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[27 Jul 2011 | 15 Comments | 26,743 views]
GE tells American workers to go to hell, ‘First Arkansas News’ announces new series

You want to talk about timing? Just yesterday, we at First Arkansas News posted an article about the growing interest in buying American-made products and — before the pixels were even cold on that one — General Electric announced it’s moving a bunch of jobs to China.
That ironic announcement — we’ll get to it in a minute — has prompted an expansion of the aforementioned article into a series of them. We’ve already heard from Roger Simmermaker of How Americans Can Buy American and we’ll hear from Don Rongione of …

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[24 Jan 2011 | One Comment | 3,909 views]
Arkansas unions riled up over illegal immigrants

A bill imposing penalties against contractors who knowingly hire illegal immigrants is due to go before a state House committee on Wednesday and some Arkansas unions have been asked to come to the state Capitol and show their support for it.
The bill at issue is HB 1013, which is sponsored by State Rep. Jim Nickels (D-Sherwood). The bill, if passed, will allow the state Contractors Licensing Board to impose penalties on contractors who — directly or through a subcontractor — knowingly hire people who are not authorized to work in …

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[3 Nov 2010 | 5 Comments | 3,683 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 …

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[14 Aug 2010 | One Comment | 3,696 views]
Milligan says Saline County voters deserve a choice

Back when he was chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas, Dennis Milligan encouraged fellow conservatives to run for local offices.
Such a strategy, he said, would both bring change to city and county offices that have long been held exclusively by Democrats and create a “farm system” through which talented Republicans could launch campaigns for state and national offices. It should come as no surprise, then, that Milligan is challenging Democrat incumbent Doug Kidd for the position of Saline County circuit clerk.
Kidd, a former state representative, has held the circuit …

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[23 Jul 2010 | 4 Comments | 2,326 views]
The politics of stimulus

So, let’s see — the economy is a mess, unemployment is high, deficits are higher and we’ve got a bunch of Congressional elections coming up in November.
The Democrats are blaming George W. Bush and his economic policies while the Republicans are pointing out that Barack Obama’s administration has swelled deficits to an unsustainable degree and we don’t have a whole lot to show for the spending (or, rather, spending borrowed money).
People are irate over the economy for a good reason. According to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, the unemployment …

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[10 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 1,998 views]
Bryant, Thurston square off in land commissioner race

Believe it or not, the race for the Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands’ office has gotten a lot of attention this year.
That’s fairly rare when we’re talking about an office that is generally regarded as administrative in scope. However, Democrat LJ Bryant campaigned like the dickens during the primaries and attracted attention with his promises of using technology to make the office function better.
John Thurston had no challenger in the Republican primary and has been watching the three Democrats who filed for the office fight it out these past few …

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[8 Jun 2010 | 2 Comments | 1,923 views]
Arkansas runoff results

Yes, it’s runoff time here in Arkansas.
Well it was, anyway. The May 18 primaries were nasty enough and one might argue that the fighting in the June 8 runoffs was even worse.
Perhaps the big election of the night was the Democratic primary runoff for U.S. Senate.
Incumbent Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter have been flinging mud at each other for months now. Thankfully, that’s all over — Halter has conceded and Lincoln will fight to defend herself against challenger John Boozman, a Republican and 3rd District U.S. Representative.
One of …

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[7 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 1,287 views]
Interview with Monty Davenport, Democrat running for Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands

We’ve already made a fuss over L.J. Bryant and now it’s time to hear from Monty Davenport.
Davenport, a state representative from Yellville, can’t run again for his current office due to term limits. So he’s running for land commissioner. Davenport faces a June 8 run-off election against L.J. Bryant and the winner of that race will go on to face Republican John Thurston in the November general election.
Bryant and Davenport both escaped the May 18 primary, leaving Democrat Mike Berg as the odd man out in that race.
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[25 May 2010 | No Comment | 2,810 views]
We’re late to the party, but here’s our take on ‘robocalls’

A lawyer friend of mine called the other day and he was irate about those automated phone calls that he’s received lately.
His point was this —  “robocalls” from politicians are prohibited under Ark. Code Ann. 5-63-204, so why are voters annoyed with them?
That question has been answered by a couple of other publications here in the Natural State (more on that in a minute), but I’ll go ahead and beat that dead horse, anyway. Why? Because those automated calls aggravate the dickens out of me so I might as well …