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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.

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.

City launches online applications for boards and commissions

City launches online applications for boards and commissions

Applying for a City of Little Rock board or commission just got easier. Now, applicants can fill out and submit their forms on-line. This is part of a continued effort by City leaders to create user friendly processes for citizens.

“Boards and Commissions serve an important role in Little Rock,” said City Manager Bruce Moore. “They are often viewed as part of the front line of City government. We are hopeful that this new on-line application process will encourage even more participation by our residents. Currently, there are 32 boards and commissions.  It’s the goal of Little Rock’s leaders to make diligent efforts to appoint citizens who reflect the diversity of our City. On-line applications are one more way to reach out to residents and hopefully generate interest in serving on these important public bodies.” said Moore.

At this time, there are 66 open positions on 17 different boards and commissions

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.)

Griffin backs idea of merging federal agencies

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Republican Congressman Tim Griffin of Arkansas says he generally supports the idea of merging federal agencies to trim the size of government, but says he wants more details on a White House proposal to give the president authority to make those changes.

Griffin said Friday that he thinks similar mergers should happen throughout federal government. President Barack Obama announced he wanted to merge six major trade and commerce agencies with overlapping programs. The Commerce Department would be among those that would cease to exist.

Griffin and U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor spoke separately to members of the Arkansas Municipal League at the group's winter conference. Both focused primarily on proposals that they say will help spur job creation.

Democratic Congressman Mike Ross was expected to address the group later Friday.

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

Ever thought of running for public office?

Ever thought of running for public office?

Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas and Arkansas Broadcasters Association to host political candidates training seminar

 

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.