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Mar 10, 2019

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

Republican women accomplish their Dream BIG agenda. What does it involve? What does it accomplish? And what comes next? Sen. Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View, joins us to discuss.

Former Gov. Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample passes away after a 3-year battle with cancer. Columnist John Brummett recalls what made Matt one-of-a-kind.

And Tyson Foods CEO Noel White sits down for an exclusive one-on-one interview. How did he evolve into this role and what does he see as his top priorities? Part one of a two-part interview.

Tune in to Talk Business & Politics on Sunday for these interviews and much more.

Mar 4, 2019

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

Action from the legislature, action on the business front. Talk Business & Politics Wes Brown breaks down the highway vote and the latest on Windstream's bankruptcy.

Rex Nelson is in house for a recap of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame and Searcy's big national award. 

Economist Mervin Jebaraj shares insight on what fourth quarter earnings are telling us about the overall economy.

And Attorney General Leslie Rutledge kicks off her annual consumer protection week. What scams are Arkansans most likely to have to dodge?

Feb 24, 2019

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

Charles Morgan, the iconic leader of First Orion and formerly of Acxiom has a new book out. We'll explore his latest ventures in the startup world and get his take on the American economy.

At the state legislature, a highway program makes progress, but is it about to hit a road block? State Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Searcy, and Rep. Reginald Murdock, D-Marianna, join us to discuss.

Plus, we're coming up on the annual Hoops for Kids Sake. The charity basketball game raises money for a good cause, but it will also give Dismang and Murdock the opportunity to talk smack. Will the Senate keeps its three-year winning streak intact or will the House bring the trophy back home?

Feb 18, 2019
Feb 18, 2019

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

The governor's tax cut plan is awaiting his signature. What's left on the session agenda? State Senate President Jim Hendren, R-Sulphur Springs, joins us to discuss.

Inmate labor in Arkansas works for free. Only one other state deploys this arrangement, but one legislator wants to stop this practice. State Rep. Vivian Flowers, D-Pine Bluff, is our guest.

And Blue Zones, Red Barns and Green buds. Northwest Arkansas Business Journal editor Paul Gatling wraps up a plethora of news from Northwest Arkansas.

Feb 11, 2019

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

Republican women are dreaming BIG. We'll sit down with Sens. Jane English and Breanne Davis to discuss UAMS, broadband expansion, reading initiatives and casinos.

Ethics, tax cuts, and highways are also on the legislative agenda. House Revenue and Tax committee chairman Joe Jett and Sen. Keith Ingram join us for a conversation about what happens next.

The business news rolls on. Tyson Foods makes a big announcement to grow their stake outside of the U.S. Jonesboro adds jobs ahead of schedule. And, four new members are inducted in the state's business hall of fame.

Feb 4, 2019

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

A breakthrough at the state capitol on taxes. The governor announces a plan that will likely get other big items moving in the legislative session. Senate Republican Majority Leader Bart Hester is our guest.

A Democratic newcomer makes a splash. Rep. Nicole Clowney introduces legislation to help firefighters. Equally important, how is this legislative freshman finding the first weeks of the session?

And for insight on the two new leaders of the legislature - Senate President Jim Hendren and Speaker of the House Matthew Shepherd - columnist John Brummett discusses his new profile of the men.

Jan 28, 2019
Jan 28, 2019

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

The government shutdown and border wall funding debate continues despite a reprieve. Republican Cong. French Hill reacts to the month-long ordeal. Plus, Democratic Party of Arkansas chairman Michael John Gray offers his rebuttal.

From the state capitol, the governor's transformation of state government legislation begins its long journey. Rep. Andy Davis, R-Little Rock, who'll be shepherding the bill on the House side, joins us to discuss this plus the latest on the highway funding debate. 

ALICE. It describes a set of lower income Arkansans who are asset limited, income constrained, and employed. Dr. Karama Neal from Southern Bancorp Community Partners and Entergy's Patty Riddlebarger are our roundtable guests.

Jan 22, 2019

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

The government shutdown continues with no apparent end in sight. U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., offers his take on why a solution seems so elusive.

At the state capitol, the legislative session begins. After a week of inaugurations and organization, it's time to get to heavy lifting. House Minority Leader Rep. Charles Blake, D-Little Rock, explains how Democrats plan to conduct business this session.

And, more from our recent executive roundtable. What's in store for 2019? Economist Mervin Jebaraj, Entergy Arkansas CEO Laura Landreaux, and State Chamber CEO Randy Zook are our guests.

Jan 15, 2019
Jan 14, 2019

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

Nearly two weeks into the new year, what does 2019 have in store in business and politics? Our executive roundtable ponders questions on the economy, the upcoming legislative session, and business interests from energy to taxes.

UA economist Mervin Jebaraj, Entergy Arkansas CEO Laura Landreaux, and Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce CEO Randy Zook are our panelists.

It was a busy week on the politics front: the Coon Supper, federal indictments, a session preview, and the federal shutdown. Columnist Rex Nelson with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette offers up two topics: food and politics. 

Jan 7, 2019

On this week’s edition of Talk Business & Politics we will be talking about the top stories of 2018 on the political and business front.  John Brummett from The Arkansas Democrat Gazette will offer his thoughts on corruption, the November election and late year casino action.

On the business side of the ledger we will discuss tariffs, taxes, medical marijuana and big acquisitions and moves with publicly traded companies. Senior reporter Wes Brown discusses the intersection of business and policy.

We will look back at 2018 and ahead to 2019.

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