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Spencer Willems

Capitol reporter

Capitol reporter

Recent Stories by Spencer Willems

Dinner seen as due for re-brand

posted: 07/29/2015 3:25 a.m. Comments 7

The days are likely numbered for calling the state Democratic Party's largest annual fundraiser the "Jefferson-Jackson Dinner," party Chairman Vince Insalaco said Tuesday.

State's top courts raise clerk pay from 1% to 36.8%

posted: 07/26/2015 3:29 a.m. Discuss

After receiving sizable pay raises this year, members of the Arkansas Supreme Court have now given pay raises to their top aides. But, the raises that Supreme Court law clerks received far outpace those given to the state Court of Appeals law clerks.

Panel: No Hog-ticket deals for lawmakers

posted: 07/25/2015 3:49 a.m. Discuss

Regardless of whether the preferential treatment comes from the University of Arkansas itself or from the Razorback Foundation, lawmakers can't get access to Razorback tickets unless they pay the same fees as everybody else, the Arkansas Ethics Commission ruled Friday.

Panel: No lawmaker Hogs ticket discount

posted: 07/25/2015 1:03 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK -- Regardless of whether the preferential treatment comes from the University of Arkansas itself or from the Razorback Foundation, lawmakers can't get access to Razorback tickets unless they pay the same fees as everybody else, the Arkansas Ethics Commission ruled Friday.

Member exits early from Parole Board

posted: 07/21/2015 4:47 a.m. Comment 1

Little Rock attorney Richard Mays Jr. ended his eight-year tenure on the state Parole Board on Friday, citing "professional and personal obligations" in a brief resignation letter.

GOP tenets lambasted by Clinton

posted: 07/19/2015 4:51 a.m. Gallery Comments 8

At a North Little Rock political fundraiser Saturday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton accused Republicans of promoting regressive policies on taxes, job creation and the environment.

Clinton in uphill fight in Arkansas, most say

posted: 07/19/2015 3:21 a.m. Comments 3

When Hillary Rodham Clinton last visited Arkansas as a presidential candidate running against Barack Obama, a Democrat was in the Governor's Mansion, and Democrats held all of the state's other constitutional offices.

Governor vows family agency fix

posted: 07/17/2015 4:04 a.m. Comments 7

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that Arkansas must hire 200 more caseworkers to ease pressure on overwhelmed employees in the child-welfare division of the Department of Human Services.

Parolee surge a strain, lawmakers told

posted: 07/14/2015 4:42 a.m. Discuss

The prison and parolee population is growing faster in Arkansas than any other state, national criminal justice experts said Monday.

New search law has fans, critics

posted: 07/13/2015 5:35 a.m. Comments 9

Some Arkansas law enforcement officials are hailing a new state law that broadens their authority to search parolees and probationers.

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