Arkansas Politics

Monday, July 18, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016 - 15:54:00

Matt Campbell files ethics complaint against nursing home lobby

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.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 22:16:00

The trial of Ted Suhl, day 2: The Texas de Brazil

More details emerge on the alleged bribery scheme.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016 - 10:48:00

Tim Griffin to seek re-election in 2018

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin told Andrew DeMillo of the Associated Press today that he'll seek re-election in 2018.

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Today's headlines: ACLU attacks Sherwood hot check 'debtor's prison'

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 10:27:00

All in the GOP family: A party regular to oversee state elections

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.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 09:29:00

Democrats take exception to Gov. Hutchinson's boasts

The Arkansas Democratic Party today offered a counter to Gov. Asa Hutchinson's claim of Republican legislative successes and campaign promises fulfilled.

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Monday, June 13, 2016 - 07:30:00

God, guns and gays: Politicians' sympathy stops short of support for non-discrimination

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.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 09:33:00

Arkansas is starving UAMS — and the rest of state government, too

A news article today is a useful reminder of the state's starvation of UAMS, a fact of life through state government that we're inclined to call "stealth Brownback."

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Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 08:11:00

Tom Cotton's latest obstructionism: Wants to preserve jail option for hooky

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.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 04:57:00

Hutchinson taps tax money for office, Mansion improvements; also relies on kindness of political friends

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.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 11:48:00

Mike Wilson names names in case against legislative pork barreling

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.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 07:14:00

The Mansion takeover: Of course it was Hutchinson's idea

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.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 09:47:00

Hutchinson's hand called in Senate on highway plan

Democratic Sen. Keith Ingram rose this morning for a symbolic speech against Gov. Asa Hutchinson's free-lunch highway plan.

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Monday, May 23, 2016 - 09:38:00

Democrats gig governor on power grab; questions linger on Mansion spending

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.

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Monday, May 23, 2016 - 07:07:00

Legislature: All over but the final touches on the power grabs

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.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 15:07:00

Governor picks current staffer and former D.C. associate, Alison Williams, as chief of staff

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.

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Friday, May 20, 2016 - 10:09:00

Governor's Mansion schedules fund-raising events

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.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 16:48:00

Justice reform? Don't tell it to Tough Talking Tom Cotton

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton isn't having any of this talk of justice reform. The U.S. isn't putting ENOUGH people in jail, despite a world-leading penchant for prisons.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 10:38:00

Senate defeats bid to change committee hearing Hutchinson highway bill

The Senate opened with a fight over where to assign Gov. Asa Hutchinson's legislation to spend surplus and diverted revenue on highways the next few years.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 07:26:00

Legislation waives earthquake design standards for select projects

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.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 16:17:00

Priest provides Gov. Hutchinson with some legal background on transgender issues

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.

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