Roby Brock

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Roby Brock of TalkBusiness.net covers business and political news happening in Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
10:18 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Joe Thompson Not Staying As Arkansas Surgeon General Under New Governor

Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Dr. Joe Thompson, who has served as Chief Health Officer and Surgeon General to Governors Huckabee and Beebe, will not remain as Surgeon General in the Asa Hutchinson gubernatorial administration.

Thompson will remain in his position as director of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI), a health policy center that focuses on health data and research. According to the ACHI website, it was formed in 1998 to serve as a nonpartisan group to work on health policy, access to quality care, and health care financing.

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Local & Regional News
2:47 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Consider Prison Options

Arkansas lawmakers received a report from the Bureau of Legislative Research that outlined 8 potential options to curb prison overcrowding, including a $231 million new prison bond issue, hiring a private prison firm, and alternatives to drug sentences and re-entry programs.

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Local & Regional News
1:14 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Delta Regional Authority Invests $1.3 Million In Arkansas Economic Projects

The Delta Regional Authority will invest $1.3 million into eight projects across Arkansas – grant money aimed at boosting economic development in rural parts of the state. Leaders said the money will help create or retain 1,050 jobs.

The eight projects and funding include:

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Local & Regional News
3:26 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Governor Beebe Tells Chamber Crowd Credit Should Be Shared

Gov. Mike Beebe

In what he dubbed as his “goodbye tour,” Gov. Mike Beebe made his final remarks to the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce – the state’s largest business lobby.

Beebe, who said that every appearance to annual events such as the chamber’s annual meeting is “nostalgic,” said he shouldn’t receive all the credit for the positive things that materialized in his administration.

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Arkansas Election 2014
11:48 am
Mon November 3, 2014

The Arkansas 'Shoe Leather' Campaign For Senate

It’s Friday night — Halloween, approaching 10 p.m. — and young children across Arkansas have just wrapped up a night of trick-or-treating, knocking on doors asking for candy.

A different group of youth are wrapping up their day from knocking on doors asking for votes. They’ve actually been knocking on doors for months, especially these last two weeks during the early voting period, in an effort to identify and move Democratic-leaning voters to the polls.

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Local & Regional News
1:45 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

AEDC’s Lenka Horakova Introduced As Honorary Consul For Czech Republic

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s European business development director was introduced on Friday as honorary consul for the Czech Republic in Arkansas.

Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the U.S., Petr Gandalovič, introduced Lenka Horakova into the office of the Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic at a ceremony held Friday at the Governor’s Mansion.

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Arkansas Election 2014
4:25 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

VIDEO: John Brummett Talks Race For Governor, New TB&P Role

John Brummett speaking Sunday with Roby Brock on Talk Business & Politics.
Credit Talk Business & Politics

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette political columnist John Brummett was a guest on this week’s edition of Talk Business & Politics, which aired Sunday at 9 a.m. on KATV, Channel 7 and Monday nights at 6:06 p.m. on KUAR-FM 89.1.

Brummett, who will become a regular contributor to Talk Business & Politics, said the latest poll results released by TB&P and Hendrix College, will require a near-Herculean effort by Democrats to overcome Republican advantages in the Senate and Governor’s races.

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Arkansas Election 2014
4:12 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

VIDEO: Barth, Reed: Security Moms And Cannibalizing The Election Base

Credit Talk Business & Politics

Dr. Jay Barth and Clint Reed offered their thoughts on the latest round of Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College polling that included insights on key demographics in the Arkansas electorate. The two men appeared as part of a political roundtable on this week’s edition of Talk Business & Politics, which airs on Sundays at 9 a.m. on KATV, Channel 7 and Monday nights at 6:06 p.m. on KUAR-FM 89.1.

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Local & Regional News
10:53 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Latest Poll Shows Hutchinson Leading Race For Arkansas Governor

Asa Hutchinson, the GOP nominee for Arkansas Governor, has an 8-point lead over his Democratic rival, Mike Ross, according to a new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll.

Q: In the race for Governor, the candidates are Libertarian Frank Gilbert, Green Party Candidate Joshua Drake, Republican Asa Hutchinson, and Democrat Mike Ross. If the election for Governor were today, which candidate would you support?

2.5% Libertarian Frank Gilbert
2% Green candidate Joshua Drake
49% Republican Asa Hutchinson
41% Democrat Mike Ross
5.5% Undecided

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Local & Regional News
5:36 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Poll Shows Tight Race For Arkansas 4th District, Womack With Wide Lead In 3rd

Arkansas’ open Fourth District Congressional race suddenly got interesting. In a new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll, Republican Bruce Westerman still has a lead over his Democratic rival, James Lee Witt, but the margin has shrunk from 14 to two points.

In late July, Westerman led Witt 48-34%, but now his lead stands at 44-42% in a new survey of 607 likely Fourth District voters.

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