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The Haves & Have-Nots (Feedback)

by Randy Oates 2/10/2014 12:00 am

It is most disappointing, as the middle class declines and the gap between the “haves” and “have-nots” widens, that there are still elected officials who believe “it is not the government's role to provide for able-bodied people.”

The End of the Private Option (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 1/29/2014 02:31 pm

The private option is the major issue facing the General Assembly in the upcoming fiscal session. The impact on the state economy and business climate will be significant, but the outlook for reauthorization is grim.

In the Meantime, Sen. Hester … (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 1/27/2014 12:00 am

The private option provides a long-overdue lifeline to working people who have not managed to break into the middle class. Now our state is on the cusp of taking a giant step backward, taking away the private insurance that just began to provide a modicum of security for people living on the edge.

Arkansas Senate OKs Unemployment Drug Testing, Benefit Cut

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/9/2013 07:15 am

The 85,000 Arkansas residents receiving unemployment benefits could see their payments drop and would have to submit to random drug testing under a pair of bills the Republican-controlled state Senate approved Monday, which Democrats criticized as unfair to those seeking work.

Bill Would Help Appointed Judges on Ballots

by Mark Friedman 4/8/2013 12:00 am

Senate Bill 694 would allow judges who have been appointed and who have served at least a year to use the title of “judge” before their names on the ballot in an election for a judicial office. Now only incumbent elected judges are allowed to use the title when seeking re-election or election to another position.

Death Penalty Opponents Seek Its Abolition in Arkansas

by Jeannie Nuss 1/30/2013 03:38 pm

Death penalty opponents called on Arkansas lawmakers Wednesday to abolish capital punishment after Gov. Mike Beebe said earlier this month that he would sign legislation outlawing the punishment if it were to reach his desk.

More Execution Legislation To Be filed in Arkansas

by Jeannie Nuss 1/22/2013 07:35 am

More execution legislation is expected to crop up in the coming weeks as policymakers and lawmakers try to come up with a new lethal injection law after the Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the one on the books last year.