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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 07:20:00

Republicans re-elect accused tax cheat; hold majorities in Arkansas legislature

Arkansas legislative races showed no change in the sizable Republican majorities in the House and Senate. Republican victories included an easy win for Rep. MIckey Gates of Hot Springs, who faces multiple felony charges of failing to file and pay state income taxes.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 16:31:00

Rep. Jana Della Rosa disputes that Randell Shelton's Paradigm Consulting was a "bogus company"

During the trial of former state Sen. Jon Woods and consultant Randell Shelton, the prosecution described Shelton's Paradigm Strategic Consulting as a "bogus company." But Rep. Jana Della Rosa, who paid Paradigm in 2014 for help with campaign messaging, said that Shelton did legitimate work for her.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 15:22:00

Jan Morgan gun giveaway cancelled, donations returned, after legal questions raised

The Jan Morgan campaign for governor has officially cancelled its gun giveaway promotion to raise campaign cash, an attorney volunteering with the campaign informs me.

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 13:01:00

What would Ted Cruz do?

Oleaginous blowhard backs Ecclesia Bob.

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Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 11:59:00

Jared Henderson expresses support for earned income tax credit (EITC)

Abby Anderson, communications director for Democratic candidate for governor Jared Henderson, got in touch to make clear that Henderson "strongly  supports...consideration for creating a state earned income tax credit, acknowledging the targeted benefits it would yield for Arkansas families." That conversation, however, should happen entirely separately from the grocery tax, she said.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 22:53:00

Governor opposes raising grocery tax but task force priority remains cutting taxes for the rich

The governor tries to put up a stop sign on talk of raising the grocery tax. But Hutchinson and the task force remain committed to a massive tax cut for the rich. The question for the few progressives on the task force: Is there hope left for an earned-income tax credit or similar targeted relief for low-income Arkansans?

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Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 12:41:00

Clarke Tucker releases new ad

Yet another television ad released this morning by Clarke Tucker, the state representative running for the Second Congressional District. This is the advantage of a big fundraising haul.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 20:33:00

Former Hutchinson staffer Vu Ritchie moving from federal CMS to Tom Cotton's office

Andrew "Vu" Ritchie is departing his job as senior counselor at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to take a position as counsel in Sen. Tom Cotton's office, Cotton's spokesperson Caroline Tabler confirmed.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 13:06:00

State Supreme Court does away with state Whistle-Blower Act, according to dissenting justice

In a 5-2 decision today, the Arkansas Supreme Court neutered the Arkansas Whistle-Blower Act. The high court ruled that a former employee of the Department of Arkansas Community Corrections, who alleged she was fired for protesting workplace discrimination and participating in an investigation to uncover further discrimination, could not find relief in the Whistle-Blower Act because of sovereign immunity. 

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Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 09:45:00

Deceptive push polling targets Clarke Tucker

A tipster sends along of a recording of a push poll that's making the rounds in the 2nd District. It's an over-the-top smear of state Rep. Clarke Tucker, widely seen as the frontrunner in the Democratic primary race to face incumbent U.S. Rep. French Hill.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 06:36:00

Governor announces grant award to city of White Hall for military spending

If there's one thing politicians can agree on, it's military spending.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 11:48:00

Legislative committees approve reduction in retroactive eligibility for new Medicaid expansion enrollees

This is about cost-shifting, plain and simple. The change will save the state some money (a projected $1.3 million in the next fiscal year according to the Department of Human Services), while hospitals and providers will see uncompensated care costs go up and poor Arkansans will be slapped with bills they can't possibly pay.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 18:32:00

Paul Spencer again raises more than $100,000 from individual donors

Another solid fundraising haul from Paul Spencer, one of four declared Democratic candidates for the state's Second Congressional District: His campaign today announced that he raised more than $100,000 from more than 2,000 individual donors in the first quarter of 2018.

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Monday, April 2, 2018 - 07:37:00

Jonathan Dunkley: "Fire French Hill and replace him with a real progressive."

The four candidates in the crowded and lively field for the Democratic nomination for the Second U.S. Congressional District seat will face off in a one-hour debate this Wednesday at 7 p.m., hosted by KATV.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 16:10:00

Rusty Cranford denied bail because of alleged plot to murder co-conspirator

The latest in the lurid saga of the former Little Rock super-lobbyist Rusty Cranford: A federal judge today denied bail to Cranford because he found credible allegations that Cranford attempted to hire someone to murder his co-conspirator.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 09:53:00

Mahony slams Womack for calling Haiti and African nations "depraved": "Steve Womack is trafficking in racist comments"

Josh Mahony, the Democratic candidate challenging U.S. Rep. Steve Womack for the Third Congressional District seat, issued a statement accusing Womack of playing "dog whistle politics" after Womack's comments yesterday that referred to "depraved countries."

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 08:08:00

Jan Morgan watch

Going viral.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 10:28:00

2nd District polling on Tucker vs. Hill underway

There was polling underway earlier this week for 2nd District Congress. Among the tests: U.S. Rep. French Hill (R-Little Rock) vs. state Rep. Clarke Tucker (D-Little Rock).

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 12:43:00

Governor directs Health Department to resume issuing birth certificates under revised procedures

Birth certificates are once again being issued at the Health Department after a brief halt due to a judge's order. Gov. Hutchinson today sent the Health Department a directive for new procedures in order to comply with the equal protection clause of the Constitution.

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