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County election commission welcomes new member

County election commission welcomes new member

Tuesday the Pulaski County Election Commission welcomed its newest member, Susan Inman, as a Pulaski County Election Commissioner.

She was elected by the Pulaski County Democratic Committee at their regular Monday, February 20 meeting to fill the vacancy created by Kent Walker’s resignation. Kent Walker served on the Pulaski County Election Commission from December 2005 through January 2012.

Inman brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the board. After nearly 20 years overseeing elections at the county and state levels, she currently holds a seat on the State Board of Election Commissioners and serves as Arkansas County Election Commission Association (ACECA) president.

19 appointed to governor's boards, commissions

19 appointed to governor's boards, commissions

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Joseph Beck, M.D., Little Rock, reappointed to the Arkansas State Medical Board. Appointment expires December 31, 2016.

William Dudding, M.D., Fort Smith, reappointed to the Arkansas State Medical Board. Appointment expires December 31, 2017.

Glen Glover, El Dorado, to the State Rehabilitation Council. Appointment expires February 1, 2014. Replaces Travis Beebe.

Lex Golden, Little Rock, to the Public Health Advisory Board. Appointment expires November 1, 2017. Replaces Joe Dan Yee.

Dr. David Horton, Conway, to the State Rehabilitation Council. Appointment expires February 1, 2014. Replaces John Satterfield.

Scott Jones, Little Rock, to the Technology Equipment Revolving Loan Fund Committee. Appointment expires June 30, 2013. Replaces Betsy Barnes.

Congressman Tim Griffin reacts to State of the Union

WASHINGTON - Congressman Tim Griffin issued the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union (SOTU) address:                                                       

Sadly, President Obama has become a spectator to history when it comes to addressing our out-of-control spending and encouraging job creation.  The time for talk has long passed; it's time for him to lead or follow.

I wish the President had offered a bold, real plan for balancing our budget - or pledged to work with us to get our spending under control.

Ark. ed chief: Don't back away from school funding

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The state's top education official says he would view any cuts to Arkansas' public schools budget as a slide from the commitment the state has made in the wake of lawsuits over how it funds its classrooms.

Arkansas Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell on Thursday praised the Legislature for the improvements it's made over the years to the state's public schools and said that any decreases would back away from that commitment. Kimbrell spoke to the Joint Budget Committee as it reviewed Gov. Mike Beebe's proposed schools budget.

Beebe has proposed increasing the public school budget by $56 million to nearly $2 billion. It makes up nearly half of Beebe's proposed $4.7 billion budget for the coming year. Lawmakers convene at the Capitol for the fiscal session Feb. 13.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Beebe to address viewer questions on AETN’s ‘Arkansans Ask’

Beebe to address viewer questions on AETN’s ‘Arkansans Ask’

 

Gov. Mike Beebe will discuss state issues and answer viewer questions in the next episode of “Arkansans Ask,” airing on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) tonight at 7 p.m.

Viewers may submit questions by: phone, 800-662-2386; fax, (501) 852-2280; e-mail, paffairs@aetn.org; or via on-air phone, (501) 852-8426.

Steve Barnes moderates. The program is underwritten by the Arkansas State Employees Association.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas’s statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming.

Voters asked to renew $575M in highway bonds

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Voters are being asked to vote on a proposal to renew a $575 million bond issue to pay for interstate improvements in Arkansas.

Pritt decides not to run after all

Pritt decides not to run after all

Drew Pritt, a Democrat who said he would run for U.S. Congress against Tim Griffin (R), for U.S. Congress in the Second District, has changed his mind.

"I have withdrawn from races before and it simply is a question of too many hurdles to overcome," Pritt said in a statement. "I have my health first and foremost to consider. The fact I do not have the financial means to self-fund what will be a highly competitive race is an obstacle. And the fact a few people use the internet to spread malicious gossip and slander my name just is an added obstacle. In the end, I have to do what is right for myself, for my party, and for the people of the Second Congressional District and that is to withdraw my candidacy for U.S. Congress at this time."