The Libertarian Party of Arkansas says it will present signatures Tuesday to the secretary of state's office sufficient to qualify the party for the ballot in Arkansas in 2016. The party has been active of late in comment on ongoing political matters. Party chair Michael Pako and Frank Gilbert, the party's candidate for governor in 2014, will speak Tuesday at a news conference. Gilbert got 1.9 percent of the vote last year.
State Treasurer Dennis Milligan filed a batch of amended campaign contribution and expenditure reports late last week for his general election run for the office. They appear aimed at cleaning up questions that have arisen about the accuracy of his original reports.
John Lyon of the Arkansas News Bureau highlights Sen. Tom Cotton's ability to be malleable on principle when circumstances suit — this time on the $87 million in Arkansas corporate welfare for Lockheed Martin to subsidize its bid to build a military vehicle in Camden.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson invited press to bill signings today for the $87 million corporate welfare handout to Lockheed Martin to aid its bid to win a federal military vehicle contract and other bills from the special legislative session that concluded Thursday.
The Louisiana Senate and a House committee have approved a medical marijuana bill and Gov. Bobby Jindal said he'll sign it if it reaches him. Add this development to questions the press should ask Gov. Hutchinson when he sends $87 million in tax dollars to wealthy Lockheed Martin and upends the 2016 election process to help his favored presidential candidate.
A number of Democrats don't like the idea of moving all primary elections in 2016 from May to March 1 so Mike Huckabee can have Arkansas on the slate of Southern states in the so-called SEC primary, but there's some difference of opinion among Republicans, too.
Gawker's Defamer blog digs into the Internet wayback machines for some campaign literature from 2002, when Jim Bob Duggar ran for U.S. Senate. In the course of discussing his opposition to abortion in all circumstances, he said incest should be a capital crime (punishable by the death penalty).
Gov. Asa Hutchinson was joined by U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton and John Boozman at a Capitol news conference this morning to tout his legislation to issue $87 million in bonds for corporate welfare to lower Lockheed Martin's bid for a new generation of armored vehicles for the U.S. military.
Reasons that Gov. Asa Hutchinson shouldn't have given the job of drug czar to former state Rep. Denny Altes are abundant — racist comments, a lacklustre legislative record verging on bizarre, attempting to exert improper influence on the courts. Now comes a piece of evidence that the new state employee might have expensive tastes.
J.R. Davis, the governor's press spokesman, provided me with some additional information on the $87 million state bond issue Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants to help Lockheed Martin expand a Camden facility to produce military vehicles, if it wins the federal contract.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson talked with reporters this morning about the items on his call for a special session to begin next Tuesday including $87 million in corporate welfare for a major defense contractor with a budget bigger than the state of Arkansas. Plus, a non-answer about that racist email from Hutchinson's appointee for state drug director, former legislator Denny Altes.
A legal expert says the statute of limitations had NOT expired when Springdale police dropped an investigation of child molestation in the Jim Bob Duggar home. And evidence emerges that the Duggars will get protective treatment from Fox News in Megyn Kelly's interview tomorrow. Surprise.
The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported over the weekend, though the Little Rock edition did not, that it had interviewed an unnamed church elder about Jim Bob and Josh Duggar's meeting with then-State Trooper Joseph Hutchens to report Josh Duggar's improper contact with girls in the Duggar household.