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Marriage Ruling Opens Fight Within Arkansas GOP (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/12/2015 1:28 pm

A social conservative who once called for banning gay couples from becoming foster parents, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson was an unlikely foil for members of his own party outraged at the U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down same-sex marriage bans nationwide.

Groups Call for Hindu, Satanic, Vegan Displays at Arkansas Capitol

by Allen Reed, The Associated Press 7/7/2015 3:43 pm

Existing statues that honor Confederate soldiers, firefighters and the Little Rock Nine might be joined by tributes for vegans, a monkey-faced deity and a cloven-hooved demon.

Farmers Insurance Now Offers Rideshare Coverage

by Austin DuVall 7/6/2015 12:00 am

Farmers Insurance recently announced that it has begun offering Arkansas drivers rideshare insurance coverage in response to the state’s new ride-sharing law, Act 1267, which was signed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in early April.

Arkansas leaders try to diffuse war of words on gay marriage

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 7/3/2015 6:00 pm

Opposition from Arkansas legislative leaders to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling lifting the ban on gay marriage nationwide bubbled over into a war of words late Thursday between the state's legislative and executive branches.

Arkansas Republicans Shift from Marriage Fight (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/29/2015 7:18 am

In Arkansas, the GOP backlash against same-sex marriage included a governor who accused justices of disregarding Arkansans' beliefs and a conservative activist calling the decision "illegitimate." But it didn't include a call for the state to defy the nation's highest court.

Jason Rapert Supports Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

by Associated Press 6/26/2015 1:39 pm

A Republican legislator says he believes Arkansas and other states should push for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning gay marriage after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage.

Jason Rapert: Arkansas Needs a New Look at Levees

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/24/2015 3:28 pm

Changes to Arkansas' levee system after recent flooding in the state should be on the agenda if the Legislature is called back into session to take up the future of its health insurance marketplace, a key lawmaker said Wednesday.

ACLU Monitoring Ten Commandments Monument Law

by Mark Friedman 6/8/2015 12:00 am

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas is monitoring the progress of a new law that allows the state of Arkansas to place a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Capitol in Little Rock.

Arkansas Senate OKs Ten Commandments Monument

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/26/2015 6:58 am

The Arkansas Senate voted Wednesday to allow a Ten Commandments display to be built near the Capitol, a move the lawmaker has called a nod to history but critics have said would amount to the state endorsing religion.

Proposed Ten Commandments Display Advances to Senate Vote

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/25/2015 6:56 am

A day after it stalled before a legislative panel, an effort to allow a privately funded monument to the Ten Commandments near the Arkansas Capitol advanced to the state Senate on Tuesday for a vote.

EPA Proposals Threaten Arkansas (Jason Rapert Commentary)

by Jason Rapert 10/20/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas is fortunate to have among the lowest electricity prices in the nation. Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency’s newest proposed carbon rule poses a grave threat to our ability to produce electricity affordably and reliably, and that spells bad news for homeowners and business owners across the state.

State Senate A Lock for GOP, but House Up in Air

by Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 10/19/2014 1:03 pm

Voters can begin casting early ballots Monday in Arkansas' midterm election and while the top-of-the-ticket U.S. Senate and governor's races have dominated the airwaves, a handful of legislative races could determine whether more than 200,000 people keep their health insurance under the state's Medicaid expansion.

Legislators Tell State Supreme Court: Uphold Ban on Gay Marriages

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 6/20/2014 11:25 am

A resolution asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold a voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages, which a circuit judge recently overturned, won support from state lawmakers Friday.

Resolution On Gay Marriage Fails in Arkansas Legislature

by Associated Press 5/16/2014 10:20 am

Arkansas lawmakers have blocked a resolution urging the state Supreme Court to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage.

Abortion Ban Appeal Puts New Focus on Social Issues (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/13/2014 7:28 am

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's decision to appeal a ruling striking down Arkansas' 12-week abortion ban could inject a new focus on abortion and other social issues into dozens of statewide and legislative races.

Arkansas Lawmakers: Action Needed on Teacher Insurance

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/9/2013 2:53 pm

Arkansas lawmakers say a short term fix is needed to address the spiraling cost in teacher health insurance before a hike in premiums takes effect in January.

Update: Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner to Appear in Court

by Associated Press 5/20/2013 6:28 am

Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner was arrested on federal extortion charges over the weekend and is to make an appearance in federal court.

The New York Times Looks at Jason Rapert's Abortion Legislation

by Lance Turner 3/12/2013 1:45 pm

In case you missed it, here's The New York Times taking a look on Monday at state Sen. Jason Rapert's abortion legislation, which the Arkansas Legislature approved six days ago.

Arkansas GOP Eyes Planned Parenthood Money Next

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/7/2013 5:01 pm

Not content with enacting the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, Arkansas Republicans plan to press the legislative advantage their party hasn't enjoyed since Reconstruction by making it even harder for women to get abortions in the state.

Arkansas Senate Overrides Mike Beebe's Veto of 12-Week Abortion Ban

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/5/2013 2:13 pm

The Arkansas Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of legislation that would give the state the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.

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