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UCA to Host Arkansas Political Science Association Annual Meeting

UCA to Host Arkansas Political Science Association Annual Meeting

CONWAY -- The UCA Political Science Department is sponsoring the annual meeting of the Arkansas Political Science Association on Feb. 24 -25.

The event begins at noon on Friday, Feb. 24 at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center.  The meeting will draw approximately 100 political scientists and students from Arkansas and surrounding states.

Participants will discuss a variety of topics including the 2012 presidential and congressional elections, the Arkansas court system and judicial decision-making, the causes of the Middle Eastern Revolutions, education policy and civic education.

Charles Bullock, a political scientist from the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia will be the keynote speaker on Friday, Feb. 24. Dr. Bullock is a highly respected and well-known political science professor and author on Southern politics. Faulkner County Judge, Preston Scroggin will speak to conference participants on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Chamber opposes tax with road trip

Chamber opposes tax with road trip

Conway Chamber to go on 250 mile Economic Development Road Trip Opposing Severance Tax Increase

What:   Conway Area Chamber Leadership, Mayor Tab Townsell and Faulkner County Judge Preston Scroggin will visit six Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development organizations throughout Arkansas gathering resolutions opposing the proposed increase to the severance tax on natural gas.

When: Wednesday, February 1 – 6:00 a - 6:00 p

Where: Stops included: Conway, Searcy, Clinton, Damascus, Morrilton, Russellville, Fort Smith

Who:     -      Mayor Tab Townsell, City of Conway

19 appointed to governor's boards, commissions

19 appointed to governor's boards, commissions

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Joseph Beck, M.D., Little Rock, reappointed to the Arkansas State Medical Board. Appointment expires December 31, 2016.

William Dudding, M.D., Fort Smith, reappointed to the Arkansas State Medical Board. Appointment expires December 31, 2017.

Glen Glover, El Dorado, to the State Rehabilitation Council. Appointment expires February 1, 2014. Replaces Travis Beebe.

Lex Golden, Little Rock, to the Public Health Advisory Board. Appointment expires November 1, 2017. Replaces Joe Dan Yee.

Dr. David Horton, Conway, to the State Rehabilitation Council. Appointment expires February 1, 2014. Replaces John Satterfield.

Scott Jones, Little Rock, to the Technology Equipment Revolving Loan Fund Committee. Appointment expires June 30, 2013. Replaces Betsy Barnes.

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.

Tyler addresses budget issues

Tyler addresses budget issues

 

Solicits feedback, says no fundraising during session

CONWAY, Ark. – State Representative Linda Tyler of Conway, a candidate for the State Senate, today announced an effort to keep voters informed as the Arkansas General Assembly’s second-ever fiscal session gets underway.  In a web video, Tyler asks residents to contact her with questions about the upcoming session, which will be devoted to budget issues. 

“I invite you to reach out to me at www.lindatylerforsenate.com, where you can email me a question or comment and find my phone number,” Tyler said.  “As always, I’ll be working hard to make sure your voice is heard every step of the way.”

“Now, more than ever, we need strong leadership at our State Capitol,” Tyler continued.  “We need someone who will put the needs of our people ahead of the wants of some political party.”

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.)

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