Arkansas Politics

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 07:19:00

Group forms to fight medical marijuana

A coalition of powerful lobbying groups filed papers with the Arkansas Ethics Commission Tuesday to fight medical marijuana issues headed for the November ballot.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 07:31:00

Surgeon general ready to fight medical marijuana

Arkansas Surgeon General Gregory Bledsoe has taken to social media to seek speaking engagements to oppose medical marijuana.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 08:28:00

A House debate in Jonesboro illustrates politics today

A Tea Party-style Trump supporter faced off a progressive Democrat in a debate over a state House race in Jonesboro last week. Talk about clear choices.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 16:54:00

The nation's attorney, Leslie Rutledge, meddling in D.C. politics

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge can't be moved to do anything about unconstitutional payday lending in the state that pays her,  but a day rarely passes that she can't mess in the politics of some other jurisdiction.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 14:46:00

Former state Rep. Harold Copenhaver to run for Jonesboro mayor

Former state Rep. Harold Copenhaver has announced he's running for mayor of Jonesboro.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 07:46:00

Clubbing with the Arkansas legislature

A powerful lobbyist invites others of her station to a fund-raiser for a member of the Arkansas legislature at — where else — a private club started by another member of the Arkansas legislature.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 07:37:00

Fact-free politics from Northwest Arkansas. An 'R' is enough.

Here's a bit of minor league funny business in a race for Arkansas legislature — small potatoes, but illustrative of politics in blood-red Arkansas, where faith and branding "trump" facts just about every time.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 07:19:00

Legislator working again on paid maternity leave for state employees

Worth noting: State Rep. Clarke Tucker of Little Rock is working on legislation to provide six weeks of paid maternity leave for state employees.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 17:13:00

Democrats lose challenge to Republican nominee for Washington County judge

A judge ruled today that the Republican Party had followed state law in picking a substitute nominee to run for Washington County judge.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016 - 19:03:00

Paperwork filed for 6,000-pound Ten Commandments monument on Capitol grounds

Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven images.

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Monday, August 8, 2016 - 18:07:00

Governor defends state party's decision to strike pre-k from platform

Gov. Asa Hutchinson defended removal of any mention of pre-k from party platform, said that the current funding will continue, and that he will "work with the legislature to determine what additional funding should go to pre-k."

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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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