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[1 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 5,018 views]
Martha Shoffner is the least of our problems

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner made the news again last week when she pleaded innocent to federal bribery and extortion charges in U.S. district court. It seems the media will write something about Shoffner whenever she happens to walk near a courthouse, and we at First Arkansas News are as guilty as anyone about that. We, too, have had our fun with the sad, strange story of Shoffner at least a couple of times.
Shoffner’s tale is, after all, a fascinating one as we’re talking about a woman who allegedly sold …

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[2 Jun 2013 | 27 Comments | 7,622 views]
Awesome Site of the Week: Rock City Times

Welcome to yet another installment in our Awesome Site of the Week — a feature that we’re sure will maybe one day, perhaps, become a big hit with our tens of fans.
We at First Arkansas News started this dandy feature in hopes of pointing out some sites that simply ooze awesome but may have been overlooked. You’ll not find any eBays or Amazons mentioned in this feature because, well, everyone’s heard of those. What you will find are some sites that deserve your attention. Make sure to visit them and …

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[2 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 1,692 views]
Week in Review (May 26-June 1)

It’s the start of a new week, so that means it’s time to take a look at what went on last week here at First Arkansas News through our Week in Review series. It would be an outright tragedy if our tens of fans missed a post or two, so we rehash revisit our most resent stories as a matter of convenience. And, oh yes, we covered a lot of ground last week — we did a little something to honor veterans on Memorial Day, paid a visit to the …

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[31 May 2013 | 2 Comments | 2,228 views]
Judge rejects Shoffner’s plea

According to media reports, U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes on Friday tossed out an agreement under which former Arkansas State Treasurer Martha “Pie Fan” Shoffner was to plead guilty to one count of extortion for allegedly accepting at least $36,000 in exchange for sending business to a broker’s company. It has been alleged that two $6,000 payments were sent to Shoffner disguised in pie boxes that even had pies in them (the desserts, perhaps, were bonuses).
Shoffner, seemingly, admitted to accepting money from the broker but denied that she deliberately sent …

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[26 May 2013 | No Comment | 3,593 views]
Week in Review (May 16-25)

We haven’t posted a Week in Review here at First Arkansas News for some time, but it’s time we did. Why? There’s a lot going on during the week these days and we’d hate for anyone to miss something important. So, click the links below to find a story or two that you might have missed. Check back every Sunday for a summation of the prior week’s stories so you can stay informed (or, at least, get a handle on what exactly we’re doing around here).
* Creating Obstacles — Pastor …

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[21 May 2013 | One Comment | 5,196 views]
Martha Shoffner, pies and federal extortion charges

There are times when reading about Arkansas politics is too much fun. This, folks, is one of those times.
Now, some of us gave up long ago on the state government doing much that would benefit us overly much. At least we can be entertained every now and again by the folks we send to office.
Take the incredibly sad and strange case of State Treasurer Martha Shoffner. It would appear she’s well on the way of losing her job — along with its salary of $54,595 per year — so she …

Commentary, Politics, The Winner's Circle »

[10 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 3,090 views]
The Winner’s Circle — Joy Ballard, Saline County Collector

The Green Party of Arkansas fielded 13 candidates across the state in the Nov. 2 election, but only one of them won an office — incoming Saline County Collector Joy Ballard.
Ballard said she chose the Green Party as part of a strategy that left her as the only candidate printed on the ballot in a race full of write-in hopefuls. That has to do with the timing of Chris Villines, who announced in April he was leaving the County Collector’s office to take a new job as executive director of …

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[3 Nov 2010 | 4 Comments | 4,622 views]
Big night for Arkansas Republicans

Arkansas entered the day as a state what was represented primarily by Democrats in Washington.
Now, Republicans dominate the state’s congressional delegation.
Here’s how it went down:
* In a hotly contested Senate race, Republican John Boozman defeated Democrat Blanche Lincoln. The final vote hasn’t been tallied yet, but that race was called in Boozman’s favor as soon as the polls closed.
Lincoln, the incumbent senator, angered Arkansas voters with her support of health care reform. The voters responded as expected, leaving Boozman as the first Republican senator from Arkansas since Tim Hutchinson embarrassed …