Arkansas Blog

COVID (another bad day) and the open line

Nothing good to report.

A new, smellier day on the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette comics page?

A coarse word in today's D-G comics recalls a comics dustup of yore.

Sen. Tom Cotton, Russian stooge on idea to buy Greenland?

Was Tom Cotton's advocacy of a Greenland purchase encouraged by a letter forged by Russian spies?

Bridge repairs in progress: Thank Joe Biden, not Arkansas congressmen

Filling a gap in news coverage today of the Biden infrastructure legislation.

Wendell Griffen continues thundering on the state's M.L. King prayer breakfast

Another blast from Wendell Griffen at Mike Huckabee and Governor Hutchinson for the observance of M.L. King Day by foes of things he stood for.

The TGIF news roundup and open line

Virus is stronger than the governor's leadership today

COVID today: Hospitalizations continue to rise and active cases top 85,000

The number of people sick enough for a hospital or ICU bed continues to rise.

The Asa Falls Short Edition

On this week's podcast, Max Brantley and Lindsey Millar talk about the latest coronavirus news and Governor Hutchinson's leadership or lack thereof at this stage of the pandemic. They also talk about former Gov. Mike Huckabee's controversial upcoming speech at Arkansas Martin Luther King commission MLK Day event on Monday and an ethics complaint filed against state Supreme Court Justice Rhonda Wood.

Deja vu: M.L. King Jr. on a Senate filibuster against voting rights. Also a gag-worthy blast from the past by French Hill.

Here's a King quote unlikely to be repeated at King Day ceremonies in Little Rock Monday. At least not those put on by the Hutchinson administration.

UAMS updates COVID forecast. Not good.

The forecast is that the worst isn't over.

The governor's silence on the vaccine requirement for health workers is not leadership

The governor failed a leadership test Thursday on the ruling requiring vaccinations of health workers.

The semi-secret 'interfaith' prayer breakfast featuring opponents of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act

When is the M.L. King Commission's prayer breakfast featuring Mike Huckabee, a foe of restoring the Voting Rights Act. Who's going? Good questions. Finally answered late Friday.

Ethics complaint targets state Supreme Court Justice Rhonda Wood

A complaint filed against Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Rhonda Wood has accused her of violating judicial ethics by telling then-Circuit Judge Michael Maggio in 2014 to delete certain text messages.

Marijuana commission moves closer to issuing final dispensary licenses

The rule changes are expected to go before the Arkansas Legislative Council next month and, if approved, the commission could issue the final licenses at its meeting in March, commission spokesman Scott Hardin said. 

Today's news: The COVID surge and the response, good and bad

Lot of bad news, but some welcome sedition charges in today's roundup.

Mayor urges patience as COVID surges

Public buildings are closed and employees may be stretched to provide services.

COVID today: More records, more hospitalized

Shots and masks sound good to me after a record 12,990 new cases and a record 79,346 active cases.

What Governor Hutchinson and other leaders can do to protect our kids and communities

Governor Hutchinson has claimed throughout this pandemic that he is doing the absolute most to protect Arkansas from COVID, and that there is nothing more that could be done. This is patently not true, and I have a list of actions he should take.

Pulaski Tech chancellor retiring

To retire after almost 10 years at the helm of two-year college.

Supreme Court kills federal vaccine rule for large companies, but allows rule for health care workers

Vaccinate-or-test rule goes for big businesses; stays for health care facilities.