Tagged: jerry cox

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.

Leslie Rutledge: Unclear Whether JPs Must Officiate Gay Weddings

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/6/2015 6:55 am

It's unclear whether courts would require a justice of the peace to officiate over a same-sex wedding, even though clerks are required to issue licenses to gay couples, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Wednesday.

Cities Keep Anti-Discrimination Measures Despite New Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/20/2015 7:05 am

Most Arkansas municipalities that have adopted broader anti-discrimination protections for gays and lesbians say they'll keep enforcing the measures despite a new law taking effect this week intended to prohibit such ordinances.

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.

Arkansas Abortions Drop Since 2010, but Increase in 2014

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 6/8/2015 7:11 am

The number of abortions performed in Arkansas increased in 2014 for the first time in almost a decade because of Tennessee and Mississippi residents coming to Arkansas for abortions, state numbers showed.

Update: Asa Hutchinson Signs Revised Religious Objections Bill

by Associated Press 4/2/2015 5:14 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed a revised version of a religious objections bill that supporters say addresses concerns that the original proposal sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Arkansas Legislators Eye More Abortion Restrictions

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/15/2014 9:51 am

Nearly two years after approving a pair of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country, Republicans in Arkansas' Legislature are weighing additional measures to make it more difficult for women to get the procedure.

Oaklawn Opens Gate to Online Gambling

by Mark Friedman 6/2/2014 12:00 am

In late December, Oaklawn launched OaklawnAnywhere.com, which allows Arkansas residents to place bets on Oaklawn races as well as races at other U.S. and international tracks from their computers, tablets or smartphones. Arkansans can be anywhere in the world when they place their bets.

Legal, Political Gains for Gay Marriage (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/11/2014 3:30 pm

Nearly a decade after Arkansas voters overwhelmingly approved a same-sex marriage ban, gay rights supporters are enjoying a rare combination of legal and political gains in their fight to have the prohibition struck down.

Arkansas Plans to Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

by Christina Huynh, The Associated Press 5/11/2014 3:27 pm

The state's top lawyer will ask the Arkansas Supreme Court to review a lower court's decision to overturn a 2004 constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

Lottery Oversight Committee Votes 'Non Support' On Video Bets

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 4/15/2014 5:26 pm

The Arkansas lottery is trying to find ways to boost sales so the state can award more college scholarships, but a legislative panel showed little affection Tuesday for the methods that could be employed.

Wal-Mart Health Benefits Move Seen As a Gay Rights Win

by Mark Friedman 10/28/2013 12:00 am

The fact that Wal-Mart — the largest private employer with 1.3 million workers in the U.S. — has decided to offer the benefits is a high-profile win for gay-rights advocates and could cause other companies that haven’t offered the benefits to do so.

Jason Rapert's 'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill Tests Mike Beebe, Democrats (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/10/2013 5:40 pm

The push for a ban on abortions at 12 weeks into a pregnancy is testing Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's willingness to fight a Republican majority in the Arkansas Legislature on an issue that deeply divides members of his own party.

Marijuana Vending Machine Company Sues Jerry Cox

by Chuck Bartels 11/2/2012 1:31 pm

A company that makes marijuana vending machines has filed a federal defamation lawsuit against the Arkansas Family Action Council and wants a judge to order the conservative lobbying group to stop using images of the machines.

Supreme Court Doesn't Address Arkansas Ballot Law (AP Analysis)

by Associated Press 10/8/2012 9:19 am

By ruling that a proposed casino legalization measure was not qualified for the November ballot, the Arkansas Supreme Court punted on whether a state law aimed at avoiding last-minute challenges to ballot measures is working as intended.

Arkansas Supreme Court Upholds Medical Marijuana Proposal

by Associated Press 9/27/2012 9:06 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld a proposed ballot measure that if successful would make the state the first in the South to legalize medical marijuana.

Measures Test on Monopolies, Not Casinos (AP Analysis)

by Associated Press 7/16/2012 7:38 am

Opponents of competing proposals to allow casinos in Arkansas haven't just been arguing against an expansion of gambling. They've been arguing against giving private businesses a monopoly over an industry.