Republican Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has announced that she'll run for re-election in 2018 and told reporters at AP and the Democrat-Gazette that she'll file her first campaign finance report today. It's not on file yet. /more/
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued an equivocal answer today on the questions of whether state Treasurer Dennis Milligan had authority to enter a $450,000 four-year contract last year with a Delaware company for an on-line "financial literacy" program. /more/
The attorney general's office announced that Arkansas will receive about $3 million for its Medicaid programs as part of a $784 million settlement of a national class action lawsuit with Pfizer and its subsidiary Wyeth pharmaceuticals. /more/
Of course the House Rules Committee (controlled by House Speaker Jeremy Gillam) defeated Democratic Rep. Camille Benett's proposed HB 1822 to allow the request of a "constitutional issue assessment" by the attorney general. /more/
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, who'll leave office making about $73,000 a year, has written a letter to the independent citizens commission recommending pay increases for state officials that the office be paid $165,000 a year. According to a recent survey, that would put Arkansas as No. 3 in the country for pay of attorney generals, while ranking 48th in per capita income for everyone else. /more/
The New York Times reports on a new incarnation of the sub-prime mortgage lending racket. It's the car title loan — fast credit for clunkers and exorbitant interest rates that too often leave poor people in the hole and without the cars whose titles they gave up for small loans. /more/
The Koch Industries PAC spread a lot of money around in September, including significant sums in state legislative races around the country. All politics is local when you have a big polluting industry to look after.
Mary Steenburgen, the Arkansas native actress, has added her voice to those opposing HB 1228, the bill aimed at preserving legal discrimination against gay people under the pretext of religious freedom. It would create untold other complications for all sorts of government activities to give people a religious excuse to avoid the law.
The owner of the Great Passion Play is organizing an effort to reclaim Eureka Springs for people like him as a reaction to the City Council's adoption of a non-discrimination ordinance that protects gay people, among others.
Glass artist Ed Pennebaker's 13-foot-tall sculpture of tall, multicolored glass panels was chosen for temporary installation in the Carrie Remmel Dickinson Fountain in front of the Arkansas Arts Center.
Democratic Party Chair Vince Insalaco says Secretary of State Mark Martin should fire Deputy Secretary of State Joseph Wood because he's been using state time and office resources to run for county judge in Washington County.
Widely criticized for steadfastly refusing during the final president debate to say he'd accept the outcome of the election, Donald Trump showed no remorse today. By the way: He lost another debate last night. Big.
The Arkansas Supreme Court today reversed a DWI conviction in Sebastian County because the highway sobriety checkpoint was unconstitutionally operated. The decision set a standard for such checkpoints in the future.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson apparently felt the burn from KARK's exclusive Tuesday night on his plans to cut state support of War Memorial Stadium in half beginning July 1, 2018. He has a so-far secret plan to make the stadium self-sustaining. We bet that doesn't include state support.