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State Capitol in review - June 29, 2016

Jun 29, 2016 9:08am

The Legislature enacted an evaluation method for teachers and principals with passage of Act 1209 of 2011. A pilot project was used in 11 school districts in 2013 and put in place in all Arkansas...

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Legislative digest - May 11, 2016

May 11, 2016 9:42am

The House has wrapped up the state’s four fiscal session by passing a balanced budget with increases in funding to some of the most urgent needs.

We began this session with discussion and...

State Capitol in review - May 4, 2016

May 04, 2016 8:49am

The appropriation for Medicaid services was one of first three measures enacted by the legislature during the 2016 fiscal session.

Not long after the spending bill became law the Senate...

View from the bottom rung - April 30, 2016

Apr 30, 2016 4:05am

I’m surprised to find that many people do not read their local newspaper. Well, not actually surprised perhaps, rather amazed. In my extended sojourn upon this rocky sphere, it has been the case...

State Capitol in review - April 20, 2016

Apr 20, 2016 9:09am

As soon as this year’s fiscal session of the legislature convened, the tension began to build.

On the first day of the session the Joint Budget Committee endorsed the spending bill for the...

Legislative digest - April 20, 2016

Apr 20, 2016 9:08am

This week we have two important updates from the Capitol.

The first is the action taking during our first week of the fiscal session. The second update we want to share with you is a new...

View from the bottom rung - April 16, 2016

Apr 16, 2016 4:05am

It’s true, there’s no place like home. I can attest to that coming off a 7,000-mile loop that took Ms. Sunshine and me west to Kingman, Ariz., then northward to Lake Meade, to Las Vegas and ever...

State Capitol in review - April 13, 2016

Apr 13, 2016 8:45am

The conclusion of the three-day special session on Medicaid sets the stage for a dramatic vote in the fiscal legislative session that begins today.

I voted against the Medicaid expansion...

Letter: Clean Line issue

Apr 13, 2016 8:44am

Once again, it is necessary to update the public on the real story behind the Clean Line transmission line project. Clean Line executives are, as always, telling half the story. The other half is...

Letter: Ocker replaces monument

Apr 06, 2016 1:43pm

Early in March the Ocker Monument company of Van Buren replaced the left side stone of a marker that displayed the names of Alma citizens that had contributed to the upkeep of the Alma Cemetery...

View from the bottom rung - April 2, 2016

Apr 02, 2016 4:06am

March 13, 2016:

Welst here I be resting my weary bones at Santa Rosa, N.M. After a hectic few days preparing for this little excursion that will take me and my chauffeur, social adviser and...

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