The Arkansas Scholarship lottery is rolling in dough. Officials say it’s pulled in more than $140 million since it started last fall. But some commissioners want racial and socio-economic information on who’s playing the game. Lottery officials say they’ll start looking at that information after the lottery’s been up and running for a full year. They also say there’s no validity to arguments that money is being spent on the lottery, rather than other sources of state revenue.
Budget hearings at the state Capitol have wrapped up and here’s the bottom line: it doesn’t look like state elected officials won’t get ANY raises in 2011. Legislators say that would set a good example, since they know they’ll be looking at making budget cuts in some areas. Governor Beebe has proposed a $4.49 billion budget, with no raises for any state employees. There’s been no final action on that proposal.
A Circuit Court judge has refused to grant new trials for two of the men convicted in the murders of three West Memphis boys in 1993. Judge David Burnett said Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin failed to prove their attorneys didn’t adequately defend them. Supporters say all three of the men in prison for the crimes should get new trials because of new evidence that has recently surfaced, including DNA evidence that is available because of new technologies.
The push has begun for parking meters in downtown North Little Rock. Now, before you get all up in arms, note that these are not your momma’s parking meters. Not by a long shot:
Parking Meters For Argenta?
Given the parking issues that are beginning to be a problem in downtown Argenta, particularly during events, is it time […]
State Senator Joyce Elliot says she’s in the race for the democratic nomination to replace retiring U.S. Representative Vic Snyder. Meanwhile, Republicans are taking advantage of this week’s victory in Massachusetts, focusing on key races all across the country, including another here in Arkansas. It would appear that Senator Blanche Lincoln has some work to do if she wants to win re-election in November:
TBQ Poll: Lincoln’s Unfavorables Above 50%
Talk Business Quarterly released part of a new poll showing Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln with dismal poll numbers. According to the results she has a favorable rating of 37% and an unfavorable rating of 57%. 38% of respondents approve of the job she’s doing; 56% disapprove. She received support from only 61% of Democrats and 18% […]
The political hits just keep on coming…
Rep. Berry on his Re-election; “Nothing is Certain”
A tip of my hat to Ron Breeding of KUAR for scoring a huge interview with Rep. Marion Berry a day after the upset by Republican Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race. To say Rep. Berry sounds pessimistic about his party’s chance to pass health care and for many Democrats to be re-elected in […]
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