Arkansas Lt. Governor Mark Darr, it's time. You need to resign.
Darr has admitted fault in 11 campaign spending citations.
Governor Mike Beebe has called for Darr to leave office, Republicans in the state congressional delegation have unanimously called for Darr to leave office and the state GOP Chairman says the party would call on Darr to leave office if he ends up facing criminal charges.
Darr joins the ranks of two other high profile politicians in the past year who, we trusted with our vote and they broke that trust.
You may remember Darr is the same lawmaker who was using state police to chauffeur him on long distance trips so he could talk on his cell phone and you paid for it.
Darr appears to be digging in his heels and says he is working to rebuild trust with the voters.
Mister Darr, I believe you are too late. The damage is done and it's going to be extremely difficult for voters to trust you again.
Resign and let a new lawmaker prove to the people that he or she is not entitled and will take care of the taxpayers money.
A resignation from Darr would make this a Better Arkansas and A Better Region 8.
A portion of Stadium Boulevard in Jonesboro has been renamed Red Wolf Boulevard
Talk about a hot topic.
This proposed change was debated from Tailgate City to City Hall.
It did pass, but not without some feelings getting hurt.
If you follow A Better Region 8, you know I supported this change and I'm glad to see that it passed.
But I certainly understand the perspective of others who did not share my view.
I do understand the change affects the thousands of people who drive down that road and do business there.
Jonesboro owes much of its success to ASU.
Now that it's a done deal, how about we all put this behind us and get back to the business of supporting our Red Wolves.
Let's take all that passion and put it into cheering on the Red Wolves on the fields or court.
Supporting ASU and the Red Wolves makes Jonesboro better and A Better Region 8.
I was recently reminded of how successful government can be when it is run like a successful business.
The keys to success in business can work equally as well in government, but often the work of government is approached by people who have very little experience operating a successful business.
I've seen this first hand.
I recall one community where I lived -- the Mayor was a politician with little business experience and got very little done. When he would come up against red tape, he would often give up.
Then the voters elected a Mayor who had run a successful business. That city saw more growth during the second Mayor's term because he approached the government work like a business.
This is a good reminder for all of us.
When we go to the polls, we need to dig into the background of our candidates and see if they have the chops to approach government like a successful business.
Remember, the government doesn't have any money. It's our money -- the taxpayers and we must demand our public servants take care of that money better than they would their own money.
Electing public servants with business experience will make this A Better Region 8.
Hello, I'm Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin and I would like to share some exciting news with you.
I want to invite you to an Open House, celebrating the opening of YOUR new Municipal Center and City Hall this Sunday, November 17th from 2 until 5.
This 68 thousand square foot facility has put YOUR city in a position to handle growth and expansion for the next two decades without having to worry about space.
This building is the people's house and I am fortunate to get to mange it for just a bit.
Come see it and tour it and see what a great selling showplace this will be for our city.
Sunday, November 17th from 2 until 5.
Again the Open House at YOUR new Municipal Center at 300 South Church in Downtown Jonesboro.
Join me for the celebration as we work together to make this A Better Region 8.
I have an issue with politicians who seem to have a sense of entitlement and don't see anything wrong with using taxpayer money for unnecessary reasons.
From my perspective such is the case with Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr.
Darr has been using state police at times to drive him between his home in Springdale and sites around the state so he can talk on his cellphone.
He says he's doing it so he doesn't endanger himself or others.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Darr has been chauffeured at least 4 times on long distance trips at tax payer expense since August.
Really? I would like to get that service as well.
I think we all would. I don't care what party a public service represents - you should not be using taxpayer funds for something like this.
Do what the rest of us do- wait until you get where you're going or use a hands-free device.
We expect public servants to treat our tax dollars better than their own. Those who do make this A Better Region 8.
History came to life this week in Region 8.
A living legend visited Arkansas State University.
Former Secret Service Agent Clint Hill made a presentation to a large audience about the time he spent protecting First Lady Jacquelin Kennedy.
