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Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 13:44:53

Little Rock to New Orleans in 94 MINUTES...It's Carnival Season!

GLO Airlines is flying nonstop from Little Rock to New Orleans in just 94 minutes, and it's Carnival Season in New Orleans! We took a recent flight to New Orleans on GLO, and it took us almost as long to get to the French Quarter from the airport as it did to get from Little Rock to New Orleans.  We have never gotten to New Orleans that fast! Don't miss out on Carnival Season in New Orleans, Mardi Gras 2017. Go to flyglo.com for details and get an additional 10% off when you enter the promo code of ARKBLOG17.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 18:37:00

The closed door open line and video

Over to you.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 15:31:00

Congressional Republicans seek to defund Planned Parenthood

With Trump in office, Gov. Asa Hutchinson may get his wish to bar funding for all medical services to Planned Parenthood, with an assist from the GOP Congress.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 14:49:00

Voter ID passes House 74-21

Rep. Mark Lowery's bill to reinstate a voter ID requirement Arkansas today passed 74-21 in the House. It's on to the Senate.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 14:06:00

Military benefits tax exemption (plus soda industry giveaway and tax hikes) passes Senate 30-0

The Senate today passed a bill to create a tax exemption for military retirement pay, 30-0 (one didn't vote and four were present). A similar bill passed the House yesterday; once they have flip-flopped, they'll be on the governor's desk.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 12:47:00

McCullough new Democratic Party county chairperson, with update

Central High School teacher Tippi McCullough was elected chairperson of the Pulaski County Democrats last night along with a slate that included First Vice Chair Sam Kauffman, Second Vice Chair Kendra Johnson, Treasurer Dillon Hupp, Secretary Miguel Lopez and Election Commissioner Leonard Boyle. (Voting is not done by slate, but the slate was an informal group of like-minded Democrats that McCullough described in a Q and A with the Times last week as diverse. "It felt right and felt comfortable to support each other," she said. The terms are two years.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 12:39:02

Collins' campus carry bill passes out of House committee

Rep. Charlie Collins bill to to force public universities and colleges to allow staff members to carry concealed handguns passed out of House committee this morning.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 10:53:00

Universities issue statements in response to Trump's executive order; many students potentially impacted

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have both issued statements in response to President Donald Trump's controversial executive order. UA Fayetteville has more than 100 people on campus from the affected countries who have visas to study, visit, and work in the U.S. There are  55 UA Little Rock students from those countries.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 09:40:00

French Hill speculation game continues

More on the rumors that French Hill may be in line for a job in the Trump administration. And if he goes — who might run to take his place?

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 08:04:00

Obama issues first statement since leaving White House

In his final press conference, President Barack Obama said that he might speak up after leaving office if he was concerned that "our core values may be at stake."

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 07:37:00

Bill to preserve punishing landlord-tenant law routed to committee friendly to realtors lobby

Noted: SB25, which appears to be an effort by the Arkansas Realtors Association to preserve the status quo, isn't heading to House Judiciary this week, as you might expect. Instead it's being re-routed to a committee likely friendlier to the realtor lobby.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 06:33:00

Trump will keep Obama's executive order protecting federal LGBT workers

The White House announced yesterday that President Donald Trump will continue to enforce his predecessor's 2014 executive order requiring all companies who contract with the federal government not to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 06:04:00

State reaches tax agreement with Airbnb

KARK reports that Airbnb, the online site facilitating short-term vacation rentals of residential properties, reached a tax agreement with the state of Arkansas yesterday.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 05:27:00

Boy Scouts of America will allow transgender children to join

The Boy Scouts of America announced yesterday that it will allow transgender children to participate in scouting programs

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 01:05:00

Bills would prohibit smoking marijuana and allow local governments to ban dispensaries without consulting voters

HB 1391, which would allow an Arkansas municipality or county to ban dispensaries or cultivators without holding a local election. All that would be needed to prohibit placement of such a business is "a majority vote of a city council or county quorum court," HB 1391 states.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 00:18:00

Bill filed to stop Arkansas dispensaries from growing marijuana would increase clout of big growers

If dispensaries are stripped of the ability to grow their own marijuana, that would concentrate more economic power in the hands of the five big cultivators. Such legislation has been rumored for weeks.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 23:43:00

Anti-immigrant legislation likely to run in House Education committee Tuesday

Update, Jan. 31, 2017, 3:40 p.m.: HB 1042 did not come up for a vote in committee this morning after all. Rep. Smith told the committee he would be amending the measure before bringing it back for a vote.

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Monday, January 30, 2017 - 19:12:00

French Hill backs Trump's travel ban

Arkansas Republicans continue to line up behind Dear Leader.

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Monday, January 30, 2017 - 19:07:00

Bentley's bill restricting use of food stamps passes House

Rep. Mary Bentley's bill to limit the use of food stamps, which she says is aimed at combating rising obesity and discouraging food stamp fraud, today passed the House 55-39.

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Monday, January 30, 2017 - 17:58:00

Funding formula change for higher ed passes the House

The House passed Governor Hutchinson’s plan to alter the funding formula for higher education by 80-10, with 3 voting present. The bill, filed by Rep. Mark Lowery (R-Maumelle), would send state dollars to public colleges and universities based on performance. The state now awards colleges and universities money mostly based on enrollment.

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