Arkansas Politics

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 15:43:00

Cotton talks Trump, fences and the Intelligence Committee

Senator Tom Cotton spoke Tuesday at Little Rock's Political Animals Club luncheon. HE 

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 16:04:00

Casino push comes up short, but has 30 days to meet ballot criteria

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.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 10:26:00

Hutchinson announces plans to call special election to fill Rep. Lampkin's District 9 seat

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.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016 - 10:16:00

Bauxite teacher will speak at the Democratic National Convention

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.

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Monday, July 25, 2016 - 09:58:00

Conner Eldridge trailing John Boozman in fundraising hauls

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.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 19:35:00

Conner Eldridge challenges John Boozman to debate

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."

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Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 19:10:41

Colorado state rep says Jason Rapert was bullying female delegate at RNC, calls for apology; Rapert disputes account

State Rep. Justin Everett claims that his argument with Sen. Jason Rapert came after he stepped in stop Rapert from bullying another delegate, state Rep. Lori Saine.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 12:08:00

Rep. Bob Ballinger faces home foreclosure for fifth time

JPMorgan Chase Bank has again filed documents to foreclose on state Rep. Bob Ballinger's home.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016 - 16:32:00

Democrats challenge GOP effort to put new candidate in Washington County judge race

The Democratic Party of Arkansas has sued to stop an attempted 11th-hour maneuver by the Republican Party to field a candidate for Washington County judge.

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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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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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