Arkansas Politics Blog

“H. Clinton comm. report” by Jon Kennedy depicts Hillary Rodham Clinton and her commission report concerning new educational standards. December 15, 1983.
UALR Center for History and Culture

Many are familiar with the often unsophisticated world of newspaper comic strips but there are some comics with more thought – political and editorial cartoons. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Center for History and Culture is out with a new virtual exhibit, “No Laughing Matter: Political Cartoons and the Arkansas Historical Perspective.” UALR historian, Dr. Barclay Key, joined KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman this week to talk cartoons.  

Issue 7, the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act, is dead…or is it? Last week the Arkansas Supreme Court, in a 5-2 decision, invalidated about 12,000 signatures and consequently the ballot measure. On Monday, Attorney John Wesley Hall petitioned for a rehearing.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Arkansas’s unemployment rate is up, though not by very much. The state also still rests below the national average in the September report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

After three months of flat unemployment numbers Arkansas’s rate ticked up from 3.9 percent in August to 4 percent in September. 

An excerpt from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's October 2016 3rd Quarter report for the 2018 election cycle.
Arkansas Secretary of State's Office

How American democracy is faring this presidential election is the subject of many perplexed and disillusioned observers but a few Arkansas candidates already have their eyes on whatever comes next, with campaign contributions trickling in for the 2018 cycle. High dollar contributions from Political Action Committees and individual business owners dominate the filings. A number of lower level contributions from persons employed in governmental affairs also line some reports. As could be expected virtually nothing was allocated to 2018 campaign expenditures.

State Rep. John Walker (D-Little Rock).
Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

Democratic state lawmaker and civil rights attorney John Walker was arrested on Monday for obstructing governmental operations. 

Arkansas League of the South Chair R.G. Miller (right) in Batesville in 2015 working alongside the loosely defined heritage movement to restore a Confederate Flag on a courthouse lawn.
facebook.com

The modern day white Southern secessionist movement in Arkansas spent most of Saturday at the Conway Public Library. It wasn't just the thousands of publicly supported books and assorted educational materials that drew in the Southern nationalists, it was the first state conference of the Arkansas League of the South.

On this week's podcast, KUAR's Michael Hibblen and Jacob Kuaffman discuss the traffic nightmare that is expected to be created with the closure this coming week of the historic Broadway Bridge, Facebook apologizing to state Sen. Jason Rapert regarding his comments about Muslims, new unemployment numbers holding steady at a very low 3.9 percent and a North Little Rock costemtics plants making a major investment in solar power.

File photo: Former US Attorney Conner Eldridge formally launching his US Senate campaign from his family store in Augusta.
Arkansas Times

The U.S. Senate race in Arkansas between Republican incumbent John Boozman, Democrat Conner Eldridge, and Libertarian Frank Gilbert isn’t exactly heating up or grabbing the public’s attention but we are getting ever closer to Election Day.

KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman spoke with Conner Eldridge about convincing Trump voters to crossover for the Senate race, how to respond to a President Clinton agenda, bombings in NYC and New Jersey, pre-K, and three Arkansas ballot issues.

Arkansas Surgeon General Greg Bledsoe with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and other state health officials urging opposition to two medical marijuana ballot measures.
David Monteith / KUAR News

A few talking points against two medical marijuana ballot measures, many of them familiar, have cropped up over the past few weeks as opponents continue to make their case in a string of press conferences. Supporters of medical marijuana have heard them before and have retorts at the ready.

Map of unemployment rate change from August 2015 to August 2016.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

For the third straight month Arkansas’s unemployment rate is holding steady at 3.9 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ August report. It is a full point below an also flat nationwide unemployment rate.

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