Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 17:09:00

Huge turnout for Tom Cotton town hall

David Koon and Brian Chilson are covering the Tom Cotton town hall in Springdale, which is just about to get underway.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 16:10:46

UPDATE: Grocery store wine bill meeting opposition, changes in the works

Will grocery stores be able to sell more wine? The legislative answer might depend on whether legislation is passed to allow liquor stores to sell more food.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 15:54:00

Photographer pleads in Internet stalking case

The U.S. attorney's office announced today that Christian Trey Ashcraft, 41, of White Hall had entered a negotiated plea to Internet stalking and a charge of lying to a federal agent had been dropped. He'll be sentenced later. The maximum sentence is five years.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 14:40:00

Wednesday: An open line and news roundup

An open line and the roundup of news and comment.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 14:31:00

NRA opposes campus carry bill as amended

The NRA, which calls most shots on gun bills in Arkansas, now opposes the campus carry bill primarily because it adds an additional training requirement before anyone 25 and older can take a concealed weapon on a public college campus.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 12:32:00

House committee approves vote suppression amendment

A House committee today talked about stripping colleges and the Highway Department of power and tightening procedures on constitutional amendments but in the end voted as Chairman Bob Ballinger orchestrated and expected — to put a Voter ID amendment on the 2018 ballot.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 12:20:00

Internet sales tax bill advances

A Senate committee today approved the House-passed bill to require Internet merchants to compile and provide customers with records of their purchases in Arkansas and the sales taxes due even if they don't have physical presences here.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 12:05:00

City board squelches Little Rock school talk

A letter from Little Rock school activist Dr. Anika Whitfield happens to underscore a point I made earlier today — and in a column to be published this week. It lays some of the school district's problems on benign neglect, and sometimes malice, of the Little Rock City Board.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 11:26:00

Prosecutor Cody Hiland says analysis indicates Damascus is a speed trap

Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland has announced completion of a State Police analysis of Damascus police speed limit enforcement and concluded that statistics indicate tickets are written in excess of limits in law that define speed traps.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 11:01:00

Government efficiency on display at War Memorial Stadium

Legislation touted as government efficiency measures were signed ceremonially today at War Memorial Stadium by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Use of state cars for the event didn't illustrate efficiency at work.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 10:52:00

Broadway Bridge to reopen next week, a month earlier than expected

The Arkansas Highway Department has announced that the Broadway Bridge will reopen to traffic next week, about a month earlier than expected.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 10:03:00

Campus carry question: What about K-12 schools on college campuses?

How will conflicts between the campus carry bill and the ban on guns at K-12 schools be resolved?

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 09:48:00

Family Council decries 'mental abuse' opt-out for covenant marriages

The Senate Judiciary Committee meets this morning on the House-passed bill by Rep. Nelda Speaks of Mountain Home to add mental abuse as a ground for divorce under the covenant marriage act of 2001. A conservative religious group isn't happy about it.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 07:46:00

A new date proposed for Little Rock school election; problems remain

Little Rock School Superintendent Mike Poore told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette yesterday that he will propose to Education Commissioner Johnny Key a May 9 special election on a property tax vote. The political climate is not good.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 07:23:00

A town hall for the rest of us

Groups have arranged a Central Arkansas town hall meeting Sunday to attempt to get Arkansas's U.S. senators and Congressman French Hill to talk in public with constituents abut pressing issues.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 22:30:00

Criminal justice reform bill makes it out of Senate committee

Senate Bill 136, an omnibus crime bill that sponsors hope will reduce the state's exploding prison population and increase public safety, advanced out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday on a voice vote.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 19:36:00

Medical marijuana commission approves draft rules; public hearing set for March 31

Typically, new agency rules undergo a public hearing only if such a meeting is requested by at least 25 members of the public, but the interest in medical marijuana is sufficiently high that staff at the Department of Finance and Administration decided to arrange one preemptively.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 18:20:00

Cotton seeks friendlies for town hall

Is Tom Cotton working to pack his town hall Wednesday in Springdale with fans. So says one source.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 17:03:00

Campus gun bill clears committee

The so-called compromise amendment that will allow anyone 25 or older with a training certificate carry a concealed weapon on public college campuses was approved in a Senate committee this afternoon.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 16:38:00

DiPippa to be interim dean at UALR Law School

UALR Chancellor Andrew Rogerson told staff today that law professor John DiPippa would serve as interim dean of the Bowen School of Law while a search is made for a permanent dean. The appointment takes effect in July. The search should begin in the fall.

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  • Re: Huge turnout for Tom Cotton town hall

    • Cotton got his rear handed to him! KARK really tried to spin this mess. https://www.facebook.com/OccupyDemocrats/videos/1438280106265039/?autoplay_reason=all_page_organic_allowed&video_container_type=4&video_creator_product_type=0&app_id=273465416184080&live_video_guests=0…

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    • 9er complains about disrespect and shows disrespect for the woman he disliked. Hypocrite Award winner!!

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