posted: 12/06/2013 2:26 a.m.
Fueled by rising stock markets, the Arkansas Local Police and Fire Retirement System’s investment increased nearly $100 million in value last quarter to $1.315 billion, an adviser told the system’s board of trustees Thursday.
posted: 12/05/2013 4:37 a.m.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor on Wednesday quoted the Bible, repeatedly panned his Republican foe and defended his support for President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law enacted by Congress in 2010.
posted: 12/04/2013 4:48 a.m.
State general revenue in November inched up by $2.6 million over a year ago to $430.02 million, but fell short of the official forecast by $8.4 million.
posted: 12/04/2013 4:40 a.m.
Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe said Tuesday that it’s appropriate for his director of appointments to state boards and commissions to also work for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross and Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.
posted: 12/03/2013 5:25 a.m.
Gov. Mike Beebe’s administration Monday projected a $129.9 million increase in state general revenue to $6.333 billion in the fiscal year starting July 1.
posted: 12/03/2013 4:46 a.m.
The financial condition of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System is improving largely as a result of robust stock markets, a system actuary told the system’s board of trustees Monday.
posted: 11/23/2013 3:51 a.m.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton on Friday chided Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor for voting to confirm what Cotton called liberal judges nominated by President Barack Obama.
posted: 11/22/2013 4:42 a.m.
The state’s surgeon general told a foe of the state’s plan to use federal Medicaid dollars to purchase private health insurance for poor Arkansans that state officials need to work on getting as many people enrolled in the private-option program as possible “if you want this to work.
posted: 11/21/2013 4:54 a.m.
Buoyed by rising stock markets, the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System’s investments increased in value by $390 million to $7.053 billion during the year that ended with September, the system’s investment consultant reported Wednesday.
posted: 11/21/2013 4:47 a.m.
House Speaker Davy Carter of Cabot said his employers were contacted by state treasurer candidate Dennis Milligan of Benton shortly after Milligan claimed to have damaging videotapes of Carter and other lawmakers.
posted: 11/16/2013 5:06 a.m.
The Legislative Council on Friday asked Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to intervene in the federal government’s proposed designation of a critical habitat in Arkansas for two mussels with dwindling populations because it’s worried that such a designation would have “a potentially devastating impact” on the state’s landowners.
posted: 11/15/2013 5:02 a.m.
Rep. Duncan Baird said Thursday that his opponent for state treasurer claimed that he had damaging information about the legislator and urged Baird to drop out of the treasurer’s race unless “you want to see this on the 7 o’clock news.”
posted: 11/14/2013 5:14 a.m.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross and Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that they’ve consistently opposed creating vouchers for private schools, while GOP candidates Curtis Coleman and Debra Hobbs said they favor them.
posted: 11/13/2013 4:54 a.m.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday proposed state income-tax cuts that he estimated would cut state tax revenue by about $100 million a year.
posted: 11/13/2013 4:49 a.m.
Jonesboro Republican John Cooper and Jonesboro Democrat Steve Rockwell on Tuesday narrowly won their parties’ runoff elections for the state Senate seat vacated by Democrat Paul Bookout in August.
posted: 11/10/2013 4:32 a.m.
Two Republicans and two Democrats are jousting for their parties’ nominations in Tuesday’s runoff election for a state Senate seat vacated by Jonesboro Democrat Paul Bookout in August.
posted: 11/09/2013 3:52 a.m.
A legislative committee co-chairman who opposes the state’s use of federal Medicaid dollars to purchase private health insurance for poor Arkansans won approval Friday for his request to have legislative auditors work on a special report on the state’s expanded Medicaid program.
posted: 11/08/2013 12:01 a.m.
The Division of Legislative Audit will conduct a special audit of the enrollment numbers for the state’s expanded Medicaid program, a legislative panel decided Thursday.
posted: 11/07/2013 4:35 a.m.
The chairmen of the state Democratic and Republican parties clashed Wednesday over which party best represents Arkansans. They also argued the merits of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
posted: 11/07/2013 4:26 a.m.
State Land Commissioner John Thurston wants to make clear he’s seeking re-election to a second four-year term in 2014.
posted: 11/06/2013 4:36 a.m.
James Lee Witt, a former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Tuesday that he’s seeking the Democratic nomination in Arkansas’ 4th Congressional District.
posted: 11/05/2013 12:45 a.m.
State general revenue in October increased by $15.6 million over a year ago to $458.1 million, despite a 16-day shutdown of the federal government during the month.
posted: 11/02/2013 4:03 a.m.
The Republican-controlled state Legislature will either have to repeal tax cuts that it enacted earlier this year or trim state government budgets if it doesn’t reauthorize the use of federal Medicaid dollars to purchase private health insurance for poor Arkansans next year, Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe warned Friday.
posted: 11/01/2013 12:29 a.m.
Arkansas State Police officers drive Lt. Gov. Mark Darr between his Springdale home and sites around the state so he can talk on his cellphone without endangering himself or others, Darr said this week.
posted: 10/31/2013 4:52 a.m.
