Arkansas Elections

Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 10:23:00

Arkansas Bar Association announces public forums to discuss appointment of Supreme Court justices

Last month, the Arkansas Bar Association circulated the final draft of a proposed constitutional amendment to chose members of the Arkansas Supreme Court by appointment rather than election. Now, it's hosting public forums to discuss the proposal.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 10:11:00

Weed, Jesus and Arkansas

Arkansas is a strange place, CNN's newswire discovered. Soon, though people in half of Arkansas's counties can't legally buy a six-pack of beer, those with qualifying medical conditions will be able to legally use marijuana throughout the state. CNN talked to Navy veteran Blake Ruckle, of Fayetteville, who said he struggled with alcoholism and his PTSD made him contemplate suicide. Marijuana was the only thing that helped. Also, the Family Council was available for the retrograde perspective.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 07:26:00

Arkansas's toothless ethics law: Example, Mark Lowery

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Michael Wickline reported this morning that, for the second time in four years, Republican Rep. Mark Lowery had been cited by the state Ethics Commission for failing to comply with campaign finance reporting law. The minor penalty won't discourage similar in the future.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 06:40:00

Arkansas approves medical marijuana; fight still promised

Arkansas approves medical marijuana and already one group is vowing to fight implementation. But there are other political currents that will make that difficult.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 14:02:00

Republicans dispute lawsuit over Jefferson County poll watching

The Republican Party has responded to a lawsuit over polling place activities by Jefferson County Election Commissioner by disputing all the points raised.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 09:12:00

Arkansas Supreme Court kills initiated act for medical marijuana for insufficient petition signatures

The Arkansas Supreme Court today ruled that the initiated act to allow medical marijuana failed to qualify for the ballot for deficiencies in signature gathering and votes on it will not be counted.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 09:50:00

Welfare for the wealthy: More reasons to VOTE NO on ISSUE 3

Voices on the left and right are lifted against Issue 3, the corporate welfare amendment to send tax money to private business and corporate lobbyists.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 07:43:00

Casino v. Casino: The fight on Issue 5

The latest debate on more casino gambling in Arkansas is more likely to be decided by public attitudes about gambling in general rather than some of the legal questions raised by opponents, casino operators themselves.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 15:32:00

Medical marijuana foes sue over ballot title

The newly formed group that opposes medical marijuana filed a court challenge today of the initiated act approved for the ballot on the ground that the ballot title approved by the attorney general is misleading.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 07:19:00

Group forms to fight medical marijuana

A coalition of powerful lobbying groups filed papers with the Arkansas Ethics Commission Tuesday to fight medical marijuana issues headed for the November ballot.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 13:36:00

Filing closes with three contested races for Little Rock City Board, including former school leader

At filing deadline, races developed for three of four Little Rock City Board races. One features the re-emergence of former Little Rock School Superintendent Roy Brooks.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 07:18:00

Nursing home lobby pours more into amendment to limit lawsuits

The Arkansas Health Care Association — the lobby group for the nursing home industry — reported Monday that it had put $250,000 more, for a total of $580,000 so far into the constitutional amendment to cap awards in damage lawsuits (negligence, malpractice, etc.) at $250,000 and cap attorney fees at a third of the award.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 07:46:00

Will Republicans help college students vote?

The Washington County Election Commission will decide next week whether to create an early voting center on the University of Arkansas campus, providing readier access to the ballot for thousands of students and faculty concentrated in one place.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 07:07:00

Voters across state say 'tax me more'

In a scattering of special elections across Arkansas yesterday, voters were amenable to tax increases, including a big property tax vote for the Fayetteville public library.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Friday, August 5, 2016 - 16:48:00

Will the secretary of state's reading of the constitution lead to lawsuits? Almost certainly.

The secretary of state is at best reading the constitution narrowly and in isolation from other broader requirements and at worst isn't following the constitution at all, according to two University of Arkansas School of Law professors. So yeah, there's probably gonna be some lawsuits.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 17:53:00

County responses to flawed felon data suggests eligible voters have been removed from rolls

Earlier this summer, Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office passed along flawed data on Arkansas felons to county clerks. We contacted all 75 counties to see how they had decided to handle it. Their responses varied dramatically. In at least 17 counties, clerks took a "shoot first" approach, which almost certainly means eligible voters have been stripped of their rights.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 07:11:00

Bryant gets the media spin on tax vote

The city of Bryant plans a special election in August to finance municipal improvements. Just don't let anyone tell you it's a "tax-free" deal.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 08:49:00

Jefferson County election squabble enters new arena

A lawsuit has been filed against Stu Soffer, a member of the Jefferson County Election Commission, for his failure to turn over e-mails in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 19:43:00

Committee debates election reforms, shows little appetite for judicial appointments

A month after the conclusion of a vitriolic state Supreme Court election season that saw unprecedented levels of spending by out-of-state "dark money" groups, the Senate Judiciary committee this afternoon discussed two potential reforms to how Arkansas selects its judges.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016 - 11:33:00

Financial report: Courtney Goodson loaned $641,000 to her race for chief justice

An updated campaign finance report for failed chief justice candidate Courtney Goodson shows she loaned her campaign $641,000 and received $35,000 in contributions the last few days of the campaign from Pennsylvania lawyers who have become high-profile because of Arkansas political activities.

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