Government & Politics Archive

Hutchinson Expects Results From European Trip, Cites Business Leads

by Lance Turner 7/13/2016 10:48 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston officially opened an office in Berlin on Tuesday, as the pair begins to wrap up a trade mission in Europe.

Asa Hutchinson Aims to Set Execution Dates Before January

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/13/2016 10:30 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he hopes to set execution dates before January now that the state has a new supply of a lethal injection drug that had expired last week.

Osceola Sues to Stop Election for New Blytheville Courthouse

by Associated Press 7/13/2016 10:23 am

The city of Osceola is asking a judge to stop a special election where voters will consider a plan for a new courthouse in Blytheville.

Arkansas Says It Has All Drugs Needed for Executions

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/13/2016 06:48 am

Arkansas said Tuesday that it has a new supply of a drug used for lethal injections that had expired last month, potentially clearing the way for the state to resume executions after a decade-long hiatus.

Hillary Clinton Gets Long-Awaited Endorsement From Bernie Sanders

by Associated Press 7/12/2016 11:44 am

Bernie Sanders, whose calls for a political revolution energized millions of voters, bestowed his long-awaited endorsement on Hillary Clinton Tuesday, the Democratic former rivals embracing and praising each other before a cheering crowd of thousands.

Boozman Raises $595K in Last 3 Months for Re-Election Bid

by Associated Press 7/12/2016 09:25 am

Arkansas Republican John Boozman says he's raised more than $595,000 in the past three months for his re-election bid to the U.S. Senate.

Reports Says Arkansas Lottery Sales Up 11.5 Percent

by Associated Press 7/11/2016 12:55 pm

A new report says the Arkansas lottery enjoyed record-breaking sales over the past year that funded an increase in college scholarships in the state.

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Griffin Says He's Seeking Re-Election

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/11/2016 10:01 am

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin says he's seeking re-election in two years, becoming the second statewide official to announce his candidacy in the 2018 election.

3 Groups Submit Petitions for Arkansas Ballot Measures

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/11/2016 07:24 am

Groups trying to get casino legalization, medical marijuana and limits on medical lawsuits before Arkansas voters submitted thousands of signatures to election officials on Friday in hopes of qualifying for the November ballot.

Arkansas Surplus Opens Budget Fight in Legislature (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/11/2016 07:20 am

A $177.4 million state budget surplus is likely to open up a new fight in the Legislature over the push for tax cuts and concerns that services are being jeopardized.

Interim Child Welfare Director Mischa Martin Becomes Permanent Leader

by Associated Press 7/11/2016 07:19 am

The interim director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services' children and family services division has been named its permanent chief.

Leslie Rutledge, John Nabholz to Have Hand in Drafting GOP Platform

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/11/2016 07:06 am

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and businessman John Nabholz say they hope to avoid fights over specific policies and instead focus on the GOP's principles.

Nation's Income Inequality Rising Since Late 1970s

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/11/2016 12:00 am

The increase in income inequality in the United States began in the late 1970s and has continued since the end of the Great Recession, according to a report released last month by the Economic Policy Institute of Washington, D.C.

Politics as Usual? (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 7/11/2016 12:00 am

The reporting that uncovered Maggio's corruption and the reporting that continues to reveal the tentacles of improper influence have been a great service to the state.

Ex-Legislator Named Interim Arkansas Higher Education Chief

by Associated Press 7/8/2016 02:04 pm

A former state lawmaker has been picked as the interim director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

US Job Market Rebounds with June Hiring Surge of 287K

by Associated Press 7/8/2016 07:40 am

Employers shook off two months of weak hiring by adding 287,000 jobs in June, a robust pace that suggests a resilient U.S. economy recovering from a slump early in the year.

Governor Says Deputy Chief of Staff Job Split in 2

by Associated Press 7/7/2016 03:52 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is splitting his deputy chief of staff job into two positions and is promoting his director of constituent services to one of the posts.

Hutchinson Appoints Bobby Martin to Game & Fish Commission

by Alexis Hosticka 7/7/2016 02:38 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday appointed Bobby L. Martin of Rogers to the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission to serve a 7-year term, replacing outgoing commissioner Emon Mahony.

Term Limits Group Says it Won't Qualify for Arkansas Ballot

by Associated Press 7/7/2016 02:27 pm

A group trying to impose strict term limits on Arkansas lawmakers says it won't have enough signatures to qualify for the ballot in November.

Medical Marijuana Measure Approved for Arkansas Ballot

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/7/2016 11:52 am

Arkansas election officials say a proposal to legalize medical marijuana has been approved for the November ballot, putting the issue before the state's voters for the second time in four years.