#ARElections: Election Day in Arkansas

Bipartisan Coffee Break

(From left) Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Shane Broadway, Democratic Secretary of State candidate Pat O'Brien, Republican Governor candidate Jim Keet and Republican U.S. House candidate Tim Griffin chat over coffee after appearing on "Today's THV This Morning" live from Community Bakery.

Arkansas Business Election Guide | Today’s THV Election Guide | Video: All the AETN Debates

Don’t forget: Tonight at the Clinton School, we make final predictions then watch the returns roll in. Also: Tweet-In! Track analysis from Clinton School students under hashtag #UACS2010.

Arkansas Business Publisher Jeff Hankins joins “Today’s THV” tonight for live coverage starting at 7 p.m. See THV2.com for continuous coverage. Updates on ArkansasBusiness.com, @ArkBusiness, @JeffHankins, @LT.

#LRTweetup: A 1-year Anniversary Video by @JeffDailey

Happy 1-year anniversary, #LRTweetup!

More, plus a wrap up of the anniversary event here.

And Don’t Forget the #LRTweetup #LRTweetie Awards!


The Tweeties, 5:30 p.m., May 18 at Juanita's in Little Rock

As we previously noted, tonight the the #LRTweetup community marks a full year of Tweetups at the first LRTweetie Awards, set for 5:30 p.m. at Juanita’s in Little Rock. If you can go, I’d highly recommend it. I’d planned on joining the crowd, but there’s other business that has me occupied.

Check it out. It’ll be big fun!

#ARElections: A Sampling of Tuesday Night’s Political Coverage in Central Arkansas

With nearly 30 candidates running for Congressional seats, millions of dollars pouring into Arkansas media and plenty of national attention focusing on That U.S. Senate Race, tonight night is an Arkansas political junkie’s dream. How does one keep up with it all?

Here’s a sampling of where you can get the latest political news coverage after the polls close tomorrow night. (Any additions or updates, please let me know.)


Jeff Hankins and I will be live all night on Today’s THV’s THV2, the CBS affiliate’s second digital channel. We’ll also be cutting into CBS programming throughout the night, with a big wrap-up at 10 p.m. Steve Ronnelle, president of the Political Animals Club of Central Arkansas, is among the guests.

KATV-TV, Channel 7 – The ABC affiliate pre-empts “V” at 9 p.m. with a 1-hour election special.

KARK-TV, Channel 4 – The NBC affiliate will have Bill Vickery and Pat Lynch as part of its coverage.

KLRT-TV, Channel 16 – The Fox affiliate will have Roby Brock as part of its regular, hour-long newscast at 9 p.m.


KARN-FM, 102.9Blake Rutherford and Jason Tolbert sit in with Dave Elswick for wall-t0-wall coverage. You can listen live online here. And check Twitter for live comments from Rutherford and Tolbert. (KARN listeners, please be nice to Blake.)

KUAR-FM, 89.1, (NPR in Little Rock) – Rex Nelson sits in, along with news coverage from Ron Breeding, Kelly MacNeil and the gang. Listen live online here.


Again, you watch Today’s THV’s THV2 election coverage streaming live online here.

ArkansasBusiness.com – We’ll have updated analysis, as well as the latest numbers and stories from the Associated Press wire. For iPhones and Blackberries, go to m.inarkansas.com/news for those latest news headlines in a mobile-friendly format.

Arkansas Times Blog – No doubt there will be analysis from Editor Max Brantley and lots of colorful comments from readers.

ARElections.org – Returns as they come in. All the numbers, right here.


On the Think Tank, Rutherford has a final pre-election media round-up of local and national coverage and commentary on today’s races.

Another #LRTweetup: Join Us Next Week for the LRTweetie Awards!


The Tweeties, 5:30 p.m., May 18 at Juanita's in Little Rock

Can you believe it? The #LRTweetup community marks a full year of Tweetups a week from today at the first LRTweetie Awards, set for 5:30 p.m. May 18 at Juanita’s in Little Rock. You can RSVP right here, right now. Please do. We’d love to see you there!

Arkansas Business’ Sam Eifling, himself an avid Twitter, notes the event in this week’s Arkansas Business:

On May 18, the loose band of Twitter users who have made Little Rock Tweetups a monthly rite of beery canoodling are getting together at Juanita’s Cafe & Bar in Little Rock for the Little Rock Tweeties – an awards night to recognize the most clever and creative among this digital tribe. Organizers took nominations in such categories as “Best Twitter Conversationalist,” “Most Likely to Go on a Twitter Rampage” and “Tweet of the Year” on LRTweetup.com.

