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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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Today's headlines: From a new top cop to the travails of Trump

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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Friday, December 8, 2017 - 07:40:00

No one attends public comment meeting on proposed concrete security for Ten Commandments monument

No one showed up to yesterday's public comment meeting over a proposal to add concrete protections around the base of the Ten Commandments monument set to be reinstalled on the Capitol grounds. This brings the reinstallation, and the inevitable lawsuits to follow, one step closer.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 12:25:00

Legislators continue to advocate for race relations discussions

Senators Joyce Elliott and Jim Hendren discussed ways to continue discussions on race relations after the vote last month against their subcommittee.

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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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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 11:37:00

Former House Speaker Davy Carter speaks out against Trump DACA decision

Former Republican House Speaker Davy Carter made an emotional appearance on KARK's "Capitol View" this morning to talk about the Trump administration's decision to phase out the DACA program. He followed a typically robotic Attorney General Leslie Rutledge who answered most questions with a version of "we are a nation of laws."

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 07:11:00

A local legislator stands up for Arkansas Tech

Arkansas Tech's hometown state representative has taken exception to an attack on the school by a fellow legislator.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 13:45:00

Cotton figures in New York Times roundup on 2020 presidential race

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton gets front page ink in today's New York Times, which rounds up GOP presidential hopefuls who're laying the groundwork for a race in 2020 amid the chaos of the Trump presidency.

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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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