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Bill Clinton: James Lee Witt Would Bring Clout to Washington

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/6/2014 4:26 pm

Bill Clinton returned to Arkanas Saturday to stump for his former FEMA head's congressional bid, praising James Lee Witt as someone who could go to Washington with bipartisan respect.

Mike Beebe Vetoes Tax Exemption for Drilling Sand

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/17/2014 9:45 am

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed a $5 million tax exemption for the sand used in natural gas drilling on Monday, saying it was unconstitutional for the Legislature to include the tax break in a state agency's budget bill.

Arkansas Opens Filing Period for 2014 Election

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/24/2014 4:33 pm

Vowing to complete a takeover of the state's top offices after recent GOP gains, Republicans running for Arkansas governor and a U.S. Senate seat were among the dozens of candidates who made their bids official as the filing period opened Monday.

Bruce Westerman Pans Virginia's Medicaid Expansion Plan

by Associated Press 2/18/2014 4:11 pm

The war of words between Democratic and Republican lawmakers over whether to accept federal Medicaid funds to provide health insurance to low-income residents continued at the Capitol Tuesday, with members from both parties accusing the other of being out-of-touch obstructionists.

'Private Option' Bill Fails in Arkansas House, 70-27

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/18/2014 4:00 pm

The Arkansas House failed Tuesday to renew the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan, leaving in limbo the future of a program heralded as a model for Republican-leaning states to implement the federal health overhaul.

Bruce Westerman Files Bill to Protect Businesses from Federal Health Care Penalties

by Associated Press 2/10/2014 12:16 pm

Two Arkansas legislators say they want to shield businesses from federal penalties if their operations don't fully comply with the nation's health care law.

Lawmakers to Hear More in Abshure, Stephens Conflict

by Gwen Moritz 1/13/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure took heat from legislators for more than an hour last week, but threatening weather forced the Joint Performance Review Committee to recess before any other witnesses could be heard.

Mark Darr's Stance Invited Ouster Effort (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/12/2014 7:35 am

Mark Darr's stake in the ground turned out to be the nail in his political coffin. Darr's decision to step down as lieutenant governor came three days after the Republican official vowed he wasn't going anywhere. Rather than rallying support, Darr's bold stand only seemed to invite an ouster attempt.

Mark Darr to Resign; Says He'll Leave Office Feb. 1

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/10/2014 10:40 pm

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr says he will leave office Feb. 1, giving in to pressure from Democrats and fellow Republicans who said his impeachment was inevitable over ethics violations tied to his campaign and office spending.

Unknowns Abound in How to Impeach Mark Darr

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/9/2014 9:20 am

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's impeachment over an ethics scandal may be "inevitable" unless he resigns, in the words of a fellow Republican. But before legislators could impeach Darr, they'd have to write the rules for the process, which Arkansas hasn't used in more than 140 years.

Westerman Says Impeachment 'Inevitable,' Darr Sees Political Motives

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/8/2014 9:19 am

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr shows no signs of relenting in his fight to stay in office, a day after a key member of his party said the Republican's impeachment was "inevitable" over ethics violations tied to his office and campaign spending.

James Lee Witt to Run for Arkansas' 4th District Congressional Seat

by Associated Press 11/5/2013 4:35 pm

Former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director James Lee Witt is preparing to announce whether he'll run for the Democratic nomination for a south Arkansas congressional seat.

Quick Legislative Session Sets Stage for Future Fights (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/20/2013 9:24 am

It took a little more than 33 hours for Arkansas lawmakers to breeze through a marathon special session called to address rising teacher health insurance rates. But the ongoing fights from the session may linger for years.

Arkansas Panel Backs Retaining Property Tax Money

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/18/2013 8:29 am

A proposal to allow Arkansas to retain excess property tax revenue from a handful of school districts won the backing of a Senate committee Thursday, but faced opposition from the top Republican in the House and superintendents from the districts.

Competing Bills Filed Over Arkansas School Money

by Associated Press 10/17/2013 2:10 pm

Competing proposals have been filed in the state Legislature over the state's efforts to reclaim excess property tax revenues from a handful of Arkansas school districts.

Tommy Moll Outraises Bruce Westerman in 4th District Race

by Associated Press 10/16/2013 7:10 am

Hot Springs businessman Tommy Moll has outraised state House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman over the past three months as the two Republicans launched their bids for a south Arkansas congressional seat.

Mark Darr's Rivals Wish Him Well After Bid Dropped

by Associated Press 8/29/2013 11:28 am

Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's former rivals for a south Arkansas congressional seat are wishing him well after Darr dropped his bid amid questions about his campaign finance reports.

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr Drops Out of Race for 4th District

by Associated Press 8/29/2013 8:16 am

Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Darr said Thursday that he's dropping out of the race for a seat in Congress representing south Arkansas amid ethics questions over his campaign finance reports. The decision came less than three weeks after Darr announced he was seeking the 4th District seat, hoping to replace incumbent Tom Cotton. Cotton, a Republican, is challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor next year.

Republican Tommy Moll Enters 4th District Race

by Associated Press 8/19/2013 8:21 am

A Hot Springs businessman has joined the race to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton in Arkansas' 4th District.

Arkansas GOP Grapples with Health Law Fight (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/18/2013 3:04 pm

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr and state House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman won office both vowing to kill the president's signature health care law. Now the two rivals are clashing over who hates the health overhaul more.

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