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Steve Brawner: Two Governors

May 25, 2016 9:57am

No two individuals are alike. This past week was a reminder of how that’s the case with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and his predecessor, Gov. Mike Beebe.

Hutchinson called legislators to Little Rock...

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Steve Barnes: State a deep shade of red

Mar 28, 2016 2:42pm

Ask any bartender: drinking at lunch has practically ended among the employed of all occupations. Which is why you need the evening hours to find Democrats who believe Hillary Clinton has even a...

Kenneth Bridges: Henderson State has Methodist roots

Mar 28, 2016 2:39pm

In the 1880s, Arkadelphia was an ambitious community looking to its future. And the city decided that its future lay in education.

Ouachita Baptist College had opened in 1886 on the grounds...

Steve Brawner: Disorder in the court

Mar 22, 2016 8:00am

Apparently we’ll spend the rest of the year with a 4-4 split on the Supreme Court, with the current vacancy left unfilled after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. So here’s a scenario. Hillary...

Kenneth Bridges: State’s place in Louisiana Purchase

Mar 21, 2016 2:24pm

A young and still fragile United States had managed to stay out of the bloody wars stemming from the French Revolution in Europe, but events seemed to slowly entangle the nation in the conflict....

Lee Hamilton: Before you reject the system, understand it

Mar 21, 2016 2:23pm

If there’s a theme that sets this political season apart, it’s the voters’ utter disdain for most of the people who practice politics. They’re fed up with politicians, they’ve lost faith and...

Steve Brawner: For West Memphis students, it’s all connected

Mar 16, 2016 11:27am

The late Lt. Governor Win Rockefeller used to say that the education system is like a string of water pipes laid end to end but not connected. In West Memphis, they’re connected.

The high...

Steve Barnes: Trump carries Conway County

Mar 14, 2016 2:09pm

Allen Gordon, an attorney, former state senator and seasoned politico, went to the polls on March 1. Born and reared at Morrilton and elected repeatedly as a Democrat in the years before term...

Kenneth Bridges: Conway played key role as governor

Mar 14, 2016 2:11pm

Elias Nelson Conway was the fifth governor of Arkansas. He presided over a prosperous two terms in office and was part of the dominance of the Conway family in the state in the decades after...

Steve Brawner: Craziest primary, hands down

Mar 08, 2016 7:26am

I cannot believe I’m writing this, but last week saw two of the four remaining Republican presidential candidates commenting about the size of Donald Trump’s “hands.” I’m 46 years old, which means...

Kenneth Bridges: River navigation has long history

Mar 07, 2016 1:40pm

The Arkansas River flows across four states, from the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, across the plains of Kansas and Oklahoma, and into Arkansas before emptying into the Mississippi River. Though...