Legislative swan song

On the last day of the fiscal session, the House and Senate today honored term-limited members who likely served in their last legislative session in the chamber. “You are just wonderful and it’s been a great privilege to be with you,” said Sen. Bobby Glover, D-Carlisle, one of 11 senators prevented by term limits from [...]

Playing cutesy with money squabbles

One state senator found humor in the budget squabbles of Arkansas’ first ever fiscal session. Term-limited state Sen. Terry Smith of Hot Springs took a jovial jab at Gov. Mike Beebe in a poem he read to Senate colleagues today on what likely was the final day of the three-week session. Patterned after “The Night [...]

House parliamentarian hospitalized

Longtime state House Parliamentarian Tim Massanelli remains in a Little Rock hospital today undergoing treatment for respiratory problems. House spokeswoman Amanda Manatt says Massanelli has been at St. Vincent’s Infirmary Medical Center since falling ill Friday night. A hospital spokeswoman says Massanelli is in guarded condition today. Manatt says people who have spoken to the [...]

David Boren visits Arkansas

University of Oklahoma President David Boren, former governor and U.S. senator for the Sooner State, signs a copy of his book “A Letter to America” for state Sen. Sue Madison, D-Fayetteville, at the Arkansas Capitol today. Boren’s visit was arranged by state Sen. Randy Laverty, D-Jasper, and included a talk by Boren and introductions by [...]

Huckabee joins Boozman

The daughter of former Arkansas governor and president candidate Mike Huckabee has signed on to run Republican 3rd District Congressman John Boozman’s campaign for the U.S. Senate. Sarah Huckabee has been named Boozman’s campaign manager after serving as executive director of her father’s political action committee, HuckPAC. She also was national political director for her [...]

Cook for Congress

Democratic state Rep. David Cook of Williford has scheduled a Wednesday news conference to throw his hat into the ring for the 1st District congressional seat. The retired school administrator and term-limited legislator will announce his plans at noon on the Capitol steps. Cook will join a growing list of candidates who have announced for [...]

Laying low and considering options

Two potential Democratic challengers to U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s re-election bid are playing it close to the vest as the March political filing period approaches. A campaign spokesman for Lt. Gov. Bill Halter says today nothing has changed as Halter eyes a political shift. “The lieutenant governor continues to focus on his re-election while also [...]

Reading list for legislators

State Sen. Randy Laverty, D-Jasper, is so impressed with the book “A Letter to America,” by David Boren, that he, along with several others, has purchased one for every member of the Legislature. The lawmaker has also arranged for Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma, to fly to Arkansas on Feb. 16 and to [...]

Smith considering GOP run in 1st District

Newt Gingrich protege Princella Smith has formed an exploratory committee to look at a possible Republican race for the 1st District seat being vacated by Democratic incumbent Rep. Marion Berry. Smith was raised in Wynne and is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University. In addition former U.S. House Speaker Gingrich, Smith was communications director for [...]

Arkansas’ C-SPAN?

Amanda Manatt, director of the state House Communications Office, advises that House proceedings during the upcoming legislative session will be broadcast live on the following channels: • Little Rock, North Little Rock, Jacksonville, Sherwood and Bryant: Comcast Channel 18, and KETS, Channel 202 • Conway: Conway Corp., Channel 115 • Berryville, Eureka Springs, Green Forest, [...]