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Brian Fanney

State Capitol Reporter

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Foes, backers of medical 'pot' weigh in

posted: 10/20/2016 3:22 a.m. Discuss

Supporters and opponents of medical marijuana are focusing on the opinions of physicians and law enforcement officers with just days until early voting begins on two competing ballot measures.

$3.5M spent on casino measure; state court rejects amendment

posted: 10/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Advocates spent more than $3.5 million last month campaigning for and against a proposed amendment for which votes will not be counted, according to campaign finance reports released this week.

Ballot-issue groups file financial reports

posted: 10/19/2016 3:21 a.m. Discuss

Each committee formed to promote or oppose proposed ballot issues must file campaign-finance reports with the Ethics Commission on the 15th of each month. The reports detail contributions, expenses and cash in the bank for the previous month.

Rutledge: Will run again in '18, release early fundraising report

posted: 10/17/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 26

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said she will announce her bid for re-election today and that she hopes to continue challenging the federal government’s regulations if voters in 2018 grant her another four-year term.

Two newcomers vie for open state House seat

posted: 10/16/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Two candidates are vying to represent parts of North Little Rock and Sherwood in an open seat in the state House of Representatives.

Panel's bid to subpoena Arkansas judge on foster care raises fuss

posted: 10/15/2016 4:57 a.m. Discuss

Judges and a law school dean have expressed concern about a legislative committee's wish to subpoena a judge to ask her how she handles foster care cases.

State justices: Voters will decide fate of medical marijuana

posted: 10/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

Voters will decide the fate of medical marijuana in Arkansas.

Trump a subject for three debaters in District 2 race

posted: 10/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

U.S. Rep. French Hill said Wednesday that he planned to vote for presidential nominee Donald Trump, despite recordings released last week in which the Republican bragged about being able to grope women because of his celebrity status.

Study: Impetus is to take away kids; governor gets report on foster care

updated: 10/12/2016 4:01 a.m. Comments 4

The number of children in the foster-care system is at a record level in Arkansas because caseworkers are removing more children from homes immediately upon investigation and judges are ordering removals against the recommendations of caseworkers, according to a report released Tuesday.

Arkansas schools' funding up in air; vote missed on special ed boost

posted: 10/11/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

The House and Senate Education committees are in limbo after not voting as expected Monday on whether to expunge a recommendation for a $20 million increase in annual special education funding.




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