Hill was right behind the presidential limo when the shots were fired that killed President John F Kennedy in Dallas.
He was the agent who climbed on to the back of the car as the shooting was happening in an effort to protect the President and Mrs. Kennedy.
I don't think there was a dry eye in the house as Hill walked the audience through the shooting and aftermath of the assasination.
Hill was recognized for his bravery even though he said he didn't deserve the recognition and felt guilty for the death of the President.
We should be proud to live in a community that has this kind of respect for history and has a thirst for knowledge that will hopefully prevent this type of tragedy in the future.
Thanks to businessman Mike Watson and Regions Bank CEO Larry Worsham for bringing Hill to Region 8.
Mr. Hill's visit to ASU made this A Better Region 8.
Voters in District 21 which covers a large chunk of Jonesboro and Craighead County have the rare opportunity to elect a new state Senator.
This is the seat left vacant when former Senator Paul Bookout resigned amidst controversy over questionable expenses paid for with campaign donations.
Early voting has already started for the primary election and if you are a registered voter, you owe it to yourself to cast your ballot in this election.
There are 7 candidates running in the primary, four Democrats and 3 Republicans.
You will have the chance to check out those candidates Friday, October 4th. KAIT will stream the Northeast Arkansas Political Animals forum live from 1130am to 1pm on kait8.com and KAIT Channel 8 dot 2.
The primary election will be held on Tuesday, October 8th and the general election will be held January 14th.
Do your homework, exercise your right to vote and let's elect the best candidate to Make This A Better Region 8.
The men and women who have served in our armed forces deserve special respect for the sacrifices they have made to defend our country. I can't think of a better way to honor those who have served than by taking care of them as they grow older. I'm thankful an effort is underway to build a new Arkansas veterans home. A veterans' home was shut down last year in Little Rock after being cited for health and building inspection violations. Unfortunately, that is more the norm than the exception. Now, a task force is looking for the right place to build a new home. Already, several sites have been crossed off the list for not meeting federal requirements. The Legislature has approved 7 point 5 million dollars for the new home and the federal government is providing a 14 million dollar match. This is the work our government needs to be doing, focus on taking care of our veterans and giving them the care they deserve. Taking care of those who served will make this A Better Arkansas and A Better Region 8.
Former Senator Paul Bookout and questionable financial records are the talk of the town this week. As you probably know by now, Bookout got in trouble for using campaign funds for personal use like women's clothing and a home entertainment center. Now, he has resigned his job with St. Bernards, his state senate seat and is promising to repay the money. While this seemed to play out quickly in the public eye, this situation brewed for months behind the scenes and I'm thankful Bookout decided to take quick action once things were brought out in the open.
The word I have heard most often associated with this situation is disappointment.
The voters are disappointed in Paul Bookout and that is an appropriate reaction.
But now it's time to move on. Let's get a new person in that office. Someone we don't have to question about how they spend their money. Let's put this disappointing period behind us and make a good decision going forward. Finding the right person to represent us will make this A Better Region 8.
I had to do a double take last week when I heard the Bay School Board voted unanimously to buy a house for the school superintendent.
They say it's a recruiting tool. I guess so. Who wouldn't take the job if they got to live in a house for free?
I do know this practice was common many years ago in smaller, rural school districts.
That time, along with one room schools however, has come and gone.
Superintendent Chip Layne told the board members that while he thinks superintendent housing is a good idea for the district, he is not interested.
Layne said he cares more about his family and students than a house and it's quote, a "dead issue" for him, but the school board can revisit the plan.
Parents protested and I sure hope the school board members heard them.
In this day and time when teachers often have to buy their own supplies and children come to school hungry at times -- is it the best message to spend tax payer money on housing for the superintendent?
I have to go with the parents on this one. The Bay School System needs to put that money back where it belongs -- directly to the benefit of the children.
That will make this a Better Region 8.