A Sleepy Week at the Legislature on Tonight’s Arkansas Week

I’m back on AETN’s “Arkansas Week” at 8 p.m. tonight along with the Associated Press’ Andrew DeMillo and KUAR’s Kelly MacNeil. We’ll go over the week that was at the General Assembly, including no raises for judges and lawyers, an attempt to reign in independent state agencies and redistricting. We’ll also go over the Arkansas delegation’s vote to repeal Obama health care and major news from Tyson Foods Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Got a big night ahead? Watch it right now online.

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In the Firing Squad for Tonight’s AETN Governors Debate Among Mike Beebe, Jim Keet and Jim Lendall

AETN's video-heavy election page

AETN's video-heavy election page. Nicely done.

I’m among the panelists for today’s hour-long gubernatorial debate starring incumbent Mike Beebe (D), Jim Keet (R) and Jim Lendall (G). We tape the debate at 2 p.m. in Conway and it airs tonight at 8 p.m. on your local Arkansas Educational Television Network affiliate.

Also on tonight’s panel: Ron Breeding of NPR affiliate KUAR-FM and Bill Simmons of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. I haven’t seen anyone’s questions except my own, but I expect hot topics to include jobs, the economy, health care and, more than likely, state vehicles.

Each panelist gets ask two questions, so expect six questions total, plus opening and closing statements from each of the candidates.

Today’s debate is part of a series of debates airing each weeknight this week on AETN stations as well as on KUAR. Also tonight: the Lt. Governors debate between Shane Broadway (D) and Mark Darr (R), airing at 7 p.m.. And on Wednesday, Arkansas Business Editor Gwen Moritz is on the panel for the U.S. Senate debate, and Publisher Jeff Hankins will be part of Friday’s Attorney General debate.

You can see the full schedule of this week’s debates at AETN’s Web site here.

And speaking of that site, kudos to AETN for a solid multimedia Web effort. In its excellent debates section, you can see videos of each of the debates and conversations with voters.

Update: You can watch the full debate here.

#ARElections Runoffs & More on This Week’s ‘Arkansas Week’

Tonight

Tonight’s episode of “Arkansas Week” is available right here right now. You can watch on your desktop or wait for the broadcast at 8 p.m. tonight on your local AETN station.

This week, myself, KUAR’s Kelly MacNeil, UCA’s David Keith and host Steve Barnes talk about the latest in the race for the U.S. Senate, including Bill Clinton’s appearance today in Little Rock for Blanche Lincoln, and other news from the Week That Was. Also: I flub the whole Entergy rate case story! Watch me go from zero to stupid here.

The Latest on Lincoln v. Halter, Tonight on ‘Arkansas Week’

Arkansas' news week-in-review

We’re back at the big table this week, talking about the Week That Was in Arkansas News.

Appearing alongside host Steve Barnes on AETN‘s “Arkansas Week” at 8 p.m. tonight: myself, Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times and Kelly MacNeil of KUAR-FM, 89.1.

On the docket, the latest Blanche Lincoln vs. Bill Halter news (maybe those two latest poll numbers will come up?), a look at the Republican race for the nomination for U.S. Senate (will a certain campaign gimmick be mentioned?), Secure Arkansas’ lawsuit to stop health care reform, Wal-Mart’s big lawsuit problem and more.

Tune in to your local AETN affiliate to watch tonight. Or look for the video link right here when it becomes available.

DeMillo, Thompson, LT on the Senate Race Tonight on ‘Arkansas Week’

Tonight

Tonight, we’re back in the “Arkansas Week” rotation, along with Andrew DeMillo of the Associated Press and Doug Thompson of The Morning News. Too bad there’s absolutely no political news to talk about!

Check that. We did spend an inordinate amount of time of some obscure, podunk, no-count U.S. Senate race that no one is paying attention to, in hopes of bringing some badly needed media coverage to the candidates in question.

Cogent political analysis — at least from everyone who isn’t me — at 8 p.m. tonight on your local AETN station.

Or, if you have the ‘tubes (you probably do), you can eventually watch it right here.

Beebe’s Budget, Holt Seeks Senate Seat on Tonight’s ‘Arkansas Week’

Lance Turner, Arkansas Week

Pinstripes, in honor of David Sanders. Click to watch video.

We’re back! Tonight on AETN’s “Arkansas Week,” host Steve Barnes peppers panelists Rick Fahr of The Log Cabin Democrat, Hoyt Purvis of the University of Arkansas and me about Gov. Mike Beebe’s budget schemes, yet another Republican seeking the nomination to face Blanche Lincoln for her U.S. Senate seat, the pickle that members of the Blue Ribbon commission on funding for Arkansas highways is in, and grade inflation in Arkansas schools.

Check us out tonight at 8 p.m. on your local AETN affiliate — or, you can watch the whole thing right now on your Internet computer thing!

The Return of the Friday Week In Review

Last week. Photo by @kthvdirector

Last week. Photo by @kthvdirector

It’s Friday! It’s time to get back down to business and take a look back at the week that was, when we so much younger, more innocent, so full of life. So without further ado:

Speaker of the House Robbie Wills packed his bags for Taiwan. But not before enjoying a tasty lunch at Copper Grill with a room full of lonely misfit bloggers.

David Kinkake is so convinced French Hill is running that he left this post at the top of his blog for three days! That, or his next Photoshopped Rutherford pic is going to be one helluva an intricate masterpiece.

Also: We too ask, Why?

This crazy bastard terrorized half the state. Of course it ended in gunfire and tragedy.

BJ Sams passed the baton, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Sarah Palin left us speechless. And then, Peggy Noonan’s takeand Tim Griffin’s.

Little Rock’s Associated Press office is all a-Twitter. Jon Gambrell signed on, too.

Zack Stovall continued to hone the hack-y art of photos with goofy captions on them, but not before ruminating on Obama, overexposure, and the political implications of lining up with a dead man — who happens to be Michael Jackson.

It was our country’s birthday.

Jeff Hankins played Steve Barnes in this latest edition of “Arkansas Week,” causing havoc at AETN with his outrageous dressing room demands.

The Simpsons continue to be more relevant than ever.

Some British comedian got a room full of rasslin’ fans in Fort Smith drunk, took advantage of them, and filmed the whole thing.

Ms. Adverthinker spent a weekend without TV and lived to tell the tale, God bless ‘er.

Also

Carly and I discovered ShakeIt Photo

Film critic Matt Zoller Seitz began an excellent multi-part video essay on the films of Michael Mann.

This annoyed Blake.

Almost 1,000.