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.

Arkansas Week: Severance Tax & Ethics Legislation

Arkansas Week, 8 p.m.

On AETN‘s Arkansas Week tonight: Kelly MacNeil of KUAR-FM, 89.1, Ernie Dumas of the Arkansas Times and I join Steve Barnes for a look at the snowy week that was in Arkansas business and politics.

On the docket tonight: The latest chapter in Sheffield Nelson’s severance tax saga, the health of the Fayetteville Shale Play, ethics legislation in the Arkansas General Assembly and much more. Check it out at 8 tonight or catch it online later this afternoon right here.

Lincoln, Lottery, DeMillo, Dumas, Sanders on 'Arkansas Week'

Tonight's topics, via @djsanders

Tonight's topics, via @djsanders

It’s Friday in Arkansas, and that means “Arkansas Week.” Tonight’s panel: Andrew DeMillo of the Associated Press, Ernie Dumas of the Arkansas Times and David Sanders of the Arkansas News Bureau and, of course, the Arkansas Twittersphere, who relays tonight’s topics above.

Watch the show at 8 p.m. on your local AETN affiliate. Or listen to the audio or watch video now.

P.S. And if you get a chance, peep Sanders’ new Twitter page background. That look is so “Blue Steel”!

The Cigarette Tax, the Grocery Tax, State Revenue and, Yes, Waterboarding on 'Arkansas Week'

“Arkansas Week” airs at 8 p.m. tonight on your local AETN affiliate. And check it out! You’ll now be able to embed the show on your Web site or blog once it becomes available on the Interwebs (here’s the link to video of last week’s show, with Arkansas Business Publisher Jeff Hankins).

Tonight: I’m on a panel with “Unconventional Wisdom” host and Arkansas News Bureau columnist David Sanders and Arkansas Times columnist Ernie Dumas. Taping from the Department of Education building behind the state Capitol, we talk about today’s depressing unemployment numbers, last month’s state revenue report and something that happened yesterday at in the Legislature that slipped my mind.

Also: Sanders breaks news about waterboarding in the back rooms of the Capitol — that’s wasn’t sweat on legislators’ faces!

Here‘s audio of tonight’s show. Video here.

Talking Bill Gwatney on 'Arkansas Week'

Arkansas Business President and Publisher Jeff Hankins is on “Arkansas Week” tonight, 8 p.m. on your local AETN affiliate, and we’re fairly certain that the life and death of Bill Gwatney will be the show’s major focus.

Also on, Arkansas News Bureau political columnist David Sanders, Arkansas News Bureau reporter Doug Thompson and Arkansas Times columnist Ernie Dumas.

As always, Steve Barnes hosts.

UCA, Jobs in Arkansas and Obamamania on 'Arkansas Week'

It seems like an eternity since I’ve the pleasure to be at the round table, but tonight I’m back on AETN’s “Arkansas Week,” along with Arkansas Times columnist Ernie Dumas and University of Arkansas journalism professor Hoyt Purvis.

On the docket tonight: the continuing saga of Lu Hardin’s $300,000 pay package at the University of Central Arkansas, the state’s job market, the lottery and adoption proposals, and Barack Obama’s world tour.

Obviously, we’ve taped the show before today’s UCA board of trustees meeting, set to get underway within the hour. But there was lots to be said about Hardin’s salary mess, including thoughts on the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act and Dumas’ point that this was a story that, had it been handled correctly, should only have been a one-day story. Sadly, that’s not been the case.

Check us out at 8 p.m. tonight on AETN. You can get the podcast here later this afternoon.

UPDATED: The Associated Press’ account of the UCA board of trustees meeting here. Apologies all around, including from Hardin:

“With my expertise in this area, I should have known better. It was a mistake and I apologize,” Hardin told the board.