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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 17:09:00

Sen. Elliott worries prison officials response to violence "just more punishment"

Director Wendy Kelley and other Arkansas Department of Correction officials were asked questions today by legislators at a meeting of the Charitable, Penal and Correctional Institutions subcommittee about the department's plans to deal with a number of recent violent incidents. Answers were unclear and often relied on "just more punishment," said Senator Joyce Elliott, chair of the committee.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 16:47:00

Fayetteville looking for volunteers for 16 board and commission slots

The city of Fayetteville is looking for 16 volunteers to fill empty seats on eight different boards and commissions, including slots on the Advertising the Promotion Commission,  the Civil Service Commission, the Fayetteville Public Library Board of Trustees and the Planning Commission.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 15:24:00

Location selected for 10 Commandments monument on Capitol grounds, Baphomet monument still undecided

A meeting of a subcommittee of the Arkansas State Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission was held today, with the three-member group asking questions about materials and construction of the 10 Commandments Monument and the Baphomet statue proposed by The Satanic Temple. A proposed site was selected for the 10 Commandments Monument, but an official with the Church of Satan, after being told their monument couldn't be placed directly beside the 10 Commandments monument as they had requested in their proposal, will be allowed to select their preferred site at a later date.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 10:14:00

AP report: Pfizer subsidiary appears to have made state's secret execution drug

Another excellent report from Claudia Lauer at the AP (who has done incredible investigative work on this story since last fall) on Pfizer's likely involvement in manufacturing Arkansas's secret execution drugs.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016 - 11:06:00

Feds deny state's request to restrict cash assistance for welfare beneficiaries

The federal government denied a request by the state to restrict cash aid as part of the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) welfare program, the D-G reports.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 14:08:00

The new supermajority norm in the Arkansas legislature is a disaster for Republicans

The private option aginners are establishing a new norm around the supermajority requirement for certain appropriations. The results could be be a fiasco for the Republican majority. Not to mention more gridlock and potential shutdowns, and worse policy outcomes in state government.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 18:07:00

Leslie Rutledge again rejects ballot initiative for marijuana legalization in Arkansas

Yesterday, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge once again rejected a proposed ballot initiative from Mary Berry of Summit for a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in Arkansas.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 11:09:00

Gov. Asa Hutchinson: economic development trade missions funded by outside groups aren't "freebies"

Gov. Asa Hutchinson got in touch by phone to object to the use of the word "freebie" in my post on the Arkansas Blog yesterday regarding the governor's disclosure of trips paid for by outside groups.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 16:12:00

Arkansas Advocates: Modest surplus is ominous sign for governor's highway plan

A blog post at Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families argues that today's news of a relatively modest surplus of $36 million for fiscal year 2016 shows the folly of the governor's highway plan.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016 - 09:37:00

Arkansas Advocates with questions about Gov. Hutchinson's highway plan

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families — a nonprofit that works for the interests named — has a new blog post illuminating the problem we've cited about Gov. Asa Hutchinson's free-lunch highway plan. It's simple: You don't get something (better highways) for nothing.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 06:43:00

Treasurer Milligan expands state office to education

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan has entered a $450,000 contract with a Washington firm to provide on-line financial education to elementary school children. One question: Can he do that?

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 12:59:00

Mediation fails, Treasurer Dennis Milligan could be heading to trial

Ladies and gentlemen, the Arkansas state treasurer's office...

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 08:52:00

Duncan Baird named State Budget Administrator

Gov. Asa Hutchinson yesterday announced that former state representative Duncan Baird will be the new State Budget Administrator at the Department of Finance and Administration. Baird had been serving as Budget Director in the governor's office.

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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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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 10:57:00

Legislative special session for defense-related economic development project likely coming soon

Will the capitol critters be doling out corporate welfare soon? Lots of rumors have been floating about a potential legislative special session to be called by Gov. Asa Hutchinson later this month. The session would convene just after Memorial Day, when the legislature would take up a proposed economic development project.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 13:43:00

Dennis Milligan refuses to answer questions about email scandal

Treasurer Dennis Milligan bobs and weaves...well, scratch that, he really doesn't even bother trying. He just refuses to answer questions about the activities of his office.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 13:49:00

Hunt for the Treasure Hunt: Bill allows it online

The state auditor's office decision to publish the names and addresses of people with unclaimed property only online as part of what is known as the "Great Arkansas Treasure Hunt" stung the Arkansas Press Association, and the APA is asking its members to call legislators. But legislators passed a law in the latest session to allow the auditor to do just that.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 08:48:00

Under pressure, Treasurer Dennis Milligan puts email deletion policy on hold; time for transparency in constitutional offices

Treasurer Dennis Milligan caves for now on his plan to delete all emails after 30 days. It's time for constitutional officers to adopt the same transparency rules that govern all other state agencies. The excuses are ludicrous; the only reason to delete public records is to conceal the record from the public.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 15:11:00

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and staffers attend Huckabee campaign announcement; AG's office says no violation of law

Blue Hog: Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and six AG staffers participated in Huckabee campaign event during normal office hours, in violation of state election laws. The AG's office responds that the employees were on leave and did not use state resources to participate in the event.

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