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24 letters tendered to qualify vote flubs

updated: 05/02/2015 9:53 p.m. Comments 2

The two Arkansas House Republicans who voted against a pilot drug-testing program for welfare recipients are disavowing their March 30 votes, saying they pushed the red "nay" button on their desks when they meant to press the green "yea" button.

Vote-machine bids given new deadline

posted: 05/02/2015 2:29 a.m. Comment 1

The secretary of state's office has extended its deadline for companies to submit proposals for new voting equipment for Arkansas' 75 counties from Monday until May 12 and changed its specifications for the voting equipment in its request for proposals.

Term-limits amendment proposal said in works

updated: 05/01/2015 2:31 a.m. Discuss

A leading term-limits proponent said Thursday that he will propose a constitutional amendment limiting state representatives to serving six years in office, senators to eight years and lawmakers to serve a maximum of 10 years in the Arkansas Legislature.

Treasurer, aide offer to redress nonprofit

posted: 04/30/2015 3:22 a.m. Comment 1

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan and his deputy chief of staff, Jason Brady, will make a contribution to Brady's old employer to compensate for any costs that it incurred from Brady also working as Milligan's campaign manager, Milligan said Wednesday.

Voting equipment OK'd for state bid

posted: 04/30/2015 3:15 a.m. Discuss

The state Board of Election Commissioners on Wednesday approved three pieces of voting equipment apiece for Nebraska-based Election Systems & Software and California-based Unisyn Voting Solutions to make them eligible to be purchased by Secretary of State Mark Martin for the state's 75 counties.

Ex-worker: Got speech, then fired

posted: 04/29/2015 3:30 a.m. Comments 4

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan's former outreach manager said Tuesday that he doesn't know why he was dismissed Monday from his job in Milligan's office.

Lawmaker blocks a Beebe appointee

posted: 04/28/2015 3:30 a.m. Comment 1

A gubernatorial appointment has been derailed by an Arkansas state senator.

Treasurer puts aide on leave, cites review

posted: 04/28/2015 3:16 a.m. Discuss

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan's deputy chief of staff, Jason Brady, is on paid leave as Milligan reviews Brady's emails from 2013 and 2014 when he worked as a lobbyist for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and also as Milligan's campaign manager, Milligan spokesman Grant Wallace said Monday.

Governor urges tolerance in talk of gay marriage

updated: 04/26/2015 9:37 p.m. Comments 32

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Sunday that it's unpredictable how the U.S. Supreme Court is going to rule on the constitutionality of some states' bans on same-sex marriage, with the high court scheduled to hear arguments on the matter Tuesday.

Democrats vow state comeback

posted: 04/27/2015 2:35 a.m. Comments 2

The political fortunes of Democrats in Arkansas will rebound, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee said Thursday.

Army medals found, state locates family

posted: 04/25/2015 3:03 a.m. Discuss

A Memphis woman saw her deceased father's Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals that he received in the U.S. Army for the first time Friday, after the state auditor's office tracked her down.

State returns medals to soldier's daughter

posted: 04/25/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

A Memphis, Tenn., woman saw her deceased father's Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals he received in the U.S. Army for the first time Friday, after the state auditor's office tracked her down.

Top Democrat vows comeback

posted: 04/24/2015 3:23 a.m. Comments 2

The political fortunes of Democrats in Arkansas will rebound, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee said Thursday.

Lottery oversight subcommittee created

posted: 04/24/2015 3:15 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislative Council voted Wednesday to create a lottery oversight subcommittee, and the council's leaders appointed Sen. Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, and Rep. Chris Richey, D-Helena-West Helena, as co-chairmen of the new panel.

Legislature concludes '15 session

updated: 04/23/2015 3:57 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas General Assembly quietly adjourned on Wednesday morning, wrapping up one of the shortest sessions in recent years.

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