of the Clinton presidency.
posted: 03/13/2013 5 a.m.
Arrows have proven uncommonly useful and popular in this ongoing tragicomedy at the state Capitol.
posted: 03/12/2013 4:09 a.m.
Given the opportunity, modern Republicans can be counted on to do three things. They will restrict abortion, or try, as we have seen in this legislative session. They will propagate guns, as we also have seen.
posted: 03/10/2013 3:35 a.m.
“Come get my gun if you wish. But don’t dare try to take my slave.”— Thomas Jefferson.
posted: 03/07/2013 4:01 a.m.
Not all issues at the state Capitol are black-and-white.
posted: 03/06/2013 5 a.m.
We have discovered the mother lode of irony. It runs under the Arkansas state Capitol.
posted: 03/05/2013 3:59 a.m.
This is Arkansas, all right?
posted: 03/03/2013 2:16 a.m.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Jason … Why does the Vatican need a new pope when Bigelow has Jason Rapert?
posted: 02/28/2013 3:39 a.m.
That arrow column a couple of weeks ago went over so well that I’ve decided to reach into the quiver a tad more frequently during this spectacle of a legislative session.
posted: 02/27/2013 5 a.m.
Gov. Mike Beebe did the right thing Monday, if for the expedient reason, on abortion.