Bill "Scoop" Lancaster has been around politics as much a person could be without being elected. He's been a newspaper reporter, a press secretary and was the first-ever Arkansas Senate Chief of Staff. His new book, Inside the Legislature, offers up stories from his time associated with Arkansas lawmakers and politicians. he was in Fayetteville recently to speak to the Political Animals Club of Northwest Arkansas.

MUSIC: "Harlem" Bill Withers

Sara Burningham

It’s 5,216 miles from Vienna, Austria to Crosses, Arkansas. But, as negotiations continue in the Iran nuclear talks, it’s a hot topic for patrons of the Pigtrail Bypass Country Cafe. Iranian American Hooshang Nazarali owns the cafe and convenience store, and for more than 30 years he’s been serving the people of this small community with burgers and snacks, all the while working with the Council of Resistance of Iran - a group dedicated to the overthrow of the Islamic Republic. Nazarali is outspoken in his opposition to a nuclear deal with Iran.

Arkansas' primary election is about eight months away. This mean potential candidates have to decide soon about running. Two workshops in the area are designed to help possible politicians decide if they indeed want to seek office.

From the Senate to the Arkansas' jobless rate, Roby Brock has the latest from the state capitol in this week's Talk Business and Politics Update.

The Where Affects The How

Feb 12, 2015

University of Arkansas researchers conducted exit polling to look at how the location; whether a school, church or courthouse; at which you vote can affect how you vote.

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Arkansas General Assembly

A bill to bar counties and cities from enacting inclusive civil rights ordinances passed the Arkansas State Senate Monday afternoon and is currently in the House. The measure is getting flack, however, from the city of Eureka Springs--which passed its own emergency anti-bias ordinance Monday night.

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Exit Polls Add to Political Understanding

Feb 11, 2015

The sometimes reliable, sometimes not may add to excitement on election night, but some researchers say exit polls add to the understanding of political science.

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Congressman Bruce Westerman is the member of the United States House of Representatives from Arkansas' Fourth District.  This morning he discussed his first days in Washington DC, President Obama's State of the Union speech and more.