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.
Of course the take over of the Governor's Mansion by Asa Hutchinson was his idea, not that of legislators who claimed credit. And the reason portends changes in historic appearance and use of what was once the people's mansion.
Too little and too late, but the Arkansas Democratic Party today rapped Gov. Asa Hutchinson for holding jobs hostage to his takeover of a couple of state commissions, which I mentioned earlier this morning. worth more investigation: Big spending at the Governor's Mansion by Asa and First Lady Susan Hutchinson.
The Arkansas legislature meets today — the House at 9 a.m. and the Senate 10 a.m. — to complete Gov. Asa Hutchinson's special session agenda. It will be remembered for executive takeover of the History and Governor's Mansion Commission and free lunch highway program.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson names existing staffer Alison Williams to be his new chief of staff. The name might ring a bell for those who recall when Hutchinson got scrutiny for leaving a Bush administration job for higher pay in a sector related to his government work, with assistance from Williams and another current staffer.
The Hutchinsons have schedujled some mansion money-raising events at the Capitol, perhaps a sign of increased gubernatorial control of the state housing. This also brings to mind the question of whether an official like Hutchinson can get away with diverting attention from office furniture expenses by saying they were paid with money from private contributors.
Still awaiting a public discussion is SB 5 by Sen. David Burnett of Osceola and Rep. Monte Hodges of Blytheville to provide exceptions from the state's earthquake resistant design standards by which money could be saved on some targeted building projects.
Rev. Gwen Fry, an Episcopal priest and president of the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition, shares a letter to Gov. Asa Hutchinson that others would do well to read for some background on the shortcomings in his blast of President Obama for reminding states of the need not to discriminate against transgender students.
The senior high classes of 1969, ’75 and ’86 and all in between and around were entertained with a completely satisfying four-plus hours of “San Francisco Fest 2016” featuring Bay area natives Journey and The Doobie Brothers, with special guest Dave Mason.
Secretary of State Mark Martin has scheduled a meeting Sept. 13 by the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission to consider monuments proposed for the Capitol — a Ten Commandments monument authorized by the legislature and a Satanic Temple proposal. Others may emerge.