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Oral arguments set in Arkansas voter-ID lawsuit

posted: 09/02/2014 5:25 p.m. Comments 3

The Arkansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Oct. 2 in the legal challenge over the state's new law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

Peterson: Witt assured of agriculture panel spot

posted: 09/02/2014 11:58 a.m. Comments 3

The top Democrat on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee says former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director James Lee Witt is assured a spot on the panel if he's elected to a south Arkansas congressional district.

5 things to know about Arkansas' midterm elections

posted: 09/02/2014 9:20 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — With a U.S. Senate race that could help determine which party controls that chamber and a race for an open governor's seat, Arkansas has no shortage of drama in its midterm election.

Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

posted: 09/01/2014 10:21 a.m. Comments 2

WASHINGTON — A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.

Piggybacking online-sales-tax bill gains traction

posted: 08/31/2014 5:53 a.m. Comments 5

Some members of the Arkansas delegation said last week that attaching a bill allowing states to collect sales taxes on online purchases to a more popular measure may be enough to get it approved this year after a decade of trying.

Democrats invoke death in Ferguson to mobilize black vote

posted: 08/31/2014 5:42 a.m. Discuss

With their Senate majority imperiled, Democrats are trying to mobilize black voters angered by the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., to help them retain control of at least one chamber of Congress for President Barack Obama's final two years in office.

WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: Capitol Hill Arkansans take on the ice buckets

posted: 08/31/2014 5:24 a.m. Discuss

Most members of Arkansas' congressional delegation have willingly had ice water poured over themselves to raise money to fight Lou Gehrig's disease.

Education notebook

posted: 08/31/2014 4:59 a.m. Discuss

Candidate forum set for Thursday The Arkansas Community Organizations is hosting a Little Rock School Board candidate forum at 6 p.m. Thursday in advance of the Sept. 16 school election that will decide the board's Zone 1 and Zone 5 members.

Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional

posted: 08/30/2014 1:22 p.m. Discuss

AUSTIN, Texas — Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure.

Final arguments unfold at ex-governor's trial

posted: 08/30/2014 1:11 p.m. Discuss

RICHMOND, Va. — The corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife has boiled down to this: Did they knowingly trade special favors for the $165,000 in loans and gifts they admit they took from a dietary supplements promoter?

Health law factors into governor's, Senate races

posted: 08/30/2014 1:03 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Democrats Mark Pryor and Mike Ross took different positions on the president's federal health overhaul plan when it came before Congress four years ago. But, running in the two hottest races in Arkansas this fall, both find themselves under attack on the issue and navigating around it as they struggle to prevent a complete Republican takeover of the state's top offices.

Bid to end dry counties in Arkansas to hit ballot

posted: 08/29/2014 4:28 p.m. Comments 21

A proposal that would end dry counties in Arkansas has been approved for inclusion on the November ballot.

Pryor launches women's issues coalition

posted: 08/29/2014 7:13 a.m. Comments 3

LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor launched a coalition Thursday to tout his positions supporting raising Arkansas' minimum wage and pay equity as he tries to turn out the women's vote in his re-election campaign.

DHS: Let Medicaid aid 2,800 disabled

posted: 08/29/2014 3:28 a.m. Comments 3

Enhanced Medicaid funding made available under the 2010 health care overhaul law would allow Arkansas to move 2,800 people with developmental disabilities off a waiting list for home-based services, such as help with daily living tasks, the director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services told lawmakers Thursday.

Political fighting pulls boy into fray

posted: 08/29/2014 2:41 a.m. Discuss

A candidate's 4-year-old son has taken center stage in the race for Arkansas House District 35 in Little Rock.


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