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: 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. – We’ll have updated analysis, as well as the latest numbers and stories from the Associated Press wire. For iPhones and Blackberries, go to 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. – 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.

10 Arkansans Who Should Be Blogging

Petrino, SBB: Should Be Blogging

Petrino, SBB: Should Be Blogging

With all these Arkansas bloggers running around lately, we asked ourselves, “Who isn’t blogging?” And then we asked, “Who isn’t blogging, who should be blogging?” And below is what we came up with, a (thankfully) brief list.

But who are we missing? Tell us who in Arkansas media, business, sports, entertainment, nonprofits — whatever — you think should be sharing and interacting more online in comments below.

Who knows? Maybe we’ll inspire someone to get out there and expand the Arkansas Blogosphere.

10 Arkansans Who Should Be Blogging

Mike Beebe: You’ve got a good start with all the multimedia. But Robbie Wills and Steve Harrelson and the rest of the now-myriad lawmaking bloggers have the right idea.

David Bazzel: The former Hog and the mastermind behind the Broyles Award and the Boot is on the radio every day and writes columns for We say resurrect the “Football, Biceps, Biscuits & Gravy” brand online!

Kyle Brazzel: In addition to writing about local music and culture for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Brazzel pens the Top of the Rock column for the paper’s Sunday High Profile section. No jokes here. Brazzel’s easily one of the best writers working in Arkansas, hands down.  He should be online. Daily.

Ron Breeding: Radio people — they’re so funny, having to run around with their microphones and describe everything in such excruciating detail! Weren’t these guys supposed to destroy newspapers, only to be destroyed by TV, which would then be destroyed by the Internet? We know this much — KUAR’s Breeding won’t go down without a fight. His blog would be a must-read for Arkansas news junkies.

Suzi Parker: The Arkansas-based freelance writer got uninvited from “Arkansas Week” after writing for Nerve. Later, she published a book on sex in the South. A self-proclaimed “pigtailed troublemaker,” she has blogs but hasn’t posted in awhile. What up, Suz? How ’bout kickin’ up some more dust on the Interwebs?

John Pelphrey and Bobby Petrino: Pelphrey’s might sorta be a drag right now. And given Petrino’s no-nonsense tunnel vision, an excerpt from his blog might go something like, “Football football football football football football. Football.” But no other sites in Arkansas would get more traffic. Not even …

David J. Sanders: The nattily dressed Arkansas News Bureau columnist and “Unconventional Wisdom” host writes about twice a week for the paper and also Twitters. But we need more between meals than 140 characters at a time, and predominately Democratic state demands a bigger daily dose of conservative conversation — Kinkade, Greenberg, Tolbert, Hatcher, et al, notwithstanding.

Warren Stephens: Only rarely does the Stephens Inc. CEO (who also owns his own media operation) hold forth on issues of the day. His post-9/11 pep talk, banking crisis news release and Obama un-dorsement are the few exceptions. In this current financial environment, anything the SEC would allow this investment banker to say would be of major interest.

Kane Webb: Another Democrat-Gazette columnist, savvy political writer. His lively voice and breadth of coverage demands a life beyond the printed page. Plus, Webb could set a good example to which the rest of us potty-mouths could aspire.