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John Brummett, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist
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The fiscal session has begun.  That means all eyes are on the state capitol to see if the Arkansas Works program can survive another close vote for passage, despite the loss of several "yes" votes in the Senate due to deaths and resignations.  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist John Brummett sits down with Roby Brock of Talk Business to discuss the topic and pay tribute to longtime Parliamentarian of the House Representatives, Tim Massanelli.  Massanelli passed away last week. 


The city of Walnut Ridge is the only city in Arkansas where the Beatles ever set foot during their touring days as a band, and seven years ago Mayor Charles Snapp and a group of civic leaders wanted to commemorate the event with a festival. This year, it struck gold.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson with Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics
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Rising pharmacy reimbursement rates are a part of the cost structure between pharmacist, health insurance plans, and a group known as PBMs—Pharmacy Benefits Managers.  Roby Brock with Talk Business sits down with Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to talk about potential legislative remedies for this seemingly dire situation as a private solution may be in the works.


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Dr. Anthony Bland, a previously announced candidate for the Democratic nomination for Arkansas Secretary of State, said he will now run for Lt. Governor.

Bland said he was encouraged by the Democratic Party of Arkansas, his family and friends to make the switch. He also indicated that the other Democrat announced for Secretary of State, Susan Inman, was a better candidate than him.

Rex Nelson, Columnist and Senior Editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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  Rex Nelson, columnist and senior editor with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, spends his days driving around the state of Arkansas talking with residents.  Roby Brock with Talk Business sits down with Nelson to talk about a variety of issues, such as the Slovak Oyster Supper, Bentonville’s 8th Street Market, the Arlington Hotel, the State of the Union, and more.


Talk Business' Roby Brock (left) with Economist Mervin Jebaraj (right)
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We’ve been hearing a lot about the state of the State, the state of the Union, and the state of the economy.  For a review of 2017’s economic performance and projections for 2018’s, Roby Brock with Talk Business and Politics sits down with Mervin Jebaraj, economist, and Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas’s Walton College of Business.


John Brummett, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist
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Just around the corner is candidate filing season and we have a fiscal legislative session on the horizon.  Talk Business and Politics’ Roby Brock sits down with Columnist John Brummett with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for analysis and his latest article for TB&P’s “State of the State” magazine.


TBP Roby Brock (far right) speaking with Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Rex Nelson (far left) and State Representative Charles Blake (D-Little Rock) (center).
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It’s the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, and race in America could not be a more timely topic on this day of remembrance.    Especially after President Trump’s controversial remarks about immigrants from African countries.  State Representative Charles Blake (D-Little Rock)--co-sponsor of legislation to separate the King Holiday from the holiday of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Rex Nelson discusses the topic with Talk Business’ Roby Brock.


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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a directive that reversed an Obama-era policy regarding Marijuana laws.  Sessions called for justice department officials to enforce federal law regarding marijuana usage; a law which is in conflict with many states, including Arkansas, which has legalized cannabis.  Roby Brock with Talk Business and Politics sits down with attorney Erica Gee for analysis on how Session’s move will impact Arkansas’ fledgling medical marijuana industry.   


Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press; Wes Brown, Talk Business & Politics; Roby Brock, Talk Business & Politics
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2017 had no shortage of political news.  That includes several stories you may not remember due to the sheer volume of politics we saw last year.  Roby Brock with Talk Business recaps the political headlines from last year.  He’s joined with fellow TBP reporter Wes Brown and Associated Press Capitol Correspondent Andrew DeMillo.


Talk Business' Roby Brock (left) with Economist Mervin Jebaraj (right)
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Out with the old year; in with the new year!  How did Arkansas' and the national economy hold up in 2017?  What can we expect in 2018?  Roby Brock with Talk Business and Politics sits down with Economist Mervin Jebaraj to go over the numbers.


Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced his initial campaign team structure on Monday, Jan. 1. Five positions were filled as the governor embarks on his re-election bid. The staff and consultants include:

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There’s a lot of new talent running for office in Arkansas these days.  Among those is a teacher from Helena-West Helena running as a Democrat for the first U.S. Congressional District.  His name is Chintan Desai.  He wants to take on GOP incumbent Congressman Rick Crawford next November, although he may have to defeat primary challenger Richard Butler first.  Roby Brock with Talk Business and Politics sits down with Desai for a conversation.


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The Alabama U.S. Senate Special Election has been the buzz of the nation this week.  Did the upset win of Doug Jones over Roy Moore change the dynamics for next year’s races?  Roby Brock with Talk Business and Politics sits down with Republican strategist Richard Bearden and Democratic strategist Jessica DeLoach Sabin to talk about how the election impacts the political climate in Arkansas.


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On Tuesday, Arkansas Democrats received an early Christmas present.  Jared Henderson, 39, announced he would run for the Governor seat to challenge incumbent Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson.  Roby Brock with Talk Business and Politics sits down with Henderson for a one-on-one to discuss his platform.


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