Government & Politics Archive

Judge Rules Martha Shoffner Corruption Conviction Will Stand

by Christina Huynh, The Associated Press 4/15/2014 05:05 pm

A federal judge has upheld the corruption conviction of Arkansas' former treasurer, rejecting her request to have the case heard by state authorities.

Mark Pryor: $1.2M Raised in First 3 Months of '14

by Associated Press 4/15/2014 04:22 pm

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's campaign says he's raised $1.22 million in the first three months of the year, trailing his Republican rival during the quarter but boasting a larger war chest in his re-election bid.

Mike Ross Bests Asa Hutchinson in Governor's Race Fundraising

by Associated Press 4/15/2014 04:21 pm

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross is reporting he bested his two Republican rivals for Arkansas governor in fundraising last month.

Tom Cotton: $1.3M Raised in 1Q for Senate Run

by Associated Press 4/15/2014 07:12 am

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's campaign on Monday said he's raised more than $1.35 million in the first three months of the year in his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas this fall.

Arkansas GOP to Intervene in Voter ID Lawsuit

by Associated Press 4/14/2014 09:26 am

A state judge is allowing the Arkansas Republican Party to intervene in a lawsuit over the way absentee ballots are handled under a new voter ID law.

More Million-Dollar Homes Sold in Pulaski County During 2013

by Mark Friedman 4/14/2014 12:00 am

Seven-figure home sales in Pulaski County saw a slight increase in 2013. During the year, 14 homes sold for $1 million or more, which compares with either 12 or 13 in 2012.

Jonesboro Liquor Sales Up 5.26 Percent in 2013

by Mark Friedman 4/14/2014 12:00 am

Establishments in Jonesboro sold $8.2 million worth of alcohol in 2013, which was up $408,255, or 5.26 percent, over 2012's numbers.

The Way We Were (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/14/2014 12:00 am

When state Sen. Jane English supported the private option in exchange for Gov. Mike Beebe's promise to institute workforce training reform in Arkansas, the North Little Rock lawmaker demonstrated what has become a too rare commitment “to getting things done.”

A Wet State of Mind (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/14/2014 12:00 am

I used to think I was just so darn clever, but that was before I saw Little Rock attorney David Couch in action. He did the math and realized that it would be easier and cheaper to collect the 78,000 signatures needed to get an amendment making Arkansas counties wet to the state Constitution on the November general election ballot — just 10 percent of voters in the last gubernatorial election — than to collect 38 percent of registered voter signatures in one county after another.

Abortion Ban Appeal Puts New Focus on Social Issues (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/13/2014 07:28 am

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's decision to appeal a ruling striking down Arkansas' 12-week abortion ban could inject a new focus on abortion and other social issues into dozens of statewide and legislative races.

Lafayette County Treasurer Indicted for Stealing $162,000, Pleads Not Guilty

by Mark Friedman 4/11/2014 02:54 pm

A federal grand jury has indicted the Lafayette County treasurer on two counts tied to embezzling at least $162,000 from the Lafayette County Treasurer's Office.

Mark Pryor, 10 Other Senate Democrats to Tell Obama to Approve Keystone Pipeline

by Associated Press 4/10/2014 01:46 pm

Eleven Senate Democrats are urging President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May.

Arkansas Election Board Approves Absentee Ballot Rules

by Associated Press 4/9/2014 02:51 pm

Arkansas' board of election commissioners has approved a set of proposed, permanent rules for absentee ballots.

Health Care and the GOP Dilemma (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 4/9/2014 01:00 pm

It has been an important week for proponents of the Affordable Care Act. Positive developments in enrollment and favorable economic conditions present a dilemma for Republicans, particularly those who pursue a singular strategy in November.

Ethics Complaint Against Tom Cotton Dismissed

by Associated Press 4/9/2014 12:51 pm

An ethics panel has dismissed a complaint that accused Republican Senate hopeful Tom Cotton of soliciting contributions illegally during a radio interview at his congressional office in the U.S. Capitol.

AERT to Pay $44K Fine In Fatal Fire

by Marty Cook 4/9/2014 10:43 am

Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies of Springdale agreed to pay fines of $44,000 for violations related to a fatal fire in July.

Small Businesses in Limbo Again on Tax Breaks

by Associated Press 4/9/2014 10:32 am

Small businesses are in limbo as they wait for Congress to make decisions that could save them a lot of money.

CMS Database Shows Medicare Payments to Doctors, Others in 2012

by Lance Turner 4/9/2014 09:17 am

The Wall Street Journal has published a searchable database of information made public by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The list shows total Medicare payments to doctors and other health care providers across the country, including Arkansas, in 2012.

Jobless Rates Fall in All Arkansas Metros

by Mark Carter 4/9/2014 09:11 am

Unemployment rates dropped year over year in all seven Arkansas metropolitan areas surveyed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to data released Wednesday.

Arkansas' Transparency Grade Improves to B- in Latest Report

by Lee Hogan 4/8/2014 09:56 am

Two years ago, Arkansas received an F grade in the U.S. Public Interest Research Group's annual government spending transparency report. This year, Arkansas received a B- grade, marking two years of improvement.