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Joining the South

Subscriber onlyThe state Legislature meets in supposedly "special" session this week to do decidedly ordinary things simply because other largely unreconstructed Southern states do them. Continue reading...

Another step backward

Subscriber onlyState Sen. Jason Rapert has outed Gov. Asa Hutchinson, pulling him from the closet of gay discrimination. Continue reading...

So long, Dave and Don

Subscriber onlyTwo generational icons in television programming said farewell thoughtfully last week. They provided many of us an opportunity for introspection, thus a better understanding of ourselves. Continue reading...

A sick feeling

Subscriber onlyThe most telling remark during the legislative panel discussion Wednesday at the state rural development conference came from under the breath of state Sen. Joyce Elliott of Little Rock, liberal lioness of Arkansas. Continue reading...

Interview intervention

Subscriber onlyIf you want to know what it looks like when a strong contender for president makes himself too readily available to reporters, just examine a picture of Jeb Bush. Continue reading...

In general, a bad idea

Subscriber onlyFor as long as I’ve covered state government, since 1980, an unwritten and altogether wise and sound rule has survived against occasional heretical incursion. Continue reading...

The indifference difference

Subscriber onlyThe Boston Marathon bomber got the death penalty last week, which was all right with me, an opponent of the death penalty. Continue reading...

Hypocrisy alert!

Subscriber onlyState government couldn't find $4.9 million in continued funding for community health centers, mainly because it cut taxes on the capital gains enjoyed by better-off people. Continue reading...

Just not a priority

Subscriber onlyNo one in the newly Republicanized governor's office or the recently Republicanized state Legislature conspired to cut taxes on rich people and pay for it by cutting spending for poor people's health and dental care in the Delta. Continue reading...

Men of principle

Subscriber onlyThe U.S. Senate voted 98-to-Tom Cotton last week to approve a perfectly practical negotiated agreement. Continue reading...

Trading on trade

Subscriber onlyWell, this free-trade issue is big. Among the presidency-seeking former residents of our state, it finds Hillary Clinton evading per usual, and Mike Huckabee going scatological per usual. Continue reading...

Key to education

Subscriber onlyOn the morning after he'd bought off Dexter Suggs as the school superintendent in Little Rock, state education commissioner Johnny Key stood at the Kroger deli in Little Rock's midtown picking up fried chicken for a staff lunch. Continue reading...

A Medicaid conversation

Subscriber onlyAs advertised in this space Tuesday, I interviewed that afternoon the co-chairmen of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's task force assigned to do something with--or to--our state's nationally imitated private option form of Medicaid expansion. Continue reading...

Fictional nonfiction

Subscriber onlyHuckabee the Clinton Slayer, a work of fiction suitable for instant home viewing through video on demand, or maybe one of the C-SPAN channels, premiered Tuesday in Hope. Continue reading...

That darned math again

Subscriber onlyThis afternoon I will interview state Sen. Jim Hendren of Gravette and state Rep. Charlie Collins of Fayetteville, co-chairmen of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's task force to replace the private-option form of Medicaid expansion, thus to ruin everything. Continue reading...

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