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Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 07:42:00

UPDATE: Senate's big party leads the freebie list this week

A fancy dinner for the Senate president pro tempore is among the social events for legislators this week.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 14:11:00

House passes campaign finance transparency bill

The bill passed out of committee last week on a voice vote. It now heads to the Senate, where it may face a tougher fight.

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Monday, February 13, 2017 - 10:27:00

Big Swill update: The committee dining schedule

Here are more free feedbags on tap for legislators this week, in special interest dinners thrown by lobbyists and special interest groups.

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Monday, February 13, 2017 - 07:39:00

As session action picks up, so do the free meals for legislators (and staff)

The pace of free eats and drinks is picking up for Arkansas legislators this week.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 09:37:00

Ethics complaint against Sen. David Wallace dismissed

Missed this amidst the inauguration hullabaloo: the Arkansas Ethics Commission on Friday dismissed a complaint against Republican state Sen. David Wallace over Wallace's loans to his campaign.

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Monday, January 23, 2017 - 06:28:00

More broken promises: Donald Trump has not relinquished control of businesses

Great report from Pro Publica on President Donald Trump's promise earlier this month to relinquish control of his companies by the inauguration. He has not done so.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 10:35:00

Big swill in big chamber tent today for legislators. Working stiffs not welcome.

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce is laying on a free spread for legislators under a big tent at chamber headquarters from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today outside the chamber office at 1200 W. Capitol Avenue.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 12:38:00

State Rep. Micah Neal pleads guilty to taking kickbacks from government grants

Micah Neal, a Republican state representative from Springdale who abruptly dropped out of a race for Washington County judge last summer for "family and business" reasons, has pleaded guilty to taking kickbacks from government money funneled to non-profit agencies. A news release indicates at least one other legislator is involved.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 07:26:00

Arkansas's toothless ethics law: Example, Mark Lowery

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Michael Wickline reported this morning that, for the second time in four years, Republican Rep. Mark Lowery had been cited by the state Ethics Commission for failing to comply with campaign finance reporting law. The minor penalty won't discourage similar in the future.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 14:03:00

Vice.com, on the shady, backdoor methods states are using to obtain execution drugs

In a nod to the increasing difficulty of finding and buying drugs to legally kill people on purpose, the legislature passed a law last year that made all information about where and how the state gets their execution drugs secret. For the long answer on why — and the dicey lengths states will go to in order to keep the machinery of death running — read this new report from Vice.com, "The Sordid Ways Death-Penalty States Obtain Execution Drugs."

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016 - 15:54:00

Matt Campbell files ethics complaint against nursing home lobby

Matt Campbell, the Little Rock lawyer and author of the Blue Hog Reports blog, has filed an ethics complaint today against the Arkansas Health Care Association related to the nursing home lobby group's spending on a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at discouraging lawsuits against nursing homes and others for negligence and abuse.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 07:04:00

Kemp campaign responds to Blue Hog Report's judicial discipline complaint

Here's the response from the Dan Kemp campaign to BHR's complaint regarding the Lee Ann Finn case.

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Friday, February 26, 2016 - 06:26:00

Shawn Womack missing campaign donor list from first judicial election

Circuit Judge Shawn Womack, the candidate for associate justice of the state Supreme Court, does not have records on file with the Arkansas Secretary of State's office itemizing some 45 percent of his total campaign contributions for a previous judicial race.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 16:13:00

Blue Hog Report pursues judicial discipline complaint over Judge Dan Kemp

Matt Campbell has made a complaint to the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission about Circuit Judge Dan Kemp's handling of a criminal case last year, and his recent statements regarding that case.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 16:50:00

Governor concerned over outside spending in judicial races, stops short of condemning partisan flavor of ads

Do ads sponsored by the "Republican State Leadership Committee" give voters the impression the Republican Party of Arkansas is sanctioning the ads in a supposedly nonpartisan race?

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 10:32:00

Cumulative spending in chief justice race exceeds $1 million

Justice at Stake, a national organization that monitors judicial election expenditures, yesterday announced that its analysis of Federal Communication Commission filings showed a conservative "dark money" group called the Judicial Crisis Network has bought at least $532,030 in television ad contracts attacking Associate Justice Courtney Goodson.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 06:24:00

Matt Campbell asks court to review Ethics Commission decision in Milligan complaint

Campbell, the Little Rock attorney behind Blue Hog Report, yesterday filed a petition for judicial review of the Arkansas Ethics Commission's recent decision on the matter of state Treasurer Dennis Milligan's questionable campaign finance reports.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 10:43:00

In Supreme Court race, $336,000 in dark money advertising fuels attack on Goodson's 'insider' connections

"The Democrat-Gazette calls Courtney Goodson 'the ultimate insider,'" a male voice ominously intones. "Italian getaways, enriching trial lawyers — call Courtney Goodson and tell her to fight for Arkansans, not trial lawyers."

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 15:20:00

Former AG Dustin McDaniel registers as Arkansas lobbyist, becomes DC attorney

Dustin McDaniel, the former Arkansas attorney general and erstwhile Democratic gubernatorial candidate, announced today that his private practice of McDaniel, Richardson and Calhoun, PLLC is registering as a lobbying firm with the Arkansas Ethics Commission.

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