Government & Politics Archive

Asa Hutchinson Taps Wes Ward for Ag Secretary

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/13/2015 05:16 pm

Ward, an Arkansas State University graduate, has degrees agricultural business and in agricultural and food law. He also served as a captain and civil affairs officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

Asa Hutchinson Announces Members of Common Core Review Council

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/13/2015 02:44 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday announced the members of his Governor's Council on Common Core Review, which will be chaired by Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin. The governor's office said the members were chosen from more than 700 applicants and come from every corner of the state.

House Committee Endorses Constitutional Amendments, Including Voter ID Reinstatement

by Associated Press 3/13/2015 11:04 am

The committee on Friday advanced five proposals to a joint committee that will consider which ones should be placed on the 2016 ballot. One proposal would reinstate the voter ID requirement that the state Supreme Court found unconstitutional in October.

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan Pays $1,000 Fine for Hiring Relative

by Associated Press 3/13/2015 10:50 am

Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan has agreed to pay a $1,000 fine for hiring his cousin to work in the treasurer's office and is reimbursing the state nearly $7,000 in salary his cousin was paid.

Hot Springs Chamber Gets Honor from US Chamber of Commerce

by Associated Press 3/13/2015 08:54 am

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Hot Springs chamber with five-star accreditation for what it says are sound policies, effective organization and positive impact on the community.

Arkansas Lawmakers Clearing 2020 Path for Sen. Tom Cotton

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/12/2015 04:47 pm

Lawmakers in U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton home state of Arkansas are clearing the path for a 2020 White House bid that the freshman Republican hasn't even floated as a possibility.

Applications for US Unemployment Benefits Fall Sharply

by Associated Press 3/12/2015 10:57 am

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, a sign that strong hiring will likely continue.

Henry Awards Presented at Arkansas Governor's Conference on Tourism

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/12/2015 10:41 am

Troy Keeping, president and CEO of Southland Racing and Gaming in West Memphis, was named Tourism Person of the Year, and Greg Butts, director of Arkansas State Parks, and Joe David Rice, director of Arkansas Tourism, were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame.

Hutchinson Signs Bill That Could Protect Rural Schools from Consolidation

by Associated Press 3/12/2015 06:59 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday signed a measure that could protect rural school districts from consolidation through a decade-old bill designed to ensure equal funding across the state.

Eddie Armstrong: Justin Harris Case A Distraction to Legislature

by Associated Press 3/11/2015 02:55 pm

The minority leader in the Arkansas House wants the speaker and governor to consider removing a lawmaker who gave his adopted daughters to a man who later admitted to sexually abusing one of them.

Former State Sen. Paul Bookout Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

by Gwen Moritz 3/11/2015 02:53 pm

Former state Sen. Paul Bookout pleaded guilty in federal court to a single count of mail fraud for misusing $150,000 in campaign contributions for personal benefit.

Arkansas Senate Panel Backs Unemployment Benefit Cut

by Associated Press 3/11/2015 01:54 pm

A measure is heading to the state Senate that would reduce the unemployment benefits that out-of-work Arkansans can receive.

Arkansas House Panel Rejects Bill to Reduce Light Pollution

by Associated Press 3/11/2015 12:54 pm

Republican Rep. Stephen Meeks says his bill would save tax dollars and protect the environment. The 13-page bill would require city and county governments to use energy efficient lighting when replacing fixtures and attempt to reduce glare from billboards and onto private property.

Arkansas Poultry Officials Say Avian Flu Found in Turkeys

by Associated Press 3/11/2015 12:52 pm

The Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission said Wednesday it was following federal protocols to ensure the affected birds did not enter the food supply.

Meat Industry Fights New Dietary Proposal

by Associated Press 3/11/2015 11:23 am

The meat industry is swiftly and aggressively working to discredit a proposal for new dietary guidelines that recommends people eat less red and processed meat.

Arkansas Bill Would Pave Way for Tom Cotton White House Bid

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/10/2015 04:05 pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton is barely into his third month in office, but a lawmaker in his home state of Arkansas wants to let the freshman Republican run for re-election and the White House in 2020.

GOP Senator Behind Iran letter: Hard-Charging Rookie

by Associated Press 3/10/2015 02:31 pm

The rookie Republican senator leading the effort to torpedo an agreement with Iran is an Army veteran with a Harvard law degree who has a full record of tough rhetoric against President Barack Obama's foreign policy.

Arkansas Senate Gives Final OK to Hair Braiding Bill

by Associated Press 3/10/2015 07:35 am

Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to legislation allowing African-style hair braiders to practice without a cosmetology license.

Arkansas House Backs Cut in Unemployment Benefits

by Associated Press 3/10/2015 07:34 am

The state House has approved cutting the unemployment benefits that out-of-work Arkansans currently receive.

Arkansas Granted Right to Intervene in EPA Lawsuit

by Associated Press 3/10/2015 07:30 am

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is allowing the state to join a lawsuit challenging a federal proposal aimed at cutting pollution from power plants.