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Monday, June 1, 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 20:36:00

Rep. Nate Bell goes independent? Follows intraparty disagreement on primary

The state legislative webpage now lists Rep. Nate Bell of Mena, previously a Republican, as an independent.

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Monday, June 1, 2015 - 12:13:00

Jefferson County GOP Committee calls for Treasurer Dennis Milligan to resign

The Jefferson County Republican Committee has called for the resignation of Republican State Treasurer Dennis Milligan.

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Monday, June 1, 2015 - 09:01:00

Libertarians say they'll qualify for ballot access in 2016

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.

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Monday, June 1, 2015 - 06:46:00

Milligan moving to correct campaign filings

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.

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 07:25:00

Tom Cotton goes both ways on government handouts

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.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 11:57:00

Gov. Hutchinson signs Lockheed handout and presidential primary move

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.

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Friday, May 29, 2015 - 11:40:00

New polling shows majority favors legal abortion, particularly younger people

New poll shows majority labels themselves "pro-choice" and support for legal abortion heavily outpolls those who favor making it illegal. Don't bother to tell the Arkansas legislature.

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Friday, May 29, 2015 - 10:32:00

Louisiana legislature favoring medical marijuana; that and other questions for Gov. Hutchinson

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.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 15:45:00

Competition on 2016 presidential primary date change

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.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 13:11:00

In 2002, Jim Bob Duggar said incest should be a capital crime

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).

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 12:37:00

Steaks are on for select legislators Wednesday night

It wouldn't be a legislative session without a lobbyist whipping out a credit card. This may be a short special session but at least one credit card is at the ready.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 10:52:00

Hutchinson, joined by senators, touts handout for Lockheed Martin

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.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015 - 07:05:00

There goes Rapert again on the gays; claims vow from Asa not to protect gays

Sen. Jason Rapert claims he has assurances from Gov. Asa Hutchinson that he will not issue an executive order extending protection to gay people.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 15:35:00

More defense for the Duggars from Arkansas legislators Hester and Woods

A couple of Arkansas Republican legislators rise to the defense of the Duggars. It's a family matter, they say. We beg to differ.

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Friday, May 22, 2015 - 10:42:00

Lawsuit against Dennis Milligan settled for $30,000

A federal lawsuit against Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan by an employee he fired when he was Saline County circuit clerk was settled this week for $30,000, including attorney fees.

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Friday, May 22, 2015 - 09:33:00

Expense account alert: Watch Denny Altes

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.

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Friday, May 22, 2015 - 09:08:00

Special license fees for seniors: Aren't they now illegal at local level?

Cut-rate hunting and fishing licenses for old people raises a point about the unintended consequences of the state's new gay discrimination law.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 15:34:15

Details on the $87 million for Lockheed Martin

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.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 11:41:00

Hutchinson says bond issue for Lockheed Martin would be $87 million

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.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 18:15:00

KATV: Bill Walker's state agency approves grants to sister UPDATE

KATV has dug up on questionable public dealings by a familiar figure — former state Sen. Bill Walker, who headed the state Career Education Department during the administration of Gov. Mike Beebe.

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