Petitions for statewide votes on state alcohol sales and an increase in the minimum wage were filed Monday with the Arkansas secretary of state. Medical marijuana initiatives won't make the ballot, backers have said.
In an interview with KNWA in Fayetteville, Rep. Tom Cotton commented on Sen. Mark Pryor's faith in response to a question about the Supreme Court's ruling in the Hobby Lobby case: "Barack Obama and Mark Pryor think that faith is something that only happens at 11:00 on Sunday mornings. That's when we worship but faith is what we live every single day." Pryor called it a "deeply personal attack...for him to question my faith is out of bounds." The Pryor campaign called on Cotton to apologize.
At a press conference today, Rep. Tom Cotton declined to take positions on two big issues likely to get a lot of political attention in Arkansas in the coming months. He wouldn't say where he stood on the state minimum wage hike, saying he was going to focus on "what I can accomplish in Washington for Arkansas families" and continued to dodge questions about his stance on the private option.
As expected, the Arkansas Legislative Council easily approved Sen. Jason Rapert's resolution endorsing Arkansas's constitutional discrimination against gay couples in marriage. It includes encouragement of legislative action to prevent judges from negating the "will of the people."
Does Leslie Rutledge's victory mean that stand your ground isn't a sellable commodity in Arkansas? Or that Arkansas voters don't approve of outside political spending? Does Scott Flippo's victory over Rep. John Burris mean the private option is finished? Max answers these questions and more.
Using a rise in homicides in Little Rock this year as a jumping off point (he quoted the daily newspaper), Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson called in the press to get some free media today for his ideas on crime.
The state of Arkansas has filed its appeal of Judge Susan Webber Wright's finding that the 2013 law prohibiting most abortions after 12 weeks' gestation is unconstitutional. You wonder how McDaniel and his staff sleep at night filing this kind of balderdash.
Taxpayers are still spending $200,000 a year to staff an office, lieutenant governor, without an officeholder. What are they doing to pass the time? Good question. And one that even an FOI request has been unable to dislodge answers for as yet.
The upcoming special session of the Arkansas General Assembly, the latest on the bid to overturn the state's voter ID law, a split emerging among Arkansas Supreme Court justices and the politics surrounding a proposal to build a Mapco on 3rd and Broadway in downtown Little Rock — all covered on this week's edition.
The tween-pop Elvis is coming to Verizon for what is guaranteed to be the most frenzied concert Little Rock sees all year. Now, the Biebs has gotten more than his fair share of criticism since his astronomical ascent from YouTube scrubbery to international megafame, but we're not interested in calling out the omnipresent young pup for his fortunes, deserved or otherwise.
Last week, Rep. Josh Miller, a Republican legislator from Heber Springs, spoke against the private option Medicaid expansion last week. He invoked FDR's New Deal — a "hand up," he said, not a "handout."
Pam Hobbs, mother of Steve Branch, one of three eight-year-olds killed in the 1993 West Memphis slayings that became the West Memphis 3 case, says new information unearthed in a new documentary, "West of Memphis," has persuaded her to call for the state of Arkansas to reopen the case.