Arkansas Elections

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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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 07:14:00

TV spending topped $1.6 million in Supreme Court races

Another in a series of reports from a good-government says TV spending in the races for Supreme Court in Arkansas topped $1.6 million, not a record by the figuring of Justice at Stake but also not a complete tally of spending because it leaves out huge expenditures on direct mail and other costs.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 09:53:00

Last night, the private option won: Five out of six pro-PO Republican incumbents defeated anti-PO challengers

It was a big night for Gov. Asa Hutchinson and backers of the private option.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 22:00:00

Dan Kemp and Shawn Womack elected to Arkansas Supreme Court

After millions of dollars poured in, the results are in: Shawn Womack and Dan Kemp will be new members of the Arkansas Supreme Court.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 14:15:00

The private option and the GOP primaries: races to watch

Three Senate races and five House races could determine the future of the private option.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 13:22:00

Washington County website falsely says that voters must have ID

Hat tip to Rep. Greg Leding, who points out that the Washington County website inaccurately states that voters must have a valid ID.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 12:09:00

Court of Appeals campaign violated rules on partisanship and endorsements, Blue Hog says

Cody Hiland has evidently sent out campaign mailers encouraging voters to support him "in the Republican Primary" ... or, for other voters, "in the Democratic Primary."

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 07:27:00

Point, shoot, vote: guns at the ballot box in northwest Arkansas

The D-G reports this morning from Benton and Washington counties, where twenty polling places have either said they'll allow concealed weapons or won't have signs disallowing the practice.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 14:15:00

Another NRA endorsement for Arkansas Supreme Court: Shawn Womack

If you were worried the NRA wouldn't provide us guidance about how to vote in the other Supreme Court race, worry no more.

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