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Some Top Arkansas Republicans Not Sold on Donald Trump (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/9/2016 6:53 am

After eight years of forcing state Democrats to keep their party's standard bearer at arm's length, top Arkansas Republicans are now grappling with a presumptive nominee who wasn't their first, second or even last choice.

Backup Medicaid Plan Requires Leap of Faith (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/18/2016 7:00 am

With a backup plan to save Arkansas' Medicaid expansion by defunding it, Gov. Asa Hutchinson will need a leap of faith from political foes on both sides of the aisle to prevent thousands of poor people losing their health coverage.

Arkansas Lawmakers Head Toward Standoff on Medicaid Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/13/2016 7:08 pm

Arkansas lawmakers barreled toward a budget standoff over the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion as they began their legislative session Wednesday, with opponents showing little sign of retreating from their push to defund the program

Legislators File Proposal to End Hybrid Medicaid Expansion

by Associated Press 4/13/2016 1:05 pm

Opponents of Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion have filed a proposal to cap enrollment in the program and terminate the expanded coverage by year's end.

Tougher Fight Ahead on Arkansas Medicaid Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/11/2016 6:47 am

The Legislature's approval of bills outlining Asa Hutchinson's proposed restrictions for the hybrid expansion are a preview of the debate he's about to face with fellow Republicans who have vowed to block its funding.

Arkansas Lawmakers Shop Competing Budget Plans (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/21/2016 7:08 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed off his plan to present two budget proposals. But that doesn't mean the Legislature won't have a slew of competing ideas on how to spend the state's money.

TLC Pulls Duggar Family Series Amid Misconduct Reports

by Associated Press 5/22/2015 3:16 pm

TLC says it has pulled the reality series "19 Kids and Counting" from its schedule, a move that follows reports of sexual misconduct allegations against Josh Duggar from when he was a juvenile.

DFA Director Larry Walther Forecasts Rise in State Revenue

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 5/7/2015 6:43 am

Arkansas officials Wednesday revised the state's general revenue forecast for the current fiscal year, predicting a 2.1 percentage point increase over the previous forecast.

Bid to Repeal Arkansas Anti-Discrimination Limits Advances

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/24/2015 7:44 am

An effort to repeal a new Arkansas law preventing local governments from extending anti-discrimination protections to gays and lesbians moved closer toward appearing on next year's ballot Thursday.

Little Rock Approves Anti-Discrimination Protections

by Associated Press 4/22/2015 6:54 am

Little Rock officials voted Tuesday to prohibit the city and companies contracting with it from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity, challenging a new Arkansas law criticized as anti-gay.

Arkansas Cities Push Back Against Laws Cast As Anti-Gay

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/21/2015 6:55 am

After the state faced widespread backlash over measures critics cast as anti-gay, several Arkansas cities worried about the economic fallout are challenging the new laws by expanding their anti-discrimination protections.

Bart Hester Proposes Cut to Higher Education Funding

by Associated Press 3/17/2015 3:21 pm

An Arkansas lawmaker says the state should cut funding for public colleges and universities as much as $14.6 million.

Arkansas Lawmakers Clearing 2020 Path for Sen. Tom Cotton

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/12/2015 4:47 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.

Arkansas Bill Would Pave Way for Tom Cotton White House Bid

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/10/2015 4:05 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.

Arkansas Senate OKs Bill to Bar Anti-discrimination Laws

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/9/2015 5:03 pm

The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would bar local governments from making it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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 2:31 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.

House Panel Rejects Unemployment Benefits Cut

by Associated Press 4/15/2013 1:49 pm

A House panel has rejected legislation that would have cut the maximum amount of unemployment benefits paid out by Arkansas.

Arkansas Senate OKs Unemployment Drug Testing, Benefit Cut

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/9/2013 7:15 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.