Arkansas Politics

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 11:02:00

Governor outlines China trip, continues to defend Donald Trump

Gov. Asa Hutchinson talked about a trade trip to China today, but reporters' questions were about other things, particularly Donald Trump. He's still the governor's pick.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 09:50:00

There Leslie Rutledge goes again; now she faults Hillary for Bill's infidelity 20 years ago

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's disastrous appearance Monday night on CBS — which produced a record amount of comment and views on both our Facebook page, Twitter account and Arkansas Blog — apparently didn't harm her standing as a Trump surrogate. She's back on air today, this time blaming Hillary Clinton for Bill Clinton's indiscretions 20 years ago.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 16:10:00

Ousted Republican candidate tries to revive ballot status

Democratic Party Chair Vince Insalaco is outraged at Cody Hiland, the Republican prosecutor in Faulkner County, for moving to clean up a hot check conviction by Jim Hall of Monticello, recently removed from the November election ballot on account of that conviction.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 07:23:00

Rapert claims victory over Facebook; either way, he still doesn't get 1st Amendment

Sen. Jason Rapert sent me a Tweet early this morning claiming that Facebook had relented and reinstated some anti-Muslim Facebook posts that had been removed for violation of the private social media company's "community standards." True or not, he still doesn't get the U.S. Constitution.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 11:36:00

Another ethics complaint, this one against Rep. Mark Lowery

Another complaint about lax campaign finance reporting has been filed against a Republican state representative, Mark Lowery of Maumelle.

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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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Friday, September 9, 2016

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 09:04:00

Leslie Rutledge: Throw out the Clintons

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is listed as author of this polemic on Independent Journal Review, a Republican-backed website, urging a vote for Donald Trump for president.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016 - 12:55:00

A plan for Arkansas to get more out of the money it spends on corrections

Arkansas's prison population is among the fastest growing in the country. The state now spends more than half of a billion dollars on corrections, a 68 percent increase since 2004, and our prison population, which increased by 21 percent between 2012 and 2016, is expected to rise by another 19 percent between 2016 and 2023 to 21,345. Those were the facts and projections Justice Center, a project of the national nonprofit Council of State Governments, reminded people of yesterday before presenting criminal justice reform proposals.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 11:26:00

Arkansas criminal justice reform proposal due today

We'll get a good sense of what criminal justice reform legislation might look like in the 2017 General Assembly later today — as well as some potential stumbling blocks to its passage. Justice Center, an offshoot of the national nonprofit Council of State Governments, will offer policy recommendations to the Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force this afternoon at the Arkansas Association of Counties conference.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 09:50:00

That time Asa Hutchinson sort of endorsed medical marijuana

Advocates of medical marijuana are circulating a YouTube video of a 2011 debate at the University of Arkansas between Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, and Asa Hutchinson, not then governor but speaking as a former DEA Administrator and congressman. Hutchinson seemed open to medical use of marijuana.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 09:18:00

Eldridge raps Boozman for Florida trip while ducking debates

Conner Eldridge, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, is knocking Republican opponent, incumbent Sen. John Boozman, for traveling to Florida this week while refusing to meet Eldridge for debate in Arkansas.

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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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Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 07:31:00

Surgeon general ready to fight medical marijuana

Arkansas Surgeon General Gregory Bledsoe has taken to social media to seek speaking engagements to oppose medical marijuana.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 08:28:00

A House debate in Jonesboro illustrates politics today

A Tea Party-style Trump supporter faced off a progressive Democrat in a debate over a state House race in Jonesboro last week. Talk about clear choices.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 16:54:00

The nation's attorney, Leslie Rutledge, meddling in D.C. politics

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge can't be moved to do anything about unconstitutional payday lending in the state that pays her,  but a day rarely passes that she can't mess in the politics of some other jurisdiction.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 14:46:00

Former state Rep. Harold Copenhaver to run for Jonesboro mayor

Former state Rep. Harold Copenhaver has announced he's running for mayor of Jonesboro.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 07:46:00

Clubbing with the Arkansas legislature

A powerful lobbyist invites others of her station to a fund-raiser for a member of the Arkansas legislature at — where else — a private club started by another member of the Arkansas legislature.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 07:37:00

Fact-free politics from Northwest Arkansas. An 'R' is enough.

Here's a bit of minor league funny business in a race for Arkansas legislature — small potatoes, but illustrative of politics in blood-red Arkansas, where faith and branding "trump" facts just about every time.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 07:19:00

Legislator working again on paid maternity leave for state employees

Worth noting: State Rep. Clarke Tucker of Little Rock is working on legislation to provide six weeks of paid maternity leave for state employees.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 17:13:00

Democrats lose challenge to Republican nominee for Washington County judge

A judge ruled today that the Republican Party had followed state law in picking a substitute nominee to run for Washington County judge.

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