Report: Only “Robust Growth” in Little Rock Is from Government

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Another new study adds to the evidence we’ve written recently about: namely, there's lots of room for improvement with respect to economic growth in central Arkansas. According to the Manhattan Institute’s America’s Top Metros report, the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway area ranks 90 out of 100 metros in economic recovery from the recession since 2009. (To be clear: #1 is the top; #100 is the bottom.) From the report: Unlike most of the bottom 20 on our list, the Little Rock MSA is … [Read more...]

Joan Adcock, Let My Uber Go!

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Relatively new ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft will have to submit to burdensome, archaic taxi regulations -- or not operate at all -- if one of Little Rock’s Board of Directors has her way. Both the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Arkansas Times have recently reported on City Director Joan Adcock’s crusade to save Little Rock taxi customers from the menace of cheap, convenient taxi alternatives like Uber and Lyft. From the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: "The bottom line is that people … [Read more...]

How You Can Help Arkansas Storm Victims


We’re taking the day off from policy and politics to help spread the word about storm relief efforts that are ongoing in central Arkansas. Representative David Meeks has put together a fairly detailed list of places that are accepting donations in Vilonia, Conway, Maumelle, and elsewhere. His list also includes places of shelter in many of these cities. View his complete list here, which Rep. Meeks says he will be updating throughout the week. If you’re interested in helping the Red Cross … [Read more...]

Bowen Faculty LEAPs To Conclusions On New Program

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You’ll probably remember that we’ve been covering the Bowen Law School affirmative-action controversy; the controversy surrounds Bowen’s LEAP program, which the faculty approved earlier this week. To summarize, LEAP gives unsuccessful law school applicants another chance; before the faculty voted to approve LEAP, it amended the program guidelines to focus on the admission of students who are “historically underrepresented in law schools or [who] come from socially or economically disadvantaged … [Read more...]

Who’s Paying For Those Pro-Robinson Renovation Brochures?


A few weeks back, I explored whether or not Little Rock employees are violating Act 312 by distributing materials that recommend the renovation of the Robinson Center (which is to be determined by a bond election in Little Rock next week; early voting is underway now). Under the newly implemented law, it’s illegal “to use any office or room furnished at public expense to distribute any letters, circulars, or other campaign materials unless such office or room is regularly used by members of the … [Read more...]

Are Little Rock City Employees Violating Act 312?


There were a handful of “good government” reforms that were passed in this year’s legislative session. One of those bills was Act 312, sponsored by Rep. Nate Bell (R-Mena). The goal of Act 312 is simple -- to prohibit government employees from using taxpayer-funded resources to influence the outcome of ballot measure elections. Violating this act amounts to a Class A misdemeanor; furthermore, whoever violates it will both lose his or her job and be barred from future Arkansas public … [Read more...]

NTU Presentation Draws Large Crowd In Downtown Little Rock

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The National Taxpayers’ Union hosted a luncheon in Little Rock yesterday, in conjunction with the Advance Arkansas Institute. A large crowd -- including two state senators, two state representatives, and two Quorum Court members -- convened to hear from NTU’s Lee Schalk and AAI’s Dan Greenberg on the federal sequester and federal budget policy. In his remarks, Schalk emphasized that the sequester on the federal budget is working. In fact, federal spending is down from $3.6 trillion in 2011 to … [Read more...]

The ‘Law Of The Land,’ Bubba’s Back, & Sullivan For Senate? (Podcast)

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This week on the podcast: Dan & I discuss GOP senate candidate Dan Sullivan's interview with The Paul Harrell Program. What does Sullivan think of the 'private option?' Will he vote to defund it? Also, President Bill Clinton was in Little Rock pitching Obamacare this week. Hear some snippets from the speech as well as our analysis. Finally, House Democrats have a new ethics plan. What is it? We have no idea. Here's a roundup of links from this week's show: Dan Sullivan talks with Paul … [Read more...]