Talk Business & Politics magazine: The Cuban flair edition

by Bill Paddack ([email protected]) 226 views 

From Cuba to the Capitol cafeteria, the November/December issue of Talk Business & Politics magazine is off the press and on point with business and political news, engaging interviews, interesting features and in-depth analysis.

The magazine is soon to be in mailboxes across the state, and you may also access it online here. Following are a few highlights to keep you up to date and informed as 2015 comes to an end.

Our cover story takes a look at the recent trade mission to Cuba by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and other Arkansas officials and business leaders. Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach, who took part in the trip, sees an “opportunity” that would benefit Arkansas and the small island nation. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, introduced a bill to modify the federal prohibition on U.S. assistance and financing for certain exports to Cuba. Businesswoman and philanthropist Lisenne Rockefeller shares her take on the recent trip from a business and cultural perspective.

Longtime journalist and political observer John Brummett reflects on the changing times in the media world. Veteran writer Rex Nelson checks in on the famed Round Table at the state Capitol cafeteria – and other spots across the state – where elected officials, lobbyists and political junkies gather to solve the world’s problems. Kerri Jackson Case details the changes in leadership going on at the state Department of Parks and Tourism, and Steve Brawner looks at the challenges and opportunities facing Pine Bluff and its leaders.

Elsewhere, we update you on The Stephen Group’s report on Arkansas’ Medicaid program and the private option, provide you with some ideas for a weekend getaway in Mountain View and profile the father-and-son artisans behind Blue Mountain Woodworking at Timbo. In our regular Sixth Sense feature, a half dozen business leaders from around the state weigh in on effective leadership.

Also in our statewide coverage, you’ll find excellent regional reporting, an update on the proposed Marshals Museum at Fort Smith, an interview with Chris Masingill of the Delta Regional Authority and what’s on the mind of Workforce Services Director Daryl Bassett.

Check it out online or request a copy from [email protected] and we’ll be happy to share for free.