Government & Politics Archive

John Stacks, Mountain Pure Owner, Convicted of Seven Federal Counts

by Gwen Moritz 10/9/2014 06:13 pm

A federal court jury deliberated for most of three days before reporting that it was hung on three additional counts of money laundering.

Mike Huckabee Campaigns for Republicans in Arkansas

by Associated Press 10/9/2014 05:00 pm

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is campaigning for Republicans on his home turf, finding that a political landscape that had been dominated by Democrats since Reconstruction is now a two-party state.

At Arkansas Supreme Court, Arguments For, Against Including Alcohol Measure

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 10/9/2014 04:48 pm

A lawyer challenging a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize alcohol sales statewide tells Arkansas' highest court that the secretary of state should have opened his office on Independence Day to process petitions and avoid missing a deadline.

Arkansas Supreme Court Won't Delay Proceedings in Gay Marriage Case

by Associated Press 10/9/2014 10:11 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court has refused to delay proceedings in a lawsuit challenging the legality of the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Study: Voter ID Laws Cut Turnout by Blacks, Young

by Associated Press 10/9/2014 08:46 am

States that stiffened their voter identification laws saw drops in election turnout, with disproportionate effect on blacks and younger people, according to a nonpartisan congressional study released Wednesday.

Judge Dismisses Complaint Against Fort Smith

by Associated Press 10/9/2014 08:23 am

An Arkansas judge has dismissed a Freedom of Information Act complaint against Fort Smith's city clerk.

Mike & Asa, Reloaded (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 10/8/2014 03:03 pm

Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson have been locked in a competitive battle for governor. Personality, particularly the reinvention of Hutchinson, has been an influential factor in the race and may, more than any issue, affect its outcome.

Eric Holder: Ferguson Highlights Need for Collaboration

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/8/2014 01:07 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder says the unrest after a police officer in Missouri fatally shot an unarmed black man in August shows law enforcement can't let tensions with the community go unresolved.

Tom Cotton Raises $3.8M During 3rd Quarter for Bid

by Associated Press 10/8/2014 09:35 am

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's campaign says he's raised nearly $4 million over the past three months as he heads into the final weeks of his bid for a Senate seat in Arkansas.

ARK Challenge: Politapoll Aims to Give Voice to Disenfranchised

by Mark Carter 10/8/2014 08:50 am

Politapoll, a startup participating in the fourth installment of the ARK Challenge accelerator, enables citizens to tell their legislators exactly where they fall on specific issues and also provides a legislative report card to constituents.

#ARPX TV Ads Reviewed, Part II (Robert Coon & Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Robert Coon and Blake Rutherford 10/8/2014 07:50 am

Part 2 in our series looking at Arkansas political ads. Columnists Robert Coon and Blake Rutherford offer their critiques of TV spots in the races for Arkansas lieutenant governor, Arkansas attorney general, 4th District Congress and 2nd District Congress.

Mike Ross, Asa Hutchinson Trade Jabs on Tax Cuts, Wage Hike

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/7/2014 08:47 pm

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson is deriding Democratic rival Mike Ross' tax cut plan as "pie in the sky" while Ross is accusing the GOP candidate of flip-flopping on a minimum wage hike as the two square off in a televised debate.

Even an Ozarks Coroner Gets Surplus Military Guns

by Associated Press 10/7/2014 11:52 am

Doug Wortham used a Defense Department giveaway program for law enforcement to stock his office with an assault rifle, a handgun and a Humvee. Wortham is the Sharp County, Arkansas, coroner.

Wal-Mart Cuts Health Benefits for Some Part-Timers

by Associated Press 10/7/2014 11:46 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation's largest private employer.

Arkansas Lawmakers Begin Budget Hearings

by Associated Press 10/7/2014 10:50 am

Arkansas lawmakers began talks Tuesday about crafting next year's budget amid the uncertainty of the midterm elections and competing demands for increased funding for prisons, schools and other needs.

What to Watch For In Today's Mike Ross, Asa Hutchinson KATV Debate

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/7/2014 07:34 am

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson and Democratic rival Mike Ross are squaring off for their second live televised debate in the race for Arkansas' top office.

In Conway, Bill Clinton Asks Arkansas Voters to Avoid Protest Vote

by Associated Press 10/6/2014 02:06 pm

Former President Bill Clinton is urging Arkansas voters to not use the midterm election as a protest vote against the White House as he kicks off a series of rallies to help Democrats in his home state.

DHS Says Ted Suhl Was 'Person C' in Steven Jones Bribery Case

by Gwen Moritz 10/6/2014 01:31 pm

Ted Suhl, owner of behavioral health companies, including one formerly called Lord's Ranch, has been identified by the Arkansas Department of Human Services as "Person C," who allegedly provided bribes to former DHS Deputy Director Steven B. Jones.

Bill Clinton to Lead Rallies in Conway, Jonesboro

by Associated Press 10/6/2014 11:32 am

Former President Bill Clinton is headlining a series of rallies around the state this week to drum up support for Arkansas Democrats.

Arkansas Supreme Court to Hear Arguments Over Alcohol Sales

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/6/2014 10:03 am

A case heading to Arkansas' highest court this week could determine whether the state's voters can decide to expand alcohol sales throughout the state. It could also determine whether a proposal to raise the minimum wage also remains on the ballot.