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updated: 12/17/2017 3:51 a.m. Discuss

11 young farmers, ranchers visit D.C.

Campus gun rules approved by Arkansas panel; firearms in dorm rooms stir debate

posted: 12/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas State Police rules for an "enhanced" concealed-carry licensing program cleared their last legislative hurdle Friday, bringing the state one step closer to allowing gun owners to take their weapons onto public college campuses and into bars and other public buildings.

Elm Springs' Lundstrum seeking third term

posted: 12/16/2017 1:07 a.m. Discuss

State Rep. Robin Lundstrum, R-Elm Springs, will run for a third term, she confirmed Friday.

In D.C., Arkansas governor argues for NAFTA

posted: 12/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

WASHINGTON -- Eliminating the North American Free Trade Agreement, as President Donald Trump has threatened, would undermine Arkansas' economy, Gov. Asa Hutchinson told administration officials Thursday at the White House.

Caucus in works for Arkansas legislators under 45

posted: 12/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The latest generation of Arkansans to enter the state Legislature, millennials, will soon have their own caucus to meet over policy and ideas.

Jacksonville business owner joins House District 42 race

posted: 12/15/2017 2:58 a.m. Discuss

Businessman Patrick Thomas of Jacksonville said Thursday that he's seeking election next year as a Republican to the seat held by departing state Rep. Bob Johnson, D-Jacksonville.

Jones' win in Alabama stokes top Arkansas Democrat; GOP not worried

posted: 12/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 7

Arkansas Republicans say Tuesday's election of an Alabama Democrat to the U.S. Senate is an aberration. Arkansas Democrats say it shows their party can win in the Natural State and throughout the South.

Democrat going for it, joins state Senate race

posted: 12/14/2017 3:31 a.m. Comment 1

Buoyed by his party's victory in the U.S. Senate special election in Alabama, Democrat Steven McNeely of Jacksonville filed Wednesday for a vacant legislative seat that has been Republican since reapportionment.

Ex-nonprofit executive to run for Arkansas governor as Democrat

posted: 12/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Jared Henderson of Little Rock, the former executive director for the nonprofit Teach for America group in Arkansas, announced Tuesday that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor next year.

In court, state re-defends petitions-to-run deadline

posted: 12/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas secretary of state's office spent about five hours Tuesday trying to justify -- at the request of a federal appellate court -- the need for a March 1 deadline for independent candidates in Arkansas to submit petitions seeking access to general-election ballots.

Panel clears way for new Ten Commandments monument; lawmaker says installation likely soon

updated: 12/12/2017 12:02 p.m. Comment 1

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas commission has cleared the way for the installation of another Ten Commandments monument outside the state Capitol, months after a previous marker was destroyed by a man who crashed his car into the statue while live-streaming it on Facebook.

Democrat announces 2018 Arkansas governor bid

posted: 12/12/2017 9:56 a.m. Comments 11

LITTLE ROCK — The former head of a nonprofit group that recruits teachers to work in low-income areas said Tuesday he's running against Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson in Arkansas next year, the first Democrat to announce a bid for the solidly red state's top office.

Heffley files to run Feb. 13 for District 16 Senate seat

posted: 12/12/2017 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Luke Heffley of Russellville filed Monday to become the second candidate in the Feb. 13 Republican primary election for the vacant state Senate seat in District 16.

Washington news in brief

updated: 12/10/2017 3:42 a.m. Discuss

Westerman urges forestry bill action

2 candidates file in special races

posted: 12/08/2017 2:46 a.m. Discuss

Breanne Davis of Russellville and Timmy Reid of Marshall filed Thursday to run in Feb. 13 special primary elections for two of three open legislative seats.

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