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Dec 18, 2017
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The Alabama Senate race triggers reaction across the political spectrum. Are Republicans reeling? Are Democrats reinvigorated? Political animals Rex Nelson, Jessica DeLoach Sabin and Richard Bearden all weigh in.

Two newcomers join the political scene. Meet Democrats Jared Henderson for Governor and Chintan Desai for Congress. Why is the timing right for their candidacies?

Plus, what would you do with $40 million? We’ll go inside the numbers for a rundown of the biggest

Dec 11, 2017
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From the state capitol, tax reform, highways, and the 2018 election landscape. State Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs, joins us for a conversation.

There’s a new candidate in the race for Congress. Meet Gwen Combs. Plus, could there be more surprises in the near future?

And the business of college sports. It was the topic of conversation on the hill this week in Fayetteville. Paul Gatling with the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal talks contracts and coaching.

Dec 4, 2017
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Sen. Tom Cotton to the CIA? Is it rumor or reality, and what could it do to the 2018 election cycle? TB&P contributors Jessica DeLoach Sabin and John Burris weigh in.

Remember Judge G. Thomas Eisele. Former U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge discusses the late federal judge’s legacy, plus he offers his take on the Mueller investigation and possible legislative indictments.

And, it was a tough season for Razorback football. It was an even tougher season for the economy that relies on the Razorbacks. Economist Mervin Jebaraj offers analysis on this and more.

Nov 27, 2017

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On this week's agenda, federal tax reform is front and center. Analysts say it's deficit busting, but State Chamber Chief Randy Zook says it will boost American businesses.

Sexual misconduct dominates the national political conversation. KATVs Janelle Lilly and Arkansas Advocates' Tamika Edwards offer their perspectives.

And who had the bigger earnings quarter, Walmart or Tyson Foods? Talk Business and Politics' Wes Brown weighs in.

Nov 20, 2017
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Jeff Long out as the University of Arkansas Athletic Director. What happened and what happens next? 

We'll talk politics with Rex Nelson and Shane Broadway. 2018 is shaping up to be a banner year for campaigning. What predictions do these political animals have? 

And we'll crawl through the results of the Arkansas poll with University of Arkansas Professor Janine Perry.

Nov 13, 2017
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Returning from China and Japan. Mike Preston, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, has returned from an Asian trade mission. What may be the fruit from this latest labor?

Tax reform grabbed headlines in the national news this past week, but so did health care, guns and more. We’ll talk politics with two Democratic candidates for Congress -- Hayden Shamel in the Fourth District and Paul Spencer in the Second District.

And, we’ll go inside the numbers for the latest look at the Arkansas Poll and the latest on the business front. 

Nov 6, 2017
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A roundup of poll numbers from our latest Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll. Where do the governor and Arkansas’ two senators stand with voters?

Dr. Jay Barth of Hendrix College offers his analysis of our latest poll results. 

In our political roundtable, contributors John Burris and Jessica DeLoach Sabin talk Trump, tax cuts, and more.

Oct 30, 2017

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New polling numbers from TB&P and Hendrix College. What is President Donald Trump’s approval rating in Arkansas and do voters think the country and the state are headed in the right or wrong direction?

Mervin Jebaraj, economist with the Walton College offers insights on the economy, Amazon, and Chinese investments in Arkansas.

State Sen. Jim Hendren offers his take on the latest poll results, plus he updates us on tax reform and his new endeavor scrutinizing legislative report cards.

Plus, Arkansas Children’s CEO Marcy Doderer explains her current stance on health care reform and what’s in the works.

Oct 23, 2017
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Donald Trump picks another fight; Sen. Cotton is at the center of speculation; and Little Rock responds to Amazon. TB&P's Wes Brown and Rex Nelson of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette talk politics.

There’s a lot changing on the health care front, faster than you can keep up with on most days. Arkansas Department of Human Services director Cindy Gillespie talks Medicaid, Arkansas Works, and federal health care.

And welcome to Arkansas. Tourism is on the rise. We’ll go inside the numbers for a closer look.

Oct 16, 2017
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Congressman French Hill. What’s in store for tax reform? And is the Trump drama distracting Washington D.C.?

Two major forces come together in a unique alliance. UAMS interim chancellor Stephanie Gardner and Baptist Health CEO Troy Wells talk healthcare.

Plus, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist John Brummett unveils what he thinks the NRA is up to in the wake of the latest uproar.

Oct 9, 2017

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Sen. Tom Cotton. He offers his thoughts on Iran, North Korea, tax reform, gun laws, and health care.

The tragedy in Las Vegas. We’ll get Sen. Cotton’s thoughts on this, plus Democratic Party of Arkansas Chairman Rep. Michael John Gray and State Rep. Charlie Collins debate gun freedom and control.

They’ll also offer their thoughts on developments surrounding General Improvement Funds in the wake of new controversies and a Supreme Court ruling.