The notion of handing out awards for tweeting makes you wonder just how interesting some people find their navels. But the entire tone of the enterprise has been tongue-in-cheek, and a nod to the bona fide human connections that the Tweetup crowd seems to have stumbled onto while trying to network.

Tonque-in-cheek indeed. This whole #LRTweetup enterprise was founded nearly on a lark. And you can read much more about the history of the event (in which I played a small role), plus other stories from the #LRTweetup community, right here from the people who lived it. Throughout the year, this ecosystem of 140-character oversharers has raised money for nonprofits, shared many thousands of MBs of information and helped cultivate a stronger, more connected business community. And this is just the start.

“We’re doing more than just throwing a party for a networking group that has provided a way to connect with colleagues and friends through social media,” said Keith Crawford, one of the founders of the LRTweetUp (@LRTweetUp). “We’re celebrating the creation and growth of a community that has transformed the way many professionals in Little Rock cultivate relationships, do business and promote advocacy and  goodwill initiatives through philanthropic efforts. The LRTweeties are a simple, light-hearted way of honoring that.”

The full news release, containing more event details after the jump. But first, take a stroll back in time with photos and coverage of our first #LRTweetup events.

The first event: Tonight’s the Night We Tweetup in Little Rock

Photos! Video! Scenes from a Little Rock Tweetup

The second event! It’s Upon Us! Tweetup at Capital Bar & Grill

Great success! Photos! Pics from the Second #LRTweetup

Fancy Name Tags! Twitter Widows! Pics from the Third #LRTweetup at Copper Grill

Twestival Day!

Me, on Twitter: @LT

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Take That, Gilbert Baker’s Blue TARP Tarp: Jim Holt’s ‘Obamacare’ Repeal Unit

Jim Holt's 'Obamacare Repeal Unit'

'Barackcracy.' Heh. (Via TolbertReport.com)

So this is what happens when there’s eight candidates in party primary. You’ve gotta get attention somehow. How about painting up an ambulance with caricatures of the president, a possible opponent and the Democratic leadership and driving it around the state? And get one of the Duggars involved!

From the Jim Holt for U.S. Senate campaign:

Senator Holt, speaking to media in front of the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock today, presented a very unique symbol that he has dubbed, “America’s Ambulance.” Holt introduced the Ford F450 ambulance that several Holt volunteers have modified to read “ObamaCare Repeal Unit” in bold print on the face along with phrases like “Stop The Barackracy” and “The Cure for Obama’s Hope & Change.” In addition, America’s Ambulance touts a caricature of President Obama with a [Socialist] Russian hammer & sickle insignia affixed to his lapel while the other side displays a cartoon sketch of Sen. Lincoln posing alongside Sen. Harry Reid & Rep. Nancy Pelosi next to the words “Revive America: Vote Jim Holt for U.S. Senate.”

Where’d the truck come from? Champion Motorcars, owned by Josh Duggar of TLC’s “19 Kids & Counting.” This is really happening!

Obviously, Holt scores here for totally one-upping that ragged blue tarp one of his opponents for the Republican nomination, State Sen. Gilbert Baker, is always dragging around. (Although Baker’s forthcoming “no bailouts” bus tour is noted.)

In terms of the overall race for nomination — well, it can’t hurt. If you were to play a drinking game based on the number of times you read Holt’s name in any recent Republican U.S. Senate debate coverage, you’d be stone sober and able to drive home safely — in this very ambulance! It’s hard to break away from the pack when the “establishment” candidate, U.S. Rep. John Boozman, has all the money and attention, even when forced to tussle with Baker over bailouts and earmarks.

Update: This ambulance idea might not be entirely a good one, legally speaking.


Here’s the time we met Jim Holt. Video and more.

Jason Tolbert has video of today’s ambulance event

Baker goes on tour: “No Bailout” bus tour all this week.

It’s … Happening … Again … Today’s Democratic #ARSenDebate Underway

The second #ARSenDebate, underway now. (Photo via @BillHalter)

It’s a day of debates. First, the Republicans, now the Democrats (again).

Again, watch these guys:

Andrew DeMillo, AP – @ademillo

John Lyon, Arkansas News Bureau – @johnlyon09

Dave Catanese, Politico – @davecatanese

Jason Tolbert – @TolbertReport

John Brummett – @johnbrummett

Jessica Dean, KATV – @jessicadean

And Blake Rutherford live-blogs here.

Update: The debate is over. DeMillo’s full AP story here. Jason Tolbert has epic Flipcam video, unfurling here.