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District 43 GOP rivals fault federal control

posted: 04/19/2014 3:19 a.m. Discuss

Two Republican candidates seeking the state House District 43 seat both agree that programs such as Common Core curriculum and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act allow federal government too much control of local communities.

Dust-up with current, former sheriffs nets charges

posted: 04/19/2014 3:15 a.m. Discuss

An altercation in March between the former and current Little River County sheriffs has led to misdemeanor citations being filed against the former sheriff and his son, records show.

Governor hopefuls woo veterans

posted: 04/19/2014 3:09 a.m. Discuss

Democratic, Republican and Libertarian candidates for governor pledged Friday to work with the Arkansas Veterans Coalition to try to implement its legislative agenda.

Clinton sought GOP support for health care

updated: 04/18/2014 2:01 p.m. Comments 2

President Bill Clinton's advisers estimated in 1993 that they would need at least eight moderate Republicans in the Senate and more than 15 moderate Republicans in the House to pass their ill-fated health care reform bill.

81 judges since ’06 on suspension list

posted: 04/17/2014 5:23 a.m. Comments 4

Nearly one-third of the state’s sitting judges since 2006 have been suspended from practicing law a combined 157 times for nonpayment of annual law-license dues, according to a review of information provided by the clerk of the courts.

Interim judge also ruled ballot-eligible

posted: 04/16/2014 5:08 a.m. Discuss

Interim Judge H.G. Foster of Conway is a bona fide judicial candidate, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled Tuesday in a decision that repeated his earlier finding that an Arkansas court rule that suspends lawyers for paying dues late is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced.

Cotton, Pryor campaigns file finance data

posted: 04/16/2014 4:45 a.m. Comment 1

U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton edged out U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor in campaign donations in the first three months of the year, according to federal campaign-finance reports released Tuesday.

Cotton, Pryor spar on taxes, Medicare

posted: 04/16/2014 4:24 a.m. Discuss

The two candidates running for U.S. Senate in Arkansas traveled to the northwest corner of the state on Tuesday and talked about taxes and Medicare.

Ross outraises Hutchinson in gubernatorial race

posted: 04/16/2014 4:21 a.m. Discuss

Leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross raised more money than his leading Republican challenger, the first month that’s happened this year, according to March campaign finance reports filed Tuesday.

Private-option law focus in GOP race

posted: 04/13/2014 4:39 a.m. Comments 2

State Sen. Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View, who voted for Medicaid expansion in 2013 and then voted against it this year, will have to defeat a foe of the expansion in the May 20 primary to return to the Legislature in 2015.

Outside cash tilts Senate contests

posted: 04/12/2014 4:01 a.m. Comments 6

Democrats in races that will help determine control of the U.S. Senate are rapidly burning through their campaign cash, whittling away their financial advantage over Republican opponents as they fend off attacks from conservative groups, according to figures released through Friday.

Arkansas to appeal decision striking 12-week abortion ban

updated: 04/11/2014 12:56 p.m. Comments 30

The state of Arkansas will appeal a federal judge's decision to strike down part of a law that banned most abortions after 12 weeks, one of the law's primary sponsors said Friday.

Late-fee rule for lawyers is shot down

posted: 04/10/2014 5:19 a.m. Comment 1

A court rule that suspends Arkansas lawyers who don’t pay their bar dues on time is unconstitutional, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled on Wednesday as he rejected a challenge to the credentials of a Conway attorney running for judge.

Cotton hit with new ethics filing

posted: 04/10/2014 4:41 a.m. Comments 3

The U.S. House Committee on Ethics dismissed a complaint accusing Arkansas Congressman Tom Cotton, a Republican challenger for U.S. Senate, of illegally soliciting campaign donations during a radio interview on U.S. Capitol grounds, according to letters released by his campaign Wednesday.

3 GOP candidates spar at law school

posted: 04/10/2014 4:37 a.m. Discuss

Republican attorney general candidate Leslie Rutledge called fellow candidate David Sterling’s plan to reinstate the use of the electric chair to carry out the death penalty “irresponsible rhetoric,” during a debate at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock W.H. Bowen School of Law Wednesday evening.

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