The upcoming nasty politics of the private option, the Fianna Hills Country Club project, and a governor’s disdain for Whirlpool’s marbles movement are part of the Feb. 7 Friday Wire for the Fort Smith region.
News this week that the U.S. State Department had released its fifth and latest environmental impact study on the Keystone Pipeline project, which would build an oil transport route from Canada to the Gulf Coast, has many politicians across Arkansas demanding action.
There were fireworks at Thursday's (Feb. 6) meeting of the Sebastian County Election Commission as Chairman Lee Webb addressed the need to avoid mistakes in the upcoming May primary and November general elections.
This year's race for the U.S. Senate got off to an unusually early start with the presumptive nominees known well even before U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, announced his intention to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., on Aug. 6, 2013.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross proposed a major overhaul of the state’s personal income tax structure on Wednesday (Feb. 5) and said the plan would have to be phased in over time as allowed by the state’s finances.
Gov. Mike Beebe said Tuesday (Feb. 4) there are a “multiplicity” of reasons Arkansas Legislators should vote to fund Arkansas’ private option plan, and he also took a shot at Republican gubernatorial candidates who “don’t understand the budget” with respect to the private option.
The percentage increase in year-to-date Arkansas gross tax collections fell to 2.1% in January compared to a 3.4% level in the December report. Also, sales and use tax collections continue to come in below the budget forecast, a potential sign of uncertainty among Arkansas consumers.
U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, continues his service in the House this year with a new appointment, a sign of the 3rd District congressman's ever increasing seniority in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
A speech by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Friday night (Jan. 31) in Hot Springs seemed less like a pep talk to Arkansas Republicans and more like the first of many stump speeches the freshman Senator could make should he jump into the 2016 presidential race.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Fort Smith on Thursday (Jan. 30) as part of what is an effort by the nation’s top law enforcement officer to visit all 93 U.S. Attorney district offices around the country.
Changes to the Whirlpool pollution plan, the success of Krutsch, the political fight over the federal farm bill, and State of the Union disappointment are part of the Jan. 31 Friday Wire for the Fort Smith region.
With reappointments by Gov. Mike Beebe (D) of Chester Koprovic and Lee Webb, the Fort Smith region will continue to be home to two of the 16 members of the high-profile Arkansas Economic Development Commission.