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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 10:12:00

Is House health care vote a ticket for Democrats? (Say cheese, French!)

Much talk — AP here and also the New York Times here — on whether the health bill approved by Republicans last week is a ticket to gains in the House for Democrats. The chatter includes at least some idle speculation about the 2nd District of Arkansas.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 15:46:00

Democratic life in the Third District, potential challenger for Womack

A Fayetteville Democrat, Joshua Mahony, has been sending signals on social media that he'll run against Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Womack of the Third District next year.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 21:14:00

Federal health bill would undercut governor’s plan for altered Medicaid expansion

On Thursday, the same day that Governor Hutchinson signed legislation approving “Arkansas Works 2.0,” his plan to enact changes to the state’s Medicaid expansion program, the U.S. House passed a bill that would undermine many of the program’s key tenets.

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Friday, May 5, 2017 - 08:17:00

Court filing shows nursing home owner cash transfer to Sen. Jake Files

The Times Record in Fort Smith reports discovery of suggestive detail in court proceedings in Fort Smith related to the troubled business dealings of Sen. Jake Files and  his construction business.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 14:11:00

House moves to set stage for impeachment of Judge Wendell Griffen over death penalty protest

House Speaker Jeremy Gillam is clearly running for higher office. He has slipped a resolution onto the agenda of the House Rules Committee he controls to clear the way for impeachment proceedings against

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 14:41:00

Questions from the French Hill and Tom Cotton town hall

All the questions posed by constituents at the Hill/Cotton town hall Monday – each linked to the corresponding moment in the town hall video.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 12:26:00

Tom Cotton's Obamacare repeal dance

Sen. Tom Cotton still supports Obamacare repeal, but he's squeamish about 300,000 Arkansans losing health insurance.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 09:43:00

Clinton School interview with Tom Cotton to be held at Robinson Center tomorrow

The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will host an event with U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton tomorrow at the Robinson Center on W. Markham.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 07:27:00

Garner will not try to override governor's veto of "mass picketing" bill

State Sen. Trent Garner told the AP that he will not attempt to override Gov. Hutchinson's veto of his bill that would have criminalized some forms of protest.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 14:00:00

French Hill-Tom Cotton town hall

Livestream and liveblog of the town hall.

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Monday, April 17, 2017 - 13:05:00

Former Gov. Beebe on the "daunting and oppressive and awful responsibility" of death penalty

THV11's Craig O'Neill tracked down former Governor Beebe to get his take on the Hutchinson administration's aggressive effort to execute eight men on death row.

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Monday, April 17, 2017 - 09:49:00

French Hill and Tom Cotton set for town hall event this afternoon

U.S. Rep. French Hill and Sen. Tom Cotton will meet the public at a town hall event today at 2 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in west Little Rock.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 13:15:00

Governor Hutchinson meets the press to talk capital punishment

Since scheduling the executions of eight inmates over the course of 11 days, Governor Hutchinson has said little publicly on the topic. Today, at meeting with press at the Governor's Mansion, Hutchinson acknowledged that it was unlikely he would grant executive clemency to any of the seven men scheduled to die beginning Monday.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 18:37:00

Governor kills bid for local control of Little Rock schools

An idea to set a date for return of local control in the Little Rock School District seems likely to founder because of resistance from Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 11:10:00

Senate approves amendment to ban guns from college athletics

The Senate today approved SB 724 to provide exemptions from a new expanded concealed weapon bill to allow them to be banned from college athletic events. The vote was 23-7 and the bill goes to the governor.

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 10:14:00

Another to veto: An anti-consumer bill heading to governor's desk

A nursing home lawsuit appears to be at the root of one of the worst bills of the session — to eliminate class action lawsuits under the deceptive trade practices act. It's heading to the governor, who should veto it.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 17:08:00

Amended racial impact study bill clears House committee

An amended version of a bill that would allow for racial impact assessments for certain criminal justice bills advanced out of the House Judiciary Committee Thursday on a 10-7 vote with three members not voting.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 19:52:00

More on the revived voucher-like bill advancing from a House committee

A controversial bill that would establish education savings accounts to be used at parents' discretion to fund private school and other education costs passed in an 11-5 vote in the Arkansas House Education Committee Tuesday.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 14:53:00

Senate beats FOI-weakening bill

The Senate today defeated, on a vote of 11-14, SB 373 by Sen. Bart Hester to exempt communications between an attorney and a public client from the Freedom of Information Act. The vote was expunged so it could come up again.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 12:50:00

Attack on free speech clears House committee

A bill that would criminalize protest cleared the House Judiciary Committee today on a voice vote. Senate Bill 550 would make "unlawful mass picketing" a Class A misdemeanor.

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