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3 Groups Submit Petitions for Arkansas Ballot Measures

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/11/2016 7:24 am

Groups trying to get casino legalization, medical marijuana and limits on medical lawsuits before Arkansas voters submitted thousands of signatures to election officials on Friday in hopes of qualifying for the November ballot.

Hundreds Paid to Gather Signatures for Arkansas Initiatives

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/5/2016 6:51 am

Hundreds of paid workers have been gathering signatures for initiative campaigns around Arkansas as they try to meet this week's deadline to submit petitions to get their proposals on the November ballot.

Month-Long Sprint Begins for Petition Signatures (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/13/2016 7:03 am

Canvassers are in a month-long sprint to gather thousands of signatures for proposed ballot issues. Depending on how things fall, Arkansas voters might have a chance to consider multiple marijuana-related proposals this fall.

Attorney David Couch Wields Initiatives To Change the Law

by Jan Cottingham 6/13/2016 12:00 am

David Couch’s law practice is increasingly devoted to voter-initiated acts and constitutional amendments.

Arkansas Court Rejects Lawsuit Over Campaign Finance Measure

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/19/2016 3:46 pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit challenging the attorney general's decision to reject the wording of a ballot measure that would impose new campaign finance and ethics restrictions on elected officials.

Leslie Rutledge Rejects Wording of Campaign Finance Measure

by Associated Press 4/27/2016 6:56 am

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand the state's ban on lobbyist gifts to elected officials.

Arkansas Attorney General Approves Wording of Medical Marijuana Proposal

by Associated Press 2/18/2016 6:47 am

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge approved the wording of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana on Wednesday, clearing the way for supporters to try and put the measure on the November ballot.

Several Ballot Measures Just Need Signatures

by Gwen Moritz 2/15/2016 12:00 am

Marijuana, alcohol and a new limit on legislative referrals have been certified and may appear on the statewide ballot later this year if enough signature are collected from registered voters.

Arkansas Attorney General Rejects David Couch's Marijuana Proposal

by Associated Press 12/4/2015 7:41 am

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in the state.

David Couch Ready To Deal Attorney General New Marijuana Initiative

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/13/2015 12:00 am

David Couch, the Little Rock attorney who got approval to collect signatures for two ballot items concerning alcohol laws, says he’s about to pop the cork on something even bigger.

Group Drops Bid to Repeal Anti-Discrimination Limits in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/19/2015 7:44 am

A group dropped its campaign on Thursday to repeal an Arkansas law aimed at prohibiting cities and counties from extending anti-discrimination protections to gays and lesbians.

Matt Campbell of the Blue Hog Report Keeps on Digging

by Jan Cottingham 6/8/2015 12:00 am

Matt Campbell, viewing Arkansas politics with the eyes of a liberal outsider trained in the law, has brought down three major public officials in the last two years because, he says, he doesn’t like bullies and he thinks people should play by the rules.

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.

Nursing Home King Michael Morton Expanding His Empire

by Mark Friedman 3/16/2015 12:00 am

Even though Michael Morton has been hit by shrapnel from former Faulkner County Circuit Judge Michael Maggio’s bribery scandal, the Fort Smith nursing home magnate is pushing forward with plans to expand his empire.

Attorney General Approves Wording for Statewide Alcohol Proposal

by Gwen Moritz 2/3/2015 3:59 pm

State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has given approval to the wording of an amendment to make all counties in Arkansas wet — the same proposal that failed in the November General Election.

If Arkansas Goes Wet, ABC Has Plan

by Jan Cottingham 9/29/2014 12:00 am

If Arkansans vote in November to open up the entire state to alcohol sales for the first time since the mid-1930s — and that remains a fairly big if — the man in charge of implementing the new order has a plan.

Alcohol Fight Focuses on Local Control (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/15/2014 8:31 am

Near Arkansas' state Capitol, a billboard erected by opponents of a ballot measure to legalize alcohol sales statewide doesn't warn voters about potential dangers of expanded drinking. Instead, it tells them to vote to "keep tax dollars here."

Oral Arguments Set Over Measure to Legalize Alcohol Sales in Arkansas

by Associated Press 9/11/2014 10:42 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments next month in the lawsuit challenging a proposal to legalize alcohol sales in all 75 of the state's counties.

Arkansas, You’re All Wet (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 9/8/2014 12:00 am

It is a shame that, if my expectation comes true and the all-wet amendment passes in November, no Arkansan will have the option of living in a dry county and no county will have the option of being dry. But let us not forget how and why we got to this point.

Tough Road for Ethics, Term Limits Item (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/27/2014 3:42 pm

A proposal to restrict lobbyists' gifts to lawmakers and loosen Arkansas' term limits was touted as a way to put major ethics reforms on the ballot. But the proposed constitutional amendment is facing growing opposition focused primarily on its term limits provisions.