Voters Really Like the Local Option

By: Thursday November 6, 2014 4:15 pm

While most people in the marijuana reform movement were obviously focused on the big victories in Washington D.C., Oregon, and Alaska, they should take a moment to reflect on the results from this initiative in Arkansas as well.

 

Will Tom Cotton Be the New Face of Surveillance Reform Opposition in the Senate?

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 3:17 pm

House Republican Tom Cotton looks set to defeat Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor in Arkansas and take over his seat in the United States Senate. If this happens, it is a distinct possibility that Cotton will become one of the most vocal opponents of any efforts to reform surveillance and constrain the National Security Agency or any other government agency’s power.

GAO: Arkansas Will Likely Waste a Lot of Taxpayer Money on Medicaid ‘Private Option’

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 2:25 pm

After the Supreme Court made taking part in the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion optional the White House has really bent over backwards trying to convince red states to sign on. They only succeeded in Arkansas after they agreed to let the state expand Medicaid by putting most new people on private insurance in the so-called ‘private option.’

Minimum Wage Increase Makes the Ballot in Arkansas

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 3:21 pm

Arkansans will have a chance to give people making minimum wage a raise this November. On Wednesday the Arkansas Secretary of State certified that ‘An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage’ had enough valid signatures so it would be placed on the general election ballot. It will be issue number 5.

Overruling Marriage Equality Will Come With a Cost, Warns Arkansas Judge

By: Saturday May 10, 2014 9:16 am

Arkansas Circuit Court Judge Christopher Charles Piazza struck down Amendment 83 to the Arkansas state constitution and a parallel state law known as Act 144 of 1997 which limit marriage to opposite-sex couples. Piazza, like the judges who have similarly ruled in courts around the country, brings his own style to his ruling — in his case, it’s the very pragmatic and practical language of a judge on the front lines of the state judicial system. Piazza not only rules on the case before him, but notes for the sake of the judges that will look at his ruling on appeal that should they choose to overrule him, that will come with a cost. A very steep, very personal cost.

Firm With History of Spill Cover-Ups Hired to Clean Up North Dakota Oil Spill

By: Wednesday November 27, 2013 3:25 pm

Tesoro Logistics — the company whose pipeline spilled more than 800,000 gallons of fracked Bakken Shale oil in rural North Dakota in September — has hired infamous contractor Witt O’Brien’s to oversee its clean-up of the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.

New Documents Reveal More Questions Than Answers in Tesoro’s North Dakota Oil Spill

By: Wednesday October 23, 2013 5:46 pm

North Dakota, long known for its cattle ranches and open spaces, has recently become one of the oil and gas industry’s most prized (and profitable) possessions, thanks to the advent of fracking. However, the price of oil and gas industry development is paid in destruction to the environment and strains to the regulatory framework meant to protect the public from a reckless industry, as Tesoro’s massive oil spill attests.

Late Night: Fire Sales

By: Thursday July 11, 2013 8:00 pm

Hard to believe, but yet another corporate malefactor turns out to be a hollow shell, devoid of assets and accountability, and this time half of a town got obliterated because of it. With every emerging detail, the derailment and explosion of an unmanned (!) train in Lac Megantic, Quebec turns out to be the same old plot with new characters. A larger concern with assets to protect “spins off” its shoddiest and riskiest parts, and any attendant liabilities, and leaves it alone to flame out, usually not so literally, but still leaving everyone but the con artists at the top holding the conveniently empty bag just the same.

Two Major Lawsuits Filed Against ExxonMobil for Arkansas Tar Sands Spill

By: Monday July 1, 2013 3:58 pm

Two major lawsuits were recently filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas against ExxonMobil, the “private empire” behind the March 2013Pegasus tar sands pipeline spill of over 1.1 million gallons of diluted bitumen (“dilbit”) into the neighborhoods and waterways of Mayflower, AR, located in Faulkner County.

New Documents Show Exxon Knew of Contamination, Claimed Lake Conway Was “Oil-Free”

By: Tuesday May 21, 2013 6:35 pm

On March 29 ExxonMobil, the most profitable company in the world, spilled at least 210,000 gallons of tar sands crude oil from an underground pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas. The pipeline was carrying tar sands oil from Canada, which flooded family residences in Mayflower in thick tarry crude. Exxon’s tar sands crude also ran into Lake Conway, which sits about an eighth of a mile from where Exxon’s pipeline ruptured.

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