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Monday, April 30, 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 22:12:00

Jan Morgan puts gun giveaway on hold after questions about legality of campaign raffle

I noted yesterday on the blog that a promotion by the Jan Morgan campaign for governor — a drawing for a "gun giveaway" that people could enter by donating to her campaign — appeared to violate state law. This afternoon, the Morgan campaign put the contest on hold, and has now taken down the gun giveaway webpage on the candidate's site.

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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 19:12:00

Former legislator Hank Wilkins pleads guilty to federal bribery and conspiracy charges

Among the favors Wilkins provided in return for the payments to his church: "steering approximately $245,000 in Arkansas General Improvement funds to his co-conspirators."

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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 17:31:00

Secretary of state asks Supreme Court to maintain voter ID law in upcoming May elections

Arkansas primary elections will be held May 22, and the motion from Martin's office notes early voting begins as soon as May 7 and some overseas absentee ballots must be sent out with instructions by the end of this week.

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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 15:57:00

State launches effort to educate doctors on pain management in effort to curb opioid prescriptions

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will run the program, called AR-IMPACT (Arkansas Improving Multidisciplinary Pain Care Treatment). It will be funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the office of the state drug director.

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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 15:02:00

Monday's headlines and open line

Dems to debate tonight in 2nd District Congress and state legislative primaries; Brickeys prison reports fourth apparent suicide by hanging in two months.

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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 14:49:00

Memory lane: When Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson heaped praise on nonprofit leaders now implicated in alleged kickback schemes

If you've been following the federal corruption trial against former state Sen. Jon Woods, or the indictment in a separate case against former Little Rock lobbyist Rusty Cranford, you may have seen the names Tom and Bonitea Goss.

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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 14:18:00

Don't miss the fourth annual Bentonville Film Festival

The Bentonville Film Festival truly has something for everyone – with over 100 films, music events and free activities for people of all ages. Festivities begin May 1 and go through May 6.

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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 13:56:00

HUD Secretary Ben Carson to appear in Little Rock on Tuesday

Carson and Hill will tour Our House, the shelter for working homeless families and individuals on Roosevelt Road, at 12:15 p.m.

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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 11:35:00

Dems to debate tonight in 2nd District Congress and state legislative primaries

The four Democratic primary candidates for the 2nd District U.S. House race in Central Arkansas will debate for an hour tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Philander Smith College in Little Rock. Candidates for four state legislative races will also face off, for 35 minutes each.

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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 10:06:00

The mysterious $80,000 wire transfer: Jake Files, the nursing home industry, and the "tort reform" ballot initiative

Tangled webs: An $80,000 wire transfer from Michael Morton's parter to former state Sen. Jake Files during a legislative push for the nursing home lobby's top priority.

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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 10:06:00

Brickeys prison reports fourth apparent suicide by hanging in two months

William Childress, 25, was found "hanging in a locked single-man cell" at approximately 3:30 a.m. this morning.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 18:22:00

Open line

It's yours.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 18:06:00

Clarke Tucker tells personal cancer story in new ad, promises to stand up to anyone in Congress "who tries to take your health insurance"

Here's the new ad, set to debut on the air tomorrow, from Clarke Tucker, who is running for the Second Congressional District.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 12:48:00

Jan Morgan offers gun giveaway for campaign cash (UPDATES)

The Jan Morgan campaign for governor is holding a raffle open to donors who give at least $50, with the winner receiving a Jan Morgan engraved commemorative Kimber micro 9 handgun. But is holding a raffle for campaign cash a violation of state law?

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 16:13:00

Literary open line

It's yours.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 16:04:00

Tom Cotton and "shameful political behavior"

A Sand Lizard's selective memory.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 15:39:00

Citizens in western states aim to expand Medicaid via ballot iniative

Speaking of Medicaid expansion...

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Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 14:28:00

How Arkansas Republican primary voters learned to stop worrying and love Obamacare

On the evolution of opinion on Medicaid expansion among Arkansas GOP primary voters, and Asa Hutchinson's role in saving Obamacare in Arkansas.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 12:38:00

James H. Cone dies at 81

Arkansas native James H. Cone, an Arkansas native often considered the father of black liberation theology, died today. He was 81.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 08:00:00

Medicaid advocate criticizes Arkansas Works' email-only reporting for work requirements

DHS Director Gillespie said the online-only reporting requirement was part of a concerted effort by her agency to move toward digital communications in general — but she also acknowledged it was simply more convenient for DHS.

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