Open to the FOI

Old hands and new hires alike in the ranks of state workers, you have no expectation of privacy when it comes to details about your state employment. The state attorney general’s office drives home that point in response to a question from three state employees as to whether a state agency’s decision to release a [...]

Boozman’s civics lesson

It’s getting hard to tell that the majority rules in America these days, U.S. Rep. John Boozman, R-Rogers, said on the floor of the U.S. House today in denouncing the new health care reform bill. Boozman, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, said this in his speech: “Madam Speaker, America is a democracy, not a [...]

Lincoln to hold town hall meeting

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln says she’ll hold a town hall meeting in Forrest City on Friday on the topic of child nutrition. The meeting is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. at the Forrest City Civic Center. Lincoln says she plans to discuss the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which she says will be the largest-ever [...]

Pro-life group thanks Snyder

Retiring U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder got a thank-you letter today from a pro-life group. Arkansas Right to Life members, pictured here outside Snyder’s Little Rock office, delivered a letter thanking Snyder for the vote in November in favor of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment to the House health care bill, which would prohibit federal dollars from being [...]

New direction for Kennedy campaign — north

Democrat Patrick Kennedy says his 2nd District congressional campaign has gone in a new direction — north. Kennedy’s campaign staff moved into new digs Monday on Main Street in North Little Rock. He becomes the only congressional candidate with primary headquarters in that city. His campaign team is headed by North Little Rock native Patti [...]

GOP Senate candidates to debate UPDATE

Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate have been invited to a debate Tuesday night at UALR’s William H. Bowen School of Law, and most have said they will attend, according to the state Republican Party. The debate starts at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Arkansas Federation of Young Republicans. KATV anchor Scott Inman [...]

Griffin addition

Add one to the Tim Griffin household. The Republican 2nd District congressional candidate and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed the birth of their son this afternoon at Baptist Health Medical Center. John Timothy Griffin Jr. weighed in at 9 lbs., 1 oz. “We are very thankful for this blessing from God. My wife and son are [...]

Hendren’s cash cows

The state Democratic Party is trying to make political hay out of a tweet today by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kim Hendren. Hendren posted on Twitter, “Had to sell 5 black angus cows to stay in the game! But we’re in to win and still have a few more cows!!!” In a follow-up tweet, Hendren [...]

Don’t ask the governor

Gov. Mike Beebe’s office says his statewide call-in shows on the Arkansas Radio Network and the Arkansas Education Television Network are going on hiatus until after the November election. Both shows have halted production during past election seasons to avoid giving any perceived advantage to the sitting governor.

Berry vs. Halter

A campaign spokesman for Lt. Gov. Bill Halter says the bad-mouthing Halter got from Congressman Marion Berry came from a bitter man. Asked about Halter’s possible Democratic primary challenge to incumbent U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Berry told Congressional Quarterly, “I don’t know anybody that cares what Bill Halter is going to do except Bill Halter. [...]