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State settles high-priced drug suit

posted: 02/07/2015 3:11 a.m. Discuss

State health officials have settled a federal lawsuit that demanded Arkansas' Medicaid program provide a high-priced drug to cystic fibrosis patients afflicted with a rare form of the deadly disease.

Bill would require filing campaign finances online in Arkansas

updated: 02/02/2015 10:36 p.m. Discuss

Arkansas voters and researchers would no longer be forced to leaf through stacks of paper reports to learn who's bankrolling candidates for the state's highest-profile offices, under legislation introduced Monday.

State donor's cash in several war chests

updated: 01/18/2015 3:11 a.m. Comments 7

In the past 15 years, more than $1.2 million in campaign gifts to candidates for Arkansas' most powerful political offices have originated with one man: Fort Smith nursing home owner Michael Morton.

Electronic finance filings by candidates gain favor

posted: 12/28/2014 4:32 a.m. Discuss

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson and two Arkansas legislators say they'll push for new state laws in January to make it easier for the public to learn who is bankrolling the state's biggest political campaigns.

Issue 3 already leaving a mark

posted: 11/16/2014 5:30 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas voters surprised almost everyone Nov. 4 when they endorsed a constitutional amendment that bars state political candidates from accepting campaign money from corporations.

Outsiders funding Senate contest

posted: 11/02/2014 2:51 a.m. Discuss

More than $2 of every $3 donated directly to the campaigns of Arkansas' U.S. Senate candidates have come from people and interests outside the state, according to an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette review of federal campaign contribution records.

Political gifts filed on paper shrouded

posted: 10/26/2014 3:10 a.m. Comments 2

More than $7 million in campaign donations flowed into Arkansas' U.S. Senate contest between incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor and Republican Tom Cotton over the past 15 weeks.

Governor's race sees big donors

updated: 10/19/2014 3:33 a.m. Discuss

A Tennessee-based housing and resort developer -- along with his companies, executives and family -- is the largest donor so far to Arkansas' gubernatorial race between Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross.

2 state families at top of donors to Pryor, Cotton

posted: 09/28/2014 3:33 a.m. Comments 4

Members of two of Arkansas' wealthiest families -- Stephens in Little Rock and Murphy in El Dorado -- are among the largest contributors so far to the state's nationally important U.S. Senate contest between Democrat Mark Pryor and Republican Tom Cotton.

Campaign-finance files onerous

posted: 08/17/2014 3:35 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas ranks as one of the most difficult states for the public to learn who's donating campaign money to candidates for state office -- especially in the biggest, most-talked-about races.

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