Little Rock, AR – Vice President Mike Pence will make his first official visit to Little Rock, Arkansas March the 24th. Those wishing to attend have been directed to park 1000 East Roosevelt Road. The location is Horace Mann Magnate Middle School. People are encouraged to arrive early for processing and the shuttle ride to the location where Pence will be speaking. The event opens at noon with remarks at 2:30 p.m.
The visit is being supported by the Republican Party of Arkansas located at 1201 W. 6th St, Little Rock, AR 72201. Continue Reading →
Texarkana, AR – Tommy Land will be on the edge of his state this Thursday when he visits the area. He will be at NewCom at 1103 Arkansas Blvd in Texarkana. The business is located just beside Old Tyme Burger and is owned by former candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives, Rusty Latham. Rusty Latham and Greg Jones are hosting a meet and greet for the candidate from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be soft drinks and hot dogs and the public is welcome and encouraged to drop in and meet Mr. Land. Tommy Land is the husband of Cleburne County Assessor Judy Land, the first Republican elected to that office in the history of the county. Continue Reading →
Sidney Masonic Lodge will host a BBQ Scholarship Fundraiser on March 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sidney Lodge is located in Fouke, Arkansas. All proceeds from the event will be awarded to students in Miller County, Arkansas. A BBQ lunch will consist of a BBQ sandwich, chips, drink and desert. Each meal cost $5. In addition to the BBQ, everyone will have an opportunity to win one of two door prizes. Continue Reading →
Arkansas – There is a very old saying that still circulates today that states, “If you give an inch, they will take a mile.” It would be wise for Arkansas legislators, voters, and the courts to keep this old saying in mind while considering HB 1236 (ftp://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/Bills/2017R/Public/HB1236.pdf). The bill would essentially make it a crime for anyone to distribute a video or dash cam recording of a police officer being killed in the line of duty. The concept is easy to understand. The video is released either by the department, a freedom of information request, or a copy slips into the media. Continue Reading →
In January of 1978, the Terry D. v. Rader lawsuit was filed in Federal Court in Oklahoma City. The suit alleged abusive practices, unconstitutional use of isolation and restraints, the absence of adequately trained staff, and the mixing of offenders with non-offenders in state run shelters. Following the lawsuit, several public institutions were closed, and the Department of Human Services (DHS) implemented a variety of community-based programs for children and youth, including both residential and non-residential services. Two entities were also formed to improve the conditions for children in Oklahoma: The Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth (OCCY) and the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA). The mission of the OCCY is to improve services for children by facilitating joint planning and coordination among public and private agencies; independently monitoring the children and youth service system for compliance with established responsibilities; and entering into agreements to test models and demonstration programs for effective services. Continue Reading →
OKLAHOMA CITY – A national partner of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) is now accepting applications for the Youth Justice Leadership Institute. The Institute is organized by the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJNN), and offers fellowships to advocates or organizers who focus on juvenile justice system practices and policies. The fellowships are geared towards individuals of color working as professionals in the juvenile justice field, who may also be young adults who are system survivors themselves, or family members of someone in the system. Each year, 10 fellows from across the country are selected to develop their leadership and advocacy skills in the context of a robust curriculum around youth justice reform. The fellowship is completed concurrently with fellows’ current employment, so fellows do not have to leave their jobs to participate in the Institute. Continue Reading →
Fort Smith, AR. – The U. S. Marshals Service E/MI, DFAT (Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team) requested the U. S. Marshals led Western Arkansas Fugitive Task Force locate and arrest James JACKSON based upon information developed in Flint, MI concerning the whereabouts of JACKSON. JACKSON was wanted in Flint, Michigan for Armed Robbery, Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine and Marijuana, and Carrying a Concealed Weapon. Information was developed through investigation and tips, which led U. S. Marshals and its task force partners to the Nashville, Arkansas area. JACKSON was arrested on the afternoon of February 28, 2017, in Nashville. Agencies participating in the investigation and arrest include the U. S. Marshals Fugitive Task Forces in both Western Arkansas and Eastern Michigan, the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service, Howard County Arkansas Sheriff’s Department, and the Nashville, Arkansas Police Department. Continue Reading →
Legislators Expected to Vote on Key School Choice Legislation This Week
OKLAHOMA CITY — In last night’s address to the United States Congress, President Donald Trump spoke strongly in favor of school choice, advocating for policies that allow families to choose the public, private, or charter school of their choice.
The Oklahoma group ChoiceMatters for Kids, a parent-led organization advocating for greater educational options for parents and children, is encouraging Oklahoma legislators to follow the president’s lead on school choice legislation. “Donald Trump won a super majority of votes in Oklahoma by advocating for policies that empower individuals and families,” said ChoiceMatters for Kids President Robert Ruiz. “The most important choice a family can make on behalf of their child is how and where to educate their child. On education, President Trump is getting it right. Continue Reading →
In the last several weeks, a lot of eyes have been focused on Oklahoma’s $900 million budget shortfall and the effect it may have on our state. We have heard a lot of talk about revolving funds, off-the-top spending, structural imbalances and dozens of other terms capitol insiders use to describe the current budget crunch. All of that sounds complicated, but if you break down its major components, the state budget is not unlike the personal budgets that families manage. Simply put, you need your income to be greater than your expenses. If it isn’t, you are in trouble.
I like to think of the state’s total revenue as the income that someone might receive from two jobs. Continue Reading →
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Today the Alamo kicks off events for the 2017 Commemoration of the Siege and Battle of 1836. For Alamo enthusiasts who cannot make it to San Antonio, they can follow the daily events at the Alamo on Twitter at twitter.com/OfficialAlamo and Facebook at Facebook.com/OfficialAlamo. Siege Readings: February 23 – March 6 / 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. daily
Alamo Living Historians present historical readings that illustrate what was happening at the Alamo during each day of the 1836 siege. Siege Readings are free to the public, in front of the Alamo Church, and last approximately 10 – 15 minutes. Ride for Texas Independence:
Friday, February 24 / 10 a.m.
February 24, 1836, Alamo commander William B. Travis wrote his now famous “Victory or Death” letter, and sent Courier Albert Martin to ride across Texas to deliver his impassioned plea for reinforcements. Continue Reading →