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John Moritz

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Can't sue state, high court finds in 2nd wage suit

posted: 06/22/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday reaffirmed its strict stance on sovereign immunity, once again ruling that lawmakers cannot pass laws giving residents the right to haul state agencies to court.

House speaker addresses club

posted: 06/22/2018 3:23 a.m. Discuss

Newly minted House Speaker Matthew Shepherd made his debut before the Political Animals Club -- a gathering of current and former politicians, lobbyists and others with a general interest in the state's political scene -- at Little Rock's Union Station on Thursday.

State's Supreme Court reaffirms decision on 'sovereign immunity'

posted: 06/21/2018 1:10 p.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday reaffirmed its position that lawmakers cannot decide when citizens have the right to sue the state, even as several of the justices wrote separately to raise concerns with the rulings, which uphold “sovereign immunity.”

Border-duty halt urged for Arkansas National Guardsmen; Democrats tell governor to bring soldiers home

posted: 06/21/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The top Democrats in the Arkansas House and Senate on Wednesday asked Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson to end his commitment to deploy Arkansas National Guardsmen along the southern border, where they have been aiding Border Patrol operations.

State's top Democrats ask governor to stop deploying Arkansas National Guard soldiers to border

updated: 06/20/2018 5:56 p.m. Comments 17

The top Democrats in the state House and Senate are preparing to ask Gov. Asa Hutchinson to end the deployment of Arkansas National Guard soldiers assisting Border Patrol operations at the southern border of the U.S.

State Rep. Charles Blake gets Democrat House post

posted: 06/19/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas House Democrats on Monday selected state Rep. Charles Blake of Little Rock to serve as the next minority party leader.

Arkansas lawyers set focus on ballot measure

posted: 06/17/2018 4:02 a.m. Comments 2

The first day of the Arkansas Bar Association convention Wednesday ended with a themed Derby Party, which meant lawyers in funny hats and seersucker suits got play money to spend on faux races.

Arkansas Bar Association's president sworn in

posted: 06/17/2018 3:52 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Bar Association on Friday inaugurated a new president, private-practice attorney Suzanne Clark from Fayetteville.

Arkansas lawmaker accused of wrongdoing should resign only if indicted, governor says

posted: 06/16/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Asa Hutchinson repeated his belief Friday that a lawmaker accused of wrongdoing should resign only if he is indicted on criminal charges.

Arkansas lawmakers hear gripes from relatives of inmates

posted: 06/15/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Poorly prepared food, maggot-infested showers, fickle visitation rules and inadequate medical care were some of the complaints lawmakers heard Thursday from friends and family members of state prisoners.

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