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Public perception good so far in Legislature

Everything appears to be working smoothly with a Republican majority in the Arkansas House and Senate. For anyone emerging from a cave, the state Legislature will be majority Republican in January for the first time since Reconstruction. Incoming...

Beebe must find own replacement

The election is over, the dust has settled, and the time has come to concentrate on the art of governing. In Arkansas, a big question mark is whether the Legislature will be able to govern in the best interest of Arkansans or whether partisanship...

Responsibility a two-way street

Former House Speaker Tip O’Neill got it right when he made the statement that “all politics is local.” Indeed. O’Neill was referring to the ability of a politician to appease voters back home by understanding their desires and following them, or...

Continuing the ASU debate

A radio personality said 2012 is the first year in state history that the head football coach at Arkansas State University is better known than the head coach at Arkansas. He’s right. That’s not a knock on John L. Smith. Most Razorback fans knew...