The March/April issue of Talk Business & Politics magazine – with great features, interviews and commentaries – is hot off the press and headed to a mailbox near you.
On the cover, we take a look at politics in the 1970s. After Dale Bumpers’ death on New Year’s Day, I knew we needed to honor his life and legacy. In discussing the story angle with the indomitable John Brummett, it became apparent that the tale of Dale Bumpers was really the tale of the decade that produced the “Big 3” – Bumpers, David Pryor and Bill Clinton – as well as many others who rose to prominence in this Golden Age of Arkansas politics.
Who better to recall and add the proper context to this era than the guy who cut his teeth during the day? Of all the stories John Brummett has written for our magazine over the years – and there have been some great ones – this is my all-time favorite. I hope you enjoy it. To go with it, our world-famous illustrator, Shafali Anand, took a compilation of several interesting campaign photos we found through the years and created an image that perfectly captures the trio’s spirit and camaraderie.
Elsewhere, Rex Nelson profiles new Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism Executive Director Kane Webb and takes a looks at his career as well as his thoughts on the agency he now runs. Steve Brawner provides insights into the upcoming legislative session – two special ones plus the fiscal session – that will deal with issues such as health care and highways. For something a bit sweeter, Casey Penn profiles Treatsie, a subscription artisan candy company based in Little Rock. Penn also takes a look at the upcoming Governor’s Cup business plan competition while business editor Wes Brown goes in-depth on how the state’s manufacturing sector is retooling in the midst of a technology paradigm shift.
Editor Bill Paddack took a different approach this issue in our Sixth Sense leadership series, getting time management ideas from busy college students who are already positioning themselves in leadership roles. They share some great tips. And Todd Jones checks in on Conway’s Cadron Creek Capital, which is changing the startup landscape in Central Arkansas.
Inside this issue, you will also find insightful commentaries, an excellent discussion with Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield CEO Mark White and CEO-elect Curtis Barnett and an interesting Q&A by Kerri Jackson Case with Acorn founder Stephanie McCratic on the difference between social media marketing and influencer marketing.