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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 07:20:00

More complaints filed against Treasurer Dennis Milligan

Stu Soffer, a Pine Bluff Repblican, continues to press his campaign for action against Treasurer Dennis Milligan on his complaints that Milligan violated ethics rules in his political campaigns.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 09:35:00

Ethics complaint against Treasurer Dennis Millligan rounds up 14 separate allegations

Matt Campbell's ethics complaint filed yesterday against Arkansas state Treasurer Dennis Milligan runs to 113 pages of exhibits — mostly email correspondence between Milligan's staffers — that make the case for 14 separate allegations of impropriety against Milligan during and after his time running for state office.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 17:25:00

Matt Campbell files ethics complaint against Dennis Milligan

Little Rock attorney and blogger Matt Campbell, whose knack for deep research brought down Mark Darr, Mike Maggio and Dexter Suggs, now has his sights trained on another worthy target. Today, he filed a 113-page ethics complaint against state Treasurer Dennis Milligan that includes 14 separate allegations.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 13:57:00

The Big Swill is on for legislators at ALEC

When Sen. Jon Woods "clarified" the new ethics amendment, he included an exception to allow lobbyists to follow legislators to out-of-town conferences for special wining and dining out of sight of the folks back home. Find them Friday night at a San Diego steakhouse with the likes of the scandal-ridden Gilbert Baker.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 12:00:00

Rutledge approves campaign finance reform ballot measure from Regnat Populus

Yesterday, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge certified a proposed initiated act by the good government citizens' group Regnat Populus to regulate electioneering expenses.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 06:46:00

Milligan moving to correct campaign filings

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan filed a batch of amended campaign contribution and expenditure reports late last week for his general election run for the office. They appear aimed at cleaning up questions that have arisen about the accuracy of his original reports.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 12:37:00

Steaks are on for select legislators Wednesday night

It wouldn't be a legislative session without a lobbyist whipping out a credit card. This may be a short special session but at least one credit card is at the ready.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 18:15:00

KATV: Bill Walker's state agency approves grants to sister UPDATE

KATV has dug up on questionable public dealings by a familiar figure — former state Sen. Bill Walker, who headed the state Career Education Department during the administration of Gov. Mike Beebe.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 13:22:00

Ezra Klein: Clinton Foundation money pales next to the institutionalized corruption in federal elections

The really disturbing thing about Hillary and her donors isn't related to the Clinton Foundation — it's the simple fact that she's a candidate running for federal office. In a system dominated by Super PACs and "dark money" 501(c) organizations, influence-purchasing and de facto corruption are part of everyday life.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:39:00

UPDATE: Bill to (mostly) require electronic filing of campaign finance reports heads to House floor

A bill by Rep. Jana Della Rosa (R-Rogers) to improve campaign finance reporting is headed to the House floor after passing out of committee Wednesday. Much like Rep. Clarke Tucker's bill to regulate electioneering communications, Della Rosa's HB 1233 started out as a stronger piece of legislation but was watered down in the face of opposition. It remains a good bill, but now contains a major loophole that could be exploited by candidates seeking to avoid transparency.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 09:36:00

Light swill

I guess the harried pace of lawmaking is getting in the way of wining and dining.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 17:52:09

UPDATE: Amended Tucker bill to close campaign finance loophole passes committee

A House committee voted down a bill by Rep. Clarke Tucker (D-Little Rock) that would have required the reporting of "electioneering communications" — such as the advertising featuring then-Attorney General candidate Leslie Rutledge in the last election — as a campaign contribution.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:13:00

The daily swill, from the Choo Choo Room to the Country Caucus,

The swill heads on a field trip to Bevis Farm in North Little Rock tonight.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 10:00:00

The daily swill: so much free grub, so little time

It's a busy day for legislators who are wining and dining.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 06:58:00

A volcanic eruption in the Caribbean: Should Democrats go along?

A volcanic eruption from the Caribbean: Some Democrat please tell me what's been gained by going along to get along with Republican leadership. A free dinner courtesy of Doyle Webb?

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 13:57:00

Judicial candidate admonished for ads claiming judicial experience

The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission has sent a letter of admonishment to Jeanette Robertson of Jonesboro, an unsuccessful candidate for circuit judge last year, for TV ads that showed her in a judicial robe and spoke of her judicial experience.

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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 09:54:00

Confirmed: Lobbyists rounded up money for last night's legislative galas

Lobbyists rounded up sponsors at $2,500 each to pay for dinners honoring legislative leaders last night and brunches for spouses today. Does laundering lobby money through a "special committee" make it legal under Amendment 94. We'll ask.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:48:00

There Jon Woods goes again; more constitutional trickery to restore chamber of commerce subsidies

Sen. Jon Woods sold voters a bill of goods under an "ethics" label in 2014, for 2016 he's got more constitutional trickery to restore taxpayer subsidies for private chambers of commerce.

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Monday, March 16, 2015 - 07:27:00

UPDATE: Commission approves big state official pay raises

The independent citizens commission established to set pay for state officials will meet at 8:30 a.m. today at University of Arkansas System offices to finalize pay raises for lawmakers, statewide officials and judges.

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Monday, March 16, 2015 - 06:48:00

In the zone: A light lobbying schedule includes a pitch for cities

The freebies tonight include a dinner where some good government might be discussed by legislators intent on wrecking it.

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