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Kenneth Bridges: Gould spins trains into gold

Jun 20, 2016 10:14pm

The late 1800s was the age of the railroad. Trains steamed across the hills, valleys, and plains of a growing United States, steadily bringing distant communities closer together. Thousands of...

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Steve Brawner: Why did Key replace Kurrus?

Apr 27, 2016 11:47am

Reporters have biases, and I’ll admit to mine: Two of the government officials I like the most are Johnny Key, the state’s education commissioner, and Baker Kurrus, the soon-to-be-former Little...

Steve Barnes: In Memory of Ray Thornton

Apr 26, 2016 10:42am

The night before Ray Thornton of Arkansas died I was reading a biography of Adlai Stevenson of Illinois. And making notes about Adlai and Arkansas (the connections abundant and well-known) and...

Kenneth Bridges: Remembering Veron Seay

Apr 26, 2016 10:24am

Veron Seay was not a woman people will read about in the history books. She was not famous, but she was the kind of person that the world was better for having around.

She was born Lois...

Steve Brawner: The larger debate: how Arkansas works

Updated: Apr 19, 2016 5:14pm

Note: This post has been updated.

This debate at the Capitol over health care is difficult to write about day to day because things change quickly. So let’...

Kenneth Bridges Joplin leaves mark in music

Apr 19, 2016 8:30am

Scott Joplin was an early musician who transformed much of the landscape of popular music in the early 1900s. Though many details of his short life are uncertain, his impact on early American...

Steve Barnes: Budget troubles for GOP

Apr 19, 2016 8:02am

The Republican leaders of Arkansas and Washington, D.C. are in budget trouble. They can’t pass the budgets they want. They may not pass budgets at all, or not by the scheduled deadlines. The...

Steve Brawner: Will Arkansas need Jaws of Life?

Apr 13, 2016 11:27am

If you think conflict and high stakes are more interesting than smoothly functioning day-to-day government, and you probably do, then this next month at the State Capitol is for you.


Kenneth Bridges: Newman played key role

Apr 11, 2016 12:06pm

A commitment to God, country, and family for decades guided the path of one of the most well-liked South Arkansas legislators. Bobby Newman would serve portions of Union and Ouachita County for 30...

Steve Barnes: Headaches go with being governor

Apr 11, 2016 11:59am

The Republican ascendency in Arkansas has meant headaches for three consecutive governors. Two of them, the incumbent included, were Republicans. One of them, the incumbent, is suffering neuralgia...

Steve Brawner: Cynicism, watchfulness, and Arkansas Works

Apr 05, 2016 5:44pm

Watchfulness is a cornerstone of a free society. Cynicism leads to the decay of it. There’s a huge difference between them, but not much distance.

What’s the difference? Watchfulness means...