Oct 2, 2017

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Tax cuts and the economy. Will they stoke what has already been one of the longest economic expansions in U.S. history? UA Walton College economist Mervin Jebaraj joins us to discuss.

A national award created to honor the late Frank Broyles gets a new marketing push. How could it help elevate the profile even further? Rex Nelson offers his insight on this and more.

It’s been 40 years since Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families launched. Former executive director Amy Rossi and current executive director Rich Huddleston recall the early years and discuss what’s still to come.

Plus, we’ll unveil something new for politics in 2018.

Sep 25, 2017

On this week’s TV edition of Talk Business & Politics:

Sen. John Boozman. He’s recovering from major heart surgery, but the focus in D.C. is on healthcare. Why does he support the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal Obamacare?

Workforce development. Dr. Margaret Ellibee says Arkansas is prepared to provide a workforce for a major auto plant. The UA-Pulaski Tech leader sits down for a one-on-one.

And we’ll fire some up and down arrows with John Brummett of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and run through some of the top stories of the week.

Sep 18, 2017
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A deadline for medical marijuana applications is approaching. We’ll sit down with one of the nation’s leading experts, Brian Vicente, to discuss what happens next.

Food and politics. The two go hand in hand as far as Arkansas culture is concerned. Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage is our guest.

Plus, we’ll talk politics with Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, TB&P’s Wes Brown, Rex Nelson of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and we’ll run through the top headlines of the week. 

Sep 11, 2017
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Congress returns from vacation and so does President Trump. What to expect this fall? We ask John Brummett of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Ending the DACA program: it could be part of a larger immigration reform package. TB&P contributors Robert Coon and Jessica DeLoach Sabin talk politics.

And there’s a new leader of the Political Animals Club. Shane Broadway joins us to discuss: Should there be an Arkansas Politics Hall of Fame?

Aug 28, 2017

On this week’s edition of Talk Business & Politics:

Sen. Tom Cotton. What’s his take on Afghanistan, Confederate monuments, and perhaps most importantly, what might get done when Congress reconvenes?

Economics 101. Mervin Jebaraj, interim director of the Walton College Center for Business and economic research offers his latest glimpse of the Arkansas economy and Frank Broyles economic impact on Arkansas.

And, our top stories of the week. We’ll run through a mountain of big headlines as we go inside the numbers.

Aug 21, 2017

On this week’s TV edition of Talk Business & Politics:

The passing of a Razorback legend. Former University of Arkansas football coach and athletic director Frank Broyles dies at the age of 92. We’ll examine his life and legacy with Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sports editor Chip Souza.

Cong. Steve Womack shares his thoughts on Broyles, plus the raging controversy over Charlottesville that has dominated the national debate this week. Womack also weighs in on the upcoming Congressional agenda.

Plus, our Talk Politics roundtable discussion on race. Frank D. Scott, Jr. and Tamika Edwards offer their sharp insights on this week’s events. And, we’ll explore if Confederate monuments should be taken down.

Aug 17, 2017
Aug 14, 2017
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Sen. Tom Cotton. In a wide-ranging interview on immigration, North Korea, healthcare and taxes, the senator defends his legislation and positions.

On the road with Rex Nelson. Where has the Democrat-Gazette columnist been traveling lately and what’s peaked his interest? We’ll talk politics and culture, and maybe even break into an old Glen Campbell song.

And we’ll go inside the numbers for a look at several other major stories of the last week. 

Aug 8, 2017
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Are we headed for bipartisanship in Washington, D.C.? Sen. John Boozman says both healthcare and tax reform should involve both sides of the aisle.

How does a Trump voter compare to an average voter in Arkansas? We’ll roll through one last piece of our recent Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College survey.

And for analysis on all of this, our Talk Politics roundtable includes contributors Jessica DeLoach Sabin and Robert Coon.

Aug 1, 2017
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Trade Talk
The Chinese connection: AEDC director Mike Preston discusses new trade opportunities for Arkansas beef and rice. Plus, how is Trump’s tough trade talk altering overseas efforts?

Survey Says
A roundup of our week-long polling. Dr. Jay Barth of Hendrix College offers his insight on the new numbers regarding President Trump and Arkansas’ Congressional delegation.

Econ 101
Economist Mervin Jebaraj with the University of Arkansas Walton College of Business Center for Business & Economic Research takes an in-depth look at the state’s economy and where we’re headed.

Jul 24, 2017
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Healthcare Revived
Healthcare is revived. Sen. Tom Cotton joins me to discuss Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare now, not later.

Survey Says
New polling data on healthcare. What do Arkansans think? Plus, how do Arkansas voters view President Trump’s job performance? Some surprising results all-around. Dr. Jay Barth of Hendrix College joins me for analysis.

On the Road
Rex Nelson of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has been traveling the state. From Hot Springs to Fort Smith to the capital city, we’ll get his take on his latest road trips.

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