State Rep. Ann Clemmer, R-Benton, said Wednesday that state lawmakers are discussing the possibility of delaying the use of federal Medicaid dollars to purchase private health insurance through health insurance exchanges for an estimated 250,000 uninsured Arkansans.
posted: 10/30/2013 4:47 a.m.
State Rep. Matthew Shepherd, R-El Dorado, said Monday he’ll be a candidate for 2015 House speaker.
posted: 10/30/2013 12:53 a.m.
An attorney for the state Democratic Party said Tuesday that he’s asking the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, a U.S. Senate candidate, violated House rules for campaign fundraising.
posted: 10/30/2013 12:51 a.m.
Businessman French Hill, retired Army Col. Conrad Reynolds and state Rep. Ann Clemmer said Tuesday they are seeking the Republican nomination in central Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional district.
posted: 10/29/2013 5:29 a.m.
State Rep. Ann Clemmer, R-Benton, declined to say Monday whether she’s decided to run for the 2nd Congressional District seat next year but plans to make an announcement about her intentions Wednesday.
posted: 10/29/2013 5:25 a.m.
Democratic state auditor candidate Regina Stewart Hampton of Little Rock filed a campaign finance report for last quarter 10 days late, but she won’t file a tardy report again, a spokesman for Hampton said Monday.
posted: 10/26/2013 3:55 a.m.
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday that he worries that conservative groups, which are recruiting primary challengers for Republican congressmen, will weaken the party, increasing the chances that Democrats will reclaim the House in 2014.
posted: 10/25/2013 5:11 a.m.
Legislators said Thursday that they want to do more to stop the excessive fees that people sometimes encounter when their vehicles are towed without their consent.
posted: 10/25/2013 5:06 a.m.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross said Thursday that he wants to cut the state’s sales and use tax on the partial replacement and repair of machinery used in manufacturing.
posted: 10/24/2013 12:05 a.m.
The salaries for court reporters and trial-court assistants are beset by inequities, but resolving them would cost several hundred thousand dollars a year under certain options, a legislative staff member told lawmakers Wednesday.
posted: 10/23/2013 12:02 a.m.
The Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System will shift about $300 million into foreign stock-market investments run by by a Scottish manager now rather than wait a few months to do so, the system’s trustees decided Tuesday.
posted: 10/22/2013 5:35 a.m.
Frustration with the federal government shutdown led former North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Hays to run for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District, he said Monday.
posted: 10/22/2013 12:43 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Saying he wants to spend more time with family, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin announced Monday he will not seek a third term in Congress.
posted: 10/20/2013 5:25 a.m.
Seven members of a board that oversees the state’s health insurance plans for public school employees will be ousted under legislation that sailed through the Legislature during a special session that was called to repair the plan for those employees.
posted: 10/19/2013 4:03 a.m.
The state Legislature approved legislation early today that authorizes the use of $43 million in state surplus funds to subsidize health insurance in 2014 for public-school employees.
posted: 10/18/2013 3:33 a.m.
The first day of the special session to address increased premiums for teacher health insurance was marked by debate over property taxes collected in school districts.
posted: 10/17/2013 4:39 a.m.
The Libertarian Party of Arkansas has submitted more than 16,000 signatures to the secretary of state’s office in its bid to secure spots on the 2014 ballot, party Chairman Jessica Paxton said Tuesday.
posted: 10/17/2013 12:53 a.m.
The Republican-controlled state Legislature will convene this afternoon in a special session aimed at addressing the state’s financially strapped health-insurance plan for public-school employees.
posted: 10/16/2013 10:04 a.m.
Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday that he's going to call special session starting Thursday at 3 p.m. to fix the financially plagued public school employees' health insurance plan. He said he plans to issue a formal proclamation later in the day.
posted: 10/16/2013 12:55 a.m.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross raised more than twice as much money last quarter as the three Republican candidates for governor combined, according to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday.
posted: 10/16/2013 12:02 a.m.
Gov. Mike Beebe and the state Senate’s leader said Tuesday that they’re just short of securing the required 27 votes in the Senate needed to appropriate $43 million in surplus funds for the public-school employees health-insurance plan.
posted: 10/15/2013 12:02 a.m.
Legislative leaders trying to secure support for their latest plan for fixing the financially ailing public-school employees health-insurance plan are running into skepticism and opposition from some lawmakers.
posted: 10/15/2013 12:02 a.m.
The federal government has rejected an Arkansas plan to use state employees to staff and reopen national parks, a National Park Service spokesman said Monday.
posted: 10/12/2013 6:50 a.m.
State Rep. Walls McCrary, D-Lonoke, recommended Friday that lawmakers change the law to make clear that the nearly $1.3 billion Arkansas Local Police and Fire Retirement System is a state retirement system.
posted: 10/12/2013 6:48 a.m.
Legislative leaders Friday circulated their latest proposal to fix the state’s financially ailing public employees health insurance plan and said they hope to secure enough support early next week to merit a special legislative session.
posted: 10/11/2013 2:54 a.m.
The Arkansas Veterans Home Task Force wants the Legislative Council to monitor the state Department of Veterans Affairs’ site-selection process for a new veterans home, the task force chairman, state Sen. Jane English, R-North Little Rock, said Thursday.