The Final Push: Staring Down the Barrel of the Midterm Elections

Finally! It’s less than 90 hours until this long national nightmare of a mid-term election comes to hideous close. We can’t wait for the relative calm (maybe?) of Nov. 3, when everyone sleeps for a full day before gettin’ wound up for 2012.

Until then, we’ve got lots to do:

1) “Arkansas Week,” 8 p.m. tonight. I join KUAR-FM, 89.1’s Kelly MacNeil, the University of Arkansas’ Hoyt Purvis and host Steve Barnes for a final assessment of the state’s Congressional and constitutional officer races, such as they are. Remember that big exciting Senate race? Not so exciting heading into the final weekend. We look to the 1st District for any final fireworks. Also: Swepco’s 0-3 in court rulings. Check your local AETN station tonight or watch it online here.

2) “Today’s THV This Morning,” election day. Last week, I appeared on the noon show each day for a quick, final summary of all the Congressional races. On Tuesday’s “Morning” show, I’ll be live throughout the morning with some last-minute notes and maybe a guest or two.

3) Midterm Election Watch Party, the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock. I’ll be on a panel with a couple of other yahoos to give some final impressions of this year’s campaigns. We’ll also take questions from the audience and enjoy a warm bowl of bean soup before the returns start, er, returning. Fun!

4) Election Night Returns on Today’s THV and ArkansasBusiness.com. Pop up some popcorn, grab a Coke and settle in for a long night. You’ll be on the couch, we’ll be in at the parties, on the phone, online and in studio delivering the latest election night news as it happens. Arkansas Business Publisher Jeff Hankins will analyze the county-by-county returns live on Today’s THV and THV2.com, and I’ll be manning coverage for ArkansasBusiness.com.

5) The Morning After. Hankins and I will be on “Today’s THV This Morning” and “Today’s THV at Noon” to go over the results and, maybe, What It All Means.

And if this year’s elections weren’t scary enough: Happy Halloween!

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

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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’

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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.

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

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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!

LT, On Your TV and Radio Dials This Weekend

No rest for the narcissistic! Not content with the Internet, we’re also on the airwaves this weekend, aiming for Paris Hilton levels of overexposure. To wit:

Arkansas Week, 8:30 p.m. Friday, AETN – Catch myself, host Steve Barnes and Hoyt Purvis of the University of Arkansas as we tag-n-bag the week in business and politics. Tonight’s topics: Economic recovery, a Democratic challenger for Blanche Lincoln and Ted Kennedy’s Arkansas ties.

Arkansas Sunday Edition, 7 a.m., 103.7 The BuzzDavid Kinkade and I are bringing up the rear in the 8 a.m. hour, filling time for host Blake Rutherford, who’ll be spent after talking Razorbacks with super-fan James Roberts and politics with Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

Tune in if you can take it!

It’s the Jeff Hankins Show Tonight on ‘Arkansas Week’

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Arkansas Business Publisher Jeff Hankins is filling for Steve Barnes tonight as host of AETN’s “Arkansas Week.” This week’s guest: Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times, Rick Fahr of The Log Cabin Democrat and David Keith of the University of Central Arkansas‘ Journalism Department.

There’s should be lots to talk about this week, including this morning’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette report that Arkansas State Police are going to assist in a prosecutor’s review of the university’s finances. On Jeff’s official agenda: the latest on Arkansas lottery plans, state highway funds from the Feds and natural gas proceeds, tobacco settlement spending, and a possible Sarah Palin/Mike Huckabee showdown.

Watch the show tonight at 8 on your local AETN affiliate or click the links above to listen to audio or watch video once AETN posts to its RSS feed.

Meanwhile: Hankins is hosting! And he’s not letting any of this go to his head. Except for a diva-worthy rider he left with “Arkansas Week”‘s backstage staff this week. After the jump, see what Hankins is requiring of his AW dressing room before showtime.

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Hankins, Back at the Table, Tonight on ‘Arkansas Week’

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Arkansas Business President and Publisher Jeff Hankins is back at the table on tonight’s “Arkansas Week,” hosted by Steve Barnes on AETN. Who are the other panelists? We don’t know! Mainly because we can’t seem to talk to Hankins about anything besides the new iPhone 3GS, which is desperately been trying to get his hands on all day now. Sheesh.

When we know more, we’ll let you know. Meanwhile: Safe to say today’s Arkansas unemployment numbers will come up, as well as that Indian pipe-maker’s decision to cancel plans for a new plant at the Port of Little Rock.

Check it out, 8 p.m. on your local AETN affiliate.