Arkansas Wins in 2016, the ballot committee pushing for passage of a constitutional amendment to allow casino gambling in Boone, Miller and Washington counties, has enough valid signatures to receive extra time to collect the number of signatures required to be approved for the ballot, spokesperson Robert Coon said today.
Governor Hutchinson said yesterday that he plans to call a special election to fill the Arkansas House of Representatives District 9 seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Sheilla Lampkin (D-Monticello). Retired brigadier general LeAnne Burch has announced that she'll seek the Democratic nomination for the seat.
Former President Bill Clinton will soak up most of the attention Tuesday night but there will be another Arkansan taking the stage: Dustin Parsons, a fifth-grade teacher from Pine Haven Elementary in Bauxite.
Former U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate challenging Republican incumbent Sen. John Boozman, raised around $290,000 in the second quarter of 2016 and ended the quarter with $315,000 cash on hand.
Eldridge today gamely trolls Boozman, suggesting a debate in Boozman's hometown of Rogers: "It has been over five months since my initial call to debate, and I've heard nothing but silence from the Senator. So, we're going to make this real easy for John: we'll be in his hometown this Saturday at 10 a.m. with the debate truck, two podiums, and microphones. All he has to do is show up and give the Arkansas people what they have deserved for the past 15 years: straight answers on the issues that matter."
Matt Campbell, the Little Rock lawyer and author of the Blue Hog Reports blog, has filed an ethics complaint today against the Arkansas Health Care Association related to the nursing home lobby group's spending on a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at discouraging lawsuits against nursing homes and others for negligence and abuse.
The naming of a Republican Party employee to be the top employee of the state Election Commission raised some concerns about partisanship from a Democratic commissioner. There's even more to that partisan record than was reported.
God, guns and gays. That bedrock Southern political triad came together in an awful way Sunday in Orlando. And Arkansas politicians don't want to touch the gay part. Meanwhile, in Texarkana, voters will get a chance to express their feelings on discrimination against gays in an election Tuesday.
John Lyon at the Arkansas News Bureau examines another of Sen. Tom Cotton's one-man Senate roadblocks — this one to a juvenile justice reform bill. Cotton objects to ending the ability of judges to jail youths for minor offenses such as skipping school.
We've been tusseling with Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office on disclosure of expenditures on his office and the Governor's Mansion with limited success. But some details have emerged — including some $235,000 in redecoration and equipment purchases with tax money for the governor's office and some $50,000 bought with money contributed to the Republican Party by major corporate interests.
Former legislator Mike Wilson has added some powerful new evidence to his lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of legislators controlling handouts of state money to pet local projects. He names names and projects.
Politico reports that Kathleen Harrington Kennedy Townsend says former Republican President George H.W. Bush is voting for Hillary Clinton for president. The article quotes a Bush spokesman as declining to confirm or deny.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is an Arkansas Republican. Thus, like the governor and the Republican-majority legislature, she intends to do everything she can to deny women comprehensive medical care, particularly abortion.
No two presidential candidates since polling began have run up negatives as massive as those of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who yet won their parties' nominations easily. "What gives?" may be the biggest political mystery in history.
Disclosure about financing of the anti-medical marijuana campaign in Arkansas is so far lacking, but it's no secret what's happened in other states — pharmaceutical companies have worked to defeat medical marijuana laws because they create (safer) competition.