Continuing education fees paid by bail bondsmen in Arkansas went to an industry association that used much of the money instead to pay for a lobbyist, according to Arkansas Legislative Audit. Jon Moore, deputy legislative auditor, said most of the money marked for education ultimately went to Rusty Cranford of Rogers, who lobbied lawmakers on behalf of the Arkansas Professional Bail Association. "I've never seen it before," Moore said in an interview.
When the clock struck 7:30 a.m. during the week this summer, children poured into Little Rock's Washington Magnet Elementary School. On one particular Tuesday, Margaret, a fifth-grader participating in a summer program at the school, picked up grapes, Lucky Charms cereal and low-fat milk from a lunch line before taking a seat at a long, brown cafeteria table. "I'm not a fan of chocolate. Chocolate is like my least favorite," she said when asked about her milk choice.
Customers, including Billy Bolin (left) and Cory Lynch, eat lunch Thursday in the newly renovated 500 Grill in the basement of the state Capitol. At the center of politics in Arkansas is a cafeteria in the basement. For legislative deals to get done, Democrats to meet Republicans, and lobbyists to advocate for their clients, it's helpful to have a place to eat in the state Capitol. But for the past three months, the eatery was shut down for renovation and repair.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".