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[6 Apr 2011 | One Comment | 3,263 views]
Legislative wrap up

Before we get going on this post, it’s essential to put up a disclaimer of sorts — First Arkansas News is in no way, shape or form a comprehensive source for what’s going on in the state Legislature.
No, this site was beaten to the punch by some other Internet publications that live and breath Arkansas politics — BlueHogReport.com, TalkBusiness.net, TheCityWire.com, TolbertReport.com all did their part to keep Arkansas’ citizens informed of what their legislators were up to (and kept things buzzing on Twitter for all who followed the “#ARLeg” hash …

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[27 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 1,164 views]
Week in Review (March 21-27)

It’s been a heck of a week on a number of levels here in Arkansas.
For one thing, that pesky winter returned in full force about the middle of the week. Indeed, our 70-degree, sunny days were replaced by near-freezing temperatures and nasty rain by the weekend.
For another, the question a heck of a lot of us Arkansans wanted to know was answered this week — who will replace deposed Razorbacks Basketball Coach John Pelphrey? Also, we had the state Legislature going about its business of annoying us with new laws. …

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[31 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 1,725 views]
Week in review (1/23-1/30)

My, but last week was busy here at First Arkansas News.
We’ve had everything from the announcement of the formation of a new adversing group to some big news about Linux to some political wrangling. If you missed out on some of those stories, here’s your chance to play a bit of catch up so you can be on top of the stories that we’ve covered this week.
As our regular visitors probably know, we run these “week in review” posts regularly. Ah, but there’s a better way to make sure you …

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[24 Jan 2011 | One Comment | 3,971 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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[14 Jul 2010 | One Comment | 5,106 views]
A compelling argument for unions

Predictions are interesting things, indeed.
About a decade ago, an economist (no, I can’t remember his name) predicted that the unions were finished. His point was that unions had been too successful — most of the abuses they formed to combat had been legislated out of existence.
That’s not a bad point, really. The federal government has addressed such grievances as low wages, unsafe working conditions, ridiculously long work weeks, etc. However, one can’t help but wonder if that economist had foreseen one of the most powerful arguments the unions can make …

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[3 Jun 2010 | One Comment | 1,510 views]
Don’t fret — the runoffs are almost over

June 8th is the big day — the runoffs in Arkansas will be over and done with and we can focus on watching Republicans and Democrats get down to despising members of the opposing party rather than their own kind.
The campaigns have seemed particularly nasty this year — things haven’t been this weird since “Clinton Truth Squads” were out harassing voters when Republican Sheffield Nelson was runner for governor and giving incumbent Bill the fits. Instead of one race full of nastiness, we’ve got shenanigans all over the state.
Here are …