No one can predict the future, but regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we may be here – where we’re at now – for a while.
We would like to thank the many organizations that were involved in assisting our family working with Veronica Grace Kyle (Roni) in her time of need. The response was not only unbelievable fast, but the level of compassion displayed was unbelievable.
Arkansans for a Unified Natural State want voters to have a say over several new laws adopted by state legislators during the 2021 legislative session.
Is Arkansas ready to elect an African American and a Democrat as governor? For Chris Jones, the second adjective is as big a challenge to overcome at this point in Arkansas history as the first.
Columbia County had lottery ticket sales totaling $608,942.50 in May, down from $738,494 in April, according to a report released June 10 by the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration - Office of the Arkansas Lottery.
Awhile back I had a former student in my office who was a proud new daddy. As we talked about the challenges of raising kids, including financial challenges, he told me he was going to start a college fund for his child and would begin funding it heavily. To fund the kid’s account, he would …
If Arkansas Democrats need inspiration during this time in the political wilderness, they can look to the Republican in the Governor’s Mansion who lost his first three statewide races.
What does the world’s second-ranked female tennis player have to do with Arkansas politics? A lot more with Sarah Huckabee Sanders than with Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
Sen. J. William Fulbright might be Arkansas’ second most important historical political figure after President Bill Clinton, but his statue will be moved because of his record on civil rights.
When I asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson in July 2019 if he would run for president after he left office, he replied by saying, “If there was the right opportunity and need there, that option is on the table.”
Arkansas state government is full of yawn-inducing agency names, none more so than “Board of Apportionment.” But its work has as much to do with who gets elected as anything that happens in political campaigns.
Mutual fund giant Vanguard recently published a report giving insight into how affluent households invest their money. Vanguard defines affluent households as those with over $500,000 in investable assets.
What do you do if you’re an ambitious Republican, but Arkansas’ most desirable offices feature longtime incumbents running for re-election, or already have a seemingly unbeatable candidate, or in practice need you to be a lawyer?
Over the past year-and-a-half, Americans have argued about a virus, masks, the police, race, and election results. But at least we can agree on one thing: When a bridge is broken, it must be fixed.
Arkansas Secretary of Health Jose Romero Tuesday acknowledged what has become obvious: We won’t reach “herd immunity” with COVID-19 any time soon, so the focus should be immunizing as many people as possible.
Sen. Jim Hendren, I-Gravette, has finished his first legislative session as the state’s only independent legislator, so now he can focus on the organization he’s building, Common Ground Arkansas – and on deciding whether to run for governor.
Law enforcement officers in Arkansas will be trained annually in their duty to intervene when they see another officer using excessive force. The bill was signed into law the same day a jury convicted police officer Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd. It didn’t get as much attenti…
There’s no founding principle in American democracy so revered that it can’t be politicized. That includes “no taxation without representation,” which doesn’t fully apply to the 690,000 Americans living in Washington, D.C.
Should it be harder to amend the Arkansas Constitution and pass voter-initiated acts? You’ll likely be answering that question in the voting booth next year.
It took a while, but Arkansas finally passed a hate crimes law, although the sponsors don’t call it that and some Democrats say it’s not one.
COVID-19 disrupted a lot of goals this year – including Christie Erwin’s, who’s trying to reduce to zero the number of kids in Arkansas waiting to be adopted.
When Joe Biden was running for president, he promised not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 per year. Which would be just about everybody, right? So, the revenue raised from a tax increase on the over $400k crowd just isn’t going to pay for all the stuff the Biden-Harris adm…
“All politics is local,” the late U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill said, but that was the 1970s and ‘80s. Were he alive today, he’d probably have to concede it’s now, “All politics is cultural.”
Back in the hot stock market period of the late 90’s, stockbrokers were selling dog stocks to investors on a regular basis. By dogs, I mean their internal research showed the stock to be overpriced, or even of no value. Yet the brokers were still out there pushing the stocks.
Many Arkansans who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines don’t want them, or at least don’t want them yet, so rather than letting the vaccines sit in a freezer, the obvious next step is to make them available to those who do.
If I were to tell you a giant government institution serving almost 500,000 people and their families would turn on a dime and drastically change its service delivery in a few days’ time – how would that fit into your preconceived notion of how the world works?
The separation of powers has been on display in Arkansas lately. With one branch of government, Gov. Asa Hutchinson stood his ground – for a few days, anyway, until there was a reason to stop. With the other, he’s giving ground.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced an increase of only 94 new COVID-19 cases Monday, two months after the New Year’s Day increase was 4,304. He reported seven new deaths, compared to 66 reported December 29.
In early December, I quoted British Prime Minister Winston Churchill saying after a World War II victory in 1942, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
Bryant High School wrestling coach Shane Clancy did not wrestle with his decision to be vaccinated for COVID-19. After his big right arm was stuck with a small needle at the River Center gym in Benton on February 13, he explained, “I’m ready to ditch the mask and just be normal.”
As Congress and President Biden debate yet again how much to spend in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, one detail is missing: How are we going to pay all this borrowed money back?
It seems far too early to be talking about a governor’s election that won’t occur for another 15 months. But this may be our last chance.
Remarkably, the state of Arkansas has $422 million more in revenues than it thought it would. But the Senate chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee – and a bean counter in his other job – says it should act like it doesn’t.
Will the nation’s most pro-life state ban almost all abortions? It at least will pass laws meant to reduce the amount of them.
How should schools teach about history? And who should decide? The answer to the second question helps determine the answer to the first.