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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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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:06:00

Another change at Milligan's office: employee fired

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan fired his outreach manager yesterday, the office has confirmed. David Singer was hired by Milligan in January as assistant legislative affairs and communications manager. In March, his title was changed to outreach manager. He briefly worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before his hiring by Milligan and for Stephens Media prior to that.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 11:31:00

New bill would make pointless, cruel letter sent to mislead poor Arkansans slightly less misleading

Rep. Donnie Copeland's bill to mislead poor people in the service of a meaningless gesture will get a slight tweak, a little lipstick on his grandstanding pig.

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Today's headlines: Legislature goes home but their skulduggery continues

Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 16:50:00

House passes bill to protect right to record public events

The House today passed a bill to prohibit law enforcement officers from violating the rights of citizens to photograph or record public events.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 14:20:00

DHS: Harris babysitter's description of home would likely merit call to child abuse hotline

Asked specifically if "keeping a child locked in a room everyday for at least four hours" — a situation described by a babysitter for Justin and Marsha Harris — constituted abuse, a DHS spokesperson said it would likely result in a call to the child abuse hotline for possible investigation.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 14:31:00

Car tag decal system to change

The state is going to change the renewal decals for car tags on March 16. Instead of getting two decals to place on a license plate, only one decal with both month and year will be necessary in the future.

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Monday, March 9, 2015 - 11:58:00

Hutchinson recommends former legislator for Development Finance job

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has recommended Aaron Burkes, a former Republican legislator from Northwest Arkansas, to become president of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 09:11:00

Justin Harris: Former legislator sympathetic to criticism of DHS

Former Sen. Jimmy Jeffress says he sympathizes with Rep. Justin Harris' criticism of the Department of Human Services based on his own experience on a different issue.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 13:33:00

Treasurer Milligan hired first cousin for staff, learned later it was illegal

New Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan ran afoul of a state anti-nepotism law in his initial round of hiring, his office confirmed to me today.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 06:29:00

Tracy Steele — experienced administrator! — nabs Hutchinson patronage

For an 11th-hour endorsement of Asa Hutchinson's candidacy for governor, Tracy Steele has landed a $100,000-plus patronage job as head of the agency that passes out permits to health agencies such as nursing homes. He brings a checkered past.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 11:46:00

Hutchinson names division chiefs at Human Services

Gov. Asa Hutchinson named four top officials at the Department of Human Services today, including David Sterling, who made an unsuccessful Republcian primary runoff race for attorney general against winner Leslie Rutledge, herself a former DHS lawyer.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 13:06:00

Rutledge names Sarah Tacker consumer protection chief

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that Sarah Page Tacker would be deputy attorney general for the public protection department.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 09:56:00

Commission finalizing politician pay proposals

The politicians pay commission is backing a sharp increase for legislative pay in return for end of a home expense account. It also approved substantial pay raises for other elected officials and judges.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 07:20:00

The treasurer's payroll and other transition tidbits

The treasurer's payroll; pay for a new state agency leader and some shuffling at Career Education are part of a grab bag of state government transition news.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:41:00

Tally so far at attorney general's office: 32 gone, including 15 lawyers, and 7 new hires

Thirty employees of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel no longer have jobs under new Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, including 15 staff attorneys, according to documents released by the office today.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 09:37:00

The history of Ark. tax cuts: All pleasure, little political guilt

Ernest Dumas, who's been covering Arkansas governors for five decades, provides historical context for the $100 million income tax cut that new Gov. Asa Hutchinson seems certain to push through a friendly legislature in the opening days of the 2015 legislative session. History repeats, Dumas writes.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 06:52:00

Leslie Rutledge fires almost two dozen to begin tenure as attorney general

Leslie Rutledge, who takes office as attorney general today, began work in earnest yesterday by firing almost two-dozen members of the existing attorney general's staff.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 10:40:00

State official pay commission announced

Appointees have been announced to a commission that will take over the job of setting pay for state elected officials.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 13:57:00

License tag fee would likely have to jump $2.50-$3 to pay for prison expansion, research finds

A new prison could cost $7 to $8 million in financing costs just to build. And it would be built in the face of statistics that indicate more prisons do little to reduce the crime rate.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 15:22:00

Beebe touts another broadband study

Gov. Mike Beebe touts a new study of school broadband. He says Arkansas could use existing expenditures and federal money to create nation-leading high-speed Internet for school kids.

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