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The governor and LR schools

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson nominated on Monday a former religious preschool operator from Mountain Home to run the Little Rock public schools. Continue reading...

Which right is right?

Subscriber onlyLet us explore the supposed conflict between a right to discriminate and the right to hold religious beliefs and act on them. Continue reading...

Crossroads ahead

Subscriber onlyRepublicans are taking one more, and perhaps last, legal shot at Obamacare. Continue reading...

Another crack in the wall

Subscriber onlyThey are deep into religion at the legislative session. I mean deep in a piled-up way that is heavy on judgmental fundamentalism. I do not mean deep in a thoughtful way. Continue reading...

A statement of abdication

Subscriber onlyWe’re getting a bit of bad law out of this Legislature. It’s happening because responsible Republicans are afraid of irresponsible ones. Continue reading...

Why teach critical thinking?

Subscriber onlyIt is possible to believe that the United States is exceptional in the history of the world, a beacon of hope and freedom and opportunity and nobility and might, and yet accept at the same time that the nation has imperfections. Continue reading...

A plan for prisons

Subscriber onlyEducate, medicate and incarcerate. It's what governors do. Continue reading...

Of brave moderation

Subscriber onlyModerates have been heroes in the storied and troubled history of the Little Rock Public Schools. Continue reading...

He’s baaaaaack!

State Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway, Bigelow and a more distant galaxy went on Facebook over the weekend and called for our country to wage limited nuclear war against ISIS. Continue reading...

The un-Reconstructionists

Subscriber onlyIt is our Southern heritage, passed from the Civil War through the civil-rights movement to the current moment in Alabama and Arkansas. Continue reading...

The war against logic

Subscriber onlyHaving dispatched expeditiously and not altogether irresponsibly its two important matters--the private option and tax cuts--our state Legislature was left last week to its own yahoo devices. Continue reading...

The gist of the affair

Subscriber only"If Walter Cronkite and Jon Stewart had a baby ... its name would be Brian Douglas Williams."--Bruce Springsteen, inducting Williams into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in November. Continue reading...

Reasons to stand

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Democratic Party was reduced to standing for nothing, but then, on Monday, it stood for something. Continue reading...

Of good conscience

Subscriber onlyA poll from Talk Business and Politics shows that President Barack Obama's negative rating in Arkansas has reached the laughably lofty level of 70 percent. Continue reading...

Berry-pickin' time

Subscriber onlyHouse Speaker Jeremy Gillam, the blackberry farmer from White County, was on his phone as he stepped into the coffee shop in midtown. Continue reading...

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