Video: Jay Bradford on Obamacare in Arkansas on ‘Arkansas Week’

Above, this week’s edition of AETN’s “Arkansas Week.” On this week’s episode, state Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford talks to Steve Barnes about Obamacare, Week One, including the latest traffic numbers to the state’s sign-up website and what he makes of the legislature’s stance against a $4 million Obamacare advertising and outreach campaign.

Plus, the Arkansas Times’ David Ramsey, independent journalist Rick Fahr and I talk about the week that was in health care, the government shutdown and looming debt ceiling debate.


From Bad to Worse for Martha Shoffner & More on ‘Arkansas Week’ Tonight

Arkansas Week on AETN

8 p.m. Friday.

With Steve Barnes out, they let me host another edition of AETN‘s “Arkansas Week,” which you check out at 8 p.m. tonight or later this afternoon at this link. Once again, a big thanks to Steve and the “Arkansas Week” crew for allowing me to fill in. And thanks today’s panelists — Michael Hibblen, Hoyt Purvis and Rick Fahr — for another great show.

On the docket tonight: Martha Shoffner’s baffling May 31 court appearance, which cleared the way to Wednesday’s 14-count indictment; state finances and unemployment; Gov. Mike Beebe’s dip into the rainy day fund to help college students; slumping lottery sales; Tom Cotton’s latest moves in Washington D.C.; and update from Mayflower, where we might be close to getting some answers about that oil spill.

Falcon Jet, Mark Pryor, Medicaid, the Housing Market and More on ‘Arkansas Week’

Arkansas Week

Steve Barnes, me, Michael Hibblen and Nathan Vandiver.

In this week’s edition of AETN’s “Arkansas Week,” me, KUAR-FM, 89.1′s Michael Hibblen and Nathan Vandiver and host Steve Barnes take a look a rapidly heating U.S. Senate race, the state of the state’s economy, another milestone in the Medicaid expansion and more. Plus: Steve has a conversation with Shane Broadway, interim director of the state Department of Higher Education.

You can watch the full episode right here.

Video: The Saturday Week in Review and ‘Arkansas Week’ on AETN

It’s time to take another look at the week that was in Arkansas Business. First, above, our weekly “Arkansas Business Week in Review,” which airs Saturday mornings on THV 11 News. We look back on a week chock full of Arkansas public company earnings and other developments.

Meanwhile, AETN’s “Arkansas Week,” we talk about the farm bill in Washington D.C., new developments in the Arkansas governor’s race, earnings season and the abortion law in court. You can watch the full episode — which features me, Rick Fahr, David Keith and host Steve Barnes – right here

Arkansas Week: Dustin McDaniel on ExxonMobile in Mayflower & Medicaid

On this week’s edition of AETN‘s “Arkansas Week,” Steve Barnes talks to Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel about ExxonMobil and the Mayflower oil spill. Plus, me, KUAR’s Michael Hibblen and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Doug Thompson discuss the Medicaid non-expansion expansion and gubernatorial/congressional politics.

You can watch the whole show right here.

A Look Back at the Year in Arkansas Business

This week’s Arkansas Business is an annual treat for me, both as part of the newspaper’s team and as a reader. It’s our yearly look back at the last 12 months of Arkansas business news, including our countdown of the year’s top 10 stories.

Arkansas Business' annual look back at the year that was.

Arkansas Business’ annual look back at the year that was.

We’ve also got a look at 2012′s best and worst and a roundup of the top 10 most-read Arkansas Business stories of the year, written by me. It’s a fun trip down memory lane.

Also: Our media reporter Kate Knable authors the latest entry in our popular Exec Q&A series. This week, Kate talks to Eliza Gaines, assistant publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (and daughter of Publisher Walter Hussman Jr.), about the future of newspapers and her thoughts on print.

And finally, there’s the best quotations of 2012, including some fun article art put together by the invaluable Tre Baker. John L. Smith, Gus Malzahn, Mike Beebe, Warren Stephens — the gang’s all here. What a year it was, eh?

Talking with John Boozman, Mark Pryor on Health Care Reform, the Economy & More

Arkansas Business with John Boozman

Me, sitting down with U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark.

Over at the day job, we’re rolling out a series of interviews with Arkansas’ U.S. Senators, John Boozman and Mark Pryor, on issues ranging including health care reform, the economy and pure politics.

The latest clips in the series — ones dealing with health care — rolled out today, in conjunction with Arkansas Business’ Health Care Reform Symposium. You can watch them here, here and here.

We’re continuing to roll out the rest of the interviews in the coming days.

Arkansas Week: The RNC, Mitt Romney And, Yes, Clint Eastwood

Watch Arkansas Week August 31, 2012 on PBS. See more from Arkansas Week.

Last Friday’s edition of AETN’s “Arkansas Week” is available to stream now, if you’d like to relive Nathan Vandiver, Hoyt Purvis, Steve Barnes and me puzzling over Clint Eastwood’s RNC floor show.

Also: Rick Crawford stays home, UAMS and St. Vincent consider a partnership and early talks of a $40 million per year tax cut for manufacturers.

Here’s Me, Guest-Hosting ‘Arkansas Week’

On Arkansas Week

Ok. So this is weird.

I can’t thank Steve Barnes and the “Arkansas Week” crew enough for asking me to guest-host this week’s show, which you can catch at 8 p.m. tonight on your local AETN station. (If you just can’t wait, you can watch it now right here.)

On this week’s episode, we talk about the remaining ballot proposals Arkansans could face in November, the all-important Farm Bill working its way through Congress, Mike Ross’ health care repeal vote, and the latest developments in our 1st and 4th district congressional races. Rick Fahr, Ernie Dumas and Hoyt Purvis weigh in.

That half-hour really flies by! And don’t worry; Steve’s back next week.