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That do-nothing Legislature

At least when it comes to constitutional amendments

Subscriber onlyNotable news from the state Legislature involves what it hasn't done as well as what it has. Continue reading...

UA System president eyes characteristics of chancellor

UA System president eyes characteristics of chancellor

Subscriber onlyThere's no doubt about it. A new chancellor for the University of Arkansas' Fayetteville campus must relate to all sorts of people. Continue reading...

Commentary: Lawmakers risk repeat of past education shortcomings

Lawmakers risk repeat of past education shortcomings

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson and the state Legislature have undone what their predecessors in office fought hard to do little more than a decade ago. Continue reading...

Fighting for transparency

Public’s interest served by open records, meetings

Subscriber onlyNational Sunshine Week again finds Arkansas in the midst of a legislative session in which numerous lawmakers are trying to blunt public access to information. Continue reading...

Between the lines:

“Rehoming” becomes familiar in debate over adoption

Subscriber onlyRehoming? Really? Continue reading...

Hutchinson brings end to tax revenue reroute for highways

Hutchinson brings end to tax revenue reroute

Subscriber onlyA resurrected idea to siphon money for highways from state general funds died more quickly than expected. Continue reading...

Between the lines: Senate panel sets sights on Collins' campus carry bill

Judiciary Committee gets turn on Collins’ campus carry bill

Subscriber onlyThe Senate's Judiciary Committee is the most likely barrier to legislation that would allow concealed carry on the state's college and university campuses. Continue reading...

Between the lines: Debate over how to pay for Arkansas' highways continues

Debate over how to pay for Arkansas’ highways continues

Subscriber onlyThe argument really hasn't changed much. Continue reading...

Between the lines: Hutchinson tackles parole, prison issue

New governor tackles prison, parole issues

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson inherited a prison overcrowding problem that has perplexed one Arkansas governor after another. Continue reading...

Between the lines: Will UA report's dollar figures sway Legislature's funding decisions?

Will report’s big dollar figures sway Legislature’s funding decisions?

Subscriber onlyA recent report puts an impressive new dollar figure on the economic impact of the University of Arkansas. Continue reading...

Between the lines: Loaded for teaching

Bill will authorize school districts to arm teachers, staff

Subscriber onlyBy week's end, the state Legislature may have voted to put guns in the hands of teachers and other public school personnel. Continue reading...

Between the lines: Governor notches early victories

Question is what’s ahead for ‘Asacare’ in Arkansas

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has pulled off a promised middle-income tax cut and kept intact Arkansas' private option insurance plan. Continue reading...

Between the lines: Gun bill gets banged up

Rep. Collins’ push for on-campus guns falls short by one vote

Subscriber onlyAt least for now, state Rep. Charlie Collins' effort to get more guns on Arkansas' college campuses has been holstered. Continue reading...

Between the lines: Bell hits wrong tone

State Rep. Nate Bell, R-Mena, seemed to have good intentions when he first introduced House Bill 1054 to amend the Freedom of Information Act. Continue reading...

Homeless, children see Northwest Arkansas' good fortune from a distance

Homeless, children see Northwest Arkansas’ good fortune from a distance

Subscriber onlyParallel events in Northwest Arkansas recently underscored the point that the region's heralded prosperity doesn't reach the entire population. Continue reading...

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