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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 11:31:00

Women suffer when men control our narratives

Thursday, the Arkansas House of Representatives is expected to vote on GOP Sen. Jason Rapert's "trigger law" outlawing nearly every abortion in Arkansas if Roe v. Wade is overturned. The bill passed in the Arkansas Senate last week with three Democrats voting in support. I predict that the narrative on abortion in Arkansas will continue to be controlled by the GOP evangelicals who believe women either need to be punished for our choices or saved from our naivety and these goals can only be accomplished by passing Rapert's bill.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 09:44:00

More recess may be on the way for Arkansas kids

A bill filed yesterday by GOP Rep. Jana Della Rosa (Rogers) requiring at least 40 minutes of recess for all public school elementary students has the support of Parents for Active Learning (PALs), a group pushing for more unstructured play in Arkansas schools. Della Rosa's bill requires the recess to be outside when weather permits and allow for "free play and vigorous physical activity."

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 08:27:00

Another attempt to nickel and dime the poor by the Arkansas GOP

Tomorrow the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear SB237, a bill sponsored by Sen. Ronald Caldwell (R-Wynne) and co-sponsored by a handful of other GOP legislators that will double the amount of the jail booking and administration fee imposed on all those convicted or receiving a deferred sentence on any felony or a class A misdemeanor from $20 to $40.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 09:18:00

Rep. Tippi McCullough on unity, fighting poverty and being in the room where it happens

Rep. Tippi McCullough (Little Rock), a teacher for over 30 years, knows how to stand up for herself and her beliefs. Now she takes her experience and resolve to the legislature to stand up for Arkansas and the people she represents in District 33. McCullough answered my questions on how to fix what she believes is the biggest problem facing Arkansas, her thoughts on the expectations of women, and what music she finds motivational as she prepares for her first term in the legislature.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 13:07:00

Free-range kids bill, take two

State Sen. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale) is back again with more proposed changes to the Arkansas child welfare system. Late last year, he filed SB 12 which, like his similar bill from 2017 that passed in the Senate with bipartisan support but later died in House committee, excludes certain acts of parents, custodians, foster parents and guardians from being defined as "criminal" or "neglect."

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 14:37:00

Rep. Aaron Pilkington files "stand your ground" bill

Rep. Aaron Pilkington today filed a bill to enact a so-called "stand your ground" law, which would expand the circumstances under which a person could use deadly force in defense of self or others, even if there was an option to exit the situation without resorting to violence.

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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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