Arkansas Week Tonight: McDaniel, Shoffner, #ARLEG, Medicaid & Wal-Mart

A packed, fast-paced show tonight on AETN’s “Arkansas Week.” I join host Steve Barnes and Michael Hibblen, news director of KUAR-FM, 89.1, in Little Rock and Dr. Price Dooley of the political science department of the University of Central Arkansas. On the agenda, Dustin McDaniel’s “meet-the-press” moment, more woes for Martha Shoffner, the coming legislative […]

Let’s Get Ready to Talk About Arkansas Term Limits

A quick note I added to Arkansas Business this week about the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas gauging members’ appetite for loosening Arkansas’ term limits law sometime down the road: Randy Zook, president and CEO of the state chamber and AIA, says modifying the law is not officially on the group’s legislative […]

This Week in Arkansas Business: Education Department to Seek More Scholarship Money

This week in Arkansas Business: At the rate Arkansas is awarding college scholarships, money in the Arkansas Department of Higher Education’s reserve fund will run out by 2013. So director Jim Purcell says he’ll ask the Legislature this January to provide more money for scholarships or allow the department to cut the number awarded. Meanwhile, the DHE […]

The 87th General Assembly Comes to Close

What’s that light at the end of the tunnel, you say? Why, it’s the end of the 87th General Assembly! Pretty soon, all the goings on of the last three months will be a distant, bittersweet memory, leaving us with only a stockpile of pre-tax-increase cigarettes and lotto tickets — and a voluminous archive of […]

Major Job Losses, State Revenue and the Legislative Session on 'Arkansas Week'

Update: Listen to audio, see video of tonight’s show. It’s Friday, so you know what that means: “Arkansas Week”! Steve Barnes hosts another panel of Arkansas journalists to discuss The Week That Was. On tonight’s episode, me, John Williams and Brenda Blagg try to put the whole messy affair into some perspective. The topics: Today’s […]

The 87th General Assembly: The Most Watched Arkansas Legislature Ever?

If you’re not blogging, Twittering, podcasting, videocasting, columnizing, editorializing or reporting on the 87th General Assembly, you might be in the minority. A quick glance around the Interwebs reveals several sites claiming to keep an eye on the Capitol, and many of them publish continually as news happens. Among them: My day job, ArkansasBusiness.com: In […]