Government & Politics Archive

Email Issue Revives Old Questions About Clintons

by Julie Pace, The Associated Press 3/4/2015 06:50 am

Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing a new set of questions about ethics and transparency - the sort that have dogged her and husband Bill for decades.

Tim Griffin Backs Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Ballot Change

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/3/2015 06:18 pm

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin said Tuesday he's backing a lawmaker's push for his office to no longer be a separately elected position and instead have Arkansas' No. 2 constitutional officer appear on the ballot as the governor's running mate.

Senate OKs Relaxing Rules on Forming New Districts

by Associated Press 3/3/2015 06:05 pm

The Arkansas Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill easing restrictions on the creation of new school districts.

Group Touts Arkansas Businesses Promoting LGBT Diversity

by Associated Press 3/3/2015 01:22 pm

A national group is touting more than 100 Arkansas businesses that it says are promoting diversity for gays and lesbians as it fights "conscience protection" legislation that critics say would justify discrimination.

US Supreme Court Allows Challenge to Colorado Internet Tax Law

by Associated Press 3/3/2015 11:50 am

A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that federal courts can hear a dispute over Colorado's Internet tax law. One justice suggested it was time to reconsider the ban on state collection of sales taxes from companies outside their borders.

Arkansas Revenue Remains Ahead of Forecast for Year

by Associated Press 3/3/2015 09:51 am

Arkansas finance officials say a boost in sales tax collections and lower than expected tax refunds helped keep the state's revenue ahead of forecast last month.

Texarkana, Arkansas, Board Sets Travel Limits Amid Flap

by Associated Press 3/3/2015 07:30 am

Members of the Texarkana, Arkansas, City Board have approved a $1,200 limit on annual travel expenses for themselves after one member wanted to set the amount at $5,200.

Arkansas AG Opposes Effort to Lift Stay in Gay Marriage Case

by Associated Press 3/3/2015 06:54 am

The Arkansas attorney general's office on Monday asked a federal judge who struck down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional to not allow same-sex couples to wed while the ruling is being appealed.

Members of Arkansas Task Force to Study Medicaid Plan Named

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/3/2015 06:50 am

Twelve Republicans and four Democrats have been named to a legislative task force studying alternatives for covering the thousands of people currently on Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion.

Arkansas Senate OKs State Prison Overhaul Plan

by Associated Press 3/3/2015 06:49 am

The Arkansas Senate has approved a key part of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to ease overcrowding of state inmates at local jails.

Mark Pryor Takes Job with Venable

by Associated Press 3/3/2015 06:47 am

Former U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is taking a job with a Washington law firm's government affairs practice, months after the Democrat lost his bid for a third term representing Arkansas.

Arkansas Senate OKs State Prison Overhaul Plan

by Associated Press 3/2/2015 04:29 pm

By a 33-0 vote, the Senate approved legislation on Monday authorizing a partnership with counties around the state on regional facilities to hold inmates. The legislation, which now heads to the House, also allows inmates to apply for Medicaid benefits and provides avenues for them to enroll in drug and alcohol programs.

School Consolidation Waivers Endorsed by Arkansas House

by Associated Press 3/2/2015 04:10 pm

The House voted 95-0 Monday to allow school districts with fewer than 350 students to apply for a waiver from the state. Smaller districts that meet academic, fiscal and facility standards set by the state would be eligible to avoid consolidation with a nearby district.

Nine Billionaires with Arkansas Ties Make Forbes 500 List

by Mark Carter 3/2/2015 10:33 am

Nine billionaires with Arkansas ties find themselves on the most recent Forbes 500 list of the world's richest people, released this week.

Texarkana Airport Faces $88k Shortfall, Could Face Downgrade

by Associated Press 3/2/2015 10:01 am

The director of the Texarkana Regional Airport says its status as a commerical regional airport could be in danger.

Of Ethics Reform and Tradeoffs (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/2/2015 12:00 am

Didn't Arkansans just vote for the kind of no-tolerance ban on wining and dining that State Legislatures Magazine gave us credit for? And yet there's clearly a loophole in it big enough for a half-dozen open bars every day.

How Others See Us (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/2/2015 12:00 am

Right now Arkansas is getting attention from big businesses, and not in a good way. SB202, which became law last week without Gov. Asa Hutchinson's signature, is called the Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act and its supposed purpose was to keep different cities in Arkansas from confusing companies by providing legal protection from discrimination for different classes of employees. Its real purpose and effect, of course, was to prevent any city from protecting homosexuals from workplace discrimination the way Fayetteville tried, unsuccessfully, to do.

Beer Tourism Contributing to Growth in Industry

by Sean Beherec 3/2/2015 12:00 am

Tourism officials around the state are banking on growing interest in craft beers, leveraging the brewing industry's popularity to draw business to breweries and to the state's other attractions.

Update: Baptist Health-NLR Agrees to $2.7 Million Settlement for Medicare Billing Dispute

by Gwen Moritz 2/27/2015 04:06 pm

The U.S. Attorney in Little Rock announced Friday that Baptist Health's North Little Rock hospital had agreed to settle claims it was falsely reimbursed for "short stay" patients in 2008 and 2009.

Arkansas OKs Measures Urging Balanced Budget Amendment

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/27/2015 01:04 pm

An Arkansas House panel has advanced a pair of measures aimed at forcing a constitutional convention to take up a federal balanced budget amendment.